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Sanctuaries

Gentrification in Portland and the city’s redlining past go under the microscope in Darrell Grant’s jazz-classical chamber opera, Sanctuaries, with a libretto by two-time National Poetry Slam Champion Anis Mojgani and directed by Alexander Gedeon. Focusing on personal stories from the Albina neighborhood, this latest site-specific commission challenges Portland as a community to truly listen to and acknowledge marginalized voices while addressing issues of white privilege, racial equity and inclusion, and economic disparity. Work DARRELL GRANT | Sanctuaries Creative Team DARRELL GRANT | composer ANIS MOJGANIi | librettist ALEXANDER GEDEON | director EZRA WEISS | conductor YUKI IZUMIHARA | set designer CARL FABER | lighting designer BRANIC HOWARD | sound engineer Vocalists DAMIEN GETER | bass-baritone EMMANUEL HENREID | baritone MARILYN KELLER | ITHICA TELL…

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Visiting Writers Series: sidony o’neal

sidony o’neal (b. 1988) is an artist and writer from Sacramento, CA. Previous exhibitions and performances include Fourteen30 Contemporary, Linfield Gallery, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Performance Space New York, and If I Can’t Dance. o’neal’s writings have been published at Arts.Black, Scrolldiving, The Capilano Review, Passages North, BATHHOUSE, SPOOK magazine, and the journal of Women & Performance. sidony is the translator of Prognosis: Descarga Poetica Decolonial (Quilomboarte 2013). Residencies include Literary In(ter)ventions Banff Center, Creative Exchange Lab, Arteles Center, and S1 Synth Library. sidony is an instructor in the Department of Music and Sonic Arts at Portland Community College.

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Bike Chain Rain: A Birthday Tribute to David Cloud Berman

Musicians, writers, poets, fans and friends will play music, read work/tributes and tell stories about the great American poet and songwriter David Berman (Purple Mountains, Silver Jews) on what should have been his 53rd birthday. A benefit for Moms Demand Action and Write Around PDX With… Stephen Malkmus Bob Nastanovich Rebecca Gates William Tyler Clay Cole Franklin Bruno Oed Ronne A Certain Smile and writers: Kevin Sampsell Chelsey Johnson Jon Raymond Mo Daviau Kjerstin Johnson Daniel Elder Sophia Shalmiyev Douglas Wolk (MC) & Special Guests presented by chickfactor [Buy Tickets Here]

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Jolabokaflod PDX 2019

Our second annual celebration of Jolabokaflod, the Icelandic Yule Book Flood, is on December 28th! While Icelanders celebrate on Christmas Eve, Portland will be celebrating between Christmas and New Year’s, to add an event the whole family can enjoy during the holidays. More than 25 local indie authors will be at Nordic NW with their books. There will be folk music acts, a book donation drive, and fantastic Nordic-themed folk art in the pop-up shop. Please come out to support your local authors and learn a little about the Jolabokaflod spirit! And come visit us on Instagram @jolabokaflodpdx for more information on tabling and the authors that will be joining us.

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Future Prairie IX: In Repose

Put on your jammies and call in an ending at our final show of the year. Guided meditation by Kady Monroe Dance by Amy Leona Havin Poetry by Anna Suarez Sound bath and tea ceremony by Brianna Sas This winter solstice variety show is inspired by the chautauquas of the 19th and early 20th centuries, where people from all walks of life came together to experience education, entertainment, and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, and entertainers. Founded in January 2018 by Joni Renee Whitworth in Portland, Oregon, Future Prairie is a non-profit organization and artist collective led by women, femme, queer, transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. We develop and showcase emerging and under-represented artists. We believe artists have an opportunity to design…

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Defenders of the Faith: The Heavy Metal Photography of Peter Beste

The religious ferocity of heavy metal fandom is one of the most fervent in the history of subculture. The display of this fervor has been channeled and distilled throughout time into one sacred object: the battle vest. Often referred to as the Kutten (German for monk’s robe), the battle vest serves a multitude of purposes: as a musical CV, a badge of authenticity, a creative practice of identity, and a fashion statement. Photographer Peter Beste’s Defenders of the Faith (Sacred Bones) documents the timeless and universal concept of fandom through the elevation of the battle vest.

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CoCreate Art Collaboration

How would you like to make art while also making friends? Are you a painter? Writer? Musician? Generally creative person? Join us for some creative and collaborative fun at the IPRC on November 17th from 7-9PM! You and another artist will be paired together, given a one word prompt, and let loose to create whatever you want. Bring your musical instruments, paints, pencils, and computers because all creatives are welcome! There’s no skill level required, just imagination and enthusiasm. Spots are limited, so register here to book your spot! Questions or concerns? Email us at CoCreateOregon@gmail.com

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Telltale: Top Five

Hey, champ! Thanks for checking out Telltale. This is a monthly curated storytelling event for people that like to get vulnerable and take no shit. We are into genuine connection, laughter, heartbreak, poignant moments, and community building. We are now in our third season, and we are very excited for all the shows coming up this year. At Telltale, you can expect 8-10 performers sharing something with you, in the way that feels right to them–so there will be a mix of comedy, stories, music, essays, and more. Your evening will likely include honesty, swear words, enthusiasm, resistance, alcohol if that floats your boat, excellent pizza, dark humor, and some rad raffle prizes. You might make a new friend. You know how hard it is…

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Amy Rigby plus special guest Scott The Hoople!

We are ever so pleased to host the great Amy Rigby! Amy has a new book out – Girl to City – and will be playing songs and reading from her book. Very special guest Scott The Hoople (Scott McCaughey) opens. Don’t miss! 21+// $10// 8pm Amy Rigby’s long-awaited memoir will be published in October 2019. Girl To City: describes Amy’s progression from Elton John fan in the Pittsburgh suburbs to Manhattan art student, CBGB habitué and fledgling musician, to critically acclaimed singer-songwriter. Set in a twentieth century New York world of homemade clubs and bands — through love affairs, temp jobs and motherhood — the challenge of balancing art and real life gave Rigby the themes that define her work as a songwriter and…

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Visiting Writers Series: She Who Has No Master(s)

She Who Has No Master(s) is a project of multi-voiced collectivity, hybrid poetics, encounters, in-between spaces and (dis)places of the Vietnamese diaspora. Through a collaborative art process and social engagement interaction(s), they endeavor to bring into concert the voices of women writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. They define writing as art that has storytelling at its core, but may express itself in hybrid, performance, visual, musical/aural, and interdisciplinary forms. This event includes: Vi Khi Nao, Stacey Tran, and Dao Strom. Vi Khi Nao is the author of the short stories collection A Brief Alphabet of Torture (which won FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016), and a novel, Fish in Exile. Vi holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University. This Fall 2019, she is BMI Shearing…

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