Some people make art

Some people have really interesting stories that are waiting to be told. Some people live their lives unnoticed by most. They may do memorable things in their time, and they may make life better for dozens of people. Their memory, however, will be relegated to a photo album or a dusty cassette tape recording of their voice, completely overlooked by the rest of the world.

Beyond the boundaries of print

Imagine a world where the lines between literature, music and visual arts are blurred. Where free-form expression reigns supreme and constant artistic collaboration is the norm. That is the world of Born Magazine, an 11-year-old Pacific Northwest publication you’ve probably never heard of.

(Not so) Whole Bowl

The problem with the mono-cuisine food cart the Whole Bowl is that their bowls are nothing of the sort. The vegetarian food cart may offer a healthy alternative to burritos and samosas, but their portion sizes may leave you turning to the taco wagons for a fill-up anyway.

OLCC amends rules for minors

The OLCC voted unanimously this morning to amend their rules regarding minors in establishments that serve alcohol. The amendments affect the statutes governing minor postings-rules put in place to determine when and where minors can be in the presence of alcohol in an establishment. The previous rules place businesses in the realm of either “restaurant” or “drinking establishment,” leaving no middle area for venues such as concert halls.

Minors now allowed

After months of public hearings, debates, an outpouring of letters and a previous failed vote in December, the OLCC passed a landmark change on Friday that could allow minors greater access to venues previously off limits to them. Starting in June some businesses that serve alcohol, such as music venues, that are interested in allowing access to minors at all hours can now submit control plans that must specify exactly how they will keep alcohol out of the hands of minors.

Pledging for radio

KPSU kicked off its annual pledge-drive concert series last Saturday evening with a high-energy all-ages punk show at Backspace. Set in a retro video arcade and featuring bands such as the Seattle-based group The Girls, as well as the unbilled local 15-year-old rockers Don’t Hurt Miles! KPSU coordinators say the show raised around $500 for the station.

Students struggle in strained job market

Katrina Griffiths, a 20-year-old PCC student, was laid off unexpectedly when the company she worked for cut back jobs. As a result, she was forced to drop a required math class in order to make her schedule more appealing to businesses. The biology major says she now fills that time looking for work. “That’s part of my little daily ritual now, is once I’m done [for the day] with school, I just go on Craigslist and look.” Griffiths is not alone in her search. Every day, several thousand Oregonians, many of them students, compete for jobs.

Get on the stage

It is mid-evening on a rainy Thursday night, and in the basement of the Smith building, Wonder Woman has just taken the stage. She smiles coyly at the audience in the darkened dining room of the Food for Thought Cafe, and silently begins to shave her armpits. Welcome to open mic night. Her shaving act was part of the Thursday open mic night hosted by the Popular Music Board, Food for Thought and Pathos Literary Magazine. The now-weekly event has been running regularly since the beginning of March and takes place every Thursday at 7 p.m.

For education, for progress

In front of a shimmering wall of starlight, former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn spoke to 850 guests gathered in a candlelit ballroom at the Oregon Convention Center. The crowd gathered at the ninth annual Simon Benson Awards dinner to acknowledge lifetimes of community work by local philanthropists Sam Wheeler and Gwen Burns and her family. Glenn was the keynote speaker for the awards.