ARIEL — Maria Stoll-Smith Reese was nearing graduation from Western Washington University in 1996 when she learned that her uncle didn’t have long to live. It was January, the start of the term, but she ran home and cranked up the tape recorder in order to document her uncle’s stories and songs — as well as his detailed instructions to his brother about how to keep vital cultural traditions alive. How to tell the stories and sing the songs. How to connect with audiences who have lots to learn.
Deva Yamashiro, the Hawaiian native who embodied aloha spirit in her adopted home of Vancouver via dedicated cultural education and joyous celebration, died Monday after a long battle with cancer. She was 62.
When he picked up the phone, Tod Marshall didn’t project the serenity and gravity of the wise, all-seeing poet. He was stressed. He’d stepped outside his comfort zone and published an opinion piece in the Seattle Times, but he hadn’t run it past his government sponsors first; now he was experiencing a little bureaucratic blowback, he said.
When you venture into a cave, you’re wise to expect the unexpected. Caves contain challenges and mysteries, unsettling twists and turns, drops into darkness, bursts of air and light. The new Art at the Cave gallery on Evergreen Boulevard in downtown Vancouver isn’t exactly like that; it’s a big, airy space with pristine white walls and a gleaming wood floor. Curator Anne John means to keep it that way, she said; even with artworks occupying those walls, there’s enough room so each seems to stand alone, rather than jostling neighboring artworks for your eyeballs’ attention.
Since the end of last year, local jazz lovers have been mourning the death of Portland jazz maven Jim Makarounis and the closure of his legendary nightclub, Jimmy Mak’s. But now there’s a new reason to celebrate: a club called The Jack London Revue has been positioning itself as Portland’s newest dedicated jazz venue.
If you were going to say Northwood in German, you'd say "Nordholz." But that's entirely optional, since the Northwood Public House and Brewery is in Battle Ground. And that's where, next weekend, you'll find the fourth annual Northwood Oktoberfest.
Admit it, you’ve always wanted to do this: race about in public wearing a cape that flaps and waves oh so awesomely in your super-speedy wake. For even greater awesomeness, provide your own soundtrack by singing aloud: “Na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na na … BATMAN!”