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Rich Abstracts

The Camas Gallery at Bush Barn Art Center is featuring the work of local artist Nancy Eng through the month of June.  Eng’s new work, done in oil and cold wax, is a collection of sensitive figurative images and rich abstract landscapes. Nancy, a painter throughout her life, has been working in oil and cold wax for two years after taking a class from Allen Cox at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.  For her, Eng explains that art is “…a means of self-expression – always evolving and taking me in a new direction.”  Eng often experiments with...

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AZTECA BAKERY -Taco Town

When you walk into Azteca Bakery and study the menu on two big boards above the counter you may be a little mystified. What are these dishes … molotes, garnachas, memelitas, tlayudas, blandas? Just ask the friendly person at the counter. On the day we were there recently, it was Carmen. And she proudly told us that these dishes were from the State of Oaxaca. Get ready for a food adventure. Azteca is a combination bakery and restaurant that may have the most interesting menu of any of the places we have reviewed. The selection is huge. We counted...

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“WE DON’T GROW CHILDREN LIKE THIS” -Play poses questions at Pentacle

In October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a gay college student was murdered in Laramie, Wyoming. The attack was particularly brutal. This event was the genesis of a play by Moises Kauffman called The Laramie Project, which is now playing at the Pentacle Theatre in Salem.  This production of The Laramie Project is a strong piece of theatre that deserves admiration. Shortly after the murder, the Tectonic Theatre Project from New York City travelled en masse to Laramie and interviewed about two hundred residents about the event. These interviews were distilled into representations of about sixty people, portrayed by thirteen actors,...

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Rainforest Mushroom Company

As I’m sitting here writing this, the smell of mushrooms cooked in butter and garlic wafts through my house. I’m preparing a wonderful dinner with pasta and maitake mushrooms from Rainforest Mushroom Company of Eddyville, Oregon. The hour and a half trip to the coastal valley was a little outside of my zone, but since Rainforest Mushrooms sells at the Salem Saturday Market, I figured I could stretch the 50-mile radius commonly thought of as “local.” I’d never seen mushrooms grown before. I didn’t really know what to expect – a cave? A dank brick basement? Certainly not the...

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Henline Mountain Trail -Hiking

The trail immediately begins with steady and steep switchbacks through the forest. We have been here before so we know to take our time and pace ourselves for the 2.8-mile vertical assent. Luckily, the temperatures are mild and there’s a nice breeze. After about a half mile, the trail crosses over a massive rock field from an old slide. Someone has taken the time to move large rocks into positions to form perfect little seats so we stop and enjoy the view of the Santiam valley to the south. We continue on, and after a few more switchbacks we...

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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…