2014 Portland Adult Soap Box Car Derby

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I’ve been to three runnings of Adult Soap Box Car Derby, and it is easily my favorite Portland annual event. I appreciate all the racers, volunteers, and kind attendees for making this such an awesome event— and those who took the time to talk with us. 

I also have to give props Portland Community Media for the use of the camera, and to my friend Sandy V. for stepping up to help document the event. We had a great time making this film— and I feel like we captured some of the wackiness and community spirit that makes the derby what it is. 

I apologize for the shaky camera and blurry shots… I’m new to that camera. See it as an artistic flourish to represent the buzzy good times that went down (peacefully) under the high pines of Mt. Tabor. Despite it all, I hope through the film you enjoy meeting a few of the fun, creative, hilarious people that make the derby happen. 

This weekend!

FRIDAY 

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A WWI-era Winston Churchill.

The Clinton Street Theater celebrates its 100th anniversary today— the same day World War I began. To commemorate the anniversaries, the theater is screening three never-before-seen in the US mini-series that look at the war from different perspectives. 2522 SE Clinton St * 3 pm, 7 pm * free

Irie Idea (reggae), Failure Machine (garage rock from Reno), The Bricks. Firkin Lounge, 1937 SE 11th Ave * 7 pm * free

At Jade LoungeLaura Dunn (Bjorkish runaway melodies and surreal lyricism), Praxis Counter (opera artist, flautist, saxophonist, and electronic and conceptual musician). 2342 SE Ankeny * 6 pm – 8 pm * free

SATURDAY

Jon Cleary Trio (New Orleans funk and R & B keyboardist and vocalist) at Goodfoot Lounge (9:45 pm – 11:15 pm). The Goodfoot All-Stars close the evening. 2845 SE Stark * $10 

Vanilla Ace (from London, somewhere between House and Disco), Ben Tactic, Break Mode and Coast2C. Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison * 9 pm * $5 

Buckman Crime Calls: 7/28 – 8/4

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In Buckman crime calls this week, there was 1 robbery with a weapon 8/2 @ 10:15 am, 6 assaults, and 16 thefts.

19 traffic calls: including 4 hit and run accident, 4 priority hit and run,  3 injury accident, 5 non-injury accident, 2 DUI, 3 parking problem

9 property calls: including 3 prowler, 1 stolen vehicle, 5 cold vandalism

3 multiple calls (included in the above totals):

     Washington and Grand: 1 priority assault and 1 priority theft

     9th and Burnside: 1 medical assist and 1 priority assault

     11th and Burnside: 2 non-injury accidents

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.

 

This weekend!

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FRIDAY 

Beginning Thursday, the Portland Queer Music Festival is happening all weekend!

The River City Band, Portland Teen Idols, are playing in Laurelhurst Park. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd. & Stark * 9:30 pm * free * all ages

Hard rock from: The Stein Project, Earth Anchor, and Nails Hide Metal Firkin Tavern, 1937 SE 11th Ave * 7 pm * free

“There’s only so much you can accomplish in the basement… ” White Bear Polar Tundra has met their Kickstarter goal, and are playing a free show tonight. EastBurn, 1800 W Burnside * 10 pm * free

SATURDAY

Live horns, veteran players, a very-likely sweaty Blue Diamond dance floor— you can’t go wrong with Deep Blue Soul Review. 2016 NE Sandy Blvd * 9 pm – 11:45 pm * ?? 

Ooh— folky and moody, Amanda Richards and the Good Long Whiles is at Laurelthirst Public House. 2958 NE Glisan * 6 pm * free

Buckman Crime Calls: 7/21 – 7/28

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In Buckman crime calls this week, there were 13 theft, 4 burglary, and 5 assault.

10 property calls:  1 priority vandalism,  4 cold vandalism, 4 stolen vehicle, and 1 prowler.

19 traffic calls: 1 unknown injury wreck, 7 injury wreck, 3 priority hit and run, 3 hit and run wreck, 4 non-injury wreck, 4 parking problem,

5 multiple incidents (included in above totals):

     Esplanade: vehicle recovery and medical assist

     SE Alder and Grand: 1 non injury accident and 1 injury accident

     SE Grand and Burnside: 1 cold assault and 1 cold theft

     SE 12th and Hawthorne: 1 hit and run wreck and 1 priority assault

     Near Summers Park: 1 medical assist and 1 priority assault

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.

 

Inner SE Crime Calls: 7/14 – 7/21

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In Buckman crime calls this week, there was a robbery with a weapon at SE 12th and Stark, 7/15 at 11:59 am.

There were also 1 burglary, 4 assaults, 15 thefts, and 2 priority thefts.

12 traffic calls: 1 injury accident, 5 non-injury accident, 1 DUI, priority hit and run, 5 hit and run, 3 parking problem

8 property calls: 3 cold stolen vehicle, 4 cold vandalism, 1 priority vandalism

5 multiple incidents calls (included in the above totals): 

Morrison Bridge and I-84: 2 hazardous conditions

SE Grand and Washington: 2 priority thefts

SE Grand and Morrison: 2 non-injury accidents

SE Burnside and 12th: 2 cold thefts

SE Burnside and 20th: 1 hit and run and 1 cold burglary

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.

Animal Welfare Group Plans Protest Asking Zoo to Retire Packy the Elephant

I met Ann (a painter) on the waterfront July 4th. As I sat in the grass waiting for the fireworks, she was passing out flyers about Free the Oregon Elephants. She really didn’t want to be interviewed on camera, but she said yes because she is concerned about the health and welfare of the elephants at the Portland Zoo.

There are eight elephants at the Portland Zoo, and Packy is the oldest, at 52. He’s nearing the end of his life, sick with tuberculosis (a potentially fatal respiratory disease), has ankus (a pointed control device) wounds, foot disease, a wound on his face from lying on concrete, and a foot injury from repeatedly kicking a door, according to FOZE.

Radley describes a few of Packy’s injuries:

Elephants in captivity have half the lifespan of wild elephants, and Courtney Scott, president of the FOZE board, said elephants cannot be held in captivity without damaging them psychologically. Elephants are sold back and forth from zoos to circuses, she said, and are beaten and abused in the process.

FOZE is holding a silent protest at the zoo (FB event) this Sat. (7/19) and are demanding that Metro send Packy to a wildlife preserve in California so he can complete his life in a more natural environment. The zoo is holding their Zoolala fundraising gala that day— so FOZE is calling their event Boolala. (Get it?)

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