THIS WEEKEND!

FRIDAY 

Warm beats, pretty voice… Akaba‘s at the Jade Lounge2342 SE Ankeny * 7 – 8 pm * ??

You like jammin’ Southern rock? Poor Man’s Whiskey seems up to the task… Alhambra Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne * 9 pm * $10 adv, $12 door

SATURDAY

I’m liking the smooth beats of Blockhead… w/ Elaquent, Muneshine. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison St. * 9 pm * $12

Can web links kill music journalism? I hope so. Pinehurst Kids w/ Bricks. Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th Ave * 7 pm * free
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I need more theatre in my life. Unlike music, you can’t just find a clip to figure out what to check out… Anyway, this Comedy Sportz Puppetz vs. People improv event (cage match? rap battle?) looks interesting. Imago Theatre, 17 SE 8th Ave. * 8 pm Fri, Sat * $15 adv, $22 door 

SUNDAY

This could be fun: Competitive Erotic Fan Fiction, performed at the Funhouse Lounge— a venue I’ve yet to visit. 2432 SE 11th Ave * 8 pm * $10

Portland Commissioner Nick Fish promises to investigate corruption claims after angry Mt. Tabor reservoir activists crash 11/18 meeting

This was the craziest, angriest, public meeting I have ever attended in Portland. For a moment, I thought one gentleman with a jaunty moustache and fedora was going to physically attack Fish.

The meeting was planned to discuss options for Mt. Tabor Park after its historic reservoirs are de-commissioned. I missed the beginning of the meeting, but apparently the activists made enough noise to change the entire agenda and broaden the conversation. KOIN 6 said the activists were upset just because the reservoirs were being disconnected, but they left the meeting early and didn’t report on the activists’ claims of corruption.

The activists believe the EPA rules that required Portland’s new $137 million underground water storage tanks are unnecessary, and were made to enrich a company called Montgomery Watson Harza Global. It looks to them like another example of the shameful-yet-commonplace revolving door between government and private industry: a former Portland Water Bureau official went to work for MWH, the company that won the no-bid, no-cap contracts to build the city’s over-budget, cracking underground water storage tanks. MWH Global employees were also on the Environmental Protection Agency committee that crafted the new rules that required the new storage tanks

It’s a complicated issue, and I’m fairly new to it, but it’s laid out pretty clear at the Friends of the Reservoirs website. The activists are asking the city to delay the de-commissioning of the reservoirs— partly because the EPA is reviewing the rule requiring it. New York City received an EPA extension on its reservoir upgrades, and other communities are also fighting the rule.

The two-hour-plus meeting got extremely emotional, and we’re working on editing the video to make the case as clearly and succinctly as possible. Fish didn’t directly address the claims of corruption, but said he would answer all written questions on the city’s website. There’s another public meeting hosted by Commissioners Fish and Amanda Fritz on 12/10/14, I expect it to be just as intense.

Is this an issue well-known by Portlanders? I do my best to keep up with these kind of things, but I didn’t really understand the issue until I attended the meeting last night.

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An aerial view of the Mt. Tabor Park reservoir system.

THIS WEEKEND!

FRIDAY

A lot of hip hop bores me, but Lyrics Born has some melody in his flow, interesting beats, and soul— exactly what works for me. w/ Dirty Revival Collective. Alhambra Theater, 4811 SE Hawthorne * 9 pm * $16 

I’ve learned to trust the booker’s taste at Firkin Tavern, and from what I’ve heard online from Not New Normals (rock) it should be a fun show. w/ Magic Wandling (??) + TBA. 1937 SE 11th Ave * 7 pm * free

SATURDAY

Scott Law Acoustic Machine (bluegrass) w/ Student Loan (jamgrass) Goodfoot, 2845 SE Stark * 10 pm * $12

This recording’s not very good, but Satsuma (shoegaze) sounds interesting— and the horror-themed bar Lovecraft is worth a visit. 421 SE Grand Ave * 9 pm * ?? 10257961_837259972986365_7444054851031603269_o

As part of their 100th anniversary, Clinton Street Theater is showing Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. 2522 SE Clinton St. * Sat, Sun: 7:30 * $9 adv, $12 door

SUNDAY

Portland Interfaith Gospel Choir’s Fall Fundraising Concert will honor the memory of two Portland soul singers, Janice Marie Scroggins (her interview @ 3:40 is beautiful) and Linda Hornbuckle, both who died earlier this year. Mt. Tabor Presbyterian, 5441 SE Belmont * 4 pm doors, 5 pm show * $18 GA, $12 student/low-income

This weekend!

FRIDAY

All Them Witches are kind of a rockin’ blues band from Nashville… This is nothing but a hunch, but I bet they get really sweaty when they play. I could describe them more eloquently, but why don’t you hit play and listen to them yourself? The Well opens. Bunk Bar, 1028 SE Water Ave * $7 * 9 doors, 9:30 show 

Unfortunately, I missed Deltron 3030’s set at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival last month— but the set looked awesome. Check out the video link. w/ Kid Koala, Tope. Roseland, 8 NW 6th Ave. * $22 * 8 pm

SATURDAY

Motherlode w/Elektrapod (funk-soul-disco-riff rock) is at the Goodfoot.  2845 SE Stark * $7 * 10 pm

Apparently Death in June is credited with the development of the neofolk genre, though they originally started at a post-punk group. Good to know. Alhambra Theatre, 4811 Southeast Hawthorne * $25 pre-sale, $30 door * 8:30 pm doors, 9 pm show

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SUNDAY

In 2003, Rachel Corrie was crushed to death by a bulldozer during an action against Israeli demolitions of Palestinian homes. Her mother was interviewed this morning on KBOO about her daughter’s work and a play based on her writings and emails. Ani Haynes’ interview was insightful and incredibly moving, and Cindy Corrie made some important points on the challenges of parenting someone so committed to a cause.  Eliot Chapel at the First Unitarian Church, SW 12th Ave. and Salmon St. * $10 suggested donation * 7 pm 

This Weekend!

FRIDAY

I just got back to town, and the soul, funk, and breakbeats at Goodfoot‘s Soul Stew sounds like the best place for me to be. 2845 SE Stark * 8 pm * $5 

Holocene is hosting an early show with an electro-pop group from Stockholm, Sweden called Kate Boy. Also on the bill: The Kite String Tangle, Gold Casio. 1001 SE Morrison * 6:30 pm * $10 adv, $12 door

SATURDAY

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How about some comedy with your brunch? (c + v, and I’ll just let it be) RESURRECTION: THE BRUNCHENING! AN AFTERNOON OF FOOD, COMEDY AND HANGOVER DEMOLITION FEATURING GABE DINGER (soo funny!), JACOB CHRISTOPHER, JOANN SCHINDERLE, CURTIS COOK AND ANDREW MICHAAN! The price of the ticket gets you the show, meal, and first Grey Goose cocktail.

Free music at The Firkin Tavern with: The Hand that Bleeds (loud noises) and Daisy Deaths (pop rock). They get bonus points for the Ren and Stimpy / Ralph Steadman-ish flyer. 1937 SE 11th Ave * 8 pm * freeDoug Fir, 830 E. Burnside * 1 pm * $15

This Wild Life (quiet punk), Peace Mercutio (Good Charlotte-y), Redcast, Hemlock Lane at Hawthorne Theater. 1507 SE 39th Ave * 8 pm * $10 adv, $12 door 

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It’s weird— but I like it. Rising Tide Portland, your local neighborhood activists pushing back against fossil fuel expansion in the region, is hosting a mushroom picking adventure Sunday starting at 10:30 am. In other fungus-related events, the Oregon Mycological Society is having their fall mushroom show Sunday. Miller Hall, World Forestry Center * noon – 5 pm * $5

Inner SE Crime: 8/18 – 8/25

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In Buckman crime calls this week, there was 1 robbery with a weapon, 12 assault, 22 theft, and 4 burglary. 

There were 4 property calls, including 2 cold stolen vehicles, 1 cold vandalism 1, and 1 priority vandalism. 

There were 17 traffic calls, including 8 non-injury accident, 4 parking problem, 4 injury accident, and 3 hit and run.

In multiple incidents (included in the above totals):

     Near the Hawthorne Bridge: 2 hazardous condition  

     Near Burnside and 3rd: 1 priority assault and 1 robbery with a weapon 

     Near Washington and MLK: 1 non injury accident and 1 cold theft 

     Morrison and 6th: 1 priority assault and 2 priority theft

     Stark and Sandy: 1 hazardous condition and 1 injury accident

     Near Belmont and 9th: 1 cold theft and 1 cold vandalism  

     Taylor and 9th: 2 cold theft 

     Near Belmont and 13th: 1 priority assault and 1 cold theft

     Hawthorne and 28th: 4 assaults

The Buckman neighborhood boundaries are: Burnside Ave to the north, 28th Ave to the east, Hawthorne Ave to the south, and the Willamette River to the west. For more information on any incident or to offer a tip, visit CrimeReports.com or contact the Portland Police Bureau.

 

Vice Video looks at what critics call “bomb trains,” and the fight to export fossil fuels through Portland and the PNW continues

In light of the risks presented in the film, the fight over exporting fossil fuels through the Northwest has made the news twice this week. An air permit that would allow an oil train terminal to double its capacity was approved Tuesday, while a plan to barge coal down the Columbia River to an export terminal was rejected on Monday.

Another important decision will be made Friday: the state’s transportation commission will decide this week whether $2.9 million in lottery dollars will aid the expansion of oil trains through the region.

Safety preparations should happen first, said activists and local leaders including Multnomah County Chairwoman Deborah Kafoury, and the mayors of The Dalles, Albany, Eugene, Milwaukie, Beaverton, and Hood River. There was no word on how Portland city officials weighed in.

The project would add safety improvements to the rail line running through Ranier, Oregon. It would add curbs, reconfigure parking, and add pedestrian crossings. The improvements would allow trains to move through town at 25 mph rather than 10 mph. It would allow for the increase of mile-long oil trains from 24 to 38 a month, the Oregonian reports.

The commission is also planning to fund $4 million worth of dock improvements at Port Westward to allow access to larger ships moving oil and coal. That money would also come from ConnectOregon, funded by lottery proceeds.

The official comment period was closed at the end of July. ODOT received over 8,300 comments in mail and electronic format. Feedback on the decision can be offered to the board through email: but the opportunity to influence the decision has probably already passed. This is my issue with the media: we hear about these decisions after they happen, but the opportunity to weigh in is rarely offered.

Vice’s documentary “Bomb Train” is powerful, and contained footage of the recent accidents I’d never seen before. Amateur footage of the oil trains explosion in Lac-Megantic, Canada begins at 5:00. Equally disturbing is the fact that these shipments were approved by state regulators within weeks of the permit filing— without public notice or input.

Extracted from the Bakken Oil formation in North Dakota, the oil being shipped is extremely flammable and transported in rail cars that have been known to be unsafe for decades. As the film shows, these trains travel through heavily populated areas— especially in downtown Seattle. Portland has oil shipped over its rails, and the image below shows the evacuation zones if a spill or fire occurred.

OPB reported earlier this month that Portland’s Fire Department doesn’t have the capacity to handle a oil train accident. The former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, Deborah Hersman, said the federal government needs to exercise its emergency powers to force immediate oil train rule changes.

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David Osborn is a volunteer with Portland Rising Tide, an environmental group fighting to shut down fossil fuel exports. He said if we want to stop contributing to climate change, we must stop these exports.

Providing subsidies to the billion-dollar oil and coal industries doesn’t make sense— especially as state and city officials craft plans to reduce carbon emissions.

There are 20 oil, gas, and coal terminals throught British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. Osborn said he appreciates the work done by Vice, but it doesn’t take into consideration all the problems with fossil fuel exports in the region.

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