Sunday, April 20, 2014

April 20 Sun Propeller

Huun Huur Tu, Хүн Хүртү, translated as sun propeller, is a group of singers from Tuva who have been bringing the music of their region to the outer world. They bring it to Portland tonight. Tuvan throat singing establishes a resonance which allows the singer to sing more than one note simultaneously. If you enjoy the diversity of music the world offers, you will find a jewel tonight, amid a sizable community of Portland enthusiasts. Huun Huur Tu at the Alberta Rose Theater 3000 NE Alberta. Doors 7PM, show 8. 7:00 $25 advance, $28 door

Thursday, April 17, 2014

April 19 Obsession Velocity Broadcast

Richard Tracy, RichArt is an outsider artist in the Raw Vision tradition. He lives in Centralia, Washington, where he has transformed his yard into a fantastical installation. Over 30 years he has built a beautiful thing. He gives 55 minute tours to visitors for $5. Sadly his Art Yard was dismantled in 2013, but not before it was captured by filmmaker Vanessa Renwick who befriended the artist. Tonight his works on paper will be shown in the gallery and Renwick will screen a short film about the artist. Cellist Lori Goldston also performs.

At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10 Free

Filmed by Bike is one of Portland's great seasonal bike confabs. 45 films show over three days. Saturday 4PM-9:30 is the bike street party. There is storytelling, adventure night and raffles. Filmed by Bike at the Clinton Street Theater 26th and SE Clinton. Saturday films 5PM, 7, 9; Sunday 3, 5, 7; Monday 7l Tuesday 6, 8. $10 individual films, $30 pass

Many people consider broadcast television, really broadcast of any kind, including print, a thing of the past. Public television, especially the BBC, is better. But in the US, public television is struggling to capture new audiences. Nonetheless, public television, and Oregon public television, does some things well. One is a series on Oregon artists. With a broad audience, public television takes a broad view of art. But that broad view has captured a few artists that interest us.

Their production is Oregon Art Beat, documenting 15 years of artists. For two months, they show visual artists and present live performances by 15 years of artists. In a mall. Very broad minded and without controversy.

You can see the performance schedule at

Oregon Arts Beat retrospective at Mark Woolley Gallery and the People's Art of Portland 2PM-9 Free

April 18-19 Butoh in Portland, US, North America, World

On May 24, fifty five years ago, butoh dance was birthed by Tatsumi Hijikata in Daiichi Seimei Hall, Tokyo, Japan. Trained in European modern dance and ballet, Hijikata was part of a rebellious nationalist movement joined by artists occupying the streets of Japan. The piece was inspired by a homoerotic novel by Mishima of the same name, Forbidden Colors.

Since butoh has spread worldwide. It is an improvisational form, so each culture, and each individual brings their own spirit. One is Diego Piñón from Mexico. Piñón has studied with Kazuo Ohno, Hijikata's early collaborator, who performed into his 90's, Min Tanaka, famous for wild performances by students working on his rice farm, and Natsu Nakajima, one of the first female butoh performers. The influences of each are evident in Piñón's work. He also brings a relationship with the landscape, nature and shamanistic traditions of his homeland.

Piñón travels internationally performing. Over years he has attracted students who perform in his ensemble under the umbrella Body Ritual Movement. Tonight Sheri Brown, Amelia Burns, Leslie Castellano, Mizu Desierto, Nathan Montgomery, Christopher Mankowski, & Kevin Cochran, many of whom have worked with Piñón for more than ten years join him on stage.

Diego Piñón and Body Ritual Movement at the Headwaters Theater - information and tickets link:, 55 NE Farragut St. #9. The theater is in the back of the building by the active railroad tracks facing Winchell Street. Map 7:30PM. Students $12, $15

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

April 17 Whither Society?

Photolucida is an international curation and art photographer resource based in Portland. Tonight they bring photographer and documentary filmmaker Lauren Greenfield to present her work.

Cultural processes sometimes produce extremes which are not in accord with human values. A certain direction, value or behavior can be amplified, becoming its own end, unteathered. Greenfield is noted for her photography of young women, the societal psychodynamics of beauty, and her documentary Thin. She continuously seeks new moving documentary and still photography projects focused on individuals in relation to common social narratives. Her topic tonight is "From Gordon Gekko to The Queen of Versailles: A journey in pictures, film, and culture", including an exploration of her documentary on an extreme example of the 2008 financial bubble.

Photolucida at the W+K atrium. RSVP required info (at) At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 7PM Free

The other event tonight is Happening#12 organized by the PSU Time Art Club. It's a sprawling Spring rain edition with live music by step kid and Ch2, video by Riley King, Isaac Fletcher Weiss & Tim Ferrell, diva runway for Frankie Knuckles by Manny Layers, Two-Minute Party by Stephanie J. Brachmann, live painting by Leif J. Lee, installations by Annalise Reinhardt & Kayleigh Nelson and performances by LICHI & Jah Justice. Time Arts Club All ages. In the PSU Art Building parking garage SW 5th and Jackson. 7PM-9 Free

Sunday, April 13, 2014

April 14 Sun Tube

Getting to Know You(Tube) has collections by Jessica Hickey, Stacey Tran and Briar Levit At Getting to Know You(Tube) at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 7:30PM $5

Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 13 Northwest Migrations

Vanessa Renwick is a filmmaker, installationist and provocateur. She has a great rich history of work. One of the themes of her work has been the fauna of the Northwest. This show is centered around birds. She has made a video of the vaux swifts, scored by Sam Coomes, and projections of a loon, a snowy owl, a raven, a woodpecker and a peregrine. She will give a gallery talk May 8 at 12:30PM. At the Marylhurst University Map Noon-3 Free

Friday, April 11, 2014

April 11 Multicollageplex

Fourteen30 continues its Collage group show with part 2 including Perry Doane, Michael Dopp, Rachel Foullon, Evan La Londe, Andrea Longacre-White, Israel Lund, Josh Tonsfeldt and Bobbi Woods. It's a great representation of the curator's view of fresh art at home on the West Coast, including the sunny parts. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 11AM-6PM Weekends Opening tonight 6PM-8 Free

The Pallbearers is a new project by Michael Reinsch. He has been executing a series of performance installations. For this show he has collected objects sold to commemorate life events. At 6:30 he will perform. At Multiplex in the Multiplex Annex. 2400 NE Holladay Map 6PM-10 Free

Friday, April 04, 2014

April 4 Eastside Art Openings

Collage with squares arranged according to the laws of chance is a show by Michael Dopp, Rachel Foullon, Israel Lund, Niall Macdonald, Brian Sharp, Josh Tonsfeldt. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8

Redux is back with a new curator and show of printmakers Adam Burke and Noelle Barce. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30

Black Box has Grayscale, monochrome photography. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30 Free

Grays the Mountain Sends and Roll on Columbia is a show at Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Go big or is a show at Homeland. Many studios in the building are also open tonight. At Gallery Homeland in the Ford Building 2505 SE 11th x Division. Enter through the cafe on the corner if the main doors on 11th are locked. 6PM-9 Free