May 2008

From The Oregonian – Hey musicians! Those pearly whites looking pearly gray, but you don’t have the dental insurance to fix that? Have no fear:

Free Dental Clinic Portland Friday, June 27, 2008 MusiCares, in conjunction with Dr. Patrick Sherrard, will be offering comprehensive dental exams and consultations to low-income music professionals without insurance. Exams (include complete x-rays and cleaning) will be provided free of charge to pre-screened, pre-approved music professionals*, upon establishing eligibility. Appointments will be assigned in one hour increments, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Space is limited! Contact MusiCares at 800-687-4227 (toll-free) to schedule an appointment. * Minimum of 5 years documented career history or credits on 5 recorded tracks/videos

Hmm. Watch OPB Thursday May 22 at 8pm and Sunday, May 25 at 6pm to see “Everybody’s Art,” an Oregon Art Beat special. Join the public art conversation on Think Out Loud, Friday May 23 at 9am.

See the web site – OPB’s Everybody’s Art

More than 30 years ago Oregon was one of the first states to commit consistent funding to public art. Thanks to our Percent for Art program Oregon is home to a collection of more than 2,500 pieces of art funded by us, the public. Add to that the thousands of works that have been privately funded and it’s hard to go through a day without passing a fountain, mural, sculpture or some other piece of public art. But who’s creating public art and caring for it once it’s been installed? What impact does public art have on communities, on you? Start to answer these questions for yourself by watching Everybody’s Art, join the conversation about public art with Think Out Loud on OPB Radio. Then get out and explore public art in your neighborhood and around the state using our public art map

Lola Greene Baldwin was one of Portland’s few great heroes, and it’s most important police officer – the first woman police officer in the nation.

Her story plays tonight on Oregon Experience, 9 PM on OPB.

On April 1, 1908 Lola G. Baldwin was sworn in “to perform police service” for Portland, Oregon and became the nation’s first policewoman. As Superintendent of the new Women’s Protective Division, Detective Baldwin crusaded for the moral and physical welfare of young, single working women. Her goal was to prevent them from being lured into lives of prostitution and crime by offering positive alternatives and by making the city safe.

But early 20th century Portland was rampant with vice and corruption, and ragtime America was shaking traditional values apart. Baldwin and her officers policed environments they believed bred corruption including the many amusement parks, dance halls and saloons around town.

Other cities around the country, including Tacoma and Seattle, were watching Portland’s experiment with women police and invited Baldwin to help them organize their own women’s protective divisions.

Policewoman Baldwin was instrumental in developing new preventive strategies in the community that influence policing policies to this day. Even after she retired in 1922, she continued to lobby for equal benefits for women police officers everywhere.

There is an exhibit about Lola Baldwin at the Portland Police Museum, part of the Portland Police Historical Society.

EXTRA – Lola Greene Baldwin Foundation – prostitution recovery

EXTRA – America’s first policewoman, from Mike Bailey at The Columbian

About twice a year I take off for a month to do another project. I am in the midst and will be back in a week or so.

King Corn: The Rest of the Story

Monday, May 12, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Hollywood Library, 4040 N.E. Tillamook St.

King Corn and Portland filmmaker Curt Ellis shares the environmental story left untold in his award-winning feature documentary.

Free tickets for seating will be available 30 minutes prior to the program.