Sunday, October 24, 2010

PORTL& ORegon: Powell's, Milagro/Miracle Theater

Portl& ORegon: Powell’s; Milagro/Miracle Theater
[revised from The Well’s “Bookstores You Love”]
Dr. Ginny & I just went to Portland OR for the 1st-time,
staying at the Mark Spencer Hotel (409 SW 11th) 2 blocks
from Powells 'City of Books' whole-block (SW 10th-11th
at Burnside) reminding me a lot of
New England Mobile Book Fair (off-Rt. 9 in Boston's
western-suburb Newton MA.) Powell's is Portland's, w/even a children's books-full branch inside
the PDX airport.
Powell's full-windowed coffee-shop (cor. Burnside/11th;
run by World Cup Roasters) acts as a hangout for literati
in downtown Portland, on the edge of the trendy theater
(Center Stage), art-gallery, brew-pub Pearl district.
& so, we met Portland writer-stand-up Mark Saltveit
at Powell's coffee-shop twice; he took us to a packed Thurs
eve. run-thru perf. of !VIVA DON JUAN! at the bilingual
Milagro/Miracle theatre, SE 6th & Stark,
art-directed by his wife Olga Sanchez, [29 Oct-14 Nov.]
Unable to find the book I wanted (a used trade-paperback
of the 50th anniv.ed. of Auerbach's MIMESIS w/Said pref.)
on the shelf in Powell's Lit.Crit section (14), I ordered it at
the customer service desk; shipped
w/in 9 biz.-days.
It arv'd in Santa Clara on Tues. 26 OCT 10]

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