“China Projects” in The Outlook

A short piece on “Great Ancient China Projects,” from my old newspaper, The Gresham Outlook.

“Former Outlook Writer Pens Book,” The Outlook, July 26, 2008:

Former Outlook news clerk and obituary writer Lance Kramer has published a book to introduce children (and adults) to do-it-yourself Chinese projects. The book arrives just in time for the Olympics in China.

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Best of Portland 2008

Here’s a smattering of all sorts of write-ups I did for Willamette Week’s “Best of Portland” issue, which hit the streets 7/23/08:

Best Place to Hear Live Music: Hawthorne Theater

[The People’s Republic] 3862 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 233-7100. Thanks to OLCC regulations, running an all-ages music venue here is about as easy as opening up a Planned Parenthood office in the Vatican. Continue reading

Portland’s Best Globetrotting, School-Building Coffee Company

From Willamette Week’s “Best of Portland” issue, 7/23/08:

Putting a label on the “best” coffee company in Portland is like determining who’s the most heroic superhero in the Hall of Justice. Our city is unsurpassed when it comes to socially conscious, environmentally friendly, goddamn tasty coffee roasters. So, why’d we single out Portland Roasting ? Continue reading

Portland’s Best Biker Jacket

From Willamette Week’s “Best of Portland” issue, 7/23/08:

Mark Allyn has an unconventional relationship with 115-volt Christmas lights. In the 1960s he started lighting his clothing using strings of the yuletide decorations. He even showed up to a high-school dance with an illuminated necktie. Continue reading

“Great Ancient China Projects” in the news

A profile on myself and Steven Weinberg about our new book, “Great Ancient China Projects,” in this week’s Bethesda Gazette (our hometown newspaper). Give it a read if ya get a sec!

From the Entertainment Section, The Gazette, 7/16/08, by Brooke Kenny:

Bethesda native Steven Weinberg remembers his first day of second grade at Bethesda Elementary, when his teacher showed the class a picture of herself bungee jumping. Classmate Lance Kramer was apparently equally impressed, and when the two bonded over how cool they thought it was, a friendship was born. Continue reading

MUSIC: “The Cowboy Junkies”

From Willamette Week, 6/25/08:

[SMOOTH COUNTRY POP] Last year, the Cowboy Junkies returned to Toronto’s Holy Trinity Church to record Trinity Revisited—playing the exact set they performed 20 years earlier at said venue when recording the original, seminalTrinity Session. Continue reading

MUSIC: “HOME for Duane Jarvis: Frank Black, Willy Vlautin, Billy Rancher’s Unreal Gods, NvrSayNvr, Jon Koonce and One More Mile, The Odds Reunion”

[ROCK FOR A CAUSE] HOME stands for “Help Offset Medical Expenses,” and right now Duane Jarvis needs some major help to sort out medical expenses from his recent shitty cancer diagnosis and treatment. Though he eventually left Portland for Nashville (where he recorded with fellas like Frank Black, Dwight Yoakam and John Prine), locals should remember how Jarvis and his bro Kevin rocked Portland back in the day with their group the Odds. Continue reading