Monday, February 27, 2017

March 1 - May 31 Small Boat House Movies

The Boathouse Microcinema echoes Peripheral Produce independent and experimental film showings. Peripheral Produce activated the independent moviemaker community of Portland today.

The microcinema runs for 4 months with Wednesday showings and events in the mix other evenings.

It is a very, very small venue, with limited parking in an industrial area. Micro. There are active railroad tracks in the neighborhood, do not block them.

Micro cinema at Boathouse Microcinema 822 N River 7:30PM $8

March 1-5 Raw Meet

Reed Arts Week is curated by students. It brings individual artist works, from campus, and from the world; and art talks. Having a budget allows it to do above average. And always an opportunity to experience the new edge. Some of the events are on the Reed Events web and some are on the Reed Arts Week Facebook Reed Arts Week at Reed College 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. Free

Friday, February 24, 2017

February 25 Art Signal Senate

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:

At 1PM sharp there is a presentation by the artists, after, visit the studios.

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

At Camp Caldera, 31500 Blue Lake Drive, Sisters, OR Map 12:30PM-3:30 Free

"In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes" proposed Andy Warhol. His version was The Factory, happenings and experimental film. Poet Gill Scott Heron announced "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised." Some of it is, and some of it is not. Calarts media theorist Gene Youngblood foretold the power of the Internet in cultural evolution with "Expanded Cinema" & "Mass Media and the Future of Desire."

Open Signal comprehends all those ideas.

Open Signal is the reborn, reenergized and rebranded Portland Cable Access.

Open Signal is a video studio, sound studio, library. It has training, youth to adults, and programs for schools. It broadcasts its own program channels. The new Open Signal has been open for a few weeks with a new staff and expanded mission. This afternoon they open their doors for you to meet them, again, or anew.

4PM-8 welcomes touring, interactive activities and an opportunity to provide suggestions for the new Open Signal. 8PM-10 is a televised dance party - costumes encouraged and provided!

At Open Signal 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. 4PM-10 Free

We almost never do politics here. But today there is an opportunity to visit with our Senator Wyden and meet his staff. It's our instance of his Town Hall program. Details: Parking is limited, arrive early, be polite, meet your neighbors. At David Douglas High School 1001 SE 135th. Noon Free

Thursday, February 23, 2017

February 24 Iconoclastic Weird Stories

Creative Mornings is an international creative talk series. Narrative is built into our neurons for now from infancy. So that is why we tell stories, love stories and respond to stories.

Amina Moreau describes her story-making practice this morning.

Amina Moreau at Portland Creative Mornings at Ziba Design Auditorium 810 NW Marshall Map Doors 8:30AM, talk 9. Free

Iconoclastic is a group show by Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke, Demian Dinéyazhi, Noelle V. Sosaya, and Maya Lin, Goshka Macuga, Michael Rakowitz, and Ryan Woodring. Woodring gives a talk. At the Cooley Gallery Reed College 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd. 6PM

Weird Shift Microtalks are back. It is an open source platform for short talks ranging from obscure to faux. At the Compliance Division in the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett #101 - entrance on NW 6th 7PM Free

February 23 Collecting Uncollectible?

Upfor, Leach and PDX are some of the few galleries in Portland representing media artists. Video-film, sound, synthesized visuals, VR, artist games, and what the future holds.

They come on electronic media, magnetic recording, DVDs, memory sticks, the cloud. How to preserve them is an interesting topic in itself. Are you going to be able to play them in 50, 100, 500 years? How are they editioned in the age of infinite reproduction?

Upfor has a talk this evening on collecting media art. Part of the talk will be locals Alex Payne and Nicole Brodeur relating their experience of having an Electric Objects EO1 screen broadcasting art into their home.

I'm suspicious of that platform. They do not allow searching for artists or collecting. What is the artist paid? The Uber-Spotify of arts? How does it relate to the layers in music: labels, ASCAP/BMI, streaming? Those are value chains diminishing artist income - (Spotify has vociferously lobbied it needs to pay artists less.)

At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders 6PM-7:30 Free

February 21 - March 17 Mensam Elementorum

Portland artist Stephanie Simek shows Table of Elements (and Minerals) in the Portland Building alcove gallery. She selected favorite minerals silicon, quartz, calcite, iron, copper and bismuth and made white light holograms of samples. The holograms are displayed in small pockets of a table. Table of Elements (and Minerals) is a delicate experience. You can place your finger through the hologram. It's a beautiful work. You can see it in the Portland Building alcove lobby gallery. Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM Free

Sunday, February 19, 2017

February 19 Tastesweet

Sanctuary Sunday celebrates its 4 year anniversary with experimental music stylings by Neybuu; Pantone and Tastesweet. Visuals by Krystal Pérez. At Xhurch 4550 NE 20th. Map 7PM Free

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

February 16 Bansuri + Tabla

Steve Gorn bansuri and Benjy Wertheimer tabla perform classical Indian music this evening.


At Mandala Yoga 6833 SE Belmont. Doors 7:30PM, performance 8. $18 advance, $25 door

Monday, February 13, 2017

February 16 East Annex

Portland artist and PSU art professor Sabrina Haque presents Annexation & Assimilation, Exploring the Archive, East of 82nd Avenue: her studies of the history of East Portland, drawn from her residency at the City of Portland archives and from interviews with the area residents today. Her project will be on display at Open Signal, opening tonight. At Open Signal, formerly Portland Community Access television, 2766 Northeast Martin Luther King Boulevard. 6PM-8

Saturday, February 04, 2017

February 5 Refugee Tissue

The Camerawork Gallery is the longest operating and most highly respected photography gallery in Portland. They turn in great shows every month and we are sorry for not noting them here.

This month is The Refugees' Dreams by Friderike Heuer. Relevant.

The artist speaks at the opening. At the Camerawork Gallery, Linfield College Nursing Campus Peterson Hall, 2255 NW Northrup. 2PM-4 Free

Text means Tissue is a new show by visual artist, poet, and textile designer Francesca Capone. At Nationale 3360 SE Division Map 3PM-5 Free

February 4-5 Moved

Portland butoh artist Meshi Chavez wins the copywriting award for the month:

"It is my belief that performance is not just for the artistic elite, that everyday people are made of movement and with that movement is an inherent and profound beauty. With adroit direction and focus, the quotidian can, in an instant, transform into something moving and delightful."

And his workshop students present Being Moved, a performance inspired by Lakota creation stories and Zen Koans.

Tickets Reservations 971 258 0748.

Tickets can be purchased at the door.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 Saturday 7:30PM, Sunday 2PM and 7:30PM $20

Thursday, February 02, 2017

February 3 Black America and the World

Portland photographer Intisar Abioto shows The Black, portraits from around the world, tonight.

She is known for her photo essays Black Portlanders and State of Black Oregon: photographs and accompanying personal narratives. This project includes portraits from three continents, seven countries and eighteen cities.

She is a Renaissance woman photographer, writer poet, performer and modern dancer.

The exhibition opening is followed by a talk: A Deeper Black: Race in America by Ta-Nehisi Coates. He speaks in Eugene, with the talk simulcast to the Portland UO meeting room. The free talk was ticketed and fully subscribed: We hope the video will be available after the event on the UO website.

At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Talk doors 5PM Free, Art opening 5PM-6 Free

February 3 - March 4 African Film Festival

The Cascade Festival of African Films is a favorite event. Each year on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for a month they show films from all over Africa.

This year they have films from Algeria, Burkina Faso, Chad, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ghana, Israel, Kenya, Mali, Morocco, Niger Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia and Uganda.

Every single one of the films is free!

Most are shown on the PCC Cascade Campus on N Killingsworth. The opening night, Friday February 3, is at the Hollywood Theater, also free.

That opening night film is by Chris Kirkley, DJ Sahel Sounds. It is a retelling of the film Purple Rain, staring musician Mdou Moctar from Niger, and filmed in Niger. Moctar performs his music at 11:15PM after the film's second showing. Free

February 25 is a children's program of films and storytelling by Baba Wagué Diakité of Mali. There is a week of films by women and a program of staged readings of African plays.

The PCC Library maintains a copy of all the films shown over 27 years for in-library viewing.

The 27th annual Cascade Festival of African Films at Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building, Room 104, Portland Community College Cascade Campus, 705 N Killingsworth; and the Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Check the schedule for times. Free

February 2 Westside Art Openings

We the People is a two month show collecting creative resistance signs and resistance-inspired artworks from you. Bring it. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-9 Free

Jordan Rathus has That's Why I'm Here, videos of her performances. She weaves her own identity myths incorporating traditions of Norway, Iceland and the Hudson Valley. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Julia Mangold is a minimalist sculptor and printmaker. Her show is the result of the Leach Gallery engaging German artists over years. Also showing is Portland light artist Hap Tivey. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

Johannes Girardoni has Resonance, chromatic spots. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Madga Biernat has Adrift, images of abandoned Arctic hunting lodges and melting ice floes in Antarctica. Katrina Kepule has sit silently, photographs of farm life in Latvia. Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia are on the next to be invaded list. At Blue Sky Gallery Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Nic Porter has Fools Gold, colorful photographs inspired by feminism. She is a commercial photographer, her personal creative work is buoyed by a dramatic approach. At Impossible Box, 215 SW 1st 5PM-midnight Free

We cannot cover all the student shows, cafe shows or artwork hung in Portland's many small businesses. But we note that Mona Superhero will show her graphic portraits made of chromatic duct tape. At A-List Hair Studio 1306 NW Hoyt 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. At the Everett Lofts 625 NW Everett. Bounded by NW Everett, Broadway, Flanders and 6th Map 6PM-9 Free

February 1-4 Light Art

The Winter Light Festival is an installation of light art by over 20 artists, participatory illuminated events, talks and affiliated events scattered throughout the city. It runs running Wednesday through Saturday at OMSI, in the surrounding East Bank area and in the affiliated locations.

The organizers and advisors of the Winter Light Festival are artists, professional lighting designers and veterans of art festivals with night time light art installations.

The event itself is free. OMSI will host food and drink for sale if you would like to get inside to warm up.

Some items will be visible from the West Willamette shore.

And maybe we will get some snow to go with it

Winter Light Festival OMSI and the industrial area nearby. 6PM-10 or 11 Free