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Iris talks to the creator of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Paul O'neill

Many of us rock fans say that a band's music, or a song, had the ability to change our lives. The lyrics, the melody, the feeling somehow connected with our soul and changed us from that point. That's how music is for me. It's not just a song, it's that connection with my soul. So, when I say Trans-Siberian Orchestra changed my life, I'm not kidding. After several years having difficulty getting into the Christmas spirit, because of losing family members, or illness, TSO brought it the Christmas spirit all back to me. For that I'm forever grateful to Paul O'neill, the creator and mastermind behind T.S.O. I had the pleasure to speak to Paul earlier this Fall, and we talked about the new show "The Christmas Attic," the band's trip to Germany and doing a New Year's show for 2 million people, the new recording studio, and how much he values his road crew and Al Pitrelli, the musical director for T.S.O. I love them all. Click here, and I hope you enjoy the interview. ~Iris
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Joe Lynn Turner and Carmine Appice

The combined talents of bands like Deep Purple, Rainbow and Vanilla Fudge have joined forces on a new album. Find out more about the new album from "Rated X"
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Weekend things to do!

Here's another handy list of things to keep you busy this weekend.  Of course there's nothing wrong with just hanging out and watching the rain.  There are no links in this, just a list of the events.  For more information, do a web search.  That's where I found them.  ~Iris

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area:
  • Oct 24- Join KGON from 5:30p to 7:30p at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall for the Warren Miller screening of “No Turning Back!”
  • Oct 25- Join KGON’s Dave Scott from 10a to 12p at the Wilco Farm Store in Battle Ground.
  • Oct 25- The REVIVE 80’s Dance Party at the Bossanova Ballroom (722 NE Burnside).  A benefit for Music Workshop. Live music performance by The Radical Revolution.  Tickets on-sale NOW at Afton
  • Oct 25- Light the Night Walk, 5pm- Fundraiser for Lukemia and Lymphoma society-Oregon Convention Center
  • Oct 25- ZombieWalk-4-8pm, Hollywood Vintage
  • Oct 25-Thriller Dance, 3pm, Irving Park
  • Oct 3-31, (Every Friday, Saturday- 7 & 9 pm) Haunted Walking Tour of Vancouver.  Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St. Vancouver.
  • Oct 24-25, 10th Annual Great American Distillers Festival, Left Bank Annex
  • Oct 25-26, Fall Antique and Collectible Show, one of the largest in the country, at the Expo Center.
  • Oct 25- “Howloween” at the Oregon Zoo
  • Oct 25, The World Beard and Moustache Championships, 1:00pm at Keller Auditorium 222 SW Clay St.  This competition represents the full spectrum of beard and mustache art with 17 categories. The Grand Prize? An all-expense paid trip to the 2015 world championships in Leogang, Austria!
  • Oct 25, Bill Nye–the science guy–will bring his special brand of pop culture science literacy to Lewis & Clark College at 7pm, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road.
  • Oct 26- Run Like Hell, 5K, 10K and Half Marathon, Pioneer Courthouse Square.  Theme is “Under the Sea” and there’s going to be awards for costumes in that theme.
  • Oct 25-26-Vancouver Farmers Market- 8th & Esther Street Vancouver,  Saturday – 9am- 3pm; Sunday – 10am-3pm

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Warren Miller "No Turning Back"

Click here to meet professional skier Tyler Ceccanti.  He is from the northwest and
 is featured in the new Warren Miller film "No Turning Back".  See it  Friday night 10/24
at the Schnitzer.  
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Lewis Black

How do you know when Lewis Black is REALLY mad?  You might want to listen
and find out before his show Halloween night.  Click here
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More things to do for the weekend! 10/17-19/14

Here it is, time for the weekend and we're even closer to Halloween!  That means with the good weather, people are heading to harvest festivals, pumpkin patches and haunted houses in the area.  Here's a list of some of this weekend's activities.  If you need a list of the local Haunted Houses and Pumpkin Patches, then scroll down on my blog and you'll find those as well.  The list doesn't contain links, so use a search engine if you need more information.~ Iris

Things to do in the Portland/Vancouver area:
  • Oct 16-19 All Jane No Dick Comedy Festival- 7:30pm to 12am , Curious Comedy Theater 5225 N.E. Martin Luther King Blvd.  An all-female comedy festival.
  • Oct 17-19- Coffeefest,  at the Oregon Convention Center, Best Coffeehouse competition, the Latte Art World Championship and the America’s Best Espresso Competition, etc.
  • Oct 17-19 Hood River Valley Harvest Festival- Hood River Waterfront,  celebrating the bounty of the county’s Upper Valley, where 2.4 million trees on 13,800 acres yield a rich variety of fruits. 
  • Oct 18-19, Retro Gaming Expo, at the convention center, hundreds of arcade and console games, from Pong to Donkey Kong and beyond, and all the games are set to free play!
  • Oct 18-The 11th Annual West Coast Giant Pumpkin Regatta, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tualatin Lake of the Commons.  See people actually rowing their giant pumpkins in the lake dressed in costumes!  Music, Pumpkin pie eating contest, pumpkin carving, and more.
  • Oct. 18- Drink This Vancouver- promotes craft beverage makers (beer, wine, coffee, tea, soda, cider, spirits...) by inviting the public in for a special walking event to each business.   Downtown Vancouver.  Several tastings and events at each place. 
  • Oct 17-19-Apple Tasting at Portland Nursery, free tasting and buy your favorites.
  • Oct 18-19 & Oct 25-26-Vancouver Farmers Market- 8th & Esther Street Vancouver,  Saturday – 9am- 3pm; Sunday – 10am-3pm
  • Oct 17-18, Underground Acrobatics at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 8pm. You don't need to wait for Cirque du Soleil or Barnum & Bailey to catch top-notch acrobatics. Portland's very talented Night Flight is back with "A Midnight Carnival," featuring aerialists, acrobats and more.
  • Oct 18-19- Portland Open Studios. Various places through the city.
  • Oct 3-31, (Every Friday, Saturday- 7 & 9 pm) Haunted Walking Tour of Vancouver.  Clark County Historical Museum, 1511 Main St. Vancouver.
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Bill speaks with Joe Perry!

Bill's interview with Aerosmith's Joe Perry.  To listen to the interview, click here.
**Please be advised expletives used in this interview.

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Bill talks with Joe Bonamassa

Bill's interview with Joe Bonamassa about buying $200,000 guitars and his 2015 tour including his May 8th, 2015 tour stop in Portland! Click here to listen to the interview.
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Wanda Sykes

Wanda Sykes is one of the naturally funniest people around.  She stopped by the KGON studios before her show at the Schnitzer October 10th and talked about her journey to the top.  Click here to find out who she victimized, growing up, to hone those razor sharp comedic skills
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Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes 2014

Me again with a list.  If you can't take the Haunted Houses, and just want some Fall fun, check out the Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes around the area.  This is more my speed! Again, the underlined parts are not links.  Do a search and you'll find info on the events listed. ~Iris

Pumpkin Patches and Corn Mazes 
  • The Pumpkin Patch on Sauvie Island
  • Kruger’s Farm-17100 NW Sauvie Island Road
  • Bella Organic Farm-16205 NW Gillihan Road, Portland
  • Fazio Farms-8433 NE 13th Ave
  • Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm Pumpkin Fest and Corn Maze-33814 S. Meridian Rd, Woodburn.
  • Lake View Farms-32055 NW North Ave, North Plains
  • A Maze in Grace Gardens- 2985 NW Golf Course Road, Cornelius, OR
  • Airlie Hills Farm-10720 Airlie Road, Monmouth
  • Baggenstos Farms-Sherwood, 15801 SW Roy Rogers Road
  • Bose Family Farm-35765 Cyrus Road NE, Albany
  • Bauman’s Farm and Garden-12989 Howell Prairie Road, Gervais
  • E.Z. Orchards HarvestFest-5504 Hazel Green NE, Salem
  • Heiser’s Pumpkin Patch-21426 SE Grand Island Loop, Dayton
  • Roloff Farms Pumpkin Patch- Oct 3-26, Fri, Sat & Sun 10-6.  Hwy 26 to Helvetia Road, follow signs.
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