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Black Panther play 'Party People' was stellar hit of the season

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival wrapped up its 77th season Sunday night with the final performance of Romeo and Juliet, a celebration and dedication of the Thomas Theatre (formerly New Theatre) and farewells to a number of long-time company members


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Doors open at 6:45 pm on Friday, December 14, 2012

A Supreme Evening Featuring Mary Wilson of the Supremes. A special holiday fund raising concert for Portland area non profits and activities. Friday, December 14, 2012, Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom


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Florence Mills could have been in Ziegfeld's Follies but she chose black theater instead

Renee Watson is a native New Yorker who has taught art, poetry, creative writing and theater to kids from pre-school on up. She also uses drama and writing as therapy tools for youth and adult clients. Her stunning new children's picture book, "Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills," shares the true-life tale of a singer during the 1920s artistic and cultural movement in New York.


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A warts-and-all, cautionary tale chronicling both Coltrane's personal flaws and incomparable genius

But is the life of a legendary jazz great with such a checkered past the appropriate subject of an illustrated children's book? Yes, argues Gary Golio, author of "Spirit Seeker: John Coltrane's Musical Journey."


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Local artist hopes his music hits fans not just in their ears, but in their hearts and minds

Capes, real name Micheal Caples, has generated considerable buzz around the city with the new release. The emerging MC, who has aspirations of being a social worker, hopes his music will help inspire others who grew up in tough situations like himself.

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Wife weighs absentee hubby's worth in introspective tale of female empowerment

This introspective tale of female empowerment simultaneously touches on a number of universal themes apt to resonate with an audience of any demographic.


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Rappers such as Si Simo rage against perceived corruption of police and state

CASABLANCA, Morocco (CNN) -- In the poor suburbs of Casablanca, Morocco's largest city, home-grown hip-hop artists blare from radios, clubs and street corners around the clock.


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Linda, recently diagnosed with kidney cancer, has taken a sabbatical from work and her band while she undergoes treatment

An all-star cast of Portland blues, soul and R&B artists are coming together for Love for Linda, a benefit for Portland soul diva Linda Hornbuckle, at Jimmy Mak's, Sunday, Nov. 11.


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Her book is basically the literary equivalent of an uncritical fanzine, since it is reverential in tone and arrives laced with song lyrics

Rap star Nicki Minaj made headlines recently when she threatened to shoot fellow judge Mariah Carey during an expletive-laced tirade delivered on the set of American Idol. The video of the Minaj meltdown went viral over the Internet, leaving viewers to speculate about whether the cat fight was real or merely a staged, attention-grabbing publicity stunt.


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Feature rolls out Tuesday for Xbox 360, Oct. 26 for all Microsoft devices

(CNN) -- When Microsoft announced Xbox Music at this year's E3 gaming expo, it sounded like an effort to become the next iTunes. But new details show that the service, which begins rolling out this week, aims to be a whole lot more.


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