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A lovely nightmare

Cassie Meder, an artist working under the name Casstronaut, is a 22-year-old self-taught filmmaker whose dark and ethereal works represent an underlying distortion of religion, psychology and philosophy. In her films, she encapsulates cinematic storytelling with a dark, demonic approach that breaks away from traditional moviemaking. She describes the style of her films as a cross between confrontational and haunting.

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Snapping the latest fashions

Tony Peniche is an anti-Hollywood photographer and Portland’s leading man—a man who gets his kicks breaking traditions. His work is bold and in your face as he creates over-the-top images that ooze sex appeal and attitude.

This is the sound of ‘Settling’

Since the early ’90s, Oregon’s immigrant population has increased drastically: Today, about 28 percent of the state’s population is foreign-born. These immigrants from far-flung countries come to the Northwest to try and start new lives—to try and settle in.

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Social sustainability soiree

For students at Portland State and across the country, social sustainability is an increasingly important part of maintaining a dynamic campus environment—especially at a campus as urban and integrated with its surrounding city as PSU.

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Gallery goodies

A beautifully designed room sits in the lobby of Portland State’s AB Gallery. It’s filled with scrumptious goodies that look good enough to eat. You might say it’s a sophisticated twist on Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, only it’s not edible and the materials used are not candy. There are two parts to this gallery, the interior and the exterior.

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Animalistic art

Wesley Petersen exposes his nearly naked body to the camera, performing a number of close-up tummy exercises while his arms are positioned spread-eagle. His upper left chest reveals a tattoo of three handprints in blood, done by his wife.

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Games Galore

Sometimes a drink and a couple of friends or co-workers isn’t enough to guarantee a fun night out. Sometimes the only way to enliven a dud of a night is to inject some competition into the proceedings. Here are five top spots to get your game on in Portland.

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Radio India

Uttarakhand is known by many as the “land of the gods” and is home to three of India’s biggest radio stations: Kumaon Vani, Heval Vani and Mandakini Ki Awaz. When community radio was established in India in 1995, it was seen as a way to promote freedom of expression and create social change, but because local communities faced issues of government monopoly, underprivileged populations felt their voices were not getting a fair chance to be heard.

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The art of self-reinvention

He’s a former skateboarder with a fascination with graffiti who takes a multidimensional approach to art. He combines scraps of new and old materials and used frames and 50-cent collectibles to create bold, subtle, abstract imageries of textural portraits.

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To Kegel or not to Kegel?

All those students out there who’ve experienced grueling four-hour class sessions, listening to the professor drone on about last week’s homework assignment, you know what I’m talking about: Your eyes steal a glance at the clock and you realize your first and only break is more than 60 minutes away. Your body is overcome with anxiety, restlessness and fatigue.

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Master of the ivories

He grew up in the isolated community of Choctaw County, Ala., but Julian Martin didn’t let his small-town Southern roots stop him from becoming one of the best-known pianists of our time. Since the age of 4, Martin has built an impressive musical career, and the rest, as they say, is history.