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Songs for Young Audiences

7 Nov

Singer and actress Julianne Johnson.

While we’ve yet to gorge ourselves on turkey, stuffing, pie, and fluffy potatoes, the heart of the holiday season is just around the corner. On December 1, we hope you will join the amazing Julianne Johnson at the PCPA’s Winningstad Theater for Home For The Holidays, a celebration of the season to benefit Young Audiences.

In addition to Janice Scroggins and Celebration, this year’s guests this year will bring a youthful zeal to traditional holiday music. High School a capella artists Altotude, under the direction of Carl Jeppeson, give a new twist to standard holiday fare. Under Julianne’s direction, the Portland Community College vocal ensembles, The Sisters in Survival Chorus and Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Mass Choir will lend the power of 80+ voices to the grand finale. From spiritually uplifting gospel to the sophisticated rhythms of jazz and celebratory music from around the world, Julianne will bring you and your family into the season with good music for an excellent cause.

Tickets are available at the PCPA box office, by calling 503-946-7272, and at all TicketsWest outlets.

Hello New York; Thanks for the Wonderful Time!

27 Apr

Madison Square Park with some famous building in the background

I was just in New York City recently, and as it is with all good intentions, I was going to write a little a something here every day about my first return to “The City” (really, no other American city quite holds that distinction) in nearly 20 years. Obviously that didn’t happen.

I had such a great time and saw some interesting and cool things (they were to me, anyway), I wanted to share them, since it was only a few days ago I returned to Portlandia.

First, I loved the hotel I stayed at with my friend Greg. The Jane, built in 1908 as a sort of sailors hotel, was also were the 1912 survivors of the Titanic stayed during the inquiry as to the cause of the sinking.  It was very reasonably priced at $99 a night (plus taxes, fees, taxes and fees), but for that price, you better not be claustrophobic as the room was a bunk bed room at only 50 square feet.  Suffice it to say, when it came time to packing up, the most efficient way was to have only one person in the room at a time.  And yes, you get the community bathroom.  Again, for $99, you can’t beat it.

What was also cool is that the hotel has a restaurant (Cafe Gitane) and a bar, which, in the late nineties, was where Hedwig and the Angry Inch premiered and performed before getting hugely popular.

Me and some big spheres (Hayden Planetarium)

One of our first forays was over to Brooklyn, in the Red Hook area, to a little shop called the Everbrite Mercantile Company, for an art show.  The proprietors, Mollie and Brian,  have collected some amazing items for sale; some things you may have NEVER seen before, some truly new and inspired items and just some lovely kitsch.  All reasonably priced.  Check it out your next trip there.

Most of the trip was basically to get reacquainted with New York and to check out some of the newer architecture as well as check out the classics.  Despite seeing these buildings in countless movies, photos and TV programs, until you actually see them in person, you don’t really get a sense of their size and grandeur.  The Chrysler Building, The Empire State Building, Grand Central Station and the New York Public Library were much more than I ever expected and absolute marvels, each in their own way.

While there, we were treated to some freaky weather one evening that impressed even this weather-jaded Portlander; thunder and lightning and sideways-pelting rain.  All this had me amused the following morning when walking about, we encountered aptly-named “umbrella carcasses” strewn all over the place.  The winds were strong enough to literally rip them from your hands.

Pee Wee's friend Terry at the Natural History Museum

One of the things we had planned on doing while there was to take in a Broadway show.  We were smart enough in this instance to purchase our tickets about the same time we purchased our plane tickets to ensure we got to see something.  And something we saw; The Book of Mormon.  It’s a full-blown musical from the creators of Southpark, Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and Bobby Lopez of Avenue Q fame.  All I’m going to say is I was expecting something very unpredictable and possibly offensive, but was very pleasantly surprised that it was neither.  Which isn’t to say it’s perfect family entertainment, but it’s not what you might expect from these guys.  In all honesty, it was fantastic, and I’m glad I got over my reservations and saw it.  And while I’m being honest; I’d see it again.

Some of the other things we did was take a nice leisurely walk through Central Park the day after the freaky weather, checked out the Time Warner building, spent some tine at the Museum of Natural History (I’m a dork), the Hayden Planetarium (I’m an even bigger geek) and midtown Manhattan (you know, Rockefeller Center and Times Square).

High Line Park and the Standard Hotel

Another highlight was High Line Park.  In a nutshell, it’s a former raised freight train line that fell into disuse and with community effort and city backing, was turned into a raised, urban park.  If you have any interest in urban design, it is most definitely worth the time to check it out.  If not, it’s still worth seeing.

Lastly, probably the best meal I had was at a little French bistro in Chelsea that we happened upon accidentally in an attempt to escape the freaky weather, called simply, La Lunchonette.  I believe the link says it all.

We of course tripped all over the neighborhood we were staying in, but I won’t bore you with the details; it was great.  The city has changed since last I was there, and for all intended purposes, for the better.  I never once felt unsafe.  New York City is quite simply an amazing city and I can’t wait to go again.

Selfless Holiday Promotion…

17 Dec

From Dance Like the Stars:

Please join us this Saturday, December 18th, for a special “2 Dance With Joy Party!”  Melena and I have linked hands with College Night, at Paradise Ballroom, for a Holiday Showcase. It is guaranteed to be a wonderful evening of fun dancing and friendship! We begin at 7:30 PM with a lesson taught by Rachel & Melena. Then, open dancing 8:30-12:00 midnight. DJ Mark will spin those great tunes of Ballroom, Latin,  and your special requests in one Ballroom, while DJ Marcus provides excellent West Coast Swing music in the other Ballroom. The dance lesson, along with the snacks, are included in your admission price of $8 person / $5 High school & College Students. Singles, Couples, and All Ages are welcome! 🙂

Location: Paradise Ballroom, 826 SE Belmont Street

~December 18th  7:30 PM Lesson “Waltz” and “West Coast Swing”

Please join us and invite your friends! Everyone is welcome!

Any additional questions or information on private lessons, group classes or professional performance shows, please contact Rachel Lidskog at 2dancewithjoy@gmail.com www.2dancewithjoy.com

Be Glad of Life because it gives you the chance to Dance and to Dream, to Love and to Laugh, to Work and to Play, and to look up at the stars
(503) 704-5617


From Chata Addy:

Friday, December 17th 2010
Chata Addy & Susuma – 10pm till Close
Jolly Roger

1340 SE 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 232-8060

Price: Free!



From Aaron Meyer:

December 17 & 18 – 3 Performances
The Umpqua Private Bank Aaron Meyer Holiday Concerts (3 performances) – Portland, Oregon

The Umpqua Private Bank Aaron Meyer Holiday Concerts
Umpqua Private Bank is Member FDIC

Presented by the Hedinger Family Foundation
10th Annual Holiday Concert Series
“Experience A Northwest Holiday Tradition”

Order tickets online below with no service charges!!

3 Performances:

Fri Dec 17 at 7:30 pm
Sat Dec 18 – 2 Performances!
2 pm matinee and 8 pm evening
**  doors open 45 min prior to each show

FEATURING: Special celebrity guest musicians Guitarist Tim Ellis, Aaron’s 6 piece band, Michael Allen Harrison, and the Brown Sisters.


Reserved Seating: $40 (limited to first 6 rows center and 1st row balcony), $45 day of show

General Admission: $30 Adults/$25 Children (12 and under), seniors (60 and over), and students with valid student ID card.  All tickets $5 more on day of show.

Group Discounts: $3 off each ticket price when purchasing 10 or more tickets and $5 off each ticket price when purchasing 20 or more tickets.

Tickets are non-refundable.


Friday December 17 at 7:30 pm

Saturday December 18 at 2 pm

Saturday December 18 at 8 pm

For questions & customer service please email:

To order tickets over the phone with a service charge, call 503.515.3461

Concert Location: First Congregational Church – the historic church with the white tower – 1126 SW Park Ave between Madison & Main across from the Portland Art Museum and next to the Portland Center for Performing Arts. For directions click here

Support Aaron’s Music Education Program in 2011 – tax donation!!

Aaron visits many schools every year with his 45 minute assembly style music education program.  Help support this program to schools in need throughout Oregon.  Any level of support can help.

All donations and contributions are tax deductible through our 501C-3 non profit organization.

Click here to donate online now to support Aaron’s Music In The School program through the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

Please contact Aaron at 503.515.3461 or email Aaron at info@aaronmeyer.com to find out about supporting this much needed education in Oregon.  For more information on Aaron’s 45 minute assembly program click here

Please contact Aaron at 503.515.3461 or email Aaron at info@aaronmeyer.com about having Aaron visit your school.

Get a Jump on Holiday Presents!

17 Nov
Beautiful Glass Ornament

Silver & Blue Glass Ornament

This is last minute, but as things are this time of year, not too uncommon.  On Thursday of this week, November 18, we are having a small party

at Elements Glass (map/directions).  What does this have to do with the holidays, much less presents, you may ask?

Well, for starters, we’ll be having wine and appetizers.  And to make it that much better, everyone one who attends will learn how to make a glass ornament, which they get to keep and could very well make alovely and personal gift!

The price of admission is $65/$110 for couples and includes all of the above goodies!  Tickets can be purchased here or at Elements Glass.  The glass blowing party starts at 6:00PM and due to the size of gallery, we have to limit the number of guests to 30, so hurry!


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