Monday, October 23, 2006

November Photo Show at Clark College

This show pulls together some outstanding and varied work by local photographers Holly Andres, Blake Andrews, Amy Archer, Daniel Barron, Liz Haley, Mark Hooper, Tamara Lischka, and Grace Weston. Andres is known for her Crewdsonesque psychodramas of growing up a girl; Archer for gridding multiples, often of architecture; Haley for snapshots of enigmatic personal moments in characters you may know; Lischka for her photographs of animal embryos and Weston for her obsessive miniature sets upon which life is played out. The gallery website has more information
Opening tonight 7PM Clark College Archer Gallery Vancouver, WA free

Thursday, October 12, 2006

October 13-30 a Few Portland Things

October 13-15, 19-22, 24-31

Catacombs @ Portland Art Center

The Portland Art Center opens Catacombs, a sort of grown up haunted house, involving a maze of rooms created within the Center's warrens. Each room is representative of historic happenings in the North End and Old Town Portland, enacted by actors with you in the scene, passing or tarrying as you wish. Continuous performance 8-11PM Admission $10-20 on a sliding scale October 13-15, October 19-22, October 26-31 (Halloween show runs 8-midnight)

October 13

Classical Indian Dance Performance Updated @ Schnitzer Concert Hall

Kalakendra presents a bharatanatyam dance performance, Ekaanta Seetha, Lonely Furrow, commemorating women Sita in Hindu mythology, who raised the twin sons of Rama, Rani Lakshmi Bai, a key figure in India's struggle for independence and Aparajitha, a representative contemporary fighter for social progress in rural India. These dances have elaborate costumes, stylized hand movements and characteristic shifts of gaze (sit close or bring field glasses). Usually they retell historic myths, this one is contemporary. Schnitzer Concert Hall 8PM $30 Discounts for Kalakendra members. Details

Haley-Briggs Art @ Gallery Homeland

Liz Haley and Troy Briggs show new works at Homeland’s one-year anniversary show Friday the 13th. Bring your party hats and rollerskates. "Let them eat cake!"

“With a Stranger” is up for the Month of October at gallery Homeland project space at 916 SE 34th Ave, opening Friday the 13th 7-10pm.

From their artists' note:
'The other day I ate Chinese food and my fortune cookie said “A chance encounter with a stranger will change your life” So Liz Haley and Troy Briggs started a project together for Scratching the Surface three months ago, meeting for the first time and with no idea what to do. While walking along the esplanade, they noticed couples asking people to take their picture. Something in this exchange was the seed for what will be shown at gallery Homeland this October. It began with questions of intimacy, projection and the exchange. The stories we create and the objects left over have become the medium that they will use to give notice to that moment that happens hundreds a time a day when we walk down the street. Who are you? Can I ever know you? Will you change my life?'
916 SE 34th ave just off Belmont 7-11PM Free

October 14

Foghat Ranchero Breakfast Car Wash Performance @ John Head World HQ

Portland has a concentration of particpatory social performance artists such as Harrell Fletcher, Red 76, the MOST and Sincerely, John Head - these folks who have also been doing the tailgating things from time to time.

At 10AM they will throw a campagne breakfast of "omelettes, pastries, waffles, hot coffee" "while supplies last" and champagne christen their life size Ranchero with FOGHAT vanity license plates. From 11-5 their installation is on display and you can get your picture taken in their personsize commemorative Foghat vinyl cover cutout.

10 Breakfast and Car Wash
11-5 Photo sessions and general carrying on, aka art viewing

It's at 18th and Overton in the Corberry Press

October 14,15,21,22

Westside Open Artist Studios (14,15); Eastside (21,22)

Once a year, many Portland artists open their studios. It's an opportunity to look inside a star kitchen or mysterious science lab for maybe a flash of insight into how artwork is created. The website shows examples of each artist's work, not my minimalist conceptual cup of tea. Nonetheless it could be valuable for process or auditioning studio space with likeminded artists. West Side Studios October 14, 15, East Side October 21, 22. Details on getting tickets and maps at the website, of course your artist friends may invite you to their studios directly. $15 for two people and two weekends of open studios.

October 14,15

Last Open Art Studios @ 333

The 333 Studios are closing. Come by for their tenth and final open studio, sale and party. Surviving for 15 years an illegal speakeasy and a Russian nightclub downstairs, but not the fire marshall, the studios are over Dunes, which, as the building has been sold, will probably blow away too. These studios have incubated a few generations of Portland artists with monthly square foot rents a quarter of many of today's prices. See the work of artists John Brodie, David Eckard, Carol Ferris, Gilles Foisy, Cecilia Hallinan, Stephen Hayes, Robin Hoffmeister, David Inkpen, Una Kim, Blair Saxon-Hill and Marty Schnapf. RIP 4-9PM Sat, 12-4PM Sunday 333 NE Hancock, upstairs

October 14

Art Benefit @ PNCA

PNCA holds a silent auction art benefit to defray the medical bills of an alumna who was attacked in Old Town. Luckily this one is still alive as she was not attacked by the thin blue line. 7-11PM $5 donation at the door NW 13th and Johnson

Flamenco Guitar Concert @ Community Music Center

The flamenco community is passionate. No dancing tonight, but the guitar playing by Mark Taylor and Mark Ferguson will be passionate. Someday I would love to hear flamenco played on electric with miles of sustain, this concert will be on traditional classical guitars. Information: 503-972-1178
Community Music Center 3350 SE Francis $12 advance, $15 day of show; $9 youth under 17 7:30PM

October 16

Art Lecture Series @ PSU

The PSU Art Department lecture series continues with Julia Bryan-Wilson. She teaches art history and visual culture at RISD after a 2004 PhD from Berkeley. Writing extensively and curating, she is interested in the intersection of political issues of all types and art. If you are missing school, this talk should be a smart one. 5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall by PSU 8:15PM Free

October 17

Register to Vote by Today

5PM Is the deadline for registering to vote in Oregon for the November election. You have to be registered at your current address to get you ballot in the mail. So if you moved, update your registration. For Multnomah county, the elections office is across the street from Holocene. Oh and it's free!

October 18

Sustainability and Environment Lecture @ Church

There are plenty of hipster events in Portland and this is not one of them. But if you are deep in the sustainability, environment or energy public interest movements, you may be inspired and pick up some good ammunition for your efforts at this lecture, maybe some allies too.

Author Bill McKibbens, longtime New Yorker writer and author of "The End of Nature" speaks on the theme "Earth on Edge: Choosing Our Future". Sponsored by Methodists, the talk may be slightly imbued with spiritualism of the good kind by cospeaker Dr. Cynthia Moe-Lobeda. I heard this guy speak at the Illahee series, he is smart and low key, a true thinker. What inspired me at his Illahee talk were his understated insights for world changing. At the First United Methodist Church, SW 18th and Jefferson across from the Goose Hollow Inn and by the MAX.
Cost: $10; $5 for students with ID. For more information, call Jan Elfers at (503) 221-1054

October 20-22,25-27

Portland Fashion Week @ US Bank Building

Urbane Portland has two fashion weeks, September's "The Collections", featuring Adam Arnold, Pinkham Millinery, Linea, Kathryn Towers, Holly Stadler, Jess Beebe, Elizabeth Dye, Church and State, Denwave, Liza Rietz, Emily Ryan and Anti-Domestic; and this two week long fashion week. Diversity is good for Portland. The events are held on the 43 floor of the US Bank Building aka "Big Pink", doors 7, shows 8PM

October 20 Clothing by sofada with eyewear from Visage and jewelry by Janine Gibbons hosted by Mayor Potter and Commissioner Adams
October 21 Heather Bell jewelry, The Black Fox, DarBeka - Jackie Steiner Originals Duchess and PoppiSwim
October 22 Louise Jeans, Naomi Raquel Sha Montana, the Elusive Collection and Segel Clothing
October 25 The Green & Sustainable Design Showcase with Saffrona - Nora Catherine Jewelry, MEWV, Maiti Nepal, EXIT and Flood Clothing
October 26 OSU Fashion Night with Melissa Ward, Tonya Schreiber, Alaina Shea, Diem Le, Marianne Egan, Morgan Tove, Lenore Semperviren and Gowns by Laura
October 27 Urban Metalics, Kicklet Kreations, Adriana Couture, Urban Girl NW, Leanimal DoubleCross Belt Co., Magali Corzo, Eden Dawn Apparel

Tickets $10 General, $30 VIP advance; $15 General, $40 VIP door; Week-Long Pass-All Shows-Gen Adm - $55; afterparties $10

October 22

Church of Psychedelia @ Holocene

White Rainbow, Plants, Paint and Copter and Ghosting play the music that would have made church way more interesting accompanied by visuals from Andy Brown, Jason Frank, Penguin Jetpack and Sara Robbin. This is the last Church of Psychedelia. Holocene 9PM Free

October 23

Art Lecture @ PSU

The PSU Lecture series hosts ultra baroque Seattle sculptor Jeffry Mitchell. You may have seen his work at the Pulliam Deffenbaugh Gallery. Mitchell was a finalist for Seattle newspaper The Stranger's 2006 genius awards. 5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall by PSU 8:15PM Free

October 24

Organism Salon @ Vendetta

This arts organization hosts a free salon at Vendetta on Williams - details at their web site

October 24,25

Miniature Golf Designed by Artists @ Holocene

Once a year artists and designers bend their creative minds around miniature golf. They fill Holocene with putting greens and all manner of cleverness to make golf holes with crazy ramps, chutes, funhouse mirrors and blinky lights. This year's holes include:

"Blowhole: The Hole" something about teeing off a surfboard into the hole which is the mouth of a whale. Except the whale hole mouth is moving! Once you sink the hole, the ball is blown from the whale's blowhole. By WK12.4

The "Labyrinth" requires friends to play. Tee off into a labyrnth maze. Your friends then tilt the maze to navigate the ball to the hole. They have to avoid spots on the maze where the ball drops from play. It's just like the hand held puzzle from childhood days of infinite time. Designed by Dave Selden and friends - The Minotards.

"Fancy" requires interactions with actors in play. Sort of performance art golf except you are in the performance. Luckily this all happens behind the curtains. Just like theater life world. By Lightbox Studio.

"Gnomes in Candyland" transforms the course into candyland. Whether candyland is the ultimate cradle to cradle sustainability strategy remains to be seen. Perhaps the course will be available to be eaten after day two, which might not be too bad since it is created by Pix Patisserie's Team Decadence.

"Superturboawesome" is always welcome, especially since this hole reference summer fun's skating, biking and the like. From Team Leisure Package - graphic designers Tom O'Toole and Ada Mayer.

"A Night at the Palms" involves navigating two floors of the Palms Motel, avoiding palm trees and whatever happens in the motel's rooms. By Flight 64, a coop printmaking studio. Press play!

"Destination Rampage" maybe recreates a life with the flying superpower. To score you need to dodge trees, rubble and "purple ponies" (?) then jump a ramp over the city. Home is where the hole is. By Team Monkey Punch (Anna Troupe and friends).

"The Mystery Hole" is not the mythical Gold Beach roadside attraction, but a devilish trap of optical illusions. Pass through the rabbit hole's shrinking corridor into a tiny village to the hole. By Team Half & Half, Cyrus Smith.

"Skee-Ball", the game you can never win at the Rose Festival's "fun center" is the inspiration for this hole by Omen (aka Nemo Design).

"FusGolf"TM requires running fusball paddles. Hopefully your "friends" are not running defense! By Elise Bartow and Daryl Freier.

"Virtual" is a game of electonically generated environments. Very Aeon Flux. By Alphonse Swinehart and Second Story Design.

"Pirate Golf" had to be. Dutch pirates in this case, navigating Holland's canals and windmills. By The Portland Radio Authority.

"Fleshtone" a performace hole by Portland's own costumed electro performers. Very steamy, surely. By "it's getting hot in here" Fleshtone.

Players - You - vote for champion holes in categories Best Action, Most Artistic, Greatest Technical Achievement, Hole I Most Want To Take Home With Me (odds on Fleshtone?), and the most mega ultra uber awesome Best in Show, the designers of which win $500 cash money! So play early and play often.

Get your game on, those funny pencils and golf clubs are provided for 2 nights October 24 and 25! Tuesday 9-late and Wednesday 2PM - late. Holocene $6

Dahlia @ Doug Fir

I wrote about this monthly electronica event previously. Still good. Still danceable. Show 9 $6

October 26

Barak Obama Booksigning in Seattle

Wonky, yes. But in politics, a ray of light is worth much more than the all of the fear and loathing which passes today for leadership. Thus the thesis of this Illinois senator's book "The Audacity of Hope". Unfortunately this Seattle reading and booksigning sold out 2500 seats at the Banaroya concert hall in a day. What's the fuss? A lot of people want this guy to run for president. Hopefully we'll see him talk in Portland soon.

Thriller @ Alberta Art Walk

Here is a question. Do three wrongs make a right? First, Michael Jackson. Yes the music persists, but that was more a product of Jackson's producer from Seattle, Quincy Jones. Wiki his career. Second, the conjunction of Alberta and art. Yes it is heartfelt. Anyway taste is personal, or, as I say, aesthetics is tribal. Third, zombies. Put the three together and what you have is zombies performing the West Side Story-(on the East side - ?)-inspired dance sequence from the Michael Jackson music video for Thriller, live at the corner of 15th and Alberta beginning at 6:30 or 7 and for every 20 minutes for a few hours while the Alberta art walk happens this Thursday. Pop culture sampling. Start your halloween off right...

October 27

Not an event here, though there may be a party in Bolognia or Paris and in San Francisco and Yokahama, but long time butoh performer Kazuo Ohno turns 100 years old today. Actively performing until about 90, Ohno is representative of the lighter, softer and romantic branch of this Japanese performance art. He is quite frail now, but for years he created improvisation inspired solely by birth, death and his mother. I know this is obscure, but butoh is an interest and there is a concentration of it in Seattle, Olympia, LA, SF, the Southwest's wild spaces and Portland. Not all of it is tortured or dark, in fact very little is.

October 28

Bollywood Horror @ the Fez

DJs Anjali and the Incredible Kid throw their annual Indian Horror Film dance party. I'm waiting to see if they have those improbable Bollywood dance scenes akin to Miike's zombie musical Katakuri-ke no k├┤fuku. $10 with costume Flier

October 29

Trick or Vote, today I say both, as long as they are not dirty tricks! If you know me, you know real democracy is a passion worth life risking. For reasons far far different than the current administration proposes, in fact, antithetical.

The Bus Project registers Oregon voters then encourages them to vote, the Dean strategy. Today join them visiting Oregon voters and encouraging them to get their vote by mail ballots in to count. Later in the evening they throw a great costume party at the Crystal Ballroom with Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes, Quivah and March Forth. Doors 7:30 $13

October 30

Art Lecture @ PSU

The PSU Lecture series hosts Portland filmmaker Vanessa Renwick. She had the Trojan video in the Oregon Biennial. She has been making what could be classed documentry work as much as magical realism can be classed fiction. In other words, our region through a personal lens. You can get a feel for her work at Renwick has also developed a low budget network of places to show her films by touring band style in a van, even to rural towns, showing films in Grange halls. 5th Avenue Cinema 510 SW Hall by PSU 8:15PM Free

Sunday, October 08, 2006

October 15 Cello Now @ Doug Fir Lounge

The cello ranges close to the human voice, perhaps that is part of its sound's emotional appeal. It can be plucked, but bowed it reaches sublime expressiveness. Its low notes are felt as much as heard; it's woody overtones are intensely somatic.

Tonight the cello's magic is multiplied in ensemble as Cellodarity plays.

The program includes

Bachianas Brazileiras #5 by Villa Lobos
Double Cello Concerto by Vivaldi
Original Works by Gideon Fruedmann
Original Works by The Ahs
Original Works by Polly Panic
and experimental improvisational duos/trios

Cellodarity includes players known independently for their other musical projects. Details at

At the Doug Fir Lounge, Doors 7:30, show 8, $7

October 8 Crafty Wonderland

The church of craft - Crafty Wonderland - continues. Work for sale by Portland's crafty vixens complements a DIY zone for learning new skills. 11AM-4PM. at the Doug Fir Lounge Free

Friday, October 06, 2006

October 6-8 HP Lovecraft Film Festival

Author Lovecraft (1890-1937) is considered to be the father of modern horror, more focused on dark occult themed stories than what passes today for horror in cinema. Afflicted with childhood disease, he suffered from poikilothermism leaving his body cold to the touch. He also suffered insomnia and is reported to have written for 60 hours without sleep to complete one story. His prolific letter writing, over 87 thousand letters in his lifetime, qualifies him as the first blogger.. His father was hospitalized for psychosis when Lovecraft was 3 and remained so for the rest of his life, later his mother was committed to the same asylum. He suffered a nervous breakdown at age 18, never completing high school. Many of his stories were inspired by his nightmares.

The festival features films, panel discussions and artwork on Lovecraftian themes.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday October 6,7,8

October 6-November 15 Weyerhaeuser Pacific Rim Bonsai Exhibit

Weyerhaeuser Bonsai Exhibit is as surrealistic a combination of words as are these miniature trees sublimely beautiful. As far back as the second century, Chinese were creating miniature landscapes of rock and trees in pots. Chinese mysticism describes worlds inhabited by spirits in these penjing, "potted scenes", the first bonsai. Between the eighth and thirteenth centuries, bonsai spread to Korea and Japan. The exhibit is accompanied by lectures, some requiring reservations or a fee, exhibits of local bonsai and children's bonsai workshops. Call the Gardens for info 503-223-1321 or check their web site. The Chinese Garden also has bonsai on display.

Portland Japanese Gardens, Washington Park 10-4 daily, Monday noon-4 admission $8/6.25 students, various membership plans for unlimited admissions.

October 6 B-boy/b-girl one on one dance battle competition @ Nocturnal

Know the Ledge! It's a one on one battle for $250. From the organizers a beautiful description: "B-boying/b-girling has always been rooted in battling. Whether you're in a circle with no judges or in competition performing for an audience, every dancer who considers themselves a b-boy/b-girl, battles.

There are two ways to represent: the first is with your crew and the second is for yourself. When you're representing for yourself, you're representing the style you've spent years laboring away to develop; you're representing who you are, how you approach the dance, what your battle strategies are, and ultimately your character as a person."

Cash money, all ages. Rundown:
6:00pm Doors
7:00pm Eliminations
8:00pm Preliminary Battles
8:30pm Quarter Finals
9:00pm Intermission
9:15pm Semi-Finals
9:45pm - Finals

Soul and breaks: Deejay Magneto (CA)

Judges: Dialog (Misguided Steps), Wendee (Street Masters Crew), Osker (Missile Fist)

Admission $10 at Nocturnal 1800 E Burnside

October 6 Music Population Project Goes Oslo

The Music Population Project is opening a new front in its founder's home, Norway. The Music Population Orchestra will play this evening with a video installation and mad DJ's Safi and Stay in School later. Apotheke 1314 NW Glisan 9PM free

October 6 Eastside Art Openings

NAAU shows paintings by cofounder Rose McCormick who has recently been living in NY. McCormick is known for schematic paintings in neutral egg tempura colors on unprimed burlap, rough and ready, as canvas. 922 SE Ankeny

Newspace shows 3 of their national juried show photographers.Siri Kauer portraits of celebrity impersonators. JSwofford shows compositional studies of microlandscapes. My favorite, Jeffrey Milstein shows his straight images of the underside of airplanes in flight. Post 9/11, airplanes are imbued with much more than the mystique of travel to exotic destinations. 1632 SE 10th

12x16 Gallery shows work by TJ Norris. Norris is known for minimalist imagery and sound installations. 1216 SE Division

Free Geek begins a hopefully regular art show with the art of Laura Lameraux, Gordo, Cara Mia, Katie Evans, Tiago, Sarah, Debra Hubbard, Dingo, Shawn Patrick Kelly, Aaron Tarfman. The theme is waste into art, and of course, Free Geek saves tons of it from unsafe disposal in China. Free refreshments. 1731 SE 10th Ave. 7-10PM

Yes shows large scale abstract embroidery compositions. 811 E Burnside

Renowned shows It's All Wood, a group show on wood. Outsider urban cartoons mainly which will make you happy. Artists include Apak, Andrew Bell, Andrew Brandou, Ryan Bubnis, Mike Burnett, Guy Burwell, David Chung, Sandra Equihua, Maija Fiebig, Filth, Jeremy Fish, Blaine Fontana, Friends With You, John Michael Gill, Robert Hardgrave, Evan B. Harris, Shane Jessup, Sylvia Ji, Colin Johnson, Aya Kakeda, Jeremiah Ketner, Pars Kid, Joshua Krause, Josh Langlais, Seth Levy, Mike Maas, David Mazak, Tim McCormick, Justin “Scrappers” Morrison, Martin Ontiveros, Augie Pagan, Joshua Petker, Lisa Petrucci, Matthew Porter, Sophia Pottish, Sean Quinn, Aaron Reimer, Lesley Reppeteaux, Chris Ryniak, Jason Sho Green, Corrie Greening Corey Smith, Ryan Jacob Smith, Eric Solis, Jeff Soto, Bwana Spoons, Jophen Stein, Cameron Tiede, Tragnark, miQ willmOtt (Tweeqim), Thuy3 (Tweeqim), Amanda Visell and Steve Withycombe. 811 E Burnside

MoshiMoshi shows Norse by Norsewest, 2 1/2d to 3d- felt figures. This is definitely another cheer up, winter coming show, super bright. 811 E Burnside

Small A Projects shows sculpture Diana Puntar. Puntar uses wood, laminates and mirrors to make bright shiny things. From the gallery: "The work exists somewhere between a post-minimalist or post-apocalyptic history where radical ideas about form meet nostalgic longings for suburban or space-age materials. Puntar’s work thus elicits a series of disturbances in aesthetic and social systems – confusing the useful with the formal and the natural with the built -- suggesting parallel breakdowns in contemporary culture". 1430 SE Third Avenue 6-9PM

Ivy Studios at the Jupiter Hotel shows outsiderish paintings by Jeremy Schultz. 800 E Burnside

Meanwhile there is a fashion show too by Magali Corzo at the Jupiter Hotel 6-8 800 E Burnside

Q Center is a new space showing the work of queer artists that is not queer art. They have a group show by their QuArt collective. 69 SE Taylor

Thursday, October 05, 2006

October 5 Music and Westside Art Shows

Art Openings Portland Westside

Portland has design skills. Talented clothing, industrial, shoe, architectural and brand designers. Once a year they and other 3d designers stretch out and experiment with furniture design. For some it's a chance to break design blocks, maybe with a purely conceptual project, for others it's a chance to maybe have their designs picked up for production. Some brilliant design world judges have selected their winners from 40 entries. You can see the entries and hear the judges speak Wednesday October 4 between 6 and 9 at Design Within Reach for $10. Or see the show free at PNCA between October 5 and 28.

DWR corner of NW Everett and 12th, PNCA corner of NW Johnson and 13th

Valantines shows mixed media drawings by Cassandra Ann Adams themed on poppies. Inspired by Sylvia Plath's poems linking poppies to love's intoxication, Adams has refracted the connection through her own experience.
Art 6-10, open late 232 SE Ankeny

MK Guth, one of Portland's few artists working effectively in video, shows her work at Elizabeth Leach. Video art is tricky as we are immersed in moving images spanning the pedestrian on youtube to cinema's grand emotionally manipulative narratives. Also showing is Stephen Hayes known for his impressionistic portraits and landscapes in oil or as prints.
Until 9 417 NW 9th

Powell's Basil Howard Gallery shows Brandland, creative work by the WK12.3 gaggle. These twelve are a creative school within an advertising agency doing work that gets published, often for local nonprofits. As each has a varied background and are not exclusively sourced locally, the show might be interesting. On the other hand, it could be a not quite post ironic admixture of culture jamming and soft targeting.
Reception 7, show business hours at Powells Burnside and 10th

Pulliam Deffenbaugh shows seductive constructions by Jen Pack. She stretches brightly colored sheer fabric on wood frames. Her canvas is transparent, specular ambient light casts an impression on the wall behind. Pack has added wiglike falls to some pieces perhaps amping a conceptual facet, welcome because the work itself can be too beautiful.
929 NW Flanders closes early 8:30PM

Mona Superhero has the seventies down. She extends the pop graphics entry into the fine arts world in the 1960's with imagery of the disco era of the seventies, a time when black and white Americans really experimented with mixing socially on an equal basis, dancing. Her images are constructed of brightly colored duct tape. Mona comes off sucessful shows at Gallery 500 to show this month at Berbatti's. 19 SW 2nd until late

Rake gallery shows the real sixties and seventies to complement Mona's show, portraits of the Black Panthers, as effectively wiped out then as the American Indian Movement and now perhaps the animal rights movement. Photographer Eve Crane, also known for documenting San Francisco's Hell's Angels, has selected these from hundreds of photographs she made as an intimate of the Panthers, an armed community development group of the day. 325 NW 6th

Blue Sky Gallery shows Zona, photographs of the Siberian gulags today. Now they are not filled with political prisoners, but for example by a 15 year old boy serving three and a half years for stealing 2 hamsters from a pet shop. Despite the bleak landscape and bleaker yet history of the camps, people there still leave a creative mark on the place, and photographer Carl De Keyzer has captured it. Perhaps this show is a touchpoint for contempation of our own justice system and our emerging special justice system. 1231NW Hoyt

Sarah Shields shows paintings at Stumptown on Third. Her imagery includes cities, figures and forests. Her forests appear as lensed through a sensor of heat, her figures seem vaguely Eastern European. The strong, almost fall palette produces a feeling of mystery.
Stumptown Downtown 128 SW 3rd

As always the Everett Station lofts are recommended for the sometimes experimental nature of the work...

If your eyes are not too tired, Holocene hosts Vision+Hearing, collaboration between moving image artists and moving sound artists. Strategy, Unrecognizable Now + gasp, Flora, Deelay Ceelay, Rob Tyler, Phillip Cooper and Chris Larson. I have found the crowd anything but hippie. Mixing live visuals with music is an emerging art form, now at the stage of DJing in Brooklyn in the 70's. DJ's such as DJ Spooky are expanding into visuals; the reuse of visuals is challenging copyright traditions and people are making a living as visualists - see VJCentral. 9PM $5