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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

  • Hot Panda and Songs for Alice @ The Space Concert Club

    11951983_10153621137409549_7117163427872971773_nMonday September 19th @ 9:00pm. This will be the second show in Salem for Vancouver BC pop/punk band Hot Panda. They played with City of Pieces, earlier this year. Hot Panda definitely has a Pixies thing going on, but not hit-you-over-the-head with it type of thing. I mean, if you were a musician anywhere near… Read more…

  • The Mighty Dreadful Stringband • Bluegrass/Folk.

    mighty-dreadfulFriday, September 23rd @ 8:00pm. To be perfectly honest, it was their name that got me interested. I love self-deprecating humor. And, it’s all the better when a band who calls themselves “dreadful” is anything but. Coming all the way to us from Seattle, Washington, The Mighty Dreadful brings Kelly Erb on fiddle and vocals;… Read more…

  • The Ellen Whyte Band • Blues

    1923974_32176826263_2069_nFriday, September 16th @ 8:30pm. Those who know me, know I’m not a giant blues fan. But, I don’t let that influence what I pick on my page (ideally.) BUT, I am not picking Ellen Whyte just to be fair and balanced. I’m picking her because she is phenomenal and she does the blues right.… Read more…

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                                                SW CULTURE PICKS

  • Paradise of Samoa 9th Annual Luau September 3

    CULTUREPICKSWTEXTfinalCome join the 9th Annual Luau and experience the Paradise of Samoa, with its live Island band, full Polynesian floor show, and fabulous feast of Island BBQ chicken, kalua pork, Samoan Chop Suey, Asian noodles, and a full array of fruits and desserts. Raffles and prizes abound. The Talofa Store sells trinkets and clothing from… Read more…

  • Home School Day September 7

    CULTUREPICKSWTEXTfinalThe Oregon Garden invites all 5-12 year old home school students to a fun filled day of outdoor learning! Experience the beauty of the Garden in late summer bloom. Learn about your natural world and get inspired with fun science and art activities. This event offers hands-on, self-paced learning stations throughout the Garden. Check in… Read more…

  • St. Thomas Jazz Festival September 11

    CULTUREPICKSWTEXTfinalFeatured artists are: Johnny Martin Trio and Djangophiles. Now in its 4th year, the event is a pleasant a way to spend a Sunday afternoon with food, silent auction items, 50/50 raffle, wine basket door prize, great local wine and of course live jazz music. The setting at the winery is wooded with picnic tables, a… Read more…

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                                                SW ART PICKS

  • The Annex Grand (Re)Opening & Fine Art Friday

    image0145September 23  5:15-8:00 pm The Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center is reopening at a special event featuring a temporary exhibition titled  “looking forward: LOOKING BACK,“ which includes audio interviews and art from past SAA artists. Art by Andrew Myers, Eric Tautkus and Chris Casarez will also be on view. The Re-Opening is the… Read more…

  • Strange and Wonderful: American Folk Art from the Willem and Diane Volkersz Collection

    art3September 17 – December 22  The world and art of 32 “outsider” artists from across the country is highlighted in this exhibit. The term “outsider” art was coined to refer to contemporary folk art created by self-taught artists from outside the mainstream art scene. Many were the children of sharecroppers and former slaves and tended… Read more…

  • October Basket Month September 27-November 5

    October features three outstanding basket artists: Carol Horvath, Mariana Mace, and Vivian Byers, dedicated to the history and traditions associated with their particular area of interest. All three collect most or all of their own materials, and do the processing, dying and storing of each - a labor intensive process, but one which helps connect… Read more…