Episode 2 – The Power of PHAME

Ben Landsverk, choir director for PHAME, works with a student in preparation for their upcoming show, Once Upon a Mattress.

Last Saturday, I attended a rehearsal for the Pacific Handicapped Artists, Musicians and Entertainers (PHAME) in preparation for their upcoming performance of the musical Once Upon a Mattress.

While PHAME students were busy executing lines, learning choreography and hitting the high notes, I had a chance to learn more about the organization. These performers are dedicated, hardworking and focused. In PHAME, they’ve found a place to learn and grow in the performing arts:

Once Upon a Mattress opens Saturday, June 12 at Portland Community College.

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Episode 1 — Fare Warning

Here's the PGE Park MAX Station, where I learned a lesson about freeloading.

My abuse of public transportation finally caught up to me this week. In this week’s podcast, here’s how I finally learned my lesson on when it comes to riding the MAX.

And just to milk the “fair warning” theme today, I’m attending my first Portland Timbers soccer game tonight. The Timbers transition to Major League Soccer next season, but in the meantime, I’m told it’s the most raucous sports environment in the city.

I never thought I’d blog about soccer, but tune in tomorrow.