BY Meg Zulch
on Sep 10, 2014
In a sea of generic Playboy and Hollywood bombshell calendars, there’s finally a calendar that honors the curvy, beautiful ladies of our lives. It’s rare these days to see women in the media that aren’t Photoshopped and airbrushed into oblivion. Thin bodies are glorified in our society, and too often every other type of body is not given the appreciation and representation they deserve. The portrayal of plus-sized bodies in the mainstream is rare, and is often considered inappropriate or vulgar. Read More
BY Amy Carlberg
on May 12, 2014
Pull on your red pleather boots, slap on some lipstick and a pair of heart-shaped glasses and go out dancing. In a field. Or outside a post office. Or in the forest.
This is what front woman of HERS, Melissa L. Amstutz, does in the video for "Please." She places her hand stiffly on her head, positioning her own body. She dons a platinum blonde wig, and we are forced to see her enact a strange femininity. Gender truly is a performance, and one we all undergo each day. We see that there is so much more to a woman, to Amstutz, than blonde hair and red lips. Read More
BY Katie Fustich
on Nov 08, 2013
Nikki McClure, known for her intricate paper-cut art, will be displaying the original works featured in her 2014 Calendar, "Home," tonight at Land Gallery in Portland.
"Home" juxtaposes McClure's strong signature style with the delicacy of pastoral life, creating a somewhat eerie and nostalgic sensation. The artist creates her works using only a single sheet of black paper and an x-acto knife, making the pieces that much more awe-inspiring to witness in person. Read More
BY Narciso Espiritu
on Sep 17, 2013
The Second Annual All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival is returning to Northeast Portland on October 17th-20th. The first and only festival of its kind, this four-day event features a carefully-curated blend of the best rising comedic performers and nationally headlining comics from across the country and beyond. Read More
BY Sarah Fonder
on Apr 10, 2013
The Oregon Zoo just posted an adorable video of their two-month-old river otter Molalla learning to swim. Otter keeper Becca VanBeek explains that otters are practically immobile when they're babies, so Mo's mom Tilly has been easing him into the water. Baby Mo was as big as "a handful of jellybeans" (!!!) when he was born, but he's now a 2000-gram pup with "quite the personality."
To honor the first river otter born at Oregon Zoo, Metro is donating money from every visit to help restore the local wetlands where otters live. Read More