Tuesday, January 31, 2017

February 1 A Japanese Spaghetti Western

The 1985 film Tampopo is a fun classic from Japan by the great director Itami.

Widow Tampopo operates a failing ramen restaurant along a highway. GorĂ´ is a truck driver inspired by the American West, with his cowboy hat, a truck festooned by a set of bull horns and his sidekick Gun in an early roe for Ken Watanabe.

He becomes inspired to work with her to improve her ramen. After a few comic twists, plenty of slapstick and wry commentary on Japanese cultural foibles, Tampopo's ramen shop becomes a national phenomenon. In the last scene, he rides his truck off into the sunset. It is a spaghetti Western!

Umi Organic Ramen Noodles with Hapa PDX Broth will be served to filmgoers as supplies last. It is also a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank. It is a presentation by the Portland Museum of Modern Art and Mississippi Records. Advance tickets strongly recommended.

At the Hollywood Theater www.hollywoodtheatre.org 4122 NE Sandy 7:30 $9

Friday, January 27, 2017

January 29 Silent Parting

Fourteen30 has an unusual mid-day opening of The Parting of the Green Sea by artist-curator Adrianne Rubenstein. Her paintings are loose and bright, from impressionistic still lifes to abstracts. Her curation hews to bright too. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, Fourteen30 Gallery www.fourteen30.com 1501 SW Market Street Map 11AM-1PM Free

Bring a book to read, silently, over drinks and snacks. No talking. Recommended. We are a little worried that this has been picked up by the media. It has always been full, even when the front porch was available; this is a small venue. Silent Reading Party www.silentreadingpartypdx.com at www.beechstreetparlor.com 412 NE Beech 3PM-5 Free

January 28 Caldera

Caldera Arts is a Summer arts immersion for at risk youth. In Winter, guest artists visit for an uninterrupted residency in a beautiful setting. Today is an open house to see the work and meet the artists in the cycle. This residency has artists
Lauren Chandler (Culinary Arts–Portland), Shelby Davis (Sculpture–Portland), Genevieve Hudson (Prose–Amsterdam, The Netherlands), Dain Mergenthaler (Sculpture/Installation–Brooklyn), Tomas Moniz (Prose–Berkeley), Kaj-anne Pepper (Choreography/Drag–Portland), Annesofie Sandal (Sculpture/Video–New York) and Crystal Schenk (Sculpture–Portland).

Full artist bios: www.calderaarts.org/caldera/arts-in-residence/current-roster/.

Arrive at 1PM sharp for presentations by the artists, then visit the studios.

Most years, the camp gets snow. You might check the pass and road cameras on Tripcheck.

At Camp Caldera www.calderaarts.org, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR Map 1PM-3 Free

January 27 Spark Sport Touch Closer

Art Spark is back. It is an opportunity sponsored by RACC for creatives, curators and art business individuals to network over happy hour. Art Spark portlandartspark.com/ at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison 5:30PM-7:30 Free

GoodSport has 00:00:00, visual art at Project205. https://www.facebook.com/events/1843032199244902/ 707 NE Broadway #205. 6PM-9 Free

Maria Antelman has My Touch, Your Command, Your Touch, My Command. At Melanie Flood Projects, 420 SW Washington St #301 6PM-8 Free

Lean in Closer is a group show by Ryan Bubnis, Ian Ferguson, Lori Field, Evan B. Harris, Andrea Joyce Heimer, Max Kauffman, Troy Lovegates, Jaime Molina, Kreh Melick, Stacy Rozich and Betsy Walton, curated by one of the artists. Lean in Closer www.stephaniechefas.com/lean-in-closer/ at Stephanie Chefas Projects www.stephaniechefas.com 305 SE 3rd Ave #202 - the City Sign Building, formerly a low cost artist space Map 7PM-10 Free

January 27 The Fate of Iphigenia

If you happen to be in New York, Virgin Writes is a butoh performance tonight. It is based on the myth of Iphigenia, princess of Argos, in the Iliad, who is condemned to death for sins of her father, to be carried out by his hand.

The lyrics are written and sung by Esperanza Spalding, the music composed and performed live by Yuka C. Honda of Cibo Matto, the movement directed and performed by Vangeline.

Virgin Writes www.vangeline.com/calendar-of-upcoming-events/2017/1/27/virgin-writes-with-esperanza-spalding-yuka-c-honda-and-vangeline-at-pioneer-works at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street
Red Hook, Brooklyn Map. Tickets: https://pioneerworks.org/programs/virgin-writes/. Doors at 7PM.
Performance 8, $25 advance, $30 door

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

January 25 S.A.D. Park

Ralph Pugay and Ariana Jacob have a talk on their Houseguest project tonight. It was the S.A.D. Park, a warm flowery tent on Pioneer Square with bright lighting to bouy our spirits and bring light back to our biological clocks. At Likewise www.likewise.website 3564 SE Hawthorne 7PM Free

Saturday, January 21, 2017

January 21 You Who!

You Who! is a musical and performance event for children and their companion parents. It was a monthly, now it's roughly a twice a year in Portland and occasionally in Austin and NYC, so don't miss it! From 1PM Rudy’s Barbershop will trim you, there will be big wheel bikes for the little ones. DJ Anjali starts the party. Sneakin’ Out, Ural Thomas, Cat Hoch and iAmMoshow perform, ending about 4. It is a project now of MyMusicRx, which you can ask about at the event. And it is part of the Crystal Ballroom's 103rd anniversary all day through evening. Free! You Who! at the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom 1332 W Burnside 1PM-4 Free.

Portland is a city of books. We make paper here, we print on it, things we have thought. Nationale, in addition to its French goods and wall art, is one of Portland's unique art culture bookstores. They celebrate that today with the first in a series The Need for Books. Bookmaker/ designer/ collector Fredrik Averin and writer/ maker/ publisher Delphine Bedient speak. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

Tad Savinar is a Renaissance person. He is a writer, visual artist, designer and urban planner. Youniverse—Past, Present, Future is a show of works on paper spanning years. In the Hoffman Gallery on the Lewis and Clark Campus, 0615 S.W. Palatine Hill Road. Campus Map Please park in the Fir Acres lot. Parking Map Enter gate 2 off Palatine, proceed down the hill to the very end to find the Fir Acres Lot "E." Map 3PM-5 Free

Roxanne Jackson and Julia Oldham open their show Mother at the Art Gym. A free shuttle service will leave NW 8th & Couch at 3:30PM and return to that location at approximately 5:30 on the day of the opening. At the Marylhurst University www.marylhurst.edu/theartgym/ Map 4PM-6 Free

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 20-22 Some Days

Portland filmmaker Matt McCormick speaks on his work this evening at the PSU Fifth Avenue Cinema. Free! Saturday and Sunday, they show his feature film, Some Days are Better than Others. If you are interested in independent film, made in Portland, he is a good person to meet. All details here http://www.5thavecinema.com/somedays. Matt McCormick at the PSU Fifth Avenue Cinema. www.5thavenuecinema.org 510 SW Hall Friday. Talk 7PM Free; Film Saturday 7PM, 9:30; Sunday 3PM Free PSU community, $3 other students $4 everybody

Sunday, January 15, 2017

January 15 Chrome Siege

Chrome, helmed by Helios Creed since the mid-1970's Bay Area, plays industrial punk. They laid the path for Nine Inch Nails. Personnel have changed over 40 years, revolving around Creed. They make a rare appearance tonight.

Opening are Death of the West and Soriah. Portland Tuvan throat singer Soriah is not to be missed, he plays just a few times a year in Portland.

Chrome, Soriah and Death of the West https://www.facebook.com/events/239485759805911/ at the Star Theater 13 NW 6th. Early show 8PM-11, darkwave dance party after $15

Etat de Siege (Under Siege) is a lecture performance composed by Modou Dieng with the collaboration Aruni Dharmakirthi, Adrienne Fernandez, Jaleesa Johnston, maximiliano, Angelica Millan, Ruben Marrufo and Jamaali Roberts. https://www.facebook.com/events/188475021616659/ at Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting www.paintpaulpdx.org - www.disjecta.org 8371 N. Interstate Map 7PM Free

Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 13 Broken Promises Plant Art Activism

Artist Noah Dillon (NYC), writer-critic Dr. Sue Taylor and activist video artist Julie Perini speak on Art and the Political Movement in the Littman before the opening. Recommended. It's https://www.facebook.com/events/235009660264403/ at the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 5PM-6 Free

After, Stephen Nachtigall has Zero Vine an installation. He is a recent UO MFA based in Eugene with work inspired by plants. Sarah Levy has Morbid Symptoms, a reference to the failure of the Arab Spring in Egypt and Syria. The work itself is drawn portraits. At the PSU Littman and White Galleries in Smith Union. www.pdx.edu/littmanandwhite PSU Smith Hall, Room 250, 1825 SW Broadway 6PM-8 Free

One Grand Gallery has Broken Promises, a silent auction fundraiser for the Standing Rock Indian land rights and nonviolent political movements. The evening supports the Water Protector Legal Collective, www.waterprotectorlegal.org. The One Grand events are always lively. The event is www.facebook.com/events/353225538382100/ at One Grand Gallery www.onegrandgallery.com 1000 E Burnside 7PM-11 Free

Saturday, January 07, 2017

January 8 Lovers' Painting

A Lover’s Race is a new show of paintings by Amy Bernstein. Her unusual style leaves a lot of white space amidst color. She is an arts writer too. But instead of most arts writing's cool academic reserve, Bernstein writes passionately. At Nationale www.nationale.us 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

(Check with the gallery on the schedule v the weather)

Friday, January 06, 2017

January 6 Eastside Art Openings+

It's a little quiet and cold tonight.

Dynamic Landscape is a photo show. Actually most of the photos are not very dynamic. At Black Box Gallery www.blackboxgallery.com 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free

Kerry Davis and Anna Daedalus have Bas-Relief, found images cast into concrete. It opens tonight, and January 28 Kaia Sand and Allison Cobb, who wrote the catalog, will give a reading. At Roll-Up Photo Studio + Gallery 1715 SE Spokane 6PM-9

Alicia Gibson, Jennifer Levonian and Bruce M. Sherman have a group show opening tonight. At Adams and Ollman Gallery, the second of two members of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, www.adamsandollman.com 209 SW 9th early close 6PM-8 Free

Float On is where you can experience float tanks. They were invented by Harvard neuroscientist Dr. John C. Lilly, who would be 102 today. He was an early researcher on dolphin intelligence too. Portland's Float On has published a new edition of Dr. Lilly's Center of the Cyclone: An Autobiography of Inner Space. That sounds like a god read! They celebrate that this evening with a creative crowd. At Float On 4530 SE Hawthorne 7PM-10 Free

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

January 5 Westside Art Openings

Winner of the copywriting award of the month, Bad Dreams is a show by Emily Wobb, a "patriot in a post-patriotic era... plan[ing] narratives, cycles of creation, destruction, and re-creation [of] American identity as spectacle."

"I'd never even passed beyond Ohio before. When I drove across the country to Bakersfield I saw the Rockies for the first time, and just had that romantic view of the United States, like "Wow! This is such an amazing place and I want to see all of it!" I got the travel bug and I wanted to see all the United States and Canada with my car. I drove to Alaska for a month and loved the adventure but mostly the time that I spent by myself. It felt freeing and I felt a stronger patriotism than I had ever felt before. That has a lot to do with this show, thinking back to being free, sort of, and exploring that naive patriotism that goes into the idea of "America's free and beautiful!" Especially right now. I'm thinking about how it's beautiful sometimes and not others, a lot of these feelings came up before the final election decision too. I feel guilty and betrayed by my love of my country."

She is cofounder of the Bronco Gallery. Some of her work has focused on suburban houses, car culture and airliners.

This will also be the last physical show by the Duplex Gallery. Duplex has curated some stunning new artist shows. They plan to maintain their super gallery guide, galleryguide.duplexgallery.com/. Thanks Duplex Gallery!

Recommended: Emily Wobb at Duplex Collective www.duplexcollective.com 219 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Fourteen30 has an unusual Thursday show. They are not far from the Goose Hollow MAX or Jefferson bus routes. Tonight it is Donald Morgan with bright sculpture-installation Reader's Tomb. He is a Eugene UO art prodessor and member of Springfield's excellent Ditch Projects www.ditchprojects.com/. At the first of two members in Portland of the New Art Dealers Alliance www.newartdealers.org, Fourteen30 Gallery www.fourteen30.com 1501 SW Market Street Map early close 6PM-8 Free 6-8

Waterstone has a sure to be colorful group show, breaking from prints, into painting and sculpture. It's Wish You Were Here: The Lure of the Exotic by Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley, Frank Hyder, Mary Josephson, Lisa Onstad, Adam Sorenson and Baba Wague Diakite. Wish You Were Here www.waterstonegallery.com/exhibitions/january-2017-2/ at Waterstone Gallery www.waterstonegallery.com in their new location 124 NW 9th 6PM-9 Free

Kendra Larson adds figures to new landscapes. There is also a group show by gallery artists. At Augen Gallery www.augengallery.com 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Kris Harris has baconesque figures. There is also a group show by gallery artists. At Froelick Gallery www.froelickgallery.com 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Upfor continues Claudia Hart. At UpFor Gallery www.upforgallery.com 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Hartman has a good group show, including paintings. At Charles Hartman Fine Art www.hartmanfineart.net 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free

Eric West has Cityscape Burma and Stan Raucher has monochrome Metro, photographing individuals on mass transit, recalling Dorothea Lange. At Blue Sky Gallery www.blueskygallery.org Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Art and Oddities is a show at W+K www.wk.com 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

Laura Hughes, Stephen Milner, Natalie Wood and Alex Wurts have a mid-MFA show at the University of Oregon White Stag Building, whitebox.uoregon.edu 70 NW Couch 6PM-9 Free

Not to far is a new space, Impossible Box. Emily Kepulis, recent PSU grad, has Layers of Sentiment, abstract paintings. At 215 SW 1st 5PM-11

PNCA is recommended to stop in. They have long time cycle shows and pop ups distributed throughout the building. PNCA www.pnca.edu 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. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map 6PM-9 Free

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

January 3 History Hole

Physical Education is a modern dance art project. For History is a Hole, they had a short video exchanges, a reading group, discussions, visual art making. Tonight's performance is the result.

Contributors to the process and performers include: Kalimah Abioto, Samiya Bashir, Roland Dahwen Wu, Keyon Gaskin, Allie Hankins, Maggie Heath, Sidony O'Neal, Sharita Towne, Stacey Tran, Takahiro Yamamoto and Lu Yim.

Physical Education www.facebook.com/events/2157308874494833/ at PNCA www.pnca.edu 511 NW Broadway Map 7PM Free