Sunday, April 28, 2013

April 28 Talk With a Brunch Back

The Research Club, a meetup over a pot luck brunch, is back. A few speakers make preannounced talks. It is an opportunity to share creative ideas with artists, entrepreneurs and nonrprofit movers.


Sam Smith on Community Supported Everything. In Portland and other cities we have community supported agriculture and kitchens. Kickstarter and other crowdfunding projects are often a similar model; customers providing working capital in advance of delivery of products. There is a long history of coops which the United States learned from Scandinavian immigrants. Smith talks about the Community Supported Everything Guildhall, a resource for starting new community-supported projects.

Kevilina Burbank on IncitED, a social enterprise supporting education world by means of a crowd funding platform.

Mat Lippincot - on speaking at TED, and the TED culture. Why are they so perky? Why is their selection of art and music so insipid?

Bring food, drink and your own plate cup and utensils please. The Research Club at Geoloqi, 920 SW 3rd Ave #400. Noon-2PM, Talks 12:30. Free

Saturday, April 27, 2013

April 27 Boat People

Red Sox beat Yanks. 5-4. On Chapmanʼs homer. It's a heavy meme from a time past. It can be about our society's inability to adapt to change. We will see what artist Kyle J Thompson does with it in an art show this evening. Thompson is a principal of the Labrador 12128 Project, a gallery and studio on a boat known for great curation. At False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 7PM-10 Free

Monday, April 22, 2013

April 25-26 33 1/3 Years of Raw, Raucous and Sublime

Vanessa Renwick is an experimental filmmaker artist in Portland. She is well known for pioneering Portland's filmmaker road trips to show experimental work at colleges and clubs across the country, including the work of fellow Portland filmmakers. She releases a compilation of her work, North South East West: All Over The Map With Vanessa Renwick tonight.

In celebration there will be two nights of work. Thursday is Britton, South Dakota, Toxic Shock, Crowdog, Food is a Weapon, The Yodeling Lesson, Worse, Olympia, Richart, U C A BOX, S.F. HITCH, Satan's Holiday and Portrait #2: Trojan. Friday is Westward Ho, Mighty Tacoma, Stretcher, Satan's Holiday, Babyman, Red Stallion's Revenge, Portland Meadows, Yawn, Portrait #1: Cascadia Terminal. Portrait #2: Trojan, Portrait #3: House of Sound. At the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard 7:30PM $7, students seniors $5

April 23 Thoughts on Energy

Our recent chair of the Department of Energy, Dr Steven Chu, speaks in Portland tonight. As cabinet member, he created new research and commercialization opportunities for renewable energy. Chu was awarded a Nobel prize for laser trapping at Bell Labs. Later he directed the Lawrence Berkeley Labs, including seminal energy efficiency research. He summarized his 4 years of work as energy secretary here. This is a great opportunity to see Nobel winner Chu in Portland. Register for the free lecture at Parking is difficult on campus. At the OHSU Auditorium. 6PM Free

Saturday, April 20, 2013

April 20 Color Bike Night

Painter Whitney Nye has a show at Laura Russo. Today she presents an artists talk. Her medium large abstract works have always had a distributed pattern. Earlier it was collage elements. In this work it is paint marks contrasting with the dominant colorfield of the work. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st 2PM

Filmed by Bike is this weekend! It's Spring and the bicyclists are feeling it. Meow! It is today through Tuesday at the Clinton Street Theater, beginning with a street fair today at 3PM. More info at

Ragas are written for and performed at specific times of the day. There are morning ragas, day, evening and night ragas. Tonight is an ultra rare opportunity to participate in the night raga phenomena. Michael Stirling will perform Raga Mian Ki Malhar, Raga Malkauns and Raga Lalit. Accompanying will be David Jacob, tabla; Peia Luzzi, tambura and Lucy Stirling on tambura. I would bring a blanket! At Yu Contemporary Art 900 SE 10th 10PM $10

The Place complex opens their next round of shows and Mark Woolley continues last month's. At Place, a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall along with the People's art of Portland and the Woolley Gallery. 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. 5PM-9 Free

Friday, April 19, 2013

April 19 Voltage Control Fragments

Mike Bray opens Fragments of an Unknowable Whole. It is a meditation on spectacle and the relationship between performer and audience inspired by a documentary, Gimme Shelter, on a performance by a band, the Rolling Stones. The film includes footage of the death by knife at the hands of a motorcycle gang hired as security of a fan in front of the stage with a gun while the band played. Bray is a founder of Ditch Projects. At Portland's only member of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8 Free

Want some experimental electronic music tonight? Free? The Volt per Octaves performs on Moog and other synths tonight. DJ Rescue - Zia McCabe spins as well. At Control Voltage 3742 NE Mississippi 7PM-9:30 Free

April 19-20 The Marrow of Madness

Diego Piñón directs a performance Marrow within Madness, which, when you think about it, is a rich metaphor. Piñón is new world butoh performer from Mexico. He is known for psychodrama and landscape for inspiration. Dancers who work with him know the work is intense, yet his personal movement is restrained and calm, even perhaps more so than the late career work of another butoh former wild man, Min Tanaka. Piñón's performance includes a gifted group of movers: Sheri Brown (Seattle), Amelia Burns (Colorado), Mizu Desierto (Portland), Diana Garcia Snyder (Seattle), Lin Lucas (Seattle), Kat MacMillan (Portland), Christopher Mankowski (California), & Nathan Montgomery (Colorado), each with many years experience working with Senior Piñón and together. Produced by and tickets on sale at At the 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 8PM $18, $15 Students, Artists, Disabled & Seniors

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

April 18 Portland Made

Portland Made is Portland's better version of Olympia Made. It is a website to tell the story of small Portland manufacturers, crafters, makers and independent retailers. It's a place for makers to collaborate on suppliers, strategy and exchange manufacturing capability.

Tonight is their launch party.

Mayor Charlie Hales and State Representative Jules Bailey will speak about the economic opportunities for Portland makers, the Portland Made launch video will be unveiled and there will be music from DJ Leftovers.

Details At 417 SE 11th x Stark Map 7PM-10

April 17 Impulse to Collect Lunch

Portland is a great photography town. Ampersand is a small business that contributes strongly to that. It is a photography bookstore and seller of found photographs, lost collections, and small press items. Ampersand also publishes books. Myles Haselhorst, Ampersand's founder gives a talk today: Photographic Abundance & the Impulse to Collect. He brings a thoughtful view on what it means to collect in a digital age and the meaning of romance for the chemical age of photography. Sponsored by the Portland Art Museum Photography Council. It's a brown bag lunch in the Miller Room (first floor to the right in the lobby of the former the Masonic temple) of the Mark Building. 1219 SW Park Noon Free

April 16 In-person Life of Imitation

Life of Imitation is a video work in the GreyBox space of the UO WhiteBox. It is a room suitable for video.

The work is by Ming Wong from Singapore in two channels. This evening the gallery welcomes the artist for a reception. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 5PM-7

Friday, April 12, 2013

April 14 Six


Stereo is not 4Chan, 5.1 has its charms, and, of course, six trumps.


Six musicians from in and out of Portland present electronic music performed live in six channels tonight. The event takes place in the atrium of the art school. Sit on the floor in the middle of six speakers. Bring soft things to sit or lounge and blankets. Musicians include Strategy, Marcus Fischer, Jetfinger, Wndfrm, Manny Reyes and Seth Nehil. Yummy. Lights on, keep it clean. At PNCA 1241 NW Johnson Map 7PM Free

April 13 Indian Music to the Max

Anand Bhate presents a vocal performance of classical Indian music this evening. He will be ccompanied by Bharat Kamat on tabla and Suyog Kundalkar on harmonium. Sponsored by Kalakendra At the Valley Catholic School, 4275 Southwest 148th Avenue, Beaverton 7:30PM Free members, $20 otherwise

The Vestibule Gallery, a long hall at Disjecta, marches to its own drum, and sometimes their own opening schedule. Tonight they open Wisconsin artist Michael Velliquette, neo-psychdelic illustration. Some of his paper work reminds of Peter Max. Max was discovered by ad agencies, think Mad Men, in the late '60's when he was in his early 30's, think Thomas Frank's Conquest of Cool. He was also associated with the band the Beatles in their film projects. You can see Velliquette's work opening tonight. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate
Map 6PM-9 Free

April 12 Appendaplex

We rarely mention individual Everett Lofts, but one of Portland's most interesting independent spaces, Appendix, is having an art fund raiser hosted at Multiplex. It is also on line. The work is artist designed blankets, modern ink jet printed on fleece. See them at

Tonight is the in-person event. And beginning at 8, a blanket will be raffled on the hour. DJ's, dancing, and drinks. Appendix at Multiplex party fundraiser. Multiplex is mid-block on NW 6th. 8PM-late.

Monday, April 08, 2013

April 8 Doing Museum

Brian Ferriso came to Portland in 2006 to direct the Portland Art Museum. He spent a lot of time listening and reconnecting the museum to the city. What is next? Ferriso discusses the collection and the philosophy for any building expansion. It is part of the Bright Lights series sponsored by local magazine the Portland Monthly and the City Club, a thoughtful public interest group. The crowd runs to architects and planners. At Jimmy Mak's, 221 NW 10th. Doors 5:30PM, discussion 6. Free

Sunday, April 07, 2013

April 5 - June 8 Not Lumber Sculpts

Artists Fred Sandback and Julia Dault show minimal sculptures at a private gallery in Portland with limited hours. Sandback was an early minimalist studying with Judd at Yale in the late 1960's. While Mr Sandback has passed, Canadian artist Dualt is much alive and making new work. The Lumberroom has put them together. Well worth engaging. At The Lumber Room 419 SW 9th, above Liz Leach Map Check the site for hours. Free

Friday, April 05, 2013

April 5 Eastside Art Openings

Up in NE Chase Biado opens the Spring season at Appendix with Chase Biado in time. An artist and curator to watch. At Appendix Project Space On the alley between 26th and 27th, South of Alberta. Map 7-10ish Free

Ty Ennis opens JKJKJK tonight. He is an illustrative painter with eclectic subject matter. He moves to Nationale for full time representation, a welcome move given Nationale's network, span and respect. At Nationale 811 E Burnside Map 6PM-9

For Hire is a show of resumes. And resumes are still being accepted. The studios at Recess: Maggie Craig, Figurative Painting; Jenny Vu, Drawing, Painting & Comics; Lucile Marlome, Jewerly Making; Erica Edmonson, Sculpture & Textiles; Ashley Burke, Graphic Design; Paul Clay, Video & Performance and Chloe Kendall, Video & Printmaking, will be open as well. And a DJ opening night for your dance pleasures. At RECESS at Oregon Brassworks Building, 1127 SE 10th Map 7PM-late

Ann Ploeger is one of Portland's great individualistic portrait photographers. Her trademark is people at home with their feet maybe oddly bare. She shows My Melinda tonight, multiple personae of a single subject. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9

Charlie Haughey presents A Weather Walked In a show of photographs made between 1968 and 1969. Haughey served in the infantry in the Vietnam War. His over 2000 negatives remained largely unseen until last year. Haughey has selected 28 and presents them in his handmade frames. At 417 SE 11th x Stark Map 6PM-10

Redux has a favorite illustrator Jennifer Parks. Her subject is women who would seem at home in Portland. Parks is one of the partners in the Pony Club. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-10

Black Box has a photo salon, a larger show than most for them. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8:30

New to LoBu Home Bass has a show by Davey Cadaver and Sarah Hoyt with DJ's. Hoyt makes caffeinated drawings of many-eyed cats. Cadaver has Juxtapoz-style heads. Both artists have made work for viewing with 3d glasses which induce extreme chromatic aberration, pulling red forward and violet back. Many other items in the store look great through them too. At Home:Bass 123 NE 6th 6PM-10 Free

Newspace has some potential curiosities. Early Works are some of the first images of now grown up photographers with their personal narratives. Then. Now. Here is a sequence of images alternating vintage photographs with current Oregon photographers working the same locations. There will also be a show of photographs by Newspace's young after school program photographers. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9

Thursday, April 04, 2013

April 4 Westside Art Openings

We already mentioned the Littman show, which is recommended.

It's Portland Photo Month, officially organized as well as independently inspired. For more details:

What If? is an art & design exhibition for TEDxPortland auction items for the Children's Healing Art Program. It's varied and well curated. They start the evening early with a reception. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 4:30PM-6 reception, perhaps on display later

Up in Northwest, the Laura Russo Gallery has Whitney Nye and Roll Hardy. Nye excels in compositions of large patterns of small details, and does so in new abstract paintings. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st 5PM-8

We like China, so we will probably like Philipp Scholz Rittermann's Emperor’s River, documenting the thousand mile canal connecting Beijing to Hangzhou. Also showing Tamas Dezso's portrait of Hungary, and Retratos Pintados, vintage hand colored formal portraits from Brazil. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map

PDX has photos by Amjad Faur, Evan La Londe and Masao Yamamoto. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM

Hellion has unusual for it minimal work by Joshua Krause. At Hellion Gallery 19 NW 5th Suite 208. Through the lobby of the arched brick entry, up the stairs and to the back. Very upper floor Japan-style.

Space. It's big. It's the theme of a show by Lea Loo, Savannah Julian, Ethan Allen Smith, Ryan J Bush, Allison Berg, Kengo Olsen, Alex DeSpain, Bryony Redhead, Cassandra Swan, Samantha Sacomano. Guest curated by Dawn Yanagihara. At Compound Gallery 107 NW 5th 6PM-10