The Twangshifters.

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As a great philosopher once said, our lives are made up of days, which pass like so much sand…through the hourglass.

But as the waves of years become decades, and decades become centuries, those waves recede and leave things behind: relics, treasures, and shining fragments of other times. Together, they are highly-polished pieces of the cultural jigsaw puzzle.

Some of those artistic shards resonate more deeply than others. They show us a different shade of life. They change our thinking, our path, our music, until –to paraphrase Rob Sheffield– no matter what year the calendar says, in our heads, it’s always 1957. Which brings us to rockabilly, and some of our glorious city’s most accomplished practitioners of the form.

The Twangshifters join us for a free-ranging discussion of music, performance, and why the 1950s have made such a profound and lasting impact on rock-and-roll culture.

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 King of the Monsters: Godzilla.

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

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Burgerville.

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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.

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Cars may get the glory, but bicycles have the numbers. There are more than one billion bicycles in use on planet Earth –easily double the number of automobiles– and another 130 million bikes are sold every year.

An astonishing number of those bicycles end up right here in Portland, where the streets and sidewalks are filled, year-round, no matter the weather, with pedaling enthusiasts of every stripe and variety.

From every walk of life, so to speak, cyclists emerge onto the paths and pavement of our fair city, forming –to borrow a term from Dostoyevsky– an accidental tribe, with its own culture, history, challenges, and coalitions. Portland is, in many ways, a city which runs on two wheels.

On the next Outlook Portland, we’ll be joined by Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance; we’ll discuss all of the above…and more.

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 King of the Monsters…Godzilla.

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

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Music composer, Kielen King.

“Run-DMC First Said a DJ Could be a Band.” -Chuck D

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

Throughout human history, music has adapted, evolved, and cross-pollinated, each amalgam mixing and swirling the disparate forms together, often to create something staggeringly new.

One thing, however, remains a constant: the player, the singer, the songwriter. In a room or in a studio, attempting a kind of artistic alchemy: the transformation of imagination into physical form. To capture -on tape, paper, or hard drive- what exists only as a free-floating magic within the creative center.

Sometimes, it seems so amazing that it’s a wonder it ever happens at all.

On this week’s Outlook Portland, we’ll speak with Kielen King, a Portland musician whose latest idea has been successfully transferred into the realm of the real. His past albums include Soundtrack for an Automated Night and (as part of Azure Noir) Addicted to Blue. His new project is Star Pilot’s Lament: A Musical Sci-Fi Epic.

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.

SCRAP.

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Here’s something to ponder the next time you’re up late and staring out the window, wondering about your place in all creation:

Scientists who study the dispersement of material throughout the universe theorize that the Earth is so fantastically efficient at redistributing its matter –so mind-bogglingly good at re-using things– that every time you inhale, you are, in fact, breathing in at least a bit of Mr. William Shakespeare. (I swear, you couldn’t make this stuff up.)

And so it goes with water, dirt, air…and everything else. The Earth is, indeed, recycled…every last bit of it. And what is true for the planet at large is true for our own fair city.

On the next Outlook Portland, we’ll be joined by Alyssa Kail, Creative Reuse Center Manager of SCRAP. If you haven’t heard of SCRAP, just ask around: you’ll find that this quintessentially-Portland endeavor is making quite an impact on how our fellow townspeople reuse, recycle, and refashion everything.

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 leader of The Decepticons…Megatron.

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