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John Foyston
John Foyston was an arts reporter at The Oregonian for 20 years, and wrote about pop music, local blues and Oregon craft brewing. He now  fusses with vintage Ducati motorcycle engines, volunteers, makes a few oil paintings and continues to research Oregon beers.

Remembering Jim Mesi

Portlanders will have the chance to say goodbye on Sunday to one of the towering talents of the local blues scene, guitarist Jim Mesi, who died on March 4 from complications of emphysema. He was 69. He was also stone brilliant, an

It’s King Louie Time

The insert for the King Louie Organ Trio’s new CD, “It’s About Time,” looks like a photo album of friends and family. Fittingly so. Friends, mentors and family inspired Northwest blues stalwart Louis Pain’s album, as it says on the cover, and

On tap: 200 years of Oregon beer

Oregon’s brewing industry is robust and growing, with nearly 300 breweries, hundreds of pubs and taprooms, and legions of fans thirsty for its hoppy, craft-brewed beers. But all that great beer had to start somewhere, so it’s instructive to put that pint

Fast wheels, modernist dreams

The striking black-and-silver 1934 BMW motorbike in the Portland Art Museum lobby sits in front of a digital reader board that intermittently displays an image of one of Monet’s Water Lilies – an apt reminder of the The Shape of Speed’s leitmotif:

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