Tuesday, December 01, 2015

December 2 Arresting Made Tube

Julie Perini is an activist artist who works through documentary moviemaking. She was fortunate/unfortunate to be in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time when the keystone cops attempted to prosecute the Critical Art Ensemble. She has continued her work in Portland with the movie Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland Oregon www.arrestingpower.com. She speaks about that movie and her work in a midday talk. At the Portland State University Art Building, Room 200, 2000 SW 5th. Noon Free

Gabi VillaseƱor and Helmy MembreƱo have revived Getting to Know You(Tube). Three artists are invited to curate a short collection of fovorite YouTube videos. After viewing the audience engages them in discussion and may bring their own YouTube selection. This program's artists are Libby Werbel, Britt Howard and Travis Beardsley. The event will be at PICA, different from the usual venue. GTKYT at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art 415 SW 10th, Ste 300. Doors 7PM Videos 7:30 Free

Kelley Roy has a new book, Portland Made: The Makers of Portland's Manufacturing Renaissance. She reads from it this evening at Powell's, then there is an after party at Made Here PDX across the street until 11.

Roy coauthored a great book on the Portland food cart movement, from interviews with owners, to the legalities and ecosystem. That book has been a bible in other cities. Roy also founded the ADX makerspace.

You can find out more about the book on their successful Crowdfunding site https://www.crowdsupply.com/portland-made/book.

Portland Made reading at Powells 1005 W Burnside 7:30 Free, after event at MadeHere PDX 40 NW 10th 9PM-11 Free

December 2-4 Viva Las Vegas!

The long time performer, writer, vocalist and creative force in Portland has made a one act opera from her book Magic Gardens: The Memoirs of Viva Las Vegas.

The book captures an era when artists and activists collaborated to embrace exotic dancing in Portland's cultural mix. It centers around the protagonist's Christmas visit to Midwest family when she reveals her profession to her minister father.

The opera expression of the story is a collaboration with Portland's contemporary opera project Cult of Orpheus, which descended from Classical Revolution PDX. It stars Viva who is a classically trained singer. It is also promoted by Opera Theater Oregon which supports new opera, and has been the subject of an interview on All Classical FM's Northwest Previews.

All the details and tickets are at www.vivas-holiday.com. Performance at Star Theater, an old burlesque theater once owned by Gus Van Sant, 13 NW 6th. 9PM $20

December 1 Trauma & Apathy

PSU MFA Studio Lectures Series is now curated by Julie Perini who does social justice-focused movie making. Perini is speaking tomorrow at PSU. Tonight's talk is by Basma Alsharif who focuses the same themes. Her talk is entitled Trauma & Apathy. At Portland State University, Lincoln Hall Room 75, 1620 SW Park Avenue 7PM Free

December 1 Bedstock Festival

Bedstock is an online event today with performances by musicians and authors from their beds and kids in their beds for children all over the world who are sick in bed.

It is a gift and fundraiser for MyMusicRx, a 20 year project by the Children's Cancer Association. Bed stock is conceived by Anomaly in NYC and organized in Portland by the creatives at YouWho.

Performers include The Decemberists, Sallie Ford, The Von Trapp Family, and more than 30 other musicians along with authors Cheryl Strayed, Chelsea Cain, Jon Klassen, Carson Ellis and Mac Barnett reading children's books from bed.

Turn your dial to that website!

MyMusicRX performances are archived at https://www.youtube.com/user/MyMusicRX/videos in case any parents of sick children need them, anytime.

Friday, November 27, 2015

November 27 Home Schooled

Home School is a project Victoria Anne Reis and Manuel Arturo Abreu. Tonight they have visual work by the organizers and Taj Bourgeois, video by Hamishi Farah, and a variety of spoken performances by the organizers and Eleanor Ford, Victoria Oleos and Giovanna Olmos. Home School homeschoolpdx.tumblr.com at Composition Gallery www.facebook.com/compositiongallery 625 N.W. Everett St., #102 (mid-block on NW6th) 7PM Free

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 24 Good Bare Foot

Some of the top studio monitors in the world are made in Portland Oregon by Barefoot Sound. They range up to $22,000 per pair. These would be found in recording studios and studios doing mastering - the final voicing of a recording before it goes to each of the distribution formats - to you.

Their designer speaks here this evening. Thomas Barefoot, an engineer who decided not to finish his PhD because it seemed boring, started young in his audio career, age 13. The magic of his speakers is the digital electronics which manage the division of sound between low, mid and high frequency drivers, solid vibration-controlled cabinets - they weigh 70 pounds - and a design which can work at a range of listening distances.

Thomas Barefoot on speaker design curiosityclub.handeyesupply.com/new-events/2015/11/24/thomas-barefoot-barefoot-sound, presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast, see the video archive on the Hand Eye Supply website, or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply www.handeyesupply.com/pages/curiosity-club 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 22 Sanctuary

Sanctuary Sunday on the anniversary of the death of President Kennedy has EMS, El Owl and Mike Gamble tonight with visuals by Sludge and Pulse Emitter on magnetic media. At Xhurch xhurch.net 4550 NE 20th. Music 7PM-10 donation $5

November 21 Prequel Raag

The Prequel project is a mentoring program for recently graduated artists. The eight artists have their project show at S1.

Prequel has done a great job with a very small amount of money, Portland-style. There is no cost to the artists to participate. They received a Precipice Fund grant for 2015. But Precipice grants are one year only. They are working to independently fund 2016.

As part of that project funding strategy, they have an auction this evening. Each artist has proposed an about 3 hour project in which you can participate with the artist. They all sound fun and some are humorous - prequelpdx.org/artist-date-auction-2015/

You can bid on them this evening while spending a little time in the S1 world, which is always recommended.

The artists speak about their work from 5PM-6. Bidding begins at 6. It's free to attend. And you should go.

Prequel artist experience auction at S1, formerly Multiplex, www.s1portland.com 4148 NE Hancock Map Early 5PM-7 Free

Tonight is an evening of night ragas by Michael Stirling, voice; David Jacob, tabla and Lucy Stirling, tambura. This Indian classical performance is in a lovely temple space, Dance Mandal, hidden in a Portland neighborhood. Night ragas http://ymlp.com/z4HjgF at www.dancemandal.com. 1405 SE 40th 7PM $20

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 21-22 Open Studio

PNCA MFA students open their studios tonight and tomorrow. Https://www.facebook.com/events/1180111035335716/ at the PNCA MFA studios 321 NW Glisan Saturday 6PM-9, Sunday 3PM-6 Free

November 20 Creative Closing

Portland artist Storm Tharp speaks at Creative Mornings this morning. You can still get free tickets and read about the talk at www.creativemornings.com/talks/storm-tharp. Or if you arrive at 9, empty seats may be available. You can also watch the video of his and previous talks on the Creative Mornings website. Creative Mornings Portland at the Portland Center Stage Gerding Theater in the Armory 128 NW 11th 8:30AM-10 Free

Surplus Space has their closing closing tonight, the close of their final show: Senseofplace Lab. It is five installations of material crowdsourced from the neighborhood and artists. You can read a more eloquent description on the Surplus Space website, and visit this evening to see the results. At Surplus Space www.SurplusSpace.info 3726 NE 7th 6PM-9 Free.

November 19-22 Interval Habitat

Byron Westbrook has a four day/night run of Interval/Habitat. It is a collaboration with different artists performing at 7PM each evening. You can look on the Disjecta website for more details. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-10 Free

November 19 Curating Explorer Violet Ride

Paige Powell, photographer, and Brian Ferriso, curator and director of the Portland Art Museum, speak about The Ride, a video installation by Powell and a show of snapshots from the New York art scene of the 1980s surrounding Andy Worhol and Interview Magazine. http://portlandartmuseum.org/event/stops-along-the-ride/?instance_id=25542 at the Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 6:30 Members Free, otherwise $19.99 which includes admission to the Museum, and the show

Portland artist Katy Knowlton opens her latest project, Violet's Diary, this evening. The violet part is a reference to violet in fires which spans cultures and continents. Violet fire is mystical. She has previously shown work at Place and Multiplex and has a variety of independent projects. At Short Space www.shortspace.life NE 7th and Broadway, above Cotton Cloud - use the red door 6PM-8 Free

Michelle Grabner is the curator of the Portland2016 Biennial at Disjecta. She is chair of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago department of painting and drawing, was a co-curator of the 2014 Whitney and has several regional curation projects. She speaks about her work this evening. At PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 6:30PM Free

The New Explorers is a book profiling women artists doing art work on and about the landscape. "Explorers" is a good narrative brand, but contemporary art pales in relation to the history of women explorers when exploring was fierce. The author, Kris Timken, speaks this evening, along with artists in the book Linda K Johnson and Camille Seaman. The discussion will be moderated by curator Prudence Roberts. At OCAC in the Drawing, Painting and Photography Building 8245 SW Barnes Road 7PM

November 18 William Jamison Redux

William Jamison and Jeffrey Thomas opened a gallery in Portland in 1985 with a branch in New York. It was one of the early serious contemporary art galleries that followed on Arlene Schnitzer's Fountain Gallery, birthing the Laura Russo gallery, and the young Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Jamison passed of AIDS in 1995. His staff, Charles Froelick and Jane Beebe, divided the artists and opened their own galleries which operate today.

Jeffrey Thomas brings back memories with a show by some of the original Jamison-Thomas Gallery opening artists in 1985. The artists included are: Idi Bagus Anom, Rick Bartow, Stuart Buehler, Mark Bulwinkle, Tom Cramer, Baba Wague Diakite, Robert Gilkerson, Gregory Grenon, Tomas Nakada, Deb Norby, Stan Peterson and Eric Stotik. Since then, more Portland artists operate on a national and international stage.

At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art www.jeffreythomasfineart.com 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Free

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 17 Manifesto

PSU has a Social Practice Art Club. They have a show and tell this evening. They will also draft a manifesto. At Likewise www.likewise.website 3564 SE Hawthorne 7PM-9 Free

November 16 Halloween is Over

PMOMA closes their costumes made by artists show tonight. Mike Clark, the man behind Movie Madness and its costume collection, will speak.

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

Friday, November 13, 2015

November 15 Six Fallen Night Container View

The gentlemen who started the social practice project Fallen Fruit in Los angeles in 2004, David Allen Burns and Austin Young, speak about their project this afternoon. The project has spread to other cites and there are independent projects like it in Portland. Fallen Fruit is also the inspiration for a show currently at the Museum, W+K and around town. Tickets required and are available in advance at the Museum box office or online. Fallen Fruit talk portlandartmuseum.org/event/fallen-fruit-artist-talk/?instance_id=25668 at the Portland Art Museum www.pam.org 1219 SW Park 2PM Members free, Adults $19.99, Students & Seniors $16.99

Jessica Jackson Hutchins has a retrospective show at the Lumber Room. Accompanying the show is a book published by Container Corps. This afternoon they celebrate the book release. The artist has done an excellent job exporting her work from Portland, which we laud. At Container Corps www.containercorps.com 800 SE 10th 3PM-5 Free

Six is nine.

Six is an evening of electronic music for six channels performed by six musicians, one at a time. It is the ninth year. Musicians this year are Solar Drift, Paul Dickow + Marcus Fischer, Jetfinger, Ethernet, Gummy and Wndfrm.

The the audience occupies the center space between speakers. In past years, the audience has brought their own blankets and pillows.

This year the event is at PSU. Six www.six.pdx in the Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus 6PM Free

Ragas cleave to time of day. There are some for mornings, some for day and some for night. Fire Comes to Earth is an evening of night ragas. Michael Stirling sings, David Jacob plays tabla and Lucy Stirling accompanies on tambura. Advance tickets on the Sun Gate website. At Sun Gate Studio www.sungatestudio.com 2215 NE Alberta Doors 8:30PM, performance 9-11 $15-15

Many artists will be enjoying the Columbia River Gorge today, culminating in a meetup at the Portland Women's Forum State Park overlook in Corbett. It's a celebration of water in a way. Bring tea and snacks. www.facebook.com/events/987165748022259/ at the Portland Women's Forum State Park oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm?do=parkPage.dsp_parkPage&parkId=119 3PM-5 Free

November 14 Content Fire Auction

Disjecta has their annual funding artist auction tonight. It's www.disjecta.org/portfolio-items/2015-disjecta-benefit-art-auction.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-10/11/12 $30 online $40 door

Stewart Harvey and Marti close their show of photographs from Burning Man festival in Nevada.

At the Mark Woolley Gallery www.markwoolley.com a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall, with the People's art of Portland opening at the same time. If the mall appears closed, enter the film theater building adjacent, travel through the tunnel to the Place mall, and take the elevator to the 3rd floor, sometimes the bridge on the 3rd floor is open too. 700 SW Fifth 6PM-9 Free

Content occupies the rooms on the second floor of the Ace Hotel Portland with artist - designer - wearable collaborations. Each room is individually designed, and often performed, by Portland creatives. They include Allison Ullmer Jewelry, Angel Thug, Topaz, DIGDOGDIG, Marty Jean, Service x Joanne Petit-Frere, A Girl Named Georges, Brady Lange, ALTAR, Goodsport, Shwood, Moonshadow Goods, Solabee, Kiriko Made, Machete, Katie Guinn, human noise, BLK RBN, ARA, Red+Co X Knowledge for Knowledge, MapleXO, WWJJD, Fieldwork Flowers, John Blasioli x Bridge & Burn and Drip Ice cream x Damien Gilley. It is always a fun event, and you will enjoy it more if you clothe yourself creatively that evening. Content www2.acehotel.com/content at the Ace Hotel 1022 SE Stark 5PM to 10, last entry 9:30 $15 advance $20 door

November 13 Incubate Identity

Prequel, a Portland artist incubator presents their group show, What I Know Is, by Travis Beardsley, Kello Goeller, Erin Mallea, Brittney Connelly, Genevieve Goffman, John Whitten, Dakota Gearhart, Lara Kim and Emily Wobb. At S1, formerly Multiplex, www.s1portland.com 4148 NE Hancock Map 6PM-9 Free

Berlin performer and artist Lief Hall has a lecture themed on myth, pop cuture, virtual identity and gender tonight. You can examine her website to determine if this event is for you. At Short Space www.shortspace.life NE 7th and Broadway, above Cotton Cloud - use the red door 7pm by donation