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A spy fights for redemption

Moviegoers looking for entertainment without superheroes or CGI effects have a first-class alternative in “A Most Wanted Man,” an intelligent and suspenseful thriller about agents fighting the war on Islamic terror. The film features one of Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s final performances, as a man dealing simultaneously with potential Muslim terrorists and with power struggles inside his own clandestine organization. It is an adaptation of the novel by John Le Carre. Gunther Bachman (Hoffman) is a prematurely aging chain-smoking spy who has been relegated to duty in Hamburg after some kind of snafu at his previous posting in Beirut. Hamburg...

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Guitars Under the Stars & SWPICKS

Several H-U-G-E rock stars are performing at Cheadle Lake Park in Lebanon for Oregon Summer Concerts, LLC production of “Guitars Under the Stars”! This lineup is studded with amazing artists including Floater, Ty Curtis, Gary Hoey, Pat Travers, Tony MacAlpine, Bruce Bouilet, Larry Mitchell, Travis Larson, Jennifer Batten, Ed to Shred, Points North, Triaxe, Splintered Throne, Agnozia, Earth to Ashes, Black Powder County, Summer Soundtrack! Headlined by Lita Ford this festival also boasts camping, on-site vendors, and of course weekend pass rates! The 35 acre park features state of the art power infrastructure and room for plenty of attendees...

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Fifth and last in a series about poets born in 1914

1914 (#5) Dylan Thomas is the last in our series of poets born in 1914, the same year as William Stafford. As with Stafford, the centennial of Thomas’s birth is being commemorated world-wide, centered at his hometown of Swansea, Wales. A prolific writer of poems, fiction, screenplays, and memoirs, his first book of verse was published when he was 18. His best know collection, Deaths and Entrances (1946) sold out its first printing of 3000 copies within a month, and in his early 30s Thomas was firmly established as one of the most important English language poets of his...

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Embrace downtown food carts

Who’s afraid of food carts? Not me. I’m thrilled that the City Council recently approved revisions to a food cart ordinance, thanks largely to the Salem Food Cart Association and Councilor Diane Dickey. Now food carts can stay in a location for as long as business dictates and cluster together in pods. Before they had to move every six months and be 500 feet apart. Great news. Food carts are a big success in Portland, drawing national acclaim from Bon Appétit magazine and CNN. So what’s not to like about having a vibrant food cart scene everywhere in Salem,...

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We Can Build Small Business Success, Together

July 1st I set out to meet with as many small business owners as possible in the month of July.  As a small business owner and the son of a man who has operated a local small business for more than 30 years, I was familiar with many of the challenges and opportunities associated with making a family business profitable.  But I wanted to learn more. In my travels around the area, I heard the stories of the men and women who go to work and run their own business every single day.  These entrepreneurs have little time for...

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                                                SW MUSIC PICKS

  • Wonderly and Slater Smith

    artPICKSWTEXTredddfinalFriday, December 9th @ 9:00pm Wonderly is a woodsy folk duo comprising of Ben Landsverk and Jim Brunberg, owner of the wildly popular Portland venue Mississippi Studios. These guys have some seriously sweet harmonies. Slater Smith is lead for The Weather Machine, also a Portland based alt-rock/folk group. His raw passion for what he does… Read more…

  • Valiant Bastards, Existential Depression, Carve the Earth and Nihilist Nation

    artPICKSWTEXTredddfinalSaturday, December 10th @ 9pm We’ll give you three guesses what kind of music show this is, and the first two don’t count. You’re right! It’s a metalhead’s dream. The latest offering by Marion County Underground - one of Salem’s premiere metal booking companies. All these bands hail from Portland except Existential Depression, who are… Read more…

  • Night Lizard, M69s and City of Pieces

    artPICKSWTEXTredddfinalFriday, December 16th @ 9:00pm Three of Salem’s favorite bands packed into one eventful evening. This is also a birthday celebration for Steve Cannon - guitarist for Salem’s Songs for Alice and all around excellent human being. Starting the night will be the pop/punk power trio City of Pieces. They haven’t performed in a month… Read more…

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                                                SW CULTURE PICKS

  • 28th Annual Alternative Christmas Market

    CULTUREPICKSWTEXTfinalDecember 3 & 4 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Use your Christmas dollars to give twice – once to loved ones and once to someone in need – by buying gifts from agencies that provide tools, food, medications, education, livestock, and shelter for people here and abroad. The Alternative Christmas Market is an opportunity for… Read more…

  • The Book Bin Celebrates Indies First on Small Business Saturday

    CULTUREPICKSWTEXTfinalNovember 26 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm On November 26th, small business Saturday, the Book Bin will be celebrating Indies First day. On a day dedicated to supporting the local businesses that help create jobs, boost the economy, and preserve neighborhoods, independent bookstores will host authors as honorary booksellers to celebrate Indies First, to help… Read more…

  • It’s A Wonderful LifeIt’s A Wonderful Life

    CULTUREPICKSWTEXTfinalDecember 1 – 3 @ 2:00 pm & 7:00 pm showtimes Public Dress Rehearsal ($5 general admission) This vibrant group of teens presents “It’s A Wonderful Life.” It is Christmas Eve, and George Bailey stands on a bridge contemplating suicide. Clarence Oddbody, Angel Second Class, who has yet to earn his wings is chosen to… Read more…

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                                                SW ART PICKS

  • Memories in Abstraction: Kathryn Cellerini Moore and Hilary Norton  

    artPICKSWTEXT2Through December 31 Artist Kathryn Cellerini Moore’s Wizard of Oz-inspired work and Hilary Norton’s encaustic art, made by a process of melting wax, will be displayed at The Arts Center through Dec. 31. This exhibit is a perfect opportunity to see the creativity and talent of local Oregon artists, while also prompting visitors to reflect… Read more…

  • Progression: Idea to Art

    artPICKSWTEXT2Through December 14 The Barn Gallery at Corban welcomes the Skyline Artists Salon for our winter show called Progression. Each artist has explored this theme from the idea of a working artists professional progression, to a specific art works progression from an idea to art.  Show features the work of Ann Kresge, Julie Jeanseau, Cynthia… Read more…

  • Young At Art

    artPICKSWTEXT2Through December Located in downtown Salem, Young At Art features a beaded jewelry area, craft items, and several options for painting at a reasonable cost, providing a fun way for people of all ages to explore their creative impulses.  For December,  3 kid friendly instructor-guided painting classes are offered. Created on a 11”x14” canvas with… Read more…

  • The High St. Gallery / Volume 1. A Group Art Show / Opening Reception

    the-high-st-gallery-volume-1-1234December  3 The High St. Gallery is pleased to present Volume 1. A Group Art Show in what will be the first group exhibition at Salem’s newest contemporary gallery. Artists Include: Nic & Sloy/Art Brewer/Richard Thompson/Julian Smith/Scott Patt/C.R. Stecyk III./Tom Cramer/Peter Halasz/Trevor Graves/Josh Tobey The High St. Gallery will be hosting scheduled Saturday evening open… Read more…