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Craig Thomspon & Aimee de Jongh Signing

Craig Thompson and Aimee de Jongh will be in Cosmic Monkey Comics to promote their new books: Ginseng Roots and Taxi: Stories From The Back Seat. Ginseng Roots – From ages 10 to 20, Craig Thompson (the author of Blankets) and his little brother Phil, toiled in Wisconsin farms. Weeding and harvesting ginseng—an exotic medicinal herb that fetched huge profits in China—funded Craig’s youthful obsession with comic books. Comics in turn, allowed him to escape his rural, working class trappings. Now, for the first time in his career, Thompson is working in serial form, in a bimonthly comic book series. Part memoir, part travelogue, part essay—all comic book—Ginseng Roots explores class divide, agriculture, holistic healing, the 300 year long trade relationship between China and North America, childhood…

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Habiting the Arid West: Michael Light, William Fox, Charles Hood

Please join us to celebrate the publication of Lake Lahontan/Lake Bonneville, a collection of extraordinary aerial images by photographer Michael Light, featuring essays by William Fox, Charles Hood, and Leah Ollman, recently released by Radius Books of Santa Fe. Michael Light will speak about and show work from the new book; writers William Fox and Charles Hood will respond to Light’s work, as well as giving brief presentations about new books of their own, on such subjects as the artist Michael Heizer, and the mammals and birds of California. Lake Lahontan/Lake Bonneville is the fourth volume in Light’s aerial survey, Some Dry Space: An Inhabited West, which “journeys into the vast geological space and time of the Great Basin — the heart of a storied…

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I Never Knew There Were So Many Books About Us!

Come celebrate Black families and Black art with Interactive Science, Story, and Art Activities for grades K-2 and their favorite adult.

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Queer PDXpression

Grab a Drink, Grab a chair, Grab an Open Mind. February isn’t always Romance and Flowers somtimes its dark and twisty come share your breakup poems your sad love poems, the things you wished you could of said. We have the pleasure of featuring: The black Acid Queen Bio : ” Black Acid Queen is an avant garde retro electro digestion of personal trauma, hedonism, desire, fantasy and comedy. The front, back and side person, Zai Outlaw is a self taught multidisiplinary artist.”

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Story Time for Grown Ups with David Loftus

Oops! We’re Married! funny tales of weddings and the married state In conjunction with the month for Valentines, “Story Time for Grownups” presents comic tales about the weddings and married conditions that often ensue. No cover. The evening will feature pieces by James Thurber and E.B. White, Dave Barry, Robert Fulghum, and a script or two from “The Bickersons”—the classic 1940s radio show about a squabbling couple … with a special guest to perform the voice of Blanche Bickerson. Warm yourself with a mug of beer, a pot of tea, soup, sandwich, or cookies while reliving the childhood experience of being read to before bedtime. David Loftus reads aloud to live audiences, for recordings, and as a principal character in the science-fiction podcast series “Exoplanetary.”…

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Team Semi Final and Open Mic

Join us for a team semi-final and open mic!!! The top two poets from the last four slam will be competing! There is a 5 dollar suggested donation for this event but no one is turned away. We will be at our venue, Tiny’s Coffee Northeast! This means our show is all-ages! Everyone is welcome. We do not censor our mic except for instances of hate-speech. Please also note that we start a little earlier then at previous venues. Accessibility info: Tiny’s is on the 6 bus line, which is a frequent service line. It is a quarter mile from the the streetcar line and about a half mile away from the max. The building and stage is wheelchair accessible and most of the seating…

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Power to the People: The Black Panther Party’s Legacy in Albina

The Vanport Mosaic presents a multi-faceted oral history presentation and community conversation led by Mr. Kent Ford, a founding member of the Portland Chapter of the ’60s-era black empowerment organization – the Black Panther Party. Watch the short documentary Sting Like A Bee, and listen to Kent Ford’s personal memory of revolutionary activism and community organizing. The event culminates in a conversation between Mr. Ford and another local activist, connecting these stories to the broader political scene and stimulating a group reflection that links this provocative history to the challenges we face today. This program is made possible by the generous support of the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition and the Oregon Cultural Trust, and is co-hosted by the Albina Branch of the Multnomah County Library…

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Book Launch: The Reboot: 50 Dates with Myself by Marie MacMillan

Come get your paperback copy of THE REBOOT: 50 DATES WITH MYSELF !!! It’s finally here! My funny/self-care/dating/life-in-my-twenties memoir is out VALENTINE’S DAY from Dancing Moon Press. COMMENT BELOW if you plan to purchase a copy at this event from Rose City Book Pub! It’ll be an informal shindig – with maybe a little reading and Q&A – and beer! they have beer and snacks for purchase also. Hop you can make it! If not, I’ll be at Base Camp Brewing at noon on Friday 2/14 – see other event page. ♡♡♡ “This is not a tale about the breaking, but of the putting back together.” ♡♡♡ Check out little previews on Instagram before the release @macmillanpages Read the whole Prologue and more at mariemacmillan.com…

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The Mystery Box Show – Special Valentines Day Show

Doors open at 6:00 $22 Advance $27 Day of Show $45 General Admission + After-Party Access Bracelet From vanilla to kinky, queer to straight, and everything in between, a night at The Mystery Box Show brings you tales of one-night stands, explorations into fetish, awkward first times, dark fantasies come true, and much much more. Storytellers have included bestselling authors, nationally touring comedians, adult film industry veterans, theatre professionals, sex toy experts, members from the kink community, students and people from all walks of life. Nothing here is too raw, too sweet, too strange, or too deep; it’s all about the sex, and all about the story.

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