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Motown’s ‘Dreamgirls’

Stumptown Stages has opened its 14th season with the sensational musical “Dreamgirls,”a sweeping and inspirational journey that chronicles a Motown group's rise from obscurity to superstardom.

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M.I.A.’s Rise to Stardom

In a loving and charmingly disheveled documentary, ‘Matangi/Maya/M.I.A,” charts the rise of British rapper Mathangi “Maya” Arulpragasam, also known as M.I.A., to stardom culled largely from self-shot video of the rapper cultivating her art (and identity), providing an illuminating glimpse into the birth of a global pop icon from her humble beginnings.

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New Films by Northwest Artists

A Portland filmmaker will be in attendance for the screening of her new movie “My Summer as a Goth,” the opening night attraction for the 45th annual Northwest Filmmmakers’ Festival, coming Wednesday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, downtown.

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Skating into Portland

Moana is on a high-seas adventure with demigod Maui in the new touring Disney on Ice production ‘Dare to Dream,’ featuring five daring Disney princesses and hosts Mickey and Minnie Mouse. The ice skating extravaganza is coming Thursday, Oct. 25 through Sunday, Oct. 28 to the Moda Center. Tickets start at $23.

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A Rap Group Rises

Portland playwright’s ‘The Price of Fame’

A new play with Portland roots focuses on the challenges faced by an up-and-coming rap group in the early years of the genre.

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Drop, Cover and Hold On!

Rigler Elementary students practice what to do during an earthquake during the Great Oregon ShakeOut earthquake drill, a coordinated event last Thursday at exactly 10:18 a.m. involving schools and office buildings throughout the metro area.

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6,000 Sign Up for Low Income Fares

For those experiencing poverty in Portland, a simple expense like transportation can mean having to make the choice between getting a bus pass and buying groceries. Now with successful enrollment in TriMet’s new reduced fares for low income riders, savings of more than $860 per year can be made on day and monthly passes, an amount that can be life-changing for some.

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E-Scooters Popular Survey Says

The results of a survey conducted to evaluate the riding habits, perceptions and safety of Portland’s e-scooters pilot program show that they’re a popular new transit option for residents and visitors alike and may be helping to reduce the number of cars on the road.

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Lessons Learned

Words matter for player, parent and coach

When a racist word was inserted into a children’s counting game by the adult coach mentoring his son, the Sunset High School parent wanted the school principal to do something about it. Now almost a year and a half after bringing the incident to the attention of school staff, the parent is getting an apology and a commitment that it won’t happen again.

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Community Driven

A new mission and a good fit for local leader

A community member with deep roots in northeast Portland and a track record of commitment to housing and urban development has been named the new Community Programs Manager at the Community Cycling Center a nonprofit organization located on Northeast Alberta Street whose mission is to broaden access to bicycling for all Portlanders.

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Election Countdown

Issues weigh heavy as ballots go out

As the Nov. 6 General Election draws close with vote-by-mail ballots already in the mail and being cast up until Election Day, the issues at stake are weighing heavy on the minds of voters, especially for working families, women, immigrants, and those seeking affordable housing.

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Writings to Humanize Education

‘Teaching for Black Lives’ a handbook for caring

Three-time NFL Pro Bowler Michael Bennett and Grammy award-winning artist Macklemore have teamed up to purchase and distribute copies of a new, widely-acclaimed book, “Teaching for Black Lives” to middle and high school social studies and language arts teachers in the Pacific Northwest.

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GOP Playbook Was Textbook Abusive Behavior

Shortly before he became a Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh made two things clear: He likes beer. And he’s a self-righteous beneficiary of presumption of innocence.

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Power to the People Tour

You’re invited to join Kent Ford, founder of the Portland chapter of the Black Panther Party, for a legacy tour of Albina, the historic district of inner north and northeast Portland and home for Portland’s black community.

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No Kind of Rider

No Kind of Rider, a new indie rock and experimental band from Portland, is winning rave reviews from music publications like Afropunk, Pop Matters and Indie Shuffle for their debut album ‘Savage Coast.’ You’re invited to celebrate the 5-piece band’s latest work when it performs Sunday, Oct. 21 at Rontoms.

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Promoting Golf for All

Vincent Johnson takes helm of citywide program

Vincent Johnson, a Portland native and former professional golfer who has championed growing the game of golf through outreach to women, youth and people of color is the new director of golf with Portland Parks and Recreation.

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Gothic Horror Film Screening

Peter Cushing stars as Doctor Van Helsing and Christopher Lee as Count Dracula in the 1958 classic ‘Horror of Dracula.’ The NW Film Center gets into the spirit of Halloween with a screening of this towering achievement of gothic horror on Friday, Oct. 19 at 9:30 p.m. at the Portland Art Museum, downtown. Tickets are $10 general and $8 for students and seniors.

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Fearless, Bold and Stark

Portland’s White Bird dance series will begin its new Uncaged season with the West Coast premiere of Lucy Guerin’s spellbinding duet titled ‘Split,’ featuring two of Australia’s most gifted dancers.

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Triumph over Obstacles

Story embraces diversity of immigrants

Portland’s Corrib Theatre presents ‘Hurl,’ a play about a group of immigrants of color, refugees and asylum seekers who triumphed in the face of historical, societal, and personal obstacles.

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Benefit Supports Local Students

Oh what a night! The Maurice Lucas Foundation’s eighth annual Celebration Dinner & Auction attracted 650 supporters and raised more than $731,000. The funds will support academic and athletic programs for underserved youths at Harriet Tubman Middle School and six high schools in Portland.

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