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Poster of the Week

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Apr 3, 2014 at 2:29 PM

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This pretty little thing by Jamila Clarke wins Poster of the Week. Wanna make a recommendation for next week? Have at it.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 5:03 PM

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This beauty by Heather McLaughlin is this week's winner. She will be selling copies at the show at Slabtown.

Do you have a recommendation for next week? Chuck it my way.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

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Designed by DJ Aurora, this smart flyer for tomorrow's podcast panel is a beaut.

Per the youzj, feel free to send me poster recommendations for next week.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 2:29 PM

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This is a nice l'il flyer for tomorrow's Mother Falcon show at Mississippi Studios. Hit me up with recommendations for next week (also if you know the designer of this poster).

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 4:44 PM

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This rockin' poster is by DJ Ronin Roc (AKA Kevin Wright) for his upcoming J Dilla tribute night.

Send me recommendations for next week's poster!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 4:14 PM

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Check out this poster by Tiny Little Hammers. Pretty sweet, eh? If you have a flyer or poster you find particularly purdy and would like to recommend it for next week, blast me an email (no email blasts though!).

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 3:44 PM

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How could this not be Poster of the Week? Wolves! Ladies! Flame throwers! Oh yes. It's by Lisa from the band Bitch School.

What poster should I pick for next week? Email me recommendations.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 3:59 PM

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Sick art, right? It's by Pat Moriarity, who you might know from a little show called Ren & Stimpy. SQUEEE! Don't forget, you can send me Poster of the Week recommendations via magical email.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 3:59 PM

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This week's sweet poster is by Neven Mrgan, who's also assistant director of this show. I'd love to see what posters you like—send 'em my way.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Nov 27, 2013 at 3:59 PM

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This tripped-out poster by David Welker is for the annual, fantastic, 10-years-running Art of Musical Maintenance gig poster show at the Goodfoot. It opens Thursday, December 5.

Always accepting of poster recommendations. Yep.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Nov 21, 2013 at 3:44 PM

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Check out this fantastic poster for Typhoon by Tiny Little Hammers. That's a mean-ass flyer.

Drop me a line if you want to recommend a poster for next week.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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Here's a treasure by one of my favorite Portland poster artists, Chris Bigalke of Showdeer Presents. Per the youszh, it looks fantastic.

I'm taking poster handouts for next week. Email me!

Why You Won't Have Bob Ball to Kick Around Anymore

Posted by Dirk VanderHart on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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If you read our story about Portland's increasingly alienated system of governance this week and found yourself hoping someone would step in and propose changes, don't look at the last guy who tried.

Portland developer Bob Ball made a push in 2002 to get Portland away from the antiquated "commission form" of government into something more in line with the rest of the nation.

We've long been the only major city to let city council members make laws and run city departments. Now we're one of just two where every city council member is elected by the entire populace. Other big cities carve out districts, and would-be politicians must only win the hearts and minds of these subsections to gain office.

People who study this stuff say each system has its pros and cons, but that district-based elections are cheaper, promote more minority involvement, create more-representative councils, and decrease the influence of monied interest groups.

Which all sounds pretty great, except for Portland refuses to change.

Ball's 2002 effort would have ended the commission form of government, putting executive power in the hands of the mayor. It would have created nine city council seats, seven from geographic districts and two citywide.

"I was just looking for a way to be involved and help solve problems," Ball says now. "One of the problems I heard is the commission form of government is broken."

He travelled to cities like San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix, he says, specifically to quiz officials on the pros and cons of their governments. He came back from those trips with a few ideas.

"Ultimately I believed that district elections were more progressive and would be more representative of the electorate," Ball says. "I thought: 'People will read it on its merits, right?'"

But the proposal went down in flames, attracting less than 24 percent of the vote. Mayor Charlie Hales, then a commissioner, was a big opponent. So was former Mayor Bud Clark, who told the Mercury at the time: "This just pissed me off. I found out how much power it gives to the mayor and it really sickened me."

A similar effort to do away with the commission system—though maintain an all at-large city council—failed in 2007. In all, assaults on the commission form of government have failed eight times. Ball—who also had a hand in the 2007 loss—told the Mercury in 2002: ""Even if it doesn't pass this time, I'll keep pushing."

Eleven years later, he says, he's done with the fight. These days, he's better known for his efforts to save the Portland Police Bureau's horse patrol. (Ball's also the guy who dropped the dime on former Mayor Sam Adams' liaison with Beau Breedlove).

"I think voters have spoken pretty soundly on the issue," Ball said.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 4:29 PM

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Orion Landau made this killer poster. I like how the eyes follow you around the room.

Send me your poster recommendations, why dontcha?

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Oct 23, 2013 at 3:44 PM

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This black-metal beauty is by Hai Fleisch for her upcoming burlesque show at the Star Theater. She says, "I hand painted the details of this poster using guache to convey the obsessive love of a true metal fan, adorning the back of his leather jacket or the door of his van." We like!

Send me your posters.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 2:44 PM

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This series of posters by Lia Miternique of Avive Design Studio for the Portland Opera are sweet. Salome starts on November 1. She also did the following posters for upcoming Portland Opera shows.

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Bonus posters: Hit the jump for some great flyers I missed out on last week.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Oct 10, 2013 at 2:44 PM

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Mama Bird Recording Company has a stable of great posters, including this little filly for the Vikesh Kapoor show on Sunday. I tip my hat to thee.

A penny for next week's poster recommendation. Handling and shipping not included.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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Excuse the amateurish snap of this Poster of the Week, it was taken on a jaunt—but there's no denying it's a good flyer. Hit me up if you know the designer (I'm guessing Nat Damm).

Feel free to email me suggestions for next week.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Sep 25, 2013 at 3:14 PM

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Nice one, Nate Preston, nice one. There's a lot of great posters coming up on the horizon this fall. Would you like to submit one that you like? Do so, chief!

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 2:44 PM

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Love this flyer for the upcoming car and motorcycle show at everyone's favorite castle-shaped drinking hole, Club 21. It's by designer Julio Angel Rivera. Nice, nice.

Feel free to send me recommendations for next week's poster. Like this (probably inappropriate) bill for DJ Never Forget at Tiga tonight. Too soon? Not for tall-bike jokes!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 at 2:29 PM

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Back to the regular Wednesday sched for Poster of the Week. Woo hoo. Let's kick this day off with a bang with this lovely poster by John Harper of One Seven Design Studio.

Email me if you have a suggestion for next week's flyer.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Fri, Aug 16, 2013 at 1:44 PM

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Lagerfest is a fest I can get behind, especially with such kick-ass artwork from Tallboy. Party on, Squatch. Party on.

I love getting Poster of the Week recommendations. Send 'em here.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Blogtown's Posters of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 1:29 PM

I'm feeling the hot-pink lure of cheetah print this week. Without even realizing that these two posters shared a background I was debating between this Dan DeCarlo-esque beaut from heyLOW Entertainment and the following Frankenposter by Robert Medina. So I will furrow my brows no longer and give you both in all their big-cat glory. (I'm always taking recommendations for next week's Poster of the Week.)

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jul 31, 2013 at 2:29 PM

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Umm, duh. Every time there's a performance of the Black Lodge Burlesque, this Zack Soto poster will be crowned Poster of the Week. It is glaringly obvious why. (Psst! Because it's awesome, that's why.)

The lines are open for next week's flyer.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Blogtown's Poster of the Week

Posted by Courtney Ferguson on Wed, Jul 24, 2013 at 2:59 PM

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This stylish humdinger is by Thomas Bradley. Those little He-Man faces make me happy.

Keep those poster recommendations coming!

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