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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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Ope Book Release and Signing

Celebrate the release of “Ope,” a full-length book of comics featuring Portland’s beloved, cynically starry-eyed opossum! This 109 page full-color book includes many of the comics from Ope‘s first two years of publications in Willamette Week. Meet author Phil Gerigscott and pick up your signed copy of Ope, plus other works and wares by the artist.

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Black History Month Film Fest: Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise

During the month of February, St. Johns Library will screen four movies that highlight and uplift the Black experience in America. Watch Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise (not rated).

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Heaux Stories: Part Deux at Polaris Hall

We invite you to attend what some people anticipate to be the “steamiest night of the year”- Heaux Stories:Part Deux. This show is the sequel to sold-out storytelling showcase Heaux Stories. Heaux Stories is a production that was created as a space for women of color and femmes to gather and share their most intimate sexual truths through the art of storytelling. This event was born with the intention of being as a sex-positive safe space that will foster intimacy within community by centering femmes of color through the empowering act of authentic vulnerability. Due to the overwhelming lack of diverse perspectives in Portland’s local storytelling art scene, this show is a production created out of necessity by renowned storyteller and The Moth Storyhour producer…

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Mother Winter’s Paperback Launch Party

Join us for MOTHER WINTER’s Paperback Launch Party 2/12! A boatload of PNW authors— Kimberly King-Parsons Chelsea Bieker Genevieve Hudson Leni Zumas John Beer Matthew Dickman Robert Lashley Cari Luna Rene Denfeld Mary Szybist —will each read a chapter of MOTHER WINTER. Shalmiyev will be reading a page of their work as a way of introduction and reciprocity. Signing to follow! Books will be available for sale by Another Read Through, who will have a table set up at The Stacks for this special event. (Also check out their online store at https://www.anotherreadthrough.com/)

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Salon Skid Row Presents: The Revival

A monthly salon performance series, featuring poetry, prose, music, dance, and visual artists. Doors 7pm / Show 8pm. 21 & over. Free. Tuesday, February 11th: Micah Fletcher, Rob Gray, Robyn Bateman, Jenna Marie Fletcher, KMA Sullivan & Cinema Obscura

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OAT Open Mike

Hello friends! Oregon Adventure Theatre is hosting an Open Mic at the Peninsula Odd Fellows Lodge on February 8th at 6pm. Come bring your musical instruments, your poetry, your friends. Strut your stuff and celebrate each other’s talents! The event will be hosted by singer-songwriter Ryan Westwood. The featured performers of the evening will be Ken Yoshikawa, who recently published his first book of poetry Monster Colored Glasses with Lightship Press and Ryan Westwood who wrote 4 songs in January he can’t WAIT to share with you. At 5:45 signups will start, and anyone can sign up for a 5-10 minute slot to perform. Never performed before? Been killing it at venues all around town? Either way, we would absolutely love to host your talents…

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African American Read-In

Celebrate Black History Month with Black literature! Join us as community leaders, teachers, students and local celebrities read from their favorite works by African American writers. Fiction and nonfiction for children, teens and adults will be featured in a special gathering of good words from great writings. Community members are also encouraged to come and share words from their favorite works.

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7DS: Pants On Fire!

Pants On Fire! features seven storytellers telling the most insane, outrageous, hard-to-believe stories from their own lives. The catch? One of those seven will actually be telling a bald-faced lie — a whopper that never actually happened. Think you can spot which of our seven storytellers is the liar? If you can, you might win a stay at McMenamin’s Edgefield Hotel on us. Not sure you can which is guess the liar? No worries! There will be other ways to win valuable prizes throughout the evening, including a chance to take on one of your fellow audience members in our Two Truths & A Lie Mano-y-Mano Cage Match. Even if you don’t win, you’ll walk away having heard seven of the most wild, outrageous, hard-to-believe…

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Cookbook Club Potluck

This month, we’ll be sharing recipes from Diana Henry’s A Change of Appetite: Where Delicious Meets Healthy.

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