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Rodeo Life: Buffoonery, Bulls and Bravery

Rodeo clowns are actors performing dangerous improvisational theater before live audiences. Wearing multicolored masks layered in gaudy grease paint, they symbolize ancient Greek muses. Protecting and liberating the rider from calamity is the job of Melpomene, the scowling face of Tragedy. Meanwhile Thalia, the smiley face of Comedy, is busy court-jesting and regaling children with tomfoolery. How well the theatrical performance is received depends, in large part, on the chemistry between these two opposing forces—Tragedy and Comedy.

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Guns in Schools

In 2009, police arrested a Western Oregon University student at the student union with a concealed handgun and knife in his pocket. Later, the Newberg School District sought, and failed, to keep guns from its schools. These cases ignited a strongly-contested conflict about guns on the campus of Oregon state universities and other state schools.

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Andalusia to Southern Oregon

Pressed up close to Pistol River’s South Bank Road, Les Stansell’s shop appears an unassuming grey corrugated metal building. A dozen broken surfboards and an assortment of wood lean against it. A small hand-painted sign says “Stansell and Co.” That’s as close as Stansell comes to direct advertising—even though he’s renowned for his handcrafted flamenco guitars.

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Function from Form

Two years ago, Rick Fredland made a clever connection between form and function, crafting the concept of the Silipint, or pint cups made of silicone. These vessels could bounce off any surface, survive cliff jumps and regain shape after being run over by a bicycle-powered mobile pub. The cup’s adaptable form gives it more lives than a cat.

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Canby, Oregon

Every road to Canby is a pleasant one, especially for connoisseurs of fresh, locally grown produce.

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Top 5: Mike McMenamin

Mike McMenamin, Oregon pub owner extraordinaire, weighs in with the top 5 versions of his favorite Grateful Dead song, ‘Dark Star.’

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Oregon’s Music Festivals are a Summer Highlight

Waterfront Blues Festival Blues fans should mark their calendars for the 2012 Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival July 4 – 8 on the waterfront in downtown Portland. The festival features 150 acts and four stages, along with cool extras like “Blues” cruises on the Willamette, intimate “After-Hours All-Stars Concerts” in the Marriott Hotel Ballroom, and a fireworks display on opening night.

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Kevin Max, Editor

An unusual boy, Kevin read The New York Times while growing up in Michigan and Indiana. Like most kids of a literary bent, he pursued philosophy and boxing at the University of Notre Dame. After a wayward spell in the financial markets, trading S&P options in the open outcry market, Kevin returned to graduate school at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He moved to New York to write for Money magazine and eventually The New York Times, where he covered IPOs for a joint venture with TheStreet.com. After 9/11, Kevin and his wife, Sarah, left New York for Oregon, where he’s been ever since. Kevin is an owner and the editor of 1859 Oregon’s Magazine. When he’s not out breeding prized racing pigs or sampling boutique foie gras, he is traveling Oregon, looking for a new adventure. [email protected]

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Rodeo Season in Oregon

Summer is rodeo season in Oregon. Check out this list of Oregon’s premier summer rodeos then get out and get your cowpoke on!