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Future Prairie: Queer Variety Show

Please join the artists of Future Prairie as we dance our way into the new year, drawing from our histories, calling on our past, dredging up what we want to carry forward and honoring what we are ready and wiling to leave behind. Opening invocation by Reema Zaman Musical performances from Joni Renee Whitworth, Maiah Wynne, Layla Laubach, and Whisper Hiss Spoken word by Julia Laxer, Nastashia Minto, Tucker Garcia, Kalong Wong, and Meron Medhanie Lecture by Natalie Rose Baldwin Dance by Evelyn R-w Our 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. BYOB Why…

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Intro to Letterpress: Two Day Workshop

Day 1: Typesetting Essentials Day 2: Printing Essentials Learn to set moveable type and print on table top and poster presses in the IPRC print shop. You’ll learn the vocabulary of printing and typesetting while getting a feel for this beautiful and historic process. Gain access to IPRCs collection of over 150 fonts of lead and wood type. Leave the class with a printed card and the satisfaction that comes with using 100 year old equipment! Successful completion of this 1 day class grants IPRC Studio Members access to open studio print hours so you can keep on printing. Nonmembers and Basic Members receive one trial month of Studio Membership after completion of the course. 2 Day Workshop Saturday & Sunday 10 am – 2…

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The Blackonteurs

The Blackonteurs are back at Deep End Theater! The Blackonteurs is Portland’s own storytelling show that features all black & African-American performers sharing their stories of triumph, struggle and laughter. On Friday, January 18th at 9:30pm, join us for performances by: – Bruce Poinsette! – The Real Hyjinx! – Dr. Debra (Debi) Jenkins! And hosted by the forever-effervescent Leann Johnson! Tickets: https://www.powr.io/apps/paypal-button/view?id=18016365&mode=page&transaction_id=102217

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Jessica Brody

With Save the Cat! Writes a Novel (Ten Speed), author Jessica Brody presents a comprehensive story structure guide for novelists that applies the famed Save the Cat! screenwriting methodology to the world of novel writing. Revealing the 15 “beats” (plot points) that comprise a successful story – from the opening image to the finale – Brody lays out the Ten Story Genres (Monster in the House; Whydunit; Dude With a Problem) alongside quirky, original insights (Save the Cat; Shard of Glass) to help novelists craft a plot that will captivate – and a novel that will sell.

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The Moth: StorySLAM: Backwards

BACKWARDS: Prepare a five-minute story about regression. Going back in time. Rebounds and backslides. Tales of the vice versa, the inside out, and the topsy turvy. Revisit the scene of the crime. Press rewind. This venue is 21+ *Tickets for this event are available one week before the show, at 12pm PT / 3pm ET. *Seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please be sure to arrive at least 10 minutes before the show. Admission is not guaranteed for late arrivals. All sales final. * It has been four years since we last raised SLAM ticket prices; we are doing so for 2019 in order to keep up with rising production costs. Media Sponsors: OPB and Literary Arts [from The Moth’s website]

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Portland Correspondence Co-op

PDXCC is a monthly gathering where participants make and share analog correspondence in the great mail art tradition of Ray Johnson and Anna Banana: art and conversation through the mail. This uniquely democratic, DIY art form incorporates writing, drawing, collage, rubber stamps, faux postage, decorative tape, typewriters – anything goes, as long as it goes through the mail. Hang out, skill share and send the glorious results through the mail. Monthly events hosted by the Portland chapter of the Correspondence Co-op and Niko Courtelis. Basic materials will be on hand (scissors, glue sticks, envelopes’85), but you’re encouraged to bring whatever materials fuel your creative spirit. Free and open to the public, every third Tuesday of the month

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Kristin Berger, Carey Taylor, and Melissa Reeser Poulin

Join us Saturday, January 12 at 7 pm for a night of poetry with Kristin Berger, Carey Taylor, and Melissa Reeser Poulin. Kristin Berger is the author of three poetry collections: Echolocation (Cirque Press, 2018), How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016), and a chapbook, For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008). Her long prose-poem, Changing Woman & Changing Man: A High Desert Myth, was a finalist for the 2016 Newfound Prose Prize. Recent work has appeared in Four Chambers Press, The Inflectionist Review, Light: Journal of Photography and Poetry, Mockinghart Review and Santa Ana River Review. Kristin lives in Portland, Oregon, with her family, where she hosts a summer poetry reading series at her neighborhood farmers market. More at www.kristinberger.me. Carey Taylor is the author of The Lure of Impermanence (Cirque Press 2018).  Her poetry has…

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Young Adult Book Club (Hawthorne)

The Young Adult Book Club is a group of teens who meet monthly to talk about YA fiction. We’re fans of strong stories, diverse characters, and Rainbow Rowell (of course!). This month our group meets to discuss The Merciless by Danielle Vega. Join us! [from the Powell’s Books website]

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Slamlandia House Show – ft. Angel Kofsky

It’s time for another Slamlandia house show – this time featuring the lovely Angel Kofsky! This show will be held at Pointy House (2930 SE Clay Street) on Friday, January 11th. Door opens & signups at 6:00pm, show starts at 6:30pm. Some snacks and drinks will be provided (on a donation basis) but feel free to bring your own! ***There will be a $5 required entry fee at the door*** This house show will have an open mic that you can sign up to read in, as well as short spotlight features from local poets Kate Leddy and Stephen Meads, and a featured slot from Angel Kofsky. Stereotypically in love with the ocean and the stars, 2018 Java Monkey Slam Champion Angel Kofsky is a…

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