Articles by Chris Young

Chris Young
Chris is the Managing Editor of Neighborhood Notes, a native Oregonian, and a resident of SE Portland. Also the Editor-In-Chief of Vortex Music Magazine, he's always finding ways to surround himself with beautiful, local noise and creativity. A reporter, storyteller, editor and designer in a digital world, his work has appeared on his blog PDX Noise, Spinner, About Face Magazine, The Iconist, and the Outdoor Project, among others.
Gravity-defying dance and fitness classes in a new, centrally located warehouse

Portland Fitness: A-WOL Dance Collective

Portland Fitness: A-WOL Dance Collective

You’ve maybe seen the aerial dance troupe wowing crowds around town in vacant warehouses or local theaters, suspended from trees in city parks or even smack in the middle of downtown plazas like Pioneer Square or Director Park. But, that’s just the showy side of this nonprofit that embodies “the spirit of aerial without limits” and seeks to teach others how to “defy expectation, ignite more...

New PDX Fashion Labels: Meet designer Marcus Harvey

Made in PDX: Portland Gear

Made in PDX: Portland Gear

If the name wasn’t unambiguously explanatory enough, Marcus Harvey’s cleanly designed, casual label of T-shirts, hoodies, ball caps and tote bags aims to embody the spirit of his hometown and be the Portland brand—unofficially the official gear of the city. “The lifestyle of Portland is to not fit a lifestyle,” Harvey explains. “All [types of] people really coexist well and have more...

Instruction in the athletic art form of pole dancing available to all genders and ages

Portland Fitness: Ecdysiast

Portland Fitness: Ecdysiast

Bear with us real quick: The ancient Greek word ekdysÄ«s means to remove the outermost layer of skin, aka shedding your surface layer. Therefore, the common definition of an ecdysiast is a striptease performer but, as the Portland pole dance studio of the same name defines it, it’s “a performer who provides entertainment through skillful and erotic dance routines.” Striptease or no, fact is, the more...

New PDX Fashion Labels: Meet bagmonger Mandy Zelinka

Made in PDX: Mandy Zelinka Leather Goods

Made in PDX: Mandy Zelinka Leather Goods

Being fabulous is exhausting—especially if you don't have the correct handbag. At least that’s what Mandy Zelinka—a woman who’s been creating and styling for decades (whether serving as the voice behind the blog Milwaukie Rules! for three years or “working behind the chair as a hairstylist in the Pearl District for 17”)—says. And thankfully, she’s here to simplify more...

New PDX Fashion Labels: Meet designers Barbara Seipp and Kate Troedsson

Made In Portland: Karl vonBuck

Made In Portland: Karl vonBuck

Barbara Seipp was seeking a respite from the fashion industry when Kate Troedsson was coming up in it. The former, an industry veteran (who once owned the shop Isaac Hers and designed its namesake label), has comprehensive experience (including retail, sourcing, design and apparel production), while the latter has a degree in apparel design from The Art Institute of Portland and has modeled internationally while more...

PDX Filmmakers: Meet Brian Padian

Made In Portland: Northern Flicker Films

Made In Portland: Northern Flicker Films

“I love the beginning and the end of each project,” says Portland filmmaker Brian Padian. “The beginning is all aspiration and possibility, before a word has even been set down, and hence perfect. The end is making peace with the million variables and contributions from others that helped the project become what it is, which naturally deviates in large part from conception.” From writing to more...

PDX Filmmakers: Meet Susan Hess Logeais

Made In Portland: Hot Flash Films PDX

Made In Portland: Hot Flash Films PDX

Susan Hess Logeais’ lengthy and impressive resume includes stints as a model, actor, dancer, mother, activist and filmmaker. From the covers of Vogue and Elle to acting alongside Nicolas Cage, her latest project combines some of her most enduring passions with her behind the camera as documentarian. Soar is the story of two Portland sisters and dancers (who are also co-producers of the film) as they grow up and more...

Bolster Portland's Social Health and Wellness

Resolved: Volunteer in Portland

Resolved: Volunteer in Portland

While New Year’s resolutions often focus on the self—get fit, save money, travel more, spend time with family—don’t forget that helping others and supporting your local community are also important pieces of the equation that bolster social health and wellness. In the spirit of giving back, consider resolving to give some of your time and energy to local nonprofits that support a variety of more...

Keep Your Body and the Local Economy Fit and Strong

Resolved: Get Fit in Portland

Resolved: Get Fit in Portland

A resolution is a nice thought, but to make good on your good intentions, you actually need resolve: making a choice and sticking with it. Getting in shape may be the most common New Year’s resolution as well as the one with the most failed attempts. Let’s stop attempting to get fit and resolve to be fit. It all starts with preparation—setting yourself up with the tools you need to achieve fitness more...

PDX Filmmakers: Meet Jason de Parrie-Turner

Made in Portland: Heliorana Filmworks

Made in Portland: Heliorana Filmworks

The husband-and-wife team of Jason and Jeanne de Parrie-Turner started Heliorana Filmworks a few years ago as a way to employ their individual talents and passions full-time: Jeane as a writer and businesswoman and Jason as the filmmaker and editor, both collaborating on concept development, marketing and the many other aspects of film production—such as the ever important “coffee procurer,” as more...