Burgerville.

On the next Outlook Portland (Sunday, 6:30am, on NW32 TV)…

Since 1961, Burgerville has been a part of Northwest life, starting at a single address in Vancouver and growing to more than 35 locations throughout Washington and Oregon. This year, the restaurant celebrates its 50th anniversary, and what was true fifty years ago is true today: ask anyone in this part of the world–they’ll have a favorite item on the Burgerville menu.

On this Sunday’s Outlook Portland, we’ll be joined by Burgerville USA‘s President and CEO, Mr. Jeff Harvey; he’ll talk about the restaurant’s founding, evolution, and freakishly-delicious onion rings. We’ll also speak with Daniel Cogan, General Manager of Burgerville’s Montavilla location…and, as a side note, I’ll solemnly vow to never again tape Outlook Portland on an empty stomach.

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: Vince from the zombie-themed graphic novel Walking Dead.

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

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Oregon Film and TV Dollars.

Dean Martin, when asked about his film career, famously said, “Acting? That’s not hard work. Anyone who says acting’s hard work never had to deal blackjack for three hours.”
But, of course, even that carefully-dismissive answer was, itself, part of an act–a construct, for, as Dean Martin knew, acting is a craft, a magic, a talent, an art…and a sometimes-difficult job. And balancing all of those elements can be the hardest act of all.

On the next Outlook Portland (6:30am, on NW32 TV), we’ll talk to Mr. Harold Phillips, a man who handles both the creative and commercial sides of the equation with aplomb.

He’s been seen in myriad TV and film productions, including Leverage, The Outbreak, Company of Thieves, and Dark Horizon. He also works -seemingly without pause- to raise and maintain awareness of Portland’s potential as a hub for artistic dollars.

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: Paul Stanley of KISS…as a rubber duck.

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

Kelly Clark and John Gorham.

Sunday’s Outlook Portland (6:30am, on NW32 TV) is going to make you almost unbearably hungry, and you’re going to end up rooting around inside a half-empty bag of graham crackers and cursing.

Just so you know.

We’ll speak with Portland chef John Gorham, whose news restaurant, Tasty n Sons, has been named the best in Portland by Willamette Week. We’ll also speak with Willamette Week‘s Arts and Culture Editor (and one of our favorite people) Ms. Kelly Clarke.

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.

Morgan Grace.

The writer and rhetorician William F. Buckley, Jr. once said, “Life can’t be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas there are…and listen to them for ten years.”

At the other end of the ideological spectrum is Frank Zappa’s observation that “without music to decorate it, time is just a bunch of deadlines by which bills must be paid.”

That these two men -who probably disagreed on the color of the sky- should agree on the nature of music is further evidence that music is what unites…well…everything.

To have such art is to be lucky…to know some of its finest creators is to be doubly so. On this Sunday’s Outlook Portland (6:30am, on NW32 TV), we’ll be joined by one of Portland’s finer examples: singer/songwriter/performer Miss Morgan Grace.

photo by David Ackerman

We’ll talk about her latest video, “Vampire Love”, in which she stunningly recreates myriad scenes from Twilight; we’ll also discuss live performance versus studio creation, and we’ll learn the genesis of the magical song “Valentine”.

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: Paul Stanley of KISS…as a rubber duck.

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

Next week: We follow up with Lisa and Brian Wood -owners of Big-Ass Sandwiches– one year after they launched their food cart. It really is quite a story.

PHAME Academy on the next Outlook Portland.

The performing arts -in addition to being entertaining, educational, and, at times, therapeutic- are remarkable for still another reason: the universal nature of their power. Communication in the form of music, for example, is a sort of emotional skeleton key — reaching past boundaries and borders, whether physical, cultural, or circumstantial. Music is truly the open-source language.

Nowhere is that more evident than at Portland’s PHAME Academy, which gives mid-teens and adults with developmental disabilities and special needs in Portland and Vancouver the chance to participate in the fine and performing arts.

Joining us on Sunday’s Outlook Portland (6:30am, on NW32 TV). are PHAME Academy Artistic Director Jessica Dart, Music Director Ben Landsverk, and Managing Director Stephen Marc Beaudoin. They’ll discuss the history of this amazing organization, and talk about what productions are on the horizon.

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 .

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.