|March 28, 2019
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I've written a great deal about our "community" in this newsletter over the past few years. In our culture, "community" is often closely associated with “intimacy.” Convoluting these two concepts however, seriously shrinks our world. I mean really, how many people can we be genuinely intimate with in a single lifetime? I want and need my community to be large enough to embrace close family members as well as strangers I will never meet. We humans can find so many ways to separate ourselves from each other--the color of our skin, the religion we practice, our sexual identity, the list goes on and on and on. But we are not so different. After the gunman killed 50 people in two New Zealand mosques, women across the country donned a headscarf similar to a traditional hijab worn by Muslim women to show their support for the victims and the religion. Wearing the headscarf was a way to symbolize love, strength and unity in a dark hour. Wearing the headscarf symbolized community.
My community encompasses the poor around the world to whom I am accountable. I am in community with folks here in Portland with whom I share local resources. Community includes the multitude of nonprofits that we work with throughout the year and the people that these nonprofits serve. I cannot be intimate with everyone across this range of relationships. But my understanding of the connectedness and even dependence on my community makes my life rich and full, and I am closer to being my truest self. Even though I may never meet you face-to-face, thank you for being part of my great big, beautiful world.
—Joy Harjo, 1951
Sun makes the day new.
Tiny green plants emerge from earth.
Birds are singing the sky into place.
There is nowhere else I want to be but here.
I lean into the rhythm of your heart to see where it will take us.
We gallop into a warm, southern wind.
I link my legs to yours and we ride together,
Toward the ancient encampment of our relatives.
Where have you been? they ask.
And what has taken you so long?
That night after eating, singing, and dancing
We lay together under the stars.
We know ourselves to be part of mystery.
It is unspeakable.
It is everlasting.
It is for keeps.
MARCH 4, 2013, CHAMPAIGN, ILLINOIS
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Celebrate women filmmakers at the 2019 POWFest. Tickets for each show are $7 student, $9 general admission, or save money and buy a festival all access pass for $40.
First up, this documentary feature screens Thursday, March 27 @ 7pm. Utilizing footage that was shot between 2009 and 2017, Haendel Variations shows the life and work of British-Polish violinist Ida Haendel. It is not an ordinary music documentary, but rather a restrained, more intimate approach that focuses on the inner life of an extraordinary woman and on the two things that still give her life meaning: her love for music and for her fellow human beings.
Thursday, March 28 @ 9pm enjoy six unique comedy shorts from the US, Turkey and China, which all seem to focus on relationships--between a bride and groom, an assistant and her boss, two best friends and a party crasher, among others.
The Narrative Feature on Friday, March 29 @ 7pm shares the story of Nuria, 12, Fabio, 9, and their mother Amparo as they arrive in a small island in the middle of Amazonia, at the border of Brazil, Colombia and Peru. They ran away from the Colombian armed conflict in which their father disappeared. One day, he reappears in their new house. The family is haunted by this strange secret and discovers the island is peopled with ghosts.
A second collection of shorts includes documentaries, experimentalism, fantasy, and animation. The unifying theme is the ways in which we fight the archaic structures of white hegemony. Travel from the US to Sweden, Australia and the unceded coast of Salish Territory to re-examine power structures, class, intersectionality, post colonialism and feminism and to confront them in poetic, subtle and seductive ways.
This documentary feature screening on Sunday, March 31 @ 1pm, is a story that will resonate with anyone who has had to leave the homeland they love in search of a safer future for their children. The film follows the lives of two brave Afghan women striving to maintain the hard-won women's rights gained since the start of the Afghan war, while living under the intense scrutiny of life in a male-dominated culture.
Final POWFest screening at the Clinton is Sunday, March 31 @ 3pm. Seven documentary shorts in which we follow riders in the Blackfoot bareback horse-racing tradition, an 86-year old retired teacher searching for her students from the 90s, a women-run taxi service in Delhi that allows women to move freely around the city, and more.
5 & 8pm on Saturday, March 30. Tickets $7-10 suggested.
This film continues in the epic puppet storytelling tradition of “Dark Crystal” with a strong dose of Studio Ghibli’s “Princess Mononoke.” Movie Sleuth declares, "Few films so deftly and thoroughly build a world...[a] richly imagined planet full of hopes and sorrows."
One Night Only!!! Sunday, March 31 @ 7pm. Tickets $7-10 suggested.
This surreal musical drama reflects a man's struggle to overcome the guilt of his mother's death. Dream and reality blur as the characters from the courtroom infiltrate his memories, dragging him back to the courtroom in a closed loop of self-hatred and blame.
Monday, April 1 @ 7pm. FREE Admission, but please consider making a donation to Vibe PDX
Heroic earthling Flash Gordon saves the world from the nefarious Ming the Merciless in this lavish, intentionally campy adaptation of the famous sci-fi comic strip.
Tonight's screening benefits VIBE PDX. Vibe exists because arts education is missing in today’s daily educational system ~ especially for students without the means to make it happen outside of the school day. Vibe connects local teaching artists who are passionate about bringing their love of music and visual arts to the students they work with.
Tuesday, April 2 @ 6pm. Tickets $18 and includes the special tasting at Xico.
This expressive documentary explores the phenomenon of the fastest trending alcohol spirit in the world, Tequila and Mezcal. Brought to you by our Division Street neighbor, Xico. Start the evening off with a screening of Agave The Spirit of a Nation, then following the screening everyone is invited over to Xico for Mezcales and Tequila tastings!!
Presented by Church of Film, Wednesday, April 3 @ 8pm. Tickets $5-8 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.
A vision of an alternate future: three thousand workers at a shipyard in Copenhagen go on strike, protesting the building of nuclear vessels for what many suspect is a military complex developing in the European Union. Within one week, a general strike shuts the country down, a radical cell kidnaps a foreign minister, and the authoritarian underpinnings of a bourgeois democracy are laid bare. The politicians, the workers, the media, the police, the extra-parliamentary guerrillas, all in close-up.
EVENING LAND is Peter Watkins’ (The War Game, Privilege) disturbing, paranoid, and controversial docudrama vision of how quickly a country can spin out from radical positive potential toward chaos and reaction.
Thursday, Apr 4 @ 7:00pm. FREE Admission!!!
Support local independent filmmaking! The new Kyle Dorfman film SOME PEOPLE ARE GOOD AT PRETENDING tells the story of a boy who lost sight of who he wanted to be when he grew up, and what happens when the man he grew into confronts the boy. FREE admission!
Clinton Street Resistance Series: ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND, April 8; THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, April 15; JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, April 22; FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, April 29.
Blessed are the forgetful, for they get the better even of their blunders.
Killer Queen is back on Friday, April 5 @ 7:30pm. This new monthly drag show hosted and produced by our own Sunday night volunteer, Violet Hex, showcases an alternating cast of Portland's most talented, eccentric, creative, and one of a kind fabulous queer entertainers! Tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door.
April 5 and 6th it's our 41st ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Anniversary Special. Can you believe we've been doing this for more than 40 years? This is our biggest show of the year, and we'll have Cake! Rock and Roll! Raffle! Comedy! Drama! And of course the best cult classic movie ever! Doors at 11pm, preshow at 11:30, movie at midnight. Tickets $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Fool’s Paradise: Tales from a Blissfully Skewed Point of View is the April Portland Storytelling Guild's showcase. Trish Anderson and Susan Zwingli join the beloved tandem of Norm Brecke and Anne Rutherford for an evening of stories that examine the question, "Who hasn’t lived in a fool’s paradise now and again? Saturday, April 6 at 7:30pm.
Support local independent filmmaking! FANATICO, coming Sunday, April 7 @ 7pm, is a campy horror short, tackling themes of religious corruption and violence against the sexually liberated. Originally inspired by Italian horror of the 1970s, the film features hyper-stylized visuals, authentic vintage costumes, and a variety of gorey practical effects. The film also features an all-original score, original foley, and an original hand-drawn title design. With a female director, producers, cinematographer and more, the femme influence shines brightly through in the final product.
Doomed Love: A Journey Through German Genre Films on Wednesday, Apr 10 @ 7:00pm
begins with the premise of a silent reproach: The proponents of the Oberhausen Manifesto of 1962 - for many marking the birth of New German Cinema - with their problem-laden work, have stood in the way of a freer, and perhaps more entertaining development of cinema at home. Dominik Graf focuses on some nearly-forgotten outsiders from those times, people like Roland Klick and Klaus Lemke. His views are often contradictory, but inspire a critical re-appraisal of the nineteen sixties and nineteen seventies.
KBOO at the Clinton on Thursday, April 11 @ 7pm
brings us the brilliance of Gamelan Wayhu Dari Langit in a show they are calling Revelation From The Sky/Film and Music. LEGONG: Dance of the Virgins is a rarely screened 1935 silent movie shot entirely in Bali with a Balinese cast. Gamelan Wahyu Dari Langit is the only Balinese Gamelan that calls it‘s home Portland, Oregon. The fast-paced, percussive style of Belaganjur (aka marching Gamelan) is rhythmically layered, metallically hypnotic, raucously defining a sonic ritual space.
The Portland Art Museum offers free admission on the first Thursday of every month from 5–8pm. Enjoy more than 112,000 square feet of galleries reflecting the history of art from ancient times to the present.
Head to the Spring Edition of the Portland Night Market with over 175 vendors with great food, drinks, music, art, makers, merchants and community! All ages & FREE! April 12 + 13, from 4-11pm!
It's that time of year again! Mark your calendars because on Saturday, May 4th, Crafty Wonderland will fill a 60,000 sq. ft. hall at the Convention Center with over 225 of the best and brightest handmade vendors from the NW and beyond! We are excited to showcase such an amazing assortment to talent!
Lilac days in the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens starts April 20th and goes through to Mother's Day May 12th. It's only a hop, skip and a jump up the I-5 north.
Aurora Chorus sings of the critical state of humanity’s relationship with Earth on Sunday, May 19 @ 4pm. Join them as they honor our Mother and hold on to a hope of a better world for future generations. Featuring the West Coast premiere of director Joan Szymko’s setting of Wendell Berry’s poem “Look Out.”
Rose Festival Opening Night Fireworks is Friday, May 24th when the sky gets dark. You can hang out at the City Fair when it opens at 5pm.
Celebrate the Goonies in Astoria June 7th - 10th.
The 91st Annual Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11 AM – 6 PM has everyting you want--Music, Dancing, Games, Nordic Food, Vendors, Beer Garden, Kids Area & More!
Celebrate the 35th annual Tigard Festival of Balloons June 21-23, 2019!
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