Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19 Tastesweet

Sanctuary Sunday celebrates its 4 year anniversary with experimental music stylings by Neybuu; Pantone and Tastesweet. Visuals by Krystal Pérez. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Map 7PM Free

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 16 Bansuri + Tabla

Steve Gorn bansuri and Benjy Wertheimer tabla perform classical Indian music this evening.


At Mandala Yoga 6833 SE Belmont. Doors 7:30PM, performance 8. $18 advance, $25 door

Monday, February 13, 2017

February 16 East Annex

Portland artist and PSU art professor Sabrina Haque presents Annexation & Assimilation, Exploring the Archive, East of 82nd Avenue: her studies of the history of East Portland, drawn from her residency at the City of Portland archives and from interviews with the area residents today. Her project will be on display at Open Signal, opening tonight. At Open Signal, formerly Portland Community Access television, 2766 Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard. 6PM-8

Saturday, February 04, 2017

February 5 Refugee Tissue

The Camerawork Gallery is the longest operating and most highly respected photography gallery in Portland. They turn in great shows every month and we are sorry for not noting them here.

This month is The Refugees' Dreams by Friderike Heuer. Relevant.

The artist speaks at the opening. At the Camerawork Gallery, Linfield College Nursing Campus Peterson Hall, 2255 NW Northrup. 2PM-4 Free

Text means Tissue is a new show by visual artist, poet, and textile designer Francesca Capone. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

February 4-5 Moved

Portland butoh artist Meshi Chavez wins the copywriting award for the month:

"It is my belief that performance is not just for the artistic elite, that everyday people are made of movement and with that movement is an inherent and profound beauty. With adroit direction and focus, the quotidian can, in an instant, transform into something moving and delightful."

And his workshop students present Being Moved, a performance inspired by Lakota creation stories and Zen Koans.

Tickets Reservations 971 258 0748.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.Butoh performance at Headwaters Theater 55 NE Farragut St. #9. The theater is in the back of the building by the active railroad tracks facing Winchell Street. Map Saturday 7:30PM, Sunday 2PM and 7:30PM $20

Thursday, February 02, 2017

February 3 Black America and the World

Portland photographer Intisar Abioto shows The Black, portraits from around the world, tonight.

She is known for her photo essays Black Portlanders and State of Black Oregon: photographs and accompanying personal narratives. This project includes portraits from three continents, seven countries and eighteen cities.

She is a Renaissance woman photographer, writer poet, performer and modern dancer.

The exhibition opening is followed by a talk: A Deeper Black: Race in America by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He speaks in Eugene, with the talk simulcast to the Portland UO meeting room. The free talk was ticketed and fully subscribed: We hope the video will be available after the event on the UO website.

At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Talk doors 5PM Free, Art opening 5PM-6 Free

February 3 - March 4 African Film Festival

The Cascade Festival of African Films is a favorite event. Each year on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a month they show films from all over Africa.

This year they have films from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Israel, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Niger Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda.

Every single one of the films is free!

Most are shown on the PCC Cascade Campus on N Killingsworth. The opening night, Friday February 3, is at the Hollywood Theater, also free.

That opening night film is by Chris Kirkley, DJ Sahel Sounds. It is a retelling of the film Purple Rain, staring musician Mdou Moctar from Niger, and filmed in Niger. Moctar performs his music at 11:15PM after the film's second showing. Free

February 25 is a children's program of films and storytelling by Baba Wagué Diakité of Mali. There is a week of films by women and a program of staged readings of African plays.

The PCC Library maintains a copy of all the films shown over 27 years for in-library viewing.

The 27th annual Cascade Festival of African Films at Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Room 104, Portland Community College Cascade Campus, 705 N Killingsworth; and the Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check the schedule for times. Free

February 2 Westside Art Openings

We the People is a two month show collecting creative resistance signs and resistance-inspired artworks from you. Bring it. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

Jordan Rathus has That's Why I'm Here, videos of her performances. She weaves her own identity myths incorporating traditions of Norway, Iceland and the Hudson Valley. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Julia Mangold is a minimalist sculptor and printmaker. Her show is the result of the Leach Gallery engaging German artists over years. Also showing is Portland light artist Hap Tivey. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

Johannes Girardoni has Resonance, chromatic spots. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Madga Biernat has Adrift, images of abandoned Arctic hunting lodges and melting ice floes in Antarctica. Katrina Kepule has sit silently, photographs of farm life in Latvia. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are on the next to be invaded list. At Blue Sky Gallery Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Nic Porter has Fools Gold, colorful photographs inspired by feminism. She is a commercial photographer, her personal creative work is buoyed by a dramatic approach. At Impossible Box, 215 SW 1st 5PM-midnight Free

We cannot cover all the student shows, cafe shows or artwork hung in Portland's many small businesses. But we note that Mona Superhero will show her graphic portraits made of chromatic duct tape. At A-List Hair Studio 1306 NW Hoyt 6PM-9 Free

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

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map 6PM-9 Free

February 1-4 Light Art

The Winter Light Festival is an installation of light art by over 20 artists, participatory illuminated events, talks and affiliated events scattered throughout the city. It runs running Wednesday through Saturday at OMSI, in the surrounding East Bank area and in the affiliated locations.

The organizers and advisors of the Winter Light Festival are artists, professional lighting designers and veterans of art festivals with night time light art installations.

The event itself is free. OMSI will host food and drink for sale if you would like to get inside to warm up.

Some items will be visible from the West Willamette shore.

And maybe we will get some snow to go with it

Winter Light Festival OMSI and the industrial area nearby. 6PM-10 or 11 Free

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February 1 A Japanese Spaghetti Western

The 1985 film Tampopo is a fun classic from Japan by the great director Itami.

Widow Tampopo operates a failing ramen restaurant along a highway. Gorô is a truck driver inspired by the American West, with his cowboy hat, a truck festooned by a set of bull horns and his sidekick Gun in an early roe for Ken Watanabe.

He becomes inspired to work with her to improve her ramen. After a few comic twists, plenty of slapstick and wry commentary on Japanese cultural foibles, Tampopo's ramen shop becomes a national phenomenon. In the last scene, he rides his truck off into the sunset. It is a spaghetti Western!

Umi Organic Ramen Noodles with Hapa PDX Broth will be served to filmgoers as supplies last. It is also a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank. It is a presentation by the Portland Museum of Modern Art and Mississippi Records. Advance tickets strongly recommended.

At the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy 7:30 $9

Friday, January 27, 2017

January 29 Silent Parting

Fourteen30 has an unusual mid-day opening of The Parting of the Green Sea by artist-curator Adrianne Rubenstein. Her paintings are loose and bright, from impressionistic still lifes to abstracts. Her curation hews to bright too. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 11AM-1PM Free

Bring a book to read, silently, over drinks and snacks. No talking. Recommended. We are a little worried that this has been picked up by the media. It has always been full, even when the front porch was available; this is a small venue. Silent Reading Party at 412 NE Beech 3PM-5 Free

January 28 Caldera

Caldera Arts is a Summer arts immersion for at risk youth. In Winter, guest artists visit for an uninterrupted residency in a beautiful setting. Today is an open house to see the work and meet the artists in the cycle. This residency has artists
Lauren Chandler (Culinary Arts–Portland), Shelby Davis (Sculpture–Portland), Genevieve Hudson (Prose–Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dain Mergenthaler (Sculpture/Installation–Brooklyn), Tomas Moniz (Prose–Berkeley), Kaj-anne Pepper (Choreography/Drag–Portland), Annesofie Sandal (Sculpture/Video–New York) and Crystal Schenk (Sculpture–Portland).

Full artist bios:

Arrive at 1PM sharp for presentations by the artists, then visit the studios.

Most years, the camp gets snow. You might check the pass and road cameras on Tripcheck.

At Camp Caldera, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR Map 1PM-3 Free

January 27 Spark Sport Touch Closer

Art Spark is back. It is an opportunity sponsored by RACC for creatives, curators and art business individuals to network over happy hour. Art Spark at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison 5:30PM-7:30 Free

GoodSport has 00:00:00, visual art at Project205. 707 NE Broadway #205. 6PM-9 Free

Maria Antelman has My Touch, Your Command, Your Touch, My Command. At Melanie Flood Projects, 420 SW Washington St #301 6PM-8 Free

Lean in Closer is a group show by Ryan Bubnis, Ian Ferguson, Lori Field, Evan B. Harris, Andrea Joyce Heimer, Max Kauffman, Troy Lovegates, Jaime Molina, Kreh Melick, Stacy Rozich and Betsy Walton, curated by one of the artists. Lean in Closer at Stephanie Chefas Projects 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map 7PM-10 Free

January 27 The Fate of Iphigenia

If you happen to be in New York, Virgin Writes is a butoh performance tonight. It is based on the myth of Iphigenia, princess of Argos, in the Iliad, who is condemned to death for sins of her father, to be carried out by his hand.

The lyrics are written and sung by Esperanza Spalding, the music composed and performed live by Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto, the movement directed and performed by Vangeline.

Virgin Writes at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn Map. Tickets: Doors at 7PM.
Performance 8, $25 advance, $30 door