Thursday, April 08, 2010

April 10 Too Much to Do

The Art Museum has mounted a major show, Disquieted, drawing some accomplished artists from major collections, little seen here otherwise. The poster child is a very large sculpture by Spanish sculptor Jaume Plensa, In the Midst of Dreams. Three large heads, illuminated within and seemingly asleep, face one another across a sea of dusty ancient softball-sized travertine marble stones. Jaume started with real models, then merged male and female, of multiple nationality into composite faces of ambiguous identity. He speaks on his work at the Portland Art Museum auditorium 1219 SW Park 2PM $5 members, $12 otherwise

As part of the Portland art biennial 2010, artist, dancer and choreographer Tahni Holt is preparing a performance, Culture Machine. The performance itself is April 23,24,25; today (and next Saturday) she opens the rehersal for you to see the process. Open rehearsal at Disjecta 8371 N. Interstate 1:30PM-4:30 Free

Of course the Rollerderby continues tonight. BodyVox continues their run.

Fashion is a battle for aesthetic supremacy, skirmishes are hidden in plain sight. It's evolutionary biology at work. Tonight the competition is made explicit. The evening, Street Flower, combines a fashion show by RoyalFits, Dirtline, gG designs, Vibration Clothing and Sirus C with a B-Girl dance battle and lady hip hop performances by Notes from the Underground and Mirrorkats. At Salmon Street Studios 109 SE Salmon 6PM-11

Belly Dancing is evolutionary biology at play too. Hidden behind the costumes producing their own music is the practical benefit of toning the abdominals. Who can deny it's fun to watch? This evening local belly dance-inspired ensemble Revel Me performs. Revel Me comprises Danielle Smith and Bevin Victoria accompanied by musicians Negara and the Underscore Orkestra. Expect a mix of Balkan, Klezmer, Gypsy Jazz Flamenco, Tango, North African & Swing for movement and music. Belly dance ensemble Znama also performs. At The Lotus Seed 6 NE Tillamook St. 7PM

Portland has a small concentration of flamenco and they are passionate. Tonight they gather for a performance of flamenco dance, guitar and voice. Mitsue "La Pura" Johnson dances, accompanied by guitarist Mark Ferguson and Jason Martinez on cajon. They are joined by singer Vicente Griego. At the Aladdin Theater 3017 SE Milwaukie Doors 7PM, Show 8 $15/20