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Recognizing a dearth of affordable rehearsal and performance spaces in Portland, Ian Smith hollowed out an old tanning salon and built his own. He opened Sun Tiki Studios in April of last year, in partnership with drummer Cecil Gardner, and the spot has since become a hub for underground ban…

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Mari Balow wants you to make friends while you work out. For over a year now she’s led and organized one of the city’s only weekly grassroots workout groups, the Portland Sweat Project, while maintaining a strong supporting role in the Runaways Run Club. Both of these clubs are free and open…

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Mark Otim, known by his stage name African Dundada is a South Sudanese-American hip-hop and reggae dancehall artist, whose goal is to use performance as a tool to advance a very utopian, “one love” sort of message. He also works with immigrant youth in Portland, many of whom, he says, consid…

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 It only launched this winter, but how are you seeing the Farmhouse Fridays night at Oxbow come together? Seems like it could fill a need for the East End.  It is jelling nicely at this point. Lots of returning faces, many from the local neighborhood. We are not there to force a certain styl…

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Jim Rand has been the WMPG station manager since 1998 and a DJ since 1986. He hosted The Modern Music Show decades ago and is currently the host of Land of the Lost, playing psych, punk, and garage music, Thursdays from 3 to 5 pm.