Touring Splitsville

While the Pacific Northwest’s not particularly known for its vibrant punk community, a couple of area punk bands are looking to revitalize the scene. Big Eyes and Mean Jeans, both bands with burgeoning reputations in this leg of the country, recently released a split seven-inch together on local record label Dirtnap Records, whose storefront location, Green Noise Records, is in Southeast Portland.

A strike at the system

Consuming faith, discharging it and absorbing it: All of these play an integral thematic role in Britiish director Steve McQueen’s 2008 film, Hunger, which is now showing at Portland State’s 5th Avenue Cinema.

To Japan from Oregon, with love

Cultural understanding is a vital aspect of any business venture—especially ventures of the cross-cultural, international variety. Formal mayoral candidate and Azumano Travel CEO Sho Dozono knows this maxim well. Dozono will speak tonight at Portland State as part of an ongoing lecture series called “Oregon Success Stories in Doing Business with Japan.”

The high cost of low prices

Retail employees weigh in on working Black Friday

Walkers, biters, lurkers, herds—though this may sound like a description of AMC’s The Walking Dead, it can be more accurately ascribed to Black Friday shoppers.

Zines give voice to social justice

Women of Color Zine Workshops teach participants to express themselves

Tonya Jones started the Women of Color Zine Workshops four years ago to “provide a creative space for women of color in Portland.

British culture wars

Center for Public Humanities holds lunch and lecture

“The last 100 years have brought dramatic changes to Britain,” said Tracy J. Prince, scholar-in-residence for the Portland Center for Public Humanities. These changes are revealed in her upcoming lecture, which will touch on issues raised in her book Culture Wars in British Literature: Multiculturalism and National Identity.

Zine scene

QRC’s Coming Out Day celebration promotes awareness, DIY efforts

Come out. Be aware. Make zines.

The Queer Resource Center is helping PSU celebrate National Coming Out Day on Oct. 11 with a celebration rally in the Park Blocks. The celebration is being held in conjunction with the school’s Portland State of Mind campaign and the unveiling of the 2012 Outlist, a list of staff and students who identify as LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trangender) or as allies of the LGBT community.

Bearing witness

Esteemed genocide expert talks testimony, politics

“How do we really put pressure on the rallying cry ‘never again’ so that it will mean something?” asked Marie Lo, director of the Portland Center for Public Humanities.