Sunday, April 30, 2017

April 30 Post-structuralist Reading Party

Philosophy and metaphysics, as we know it on the Left Coast, seemed to spring forth simultaneously in Greece, Nepal and China about 2500 years ago. The English had a running start about 800 years ago, the Germans had an impact in the 19th century. But it is the French who have dominated the 20th. One, Michel Foucault, has inspired the small Mother Foucault's Bookshop. It is the place for this afternoon's Silent Reading Party.

Bring a book to read, silently. No talking. This is a very small venue, and you might bring a cushion, blanket of chair of your own. This week there will be cookies for sale, you might sneak in a drink. Silent Reading Party at Mother Foucault's Bookshop 523 SE Morrison 3PM-5 Free

Saturday, April 29, 2017

April 29 Six Eleven

Six is eleven.

Six is the annual performance of 6 six-channel musical performances at 7PM for about 3 hours. It is in its eleventh year. While the audience chills on cushions and blankets on the floor or walks about, the musicians construct their performance over six surrounding speakers in six channels.

This year is Cat Ross, Marbletop Orchestra, Strategy, Felisha Ledesma, Rebecca Gates+Marcus Fischer and Choir.

Bring pillows and blankets. It's perfectly fine to zone out, just don't snore.

Six in the PNCA Mediatheque on the main floor 511 NW Broadway Map 7PM Free

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

April 19-23 Photo Lucida

Photolucida happens every two years in Portland. It is a 'photography festival' wherein photographers may have their work critiqued by gallerists and experienced photographers, gallerists may find photographers, photographers are selected for recognition, and everyone makes love not war. It has paid registration for photographer programs which sell out far in advance. The full schedule is There are a few events open to the public at no charge.

Thursday 6PM-9 is a portfolio walk in the Portland Art Museum Masonic Temple Marks Building Fields Ballroom. The public can see the Photolucida photographers' works. Friday is a photography book publisher display at Blue Sky Gallery 6:30PM-9.

Photolucida various locations and times, some events free.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

April 14 Sky Fall Space

This isn't an art talk. But it is a talk about archiving digital art. Eventually, the Sky Will Fall: The Crisis of Sustainability in the Digital Humanities is a talk by Andrew Johnstone. He is a young scholar studying the topic from the Digital Humanities department at King’s College London. He provides his observations and possible solutions for digital archiving in libraries and museums. Post doc appointment trial? At Portland State University Millar Library 160. 1PM Free

Music For An Empty Space and A Full Mind by Ben Glas and Tyler Snazelle is a collaboration. Glas provides a sound field and Snazelle provides visual art. The One Grand events are always lively. At One Grand Gallery 1000 E Burnside 8PM-11 Free

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

April 13 X Ex X

Xhurches are ex-churches; churches which have been repurposed to new uses. Matt Henderson and Van Pham have lived in one in Portland. Inspired, they have traveled around the US, capturing former churches, their new uses and interviewing the people occupying them. The result is a series to be previewed this evening; audience feedback requested. Xhurches At Performance Works NW 4625 SE 67th Ave 5PM-7 Free

Saturday, April 08, 2017

April 11 Pivot

Pecha Kucha Portland is back. This month's theme is pivot applied to creative challenges. Presenters are: Michael Hyp (Nike), Chris Angelus (Portland Food Adventures), Ben Kloch (365), Al Ochosa (Cura Cannabis Solutions), Cort Johnson (KINK Radio), John Freisse (Starve Ups), Stuart Getty (Sockeye), May Picard , Kris Regentin (ADX Portland), Jim Hassert (Grovemade), Katrina Yarnell (Organizers NW), Tommy Gibbons (Portland City Boxing). The talks are captured with the slides and are available after on the Pecha Kucha website. Pecha Kucha Portland at Holocene 1001 SE Morrison. Doors 6:30PM, talks 7:30 $5 advance, $10 door

April 9 Lost Chord

Jack Ryan has The Lost Chord, a show of sculptures with sound transducers afixed. He is co-director of Ditch Projects, so you have an idea of the work.

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 Map 4PM-6 Free

April 8 Sensory Pose Divers

As part of photography month, Melanie Flood Projects, which often shows photography, has Basic Poses by Dru Donovan. She is from the Yale School, often working in monochrome. This show has photos and video. At Melanie Flood Projects, 420 SW Washington St #301 4PM-7 Free

Sensory Gymnastics is the final show at Disjecta curated by Michele Fiedler from Mexico City. It includes Rasames Figueroa, Eric Mast and Harry Smith. Pablo Guardiola performs at 7:30. At Disjecta, in the shadow of Paul Bunyan - which is in dire need of your help repainting - 8371 N. Interstate Map 6PM-10 Free

Tonight modular synth performers FreeCaustic Touch, Big Mountain Fudge Cake, Astral Synth Armada, SHH... with special performance by FLESHH, Glo Globes, The Viewer + Thomas Fang, Ben Davis, Dr. Strangeknob and Lasers of Love perform music. Volt Divers is all hardware synths, no computers. Volt Divers at Lovecraft Bar 421 SE Grand 7PM Sharp-10 $5 for the ACLU

Friday, April 07, 2017

April 7-9 Stepping Butoh Dancing Seattle

The Seattle Butoh Festival performances are this weekend with a theme this year of body as politics, hidden histories revealed, the feminine in its multitude of guises, personal primordial journeys and journeys of acceptance, synthesis and unity. That pretty much covers everything, right?

Friday April 7 is Compañía Ruta de la Memoria (from Chile) along with Seattle's Joan Laage and Sheri Brown.

Saturday April 8 is Compañía Ruta de la Memoria (from Chile) along with Seattle's Helen Thorsen and Diana Garcia-Snyder.

Sunday April 9 Ken Mai (from Finland/Japan) performs with Seattle's Kaoru Okumura

The Seattle Butoh Festival at Shoreline Community College Theater, 16101 Greenwood Ave N, Shoreline, WA. Friday 8PM, Saturday 8PM, Sunday 3PM. Shoreline Community Collage Students free, Seniors & Students $15, $20

April 7-29 Portland Butoh Performances

Local butoh outpost Water in the Desert at Headwaters Theater has more than a month of movement workshops going on now. They have performances tonight, Friday then each Saturday this month.

Friday April 7th has performers Pepper Pepper, Yulia Arakelyan of Wobbly Dance, Mizu Desierto, Meshi Chavez with Lisa DeGrace, Hank Logan and Carl Annala, film.

Saturday, April 8, has Anastazia Louise (Bad Unkl Sista from SF), Stephanie Lanckton, Douglas Allen (from Seattle), Christopher Mankowski & Meghann Rose.

Saturday April 15 has Ken Mai (from Helsinki).

Saturday April 22 has Mari Osanai (from Japan).

Saturday April 29 has Yuko Kaseki (from Berlin).

Tickets Reservations 971 258 0748. Or 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 8PM $20 advance, $25 door

April 7 Eastside Art Openings

Redux has Intertwined: A Contemporary Macrame Exhibition. Makers include Brooke Anderson, Emily Bixler, Terra Blakely, Michelle Blomstedt , Emily Katz, Audra Osborne and Rachael Perisho. At Redux 811 E Burnside 6PM-9:30 Free

Haunt is having a plant exchange and Julia Barbee has a new perfume, Mother Naturalist. At Haunt 811 E Burnside Suite #113 5PM-8 Free

Taking Pictures is a group show with no discernable theme. At Black Box Gallery 811 E Burnside, Suite 212 upstairs Early close 5PM-8 Free

All at 811 East Burnside Map

Dominant Form: Gestures in Recent Photography & Video is a group show, many wrks with political themes. At Newspace Photo 1632 SE 10th Map 6PM-9 Free

Lloydean Presents has Jorge Terrell with Clone, a resistance art installation. At Lloydean 2728 NE MLK Blvd @ Knott St 5:30PM - 8:30 Free

Robert Liles has Humans on Earth. Color photographs made in the Southern USA. At Pushdot Studio 2505 SE 11th Avenue Suite 104 6PM-9 Free

Thursday, April 06, 2017

April 6 Dance, Dance, Evolution

Documentary maker Eric Nordstrom has made Moving History: Portland Contemporary Dance Past and Present. It records the family tree of performers, choreographers and presenters between the 1960s and now. Modern dance under all its names is a small corner of the performance world. It is expensive to maintain a large warm space with a good floor in cities afflicted by real estate speculation while at he same time it needs a large population to attract the small percentage of people interested to be audience. Performance careers are often short, as in sports, but the pay for dancers is little to none. Nordstrom has captured the narrative of many of those who made, and make, the dance dream in Portland.

Moving History at the Portland Art Museum - NW Film Center Whitsell Auditorium 1219 SW Park 6PM reception 7 film $9

April 6 Westside Art Openings

April is Portland Photo Month. See for the big picture. Many galleries support it by photography shows.

Cory Arnold is a Portlander who fishes Alaska. He has some fine photographs, including some of waves where every flying drop in the churn was caught by light. At Charles Hartman Fine Art 134 NW 8th early close 8PM Free

Susan Seubert is a PNCA-trained photographer. She has worked for some time with some heavy themes using monochrome fine print processes. This one is Not a Day Goes By. Seubert has will show at this year's Venice Biennale, congratulations. At Froelick Gallery 714 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Ervin A Johnson has a series of large scale color photographs which have been altered and with paint added. They are portraits of black lives lost in show #InHonor. Johnson is the 2016 Photolucida Critical Mass Solo Exhibition Award recipient.
Cristián Ureta has Volviendo a la Tierra, photographs of the town of Chuquicamata in Chile. The copper pit mine has been in operation since 1910. As the mine has expanded, the town is being swallowed.
At Blue Sky Gallery Map 122 NW 8th 6PM-9 Free

Portland minimalist and light artist has a tensioned wood installation. At the Nine Gallery inside Blue Sky 122 NW 8th

A broad 20th Century group show of photographers is at Augen including Sir Cecil Beaton, Harry Benson, Lucien Clergue, Elliot Erwitt, Godlis, Philippe Halsman, William Keck, Michael Kenna, Steve McCurry, Barbara Morgan, Billy Name, Arnold Newman, Anton Perich, Edward Pfizenmaier, Julius Schulman, Ezra Stoller and Jerry Uelsman. At Augen Gallery 716 NW Davis early close 8 Free

Leach continues its March ceramics show and Rauschenberg's April photo show. At Elizabeth Leach Gallery 417 NW 9th Map 6PM-9 Free

PDX has high contrast color still life photos, most involving flowers, by Amjad Faur. He graduated from UO about 10 years ago. At PDX Contemporary Art 925 NW Flanders Map early close 8PM Free

Upfor has LA transplant Christoper Russell. At UpFor Gallery 929 NW Flanders early close 6PM-8 Free

Momoland (lvl 3) is an 8-bit style graphic show by Momo Pixels Live music and a DJ accompany. At Sticks and Stones 427 NW 6th 7PM-11 Free

Powells Books has many artist employees. They have a show this evening. At Powell's Basil Hayward Gallery, 3rd floor. 10th and W Burnside

The ad agency has some large circus style graphic work. At W+K 224 NW 13th Map 5PM-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-10:30ish

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