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Commissioner Fish is in charge of the Portland Water Bureau and the Bureau of Environmental Services. He is also Council liaison to Elders in Action, Venture Portland, and the Regional Arts & Culture Council.
Dia de los Muertos
The Portland Building’s art installation space is celebrating the dead.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a holiday that remembers and celebrates loved ones that have passed on. Originating in Moscoso’s native Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is now celebrated by many people all over the world – including right here in Portland.
As with the holiday’s tradition, Moscoso constructed an elaborate, colorful altar, filled with painted skulls, photos, and special trinkets. The deceased’s spirits are believed to appreciate the offerings.
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) sponsors the Installation Art Series. Selected through a juried process, each installation questions common perspectives through art.
Dia de los Muertos is up until the end of October. Check out RACC’s website for more information about the Installation Art Series.
1120 SW 5th Avenue
8 am – 5 pm
Photo courtesy of RACC.
October 20, 2014
Douglas Wolk in the Slate
Dr. Know: Why can't my Portland water bill be monthly instead of quarterly?
Denis C. Theriault in the Portland Mercury
Dirk Vanderhart in the Portland Mercury
Jim Redden in the Portland Tribune
Aaron Mesh in the Willamette Week
October 17, 2014
Kenton Art Walk tonight!
This evening, join fellow North Portlanders at Kenton’s Third Thursday Art Walk.
Stroll along the beautiful historic neighborhood while perusing its great art and local small businesses.
When you need a break from all that shopping, enjoy music, dancers, live martial arts, and delicious foods from local eateries. And be sure to walk north on Kenton to visit the historic Paul Bunyan statue!
The event serves as a great connection for two of Nick’s top priorities – supporting Portland’s neighborhood small businesses and our wonderful arts and culture community.
Photo courtesy of the Kenton Neighborhood Association.
October 16, 2014
Reel Film Festival
This year’s festival celebrates the wonderful combinations of sound, images, music, and culture within movies.
Be inspired by rich, dichotomous blends of old and new, and of familiar and strange. With diverse, eclectic collections ranging from vintage performance clips to modern animation, viewers are taken on a journey of musical and cinematic exploration.
The NW Film Center is a recipient of the Regional Arts & Culture Council’s General Operating Support Grant.
The Reel Music Festival runs through October 22. Check out NW Film Center’s website for more information.
Photo courtesy of NW Film Center.
October 15, 2014
Clean water history
We could argue that Portland’s drinking water is the best in the world, thanks to innovative Oregonians long since passed.
In 1895, drinking water began flowing from the Bull Run Watershed through underground pipes, down to homes and businesses in Portland. The underground system substantially reduced the number of waterborne disease outbreaks. In 1929, the Portland Water Bureau began adding chlorine, nearly eliminating all waterborne disease outbreaks.
Over a hundred years later, we still get our water from the Bull Run! And, because Bull Run water is so high-quality at the source, we are one of just six large water systems in the United States that doesn’t need to treat our water further.
Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB), is launching a new show, “How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson,” which explores the history of great innovations. The first episode, titled Clean, takes viewers on a journey of our country’s history of underground water and sewer systems in the mid-1800s. Nicknamed the “clean revolution,” it was a time in our history when we were desperate to make cities healthier and cleaner.
Clean airs on OPB on Wednesday, October 15 at 9 pm.
OPB’s Oregon Experience series has a great episode on the history of the Bull Run. Watch it anytime for free on OPB’s website.
October 13, 2014