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BUG BOYS release party with Laura Knetzger

Join two bug friends as they learn about the science of the world around them and the meaning of friendship in this debut graphic novel by Laura Knetzger! Rhino-B is a brash, but sweet guy. Stag-B is a calm and scholarly adventurer. Together these two young beetles make up the Bug Boys, best friends who spend their time exploring the world of Bug Village and beyond, as well as their own – sometimes confusing and complicated – thoughts and feelings. In their first adventure, the Bug Boys travel through spooky caves, work with a spider to found a library, save their town’s popular honey supply from extinction, and even make friends with ferocious termites! What challenges will these two earnest beetles face? Whatever it is,…

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Original Art: Daniel Clowes release party and signing with Daniel Clowes

Join us on Sunday, February 9 to celebrate the release of Original Art: Daniel Clowes, which turns the spotlight on one of the medium’s most dynamic creators. A vital entry of the Fantagraphics Studio Edition series, this volume draws from Clowes’ nearly 30 years of comics art, ranging from his seminal one-man anthology, Eightball (in which Ghost World was originally serialized), to his most recent graphic novel, 2016’s best-selling time travel thriller, Patience. Daniel Clowes will also take part in a Q&A with Fantagraphics editor, Eric Reynolds. The edition features over 150 pages of art from 1989–present, each reproduced as an exact facsimile of the original to best showcase every detail of the artist’s cartooning process. Plus new covers, endpapers, and other surprises from Clowes, including…

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POSTSCRIPT release party and art exhibit with PNCA cartoonists

This is what happens when a group of the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s finest cartoonists dive into the unknown, led by the incomparable Jonathan Hill, comics artist extraordinaire. In 2017, Unversed launched as a collection of stories that navigate unfamiliar situations and explore the growth that comes from not knowing. No Refunds, explored stories about how you can never return to the way things were. Now, in its third and final year, Unversed Comics presents Postscript. Sometimes you know a moment will be the last time. Other times, you don’t realize until it’s too late. Postscript is a comics anthology that captures these last times. It is a two-color, softcover comics anthology featuring 12 new artists from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, as well as 27…

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Free Range Poetry: 2020 Opening Night Poetry Open Mic

Free Range Poetry presents 2020 Opening Night Poetry Open Mic Monday, February 3, 2020 Northwest Library 2300 NW Thurman Street Portland No featured readers. Readers will have 3-5 minutes dependent upon total number of readers on sign-up list. If there is time to spare, we’ll go around again starting from the top of the sign-up list. 5:30 pm Sign-up for readers begins 6:00 pm Readers begin 7:30 pm (or so) Readings end. Audience limited to approximately 40 people. Previously, we have had to turn away potential attendees at the door. Please arrive before 6:00 pm.

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Art of the Full Length Play with Matthew B. Zrebski

This class meets for Four Saturdays 2/1 – 2/29 no class on 2/15 Great plays need to strike hard, fast, and powerfully, never letting an audience off the hook. Exploring both no-intermission and multi-act formats, this intensive introduces exciting techniques that help to quickly engage an audience, successfully build to a satisfying climax, and conclude so as to spark dialogue long after the curtain has fallen. By the end of class, students will have a strong outline as well as two to three fully written scenes.  They will leave ready and confident to complete a full draft.  No preparation is required.  All material will be developed and written in class.  Bringing an electronic device that can connect to the internet will be helpful so as…

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A Reading of The Berlin Diaries

Hand2Mouth Theatre and OJMCHE present a theatrically staged reading of The Berlin Diaries, by Andrea Stolowitz, finalist for the 2017 Oregon Book Award. Performers are Erin Leddy and Damon Kupper, Directed by Hand2Mouth’s Artistic Director Jonathan Walters. The great-grandfather of playwright Andrea Stolowitz kept a journal for his descendants after escaping to New York City in 1939 as a German Jew. Following the complicated lure of genealogy, Stolowitz goes back to Berlin to bring the story of her unknown ancestors out of the archives into the light. The record keeps as many secrets as it shares; how do people become verschollen, lost, like library books? In this complex, contemporary drama about the search for home, fragmented heritage and Jewish diaspora, two performers scintillate between characters…

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Diana Lo Mei Hing in Conversation with Horatio Law

Diana Lo Mei Hing was born in Hong Kong and spent her childhood in Guangzhou during the volatile run up to the Cultural Revolution. Her father fled with his family to Milan, Italy where Diana was raised. A well known abstract watercolor and mixed media painter, photographer, and poet in Italy, where she continues to exhibit, Diana moved to Portland with her American husband, also a fine arts photographer, in 2015. This is her first solo exhibition in the Northwest. Front Gallery Followed by a no-host lunch at the Red Robe Tea House Tickets: $12/General; $10/Members

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Monster Colored Glasses, Poetry with Ken Yoshikawa

Poet Ken Yoshikawa will read from his newly published book, Monster Colored Glasses a bilingual narrative exploring personal issues of trauma, vulnerability and personal transformation while addressing social responsibility themes. Ken Yoshikawa is half-Japanese, and a poet-actor from Portland, Oregon. He is an active voice in the spoken word community and his acting has been seen in diverse performances in local theatres. Ken’s powerful use of words are featured in his first autobiographical poetic solo, The Art of Fly Swatting, which was performed off-Broadway in NYC at the Pan Asian Repertory Festival in 2019 and his poems have appeared in Nailed Magazine, Letters from the Void, Hapa Mag and Discover Nikkei. The evening includes a reception, book signing, and poetry readings by Ken and guest…

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Winter Poetry Festival

Portland’s second Winter Poetry Festival is a joyful gathering of poets and poetry lovers. Winter is a magical time where the beauty of language burns brightly in the darkness. The festival will feature a marketplace where you can support poets by buying from them directly, inspiring workshops for poets of all levels of experience, innovative performances and craft-talks from top-notch poets, a guest-screening from Seattle’s Cadence: Video Poetry Festival, and the “Poet’s Playground” an ephemeral pop-up of poetic challenges and collaborations. The Festival will be housed in the beautiful PNCA. ADA accessible. Centrally-located, near many major transit lines.

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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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