Christmas Story on stage Jack Clevenger, as Ralphie Parker, grins from ear to ear as he shows off his Daisy Red Ryder BB gun.

Season’s greetings on the stage

A guide to some of the best theater and performing arts around Portland during the holidays

If getting the entire family together for the holidays isn’t enough of a production, then perhaps Portland’s wide offering of theater and musicals will meet your needs. Place the curtain call on your holiday blues and venture out to applaud some bravo-worthy performances with this list of Portland holiday theater:

Urban Farmer Restaurant

Not your traditional steakhouse

Urban Farmer Restaurant is one of the highest-quality sustainable dining experiences in town

Portland is increasingly gaining a reputation as a place where people truly care about their food. Trending pharses in the current dining scene include sustainable meals, food systems, sustainable purchasing, slow food movements, organic grown, homegrown and biodynamic farming. Thanks to Oregon’s forward-looking views on the environment and to shows like Portlandia teasing the eating habits of Northwest dinner patrons, Portland is acknowledged by many as one of the leading cities in the area of sustainable restaurants.

NBA games officially cancelled

After failing to come to an agreement last week, the NBA cancelled a month of games

Usually, the Portland Trailblazers would start their regular season this week. However, with negotiations between NBA owners and players coming to a stand-still last week, the league has officially cancelled all games through Nov. 1, with more cancellations likely to follow.

On Friday, NBA Commissioner David Stern made another announcement about losing more games (first two weeks of games already cancelled), stating that labor talks between both sides broke down after neither the players or the owners would budge on how to fairly split the league’s revenues.

’Hawks road trip continues

The Portland Winterhawks blowout Calgary in the third game of their long road trip

After dropping the first two games of a nine-game road trip, the Portland Winterhawks finally earned a win in Canada, blowing out the Calgary Hitmen 7-1 at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday night. The Winterhawks (7-5-2, 20 points) now sit in second place in the WHL Western Conference’s U.S. Division, four points behind division leaders Tri-City.

Occupy Newsroom

Took my first real trip through the Occupy Portland movement earlier this week. I had observed the on-goings at Chapman square in passing earlier, but things have grown and developed…

Content about content

One of the toughest parts of being an editor is creating and balancing content, in every sense of the word.  The responsibilities weighing on a section editor can cause large…

Office Space

Another wonderful production day! There were many of the normal stresses and complications that go along with the production process today, but overall everything went pretty smoothly. The morning began…

View from the Sports Section

There was an extremely lively and colorful feel to campus today as crowds of smiling students reunited with classmates and rushed with enthusiasm to their new classes. Down here at the Vanguard newsroom, often affectionately referred to as the “Dungeon” by some on staff since we’re located in the basement of the Smith Memorial Center, it’s been a relatively quiet and humdrum kind of day.