Saturday, December 19, 2015

December 20-25 NTVTY VI

The Xhurch is an Alberta former church and now current artist live, work, show, gallery and dream portal.

It fits in with its protagonist's larger documentation of former churches, repurposed: And it vibes with contemporary spiritual and mysticism remixing in art and culture.

This Xhurch's churchly origins have been remembered yearly for the last five years with artist-realized nativity scenes. This is the sixth year.

Each year is different. Their Alien Nativity Scene, NTVTY II, was stellar and could be repeated in today's heated political climate. Jesus, of course, was an alien, and so were his parents.

NTVTY III was a mirrored birth canal time tunnel star portal accompanied by music from MSHR.

NTVTY VI incorporates virtual reality experiences which began with NTVTY V, a live nativity scene a'la NTVTY I, video installation, fashion-forward costumes and, of course, experimental music every evening.

Musicians are Sunday, Ant'lrd; Monday, Entity; Tuesday, Sean Pierce; Wednesday, Justice Miracle; Thursday, Mike Erwin; with Friday's band to be announced. The musicians play at 7PM-8ish as a live accompaniment to the nativity. Strongly recommended.

NTVTY VI at Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Map 7PM-9 Donations appreciated

December 19 Refreshing Art Viewing

The Jamison Thomas 1985 retrospective closes this evening. Much of the art for sale benefits the William Jamison scholarships at PNCA. So bid early and often. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 4PM-6 Free

Upfor, Adams and Ollman and Melanie Flood galleries have a progressive viewing party this afternoon of their current shows.

At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 3PM-5 Free

At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th early close 3PM-5 Free

At Melanie Flood Projects 420 SW Washington Suite 301 3PM-5 Free

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

December 17 Chroma Key Supply

Art is sleeping the next few weeks to be with family. But there are a few items.

S! unveils their 2016 programming with a holiday party. There will be green screen video karaoke and hopefully dancing. At S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map 8PM-10-11? Free

Not art, but Hand Eye Supply has their holiday confab. At Hand Eye Supply 427 NW Broadway 6PM-9 Free

Sunday, December 13, 2015

December 13 Dark Book

The Publication Fair is a small sale by small bookmakers and art book shops. They include Ampersand Gallery & Fine Books, About a Bicycle (AAB), Anthology Booksellers, Big Big Wednesday, Book Arts Editions, Bridge Lab by MediaSurf Communications, Container Corps, Couch Press, Division Leap, Floating World Comics, Future Tense Books, Gobshite Quarterly / Reprobate Books, Know Your City, Mini Chapbook Press, Monograph Bookwerks, Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, Nationale, Octopus Books, Passages Bookshop, Perfect Day Publishing, Personal Libraries Library, Poor Claudia, Portland Museum of Modern Art, Publication Studio, Reading Frenzy, Sidebrow, Sincerely Analog Press, Two Plum Press, University of Hell Press and Whitewall of Sound Publications. Portland is a book town, but we don't usually cover it because others do it better. But here is an exception. At the Cleaners at Ace Hotel 1022 SW Stark Noon-6 Free

Our favorite Tuvan throat singer, Soriah, is part of an early show this evening with dark punkers Christ vs. Warhol and Dead Cult. The show is followed by Portland's dark Hive dance party. At the Star Theater, an old burlesque theater once owned by Gus Van Sant, 13 NW 6th. 8PM $8

Thursday, December 10, 2015

December 12 Bronco 500 Architecture Wonderland

The Big 500 is big. Inspired in Portland by the Charm Bracelet show, Meeting People in 2001, it is a show of art entirely on 8 inch plywood panels. Each panel is $40, cash and carry. Most of it is not my style, but the sponsors, The Peoples Art of Portland, are arguably in the top 5 of Portland galleries in annual revenue. The show has over 500 artists, each producing 10 panels. Doors open at exactly 2PM with a horde of competitive buyers. At the People's Art of Portland on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall. 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 5th. 2PM-10 Admission is a can of food for the food bank

We don't usually cover craft exhibitions, or sales. But we do like Crafty Wonderland which takes over the convention center this weekend. You can look them up, as well as smaller more recently curated Gifted at ADX Saturday, The Makery Pop Up Saturday, and the Portland Bazaar Saturday and Sunday. If you want to see what Portland and even regional, in the case of Crafty Wonderland, which includes Seattle crafters, you are welcome.

Melissa Soltesz has relocated Soltesz Fine Art from Utah to Portland. Her large space is large enough to host the Bronco Gallery inside, paintings by Corrie Slawson & Jennifer duToit-Barrett, and a performance by Lucy Yim with fellow movers Stacey Tran, Lindsay Ruoff, Sidony O'Neal and Kira Alexander Clarke. At Soltesz Fine Art 1825 NW 23rd Map Opens 5PM, performance 7, early close 8 Free

DLS Solution: Downtown Light and Sound, from LA, is a loose collective doing interior and exterior architectural light and sound installations.

It's a growing field, from the theoretical work of Robert Venturi, Steven Izenour and Denise Scott Brown in Learning From Las Vegas - The Forgotten Symbolism of Architectural Form which evolved into Venturi's Iconography and Electronics upon a Generic Architecture. Architects Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio evolved the Times Square aesthetic further (in a more refined way). Later large works are found in the iconic architecture of boom China with examples like Simone Giostra's Greenpix Zero Energy Media facade. The work is framed within the demise of Dara Birnbaum's 1989 Rio Video Wall. The interactive video piece, placed in an Atlanta shopping mall, was eventually commandeered by the mall management to show advertising, and the artist decommissioned the work.

Downtown Light and Sound artists Cayetano Ferrer, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, Nate Hess, Jonathan Mandabach and Ashland Mines have a six week interior installation opening tonight.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free

Grant Hottle's paintings Throw Me the Idol I Throw You the Whip closes tonight. At Carl & Sloan Contemporary
in the Disjecta building. 8371 N Interstate Ave #1 Map 6PM-10 Free

December 11 Supersize Lunch for Dinner

Painter, illustrator and installationist Ron Ewert has I Wish Lunch Could Last Forever. He visits from Chicago, continuing the cross fertilization between Portland and Chicago. At S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map 6PM-9 Free

Jane Schiffhauer has a show: Take Size of Me Only if I Can Take Size of You. At Worksound 820 SE Alder Map 7PM-10 Free

December 10-12 Tentfall

Composition has a three evening performance, experimental film and installation event: like men in the folds of a fallen tent, ii. Performers and artists include Babette DeLafayette, John Marc Powell, Cameron Fletcher, Marlyn Yvonne and The House Of ia: Jillayne Hunter & kb Thomason. At Composition Gallery 625 N.W. Everett St., #102 (mid-block on NW6th) 7PM-9 $5-20

Sunday, December 06, 2015

December 8 Mind the Precipice

The Precipice Fund is a Warhol Foundation-funded small grant program for Portland artists and spaces. The grants are small, up to $5000, and are offered for a year, but not the next year to the same organization. But the groups receiving them have had a great impact on Portland contemporary art.

The grantees for 2013 were 12128 Microresidencies, Amur Initiatives Media and Research, Container Corps, C.O.P.S, The Cosmic Serpent show, Experimental Film Festival Portland 2014, Eights, Issue No. Two, FalseFront, Front newspaper, M.A.S.S., Not Too Distant Futures, Portland Museum of Modern Art, Resident Residency, Random Access Tape / Stream Room Installation, S1, Arresting Power film, Sensingfeelingperceiving, Spreading Rumours, Weird Shift Storefront.

In 2014 they were At the Drive In, BCC: BrownHall, Composition, Environmental Impact Statement, Free Spirit News, I’d Rather Goya Robbed Me of My Sleep than Some Other Son of a Bitch, Habitat, HQHQ Project Space, Moving Out, Muscle Beach, One Flaming Arrow, Physical Education, Portland Pataphysical Society, Prequel, Radical Imagination Gymnasium, Surplus Space, TakerLab, They said don’t bring her home, Worksound International.

Many will be familiar to Portlandorusnow readers.

The new year's recipients will be announced this evening, and each of them will briefly describe their project. After will be a party.

Since all the applicants, their friends and everyone we know will be there, it should be fun!

Precipice Fund awards and party at 415 SW 10th, 3rd floor. 6PM-midnight Free

December 6 The Meaning of Life

JD Banke paints still life arrangements in his own style. His show is called The Meaning of Life is Living. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

Friday, December 04, 2015

December 4 Eastside Art Openings

Dark, rain, cold. Digesting tryptophans, readying for Solstice. But there are things this first Friday. Don't stay in bed!

Newspace continues its Alaska road trip show and has party tonight. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Isabela Faun has oil paintings and graphite drawings in show, Zoological Society. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free

Black Box has Color Photography: A Picture Show. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8 Free

Megan Ace has staged collages: Between Anarchy and Metamorphosis. Good idea in the conceptual photography realm. Megan Ace at Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free

You never know what Worksound is up to.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

December 3, 4, 6, 7 Dr Zhou is In!

Beijing, London and New York artist Yi Zhou is in Portland for a series of events in a variety of locations themed on her Body Memory 身体记忆 project. The Body Memory thesis is that memories are stored not exclusively in the brain, but are also stored in the body. The project makes castings of body parts to as reliquaries and totems for those memories.

First Thursday she has an exhibition and participatory performance. Her works are on display from 6PM-about 10. From 8PM-9:30, she will work with five participants to make plaster castings of a finger. Those five have signed up in advance on her project funding website Looking is free, though the space is small.

Friday she gives a talk. At Tea Bar 1615 NE Killingsworth. 6PM Free

Sunday she holds a workshop and clinic involving casting a finger and adding scents in collaboration with OLO Fragrance, one of Portland's more experimental fragrance houses. At Milk Milk Lemonade 1407 SE Belmont 2PM-3:30 $75

Monday she holds a clinic and market with items by fellow Chinese artists. At Jupiter Hotel 800 E. Burnside 5PM-10 $99 for the clinic and casting, Free to browse the market

The clinic events include a personal diagnosis and prescription by Dr. Zhou. All is explained on her website.

December 3 Westside Art Openings+

If you happen to be in Seattle, which originated the First Thursday art gallery opening tradition adopted by Portland, there is a loft butoh performance.

Erica Howard, Lela Besom, Marina Sossi and Tara Babette join Gerard Erickson, Bryce Evans, Alan Sutherland, Rusty Zepto, Kaoru Okumura, Helen Thorsen and Sheri Brown in a series of group and solo performances tonight.

It is a production of DAIPANbutoh Collective in Loft 510 of the Tashiro Kaplan Artist Lofts, 115 Prefontaine Pl S. Preshow in the lobby 7:15PM progressing to Loft 510 at 7:30. $10-20

Composition presents Body Memory by "Doctor" Yi Zhou, visiting from New York, London and Bejing. See the separate listing for the project and exhibition tonight and events throughout town December 4, 5, 6 and 7. At Composition Gallery 625 N.W. Everett St., #102 (mid-block on NW6th) 6PM-10 Free

Within Within is an installation by artists Ellen George and Jerry Mayer. They have worked together for many years and their minimal installations are beautiful. Recommended. At the Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Hellion has Attuned, surreal figure sculptures by Troy Coulterman.
The Hellion website is also tracing the career developments of Hellion artists. Bravo! At Hellion Gallery through the lobby of the arched brick entry, up the stairs and to the back. Very upper floor Japan-style. 19 NW 5th second floor. Map 7PM-10 Free

Color is a group show on that very theme by Anne Appleby, Tina Beebe, Peter Gronquist, Joe Rudko, Storm Tharp and Molly Vidor. PDX has 2 spaces at art Basel Miami with gallery artists. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Pedro David has close shots of of his family home and Ken Ragsdale has models of landscapes he has rephotographed, The Hundred-Acre Wood. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Froelich has Native American contemporary artist Joe Feddersen with mono prints. At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free

First year PNCA visual MFA students Jenna Reineking, Ardis DeFreece, Corrin M Olson, Keegan O’Keefe, Hunter Buck, Melanie Stevens and Chanel Adair have a show Ninety-Three Percent Invisible tonight. At The Lodge Gallery 1532 SW Morrison. 6PM-9 Free

Leach continues last month's show and shows at Pulse in Miami. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

Upfor continues last month's show and shows at Untitled in Miami. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Adams and Ollman continues their show and shows with NADA. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th early close 6PM-8 Free

Fourteen30 is in Miami at NADA. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map (they are not open tonight)

Anne Siems, Seattle painter, has Dream Lessons and Gina Wilson also has paintings. At Laura Russo Gallery 805 NW 21st 5PM-8

PNCA and the Museum of Contemporary Craft are 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


At the Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis Early close 6PM-8 Free First Thursday

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map closing ranges from 9PM-10:30ish

December 3-6 Predator Songstress

Predator Songstress is a series of performances which began in 2012 by Haruko Nishimura and composer Joshua Kohl operating as the Degenerate Art Ensemble. Nishimura is a butoh performer known for large scale productions.

Predator Songstress: Dictator is the current chapter playing on the big stage.

It is a fantastical and surreal new myth.

Ximena, played by Nishimura, is captured by the Harvesters, a group of old men, who pass judgement on her. She is accused of exaggerating peoples feelings by singing them; and is sentenced to have her voice removed.

She joins fellow women prisoners who hang birdhouses in the forest while they await the same fate.

Ultimately Ximena triumphs, restoring the voices to all from which they have been stolen.

The performance incorporates video, animation, stories gathered from the audience by Ximena in the lobby before the performance, and an original score. Collaborators include Douglass Ridings, Okanomodé Soulchilde, Benjamin Marx and Paris Hurley. Costumes by Alenka Loesch.

Predator Songstress by the Degenerate Art Ensemble at On the Boards 100 W Roy Street, Seattle. Thursday-Saturday 8PM, Sunday 5PM $25 (waitlist available)

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

December 2 Arresting Made Tube

Julie Perini is an activist artist who works through documentary moviemaking. She was fortunate/unfortunate to be in the right/wrong place at the right/wrong time when the keystone cops attempted to prosecute the Critical Art Ensemble. She has continued her work in Portland with the movie Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland Oregon She speaks about that movie and her work in a midday talk. At the Portland State University Art Building, Room 200, 2000 SW 5th. Noon Free

Gabi Villaseñor and Helmy Membreño have revived Getting to Know You(Tube). Three artists are invited to curate a short collection of fovorite YouTube videos. After viewing the audience engages them in discussion and may bring their own YouTube selection. This program's artists are Libby Werbel, Britt Howard and Travis Beardsley. The event will be at PICA, different from the usual venue. GTKYT at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art 415 SW 10th, Ste 300. Doors 7PM Videos 7:30 Free

Kelley Roy has a new book, Portland Made: The Makers of Portland's Manufacturing Renaissance. She reads from it this evening at Powell's, then there is an after party at Made Here PDX across the street until 11.

Roy coauthored a great book on the Portland food cart movement, from interviews with owners, to the legalities and ecosystem. That book has been a bible in other cities. Roy also founded the ADX makerspace.

You can find out more about the book on their successful Crowdfunding site

Portland Made reading at Powells 1005 W Burnside 7:30 Free, after event at MadeHere PDX 40 NW 10th 9PM-11 Free

December 2-4 Viva Las Vegas!

The long time performer, writer, vocalist and creative force in Portland is the subject of a one act opera excerpted from her book Magic Gardens: The Memoirs of Viva Las Vegas.

The book captures an era when artists and activists collaborated to embrace exotic dancing in Portland's cultural mix. It centers around the protagonist's Christmas visit to Midwest family when she reveals her profession to her minister father.

The opera expression of the story is a collaboration with Portland's contemporary opera project Cult of Orpheus, which descended from Classical Revolution PDX. It is no coincidence that Viva is a classically trained singer and studied opera. It is also promoted by Opera Theater Oregon which supports new opera, and has been the subject of an interview on All Classical FM's Northwest Previews. Oregon Art Watch has an extensive review.

All the details and tickets are at Performance at Star Theater, an old burlesque theater once owned by Gus Van Sant, 13 NW 6th. 9PM $20

December 1 Trauma & Apathy

PSU MFA Studio Lectures Series is now curated by Julie Perini who does social justice-focused movie making. Perini is speaking tomorrow at PSU. Tonight's talk is by Basma Alsharif who focuses the same themes. Her talk is entitled Trauma & Apathy. At Portland State University, Lincoln Hall Room 75, 1620 SW Park Avenue 7PM Free

December 1 Bedstock Festival

Bedstock is an online event today with performances by musicians and authors from their beds and kids in their beds for children all over the world who are sick in bed.

It is a gift and fundraiser for MyMusicRx, a 20 year project by the Children's Cancer Association. Bed stock is conceived by Anomaly in NYC and organized in Portland by the creatives at YouWho.

Performers include The Decemberists, Sallie Ford, The Von Trapp Family, and more than 30 other musicians along with authors Cheryl Strayed, Chelsea Cain, Jon Klassen, Carson Ellis and Mac Barnett reading children's books from bed.

Turn your dial to that website!

MyMusicRX performances are archived at in case any parents of sick children need them, anytime.

Friday, November 27, 2015

November 27 Home Schooled

Home School is a project Victoria Anne Reis and Manuel Arturo Abreu. Tonight they have visual work by the organizers and Taj Bourgeois, video by Hamishi Farah, and a variety of spoken performances by the organizers and Eleanor Ford, Victoria Oleos and Giovanna Olmos. Home School at Composition Gallery 625 N.W. Everett St., #102 (mid-block on NW6th) 7PM Free

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

November 24 Good Bare Foot

Some of the top studio monitors in the world are made in Portland Oregon by Barefoot Sound. They range up to $22,000 per pair. These would be found in recording studios and studios doing mastering - the final voicing of a recording before it goes to each of the distribution formats - to you.

Their designer speaks here this evening. Thomas Barefoot, an engineer who decided not to finish his PhD because it seemed boring, started young in his audio career, age 13. The magic of his speakers is the digital electronics which manage the division of sound between low, mid and high frequency drivers, solid vibration-controlled cabinets - they weigh 70 pounds - and a design which can work at a range of listening distances.

Thomas Barefoot on speaker design, presentation of the Curiosity Club, you can tune into the free live webcast, see the video archive on the Hand Eye Supply website, or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

Friday, November 20, 2015

November 22 Sanctuary

Sanctuary Sunday on the anniversary of the death of President Kennedy has EMS, El Owl and Mike Gamble tonight with visuals by Sludge and Pulse Emitter on magnetic media. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Music 7PM-10 donation $5

November 21 Prequel Raag

The Prequel project is a mentoring program for recently graduated artists. The eight artists have their project show at S1.

Prequel has done a great job with a very small amount of money, Portland-style. There is no cost to the artists to participate. They received a Precipice Fund grant for 2015. But Precipice grants are one year only. They are working to independently fund 2016.

As part of that project funding strategy, they have an auction this evening. Each artist has proposed an about 3 hour project in which you can participate with the artist. They all sound fun and some are humorous -

You can bid on them this evening while spending a little time in the S1 world, which is always recommended.

The artists speak about their work from 5PM-6. Bidding begins at 6. It's free to attend. And you should go.

Prequel artist experience auction at S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map Early 5PM-7 Free

Tonight is an evening of night ragas by Michael Stirling, voice; David Jacob, tabla and Lucy Stirling, tambura. This Indian classical performance is in a lovely temple space, Dance Mandal, hidden in a Portland neighborhood. Night ragas at 1405 SE 40th 7PM $20

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 21-22 Open Studio

PNCA MFA students open their studios tonight and tomorrow. Https:// at the PNCA MFA studios 321 NW Glisan Saturday 6PM-9, Sunday 3PM-6 Free

November 20 Creative Closing

Portland artist Storm Tharp speaks at Creative Mornings this morning. You can still get free tickets and read about the talk at Or if you arrive at 9, empty seats may be available. You can also watch the video of his and previous talks on the Creative Mornings website. Creative Mornings Portland at the Portland Center Stage Gerding Theater in the Armory 128 NW 11th 8:30AM-10 Free

Surplus Space has their closing closing tonight, the close of their final show: Senseofplace Lab. It is five installations of material crowdsourced from the neighborhood and artists. You can read a more eloquent description on the Surplus Space website, and visit this evening to see the results. At Surplus Space 3726 NE 7th 6PM-9 Free.

November 19-22 Interval Habitat

Byron Westbrook has a four day/night run of Interval/Habitat. It is a collaboration with different artists performing at 7PM each evening. You can look on the Disjecta website for more details. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-10 Free

November 19 Curating Explorer Violet Ride

Paige Powell, photographer, and Brian Ferriso, curator and director of the Portland Art Museum, speak about The Ride, a video installation by Powell and a show of snapshots from the New York art scene of the 1980s surrounding Andy Worhol and Interview Magazine. at the Portland Art Museum Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 6:30 Members Free, otherwise $19.99 which includes admission to the Museum, and the show

Portland artist Katy Knowlton opens her latest project, Violet's Diary, this evening. The violet part is a reference to violet in fires which spans cultures and continents. Violet fire is mystical. She has previously shown work at Place and Multiplex and has a variety of independent projects. At Short Space NE 7th and Broadway, above Cotton Cloud - use the red door 6PM-8 Free

Michelle Grabner is the curator of the Portland2016 Biennial at Disjecta. She is chair of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago department of painting and drawing, was a co-curator of the 2014 Whitney and has several regional curation projects. She speaks about her work this evening. At PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6:30PM Free

The New Explorers is a book profiling women artists doing art work on and about the landscape. "Explorers" is a good narrative brand, but contemporary art pales in relation to the history of women explorers when exploring was fierce. The author, Kris Timken, speaks this evening, along with artists in the book Linda K Johnson and Camille Seaman. The discussion will be moderated by curator Prudence Roberts. At OCAC in the Drawing, Painting and Photography Building 8245 SW Barnes Road 7PM

November 18 William Jamison Redux

William Jamison and Jeffrey Thomas opened a gallery in Portland in 1985 with a branch in New York. It was one of the early serious contemporary art galleries that followed on Arlene Schnitzer's Fountain Gallery, birthing the Laura Russo gallery, and the young Elizabeth Leach Gallery.

Jamison passed of AIDS in 1995. His staff, Charles Froelick and Jane Beebe, divided the artists and opened their own galleries which operate today.

Jeffrey Thomas brings back memories with a show by some of the original Jamison-Thomas Gallery opening artists in 1985. The artists included are: Idi Bagus Anom, Rick Bartow, Stuart Buehler, Mark Bulwinkle, Tom Cramer, Baba Wague Diakite, Robert Gilkerson, Gregory Grenon, Tomas Nakada, Deb Norby, Stan Peterson and Eric Stotik. Since then, more Portland artists operate on a national and international stage.

At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Free

Monday, November 16, 2015

November 17 Manifesto

PSU has a Social Practice Art Club. They have a show and tell this evening. They will also draft a manifesto. At Likewise 3564 SE Hawthorne 7PM-9 Free

November 16 Halloween is Over

PMOMA closes their costumes made by artists show tonight. Mike Clark, the man behind Movie Madness and its costume collection, will speak.

At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10 Free

Friday, November 13, 2015

November 15 Six Fallen Night Container View

The gentlemen who started the social practice project Fallen Fruit in Los angeles in 2004, David Allen Burns and Austin Young, speak about their project this afternoon. The project has spread to other cites and there are independent projects like it in Portland. Fallen Fruit is also the inspiration for a show currently at the Museum, W+K and around town. Tickets required and are available in advance at the Museum box office or online. Fallen Fruit talk at the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park 2PM Members free, Adults $19.99, Students & Seniors $16.99

Jessica Jackson Hutchins has a retrospective show at the Lumber Room. Accompanying the show is a book published by Container Corps. This afternoon they celebrate the book release. The artist has done an excellent job exporting her work from Portland, which we laud. At Container Corps 800 SE 10th 3PM-5 Free

Six is nine.

Six is an evening of electronic music for six channels performed by six musicians, one at a time. It is the ninth year. Musicians this year are Solar Drift, Paul Dickow + Marcus Fischer, Jetfinger, Ethernet, Gummy and Wndfrm.

The the audience occupies the center space between speakers. In past years, the audience has brought their own blankets and pillows.

This year the event is at PSU. Six www.six.pdx in the Shattuck Hall Annex, 1914 SW Park Avenue, at the corner of SW Broadway and Hall on the PSU campus 6PM Free

Ragas cleave to time of day. There are some for mornings, some for day and some for night. Fire Comes to Earth is an evening of night ragas. Michael Stirling sings, David Jacob plays tabla and Lucy Stirling accompanies on tambura. Advance tickets on the Sun Gate website. At Sun Gate Studio 2215 NE Alberta Doors 8:30PM, performance 9-11 $15-15

Many artists will be enjoying the Columbia River Gorge today, culminating in a meetup at the Portland Women's Forum State Park overlook in Corbett. It's a celebration of water in a way. Bring tea and snacks. at the Portland Women's Forum State Park 3PM-5 Free

November 14 Content Fire Auction

Disjecta has their annual funding artist auction tonight. It's

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM-10/11/12 $30 online $40 door

Stewart Harvey and Marti close their show of photographs from Burning Man festival in Nevada.

At the Mark Woolley Gallery a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall, with the People's art of Portland opening at the same time. 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 6PM-9 Free

Content occupies the rooms on the second floor of the Ace Hotel Portland with artist - designer - wearable collaborations. Each room is individually designed, and often performed, by Portland creatives. They include Allison Ullmer Jewelry, Angel Thug, Topaz, DIGDOGDIG, Marty Jean, Service x Joanne Petit-Frere, A Girl Named Georges, Brady Lange, ALTAR, Goodsport, Shwood, Moonshadow Goods, Solabee, Kiriko Made, Machete, Katie Guinn, human noise, BLK RBN, ARA, Red+Co X Knowledge for Knowledge, MapleXO, WWJJD, Fieldwork Flowers, John Blasioli x Bridge & Burn and Drip Ice cream x Damien Gilley. It is always a fun event, and you will enjoy it more if you clothe yourself creatively that evening. Content at the Ace Hotel 1022 SE Stark 5PM to 10, last entry 9:30 $15 advance $20 door

November 13 Incubate Identity

Prequel, a Portland artist incubator presents their group show, What I Know Is, by Travis Beardsley, Kello Goeller, Erin Mallea, Brittney Connelly, Genevieve Goffman, John Whitten, Dakota Gearhart, Lara Kim and Emily Wobb. At S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map 6PM-9 Free

Berlin performer and artist Lief Hall has a lecture themed on myth, pop cuture, virtual identity and gender tonight. You can examine her website to determine if this event is for you. At Short Space NE 7th and Broadway, above Cotton Cloud - use the red door 7pm by donation

Friday, November 06, 2015

November 7 Physical Education Idol Crawl

Lit Crawl originated with Lit Quake in San Francisco. It's an evening of stacked readings at taverns within walking distance. It's spread since to London, NY, Austin, LA, Seattle and Iowa City(!).

It's tonight in Portland, the festive coda to Wordstock. It runs from 6PM to Late with readings between 7:30 and 9:15 in inner SE. Details:

Lit Crawl. 6PM-late Free

Allie Hankins, Lucy Yim and Akahiro Yamamoto perform something in the modern dance realm as Physical Education. It is their project which includes cultural reading groups and discussions. They win the copywriting award for the month: " the body is a site of a passage of time, faded history, deviant behavior, dimensional projections, artifacts & narratives, alternatives against structures of repression, traffic & underground passageways, broken languages, consumed & digested & transformed material, questions larger than its skin & greater in number than its pores, tenderness & love, dreams & self-inflicted pain, trauma & desire for release, harbors, rivers, dams & bridges" Physical Education at Short Space, above Cotton Cloud on NE 7th. 7PM Free

Portland abstract painter Grant Hottle has Throw Me the Idol I Throw You the Whip opening tonight. It corresponds to the Disjecta art auction preview next door. At Carl & Sloan Contemporary in the Disjecta building. 8371 N Interstate Ave #1 Map 6PM-10 Free

November 6 Eastside Art Openings

Cowboy Ghost Watching Me When I Sleep? is a show by Andre Filipek & Carly Mandel. It is inspired by the conflict in the West between the cowboy - don't fence me in; and the farmer - good fences make good neighbors. That seems so long ago. Has that dialectic passed from our culture? Where do the hunter gatherer first people fit in? At False Front Studio 4518 NE 32nd Map 6PM-9ish Free

Ann Ploeger shows her trademark large scale color portraits of barefoot families. It works. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-8 Free

Luminous: Light and Space is a group show of photography, what Black Box does every month. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8 Free

Black is Beautiful B.I.B 999 is the documentation of 999 black marker pens by Allister Lee operating as At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 7PM-10 Free

Ben Huff has The Last Road North, road trip pictures exposed over 5 years on the 499 mile Haul Road between Fairbanks and Prudhoe Bay. There are a lot of dead fossil fueled vehicles abandoned on the side and the road parallels the route of the trans-Alaska oil pipeline, which is running out of oil. That is why oil companies are coveting arctic ocean drilling and drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, the main migration route between Alaska and Canada for caribou. Santa Pictures Not Picked Up: Photographs from the Oregon Historical Society is a collection of 1950s-60s by Earnest Walter Rollins, from Coquille, Oregon, the county seat for Coos County. which is out of logs. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Eutectic continues Pattern by Adam Field, Kat Hutter & Roger Lee, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Roberto Lugo, Alexander Matisse, Ken Standhardt and John Vigeland. The theme is surface transformation of ceramics by pattern. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Butters has Sourced, a group show of some of their artists: Jeff Fointaine, Bernd Haussmann, Michael Kessler, Marlana Stoddard Hayes and Elise Wagner. 157 NE Grand 6PM-8 Free

Thursday, November 05, 2015

November 5 Westside Art Openings

Across Every Reason a Movement is a group show by Vicki Lynn Wilson, Emily Nachison and Matt Leavitt. Knowing the artists, it should be good and is an early start for your art evening. At the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 5PM-7 Free

Christopher Rauschenberg has photographs exposed in Poland. They are in the Nine Gallery.

Romain Blanquart has the Tyranny of Hope, images of his adopted town for ten years.

Thomas Gardiner has Untitled USA and Western Canada, images of working class towns in the US and Canada.

At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Melody Owen has been a visual collector for ever. In her newest work she has a show Everything in Water, collages made from those collections. She talks about her collage process at a Curiosity Club Talk - search around for the video Mark R Smith has The Silk Road, paintings. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

Long time Salem artist D.E. May has No Specific Region, minimalist collages and illustrations. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

"The Culture of We" is a group show by Caldera youth. The show is connected to the Fallen Fruit Project. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5:30PM-8 Free

Julie Green has My New Blue Friends, sumi ink illustrations with airbrushed egg tempera. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Tom Cramer continues his long running series of relief carved and painted wood panels. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Michael Boonstra has Parallel Processes geometric ink compositions reminiscent of satellite imagery of earth. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Photographer sculptor Deb Stoner has botanical portraits captured on a flat bed scanner tonight. At Cascade Sotheby’s Realty 1321 NW Hoyt 5PM-8 Free

PNCA and the Museum of Contemporary Craft are recommended to stop in.

There is a benefit party in the 511 building, so galleries may or may not be open.

They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA 511 NW Broadway Map 6PM-9 Free


At the Museum of Contemporary Craft 724 NW Davis 6PM-8 Free First Thursday

Everett Lofts are recommended as always. It's easier for you to see them all than for me to write suggestions. Some close as early as 9PM. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map closing ranges from 9PM-10:30ish

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

November 4 The Ride

Big things start small. Portlander Paige Powell moved to New York in the 1980 and worked for Interview Magazine. That time was a great creative period in the City. Powell found herself right in the middle of Andy Worhol's Factory and dated Jean-Michel Basquiat. She captured that in stills and on video.

Thomas Lauderdale, a Grant grad, returned to Portland after studying piano at Harvard. He would borrow the grand piano in a Pearl District restaurant as the neighborhood was transformed. He put together a band for a benefit, which became the Pink Martini, one of Portland's finest musical exports.

Lauderdale is also a photographer. When Powell showed him her boxes of photos, he urged her to catalog them. Ultimately the director of the Portland Art Museum worked with Powell to curate them into a show, The Ride.

The Ride, a video installation and hundreds of photographs plus a room by Kenny Scharf, opens tonight with a reception and a performance by Pink Martini.

The Ride opens with Pink Martini at the Portland Art Museum 1219 SW Park $40 5:30PM-9:30

Saturday, October 31, 2015

November 1 Hollows Sanctuary

The little Xhurch has Sanctuary Sunday, experimental music, tonight, with Tatsuya Nakatani & Michel Doneda, percussion, sax, voice; Xua on the Mekong Moon Vinyl label, with synths and Asian found sound samples; and Ant'lrd swirly ambient. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Music 7PM-10 $5

October 31 No Surplus

Surplus Space closes this evening with Senseofplace Lab. It is five installations of material crowdsourced from the neighborhood and artists, some of which will stay on the site, long term. You can read a more eloquent description on the Surplus Space website. At Surplus Space 3726 NE 7th 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, October 29, 2015

October 29 Paint Curious Moon Navel

Ampersand has minimalist paintings by Matthew Felyd and Russell Tyler, both from Brooklyn. Some of the other brick and mortar shops showing art on Alberta should be open this evening. At Ampersand Vintage Printed Material 2916 NE Alberta, Ste B. Map 6PM-8 Free

Hand-Eye Supply Curiosity Club is holding a 5 year anniversary celebration this evening. At Hand Eye Supply 427 NW Broadway 6PM Free

Diego Pinion is a Mexican practitioner of the Japanese modern dance form Butoh. Butoh is learned person to person. It cannot be learned on the Internet. About once a year, Pinion visits Portland for a week or a few and does workshops with Portland dancers. Many have studied with other teachers over several years. Tonight a group of those students present a performance, Beyond Paradise, which has been choreographed by Pinion. Then Pinion performs The Moon Navel. 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 7:30PM-9 $15 at the door

Monday, October 26, 2015

October 26 Signal Turner

Ryan Pierce, environment issue artist and organizer, speaks about his work tonight. Recommended. Maybe they will video it and post later? At Portland State University Lincoln Hall Room 75 (basement) 1620 SW Park 7PM Free

Jeremy Deller, British contemporary artist, winner of the Turner Prize in 2004, and Brit Venice Biennale artist speaks tonight at Reed. Also recommended - who can argue with Sacrilege? At Reed College Vollum Lecture Hall, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd Map 7:30PM Free

Saturday, October 24, 2015

October 25 Liminal Costume Play

Liminalists is a show by Portland artists Amy Bernstein and Patrick Kelly. Bernstein lays down bright minimal gestural marks in paint on white backgrounds. Kelly layers dense graphite marks on a white background. The artist statements are more descriptive on the Nationale website Recommended. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 2PM-5 Free

Peter Hernandez as Julius Smack, Jin Camou, Morgan Ritter and friends present an installation and movement piece to accompany the Portland Museum of Modern Art's current show of artist-made costumes. PMOMA at North Star Ballroom 635 N Killingsworth 5PM Free

October 24 Intangible Dark Fruit Score Mysticism

Fallen Fruit is a Los Angeles social practice project by David Burns and and Austin Young with others. They have inspired like projects in Portland. That is celebrated in the Fallen Fruit celebration today at the Portland Art Museum and around town, organized by Caldera.

Artists Tahni Holt, Natalie Ball, Bruce Conkle, Bill Cravis, Horatio Law, Aaron Lish, Marne Lucas, Jess Perlitz, and DeAngelo Raines present projects around town and at the Museum at times between 11Am and 8PM on this schedule:

The entire project, Art Museum activities today, including for children, and events in the coming month are described on the project web page

The Art Museum is completely free for all today.

Fallen Fruit at various locations 11AM to 8PM Free

I'm not going to attempt to write on this. And they receive the copywriting award for the month. Composition Gallery in known for its conceptual art projects involving fashion and movement.
Premium trend start-up Dynamic Horizons Ltd. debuts new line of ephemeral wearable technology in a stock Portland-style pop-up shop at Composition. On view every Saturday in October, 12-5 p.m.

The Intangibles line of ephemeral wearable technology meditates on the shifting nature of place, self and access in the climate of fiber-optic-fast obsolescence. Comprised of three chimeric amalgams of preexisting wearables, the line conjectures at the form factors of future gadgets as they grow more intimately on and into us.

Under the auspices of selfhood, techno-fetishist fashion colonizes the body on behalf of capital. Intangibles is your uniform in the class war, offering privileged access to boutique knowledges, niche socializations and enlightened entertainments. As information systems become incorporated into the body through fashion, life is vectored outward, electronically fragmenting it into a fine blood-mist of data points.

Technology is often tritely described as ethically neutral. This is to ignore the built-in complexities of new technologies as well as the inherent goals of their makers (i.e., profit.) Determination about the fundamental purpose of a thing is foreclosed well in advance of its use, swathed in impenetrable terms of service. Moreover, the devices and services we use also change us. We become bots in their net. This intent and tendency can be redirected, but requires cognizance, cultivated skill and solidarity among creative networks, both IRL and URL.

Intangibles devices are made from the “biodegradable” plastic, PLA*, popular in disposable table ware, and will rot for compulsory participation in the upgrade culture.

Dynamic Horizons Ltd: Intangibles was designed by Tabitha Nikolai, deSolid State, Matt Dan, Jason N. Le, and is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

*PLA doesn't biodegrade, they only tell you it does.
At Composition Gallery 625 N.W. Everett St., #102 (mid-block on NW6th) Noon-5 Free

Disjecta continues performing their Book of Scores installation with Skater’s Score by artist Alison O’Daniel. This afternoon, skateboarders and musicians perform her score live. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 2PM Sharp Free

Laura Fritz speaks about her artworks which are part of the Dark Matter show. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 4PM Free

Science, technology, mysticism, music and dada come together in performance tonight by artist-musicians Yacht. I'm loving that they are getting away with it! Yacht at the Wonder Ballroom

Friday, October 23, 2015

October 23 Red(d) Costume

We are mostly art, but not exclusively. You may know Ecotrust, the organization and the building. They have a new project Redd, a 2 block business incubator and center for the local food business. Today they throw open their space for a potlatch party before they close for construction. Details at At The Redd on Salmon Street 831 SE Salmon 4PM-9 Free

PMOMA opens their next show, a show and shop for costumes made by artists.

The opening events are always lively and costumes are encouraged tonight.

Rose Mackey's Halloween Shop includes costumes by Jayme Hansen, Rose Mackey, Emma Coleman, Caley Finney, Felix, M'rissa Curran, Lily Hudson, Julia Calabrese, Robert Snowden, Ellen Lesperance, Jennifer Calandra and Ben Houston.

The opening event has music performance by Jack Gilbert, Jackie Stewart and Cat Mummies at the Louvre.

Throughout the month there will be small events like "Jackie Stewart of Smegma, Cat Mummies at the Louvre and Julius Smack, a reading by Jack Gilbert, a lecture on costume collecting with Movie Madness owner and film costume connoisseur Mike Clark and a costumed photoshoot."

Should be fun!

At the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10 Free

Thursday, October 22, 2015

October 22 Alien Drone Award

Arlene Schnitzer was Portland's first contemporary gallerist. She and her family have been champion arts supporters and even buyers of local artists. Arlene Schnitzer Prize selects a small number of undergrad and grad student artists at PSU. The show of their works opens tonight. They are Amanda Evans, MFA student in Social Practice; Chris Freeman, MFA contemporary studio artist and Melodee Dudley, BFA student of graphic design. Opening, reception and award at Autzen Gallery, Neuberger Hall Room 205, 714 SW Harrison 4PM-6 Free

Sabina Haque has a panel discussion this evening about her show Storylines at PSU's Littman. The show is inspired by the artist's experience in Pakistan and includes interviews with Somalis who experienced the civil war there. Panelists are Namita Gupta Wiggers, cultural theorist Anne-Marie Oliver, former director of PSU's Middle East Studies Center Dr. Peter Bechtold, and Somali social and political activist Kayse Jama of Portland’s Center for Intercultural Organizing. At the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 6:30-8 Free

Artist Stephanie Syjuco is a mid-career artist who was in art school in the mid-1990's. She is part of the Alien She show, looking at several current artists influenced by, and in the context of, the Riot Grrrl cultural movement.

She speaks this evening on her work. At the The PNCA Bison Building, the MFA in Applied Craft and Design Studios 421 NE 10th 6:30PM Free

Saturday, October 17, 2015

October 18 Hallows Eve Sanctuary

Sanctuary Sunday has the Xhurch Family Band (Recreational Satan Worship, Withering of Light (Ritual Dark Ambient) and Plague Ship (Two ships colliding and sinking). At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th 7PM-10 Free

October 17 Floating Experiment Tool Hatches

Hand Eye Supply is the brick and mortar instantiation of Core77. Some Core77ers in NYC are like "let's move to Portland and open a store", and they did. They are having an open house today as part of Design Week Portland's Pop Up. At Hand Eye Supply 427 NW Broadway 4PM-7 Free

The Lacuna Club is a small experimental music+experimental performance series of irregular events. They have operated in a private home, and now they occupy more public spaces. Musicians Future Death Agency, dance performers Jin Camou and Danielle Ross and ironic performance pranksters Alex Rodabaugh and Andy Kuncl as Amerishowz from Brooklyn team up tonight. At Lacuna Club At the Watershed warehouse 5050 SE Milwaukie, Near the Orange MAX Holgate stop. 8PM $10

Float On is 5. They celebrate that tonight. These events are always a great creative crowd. At Float On 4530 SE Hawthorne 7PM-midnight Free

Batten Down the Hatches is an art installation by Grace Amber. All around town, people are tarping up, sealing up and tying down for wind and rain. Batten Down the Hatches at At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. 7PM-9 Free

Monday, October 12, 2015

October 15-16 Lumiere

Robert Thenke, one half of Monolake, is one of the designers of Ableton Live.

He is now focused solo on generative electronic music compositions accompanied by generative laser visuals driven by his own software. They are gorgeous.

He presents a rare US performance of Lumiere.

There are two shows each evening. At Gray Area Foundation for the Arts 2665 Mission St, San Francisco. Doors 6PM and 8:30, Shows 7 and 9:30 $35 (sold out)

October 14 Fringe

From the Fringe to the Everyday: Realizing the Future Through Design is a panel discussion on design enabled by new technology. But "the new" always follows an adoption curve. It may be adopted by early adopters, but it will initially be resisted and ridiculed by the masses. Over time that reverses.

The organizers note that the Internet was developed as a military research project in the 1960s. Actually a friend of mine built the first Internet router. But the Internet only began to achieve its potential in the 1990's with the development of the world wide web to support physics research at CERN.

Panelists Hector Ouilhet, Senior Staff Designer at Google NOW; Herman D'Hooge, Innovation Strategist at Intel; Hideshi Hamaguchi, CEO at monogoto & Executive Fellow at Ziba Design and Paul O’Connor, Executive Creative Director at Ziba Design provide their perspectives.

Artificial intelligence, robotics, autonomous vehicles, virtual reality and all kinds of biotech are being designed into our lives. Which designs will be successful?

The event is a production of Design Week Portland and is a part of a mini pop-up design week, with the main event in the Spring.

Tickets Design Week Portland at Ziba Design 810 NW Marshall 6:30PM $10

Saturday, October 10, 2015

October 11 Platform

Music, experimental fashion, visual art, performance art, DJs and dancing. You can have all of these at Platform. Fashion from Goodsport, Laura Kemp, Hannah Andrews, Melina Bishop and Kayleigh Nelson; performance by New Romancer (Manny Layers) and Lyfe Dance Company choreographed by LaTya Caples; photography by Myki Fstr; and DJs II Trill, Ill Camino, Orographic and Chelsea Starr. At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison 9PM $5

October 10 Dark Motherhood Ragas

Justyn Hegreberg speaks about his black sculptures and wall panels which are part of the Dark Matter show. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 4PM Free

Yu opens a show by mothers entitled Mommy. Artists are Lutz Bacher, Susan Cianciolo, Sonya Hamilton, Anne-Mie van Kerckhoven, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Eliot Porter, Aura Rosenberg, Diane Simpson, Barbara T. Smith, Frances Stark, Rosemarie Trockel, Cathy Wilkes, Anicka Yi and Karin Schneider. At Yu Contemporary Art 900 SE 10th 4PM-6 Free

Ganesh-Kumaresh Violin Duo, accompanied by Shankar Narayanan on mridangam and Trichy Krishnaswamy on ghatam play classical Indian music this evening. They are brothers separated in age by 3 years, who started playing violin at ages 2 and 3 and presented their first concert at ages 10 and 13. More information on the artists at Presented by Kalakendra at the First Baptist Church 909 SW 11th 7:30PM $25

Friday, October 09, 2015

October 9 Mystery

Tony Hope and Marissa Jezak open a show at S1 tonight. Appears to be word art and collage. At S1 4148 NE Hancock Map 7PM-9 Free

Thursday, October 08, 2015

October 8 Garage As Beacon

Cherry & Lucic continue Portland's gallery in a garage tradition annealed by Appendix, Little Field and Carhole.

Tonight they present London artist Ellie Ga with Measuring The Circle. It is video and sculpture inspired by the Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt on Pharos Island. It is the first lighthouse tower, built around 280BC. It was a wonder of he world in its time until toppled by earthquakes between 956 and 1323. The stones were recycled as is universal in that part of the world.

At Cherry & Lucic 4077 NE 7th 6:30PM-10 Free

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

October 7 Story Beam

Art Department faculty member Sabina Haque has Storylines, video and installation themed on conflict in the horn of Africa, exmigration from war-civil war zones and narratives gathered from Somalians in Portland. I wonder if the project comprehends that the civil war attacks in Somalia, 1993, on UN food distribution resulted directly in the decision by Western actors not to intervene in the Rwandan genocide?

There will be a panel discussion October 22, at 6:30PM-8 on the show and the recent history that inspires it.

At the PSU Littman Gallery in Smith Union. PSU Smith Hall, Room 250
1825 SW Broadway 5PM-7 Free

Beam Projects has an art show in a home open tonight, thereafter by appointment. It is the project of Alain LeTourneau and Pam Minty, who have been doing shows in live work spaces, often film and video.

Both artists are well known for landscape and documentaries on people in place

Aurora is a photo show by Alain LeTourneau on Aurora, Kansas, birthplace of the artist's grandfather.

Aurora at Beam Projects 5232 N Williams 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, October 01, 2015

October 4 Concept Pure Blue

Blue Sky celebrates their 40th with a reception and party this afternoon. If you like, you may dress in 1975 period clothing! They will have a DJ. No word on if they will play disco. At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 1PM-6 Free

Kartz Ucci is a local artist-academic who used graphic design ideas in her conceptual art. It can easily be done poorly; Ucci was much smarter about it. There is a retrospective of her work opening this afternoon. There is a much better explanation of her work on the Marylhurst website and in the Marylhurst monograph. There are more events surrounding the exhibition on October 25, October 30, November 9, November 17 and December 5. At the Marylhurst University Map 4PM-6 Free

Pure Surface is a collaborative performance by a mover, a writer and a filmmaker. Tonight, for #20, they are Tyler Brewington, text; Dora Gaskill, movement and Justine Highsmith, film. Pure Surface at Valentines 232 SW Ankeny. Doors 6PM, performance 7 sharp Free

October 2 Eastside Art Openings

You can be a member of Newspace. In exchange, you can have discounts on classes and space rental. You also have the opportunity to show in their Members' Salon, which opens tonight. The full list of photographers and their links are on the Newspace website. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Haunt has midnight floral photography by Amy Wennerlind along with + vintage jewelry and flower arrangements. At Haunt 811 E Burnside Suite #113 7PM-9

Redux always does a spooky show this month each year. This month Sandy Peraza, born in Mexico and self taught, contributes pink with black illustrations on the theme. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free

Black Box has their group show, Photo Shoot. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs 5PM-8 Free

All at 811 East Burnside Map

Ryan Bubnis has Simplexity, graphic design influenced illustration. One Grand always draws a lively crowd. At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

Eutectic has a group show Pattern by Adam Field, Kat Hutter & Roger Lee, Forrest Lesch-Middelton, Roberto Lugo, Alexander Matisse, Ken Standhardt and John Vigeland. The theme is surface transformation of ceramics by pattern. At Eutectic Gallery 1930 NE Oregon 6PM-9 Free

Worksound often has a small event on First Friday, not sure this month. At Worksound 820 SE Alder Map 6PM-9 Free

October 2-3 Lacunae

The Lacuna Club is a small experimental music+experimental performance series of irregular events. They have operated in a private home, and now they occupy more public spaces. For two performances have Adam Rose, aka Antibody Corporation, from Chicago, Future Death Agency, providing sound, and Lucy Yim and Edward + Sidony providing movement along with artist-performer Kelly Mcgovern. There are two venues: Friday at the Watershed, and Saturday at Performance Works NW. Lacuna Club - Friday: Saturday:

Lacuna Club At 5050 SE Milwaukie 9PM Friday. 4625 SE 67th 8PM Saturday. $10

October 1 Westside Art Openings+

Blue Sky Gallery was started by artists in NW Portland of 23rd when that was a run down cheap neighborhood. Then they moved to the old PCVA walkup space in Chinatown when the neighborhood was unpopular. Then they had a space in an old brick Pearl District building guaranteed to be destroyed in an earthquake when the Pearl was just getting respectable. That was 40 years ago. Along the way, they have broken photographers like Richard Misrach. Commercial galleries watch them to recruit new artists.

This month they have arranged many of their photographers to print over 300 works in small format ~8x10 in one of a kind edition for sale at a very reasonable $40, plus whatever tax deductible donation you might add.

Thomas Alleman has photos of cities Xiangshawan, Ordos City and Hohhottraveled in Inner Mongolia, China. His monochrome Holga photos capture the modernization and industrialization of these cities in a nomadic high desert. The area has one quarter of the world's coal reserves, natural gas and rare minerals; it is a national sacrifice zone. And it is following the development with a Chinese face tactic of large Han in migration, diluting the indigenous Mongol population. Perhaps it is the reverse of the historic pattern of Mongols taking control of China.

At Blue Sky Gallery map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Adam Sorensen releases a new series of luminous schematic landscapes. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Enfant terrible Jim Riswold has Tips for Artsists Who Don't Want to Sell. Riswold is an ex-adman who naturally explores provocative themes in his work. One of his tactics is to sample Hitler into his sculptures and photographs. He has found that Hitler art does not sell well. Now he is experimenting with Kim Jong Un. We'll see how that works. He has an artist talk October 10, noon in the gallery. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Katherine Longstreth presents Marginal Evidence. It is a three room installation making a window into modern dance choreography, its collaborative process, and with a forensic eye, including music, video, drawings, writing and photography. At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch 6PM-8 Free

Elisabeth Horan has arranged 5 years of materials from her studio into a sort of timeline collage over 5 days in the gallery. You can see the result tonight. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

There is a 20th anniversary group show at Froelick if you would like to get a sense of what the gallery shows. At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free

PNCA & PNCA Museum of Contemporary Craft, Adams & Ollman and Upfor continue shows. Free

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

W+K is another often worth visiting spot. It has an inconsistent schedule, not every First Thursday, and curation all over the map. Some work is preoccupied by its embrace with design and advertising. But their last show of Malia Jensen, who received an early commission for the giant beaver which graces the entry, was excellent. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

And on the Keep Portland Weird theme, MonstraSomnia is a group show or outsider artists on a Halloween theme. At Refuge 116 SE Yamhill 9PM-midnight Free

October 1-3 Memories Before History

Butoh is an experimental modern dance style originating in Japan in 1959. Sankai Juku from Japan and France is responsible for exporting butoh to the world beginning in the early 1980s. Their style is one of the most refined and elegant - they are a great introduction to the genre. Video excerpts of their performances are widely available on the Internet. It is extremely rare for groups from Japan to tour the US. There are occasional performances in Portland and Seattle by local performers.

For 3 evenings Sankai Juku returns to Seattle, a city significant to them, with Umusuna: Memories Before History. They present a workshop Sunday.

Sankai Juku at the University of Washington World Series Meany Hall UW Campus 8PM $50-55

Sunday, September 27, 2015

September 27 YouWho, We're Back

Portland's adult-child variety show put on by artist-musicians returns. The thesis is that adults need not be bored to oblivion by childrens' material and the reverse, which is really more important. Small ones might need earplugs so bring them for the whole family. Follow them @youwhoportland. At the Crystal Ballroom. Doors noon, show one. $10

Saturday, September 26, 2015

September 26 Mysterious Mashups

Los Angeles artist Fay Ray and Seattle artist Robert Yoder, two very different generation artists, show together this evening. At Carl & Sloan Contemporary in the Disjecta building. 8371 N Interstate Ave #1 Map 6PM-10 Free

Johanna Barron has Acres of Walls. It is a project to document through Freedom of Information Act requests, the abstract art collection of the CIA. The CIA and the State Department considered American art a weapon against Communism.

The Book of Scores is a music, installation and performance event by Johannes Lund, T.R. Kirstein, Allan Wilson and Evan Spacht, Tobias Kirstein, Helga Fassonaki, Julia Santoli and Ellen Lesperance. It is very complicated, so take a look at the Disjecta web site.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free

Friday, September 25, 2015

September 25 "Plastics"

Wynne Greenwood fits in perfectly with the current Alien She show now at PNCA. She was a riot grrrl artist in 90's Olympia, and she still is today, albeit in Seattle and an intervening MFA from Columbia.

One of her projects, on display as a video, was Tracy and the Plastics. All the band member roles were performed by Greenwood through the video equivalent of multitracking.

At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance, Fourteen30 Gallery 1501 SW Market Street Map 6PM-8

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

September 23 Women, (Data, and the Internet of) Things

Ethnography is one of the most useful tools in my toolbox. It is woven into design by pioneers and mentors like Robert Textor and Lucy Suchman. Portland has its own leader in the field, Australian Genevieve Bell. She has a talk tonight: Women, Data, and the Internet of Things. It has been a focus; her ideas of how it applies to domestic family life are explored in her book Divining a Digital Future: Mess and Mythology in Ubiquitous Computing.

The Internet of Things is an en vogue term for objects of all kinds to sense their surroundings or interact using a connection to the Internet to reach their "brain" in a data center. The Nest thermostat is an example. It uses computers in Google data centers to decide how to use energy efficiently while keeping the temperature comfortable. Exercise sensors like the Nike Fuel Band or the Jawbone Fit Bit would be other examples. The best design gives the devices a natural interface, like your phone or increasingly voice, and hides the complexity of the where, what and how of the "brain". Science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke conceptualized it: "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic." Or another way of saying it is "it just works."

Videos of her talks are readily available on the Internet. Tonight she speaks to the Think and Drink audience in a series sponsored by Oregon Humanities.

Tickets online, phone (503) 764-4131, or in person at the Alberta Rose Theater box office.

At Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta Doors 6PM talk 7 $10

September 22 Chit Chat

Pecha Kucha is a 20 slide x 20 seconds each presentation format developed for cross cultural creative presentations by architects and designers in Tokyo. It has spread worldwide. It is back on a more regular schedule in Portland. Presenters listed at Free tickets are required - get them at At Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. Doors 6PM Talks 6:30 Free with registration

Friday, September 18, 2015

September 20 Painting Experimental Pope

William Matheson opens a show of paintings, Night Was Already in My Hands. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 2PM-5 Free

The little Xhurch has Sanctuary Sunday, experimental music, tonight, with Northerndraw, Keith David Foster and Sundial plus visuals by Tape Jockey. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Music 7PM-10 Free

September 19 Burning

Stewart Harvey and Marti open a show of photography imaged at the Burning Man festival in Nevada.

Photographer Harvey is the brother to the individual who has shaped the event since its Cacophony Society roots. So he has had access to the event from its early days. Marti is a Paris-based photographer.

At the Mark Woolley Gallery a gallery on the 3rd floor of the Pioneer Place Mall, with the People's art of Portland opening at the same time. 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

September 18 Ernest Inca Donut

Demos: Wapato Correctional Facility is a video project by Ernest. They have been in residence in a new jail here. Built more than 10 years ago, it was never opened because the cost to operate it was not in the budget.

The artist residency has been sponsored by C3:initiative. The show opens tonight at 7326 N Chicago. 6:30PM-8:30 Free

Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas a cross continent artistic duo, split between Detroit and La Rioja, Spain, speak tonight about their work. They are known for their joint project INCA, sound works and now a publishing collaboration. At Publication Studio 717 SW Ankeny Map 6:30PM Free

And in the Keep Portland Weird spirit, a show of artwork made on donut shaped plaques is tonight. at Marrow PDX Ghost Sign Studios 7515 N Alma 6PM-9 Free & Free Donuts

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

September 16 Dark Matter

Dark Matter is a new show featuring Judy Cooke, Mary Henry, Justyn Hegreberg, James Minden, Pat Barrett, Eric Stotik, Molly Vidor, Kevin Kadar, Laura Fritz, Brian Borrello, Brad Mildrexler, James Lavadour, Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller and Robert Motherwell.

Opening tonight at Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Free

Saturday, September 12, 2015

September 12 Worksound Work

Worksound is having a rare open house tonight with art on the walls and studios neatened. At Worksound 820 SE Alder Map 7PM-10ish

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

September 9 SkyFootWater Fall

It is very difficult to see Willamette Falls in Oregon City up close. It has been industrial, with a power plant and a paper plant. The paper plant is closed now. Architects Snøhetta, Mayer/Reed and DIALOG present their plans tonight for the pedestrian walkways and an extension of downtown Oregon City to the Willamette islands in the stream. It is part of the Bright Lights series. At the Portland Art Museum in the Sunken Ballroom. 1219 SW Park Doors 5:30PM, talk 6:30 Free

Saturday, September 05, 2015

September 5 Purity

Pure Surface is a monthly collaborative performance by a movement artist, a writer and a filmmaker. Olivia Durif, writer; James Gendron, mover and Chaz Stobbs, filmmaker team this month. Pure Surface at Valentines 232 SW Ankeny. Doors 6:00PM, performance 7 sharp Free

September 5 Max MAX

Max is software for making music and visuals. The company that distributes it, Cycling '74 is visiting Portland to demonstrate it. Some of the presentations are Tom Hall demoing Max 7 and Modulars, Sue-C creating live handmade video
and Shawn Trail, with Electrified Acoustic Marimba and custom gesture sensors. There is more here: At Control Voltage 3742 NE Mississippi 7PM-9 Free

Friday, September 04, 2015

September 4 Eastside Art Openings

The Portland Museum of Modern Art opens a sexy presentation by Jibz Cameron as Dynasty Handbag. They also perform at PICA TBA. Show at the Portland Museum of Modern Art inside Mississippi Records 5202 N Albina Map 8PM-10

We always recommend the 811 block, down, up, front and back for shows.