Byron Beck this Sunday.

As the old cliche goes: if you don’t like the weather, just give it a few minutes, and something different will come along. The same could be said for almost any of the innumerable current events presently occupying the good people of Portland. From revolutions on the local culinary scene to whole constellations of Hollywood stars appearing out of nowhere….there is, truly, never a dull moment.

On Sunday’s Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV), we’ll be joined by a man who helps bring all of these disparate elements together: Portland writer, journalist, and stylish man about town….Byron Beck of ByronBeck.com.

That’s the next Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV).

The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: Magic the Gathering‘s Thornscape Battlemage.

Outlook Portland, Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV…the home of Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Rick Emerson.

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Project Pooch.

“A boy and his dog.”

It’s a phrase which looms large in not only the American lexicon, but in the human lexicon. Though we are surrounded by domesticated animals of all varieties, there is no denying the distinct, unmatched bond between man and canine. In the 14,000 years since they began their developmental split with wolves, dogs have come to occupy a sort of evolutionary middle-ground…one shared by no other animal.

They are animals, yet they live in our homes, and frequently sleep on our beds. They naturally exist in packs, but that pack is often headed by…one of us. In situations of conflict, they will commonly fight on the side of humans, even when the aggressor is “one of their own kind.”

More than any other living creature, they have thrown in their lot with us, and we with them. And now, that bond is being used in a kind of joint rehabilitation, with both the boy and his dog emerging better on the other side. This unlikely endeavor is called Project Pooch.

What is Project Pooch? It’s a concept so beautiful and obvious in its simplicity that it reduces the toughest of men to tears. Project Pooch matches abandoned, unwanted shelter dogs with inmates in the prison system — typically young inmates, who were, themselves, abandoned or unloved.

On this Sunday’s Outlook Portland, we’ll talk to Joan Dalton and Dave Waki, Executive Director and Board Member, respectively, of Project Pooch.

That’s on the next Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV).

The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: The Last Son of Krypton…Superman.

Outlook Portland
, Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV…the home of Gossip Girl, Vampire Diaries, and Rick Emerson.

Filmusik presents Gulliver’s Travels.

Sometimes, even the magical…the glamourous…the world-renown…can begin to seem a little threadbare. Through repetition and rote, the sparkle can be replace by a kind of tedium. And still, the show goes on. As Buffy Anne Summers once said, “Every single night, the same arrangement…I go out and fight the fight.”

And so, a new perspective can, on occasion, render the ordinary astounding….turn the shopworn into the stunning.

Filmusik does that on a now-regular basis…by taking films of an earlier age and preserving the visual glory, while creating brand-new vocal and musical accompaniment. Their work is audacious, inspiring, and quintessentially Portland.

Joining us on Sunday’s Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV) will be Filmusik’s Director, Mr. Galen Huckins.

Their newest production is the 1939 animated classic, Gulliver’s Travels:


 “Fleischer’s animated feature from 1939 tells Jonathon Swift’s travel adventure in a Betty Boop meets Moby Dick sort of way.  There’s songs and dance, live sound effects, live voices and live music.  It’s like Fantasia if Mickey Mouse were Goliath and the orchestra was right in your lap! With an original score performed live by the Filmusik Chamber ensemble and a cast of 20 performers. Gulliver’s Travels is a movie experience not to miss. It’s a rare chance to see professional soundtrack artists at work.  Get yourself some popcorn and be prepared to sing along!”

The show runs July 16th thru July 23rd so get your tickets today.

The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: leader of the Decepticons…Megatron.

Outlook Portland, Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV…the home of Gossip Girl, Melrose, and Rick Emerson.

Aaron Mesh, Willamette Week

It’s what I sometimes refer to as the “tyranny of choice”: a distinctly American problem in which one’s options -one’s available avenues for entertainment, food, or gaudy consumer goods- seem almost limitless.

Instead of paucity-induced paralysis, you can suffer a kind abundance-induced indecision…until once again opting to sit at home in your He-Man boxers, watching Blackadder reruns and eating cold cereal.

In times of such puzzling plenty, the answer is clear: let someone else think for you.

In this case, that someone else is Portland’s Willamette Week, specifically WW‘s Finder Magazine, which tells you where to go, what to buy, and rightly, how to believe.

Joining us on Sunday’s Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV) to discuss the overwhelming array of Oregon options -and the paper that streamlines the whole situation- Willamette Week Screen Editor Aaron Mesh.

The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: leader of the Decepticons…Megatron.

Outlook Portland
, Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV…the home of Gossip Girl, Melrose, and Rick Emerson.

Ice Road Trucker’s Hugh Rowland Coming to OP.

Got a question for “Ice Road Truckers” star Hugh Rowland?

Come Tuesday, I’ll be interviewing Hugh Rowland, star of History’s Ice Road Truckers and author of  On Thin Ice: Breakdowns, Whiteouts, and Survival on the World’s Deadliest Roads.

Ice Road Truckers has a fairly frenzied following in the NW, and Portland is no exception…so if you’ve got a question you’d like us to ask Hugh, now’s the time to let us know.

As for me, I’ll be spending much of the interview hoping he doesn’t decide to belt me in the kisser.

The Outlook Portland interview with Hugh Rowland airs Sunday, June 13th only on NW32 TV.

This Sunday.

A Christian, a Muslim, and a BYU graduate walk into a bar.

And that’s just the first guy.

And it’s not a bar, so much as it is Sunday’s episode of Outlook Portland.

Sorry.

Believers and non-believers alike spend untold millions of hours debating the meaning of certain scriptural passages…and the true teachings of certain faiths. It often seems that religions -like the political parties they so closely resemble- are puzzle pieces that can never be brought together, because no one can agree on the shape.

On Sunday’s Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, on NW32 TV), we’ll have a fascinating -and surprisingly funny- discussion with a man who is attempting the seemingly impossible: the definitive explanation and integration of numerous faiths.

Nader Pourhassan, Ph.D. was born and raised in Tehran, Iran and raised to be “a fanatical supporter of Islam.” He moved to the United States when he was fourteen years old and has spent the last twenty years researching the Koran and the Bible in depth. Along the way, he attended Brigham Young University on a martial-arts scholarship, married a Catholic girl who was also attending the heavily-Mormon college, and he witnessed the front-line combat of the Iran-Iraq war.

He will also tell an utterly fantastic story about religious revelation, and how it led him to…a McDonald’s.

Like 99.9% of all deep thinkers worth knowing, he, of course, resides here in Portland. His most recent book is God’s Scripture: A Faithful Comparison, and he’ll be our guest on Sunday’s Outlook Portland.

The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: The Last Son of Krypton, Superman.

Outlook Portland
, Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV…the home of Gossip Girl, Melrose, and Rick Emerson.
NEXT WEEK: Hugh Rowland, star of The History Channel’s Ice Road Truckers and author of On Thin Ice: Breakdowns, Whiteouts, and Survival on the World’s Deadliest Roads.

IN TWO WEEKS: Founder and Editor of Burnside Review, poet Sid Miller.

Thad Smith, Everyman’s War.

In the world of art, there are many, many overused similes and false comparisons. If the most common is “bigger than The Beatles”, then the most egregious must be the comparison of any creative undertaking to war. Touring, standup comedy, performance of live music, and -especially- filmmaking are often described in terms of “going to war”, “fighting for every inch”, and “winning the battle.”

To understand the innaccuracy of any such statement, one need only talk with those who have experienced the reality of war. What film can do, though, is capture their stories, and make sure those stories are heard…make certain they resonate.

Everyman’s War is a film which does just that, using the microcosm of one man’s life and journey in World War II as a means for exploring the ties of honor, loyalty, and family.

It’s also an illustration of the magic of filmmaking, as the outskirts of Germany are represented by such decidedly non-Teutonic locations as Mt. Hood and Scappoose.

On Sunday’s Outlook Portland (Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV), we’ll be joined by the Director and Producer of Everyman’s War, Thad Smith. He’ll discuss the film’s background -it was inspired by his father’s World War II experiences- its creation, and the difficulty of filling Scappoose with German tanks.

The show will also feature another “Outlook Portland Editorial Reply”, brought to you by our marquee sponsor, Things From Another World. This week’s guest editorialist: The Last Son of Krypton – Superman.


Outlook Portland
, Sunday at 6:30am, only on NW32 TV…the home of Gossip Girl, Melrose, and Rick Emerson.

NEXT WEEK: Portland, as seen through the photographic eye; with guest Jayesunn Krump of Vanished Twin Photography.