Author: Salem Weekly

MARCH OF THE PENGUINS

Maybe I am just jaded.  Maybe I am used to explosions and action and tense drama.  Or maybe I just watched too many documentaries about penguins when I was growing up.  For some reason or another, I did not find myself very stimulated by “March of the Penguins.”  I may be alone, however. The director of “March” is a French biologist who answered an ad and was told to “take some cameras and follow the damned birds around until they mate.”  The birds, of course, were the emperor penguins and the place he was to film was Antarctica.  This...

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CHILDREN'S EDUCATIONAL THEATRE

There aren’t too many schools where you can encounter a three-foot papier-mâché alligator head lounging in the hallway. And yet, this is exactly what I found at the Children’s Educational Theatre, a non-profit organization and summer charter-school dedicated to the performing and stagecraft arts. Now in their 31st  year of existence, CET offers Salem-area youth the opportunity for creative exploration, as well as the chance to hone marketable workplace skills for those who would like to pursue theatre professionally. I arrived at CET on lunch break, when the halls were aflutter with bustling activity. Robert Salberg, program director, was...

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TOP THREE BY CHERIE: SURROUNDING CITIES

Salem isn’t the only place music is happening in the valley, and this month, we feature three musical locations that take us out of Salem. Let’s start in Mt. Angel, the home of Oktoberfest.  Don’t skip to the next paragraph – I’m not critiquing an oompah band.  In fact, the first group will appeal to the hardcore punk fan.  Selah PR and Ripe is a local-grown group, hailing from Silverton.  They are described as having “an energetic live show with substance and an abstract sound.”  Abstract is a good adjective to use.  What came to my mind was the...

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“PARKROSE” A HIT

This month, in addition to my check, there was something in my package from the editors of Salem Monthly. It was a fan letter of sorts. Not a gushing letter born of obsession, but an honest and wholehearted agreement with a CD review I had written. Along with it was a CD, made by the person who wrote the letter and an invite to the release party at the end of July. I have just one thing to say to musicians looking to get their CD reviewed by me. Flattery will get you everywhere!  (A copy of the CD...

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OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVALS THREATENED

Shakedown Festival must relocate, the threats are on. Alternative music festivals are under attack.  Counties are reinterpreting laws to avoid large outdoor gatherings at popular festival spots like Horning’s Hideout in North Plain, Ore.  The host of great jamband fests such as “The String Cheese Incident Festival,” “International Reggae Festival,” “KBOO’s Pickathon,” and “The Shakedown Festival” have been forced to send all but one of these festivals elsewhere due to imposition by a county judge.  Notoriously heavy-handed Washington County shows that it is threatened not only by lifestyles they deem “alternative,” but also any music or events that could...

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MUSIC DOWNLOADS MADE EASY

LimeWire anyone? Here’s how it gets legal. The trick to downloading music is to have the right software.  Before you begin, you need a media player program.  Fortunately for Mac and Windows users, you’re already covered because your system comes with a media player.  Linux users, I’ll assume you probably know what you’re doing.  There is a lot of free downloading software in cyberspace, and there are lots of websites that want to charge to help you use it.  This isn’t necessarily a bad option.  These websites offer extensive tech support, tutorials, and various software options.  They basically hold...

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PANNIERS FOR PENNIES

Try this fun, inexpensive summer project. I get some funny looks when I run errands on my bike, but I’m used to that.  It’s the carriers—they were originally created to be office-sized wastebaskets.  The idea didn’t come directly from a few cross-country trips we took a decade or so ago with two Rubbermaid trash cans carrying our camping stuff on top of the car, but the funny looks do remind me of those jaunts.   I admit, though, that the bike totes are a solution to a similar problem. I had some nylon panniers that I got long ago...

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ABC BICYCLE RIDE BENEFITS KIDS

The cost to give a kid a good summer? Sixty-two miles.    This summer the 4th annual Activity to Benefit Children Bicycle Ride takes place on August 20 at 7:30 a.m. This event is a combination of three rides, 10 mile, 25 mile, and 62 mile, around the city of Mt. Angel.     The Activity to Benefit Children is a non-profit organization that helps homeless or low-income families with the cost of good, quality childcare.     The director of the program, Jean Brougher states, “We have been so pleased with community support for this project, which allows us to expand...

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BEST OF SALEM

Best new construction Independace Green Building Best fish Market Fitts Seafoods in West Salem. Brave the smell. It’s worth it. Best place to buy CDs Ranch Records Best stationary store Salem artist and writer Mary Anne Radmacher quietly churns out amazing original wall hangings, journals, cards, and more featuring her unique blend of calligraphy and uplifting sayings from her beautiful Salem shop, The Word Garden. Among the best bargains in the store are the little business-card sized quotes.  Cheap enough that you can buy dozens and thoughtful enough to put on your fridge, your co-worker’s desk, your child’s lunch,...

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13TH STREET NURSERY IS A FLOWERY EXPERIENCE

Five years under the Makis, this garden store grows on its customers Two months ago, I was busy watering the weeds and pulling the flowers when it occurred to me that the picturesque garden that had been a big selling point for the house looked nothing like the spectacle of tranquility it had been a year before on our closing date.  After several weekends spent tilling, raking, and yanking the spiny things that turned out not to be exotic plant life, I determined that shopping for the garden was way more fun than actually gardening.  So, on my way...

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PRINGLE CREEK COMMUNITY

Earth-friendly and people friendly, when are you moving in? Pringle Creek Community, Opsis Architecture’s latest venture, is more than just an alternative housing development – it’s a community geared towards sustainable living. According to Don Myers, the President of Sustainable Development Inc., “It’s groovy stuff.” Not often do you find a holistic and natural approach to building. Yet on their 32-acre tract in South Salem, Opsis Architecture and Sustainable Development Inc. are joining forces to regenerate and restore the land and existing buildings on a historical site in a way that is ecologically sound. For the past century, the...

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DISHIN IT OUT WITH MADGE

Dear Madge, I am getting married, and I read in all the books that the two families are supposed to get together… Our families have met once and only for a minute, but they already hate each other. How do we get these two families together in a civilized manner? One Big Happy Family Dear Happy Family, Weddings always bring out the best in everyone.  Your best choice here is to draw up an elaborate lie.  Talk to your parents alone.  Explain to them that you don’t really like his parents either.  They’re awful people and you would like...

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SUCCESS FOR THE SOUL

Gratitude Q: Why do people make such a big deal about gratitude, and how can I be more grateful every day?  A: Expressing gratitude is one of the easiest and most powerful things you can do to manifest what you desire.  As an energetic being living in a magnetic universe, when you express gratitude, you are expressing a consciousness of HAVING.  If you emit the frequency of I HAVE, you attract more HAVING in your life.  Conversely, when you focus on lack, you attract more lack. First, make the decision that you want to see and acknowledge all the...

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NOVEMBER 2005 EVENTS

Tuesday 1 Class Spanish in Agriculture. 7-9pm, Tuesdays, Nov. 1-Dec. 6. $62. Building 62, Room 101, on Chemeketa Community College 4000 Lancaster Dr. NE. To register call 503.399.5139 or 503.589.7946. Meeting Login to post comments Need an Account? Signup Username:...

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DISHIN' IT OUT WITH MADGE

Dear Madge, I’m a 20-something bi-curious male. I’ve experimented with men before but never found it to my liking. Lately I’ve been hanging out with a nice-looking, fun gay man about my age. I know he’s into me, and I’ve entertained the notion of trying something with him, but I still have reservations. Should I go for it and risk ruining our friendship if it doesn’t work out? Or should I just stick with chicks? Sincerely, Curious But Nervous Dear Curious, Seriously, chicks are overrated.  And so is friendship.  Friends come and go, but a night of passionate sex,...

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Spivak's Soapbox

If you were planning a vacation or relocation, would you rather go to Mexico where you are warned: “don’t drink the water” or would you rather come to beautiful Salem so that you could sample the best water in the west? While water quality may be of some importance to manufacturing industries, other factors such as an educated workforce and a community’s livability will weigh more when deciding where to locate. $50,000 would have gone a long way towards maintaining the downtown flowerpots. The flowerpots (look around and you might notice there aren’t any) were recently removed from downtown....

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SPIVAK'S SOAPBOX – JUNE

Riverfront Park should be sold to a developer and turned into condominiums. It’s just a big, empty green space that separates downtown from the river. Head downtown and take a look at the park. There isn’t anything there and there probably won’t be more than a dozen people, except at the carousal. The carousal, of course, is wonderful. For the old, it’s a nostalgic return to younger days and simpler times. For the young, it’s a source of wonderment and joy. Built by a great citywide volunteer effort, there is good reason to be proud of the carousal. It’s...

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Opinion: Superdelegates expose super problems in voting system

But what if Oregon voters can’t decide either? And what if the three other states that have primaries even later than Oregon (Montana, South Dakota, Puerto Rico) can’t choose a clear frontrunner either? What happens if August rolls around and the Democrats have no true candidate? That’s where superdelegates come in and our votes go out. Superdelegates differ from ordinary delegates in the sense that they are free to support any candidate for nomination. They are seated based on their status as current or former elected party officials or officeholders. In a race as close as Obama and Clinton’s,...

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Salem Monthly Newspaper endorses Lloyd Chapman for mayor

Many local issues stem from the current administration’s lack of transparency. The sudden removal of kiosks and planters downtown left a bad taste in the mouths of downtown merchants and patrons. The traffic congestion and new development on Kuebler Boulevard frustrates many people. Even those participating in the much-touted Vision 2020 meetings felt that despite being courted for their ideas, the decision process was not handled openly. It is time to leave partisan bickering aside and move Salem forward. Development and livability should co-exist. They do not need to be opposing philosophies. Chapman has made it clear that he...

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