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July 4, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I had never watched a soccer game until this past month, when I got caught hook, line & sinker by the USA women's team. I'm a baseball fan, and I'm more comfortable with the nice, slow pace. The pitcher's wind-up, the catcher's walk to the mound, the almost leisurely jog around the bases after hitting a home run. Soccer is frenetic, and it was all pins & needles...most kicks into the goal were near misses, and I had a sensation of my chest rising with great hopeful expectation only to drop in the next second with "ooooooohhhhh, drat."

Game aside, I really loved the players and how on and off the field, they seemed to love what they were doing. They took pride in their athleticism, they gloried in their femaleness, and their sexuality was something to be celebrated, not condemned. Criticism seemed to roll off their backs like water on a duck.

I'm 65, and I come from a time in our nation's history where women were legally second-class citizens. My fundamentalist faith reinforced that view. Being a sexual being was shameful, and athletes were men, not women. Like children, women were to be seen and not heard. In so many ways our country seems to be trying to get back to this dark past. In the past few weeks, we've seen new revelations about the atrocities at our southern border. And taking up space in our cultural psyche is the case of a sexual predator who used his vast amounts of wealth and powerful connections to escape justice. I felt I had little reason to be proud to be an American.  

Watching our USA team play their hearts out, however, I could celebrate one of the best things about our country--our diversity.  Gay/straight/other, different religions, ethnicities--nothing mattered except playing their best. And through it all, the members of the team continued to love themselves, their fans and the game. I have so much to learn from younger people about how to be kind and accepting. So, this week, a little more self-care, and hopefully loving myself will spill over into all my interactions this week--at home and at the theater. I am so distressed and anxious these days, I need to work extra hard to be kind. Do you?


Inarticulate Grief

Richard Aldington - 1892-1962

Let the sea beat its thin torn hands
In anguish against the shore,
Let it moan
Between headland and cliff;
Let the sea shriek out its agony
Across waste sands and marshes,
And clutch great ships,
Tearing them plate from steel plate
In reckless anger;
Let it break the white bulwarks
Of harbour and city;
Let it sob and scream and laugh
In a sharp fury,
With white salt tears
Wet on its writhen face;
Ah! let the sea still be mad
And crash in madness among the shaking rocks—
For the sea is the cry of our sorrow.



Holloway, Sawtooth, and Stoner Control

Friday, Jul 12 @ 8:00pm. Live music night with some of Portland's best indie bands. 3 bands, $7. A tall boy of Olympia for three. Where else are you going to find this much head banging entertainment for ten bucks?


Auditions for 48 Hour
Film Project Portland

Saturday, Jul 13 @ 12:00pm. Directors/filmmakers need actors. Interested? Check out the 48 Hour Film Project website for more information.


Yee Haw! A Western Burlesque Bonanza

Join us for a night of sensual celebration, as we celebrate the longs nights of our deliciously Salacious Summer…Cowboy style! 

Saturday, Jul 13 @ 7:30pm, the Bend Burlesque Company returns to the Clinton Street Theater bringing their electric, sexy and hilariously naughty new Western themed theater and burlesque fusion that you don’t want to miss! 

Inspired by both vintage vaudevillian cabaret and modern pop culture, Bend Burlesque Company performers, who all hail from Central Oregon, deliver an array of high-energy neo and old west exploits. The show features artistic and scantily clad dances, hilarious and off-color comedic skits, acrobatics, and a plethora of other stimulating routines.

At this show the performers are backed by DJ Buddy Cooper, who has been with the troupe for 2 years, and has some serious spinning skills!

Tickets $20 in advance or at the door, and worth every penny and then some. All humans over the age of 18 are encouraged to attend!



Monday, Jul 15 @ 7:30pm. DARLIN' is a sequel to Lucky McKee’s 2011 film THE WOMAN, which saw a horrific subversion of the nuclear family by way of a feral Woman forcefully indoctrinated into the strict care of a seemingly ‘normal’ family. 

DARLIN' picks up a few years later, where The Woman (played by director, Pollyanna McIntosh) relinquishes her young charge Darlin’ (newcomer Lauryn Canny) to a hospital in order to aid in her unexpected pregnancy, only to later discover that the feral teen has been whisked away by a Bishop (Bryan Batt) seeking to reform her under the tutelage of the church. As Darlin’ is indoctrinated into strict religious care, The Woman goes on a rampage searching for the last remaining member of her clan, and soon the stage is set for a bloody confrontation between patriarchy run afoul and matriarchy run amok.

In her first outing as director, McIntosh has already been receiving accolades for her decidedly feminine take on a character she’s embodied for the past 10 years, bringing a subversive sense of humor to the continuing saga of The Woman. 

Tickets $7-10 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds.


Church of Film presents Bush Mama

Wednesday, Jul 17 @ 8:00pm. Dorothy struggles to raise her daughter in a despairing and hopeless post-Watts LA. Her husband returns from Vietnam only to be arrested and imprisoned on false charges, the welfare board controls her life, and there is no escape from dire poverty. Gradually she comes to question her circumstance, and those around her who accept it, and she connects her struggle with the police and prison system her husband endures.

LA Rebellion director Haile Gerima’s explosive, controversial masterpiece BUSH MAMA is an uncompromising tale of the American abyss and radical force, shot on the streets of Los Angeles in the late 70s. (CW: racist police violence, sexual violence, abuse of minor) 

Tickets $5-8 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.


¡Las Sandinistas!

Thursday, Jul 18 @ 7:00pm. The film is centered around the personal stories of Dora Maria Téllez, the young medical student who became a major Sandinista General, and four of her revolutionary allies - Nicaraguan women who overcame traditional gender barriers and subverted stereotypes to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social reform.

¡Las Sandinistas! exposes a watershed moment in history when thousands of women transformed society’s definition of womanhood and leadership before facing renewed marginalization by their male peers after the wars ended. Now, 35 years later, amidst staggering levels of gender violence in Nicaragua, these same women brave the streets once again to lead popular movements for equality and democracy.

$5 available at the door OR IN ADVANCE.



The Clinton Street Resistance Series is taking a break for the summer. We return in September with lots of great films to watch and great nonprofits to support.

This summer, JACK G FILM SCHOOL brings the Clinton Street Theater a series of film screenings, discussions and musical guests. The school runs Monday night--July 22, 29 and August 5 & 12 with a triple-feature on Sunday, August 18. The school leads up to the making of the feature film COWBOY NEMO, and cast and crew resumes are being accepted each week for the Cowboy Nemo team. Filming in Portland, Oregon August 26-31st. $5.

Local-produced indie Feature ZILLA AND ZOE has a 3-day run in July!  ZILLA AND ZOE started with a script that was quarterfinalist in Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest and now filmed has turned into a movie that critics say "has the potential to become a classic family film" and "is a great first effort from a director ...of creativity and talent with …potential for future success". In the film, 10-year old Zoe is obsessed with making horror films. Sound familiar?

Castle Thunder Cinema presents IT’S 1969 on Tuesday, July 23, with a double-feature of SEAN and GIMME SHELTER. Presented on 16mm film with brief intermission. SEAN chronicles the thoughts and activities of a child in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury in 1969; and GIMME SHELTER, the Maysles Brothers' 1970 documentary masterpiece, is a wild unnerving dream of bad acid, bad blood, struggle, home, and murder. $8.

A Night for Activists is Wednesday, July 24 with two engaging documentaries and filmmaker Q&A. TARGETING IRAN @ 7pm; SOURCE TO SEA: The Columbia River Swim @ 9pm.

¡Gracias, Santiago! World Premiere is Thursday, July 25. Long-time Portlanders, Andrew Pritchard and Oryan Peterson-Jones, spent 5 weeks in Cuba filming a couple of music-related documentaries.  Gracias, Santiago! is a documentary about the Carnaval in Santiago de Cuba, one of the largest carnavales in the world. 

STOKE, Friday, July 26 @ 7pm. Partially shot in front of the 2017 Hawaii island “lava hose,” STOKE tells a different kind of story about tourism on Hawaii island, which draws visitors from all around the world who hope to be moved by the presence of the Kilauea volcano. FILMMAKERS ON SPECIAL MAINLAND TOUR PRIOR TO FILM'S RELEASE IN AUGUST. Be the first to see it in Portland. Filmmakers will be present for a Q&A after the screening. $12. TICKETS ON SALE NOW.

Saturday, August 3rd, prepare for a night of wild entertainment as Doctor Jack’s Old-Timey Medicine Show takes your eyes, ears, and tongues on an adventure of a most pleasurable sort! Enjoy mind-boggling magic, heart-stopping sideshow, and gut-busting comedy from our menagerie of talented performers. It is sure to be a night to remember! Tickets available NOW!



Dear friend of theater, Judith Arcana, just released a new edition of her book Grace Paley's Life Stories. Read a review and pick up a copy at your neighborhood bookshop.

Unionists and Activists of Portland: Assemble your teams! Test your knowledge! And get ready for the Jobs with Justice Trivia Night on Saturday July 20 from 7-9pm at Cider Riot (807 NE Couch). Co-hosted by KBOO Community Radio.

Division/Clinton Street Fair is happening from 10 to 4, Saturday, July 27th, right outside our door! The Clinton Street Cabaret is marching in the parade, so watch for them and get your ROCKY on. The theater will be open for free cartoons and free popcorn.

Portland Summerfest Opera in the Park, in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation presents VIVA VERDI! AN OPERATIC EXTRAVAGANZA on Sunday, August 4.

Since its inception in 2004, the Portland Underground Film Festival has been part of the fabric of the Clinton Street Theater.  SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN NOW, and the true PUFF is coming the weekend of October 17 to 20.

Sunday, July 14th, we're closed for a Volunteer Appreciation Night, and we're headed to a Pickles game. Never heard of the Portland Pickles?  Go to the website and find out more!

My memoir UNFIT: A Cautionary Tale of One Pregnant Teen in 1971 will be released in November. If you would like to be on a list for presale announcements, please contact me directly at


You are as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fears; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. 
— Samuel Ullman

Don't be a stranger. Come see us soon.

Kind regards,

Lani Jo

Every Saturday night since April 1978, the historic Clinton Street Theater has played host to The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

On the first, third and fifth Saturdays of the month, members of our very own shadowcast, the Clinton Street Cabaret, perform live while the movie plays on the screen behind them. On the second and fourth Saturdays of each month, the Rocky Horror Picture Show is "Be It Yourself," turning the attention on YOU the audience. You bring the costumes! You bring the dance numbers! You bring the fun!

So unpack that French Maid's dress from that box behind the kids' old toys and dust off your tap shoes. Bring your rice, the toast, and some friends and come on down to the longest running RHPS in the WORLD! No matter when you decide to come, whether you are are a virgin or a veteran you'll delight in this cinematic right of passage and cherished Portland tradition.

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