Arts & Culture

Meet the “Minister of Loud Noises” at The Old Church Concert Hall

The Old Church Concert Hall in downtown Portland is known as “a sanctuary of sound” — and organist Michael Barnes is its “minister of loud noises.” Michael is the artistic director behind the Lunchtime Concert Series, which brings local musicians to The Old Church every Wednesday at noon to perform a free concert. The concert […]

/ August 30, 2019


How Hip Hop Soulsation Academy Advanced to the World Dance Championship

The competition dance team from Hip Houl Soulsation Academy has won a “golden ticket” this summer — but they might need a little help to redeem it. At their last competition, the local teens earned a chance to represent Oregon at the World Dance Championships in New Jersey. Now the challenge is getting there. The […]

/ July 25, 2019


We’re Reading ‘The Child Finder’ For Book Club (And You Can, Too)

Our next book club read is a real thriller. (📸: Harper Books) We’re keeping the Bridgeliner book club rolling this spring with another local read — “The Child Finder” by Rene Denfeld. The book is a thrilling mystery novel about the search for a missing five-year-old girl, and it’s inspired by Rene’s day job as […]

/ April 10, 2019


We’re Starting a Portland Book Club (And You’re Invited)

📸: Courtenay Hameister and Marie Murphy It’s happening! Our fledgling book club is already 25 50 75 members strong, and we’re almost ready to get started with our first read: Okay Fine Whatever by Portland writer and former Live Wire host Courtenay Hameister. The book tells the “hilarious and poignant” story of a “chronically anxious woman’s quest to become braver by seeking […]

/ January 16, 2019