Wednesday, September 20, 2017

September 21 A Life in Waves

Suzanne Ciani is an electronic musician in the post-musique concrète generation. She has won five Grammys for her work. The documentary A Life in Waves traces her exceptional career, including pioneering electronic sound logos.

Her work as an early musician using modular synths is particularly relevant in Portland now. There is a resurgence in modular synths, a synth store, a synth library and synth music classes. There are a large number of women synth musicians and synth classes focused on women at S1.

The early electronic musicians had large cluttered studios like electronics labs. Modular synths, based on modular analog computers were introduced in 1963 by makers Moog and Buchla. They packed a large modular library into a small, even transportable chassis, which could be endlessly configured into the musician's own instrument.

Trans musician Wendy Carlos was a pioneering analog synth artist. Bebe Barron is known for the first electronic score for a studio film.

There will be a performance on a Buchla (Ciani on Buchla) modular synth before the film.

At Clinton St Theater 2522 SE Clinton. Doors 6PM $8 advance, $10 door

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

September 20-23, 26-29 Embryotrophic

Butoh is a Japanese contemporary dance form. It is often improvised, inspired by images from nature. Kokoro Dance are Vancouver BC butoh performers operating for more than 20 years. They are known for their annual Wreck Beach performances. There are videos of Kokoro and butoh. Some performances involve nudity, possibly NSFW.

Vancouver is one of about two handfuls of international butoh cities, hosting a favorite group Dairakudakan recently. The cities would be Portland, Seattle, SF, Boulder, Berlin, Chicago, NYC, Buenos Aires, Tokyo and Kyoto.

Kokoro opens a new stage performance, Embryotrophic Cavatina. When I've seen them, their performances have been theatrical and humorous. The core couple have been working together for many years, like Eiko and Koma, creating a special dialog which is beautiful to watch.

Recommended. Embryotrophic Cavatina by Kokoro Dance at Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC. 8PM $25-30

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 19 Type Cast

Portland is home to the C.C. Stern Type Foundry. They have antique machines that make metal fonts and print from them. They are a cult! A new film, Pressing On, tells the story of other printers around the country using antique metal type. At Clinton St Theater 2522 SE Clinton. 7PM $8 advance, $10 door

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 17 Long Busy

Michael T. Hensley has Long Haul, bright busy mixed media paintings. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

September 16 Perceve Joy

The Killjoy Collective is a project by recent PNCA MFA grads taking action to show women artists. Tonight it's Perceive, photographs by Candace Jahn and paintings by Jill Falk, both also from PNCA. Perceive at Killjoy Collective 222 Southeast 10th Avenue #102B 7PM-9 Free

September 15 Dolphin Secret Grapefruit

We used to mention fashion events when our friends were doing it. Grapefruits Art Space is relatively new. Tonight they are doing art in the form of clothing. Martha Daghlian, founder of umbrella and curator, shows ceremonial protective garments along with TravB. At Grapefruits, 2119 N Kerby, STE D. 6PM-9 Free

Experimental musicians Indira Valey, Amenta Abioto, Secret Drum Band and Dolphin Midwives play this evening in above order at the famous Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Map 7PM-10 $5-10

Friday, September 08, 2017

September 8 Eastside Art Openings+

Eastside art openings have been lacking getting organized. Here are a few.

The 811 building is always recommended. One interesting event are photos from musician Corrina Repp at the Liza Rietz Showroom.

At 811 East Burnside Map 6PM-8 Free

Stephanie Chefas Projects has David Bray from the UK with Return of the Returner. At Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map. 6PM-9 Free

Not East -

Adams and Ollman has an older artist Joan Nelson. They often uncover older or deceased artists. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th 6PM-8 Free

Then there is Rainen Knecht with Earth Alien. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8 Free

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

September 7 Westside Art Openings

You can check the usual spots NW Park and Davis, NW Flanders and 9th, and below. They will be fine but no wow this month.

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map closing ranges from 9PM-10:30ish

PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free

Friday, September 01, 2017

September 3 Labor Day

Labor Day is a show by Manuel Arturo Abreu, Carmen Argote, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Rodrigo Valenzuela and Carmen Winant. It is an up to date show curated by Asha Bukojemsky at a new experimental gallery, the Chicken Coop Gallery.

There is a statement worth reading on the gallery website.

Chicken Coop is shaping up to be the heir to Appendix. Recommended. Labor Day at the Chicken Coop Gallery 12400 SE Knapp 6PM-9 Free

September 1 Eastside Art Openings en Bike

The First Friday Eastside art opening pattern is always in flux. Galleries flux and opening schedules flux.

Here is a multi-gallery bikey event. Hope organizers Portland’s Eastside Artwalk and The Street Trust continue it.

Bikes start at Eutectic Gallery opening at 5:30PM. Bikes leave there at 6 and end at Splendorporium. True Measure Gallery, East Creative Collective, Bite Studio and Studio 2507 all participate,

Eastside galleries opening. Start at Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 5:30PM-9