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Music and Activism Intersect

Civil rights leader fronts new CD with Pink Martini

Longtime Portland civil rights leader Kathleen Saadat has a hidden musical talent that the rest of the city is about to experience.

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Grad Honored with Benson Support

To honor its retiring chief executive officer Jim Piro, Portland General Electric recently donated $100,000 to the engineering program at his alma mater, Benson High School.

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Unity Center Fills Need

Capacity to treat mental health grows

Adventist Health, Kaiser Permanente, Legacy Health and Oregon Health & Science University are marking the one year anniversary of the opening of Unity Center for Behavioral Health in northeast Portland by bracing for more demand for its services.

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Cold Snap Brings Snow

Freezing weather with snow was forecast to keep its grip on the Portland area at least through Thursday as a cold snap brought the first measurable snowfall since Christmas Eve to the metro area and the plummeting temperatures triggered the reopening of emergency shelters in Multnomah County.

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Junior Chorale Forms for Easter

The Historic Vancouver Avenue First Baptist Church is once again gathering children who love to sing, from the ages of 4 years to 14, for a 60-member junior gospel chorale which will perform this Easter.

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Helping Others Succeed

Multicultual center advocate honored

Liliana Luna will receive a Woman of Achievement award from the Oregon Commission for Women during a ceremony on March 1 that will be part of the Women's History Month proclamation signing by Gov. Kate Brown.

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Paying Homage to Miles Davis

The Biamp PDX Jazz festival presents The Miles Electric Band, an 11-member all-star live group featuring Miles Davis alumni revisiting repertoire from Davis' electric period, will perform Saturday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Revolution Hall in the former Washington High School, 1300 S.E. Stark St. Tickets available at ticketfly.com.

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Support Diversity in the Arts

PassinArts, Portland’s African-American producing theater company, invites the community to celebrate the group’s 30 year commitment to diversity in local arts and culture with a special night of musical entertainment, fine dining, and dancing at their “Sweet Taste of the Arts,” benefit, Saturday, Feb. 24 from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton, 1000 N.E. Multnomah St.

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Reclamation of Black Artists

You’re invited to see the works of Portland artists Cole Reed, Marquis Johnson-Bey and Brenna King in “American Me: The Reclamation of Three Black Artists,” a special exhibit now showing during February in the Antoinette Hatfield Hall rotunda of the Potland’5 Centers for the Arts, 1111 S.W. Broadway.

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Betty Before X

Local author co-writes novel with daughter of Malcolm X

Jefferson High School alumna Renée Watson has co-authored a book with the daughter of the late civil rights icon Malcolm X, Ilyasah Shabazz, and will spend a week doing author visits and writing workshops at local schools, sharing her fifth book with young readers.

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‘Jazz by 5’ at Revolution Hall

A powerhouse lineup of jazz artists will perform ‘Jazz by 5,’ celebrating the eras of swing, bebop, avant-garde jazz and beyond, in a Sunday, Feb. 25 concert sponsored by the PDX Jazz festival at 7 p.m. at Revolution Hall at the former Washington High School in southeast Portland.

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The Racist and Disastrous War on Pot

Federal laws are broken and need fixing

If polling is correct, pot no longer gives Americans fits. Recent Gallup polls indicate that 64 percent of Americans approve of legalizing marijuana — the highest level of public support in almost 50 years. Nevertheless, we have an administration that is tone deaf to the will of the people and insists on reinstituting failed policies of decades past.

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Portland NAACP Updates Issues

The NAACP Portland update session is an opportunity to connect with the organization’s work in advancing racial justice in the community. The session will be held Saturday, Feb. 24 from noon to 2 p.m. at Lloyd Center in the former Deb’s retail store space just north of the ice skating rink.

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In Loving Memory

Jerry Murray

Jerry Murray of Portland died Jan. 17, 2018. He was born June, 4, 1946 in North Carolina to Hazel and Inetta Murray.

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In Loving Memory

Willie ‘George’ Rutherford

Willie “George or G.W.” Rutherford was born Feb. 22, 1941 and died Aug. 5, 2016. Happy birthday love!

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In Loving Memory

Nathaniel ‘Butch’ Baker Jr.

Nathaniel Johnnie “Butch” Baker Jr. of Portland was born Sept. 18 1955 and was called home on Feb. 8, 2018.

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World Cultures Resonate at PIFF

Film festival is a showcase of fresh perspectives

There is still a full week to go in the Portland International Film Festival -- Here's some of what I've seen so far.

Metro Procurement RFP 3480

Metro Procurement RFP 3469

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Envisioning Best Use for Russell Block

Open House to hear hopes, concerns and aspirations

A diverse group of community representatives tasked with leading the visioning and development process for the Hill Block project at North Russell Street and North Williams Avenue will hold an open house and information session on Tuesday, Feb. 20, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at nearby New Song Community Church to collect feedback from community members regarding their hopes, concerns, and aspirations for the property.

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