Quick News: Future Prairie and partners are providing a creative basic income to artists for 3 months via The Imagination Project. Gary Cole and CoHo Productions are producing a COVID-19 relief fundraiser performance based on his novel Black Box and offering a LITPDX discount on tickets, see the upcoming events from the calendar. Black Feast is offering free Love Letter Care Packages with vegan, gluten-free deserts for Black folks in Portland, which you can RSVP for here or support via steps on their website. A national coalition of arts grantmakers have put together the Artist Relief for artists across mediums facing financial emergencies due to COVID-19. Shade Literary Arts is organizing a fundraiser for a Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund. You can apply for the funding through this survey link.

We stand with Black Lives Matter and those protesting for equality and reform. We will continue to amplify marginalized voices, and welcome all, their ideas, their events, and their words. Our words here are not enough, but we wanted to say we support you and will continue to do so through our actions.

Prior relief and support funds for small businesses and artists: NACF’s Native Arts Emergency Support Project, Portland Small Business Relief Fund, Portland Area Artist Emergency Relief Fund, RACC’s  Emergency Artist Relief Fund, RACC’s page for relief resources (and updated here), RACC’s COVID-19 relief Support Beam, Literary Arts’ Booth Emergency Fund for Writers, and Oregon Humanities’ emergency funding for organizations.

Gov. Kate Brown’s “stay at home” order still largely remains in effect for Portland area businesses and gatherings (though other counties have some limitations lifted). See also this FAQ from OPB. Until the order is completely lifted for Multnomah county, you can assume all in-person readings and events have been cancelled.

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Back Fence PDX: Russian Roulette

March 30, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

$16 – $26
Curious Comedy Theater, 5225 NE MLK Blvd, Portland, OR 97211 + Google Map

FEATURING: KIRSTEN KUPPENBENDER Past Russian Roulette Runner-up, Finalist in Portland’s Funniest Person Competition, Founder of Lez Stand Up, Extreme Jigsaw Puzzler, KATIE NGUYEN Named One of the Portland Mercury’s Geniuses of Comedy, Host of Earthquake Hurricane, Addicted to Using Q-tips in Ears, ELINA LIM Singaporean, Dancer, Rat Mom, Real-Life Anime Character, Creator of Invisible Spectrum Stories, Deceivingly Adorable But Can Fuck You Up, ADAM ARNOLD Past RUSSIAN ROULETTE Winner, Fashion designer, Hikes Every Sunday, Likes Spumoni, Has Watched Every Episode of Deadly Women (At Least Once), Can’t Eat Raw Garlic or Onions, Has a Gold Tooth, BRIAN S. ELLIS Writer, Behavioral Therapist, Has been a Cheese-Monger, Wine-Maker, Knife Salesman, and Soda Jerk, Author of Four Poetry Collections Including Often Go Awry, Once Won Every Episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation on VHS in a Thrift Store Window Display Raffle and two other fantastic storytellers!

Hosted by B. FRAYN MASTERS & MINDY NETTIFEE
Music by DJ BOBBY D from XRAY.fm

ASL Interpretation by BLAKE WALES

DOORS 6:30PM ⎮ SHOW 7:30PM
$16-26 ADVANCE ⎮ $20 DOOR — Note: We will have walk-up tickets set aside for sale at the door. VIP ticket holders will receive $10 GC to Civic Taproom, two passes to Helium Comedy Club, two passes to The Siren Theater, two for one tickets to Front Porch Sessions Storytelling/Broke Gravy Improv coupon, tea and swag from The Jasmine Pearl, and specials from Popina and Skin by Marywynn. Plus have seats reserved on the main floor in the front rows until 5 mins before showtime.

10% of ticket proceeds go to Oregon Food Bank! In 2018 our audiences provided 2,500 meals!!!

More about Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE…
How it works: each show begins with a full wheel of juicy story prompts. One of the 6 storytellers will be randomly drawn. They spin the wheel to decide the prompt for their story. They can play or pass. If they pass another teller can steal their prompt. Then the risky part…each storyteller has only 5 minutes to come up with a true 5-minute story based on that prompt! It’s like we invented a new game called truth AND dare.

The audience votes for a winner at the end of the night who will receive over $250 of booty from our sponsors and partners including $50 from Skin by Marywynn, a Betsy and Iya $25 GC/pair of earrings, tickets to Helium Comedy Club, $20 to Powell’s, a sexy lip treatment from Skin by Marywynn, $10 to Civic Taproom, a glass contained prize from New Deal distillery, tea from The Jasmine Pearl, two tickets to Portland Center Stage, a Finger Bang gift certificate, and bragging rights for life!

The winner also draws an audience winner to receive all of the above (minus the 50 bucks) PLUS $100 to Popina Swimwear and two VIP tickets to a RUSSIAN ROULETTE show!

*Storytellers subject to change without notice. Stories may contain explicit language and/or subject matter.