Wednesday, June 29, 2016

June 29 Color

The Color Of Memory is a show to brighten your Summer by Jon Serl, Laura Fritz, Jaq Chartier, Stewart Jones, Mary Henry, Doug Lowell, Ellen George, Brian Borrello, Lisa Hildebrant, Gregory Grenon, Pat Barrett, Brad Mildrexler, Sherrie Wolf, Ellen Wishnetsky-Mueller, Laura Fritz and Molly Vidor. Junko Iijima also has iron and brass castings. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 6PM-8 Free

Saturday, June 25, 2016

June 27 Science!

The Summer of Science begins a weekly talk series into September tonight. 3-4 individuals speak on curious topics in science. Tonight it's Taz Loomans on Humans in Architecture, Becky Olson on Animal Monstrosities, Molly Winter on Harnessing the Superpowers of our Poop and Elena Moon on Design. Science at Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. 7PM Free

Friday, June 24, 2016

June 26 Read Weep

Christian Rogers has Read It and Weep, paintings. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-6 Free

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

June 25 Family Breakin' Dance

It is no secret that Portland is embraced by/repelled by gentrification and economic displacement today. The story of the I5/Rose Garden/Coliseum/Convention Center/Emanuel/North Portland neighborhood destruction is well known, and before it, Vanport.

That's economic, but the real story is people, individuals.

More immediate, now, artists are exploring socio-geo-individual changes right in that neighborhood, on the ground; through the eyes and experience of families.

Social practice artist Emma Colburn has been inviting families with children to talk about what's up/down/changing in the neighborhood, block by block, walking it and documenting it.

Her Mapcircles project has another review and invited contribution by you, especially NPo families, today.

At family-friendly Poa Cafe 4025 N Williams 3PM-5 Free

The Breakin' Olympics is a b-boy/b-girl battle tonight. 2 by 2 battles and country team by country team battles. MC - Shot Colin (Misguided Steps/Moon Patrol). Judges - Marks Iller (Filthee Feet - Vancouver B.C.), Vital (Misguided Steps/Hoodz/Boogie Down - Bremerton) and Impulse (Moon Patrol). Beats - Skeme Richards, Hot Peas and Butta (Philly).

Breakers are Bandit Habits, Bangkok Native Revival, Soul Boogers, Moon Patrol, 47 Immortals, Duke Street News, Hood Valley, Collective Conscious, N.W.A., Art of Movement, Killa Styles, AMF Boiz, LA Breakers, O.T.F., Soul Gambitz, Formula Boogie, Bandit Chefs, finally Black and Yellow.

Country teams are Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Philippines, South Korea, and Africa.

At Portland State University Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom (SMSU355) 1825 SE Broadway. 6PM $10 (free for PSU students with ID)

Modern dance in Portland over the years is the subject of a work in progress documentary shown tonight. Several other dance films will also be shown. At Performance Works Northwest 8PM $3

June 24-25 Quiet

The Quiet Music Festival is a special favorite. It is an intimate event with musicians who are not too loud. The audience lounges on an occasional carpet-, blanket- and pillow-covered floor, lit by scattered table lamps.


It's organized for the sixth year by Portland-LA artist-musician-skater Chris Johanson.

Friday is Bouquet, Peg Simone with Mary Gaitskill, Juan Wauters, Larry Yes with Nate Lumbard and Michael Hurley

Saturday is Fred and Toody, Valet, Sunfoot, Virginia Dare and Like Avillan with Christopher Johnedis.

There is a very small amount of seating for those who need that.

More at

Tickets at Advanced tickets are recommended.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map Doors 7PM, show 8. Advance one night $11/$17 both. Door $13 one night/$19 both.

June 24 Degenerate Mistake

S1 opens Mistake Capacity by Sarah Wong and Maria Katarina. Their show opens tonight at S1, formerly Multiplex, 4148 NE Hancock Map 7PM-10 Free

The Degenerate Art Ensemble are favorite butoh and modern music performers in Seattle. Tonight you can see a video of their production Predator Songstress. Recommended. 8PM by donation

Saturday, June 18, 2016

June 24-26 Houseguest Sound and Light Installation

Houseguest is an opportunity for artists to occupy Pioneer Square. Parallel Studio: Portland sound artist Ethan Rose, Jesse Mejía and Jason Plumb have created an interactive sound and light installation, Exchange, controlled by your movements. There will be an artist talk with Ethan Rose and Parallel Studio at Likewise Bar on June 15th at 6PM.

The installation will operate Friday 6PM-Midnight, Saturday 9AM-Midnight and Sunday 9AM-6PM. At Pioneer Square Free

Friday, June 17, 2016

June 19 Silent

The Portland Silent Reading Party continues early. Bring a paper or electronic book and read quietly. With the earlier hour, the event is all ages. Silent Reading Party at 412 NE Beech 3PM-5 Free

June 18 Rare Seed

Rare Plant Research is a rare plant nursery which sells rare plants on the Internet. They are open just a few days a year to the public for plant sales. Today is the last of the season. It really is a special place. You can visit Rare Plant Research
11900 S Criteser Rd, Oregon City. 11PM-4 Free

Albina is one of Portland's oldest neighborhoods and was an independent city at one time. It's been thoroughly destroyed by highways, railroads and access to the river blocked by large industrial facilities and ruins. It's polluted too. There are a few old buildings in the neighborhood for a sense of what was: the old Widmer building, Beam and Anchor, some buildings on Russell, the old Ripe Family Dinner building, and some are artist work spaces. The North Coast Seed Building is one, a complex of artist studios in Albina. Tonight is their annual open studios, most of the artists open their studios tonight. They also have a large solar array on the roof! Strongly recommended. May not be perfectly wheel chair accessible. 2127 N. Albina 4PM-10 Free

June 17 Broken

Pat Castaldo speaks on the theme Broken this morning. You can see the video version in a few days at Creative Mornings. At Ziba Design Auditorium 810 NW Marshall Map Doors 8:30AM, talk 9. Free

Thursday, June 16, 2016

June 16 Weird Tube

Weird Shift is an open source artists project in Portland. It has had an exhibition space, a library and a podcast. Tonight it invites short talks - micro talks - on obscure creative and societal topics, with visuals. Bring a USB drive or laptop with your talk! Examples of previous talks are on their event page At the Compliance Division in the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett #101 - entrance on NW 6th 7PM Free

Getting to Know You(Tube) has selections from three Stumptown coffee roasters. At Getting to Know You(Tube) at the Hollywood Theater 4122 NE Sandy Boulevard. 7:30PM $6

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

June 15 Sound Parallel

Ethan Rose is a Portland now sound artist. He, as Parallel Studio, speaks on upcoming Portland projects as part of the Houseguest program this evening. At Likewise 3564 SE Hawthorne 6PM Free

Monday, June 13, 2016

June 13 A Reading

Jennifer Robin, Portland, OR, US is a writer and performer. She speaks and performs her newest tonight connected to a new book. At Powells Hawthorne, 7:30 Free

Saturday, June 11, 2016

June 11 Five Divers Foster Public Desire

ADX is a cooperative shop and small creative business incubator. They celebrate year five. They will have a chance to tour, drinks and grilled foods. And they will have their makers to chat. It is also a very dog-friendly event! Noon-6+ Free

Brian Borrello and Christine Bourdette have an artist talk on public art making. It's not as easy as it looks. At Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art 2219 NW Raleigh 4PM Free

Melanie Flood opens Latent Desire, photographs. At Carl & Sloan Contemporary in the Disjecta building. 8371 N Interstate Ave #1 Map 6PM-10 Free 6PM-9

Caustic Touch, Alani Vierra, Consumer, Juli Amore, Dead Lover, Høltech, Sky Symbol Rituals, Joel Shanahan and Astro Warrior play at Volt Divers tonight. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp -10 Free

SE Foster Road between 50th and about 74th has its monthly Second Saturday art walk tonight. The details are on their Facebook 4PM-10 Free

Thursday, June 09, 2016

June 9 Portraits of Radioactive Dancing

Sarah McEneaney opens paintings Out West Back East. They are self portraits in a primitive style. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance, 209 SW 9th 6PM-8 Free

There has been a history of collaboration in Portland between artists and sex workers going back to Marne Lucas working with Danzine in the late 1990s, starting the Sex Worker's Film Festival, and costarring in the infrared short film The Operation. Organized by a new generation, tonight is the New Second Annual Portland Sex Worker Art and Film Fest the second of the Quarterly Weird Talent Show. More information at
At the Jack London Room downstairs in Rialto 529 SW 4th 8PM

Two of the artists in the Reactive Matters show themed on radioactive materials speak tonight. The show opened last Friday where there is a description. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6:30 Free

Sunday, June 05, 2016

June 5 Case Work

Brad Cloepfil is Portland's most internationally known architect. His firm, Allied Works, makes unusual architectural models. They are small sculptures. They are on display in the museum. Cloepfil speaks about his work today. At the Portland Art Museum - NW Film Center Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 5PM $20

Saturday, June 04, 2016

June 4 Duette

Bukola Koiki & Kathryn Yancey have a duette tonight. At 2337 NW York St, # 201 5PM-8 Free

Friday, June 03, 2016

June 3 Eastside Art Openings +

Reactive Matters is the most interesting opening tonight. Photographers Jeremy Bolen, Abbey Hepner and Shimpei Takeda work at the intersection of the impact of radioactivity, photographic materials and our history of embracing nuclear chemistry. We are not too far ourselves from Hanford which produced the plutonium for Nagasaki.

Bolen buried his film in radioactive soils around the US then shot those sites with the film. The chemical impact on the film and the radiation impact has degraded the image suggesting nostalgia, when in fact revealing the invisibility of radioactive decay.

Hepner, inspired by relief work after the tsunami in Japan, has documented US nuclear waste facilities using the uranotype printing process which substitutes uranium for silver in the print.

Takeda returned to his childhood home in Fukushima. He collected soil from his former home, shinto shrines and temples, scattered it on light sealed photo paper and then printed the scatter of radioactive pinpoints making an exposure.

At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Redux has encaustic paintings by Susan Freedman. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free

Blackbox has Framed: Landscape and Architecture, At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free

Haunt Studio has an installation connected to trunk show clothiers MONOM: Gretchen Belle and Sky Speir. At Haunt 811 E Burnside Suite #113 7PM-9 Free

All at 811 East Burnside Map

One Grand Gallery has colorful geometric pattern illustrations by Omar Gonzales. At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 6PM-10 Free

The Lumber Room is also open 5PM-8 as noted previously.

Thursday, June 02, 2016

June 2,3,4 Improv On

Improvisation Summit of Portland is a collaboration between the Creative Music Guild and modern dance movers. It includes Pure Surface: Tere Mathern, Linda K Johnson, Claire Barrera, Danielle Ross, Stacey Tran, Anis Mogjani, Neil Aitken, Stacey Villalobos, Tron-Grape God, Sophie Linden and Jenna Marie Fletcher, as well as Jin Camou, Stephanie Lavon Trotter, Tahni Holt with Luke Wyland, Danielle Ross, Catherine Egan, Celine Bouly and Doug Theriault.

At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan 8371 N. Interstate Map 8PM $15/night $40 all three

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

June 2 Westside Art Openings

Ryan Pierce is one of Portland's conceptual environmental activists, and cofounder of Signal Fire residency. His work is always worth a look. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

Joe Rudko has photo collages made from an intact set of abandoned photographs spanning 1902 to 2005 found in a rural barn, artist unknown. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Daydreamjob is Jea Alford's performance installation on the impossible dream of infinite economic growth on a finite planet. At Compliance Division, 625 NW Everett St. #101 (6th Street side) 6PM-9 Free

Damien Gilley has a VR piece Specular. The main experience is through one set of goggles. Perhaps best explored weekday hours. It is also accompanied by a series of wall medallions. At Hap Gallery 916 NW Flanders 6PM-8? Free

The Bronco Gallery is hosting the collaboration BACK/TALK! a collaboration between Ryan Scails and Emily Kendal Frey, curated by S/PLI/T projects. Bronco Gallery parked on the street near 9th and Flanders 6PM-9 Free

Subduction is a show by by Sharon Koelblinger, Harold Mendez and Ronny Quevedo. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Michelle Ramin has paintings Jetlag. At Duplex Collective 219 NW Couch 6PM-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

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-10:3ish