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Sara Portwood

Editor-in-Chief, Backdrop Magazine

Location icon United States

Senior studying journalism at the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.

Portfolio

Cleveland Magazine 2014

Cleveland Magazine
Exhibit Showcases History of Northeast Ohio LGBT Community

From its spot hanging in the Western Reserve Historical Society, an art deco mural from the former Cadillac Lounge, Cleveland's first LGBT bar, resonates a sense of freedom that was limited when the '40s nightclub was in operation at East Ninth Street and Euclid Avenue.

Clevelandmagazine
Out in the Town

Cleveland Magazine is a regional magazine for food, entertainment, health, style, travel and much more.

Inside Business Magazine
08/25/2014
2014 Best Places to Work: New Hire Perspectives

Village of Marymount THE CARING SOUL: Sue Michalski fit well with The Village at Marymount's team approach and caring environment. Hire Date: May 2014 WHY IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO WORK: Care for patients is paired with care for employees in this short- and long-term residential care facility.

Cleveland Magazine
Honor Roll

Issue Date: August 2014 Issue Honor Roll Sara Portwood College is often depicted as an endless party, but it also can be a jarring transition. College 101: A Girl's Guide to Freshman Year (Prufrock Press, $14.95) is a thoughtful, humorous guidebook tackling everything from sexual issues to student loan debt.

Cleveland Magazine
Class Acts

As school goes back into session, brush up on your culinary skills with these cooking workshops.

Cleveland Magazine
08/01/2014
The List: Wineries

FERRANTE WINERY & RISTORANTE Why we love it: This family-run winery is surrounded by 37 acres of vineyards, and its collection of wines is just as vast. "We have something for every palate from the more educated and dry to the sweet and fun," explains owner Carmel Ferrante. Uncork this: The Vidal Blanc Ice Wine ($28.99 per bottle) has notes of honey, brown sugar and melon for a sweet summer blend. 5585 state Route 307, Harpersfield Township, 440-466-8466, ferrantewinery.com

Backdrop Magazine

WOUB Public Media (republished from Backdrop magazine)
03/14/2014
Dark Market

Forced Prostitution Comes At Steep Price For Victims And The Community

Backdrop Magazine
Jane Doe Is Not Alone

In September of 2011, students casually checked their emails to see the various textbook offers and club meeting reminders flooding their inboxes. Among the teacher's greetings and homework assignments, one message stood out, flagged by an unfamiliar red explanation mark.

Backdrop Magazine
Clusterphobia

It’s the scariest seven minutes of your life: five weeks worth of project information condensed into a seven-minute presentation of your findings. Combined, the report and presentation affects your grade in four classes. It’s no surprise that a collective sigh escapes from students’ mouths as they say, “business cluster.” In the midst of the cluster, there isn’t time for anything else.

Backdrop Magazine
Trending Athens

It’s 1 a.m. Finals are tomorrow, but the cool blue light of Twitter is far more enticing than any notion of studying. Scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, stop. “It was a nice gift on our first night back being visited by the law enforcement because we were dancing with maracas on our front porch.” Favorite. “I spend every Sunday searching Athens for the things I lost Wednesday thru Saturday #HungoverBluesClues.” Favorite. “2 cases $30. Jorts $10. OU penny $15. Telling the kid in the mud on acid...

Backdrop Magazine
01/04/2012
Paint the Nation

Backdrop Magazine's Winter 2012 Issue

Scene Magazine 2012

Cleveland Scene Magazine
08/08/2012
High Weirdness at Edgewater

Bold and bright, like something from another era, the colorful bus at Edgewater Park demanded attention. With rich psychedelic colors swirling and colliding over every inch of its surface, it was no surprise to see a torn cardboard sign propped up in the window reading "Hungry, Hungry Hippies."

Cleveland Scene Magazine
01/08/2014
Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog

Although the opening acts dragged a bit, headliners Big Time Rush did not disappoint with their performance last night at Blossom Music Center. With their most recent album Elevate an endless well of summery pop songs, their concert here came at a perfect time.

Cleveland Scene Magazine
01/08/2014
Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog

Il Volo formed in 2009 to compete on the popular Italian talent show, Ti Lascio Una Canzone, on which they established themselves as a trio of incredible tenors. After the show, the three young singers, Piero Barone, Ignazio Boschetto, and Gianluca Ginoble, decided to stay together and called themselves "il volo," meaning "flight" in Italian.

Cleveland Scene Magazine
01/17/2014
Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog

Sloan confidently took the Grog Shop stage last night-pretty much like they've been doing for twenty years. If the healthy turnout despite flooded streets and a continuous downpour wasn't enough to emphasize Sloan's strong Cleveland fan-base, the reaction to the opening song was.

Cleveland Scene Magazine
01/08/2014
Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog

Surreal Imagery Highlights Environmental Change: A small lake nestled in a dresser drawer; a pair of nuclear power plant cooling towers inside a cereal bowl on a baby's high chair.

Cleveland Scene Magazine
01/08/2014
Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog

Sonya Thomas is the nation's leading woman in the competitive eating circuit. Don't let her 100-pound frame fool you; she holds 39 world records. Born in Gunsan, South Korea, she's currently a Burger King manager in Alexandria, Virginia.

Cleveland Scene Magazine
01/08/2014
Scene and Heard: Scene's News Blog

Big Time Rush found their first foothold in Hollywood through Nickelodeon's show of the same name, which debuted in 2009. The show is a fictitious comedy about the boy band's rise to stardom and takes humorous stabs at the music industry along the way. This summer's tour, which brings the band to Blossom at 8 p.m.

Cleveland Scene Magazine
Vegan Time at Bistro 185

"Vegan can be delicious and creative," says Ruth Levine, chef and owner of Bistro 185. "There's more to it than just tofu." Case in point, tonight's three-course menu: Thai summer rolls in a sweet and spicy chili sauce, Mongolian Bar-B-Q tofu with fresh Asian vegetables, and for dessert, chocolate molten lava cake.

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