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Every week, The Daily Meal rounds up restaurant reviews across America

At Nashville's Husk, the food is "as good as Southern cooking gets," says restaurant critic Alan Richman.

This week in restaurant news, critic Alan Richman reviews Husk's new location in Nashville, Tenn. While the Charleston, S.C., location was "beyond disappointing" for him, Richman says this one is "more splendid." At the Nashville restaurant, which he notes is on a "curious, out-of-the-way street that calls to mind a more gracious past," the servers are "far more polished" and explain every step of a dish's preparation to customers. Having tried the Manchester Farms Quail, Husk Boudin, Smoky Lady Peas, and Farm Fried Egg, Richman praises the dishes as "as good as Southern cooking gets, wonderfully soft, sensuous, and homey, filled with tastes we don’t come across where I come from." For Richman, Nashville's Husk "demonstrated sophistication I didn’t see in Charleston."

In Los Angeles, Terroni appears "as if the owners were checking the conventions of a postmodern Italian restaurant off a standard list," says critic Jonathan Gold. "A movie screen that day in, day out shows nothing but Fellini's La Dolce Vita? Check. Taped Italian-language lessons in the bathrooms? Check. Tables numbered in Italian, a wall of hanging meats, and a chandelier that looks as if it were purchased at the estate sale of a Tuscan castle? It goes without saying."

In New York, critic Ryan Sutton highlights the pigs-in-a-blanket at Alder. He says: "The sausages are porky, Lap Cheong-style morsels wrapped in compressed hot dog rolls and topped with sinus-clearing mustard. The flavor takes us back to the Cantonese-American carry-out joints that nourished us before we got obsessed with micro-regional Chinese cuisine."

Restaurant Critic Roundup: 10/23/2013

Gael GreeneInsatiable CriticToro
Alan RichmanGQHusk3 stars
Ryan SuttonBloombergAlder2.5 stars
Pete WellsNew York TimesLe Restaurant2 stars
Tom SietsemaWashington PostMix Bar and Grille
Devra FirstThe Boston GlobeRibelle
Jonathan GoldLos Angeles TimesTerroni
William PorterThe Denver PostVine Street Pub & Brewery2 stars
Stan SagnerNY Daily NewsEstrellita Poblana III
Michael BauerSan Francisco ChroniclePesce2.5 stars
Scott ReitzDallas ObserverVillage Kitchen

Click here for The Daily Meal's "Top Chefs Review — and Rate — America's Food Critics."

Haley Willard is The Daily Meal's assistant editor. Follow her on Twitter at @haleywillrd.

CRITIC'S CHOICE/New CD's Eerie Tunes From the Holler

In the 80's Angel Dean and Sue Garner were the singers in a jolly, rough-edged New York country-music quartet, the Last Roundup. It was a band with acoustic guitars, steel guitar, bass and no drummer, and their voices closely harmonized over weepers and honky-tonk and Carter Family-style songs.

The first track on ''Pot Liquor'' (Diesel Only Records), the singers' first collaboration since those days, indicates a return to that kind of sound. But it is just a quick taste of nostalgia. Thereafter the rest of ''Pot Liquor'' veers into completely different territory, an imaginative, spooky but restful pop-folk. Most songs have been written by Ms. Dean with her husband, Jonathan Thomas, a horror-fiction writer.

This is reflective, settled music, even if it has the casual stamp of the home studio you can hear patience and experience through it. (Some of the lyrics, in 'ɽreams'' and ''Wider World,'' deal metaphorically with innocence and experience.) And the singers seem freer in their decisions. Where the Last Roundup's songs were immersed in an established genre, this music does what it wants.

Part of this album's breadth has to do with its long list of collaborators. Even when the song form is the standard folk ballad, this is a record of many little extra touches: a bass harmonica drone here, a distorted electric guitar solo there, an organ sound looming up in the back of the mix. And while they still use their bright, cutting voices in crisscrossing harmonies, they've also learned to pull away from each other: sometimes Ms. Dean sings narrative lyrics and Ms. Garner sings wordless, airy counterlines.

Those lyrics create their own gothic world of forests, deserts, quarry ponds and barn attics creatures both real and imaginary populate these realms. The general mood may have something to do with old mountain-music songs of desolation, but this version is more overgrown and literary. (The CD is available at

Andy Bey is an artful singer and a many-sided one, with three distinct voices in his four-octave range. Generally he doesn't rush -- like Shirley Horn, he is comfortable with the slowest tempos in jazz -- and the simmering power of his music sometimes threatens to become too imposing, too profound.

But the dark, smoky colors of his voice, and its unfailing accuracy of pitch generally solves the problem. His carefully constructed new record, 'ɺmerican Song'' (Savoy Jazz), puts that voice in a glass case and on a pillow.

Outside of '➺llads, Blues and Bey,'' a remarkable album of only voice and piano from 1996, this is Mr. Bey's best recording in a late-blooming career it is very sure of itself.

The album's producer, Herb Jordan, has paid attention to basic issues of instrumentation with Paul Meyers's acoustic guitar and Geri Allen's creeping, cloudlike horn arrangements, there is a drive to make old songs sound new. ''Midnight Sun'' and '⟊ravan'' use glacial, modified Latin rhythms ''Paper Moon'' becomes a cosmic slow groove ''Prelude to a Kiss'' begins nearly as chamber music for voice and reed instruments with bittersweet harmonies before ceding to swing rhythm and an urbane Frank Wess tenor saxophone solo.

As a reflection of its star, the album is carefully paced, taking its time: not until the third track, ''Speak Low,'' do you hear Mr. Bey's tenor voice punch through the velvet.

This crisp tenor is not so suffused with his bass-baritone's low-end frequencies, and its appearance is a startling little moment on a hypnotic album.


Rhiannon Faith’s dance-theatre productions have tackled tough subjects in bold and surprising ways: her fringe show Scary Shit wormed its way into the brain with its mix of troubling and comforting images. Faith’s new piece is built around autobiographical testimonies of isolation and research into the challenges faced by coastal towns with underfunded services, presenting “a society at tipping point”. Performed by a cast of six including the phenomenal Shelley Eva Haden. Available from 1-30 June.

Previously seen at Edinburgh fringe’s Zoo Southside in 2018, this award-winning physical theatre show about death and rebirth is choreographed by Dam Van Huynh and takes its name from the Vietnamese word for beautiful. When the Guardian asked its multinational cast to describe the work in just one word they answered “resilience”, “human”, “introspective” and “alive”. One added that it’s “an eyeful” – after all, it’s performed fully naked. Online on 26 May as part of the Arts Institute Plymouth’s Making It season, then available until 2 June.

Michael Fatogun and Daon Broni in Two Horsemen. Photograph: Tristram Kenton/The Guardian

America's Best Live-Fire Restaurants

Our comprehensive survey of kitchens where food meets flame, coast to coast.

At the Field Company, we make tools. Our favorite tools, like cast iron skillets, are deceptively simple and reward time invested in pursuit of mastery. Our interests and aspirations tend to things that are timeless and will never go out of style—but we're delighted when we find ourselves in sync with a cultural moment.

Live-fire cooking is having a moment, but we believe in its timelessness. Great chefs like Wolfgang Puck, Alice Waters, and Francis Mallman have put wood-fueled flames in their restaurants for decades. They helped light the way. In the past few years, the sight—and smell—of roaring flames have become familiar to diners, while drawing young chefs to learn the craft of mastering heat.

In that spirit, we asked some of the best food writers in the country to help us identify America’s Best Live-Fire Restaurants. Think of this as a starting point for explorations from coast to coast—we want to hear about every worthy kitchen you find—and a reference guide for informing your own tastes and experiments with fire.


The bacon melt at Cochon Butcher

Restaurants that don’t need white tablecloths and wine programs to qualify as destinations

Cochon Butcher's muffuletta

New Orleans, LA

Cochon Butcher

Donald Link, one of the Crescent City's pivotal chef-restaurateurs, first conceived of his sandwich shop both as an adjunct to his pork paean Cochon and as tribute to the Cajun groceries he grew up visiting near Lake Charles, Louisiana. The boudin (rice-studded pork sausage) that Link serves is an ambassador of the form, true to his people's traditions but on the gentle end of the spectrum. Savor it before devouring bready marvels like a redefining muffuletta (stacked with housemade charcuterie on a billowy sesame loaf) and the bacon melt (layered with tender stewed collard greens, making the construct a sort of Southern polemic on toast). This past April, Link and business partner Stephen Stryjewski added 2,000 square feet to Butcher. The space now seats 120 and includes a full bar, but the line for ordering continues to trail out the door. Read the Full Review Here

Barbecue platter at Franklin Barbecue

Austin, TX

Franklin Barbecue

After standing for hours in the unforgiving Austin sun, you’ve earned a tray full of every smoked meat that America’s most famous barbecue joint offers: peppery pork ribs, sausages that pop against the teeth, turkey bathing in butter to counteract its leanness. Just be sure to order extra brisket for later. It’s Aaron Franklin’s masterwork, a feat of smolder and flesh that reset the already towering standards in the Lone Star barbecue world. Not only is the brisket so silken that, beyond the charred exterior, it has an almost pudding-like texture. It’s also incredibly consistent. Throw on sides of mustardy potato salad, meat-flecked pinto beans, and a slice of bourbon-banana pie and you have a lunch that’s downright patriotic. Read the Full Review Here

The exterior of Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

Nashville, TN

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

Nashville hot chicken is, well, catching fire nationally. It shines like a radioactive artifact from Mars, this bird first fried and then coated in cayenne paste. Chefs in cities as diverse as Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, and Chicago are serving fiery versions. These days Nashville is littered with hot chicken joints. A trip to Prince’s — run by the family whose ancestor, Thornton Prince III, likely invented the genre in the 1930s — is mandatory. It resides in a nondescript strip mall, but a line always trails through the room. Choose from among mild, medium, hot, and extra hot. The latter is known to cause whole-body discomfort, and I gushed sweat while eating the hot option. My nose tingled and my scalp prickled, but I ate every morsel. Read the Full Review Here

CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK A Festival of Latin Films That Go Many Different Places

The most pleasing aspect of ''Latin Beat! 2001,'' the third roundup of films from Latin countries assembled by the Film Society of Lincoln Center, is the breadth of the series. To filmmakers, Latin America is often dismissed and lumped together as a single sensibility, which is like saying that Luis Buñuel and Hector Babenco both made the same kinds of movies. The program for the festival, which starts tomorrow and runs through Sept. 5, points up the radical differences in tone from one picture to the next.

There is, for example, ''Sin de Jar Huella (Without Trace),'' the provocative and dark-humored feature from the Mexican director Maria Novaro on border politics. And there is also the hilarious poise of the Brazilian film ''Posthumous Memories,'' by the director Andre Klotzel. ''Memories'' is playful and formal, and Mr. Klotzel is determined to take the starch out of the period film genre. 'ɺs far as I know, no one has ever described his final delirium,'' says the narrator, Bras Cubas (Reginaldos Farias), who begins the story by debating with himself whether to begin with the beginning of his life, or the very end. It's the life of a rabid sensualist rendered in a gleeful deadpan -- he's so infatuated with his own life that there's a voluptuous hunger that radiates even from the grave.

No such enchanting delirium can be found in the hot urban grit of ''Perfume de Violetas (Violet Perfume).'' The director Marysa Sistach of Mexico portrays the friendship between two teenagers and the horrors that envelop their lives, trapped in landlocked reality. ''With rhythm,'' the girls are instructed as a way to handle everything, from typing classes to the dances they learn in gym class. But Yessica (Ximena Ayala) can't find a rhythm for her home life or her school life. She shows up at her new school with her eyes embellished with eyeliner, which only makes her stand out even more. (She was thrown out of her old school for slapping the principal.)

Ms. Sistach lets the story play out in almost documentary turns, with the deepening affection between the two girls used as a way to let the film unfold. Miriam (Nancy Gutierrez) is overprotected her mother (Maria Rojo) fears that Miriam may drown herself in the bathtub. The girl seems like a delicate flower, too, with her petite oval face and sensitive eyes. Her apparent toughness aside, Yessica -- ''What a name she sounds like an exotic dancer,'' frets Miriam's mother -- is just as sensitive. Abandoned by her mother and victimized by her thug of an older stepbrother, she falls for the modest conveniences in Miriam's house. She loves the bathtub and the violet scent that Miriam puts in her hair. Ms. Sistach doesn't cloak ''Violet Perfume,'' based on a true story, in sentimentality despite the film's title. But this tale of how little things have changed in modern Mexico, and how lower-class girls are still victimized, is absorbing.

A different kind of balance is struck by ''Urbania,'' as the Brazilian director Flavio Federico lets natural sound bleed through while the titles run. He then jumps to his two central characters beginning their journey in a chocolate-colored Plymouth convertible on a drive to São Paulo. ''Urbania,'' which is described as ''partly fiction, partly documentary,'' is also stripped bare of glib emotion, though it is very much about sadness and becomes increasingly more mournful. The picture takes us on a tour of a São Paulo that is slowly changing -- slowly dying, really, as we see in black-and-white footage of the old city -- with its inhabitants basically acting as caretakers and fighting to remain vital themselves.

But vitality abounds in Liliana Mazure and Aaron Vega's raucous ''Van Van, Empezo la Fiesta! (Let's Party),'' an Argentine-Cuban documentary feature about the rousing and charismatic members of the dance music congregation, Los Van Van, a wild and alluring mix of salsa and Afro-Cuban propulsion.

There's also the music documentary ''Lagrimas Negras,'' which opens with the Vieja Trova Santiaguera -- the Old Troubadours -- sitting on top of a double-decker tour bus, bathed in sunlight as they take in the sights of London. Under the monumental tower of Big Ben, they spontaneously burst into chanting a lively song to the glories of their own homeland, Cuba, and the pale dignity of London is automatically given a new heartbeat. It's a shrewd way to introduce us to these masters, by showing them outside their place of birth.

It's hard to watch the film, directed by Sonia Herman Volz, without feeling the influence of 'ɻuena Vista Social Club,'' which not only had a similar subject but also showed how the musicians, unrecognized stars, were natural camera subjects who merely bided their time until Fate came to her senses and made stars of all of them. But it's easy to be roused by the Old Troubadors, who can turn any gathering into an impromptu concert. When they're onstage, their voices blend together so beautifully that we're rocked into affection for them, pulled along by the potent guitar rhythms and mesmerizing percussion as each component locks into gear.

The social comedy ''Lista de Espera'' (''Waiting List'') is also a Socialist comedy, a slightly sitcomish confection about a motley group of folks waiting endlessly at a Cuban bus station. It's somehow as if the entire run of '➺rney Miller,'' that anti-bureaucracy sitcom, had been beamed into the director Juan Carlos Tabio's head and he and his co-writers had then compacted it into one film.

Fortunately, the cast is talented in voicing its outrage as poor service and frustration add to their anger: ''I've lost track of how much time I've spent here,'' one of the customers grouses as they all sit around and spring to life whenever the whine of an internal combustion engine can be heard in the distance. They battle for the few available seats. ''Who's last?'' is usually the question asked by the newest arrival, checking on exactly how remote his chances are of getting a bus to Havana or Santiago. Emilio (Vladimir Cruz) and Jacqueline (Thaimi Alvarino) fight for the honor of not getting on, as romantic sparks go off between them. Though she's engaged, Jacqueline puts on her most winning smile. It works, on Emilio and the rest of us.

What ''Latin Beat!'' makes clear is the need for such an event on a more regular schedule that is, often enough that there's no longer a reason to segregate Latin films in this way. With the possible exception of Spain, many Latin countries don't get their due as generators of film Mexico is more painfully underrepresented than it deserves to be, and there's not much talk of the film cultures of Costa Rica or Puerto Rico, either. The wealth of films culled from Latin America for this festival has to be just a sampling. ''Latin Beat!'' will go a long way toward shifting the emphasis to individual sensibilities.

Share Vaccine Recipes With Poor During Pandemic? One of World's Richest Men Bill Gates Says 'No'

Bill Gates, one of the world's richest men and most powerful philanthropists, was the target of criticism from social justice campaigners on Sunday after arguing that lifting patent protections on Covid-19 vaccine technology and sharing recipes with the world to foster a massive ramp up in manufacturing and distribution—despite a growing international call to do exactly that—is a bad idea.

"[Bill Gates] acts like an optimist but has a truly dismal vision of the world."
—writer Stephen Buryani

Directly asked during an interview with Sky News if he thought it "would be helpful" to have vaccine recipes be shared, Gates quickly answered: "No."

Asked to explain why not, Gates—whose massive fortune as founder of Microsoft relies largely on intellectual property laws that turned his software innovations into tens of billions of dollars in personal wealth—said that: "Well, there's only so many vaccine factories in the world and people are very serious about the safety of vaccines. And so moving something that had never been done—moving a vaccine, say, from a [Johnson & Johnson] factory into a factory in India—it's novel—it's only because of our grants and expertise that that can happen at all."

The reference is to the Serum factory in India, the largest such institute in the country, which has contracts with AstraZeneca to manufacture their Covid-19 vaccine, known internationally as Covishield.

The thing that's holding "things back" in terms of the global vaccine rollout, continued Gates, "is not intellectual property. It's not like there's some idle vaccine factory, with regulatory approval, that makes magically safe vaccines. You know, you've got to do the trial on these things. Every manufacturing process needs to be looked at in a very careful way."

Critical advocates for robust and immediate change to intellectual property protections at the World Trade Organization when it comes to the Covid-19 vaccines, however, issued scathing indictments of Gates' defense of the status quo.

Gates speaks as if all the lives being lost in India are inevitable but eventually the West will help when in reality the US & UK are holding their feet on the neck of developing states by refusing to break TRIPS protections. It's disgusting.

— Tara Van Ho (Dr) (@TaraVanHo) April 25, 2021

Nick Dearden, executive director of Global Justice Now, one of the lead partner groups in an international coalition calling for WTO patent waivers at a crucial meeting of the world body next month, characterized Gates' remarks—and the ideological framework behind them—as "disgusting."

"Who appointed this billionaire head of global health?" asked Dearden. "Oh yeah, he did."

Journalist Stephen Buryani, who on Saturday wrote an in-depth Guardian column on the urgent need for the patent waivers and technology sharing, offered a similarly negative view of the billionaire's "awful" arguments against sharing the vaccine technology.

Gates, charged Buryani, "acts like an optimist but has a truly dismal vision of the world."

During the Sky News interview, Gates said it was "not completely surprising" that the richest nations like U.S., U.K., and others in Europe vaccinated their populations first. He said that made sense because the pandemic was worse in those countries, but said he believed that "within three or four months the vaccine allocation will be getting to all the countries that have the very severe epidemic."

Offering his interpretation of what Gates was actually throughout the interview, Buryani paraphrased it this way: "We can't make more vaccines, we can't compromise profits, we can't trust poor countries with our technology, and they'll get their scraps after we eat."

Bill Gates on Sky today, acts like an optimist but has a truly dismal vision of the world.
We can’t make more vaccines, we can’t compromise profits, we can’t trust poor countries with our technology, and they’ll get their scraps after we eat. Awful.

— Stephen Buranyi (@stephenburanyi) April 25, 2021

"The poverty of vision from [Gates] and other 'leaders' has been astounding," added Buryani. "Smallpox, Polio, both had joined-up responses that shared knowledge and technology across the world. We’re happy to let the *pharma* market sort out the biggest crisis of our lifetimes. Totally on autopilot."

While public health experts agree that developing nations may not have the current know-how or capacity to produce advanced vaccines at scale, they argue that is also the result of policy choices that governments and others have made. Earlier this month 66 organizations called on the U.S. to initiate a global vaccine manufacturing program that, in tandem with patent waivers and recipe sharing, would pave the way for ramped up capacity.

"The U.S. government has helped produce hundreds of millions of vaccine doses for people living in the U.S., on a relatively short timeline. The same is needed—and within reach—for all countries," said Peter Maybarduk, director of Public Citizen's Access to Medicines program, at the time. "The key missing ingredient is ambitious political leadership, to end the pandemic for everyone, everywhere."

Meanwhile, in a detailed online social media thread earlier this month, journalist and activist Cory Doctor stated that while numerous "people helped create our 'Vaccine Apartheid,' the single individual who did the most to get us here is Bill Gates, through his highly ideological 'philanthropic' foundation, which exists to push his pitiless doctrine of unfettered monopoly."

It was Gates who sabotaged the WHO Covid-19 Technology Access Pool (C-TAP), replacing it with his failed ACT-Accelerator, a system of patents and secrecy and vast profits for the pharma industry, ornamented with nonbinding, failed promises of access for poor nations.


— Cory Doctorow (@doctorow) April 13, 2021

Doctorow also pointed people to a feature in The New Republic by Alexander Zaitchik earlier this month which details Gates has long used his "hallowed foundation" and position as the "world's de facto public health czar" to defend the intellectual property regime that is now central to the fight between those defending "Vaccine Apartheid" on the one hand and international campaigners fighting for a "People's Vaccine" that would unleash the life-saving inoculations from their corporate masters in the pharmaceutical industry.

Bill Gates’ failure to anticipate a crisis of vaccine supply, and his refusal to engage those who predicted it, have complicated the carefully maintained image of an all-knowing, saintly mega-philanthropist, Alexander Zaitchik writes.

— The New Republic (@newrepublic) April 12, 2021

In April [of 2020], Bill Gates launched a bold bid to manage the world's scientific response to the pandemic. Gates's Covid-19 ACT-Accelerator expressed a status quo vision for organizing the research, development, manufacture, and distribution of treatments and vaccines. Like other Gates-funded institutions in the public health arena, the Accelerator was a public-private partnership based on charity and industry enticements. Crucially, and in contrast to the C-TAP, the Accelerator enshrined Gates’s long-standing commitment to respecting exclusive intellectual property claims. Its implicit arguments—that intellectual property rights won't present problems for meeting global demand or ensuring equitable access, and that they must be protected, even during a pandemic—carried the enormous weight of Gates’s reputation as a wise, beneficent, and prophetic leader.

How he's developed and wielded this influence over two decades is one of the more consequential and underappreciated shapers of the failed global response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Entering year two, this response has been defined by a zero-sum vaccination battle that has left much of the world on the losing side.

Quoted in the piece is James Love, founder and director of Knowledge Ecology International, which studies public policy and intellectual property as it intersects with public health and the drug industry. Love explains just how powerful the influence of Gates and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has been in curtailing the conversation around I.P. and vaccines.

"If you said to an ordinary person, 'We're in a pandemic. Let's figure out everyone who can make vaccines and give them everything they need to get online as fast as possible,' it would be a no-brainer," Love told TNR. "But Gates won't go there. Neither will the people dependent on his funding. He has immense power. He can get you fired from a U.N. job. He knows that if you want to work in global public health, you'd better not make an enemy of the Gates Foundation by questioning its positions on I.P. and monopolies. And there are a lot of advantages to being on his team. It's a sweet, comfortable ride for a lot of people."

Back at the beginning of the pandemic in March of 2020, said Love, "Things could have gone either way, but Gates wanted exclusive rights maintained." That, argues, was crucial in terms of what has happened since.

As Doctorow also suggests in his exploration of the issue, the fix was in from the beginning in terms of intellectual property and the Covid-19 pandemic and nobody should take seriously Gates' argument that there's simply not enough time to make lifting patent protections a priority at this point.

"Having sabotaged the efforts by poor countries to engage in the kind of production ramp-up the rich world saw as vaccines were being developed, it may NOW be too late," tweeted Doctorow. "Because of my bad ideas THEN, it's too late NOW."

Unforgotten series four review – the coldest of cold cases

A corpse has been found in a junkyard in Haringey, north London, headless and handless, but otherwise preserved like a Siberian mammoth. It has spent years in a freezer in a cellar. Those archaeologists of modern life, house clearance contractors, humped the freezer from cellar to tip when the occupier became an ex-occupier. Welcome to the coldest of cold cases.

Have you ever tried to identify a dead man from a Millwall FC tattoo? Me neither. But that’s the least important question facing DI Sunny Khan (Sanjeev Bhaskar) as the fourth series of ITV’s crime saga Unforgotten begins. Who stashes a corpse where frozen peas should go? Whose body is it? Where’s the head? In Charlton Athletic’s otherwise functionally useless trophy cabinet? It’s too early to rule out the possibility.

Happily, Sunny catches a break in the case as he and DC Fran Lingley (Carolina Main) rummage through obsolete white goods in unbecoming hazmat suits. A Marathon wrapper made from wax paper is found with the body. “Yeah, and?” says Fran’s expression. Marathon, Sunny explains, as if he were setting out the causes of the Peloponnesian war, is what Snickers used to be called before the Great Renaming Betrayal of 1990. If Fran’s left eyebrow could speak, it’d be saying “OK, boomer”.

Late in 2020, Sunny adds, Snickers were temporarily renamed Marathon after 30 years of nominative misattribution. Since that unexpected reboot, Marathons have been produced in plastic wrappers. If Fran’s right eyebrow could speak, it would say, “Is this going anywhere, grandad?” “Of course it’s going somewhere!” say both of Sunny’s eyebrows, albeit nonverbally. The Marathon wrapper indicates that corpse has been in that freezer for at least three decades.

I love how the show’s creator, Chris Lang, captivatingly sketches the lives of four apparent strangers, challenging us to work out what they’ve got to do with the corpse. What might the Buxton family therapist, the flashy Southall businessman, the dodgy boss in Rochester, and the soon-to-be-married woman in Cambridge have in common? They were all Hendon police trainees, yes, but there must be more to the riddle than that. I have my suspicions. Sheila Hancock guest stars as the Cambridge woman’s unpleasantly irascible mother. But if I know anything about six-part dramas and Hancock’s CV, I know that she doesn’t do narratively marginal vignettes.

Like the junkyard corpse, though, Unforgotten is unrecognisable without its head. At the end of season three, our hero DCI Cassie Stuart (Nicola Walker) went on sick leave. She was broken by Alex Jennings’ unrepentantly gurning psychopathic killer from series three and by unravelling mysteries for the Met for 29 years. Now, though, the bean-counters have decided she must return to work for three months before she can retire. If I were one of Cressida Dick’s HR lackeys, I would be livid about this depiction of their employment practices.

But Cassie’s return is good news for us. We get to see the rekindling of the sweetest professional relationship ever to grace TV, that between Cassie and Sunny. She, no doubt, will well up ardently as she puts her minions to work solving this historical mystery he will be endlessly kind and supportive, while sporting an expression that amounts to men’s answer to Dylan’s Sad-Eyed Lady of the Lowlands.

I’m so invested in Cassie and Sunny’s relationship that when they had a row in season two, I was upset enough to speak unnecessarily sternly to my cat. When they later had a drunken fumble, I considered writing to the producers to complain that they risked replicating boring David Boreanaz and Emily Deschanel in Bones’s ill-judged dalliance, passions seething unacceptably over the cadavers. Thankfully, Lang nipped the romance in the bud. Now, as nature intended, Sunny calls Cassie guv, not love.

Fingers crossed, Cassie’s return will also mean that she will yet again do her Columbo homage, turning bloodhound eyes and mirthless smile on a suspect at the threshold to ask them one last question.

That said, Lang has made a terrible mistake. As far as I can see, he’s plotted season four so there can be no season five, or at least no season five starring Walker. This looks like DCI Stuart’s last case. Three months hence, she will be home caring for her dad who has Alzheimer’s disease, and a live-in boyfriend who is nice, but dull. How Lang proposes to get out of this pickle is a mystery bigger than any his duo have solved. But he must. Unforgotten without Walker is truly Unthinkable.

Low-Voltage Persona, High-Voltage Gig : Jann Browne Is Plaintive and Fiery, Sassy and Hurt She’s Best at Mixing Emotional Shades

Jann Browne’s road to country stardom is looking a bit more bumpy right now than she might have liked.

Last year, after more than a decade of kicking around the local honky-tonks, the Orange County-based singer got off to a solid start on the national scene when her first single, “You Ain’t Down Home,” made the Billboard’s Top 20 country chart. The follow-up, “Tell Me Why,” did just as well, and Browne got a lot of video play for a third song, “Mexican Wind.” The “Tell Me Why” album had a six-month stay on the country charts, establishing Browne firmly as a newcomer to watch.

Browne’s next mission was to make a strong second album. With the release of “It Only Hurts When I Laugh” a few weeks ago, it was obvious that she had done her job. The album confirmed that its predecessor’s impeccable performances and wide-ranging mastery of country tradition were no fluke, and its greater emotional depth and stronger material marked an improvement over the first go-round.

But “Better Love Next Time,” the solid country-rock tune that Curb Records put out as the new album’s first single, failed to make the charts. Introducing the song Tuesday night at the Crazy Horse Steak House, Browne acknowledged with a trace of disappointment that its commercial run had been fleeting.

For Browne, who is in her mid-30s, progressing up country’s commercial slope apparently will involve some slips and detours that she’d rather not have had to negotiate. But her early show Tuesday at the Crazy Horse made it obvious that she has a talent that can hold up around the bends and over the bumpy patches. It was, simply put, a splendid 65 minutes of country music in the company of a singer whose persona is low-keyed but whose voice and emotional investment in her music are highly charged.

By turns, Browne’s performance was plaintive and fiery, sassy and hurt. Best of all were the many moments in which she mixed emotional shades, singing about the strength to get through heartaches without minimizing the hurt involved.

Helping her negotiate the 16-song set was a backing band able to match Browne’s versatility. She had a couple of all-star ringers in the lineup for the occasion--pedal steel player Jay Dee Maness, recently departed from the Desert Rose Band, and drummer Steve Duncan, moonlighting from his ongoing job with Desert Rose.

Browne’s regulars were not overshadowed by the classy outside help. Maness was deft as always, but Dennis Caplinger provided the primary instrumental colors with expert turns on fiddle, mandolin and Dobro, plus a bit of banjo. Reserved Rick MacDonald wasn’t exactly a vivid stage performer, but his terse guitar leads testified to the advantages of playing the fitting notes rather than all the notes that fit. At mid-set MacDonald switched to mandolin, helping Caplinger carry a strong pair of acoustic songs.

One was the hopping, bluegrass-style tune, “Who’s Gonna Be Your Next Love,” which found Browne simultaneously expressing her hurt over a lover’s betrayals, skewering him for it, and keeping a sense of humor about the whole thing in twangy, half-spoken asides.

The show encompassed a wide range of traditional country modes or moods, and Browne was thoroughly assured at each turn. She pulled off sprightly honky-tonk, chunky rocking numbers and blazing train rhythms (“Ain’t No Train” and “Blue Heart in Memphis” both kicked with authority), with a touch of huskiness in her voice lending them muscle and personality. Browne said that she and her band were feeling jet-lagged, having just gotten back from playing dates in Switzerland. If those were the effects of jet lag, we can only hope that all bands playing Orange County will make Geneva their last stop before the West Coast.

In addition to a dozen songs from her two albums, Browne included promising new material. “Somewhere Down the Line,” written by Browne and her band’s new rhythm guitarist, Matt Barnes, played to that prime strength of hers--the ability to hurt without giving away her strength of character. “We may be over, but I’m not empty-handed / I may be stuck, but, baby, I’m not stranded,” went one refrain. A new ballad, “There Were No Angels,” allowed Browne’s sweeter, fervent side to come out, the side that most recalls her key influence, Emmylou Harris.

If Browne lacks anything, it’s an easily salable persona. She isn’t a sultry type like Tanya Tucker or a glamour queen like Reba McEntire or Dolly Parton. Dressed in a black biker jacket, tight jeans and cowboy boots, she didn’t flee from making a sexy impression, but neither did she make a blatant show of it. Mainly, Browne came off as a singer caught up in her music--letting the band move her, allowing the lyrical moment to dictate her body English rather than relying on contrivances.

Country audiences want personal contact, and Browne could profit by taking more time to talk about her songs or herself. Since this was a home-county show, she may have figured she was playing to old friends and fans who knew her well enough without needing a lot of chat.

Still, when she mentioned her bluegrass-loving grandparents, or her youthful ambition to be like “all the hoods” hanging out at the grocery store back in her hometown in Indiana, it would have been fun to hear a full-blown story, rather than just an aside. That extra personal touch might give Browne an edge in negotiating the upward climb that she is eminently qualified to make.

TALENT SHOWCASE: Some Orange County country musicians who may harbor dreams of following Browne on her climb will get a chance at greater exposure in the upcoming Marlboro Music Talent Roundup.

Christine Pagano and Katee Gadette of San Juan Capistrano, Nancy Shaw of Costa Mesa, Tim Parker of Brea, and the Dana Point-based bluegrass band, Pickit Line, all have qualified for semifinal rounds next month. They are among 24 Los Angeles-area semifinalists chosen on the basis of taped submissions.

Semifinal rounds will be played live on June 10 at the Palomino in North Hollywood and June 11-12 at the Rusty Horn Saloon in Ontario. The nine survivors will go on to the regional finals June 19 at the Bandstand in Anaheim. The winner gets $7,500 and the right to compete in Nashville this fall for a national grand prize of $30,000 and a 40-hour recording session with Grammy-winning producer Barry Beckett.

Mike Boehm is a former arts reporter and pop music critic for the Los Angeles Times.

Clackamas County and Southwest Portland events roundup: harvest and Halloween happenings, concerts, classes, plays, festivals

View full size Fir Point Farms An inflatable corn maze keeps the kids busy at Fir Point Farms.

Barnyard animals, hay rides and slides, pony wagon rides, games, inflatables, and other activities. Apples, cider, doughnuts and other holiday treats available for purchase. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. every Sat-Sun, through Oct. 31. Fir Point Farms, 14601 Arndt Road free admission activity tickets are $1 each or 25 for $20

Quilt Show at Old Aurora Colony Museum:

The 40th annual quilt show features new and antique quilt displays, quilting demonstrations, quilt block contest open to the public plus sales of quilting accessories, patterns and fabric. All proceeds benefit the museum for exhibit development and historical research. Open through Oct. 21. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Old Aurora Colony Museum, corner of Second and Liberty streets, Aurora $6

Presented by Nutz-n-Boltz Theater, this comedy in three acts offers pratfalls, wit and a puzzle of a set. Rated PG for mild adult situations. 7:30 p.m. Thu-Sat, 3 p.m. Sun, through Oct. 21. Boring-Damascus Grange Hall, 27861 S.E. Grange St., Boring $11

View full size Kelly Lazenby Cole Martin plays the part of Intern Tim and Kaia Hillier is Poppy the Stage Manager in the Nutz-N-Boltz production of "Noises Off."

Take a ride down a hay slide and take a hay ride to the pumpkin patch, get lost in a hay maze, visit with barnyard animals, play games, make a dirt baby and participate in other activities. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday through Oct. 31. Bushue's Family Farm, Market and Nursery, 9880 S.E. Revenue Road free admission, activities are $2-$3

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A corn maze, hay maze, hay rides, pumpkin patch, pumpkin-shooting

contests, farm animals, children's pavilion, tricycle race, castle maze, and corn bin. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Liepold Farms, 14050 S.E. Richey Road activities $1-$3 corn maze admission $5 ages 3-10 or $7 ages 11 and older

Featuring Nashville hit-maker and platinum recording artist Collin Raye. Sponsored by Live on Stage Inc. and the Canby Community Concert Association. Registration recommended. 7:30 p.m. Tue, Oct. 23. Richard R. Brown Fine Arts Center, 721 S.W. Fourth Ave., Canby $25

or Diane Brown, 503-266-9574

The lineup for senior citizens includes pumpkin pie smoothies and "The Wolf Man" starring Claude Rains, 11 a.m. Wed, Oct. 24 pumpkin carving contest and "The Mummy" starring Boris Karloff, 11 a.m. Thu, Oct. 25 "Frankenstein," 11 a.m. Fri, Oct. 26 and a costume contest and "Dracula" with Bela Lugosi, 11 a.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby free

Halloween Fun House and Haunted House:

Take a tour through Alice in Wonderland and interact with live characters on a winding path that glows. Then check out the Scare If You Dare tour for surprises and startling encounters (nothing gory). Characters played by Canby High drama department and middle school students with money and materials for props, costumes and other items donated by more than 20 local merchants. Proceeds benefit the Canby Kiwanis Community Food and Toy Drive. 3-7 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Holly Mall, 122 N. Holly St. in downtown Canby $2 or two cans of food Yvonne Scott, 503-266-3216 or

View full size Flower Farmer A Boo Train and miniature train rides are featured at the Flower Farmer and Phoenix and Holly Railroad in Canby.

Miniature train rides, haunted railroad tunnels, straw mountain, pumpkin patch, and refreshments. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily through Oct. 31. Youngsters can visit with farm animals Saturdays and Sundays. Flower Farmer and Phoenix and Holly Railroad, 2512 N. Holly St. Admission $5 for 13 to 64 $4 for 65 and older or 12 and younger, free to 2 and younger

Canby Saturday Market:

Vendors sell produce, flowers, plants, food, and arts and crafts. Weekly 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sat, through Oct. 27. Canby Cinema 8, Parking Lot, 295 N.E. Second Ave., Canby free admission

Kiwanis Club of Canby:

Kiwanis is a worldwide service organization of individuals who want to improve their communities. Weekly noon-1 p.m. Mon. Old Town Hall, Cutsforth's Thriftway, 225 N.E. Second Ave., Canby $7-$10 for lunch

or Nancy Murphy, 503-266-6048

Card game for senior citizens. Weekly 1 p.m. Mon. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby free

Line Dancing for Beginners:

Wanda Matlock teaches senior citizens the basics.

Partner not required. Weekly 1-2 p.m. Mon. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby free, but donations appreciated

Wanda Matlock teaches senior citizens some advanced steps. Partner not required. Weekly 1-2 p.m. Tue and Thu. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby free, but donations appreciated

Tuesday Evening Dinner:

Senior citizens can make new friends while eating a free dinner. Weekly 5-7 p.m. Tue. Zoar Lutheran Church, 190 S.W. Second Ave., Canby free

Canby Chamber of Commerce:

Network while eating lunch. Reservations recommended. Monthly 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. first Tue. Old Town Hall, Cutsforth's Thriftway, 225 N.E. Second Ave., Canby $12-$15 Canby Chamber of Commerce, 503-266-4600 or by email to

Senior citizens socialize while producing craft projects. Weekly 10 a.m. Tue. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby free bring your own project supplies

Card game for senior citizens. Weekly 1 p.m. Tue and Fri. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby free

Erin Hancock teaches the class for senior citizens. Weekly 1:15 p.m. Wed. Canby Adult Center, 1250 S. Ivy St., Canby free, but donations appreciated

Rotary is a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs, known as Rotarians, provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and help build goodwill around the world. Weekly 11:45 a.m. Fri. Old Town Hall, Cutsforth's Thriftway, 225 N.E. Second Ave., Canby no-host lunch

Teens are invited to show their support for their "favorite undead creature." Get sparkly or decayed at the makeup table, learn the Thriller dance and party in un-dead style. Costumes encouraged. 6-7:30 p.m. Thu, Oct. 18. Sunnyside Library, 13793 S.E. Sieben Park Way, Clackamas 503-794-3883.

Sunnyside Grange Farmers and Artists Market:

Vendors sell fine art, crafts, fresh local produce and eggs, fruits, fine foods, baked goods, plants and specialty items. Weekly 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sun. Clackamas Sunnyside Grange, 13100 Sunnyside Road, Clackamas free admission

or Peter Tuomala, 503-704-4212,

A costume event during which children can go from classroom to classroom to receive prizes and goodies. Also features free refreshments, fun activities and two shows by Presto the Magician. 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thu, Oct. 25. Goddard School, 14210 S.E. Sunnyside Road, Clackamas free

Damascus Square Trick or Treat:

Participating merchants will give away candy and other treats. 3-6 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Bi-Mart Shopping Center, Southeast 212 in downtown Damascus free

or Damascus City Hall, 503-658-8545

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Indoor celebration features 20 games with a carnival theme, bounce house, prizes and candy. Costumes are encouraged. 5-8 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Damascus Community Church, 14251 S.E. Rust Way, Damascus free admission, 50 cents to $1 for food and drinks

or call Damascus City Hall at 503-658-8545.

*Damascus City Council: Monthly 7 p.m. first and third Mon. Damascus City Hall, 19920 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus.

*Coffee With the Damascus Mayor: Monthly 7:30 a.m. first Mon. Surf Bear Coffee, 19880 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus

*Damascus Planning Commission: Monthly 6:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesday. Damascus City Hall, Council Chambers, 19920 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus.

*Ice Cream With Damascus Councilors: Monthly 2 p.m. second Tue. Dairy Queen, 20205 S.E. Highway 212,

*Coffee With Damascus Councilors: Monthly 7:30 a.m. first Wednesday. Surf Bear Coffee, 19880 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus.

*Damascus Committee for Citizen Involvement: Monthly 6:30 p.m. first and third Wed. Damascus City Hall, Conference Room, 19920 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus.

Damascus-Boring Kiwanis Club:

Visitors are welcome to a meeting of Kiwanis International, a global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. The local club supports the Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp, Adopt-A-Road, Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Terrific Kids, Meals-On-Wheels, Kiwanis Kids, Builders Club and Oregon Impact. Weekly 7 a.m. Wed. Pub 212, 20400 S.E. Highway 212, Damascus no-host breakfast

or Dale Parsons, 503-806-3739

Eagle Creek-Barton Community Planning Organization:

Monthly 7 p.m. second Thu. Eagle Creek Fire Station, 32200 S.E. Judd Road, Eagle Creek free

or Charlene DeBruin by email to

Festival of the Fungus:

Featuring a Fun Foray for Fungus hike (see website for details), 9 a.m. Sat, Oct. 27 and a mushroom identification clinic, mushroom-themed art show and children's activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun, Oct. 28. Special mushroom menus offered by local restaurants Oct. 27-28. Estacada Public Library, 825 N.W. Wade St., Estacada free

Dinner and Dance Social:

Music provided by the Heartland Classic Country Band. Monthly 5 p.m. first and third Sat. Estacada Community Center, 200 Clubhouse Drive, Estacada $5, includes a hot meal and beverages 503-630-7454

View full size The Oregonian Businesses throughout Clackamas County will give away candy and other treats on Halloween.

Estacada Creepy Crawl:

Trick-or-treaters can collect candy at downtown Estacada businesses displaying orange pumpkin signs from 4-6:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31.

Halloween Spooktacular Lunch:

Senior citizens compete in a costume contest, enjoy entertainment by Art Goodman, and dine on a spooky-theme lunch. Registration recommended. 11:30 a.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone free admission, $2.50 donation welcome for lunch for ages 60 and older, or $4 to others

Halloween Harvest Carnival:

Ages 2-sixth grade can wear costumes, play games, make crafts, play on blow-up structures and eat treats. 6-8 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. McCormick Family Center in the Tri-City Baptist Temple, 18025 Webster Road, Gladstone admission is two cans of food for holiday gift baskets.

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Children can dress up in (non-scary) costumes, eat treats and play games. Parents can join in the games or purchase Italian sodas, nachos or baked potatoes with fixings. 4:30-8 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Gladstone Christian Church, 305 E. Dartmouth St. tickets are 25 cents apiece or five for $1

Trick or Treat for Books:

A candy give-away will happen from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and the Gladstone Library Foundation will give away free books to kids in costumes from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wed, Oct. 31. Gladstone Public Library, 135 E. Dartmouth St. free

: Low-impact chair aerobics for senior citizens. Weekly 10:30-11:30 a.m. Tue and Thu. Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone free

Gladstone Historical Society Meeting:

Visitors welcome. Monthly 6 p.m. second Wednesday. Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone free

Child care provided for ages infant-5 years so parents can take a break to do whatever they please. Registration recommended. Weekly 9-11:30 a.m. Thu. Tri-City Baptist Temple, 18025 Webster Road, Gladstone free

Card game for senior citizens. Weekly 12:30 p.m. Fri. Gladstone Senior Center, 1050 Portland Ave., Gladstone free

Happy Valley Harvest Fest:

Featuring live music, tractor-pulled wagon rides, farm animals, apple-cider press, pumpkin painting, face-painting, family-photo opportunities, food vendors and seasonal treats. Enter a recipe in the Best Use of Pumpkin contest. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat, Oct. 20. Happy Valley Park, 13700 S.E. Ridgecrest Road, Happy Valley free admission

Halloween Story Time Party:

Kids wear costumes and participate in activities while listening to "The Monster's Monster" by Patrick Oɽonnell. 11 a.m. Sat, Oct. 27. Barnes & Noble Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley free

Ages 12 and younger are invited to trick or treat at participating retailers. 4-6 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley free

Halloween Trick-or-Treat:

Costumed children can collect goody bags and candy from participating merchants. 3-5 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Clackamas Promenade, just off I-205 on Sunnyside Road, Happy Valley free

Once Upon a Story Time:

The themed event features picture story books, crafts, activities and snacks. Weekly 10 a.m. Wed. Barnes & Noble Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley free

Live music. Weekly 6-8 p.m. Fri. New Seasons Market, 15861 N.E. Happy Valley Town Center Drive, Happy Valley free

Stories, books, kits and refreshments. Monthly 3 p.m. second Sun. Barnes & Noble Clackamas Town Center, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley free

National Alliance on Mental Illness:

Support meeting for persons with mental illness and those who love them. Monthly 6 p.m. dinner, 6:30 p.m. program, 7:30 p.m. support group on third Mon. Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 9800 S.E. 92nd Ave., Happy Valley free

Meetings held in Happy Valley City Hall, Council Chambers, 16000 S.E. Misty Drive, Happy Valley. Details:

*Happy Valley City Council: 7-9 p.m. on first and third Tuesday of each month.

*Happy Valley Juvenile Diversion Panel: 5:30-7 p.m. on second Wednesday of each month.

*Happy Valley Planning Commission: 7-9 p.m. on second and fourth Tuesday of each month.

*Happy Valley Traffic and Public Safety Commission: 7-9 p.m. on second Thursday of each month.

*Happy Valley Youth Council: 7-9 p.m. on second Monday of each month, September through May.

Grades 7-12 can develop their skills in the hands-on workshop led by professional writer Dave Jarecki. Come prepared to write, share and experience the art and craft of writing. Registration required. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thu, Oct. 18. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego free 503-697-6580

Blue Heron Neighborhood Association Annual Meeting and Dessert Potluck:

Agenda includes Lake Grove Village Center Plan Boones Ferry Road Improvements. Bond Measure 3-406 Lake Oswego Public Library, Bond Measure 3-405 emergency situation resident contact system the Voluntary Neighborhood Network board elections and other community and neighborhood concerns. 7 p.m. Thu, Oct. 18. Westridge Elementary School, 3400 Royce Way, Lake Oswego free David Beckett,

Nick Malgieri - Artisan Bread:

Cooking class with guest chef Nick Malgieri, author of "Bread." Registration required. 6 p.m. Thu, Oct. 18. In Good Taste, 6302 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego $100

Italian Favorites: Hands-on cooking class with Andre Pianucci. Registration required. 6 p.m. Fri, Oct. 19. In Good Taste, 6302 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego $85

Featuring Michael Partington, an award-winning British classical guitarist. The Seattle-based musician has performed extensively as a soloist and with orchestra and chamber ensembles. 8 p.m. Fri, Oct. 19. Marylhurst University, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst $30-$49 (season passes also available)

Bread and Pastry Workshop:

Hands-on two-day workshop with Andre Pianucci. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sat-Sun, Oct. 20-21. In Good Taste, 6302 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego $375 for two days registration required

Native Plants for Fall Planting:

10 a.m. Sat, Oct. 20. Dennis' Seven Dees Garden Center, 1090 McVey Ave., Lake Oswego free

Date Night: Italian With a Northwest Twist:

Hands-on cooking class with Windy Lincoln. 6 p.m. Sat, Oct. 20. In Good Taste, 6302 S.W. Meadows Road, Lake Oswego $90 per person registration required

Fright Town Haunted House:

Ages 11-17 invited for a field trip to tour all three haunted houses at the famous Fright Town beneath the Memorial Coliseum in Portland. Registration required. 5-10 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27. West End Building, 4101 Kruse Way, Lake Oswego $25-$30, includes transportation and admission

or Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, 503-675-2549

View full size Jason Ropp The Dragon Theater Puppets will perform Oct. 31 at Murase Plaza Park.

Old-fashioned costume party features games, crafts, a performance by Dragon Theater Puppets, and a Trick or Treat Street. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Millennium Plaza Park, 200 First St., Lake Oswego free

or Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation, 503-675-2549

Senior citizens invited for a Halloween-theme meal. 11:30 a.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Lake Oswego Adult Community Center, 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego $4 suggested donation ages 60 and older, $5 others

Scottish Country Dance Classes:

Lessons for beginners weekly 7:30-8:45 p.m. Mon intermediate dancers 8:45-9:30 p.m. Wear soft-soled shoes. Partner not necessary. Waluga Lodge 181, 417 Second St., Lake Oswego $5 (first lesson free)

Searching Online Resources: Library-card holders can learn how to access resources online anytime of the day or night. Registration required for each class. Weekly 10 a.m. first and second Thu. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego free

Three Sisters From Your Garden:

Dan Brophy demonstrates recipes with corn, beans and squash for a fall harvest celebration. Taste samples. Registration requested. 5-7 p.m. Thu, Oct. 18. Bob's Red Mill Whole Grain Cooking School, 5000 S.E. International Way, Milwaukie $50

Milwaukie Farmers Market:

Vendors sell produce, plants, cheeses, meats, seafood, bakery items, food, and handcrafted garden art. Live music featured. Weekly 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sun, through Oct. 28. Southeast Main Street, across from City Hall, Milwaukie free admission

Valarie Matthews leads a group for people who love to knit or want to learn the skill. Weekly 6:30-8 p.m. Thu. Milwaukie Ledding Library, 10660 S.E. 21st Ave., Milwaukie free bring your own supplies

Salsa dancing with a 7:30 p.m. lesson led by Keith Collier and Rochelle Lessner. Weekly 6:45-10 p.m. Sun. Cha! Cha! Cha!, 11008 S.E. Main St., Milwaukie $3 cover charge, includes lesson 503-659-2193

Spring Forest Qigong for Health:

Practice simple movements, mental focus, breathing and meditation. Monthly 7-8:30 p.m. the first and third Thu, through Dec. 20. Franciscan Spiritual Center, 6902 S.E. Lake Road, Suite 300, Milwaukie $10 suggested donation per meeting

Willamette Falls Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association Meeting:

Visitors welcome. Monthly 7 p.m. third Wed. Round Table Pizza, 16550 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie free Dale Ballard, 503-551-9772 or

View full size Milwaukie Elks Club Greg Krolicki (left) endures shock treatment from Robin Knight and Kurt Baker in the Fear Asylum torture room.

Award-winning haunted house includes a multilevel route featuring 18 rooms and live music for ages 12 and older and an annex featuring face-painting, a fortune teller, midway-style games and a child-friendly haunt. 7-11 p.m. Fri-Sat, through Oct. 27 7-10 p.m. Sun, through Oct. 28, and Mon-Wed, Oct. 29-31. Milwaukie Elks Lodge, 13121 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd., Milwaukie $10

Humorous headstones, haunted buildings, massive mechanical spider, ghostly apparitions, and other high-tech attractions. Open daily through Fri, Nov. 2, at the home of Jeff and Chris Davis, 8793 S.E. 43rd Ave. Lights only version of display open from dusk-10 p.m. Mon-Thu. Light, sound, video, animation and fog effects (weather permitting) open from dusk-11 p.m. Fri-Sat and dusk-10 p.m. Sun and Wed, Oct. 31 (Halloween). The Milwaukie High School Dance Team performs on Halloween. Details:

View full size Jeff Davis Visit the Davis Graveyard, an award-winning Halloween attraction at 8703 S.E. 43rd Ave. in Milwaukie.

Halloween Enchantment:

Bring your child on a tour of a magical land where enchanting characters sing, tell stories and give away small treasures. Register for a tour time. 4:30-8 p.m. Fri, Oct. 26. Micha-el School, 13515 S.E. Rusk Road, Milwaukie $8 before Oct. 21, $10 after

Magician Bob Eaton presents non-spooky magic. Costumes welcome. All ages. 2 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27. Milwaukie Ledding Library, 10660 S.E. 21st Ave., Milwaukie free

Halloween Zumba Party:

Zumba combines Latin and International music with a fun and effective workout system. 4-5:30 p.m. Sun, Oct. 28. Milwaukie Center, 5440 S.E. Kellogg Creek Drive, Milwaukie $5

Hosted by Friends of the Library. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fri and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat, Oct. 19-20. Molalla Public Library, 201 E. Fifth St., Molalla free admission

Bring your family down for a picnic or to visit the snack shack while waiting for your next ride. Weekly noon-5 p.m. Sun, through Oct. 28. Molalla Train Park, 31803 Shady Dell Road, Molalla free, but donations welcome

Participating merchants will give away candy and other treats. 4-7 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Downtown Molalla

National Alliance on Mental Illness:

Support meeting for persons with a mental illness and those who love them. Monthly 6:30-8 p.m. first Mon. Molalla Christian Church, 223 E. Third St., Molalla free

Medicare 101 Presentation:

Volunteers with Clackamas County Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) present an overview of Medicare, answer questions and counsel attendees one-on-one with specific issues or concerns about Medicare plans (or how to enroll). These free services are available to people with Medicare, their family members, caregivers and advocates. Registration required. 2 p.m. Thu, Oct. 18. Hoodland Senior Center, 25400 E. Salmon River Road, Welches free

Weekly 10 a.m. Tue. Hoodland Public Library, 68256 E. Highway 26, Welches free 503-622-3460

Geared for senior citizens of all levels. Weekly 10 a.m. Tue and Thu. Mt. Hood Village Resort, 65000 E. Highway 26, Welches free

Lions Clubs International programs include sight, hearing and speech conservation diabetes awareness youth outreach international relations and environmental issues. Business meeting. Monthly 7:30 p.m. second Wed. Mt. Hood Lions Club, 24730 Woodsey Lane, Welches free Dan Wolf at 503-622-4664,

Featuring local produce, baked goods, handcrafted items, art and family entertainment. (New vendors welcome registration required.) Weekly 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat, through Oct. 27. In downtown Oak Grove.

Jeanette Chardon, founder of ElderCare Consultants, offers an open forum for all who have questions and concerns about the aging process.

It will be held at 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Oak Lodge Library, 16201 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd. in Milwaukie.

The free forum is designed for senior citizens who want to pro-actively address their future or are already in the midst of big changes, as well as for adult children of aging parents. We will be addressing these challenges from an attitude of mindfulness. Thus, we are not blind-sided when life-events occur.

Topics include addressing the fall risk chronic illness advance directives funeral, burial and memorial planning grief over the loss of spouse, home, functionality, and life as we knew it wills, trusts and estate planning lack of adequate support driving dementia and moving out of your home.

Chardon received her masters in social work from Portland State University. She founded ElderCare Consultants, which is dedicated to helping the elderly maintain their independence and functionality by proactively managing the activities in their lives. An attorney and a funeral director will also be on-hand to answer questions.

For more information, contact Chardon at 503-866-3191 or [email protected]

Seasoned Adult Enrichment Program:

A photo presentation featuring gardens in southern England is one of the offerings of the fall Seasoned Adult Enrichment Program at Clackamas Community College's Harmony Campus, 7738 S.E. Harmony Road in Milwaukie.

The program provides senior citizens in the county an educational experience designed and administered by "seasoned adults" in the community.

The cost is $3 per session and all classes are held at 9:30 a.m. room 191 of the Oregon Institute of Technology building (unless otherwise indicated).

The schedule continues with:

  • Gardens of Southern England, Oct. 24: Ken Lister shares a photographic tour of splendid English gardens.
  • Field Trip to the Oregon Historical Society, Nov. 7: Carpool to the Oregon Historical Society to view displays and special exhibits including "Voices from the Past."
  • World Travels, Past and Future, Nov. 14: Bob Misley, a retired Clackamas Community College instructor, talks about his world-wide travel and share details about his upcoming Galapagos Islands trip.
  • "Barefoot in the Park," Nov. 11 and 18: The Clackamas Community College fall theater production begins at 2:30 p.m. in the Osterman Theatre, 19600 Molalla Ave. in Oregon City. Tickets are $8 for senior citizens or $10 general admission. Details:

For more information, contact Jann York at 503-594-0630 or visit

Stage Left Comedy Presents:

Featuring Kermet Apio, winner of the 2009 Great American Comedy Festival. Ages 21 and older. 9 p.m. Sat, Oct. 20. Wichita Bar & Grill, 19140 Molalla Ave., Oregon City $4

Learn and practice slow-food methods of apple preservation for apple pie filling and applesauce, taste different varieties of apples and apple butter, and take home products, recipes and new ideas. Register by Oct. 19 space limited. 6-9 p.m. Tue, Oct. 23. Oregon State University Extension Service Clackamas County, 200 Warner Milne Road, Oregon City $30, includes take-home materials and products 503-655-8634

Halloween Fantasy Trail:

The annual event features a lighted trail decorated with spooky sights and sounds, a 40-foot illuminated castle, a crooked house, a walk-through maze and other attractions. Pumpkins and refreshments available for purchase. Open noon-5 p.m. and 7-10 p.m. daily through Oct. 30. Wenzel Farm, 19754 S. Ridge Road, Oregon City $4-$5

Oregon Old Time Fiddlers Association:

The concert is part of the library's "Scandals, Scoundrels and Shenanigans" events. All ages. Regular library services not available during the program. 6-9 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27. Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City free

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Tales From the Other Side:

Storyteller Will Hornyak shares chilling tales in celebration of the Celtic season of "Samhain" Halloween. Geared for ages 12 and older. Regular library services not available during the program. 7 p.m. Thu, Oct. 18. Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City free

Spirits of Historic Oregon City:

"Scandals, Scoundrels and Shenanigans" features hour-long walking tours. A cast of characters will entertain you as you visit the Stevens Crawford Heritage House, McLoughlin House, Atkinson Memorial Church, and the Carnegie Library Park's "Burying Grounds." Registration required. Space limited. 6-8:45 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27. Meet at the Pioneer Community Center, 615 Fifth St., Oregon City $12 503-655-7141

Trick or Treat on Main Street:

Free treats and activities provided for costumed kids at participating merchants in downtown Oregon City. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Hosted by the Oregon City Parking Division and downtown businesses.

Harvest Party and Carnival:

Family event geared for kids through sixth grade features carnival games, crafts, cupcake walk, storyteller, prize drawings and Halloween trick-or-treating. 6-8 p.m. Wed, Oct. 31. Oregon City Evangelical Church, 1024 Linn Ave., Oregon City free

Oregon City Farmers Market:

Youngsters are encouraged to wear costumes and trick or treat at booths from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27. This is the last day of the season for the market, based in the Clackamas County Public Services Building parking lot at 2051 Kaen Road in Oregon City

Baby-sitting class for ages 11-14 shows how to handle emergencies when caring for young children. Register by Oct. 18. Bring water, lunch and a snack. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27. Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy $39, includes handbook and completion card

Online Research Class:

Topic is "How Do I Find It in the Library Catalog?" Bring your own laptop, borrow one from the library or learn from a projected screen. To obtain LINCC library card, bring a picture ID and proof of legal address. Ages 17 and younger must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian to get a card. Weekly 3:30-4 p.m. Wed. Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., Sandy free

Mozzarella Cheese and Pizza Dough:

Ages 14 and older can participate in the hands-on cooking class. Register by Oct. 18. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wed, Oct. 24. Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy $24, includes supplies and take-home samples

Travel Abroad on a Budget:

Watch a sideshow hear tips, stories and mishaps from a seasoned traveler who has visited 23 countries and participate in a discussion. Register by Oct. 15. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thu, Oct. 18. Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy $20, includes handouts and reference materials

Sandy Main Street provides a fun and safe trick-or-treating experience with first, second and third prizes for the best costumes from 2-5 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27. Bring your camera to the UPS Store at 38954 Proctor Blvd. or Chariteas at 38687 Proctor Blvd. so you can take a picture in front of the event displays and enter the contest. A map of participating businesses will be available on Oct. 22 at The UPS Store or Chariteas or at

Silvertones Music Group:

Musicians and singers get together to practice and plan programs for special events. New members welcome. Weekly 10 a.m. Mon and Wed. Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy free

Play the card game with other senior citizens. Weekly 6:30 p.m. Mon. Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy free

Play the card game with other senior citizens. Weekly 1 p.m. Mon. Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy free

Sitting and standing exercises for senior citizens. Weekly 11 a.m. Tue and Thu. Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy free

Oregon Trail Democrats:

Monthly 7 p.m. the fourth Tue. Clackamas County Bank, Sunset Room, 38975 Proctor Blvd., Sandy free Susan Gates, 503-668-9628

Community Parent-Child Play Group:

Parents and caregivers with kids newborn-5 years are invited to meet others with young children, make new friends, share and exchange information about parenting, learn about community resources, and engage in activities that include the kids. The drop-in interactive parent-child opportunity is set in a large indoor park setting. Light snacks provided. Weekly 10:30 a.m.-noon Wed. Sandy Community Center, 38348 Pioneer Blvd., Sandy free

Weekly 10:30 a.m. Wed and Thu. Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., Sandy free

Toddler Story Time: Weekly 10 a.m. Thu. Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd., Sandy free

National Alliance on Mental Illness:

Support meeting for persons with a mental illness and those who love them. Monthly 9-10:30 a.m. third Sat. Immanuel Lutheran Church, 39901 Pleasant St., Sandy free

Preschool Story and Stroll:

Join a park naturalist for nature story time and a brief stroll through the forest. Geared to families with kids ages 3-6, though all are welcome. Registration required at the website. Weekly 1-2 p.m. Fri. Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. free

Saturday Guided Nature Hike:

Join a park naturalist for a free guided nature hike to explore the forest and stream ecosystems and natural history at Tryon. Topics vary from week to week, but will be appropriate for all ages. Parents must accompany kids on all hikes. Weekly 10-11:30 a.m. Sat. Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. free

View full size The Associated Press/ December 2011 Learn about bats in classes offered at Tryon Creek State Natural Area.

Creatures of the Night - Night Hunters:

Engage in nocturnal activities and night hikes to learn how bats use echolocation and how owls hunt for prey using their excellent sense of hearing. Find out how everyone can increase awareness of the night world by experimenting with sound exercises and learning the tricks of bobcats and other nocturnal creatures. This is a family-friendly event (adults-only hike available 7:30 p.m.). Registration required. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sat, Oct. 20. Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. $5-$6


As autumn rolls along, outdoor education and stewardship activities with the Friends of Tryon Creek abound.

The following free events provide the public with hands-on opportunities to connect with the natural world while supporting environmental preservation and resource conservation efforts:

  • Landscaping for Conservation Workshop – Let Nature Work for You, 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 3: Learn how to manage your garden from the ground up starting with the soil and its complex role supporting plants, as well as to garden with native plants which use less water and don't require expensive fertilizers and pesticides. Registration required.
  • Connect2Science through Nature - Water World, Nov. 9-10 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: Educators learn how to use watersheds, drinking water, storm water and water properties to engage students in inquiry-based science education. Registration required.
  • Owl Citizen Science Project, Nov. 6 and 13 (and then every other Tuesday through April 16) from 5-7:30 p.m.: Help the Friends locate where Tryon Creek's owl species are nesting, plot bird locations, uncover owl territories, and learn about the specific habitat needs of Tryon Creek's owls. Consistent attendance is beneficial but not required. Registration required.
  • Veterans Day of Service, Nov. 11 from 9 a.m.-noon: The public is invited to join the Friends in an ivy pull in honor of all veterans and the sacrifices they have made in service to our country.

All events take place at Tryon Creek State Natural Area, 11321 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd. in southwest Portland. For registration and other information, visit

Adult Recreational Co-ed Volleyball:

New teams created weekly and rotate in round-robin-style play. Skills and rules taught and practiced. Weekly 8-10 p.m. Mon. Ages 18 and older. Willamette Primary School, 1403 12th St., West Linn $2 per session

David Nepom, 503-657-3106 or by email to [email protected]

Power Volleyball Open Gym

: Designed for players with previous team experience and knowledge of the rules. Weekly 8:30-10 p.m. Tue. Gym, Athey Creek Middle School, 2900 S.W. Borland Road, West Linn $2 per session

or Steve Young, 503-750-6151, or by email to

View full size City of West Linn The annual Haunted Trail event in West Linn also offers an Enchanted Trail for families with children ages 9 and younger.

Family event features an Enchanted Trail for those with younger children and a Trail of Terror for others. Also features bonfire, free children's games and refreshments available for purchase. 7 p.m. Fri-Sat, Oct. 26-27. Mary S. Young Park, 19900 Willamette Drive (Oregon 43), West Linn $4 advance, $5 at the gate for Enchanted Trail $8 advance, $10 at the gate for Trail of Terror

Ages 6 and older can munch on pumpkin seeds while cutting open a pumpkin, scraping out the goodies and creating a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. One adult per child required. Registration required. 11 a.m.-noon Sat, Oct. 27. Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road, West Linn $10-$12, includes supplies 503-675-2549

Ages 16 and older can celebrate the harvest by creating a wreath of golden wheat, mini pumpkins, corn husks and other items. Registration required. 2-4 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27. Luscher Farm, 125 Rosemont Road, West Linn

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Spooky Stroll Parade and Party:

Featuring a costume parade for families and on-leash pets, music, treats, crafts and other activities. Hosted by the West Linn Moms Club and the city of West Linn. 3 p.m. Sat, Oct. 27. Tanner Creek Park, 3456 Parker Road, West Linn free, but nonperishable food donations for West Linn Food Pantry welcome Karrie Duckworth, 503-926-2902 or

View full size Karrie Duckworth/2011 Evan Duckworth -- dressed as Darth Vader -- takes advantage of an eye-ball painting craft booth at last year's Spooky Stroll.

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