Sunday, November 05, 2006

November Arting 6,8,10-19,21,28-30

The month's remainder brings a great variety of curious things. And Thanksgiving, the last pure holiday.

November 6

Artists' Lecture @ Reed

Lucien Samaha and Hadley+Maxwell have a show at Reed College: "I WANT TO SHOW YOU SOMEWHERE." In 1970 [2006] opposition to the Vietnam [Iraq] War had grown. Although a majority had concluded the war pointless and wrong, a strong pro war minority accused doubters of the war of being unpatriotic and not supporting the troops. There was also a military draft [volunteer army] making all college students [jobless military age people] targets, except for those with powerful family connections or wealth. Against this backdrop, students across the country protested the expansion of the war into neighboring Cambodia [Iran]. [Let's hope the story ends here...] On May 4, the Ohio National Guard shot 4 at Kent State University. Artists Hadley+Maxwell, working from photos of the time restaged the events on the Reed Campus with students alternating roles as the dead students and those around them in shock. In the gallery, the artists project the photos and draw over the projections. Lucien is a social artist, perhaps similar to Harrell Fletcher. He will engage gallery visitors personally in 100 photographs from his collection of 300,000 and produce more material from the interaction. Lecture Vollum Hall 7:30 Free

November 8

Drift + Sonic Youth Shorts @ Holocene

You can read the Holocene calendar for a description of live improv to film and experimental videos with Sonic Youth. 8 $5

Lecture-review of new Portland Parks @ Historical Society

The chance to design large is rare. In Portland, though, 3 new/redo downtown parks in the park blocks are in design. The excavation between the Guild and the Fox Tower will be a park. O'Bryant Square, sometime needle park or panic park. Ankeny Park by Lit. The designers seek public review of their designs at sessions 11:30AM-1:30PM and 6-7:30PM then lecture from 7:30-8:30PM at the Historical Society building.

November 9

Art on Pirate Radio Opening @ Henry in Seattle

Artists Angel Nevarez and Valerie Tevere, neuroTransmitter, operate in the realm of transmission arts, analog. Their installation at the Henry delves into pirate radio as one manifestation of of the phenomena. Up until December 31.

Landscape Architect Peter Walker @ UO Portland Center

Peter Walker is one of the world's leading landscape architects. His work creates the physical architecture upon which the cultural anthropology of moving through space, or just contemplating it, happens. He and his firm are known for their urban planning, university campus, city park and public space designs. His firm is responsible for the William Jameson Park, NW 11th and Johnson, with it's brilliant fountain-wading-pond. 722 SW 2nd Ave, 4th Floor Review Room Noon Free

Time Based Art Show of Artists' Clocks @ Local.35

Local.35 clothing store has great synergy with the Portland art community. They've commissioned murals for their walls and dressing rooms and have consistently represented a Hawthorne second Thursday art opening night. Tonight they have a group show of clocks by artists Miss Libby Ann, Damon Ayers, Kendra Binney, Tim Brenner, Rik Catlow, Claudia Drake, Lyla Emery Reno, Michael Fields, Chris Haberman, Shauna Haider, Jennifer Mercede, Ashley Montague, Bruce New, Derek Olsen, Casey Rae, Jesse Reno, Reuben Rude, Thinkmule, Daniel Damocles Wall, Joshua Williams, Wendy Stillwell Wise, Cathie Joy Young The show was wrangled by Black Market Culture which puts Portland artists on the web and arranges brick and mortar shows too. DJ and libations and nifty clothes. 3556 SE Hawthorne Blvd 6-9 Free

November 10-12

Food and Shelter Festival @ Center Space & Goldsmith Building

The Food and Shelter Festival explores improvised music and movement through workshops and performances. Workshops on the day. Performances evening.

Their website has all the details:

November 10-18

The Film Center hosts the NW Film and Video Festival, a juried show of short, medium and long work from the NW bioregions. You can scan their website for a myirad of details and find what sounds interesting to you.

November 11

Residence show-buy-party @ Homeland

All those free art shows with free drinks need money and you need art. Inviting artists to visit and make work or show our work in the world outside Portland requires fundage too. So 50 artists: Nicole Amore, Holly Andres, Josh Arseneau, Joe Beil, Troy Briggs, Chris Buckingham, Sam Coomes, Brent Comstock, Bruce Conkle, Tim Dalbow, Marguerite Day, Nick diSessa, Fred Fliesher, Liz Haley, Kim Hamblin, Meg Hanson, Jimmy Hatch, Scott Wayne Indiana, Ryan Jeffery, Chris Johanson, JoAnn Kemmis, Kendra Larson, Erin Letterman, Amy Lincoln, Karl Lind, Gabriel Liston, Kurtis Lofstrom, Marne Lucas, Betty MacEntire, Mary Mattingly, Zak Margolis, Lisa Maurine, Paul Middendorf, Chelsea Mosher, Charles Moss, Tj Norris, Lauren Obenour, Tracy Olsen, Louise Osborne, Eugenia Pardue, Ethan Rose, Adam Ross, Paige Saez, Joe Spangler, Cynthia Star, Amy Steel, Jeremy Tucker, Max Turner, Annette Thurston, Joe Thurston, John Vitale, Vicki Lynn Wilson and Jim Wood have contributed small works to make it happen. Buy them for $20-200

Opening party 6-11PM. Show all month Saturday and Sunday 12-5 until December 2.

At Gallery Homeland World Headquarters 916 SE 34th Ave.

Classical Indian Music @ Lewis and Clark

All cultures seem to have a sandwich. Tasty breadish things with fillings. The Indian version might be the samosa. So this evening, if you are in the mood for and Indian sandwich consider this. Kalakendra presents North Indian vocalist Aarti Ankalikar-Tikekar accompanied by Milind Kulkarni on harmonium and Ramdas Pulsule on tabla. You can get in for free if you are a member and you can join at a prorated rate anytime. Then maybe take in an Indian dinner. Finally there is DJ Anjali and the Incredible Kid's Atlas, Asian fusion dance music at Holocene.

Indian concert $15 advance, $20 door, free members details at 7:30PM Lewis and Clark Evans Auditorium

Magnetic II @ Seattle Science Center

A dance party in a science center. Science experiments 10-11. The butterfly room, planetarium, dinosaur room, the robotic insects, an ocean petting tank, and other exhibits are open until midnight. Four rooms of DJ's until 4AM. Breakfast at the Hurricane?


November 12

Crafty Wonderland @ Doug Fir Lounge

Take in the church of craft, talk to the crafters, learn a new one at the DIY table. 11AM-4PM. at the Doug Fir Lounge Free

November 13

Valentines in launching a film night. This Monday they show Godard's Pierrot Le Fou. I have a feeling that the opening of Until the End of the World may homage this film. Admission includes snacks. They are also preparing tapas, which knowing the place should be tasty. Valentines 232 SE Ankeny 7PM $5

November 14

Cello+ @ The Artistery

Zoe Keating performs cello with looping. Joined by the Golden Arm Trio who scored the film A Scanner Darkly and Privacy of Marriage Records. Sounds good to me. 4315 SE Division St 7:30 $5

November 15

Art Conservation Now Lecture @ Reed

MOMA Director of Conservation, Jim Coddington, speaks on conserving today's contemporary art. Given electronic media and materials that aren't archival, plus all manner of installations and wild sculpture, it's a non trivial challenge. Reed Vollum Hall 7:00PM Free

November 16

What's the point of copyright? @ PSU

You may be wondering. Many people are thinking deeply on this. Author, EFF'er and coeditor of Boing Boing, Cory Doctorow speaks on the topic. Details and bio at Smith Hall Vanport Room 338, 1825 S.W. Broadway 5PM Free

First VJ Night @ 911 in Seattle

VJ's mix video samples live to music. They work harder than DJ's, mixing sometimes hundreds of samples per minute while the DJ manages transitions every few minutes. Their method is more like a producer, but they do it live. It's been going strong in the UK for over 20 years, lead by Coldcut's Matt Black. RISD students the Emergency Broadcast Network pioneered political cut ups using videotape and many videotape players live. Seattle's 911 Media Arts Center, with no analog in Portland, catches up tonight and presents a night featuring VJ's Killing Frenzy, scobot with DJ Hyasynth. 402 9th Avenue N between Belltown and Lake Union 7:30-10:30PM not sure of the admission

November 17

3 on 3 Bboy Bgirl Battle @ Reed

6 years, this spot has hosted battles. It's a friendly fierce night including some insane out of towners. It's no joke with a $300 first prize. Door is $5 with all the money going to support Ethos, schooling the next generation.
Soundz - Ohmega Watts: Lightheaded (PDX). Judges - Jyant: Moon Poon Platoon, Dialog: Ninja Cipher Brigade, Big Sid: DefCon5. Hip hop is life. Reed Union. Doors 6, battles 7. $5

Odds and Ends Film and Animation @ Gallery Homeland

courtesy of our friends at Urban Honking:

3 Artists Open @ Small A Projects

Small A Projects, which has been making a great name for Portland lately by presenting artists' first solo shows, opens Green Light Green Light, Jamie Isenstein, Anissa Mack and Josh Shaddock. Anissa has done performances, such as Pies for a Passerby, in which she baked apple pies at the Brooklyn Public Library then placed them on the windowsill of a purpose built cottage for passerby's to steal.
Jamie Isenstein produces installations; Josh Shaddock is the coolest of the three, sometimes working with language. Small A Projects 1430 SE 3rd Reception 5-8 Talk Isenstein-Mack 7:30 Free

November 17-19

Sprockettes International Invitational @ Disjecta

The Sprockettes are one of those things that can bring only smiles. Their precision nano bike performances are the bike version of high school's synchronized swimming with much better costumes. Or precision Zoobombing. Tonight they invite international bike stars the Clettes, girl bike performers and the Brakes, boy bike performers - all the way from Vancouver BC! Also on the bill are Kazum!, local acrobats; and electro, disco, romantico rockers, Romanteek from Olympia. Fulfill all your entertainment needs, wants and out and out lusts with drinks, a pimp your bike booth, Sprockettes calendars and official Sprockettes clothing, a silent art auction, a live stenciling wall, more art and a dance party with DJ Sniffles and DJ Puppet. Self propelled fun.

At Disjecta. Doors 7, show 8. All ages. $5-10 sliding scale

But wait there is more, a whole minibike weekend...

Saturday brunch and make tall bikes at 11:11AM, alleycat on minibikes at 3 at Mt Tabor - points for style and then see bike movies at Free Geek at 7


Sunday bike a beer treasure hunt at noon, at 3, bike polo and learn bikedancing skills at Alberta Park then Zoobomb.

November 18

Japanese Butoh Performance Master Class @ Seattle Velocity Dance Center

Butoh is a Japanese performance form unlike other modern dance styles. Seattle Performers Haruko Nishimura & Sheri Brown present a lecture-demo-try butoh master class. The master class,4-4:45PM is an introductory movement class by
Haruko Nishimura, director/choreographer/performer for Degenerate Art Ensemble. From 4:45-6 butoh's history will be explored by in video and by demonstrations by performers Sheri Brown, Alan Sutherland, dk pan Douglas Ridings, Helen Thorsen, Kym Adams and Mish Curtis.

Instructor bios:

Haruko Nishimura- Since co-founding Degenerate Art Ensemble (formerly The Young Composers Collective) in 1993, Haruko has produced a consistent stream of original and adventurous works combining physical theater and butoh dance with live experimental music. Many of these pieces are large scale works involving up to 5-15 performers and the Degenerate Art Ensemble’s 10-17 piece orchestra. Haruko’s choreographed works have been commissioned by On The Boards, City, County and State Arts Commissions, as well as a number of private foundations and have appeared in ten countries. As a performer, Haruko has appeared in as many as 60 performances per year over the past ten years, including performances in her own group Degenerate Art Ensemble, as well as in other ensembles including San Francisco/Berlin based InkBoat, Holland based R.A.M.M. Theater and others. These performances have taken place throughout the US West Coast, New York, Germany, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, France, Netherlands and Italy.

Sheri Brown- Performance artist Sheri Brown ( has performed extensively both as a solo artist and as a core member of the butoh-inspired troupe P.A.N.(, where she began working with dk pan in 2001. Highlights from her work with the P.A.N. are the Chuncheon International Mime Festival (for which the group won the Dokkebi Award), the Overseas Korean Arts Convention in Seoul, the International Butoh Festival in San Francisco, and Spaceboat TV at the Experience Music Project in Seattle. Additionally, Sheri has has performed with several other performance groups including Infernal Noise Brigade, Pyrosutra, Dappin Butoh, Kokoro, the Degenerate Art Ensemble, and TchKung. Sheri holds a BA in Theatre from Arizona State University and a Master's in Education from the University of Hawaii; her Butoh teachers include Shinichi Momo Koga, Akira Kasai, Joan Laage, Su-En, Minako Seki, Katsura Kan, Diego Pinon, Jay Hirobashi, Yoshito Ohno, Kota Yamazaki. Sheri performs regularly as the angel-fairy in Bumbershoot, Folklife, Hempfest, and the Oregon Country Fair and has served on the board of directors for the Center on Contemporary Art for several years.

Master class $13, Lecture demo $5 at the Seattle Velocity Dence Center. To register and for more information, contact or call 206-467-5510, ext. 1171

Photographer Daido Moriyama Speaks @ Portland Art Museum

Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama is known for his grainy black and white photos lensed with dramatic camera angles. Sort of punk style, except his career began in about 1960. After a 10 minute film on the photographer, he will be interviewed by photographer Michael Kenna who is known for his nightime landscape photography. Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium $10 general $5 members

FO(A)RM Experiment @ Portland Art Center

FO(A)RM is a yearly journal which uses metaconcepts like autonomy, topography, duals & doubles, dis/embodiment and utility to organize writings and recordings. Tonight they branch from paper and ink to sound and video referencing too the sound recordings contained in autonomy. Organizer Seth Nehil made electroacoustic music, moved to NY, started the journal and now is back making more sound visual performances.

Performers Olivia Block, Chicago; Seth Cluett, Princeton; Luc, Portland; Borborygmus, Portland; DJ P Unity, Portland provide a counterpoint to experimental video material from Zak Margolis, Holly Andres & Grace Carter, James Sumner (Dirty Projectors), Brook Hinton, David Borengasser, Melody Owen and Animal Charm curated by Morgan Currie. See also video installations by Richard Garet, Michael Bullock, Kuwayama Kiyoharu (Lethe), Elizabeth Leister, Stephen Slappe, Cat Tyc, Linda Kliewer, Phillip Cooper, Ryan Jeffrey, Mark Owen, Mack McFarland and Sue Havens.

All this takes place at the Portland Art Center 32 NW 5th 8PM $8 advance/ $10 door includes $2 off the purchase of FO(A)RM autonomy journal.

November 21

Sankai Juku @ The Paramount Seattle

Sankai Juku's elegant minimal style gets inside your head. Their relationship with the Seattle audience is special, the emotional dynamic flows in both directions. 9/10 1985, Sankai Juku performer Yoshiyuki Takeda fell to his death before the audience in an outdoor performance due to faulty rigging suspending he and his fellow dancers from a Pioneer Square building. You can get more information and a video excerpt of the current perfomance in Seattle at
$32-42 Paramount Theater, Seattle 7:30PM

November 28

Cello + II @ Someday Lounge

Cellist Zoe Keating, longtime Rasputina performer is another example of international level creatives picking Portland home. Ilyas Ahmed (with Grouper) and electroacoustic ambient gypsy trio Mugwort also perform. Someday Lounge 125 NW 5th 9PM door $5

November 29

Dahlia @ DF

Dahlia, of whom we have written, performs their monthly residency at the Doug Fir. Their last residency created the good Ohm.$6 9PM

Flamenco Madness @ Big Stage Schnitz

Portland has a collection of flamenco dancers and their friends. After you have done, and done, and that, and the other, there now is flamenco. The big dance presenters in town are New Yorker's White Bird and tonight they present flamenco . This is for those who get hot seeing dancers in red and passionate music, this is the root passion of Spain that got all watered down in the new world. Schnitzer Hall $16-52 Student Discount Available 7:30PM

November 30

Show Closing with Music @ Valentines

Valentines has a closing reception for the show listed in the westside art openings above. OWL SOUNDS from NYC performs at 9pm probably free - check with the venue 232 SW Ankeny

Drats!!! another rock opera @ Holocene

Punkers Drats!!! release their cd Welcome to New Granada. Then they show a teen rebellion film from the 1970's, Over the Edge with Matt Dillon in his first role. The film has a soundtrack with Cheap Trick, The Cars and The Ramones! Don't leave early, though, because Drats then performs their own rock opera mashing up their New Granada songs and performing characters inspired by Over the Edge!! So !!! 8PM Free !!! !! !

World of Warcraft Gamers' Night Out @ Someday Lounge

If opera is not your cup of tea, welcome to the matrix at Someday's World of Warcraft Expansion Release party From the lead game producer via "In our next major update, we will be releasing Blackwing Lair, a 40-person raid dungeon, where you will be able to battle against the epic dragon Nefarian and his minions. We are also working on a 20-person dungeon called Zul'Gurub and the mysterious lands of Ahn'Qiraj in Silithus. Outside of dungeons, we want to continue adding new world events, such as a carnival that will take place in Mulgore and Elwynn forest." More news and a promotional video at Irono-nazis, The Punk Group perform a purpose written song for the occasion. Blizzard's release date has been slipped to January to allow the beta testers to find bugs in each and every maze of twisty little passages, so check with the venue for updates. 125 NW 5th 9PM door $5

Friday, November 03, 2006

Nov 4 Flight 64 Printmaking Benefit

Portland has some printmaking mojo. Maybe it's because of the relationship between trees and paper. It's probably because of Gordon Gilkey. In the army in WW II, his interest in art lead him to being responsible for researching art displaced by the war and returning it to its proper owners. So he met a lot of art people in Europe and built an economical print collection by trading prints with artists. Later he taught printmaking at PNCA and then created the Art Museum Print Center where anyone can take a look at super valuable prints from their archives - Dürer, Rembrandt, Piranesi, Goya, Daumier, Toulouse-Lautrec, Matisse, Miró, Cézanne, and Picasso. He met some artists in the day when maybe you could trade a print for a bottle of Absinthe.

Printmaking presses are heavy. Yes it would be nice to have one in the basement, but how do you get something that weighs a ton down the stairs? Thus Flight 64, a printmaking coop sharing a studio and presses. Tonight hear music by Blitzen Trapper, The Shaky Hands, Ritchie Young of Loch Lomond and DJBJ. Two buck raffle tickets give you a chance to add prints to your collection from famous people and the members of Flight 64. Artist reception 5-8. Raffle drawn at 8. Bands 9. Holocene $5

Art Openings @ Portland East Side

Opening night Friday November 3, Shows up all month.

In the 811 E. Burnside mega art complex:
Yes continues last month's embroidery - quilt-y show. Yes is going virtual, so if you know of a creative business that would fit the 811 zeitgeist, make your move to occupy the space.

Moshi Moshi has small drawings and paintings by William McCurtin.

Denwave throws open their back studio with spooky candles and smores.

The Grass Hut has a yarn and driftwood shelter shrine pod and a group show of small work. Arrive at 6 with a 2-3 person team team or not for a scavenger hunt, the scav-obs will be revealed at 6 and not before. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and last place. The hunt ends at 7 sharp.

Redux shows their reuse-recycle objects.

Ty Ennis shows drawing oriented work with maybe a little watercolor wash here and there and a lot of white space. His compositions successfully provide a restful enigma by reducing the elements in each to the minimum, New American Art Union 922 SE Ankeny

Newspace opens Everyday Unusual by Lawrence Shlim & Bruce Polonsky. Both image street scenes, Shlim's work includes many odd and compelling images from his world travels. Saturday they are also showing, at 7, The Immediacy Marathon, more video oriented work by Julie Perini at 7. Get the details at tonight's opening. 1632 SE 10th

Thursday, November 02, 2006

November 2-5 Catlin Gabel Rummage Sale

Catlin Gabel school is an academically oriented K-12 private school. Thursday through Sunday they hold a huge rummage sale of stuff from the attics, basements and garages of the parents, grandparents, former students associated with the school and all their friends. The sale benefits scholarships to the school which is a good thing. Thursday all items are marked up 35%. Late Sunday bargain hard. Photos It's a sociological portrait incorporating generational time, a giant dig and maybe a scary reminder of our own accumulations. Thursday, November 2 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 35% markup during this first night of the sale. Friday, November 3 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, November 4 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Sunday, November 5 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. At the Expo Center - take the light rail

Nov 3, 10, 13 and all month - Hiroshima mon Mémoire - from the bombings

PSU's Littman Gallery, in the Smith Center, in conjunction with the Center for Japanese Studies shows materials, photographs and videos from the atomic bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The exhibit is not suitable for most children under 12, the bombings either. On Friday November 3, Mr. Sasao Akira presents “The Personal Account of a Survivor of the Nuclear Attacks,” at noon in Smith Center room 228. Mr Akira was 18 years old and living in Nagasaki in 1945. November 10, at 6PM Lisa Yoneyama presents, “Competing Views on the Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima,” not sure of the location, Yoneyama is the author of “Hiroshima Traces: Time, Space and the Dialectics of Memory” and professor at UCSD. They also show a film November 13 at 7 in the 5th avenue cinemas see, the website for info. The gallery is open noon-4 weekdays and 11-3 Saturday

Portland Westside Art Openings

November 2 First Thursday - Westside Galleries

MK Guth's show continues with a large hair braid-like installation, videos and lenticular prints which change as you walk by them. Jesse Durost has an installation which incorporates a large American flag-like drape. It is only up until Saturday, when he gives a talk at the gallery. 417 N.W. 9th Avenue until 9

Scott Wayne Indiana has an installation in the Portland Window Project at PDX Contemporary Art, Proposal for a Forest or a Desert. Indiana is one of the few Portland artists seriously (also sometimes playfully as with his toy horse project) exploring art in the natural landscape. 925 NW Flanders St. Window viewable anytime.

Radek Skrivanek shows photographs of environmental disasters in the former Soviet Union. His choice of black and white highlights the viewers response to the tragedy. Some photos depict the Aral Sea, which dried up along with its fish population to irrigate crops in Uzbeckastan, home to US military bases for the Afghan and Iraq war and in Kazakhstan the subject of a geopolitical charm offensive by both China and the US over it's oil and gas. This has nothing to do with Klamath Lake. In another meditation on water, Kate Mellor documents old hot spring spas in Europe, accompanying the photos with faux journals of a fictional landscape painter visiting the sites. 1231 NW Hoyt until 9, maybe a bit later

Marcus Brown performs music driven by galvanic skin response on instruments of his own construction. Galvanic skin responses are subtle changes in the electrical conductivity of skin caused by changes in blood flow and sweat. It is used in lie detectors and by Scientologists, so it's nice here to see it put to positive use. From the artist: "I use visual, audio and performance media in my work to create my own dishes which re-conceptualize and re-spiritualize American contemporary culture. Sonically, I transcribe the musical traditions of my African and Native heritages in both a spiritual and socio-economical context. With the use of my environment and the body, I aim to create spiritual tropes with my linguistic visual and phonic transmissions. Much like a voodoo craftsman, I view my role in society as a spiritual one, who uses many processes to connect society to the spirit world. My focus lies in revitalizing "spiritual making" in the midst of a capitalist-driven and spiritually diverse American society." Performance 7:30-8 in the Manuel Izquierdo Sculpture Gallery 825 NW 13th at PNCA across 13th from the main school, door on the loading dock

Also at PNCA Gilbert Neri creates a mythical archeology to "mimic a museum exhibit in an attempt to restore lost authenticity" - the perfect counterpoint to the Art Museum's show of Egyptian artifacts. until 9:30 in the Feldman Gallery NW 13th and Johnson. Neri also speaks free at the school at 12:30 Friday

Jen Corace shows meticulous drawings at Motel. "Overwhelmed" incorporates iconic threats to the mythological character, mirroring the dangers of navigating modern life. NW Couch between 5th and 6th across from Ground Control until 9

Supernal is an angel-themed show. A good counterpoint to the preponderance of dark themed Portland halloween costumes this year. Curated by Monica HW Choy, artists include 2H, Liz Adams, Andrew Hem, Lori Field, Angry Woebots, Lucy McLauchlan, Aric Miller, Luke Chueh, Cho-Chan, Martin Ontiveros, Colin Johnson, Maya Hayuk, David D'Andrea, Meg Hunt, Edwin Ushiro, P. Williams, Erik Otto, Ren Sakurai, Hannah Stouffer, Ronald Kurniawan, Jeremiah Ketner, Ryan Bubnis, Jon Han, Madoka Kinoshita, Joshua Clay, Stella Im Hultberg, Kenichi Hoshine, Thomas Han, Klutch, Mr. Kin, Leanne Biank, and Hajime Yoshio Also showing is Pet Show by artists Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock.
At Compound/Just Be Toys 107 NW 5th until about 9:30

The girl half of APAK!, Ayumi Piland, shows Animal Friends!. The show includes paintings themed on animal friendship, an edition of 100 of the her "Animal ABC Book" and prints from the book. From their website Ayumi and her husband Aaron met in a distant dimension and traveled to Earth together in a magic imagination machine. Using their art, they have learned to exchange energy with beings throughout the universe. From their secret cabin, they are sending out their signal hopes of contacting other creative life forms". At Reading Frenzy 921 SW Oak St until 9ish

Vino Paradiso has up a halloween-themed photography show. 417 NW 10th

At the Froelick Gallery, longtime artists Tom Prochaska and Laura Ross Paul show. Prochoska teaches printmaking at PNCA. In this show, his large scale paintings with a compelling colorful palate, seem to depict street scenes with barely discernible characters. His drawings are similarly impressionistic in a loose way that is actually coiled tight. Ross-Paul shows children and families seemingly in contemplation or at psychological play. Ross-Paul also is a master colorist, If you paint figures, take a look. 817 SW 2nd until 9

Caldera is an arts camp and creative retreat in the mountains near Sisters, Oregon. What they do is very cool. Tonight they show some of the results, a show of photography and video, Seeing is Believing by young people in their program. In the W+K Lobby 224 NW 13th Ave until 9

The Portland Art Center shows an installation by PICA artist in residence Viktor Popovic incorporating chairs and florescent tubes. Also IC2:Incidental Biographies by Elias Foley in the Light and Sound Gallery where live improvised music accompanies his video installation. 32 NW 5th Avenue until 10

Valentines shows drawings "The Witchcraft Rebellion" by Arrington de Dionyso and Sophia Dixon. Their press release has a flair to it:

Two artists from opposite coasts conjure unseen worlds of alchemical oppositions: darkness and light, violence and love, populated by human-animal-vegetable hybrid forms with feathers, scales, hair, grass, water, clouds and blood. Pulsating with euphoria bordering on madness, these ink drawings of unbridled intuition expose us to an instinctual language of brush and quill. Sexy, edgy, fantastically risky, the viewer is invited to follow along with initiatory hallucinations, vine-ripened with suggested narratives and somnambular echoes. This is the stuff that dreams are made of, the dreams that draw themselves.

Both the opening and closing events will feature proto-musical sound performances by artist Arrington de Dionyso, drawing upon his synaesthetic readings of the artworks as scores for sound wave conduction.

I allow my own fantasies free rein in my work because I want to explore the nature and effect of representations of female desire within a culture whose collective imagination has been primarily formed by male fantasy. I am interested in the compact made between individual and cultural fantasies and the slippage between theatricality bordering on camp and almost embarrassing self-exposure. I indulge certain culturally inherited erotic aesthetics, and my drawings expose a fascination with young bodies and a desire to possess and ultimately form a collection of these bodies through portraiture. My interest in the intersection between personal desire and collective fantasy is connected to an interest in the ongoing cultural linkage of desire, especially non-normative desire, with illness and death, and the fantasy world of my drawings is populated by embattled or endangered sickly young bodies. In my red drawings, I am interested in both the teenage-melodramatic implications of the drawing being 'written in blood' and in the resultant relationship of paper to skin. I think about the viewer relating to the the paper both as a surface for the drawing and as a vulnerable, eroticized object, on which the drawing is a wound. I want her to feel implicated in the compromised eroticism of the drawing, and forced to participate in an eroticized representation of violence and self-violence.

Founding member of the band Old Time Relijun, Arrington deals with many of the same themes in both music and art, using performance as a vehicle for driving through the nameless territories held between surrealist automatism, shamanic seance, and the folk imagery of rock and roll.

Lights on 6-9, music at 9 Valentines 232 SW Ankeny