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Local tap dancers will have a chance to strut their stuff during a "tap jam" and "tap show" on Sunday, May 28 in the Wonder Ballroom. The event is in honor of National Tap Dance Day, which celebrates Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday.

Learn a traditional tap dance, jam with other tappers and watch Portland-area tap dancers strut their stuff in honor of Bill "Bojangles" Robinson's birthday.

National Tap Dance Day will be celebrated locally on Sunday, May 28, in the Wonder Ballroom, 128 N.E. Russell St. Tap classes run from 4 to 6 p.m.; a tap "jam" begins at 6 p.m.; and a tap show starts at 7 p.m.


An intended parody of the civil rights era offends students, staff

A class skit intended to parody White ignorance of the civil rights movement has generated more concern than laughs at Cornish College of the Arts, and students are asking administrators to do more to curb racial insensitivity at the school.

Students said the in-class performance by three White students in clown makeup and costumes resorted to stereotypes and mocked civil rights icons like Martin Luther King and Malcolm X. A Black faculty member walked out of the March 31 performance and students said they were shocked and upset by the skit.


Group would aid Citizen Review Commitee in assessing opinion

It goes without saying that the Portland Police Bureau is viewed with a certain amount of suspicion by many residents. This is particularly true in North and Northeast Portland, where, in recent years, the fatal shootings of James Jahar Perez and Kendra James by officers — and those officers' exoneration — have fueled the perception that the police are largely unaccountable for their actions.

But the bureau is meeting this criticism head-on. Under the tenure of Chief Derrick Foxworth, the bureau's protocols on the use of force by officers underwent a review by an independent organization, and the bureau's Citizen Review Committee intensely examined officers' conduct and sought to improve the way officers interact with the community.


DaMarcus Beasley

EINDHOVEN, Netherlands— DaMarcus Beasley knows what it's like to be an American soccer player in Europe — especially a Black American soccer player.

"When I got here, people would do the monkey noises and chants and stuff like that," he said. "I just kind of laugh it off."

For him, racism is not some far-off concept.

"I take most of the free kicks and corner kicks," Beasley said, "so I'm in the corner and I can hear it — you know, stuff." As the United States prepares to announce its World Cup roster, the 23-year-old midfielder from Fort Wayne, Ind., is a shoo-in, a spark of speed and energy that helped the Americans reach the quarterfinals four years ago. 

George Johanson, Three Kayakers, oil on canvas

There is something for everyone at Portland Community College's 19th annual Art Beat festival.

Art Beat 2006 will spread across all of the PCC campuses from May 8 through 12, offering students and the community access to local, regional and national artists, as well as an extensive collection of visual art, dance, music, theater and literary events to help expose them to art. Art Beat is free and open to the public.


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