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August 23, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

My mama used to say, "you're burning the candle at both ends," which meant I was in deep sh*t for trying to do too much at one time. That's pretty much where I am now. Exhausted from finishing up my manuscript for publication, rehearsing for Marjorie Prime, running the Clinton, and whenever possible, spending time with my great-grandson, who is now starting to walk. 

Most folks I know are in the same boat--working on art or devoting time to activism, while trying to hold down a job, some even multiple jobs. These days it's doubly hard to get out and show up, especially when we see and hear bad news on a daily basis. Sometimes I want to hide in my room and never come out.

This past Monday I had a group of pre-teens from Vermont Family Center take a tour of the theater. I showed them how to make popcorn, and then we looked at the projectors up in the booth. We talked a bit about our favorite movies--many never go to a theater, and only watch on TV or a portable electronic device--and I shared why I think movie theaters are still so important. And then we watched some old cartoons from the thirties and ate our delicious popcorn, of course. 

I do think seeing movies in theaters is still really, really necessary. First of all, it's a shared experience with folks you might not know, and shared experiences do change us. Sitting in the dark without distraction, we can be transported to a different time, place and set of circumstances, and we can become fully immersed in another person's story. In a sense, we can walk in their shoes, which is the beginning of understanding how we as a species can be so different from each other, yet so much the same. You can't have that kind of experience watching a movie alone on your phone--it's just not possible.

It's important to find time for this, and that's why the Clinton offers "pay what you can ticketing" for most of our regular movies. Don't stay isolated. Whether you have less than a dollar or ten, you can take a break from whatever is troubling you, and escape to the movies. No excuses!! 


Director's Cut

Dora Malech

Opening shot: morning. Mid-May. Mid-maybe,
misgiving, mistake, mid-take your time repeating after me
so long, so longing, lost and short of breath. Start
to finished lines means each between-the-line by heart

where hem reacts to haw—close shot—the big to-do list,
lights and stunts, month and mouth made-up to fit
the ending. Try the goodbye on for size. Lather, rinse,
repeat sweet nothings, catch phrase and a slow release.

The shower scene fades to soliloquy, last forwarding address
on the saloon soundstage, fired blanks, ketchup on a blouse,
then aftermath and ever after. I have to say,
the camera loves you when the credits roll and you play

dead. Fast forward and you flail out like my marionette.
Rewind, you ride right backward toward me out of that sunset.




August 23 & 27 @ 4pm; August 26 & 28 @ 7pm. 


REZO is a movie told and painted by Rezo Gabriadze, Georgian artist, writer and creator of Marionette theatre. The movie is an autobiographical animated documentary questioning ideas of deep humanity, kindness and heartiness during uneasy times after the 2nd World War.

Rezo will be presented with the animated film Tweet-Tweet, filmmaker Zhanna Bekmambetova's cinematic debut, an exquisitely rendered portrait of the life cycle brought lovingly to life via a largely silent, Pixar-like journey of the tightrope that is, in many ways, the way we live our lives as we toss n' turn, wobble and stride our way through fears and losses, joys and triumphs at times precariously and at times with remarkable boldness.

Tickets $7-10 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds. $8 TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE.

Francis Ford Coppola's
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut

August 23 @ 6pm; August 24 @ 7pm; August 25 @ 2pm

Coppola went back and reworked his acclaimed Vietnam War epic, putting together something that’s longer than the theatrical cut, but shorter than the Apocalypse Now Redux edition. 

from IMDB reviewer eyeMDbee: is unclear whether the creators were fully aware of the implications of their work; but whether intended or not, the psychological effect of this movie is to hype up the viewers' tension and adrenalin; only to have their invested willpower shattered repeatedly by nonsensical decisions with tragic consequences.

That's why even after 40 years, this movie does still hold a great value, because it is a reflection of the stupidity of societies's values to simply function, instead of finding one's own true personality within. Such a movie could be made in the rebellious anti-war 70s, but in this decade of oblivious consumerism and vanity would hardly have been financed or a way you get multiple movies here in one: A phoenix-like revival, one about the irrationality and atrocities of war, one about the cultural clash between the occupying and occupied forces (the french discussions alone could serve as a short-movie), and a journey into the mystical world of an irrepressible free spirit.

I left the cinema and felt like coming home from a long journey.

Tickets: $7-10 suggested; $8 Advance tickets available.


Velvet Goldmine

Projekt Records Movies in the Dark

Friday, August 23 @ 9:30pm.

Set in the 1970s, it's the story of the life, death and resurrection of a glam-rock idol named Brian Slade, played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and inspired by David Bowie. After headlining a brief but dazzling era of glitter rock, Slade fakes his own death onstage. When the hoax is revealed, his cocaine use increases, his sales plummet, and he disappears from view. A decade later, in the fraught year of 1984, a journalist (Christian Bale) is assigned to find out what really happened to Slade.

Tickets: $5-10 sliding scale; no one turned away for lack of funds. $8 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE.


Movies by Minutes: Portland

Saturday, August 24 @ 12 Noon. For the 3rd year in a row, Star Wars Minute and the extended Movies By Minutes podcasting community will gather in an intimate theater for a day of live podcasting, games and socializing. Bring the family, grab a beer and join fellow podcast creators and fans for a laughter filled day of trivia games, live podcasting, swag swapping and hob-nobbing.

Tickets $20; available in advance.


Portland Women of Film

Portland Film Community Night

Sunday, August 25 @ 7pm. PFCN is a monthly celebration of Portland films and the artists making them. This time the focus is on the women who write, direct, edit, produce, provide camera/sound, or act in films locally. 

Event is free; please make a donation to the Clinton to offset the cost of running the theater. 



ONE NIGHT ONLY!!! Tuesday, August 27 @ 7:30pm. Fatima is a modern muslim girl raised in a family of mixed-cultures and mixed messages about what her role in the world is. After being drawn into the empowering world of sexy cabaret, she unleashes her brave and confident Burlesque persona — “Babylon.” Fatima must now try to reconcile her old self with her newfound identity.

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


Dungeon Battle Karaoke

August 19, 20, 22 & 24 @ 7pm; August 21 @ 4pm; August 23 @ 6pm; August 25 @ 2pm

Thursday, August 29 @ 7:30pm. Will you answer the call to adventure?? Dungeon Battle Karaoke is a game show adventure combining elements of karaoke and tabletop roleplaying games. Players navigate an original storyline while using the power of song to face challenges along the way. 

Tickets $12/spectator; $20/player. AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE.



The Clinton Street Resistance Series has started booking a great line-up of films for your viewing pleasure. ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, September 9; 16 CANDLES, September 16; SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, September 23; DAY OF THE JACKAL, October 7; BRAZIL, October 14; ERASERHEAD, October 21; KUNG FU HUSTLE, November 11; TREMORS, November 25; HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, December 9; THE DARK CRYSTAL, December 16.

Do your parents *know* that you're Ramones?

Join us Friday, August 30, for Project Fest 2019, a gathering of artistic projects from musicians/bands Commodius, Tenen, Snake Dance, Breakfast Boys Leisure League, Pulling It Off, Mod Beach, Fire Nuns, Sea Moss, and Seattle-based The FAbulous Downey Brothers. With special DJ sets by Cam XXX & Sol. presents a Live Podcast Convention on Saturday, August 31st. The festival's lineup includes live performances of many Duckfeed Shows, along with some special guest appearances by local Portland comedy podcasts. $15. No tickets will be sold at the door--you must purchase in advance.

Into horror?!! Join us for an end-of-summer night of all things creepy, gorey and more on Saturday, August 31st. Only $8 suggested for both films. The event starts at 7pm. Un silencio de tumba is first and Estigma directly after without intermission. Each movie is approximately 1 1/2 hours in length.

On Sunday, September 1, Todd Baize Productions presents PDX Short Docs, a 2-hour program of Portland-related short documentaries by local filmmakers. Between 6 & 7pm, VR headsets will be available to check out several 360-degree short documentaries. Stay for a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. If you love Portland, you won't want to miss it! Details at:

Tuesday, September 3rd, come learn about what is currently happening with psilocybin mushrooms in Portland, Oregon, and how mushrooms are saving peoples lives. Presented by Portland Psychedelic Society.

Another activist film night. BREAKING THE SILENCE on Thursday, September 5 shares the story of Lillian Smith, one of the first white southern authors to speak out publicly against the evils of segregation.

September 20 - 22, the 8th Annual Oregon Independent Film Festival© returns to showcase the best in independent cinema to our magnificent state of Oregon.


Since its inception in 2004, the Portland Underground Film Festival has been part of the fabric of the Clinton Street Theater. We are extending the submission deadline until August 31st. SO DON'T DELAY. SUBMIT YOUR FILM NOW. PUFF is coming the weekend of October 17 to 20.

Open House at Voz Workers' Rights Education Project on Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd. Learn about the services they offer for the community, including Spanish and English classes, and a Legal Clinic. There'll be music and food! 

The Portlanders are at Artichoke Music on September 7. Mighty music, intimate space. Join the love band for an evening in Portland's biggest little listening room with Portland's own.

The next Thawing ICE: A Walking Meditation is Thursday, September 12th. Walk to show support for all beings detained, all beings seeking asylum, all who are refugees, all who flee violence and seek to migrate and are met with violence, with walls, with cages. Whether or not the walking meditation changes the balance of power, it changes those who walk: it gives us one hour every month in which we think deeply and quietly about migration, about longing, about separation from the places we were born, and about those who prohibit entry to others. There is power in walking together, in meditating together. Come be part of that power.

I'm in a play!!! Marjorie Prime at the Headwaters Theatre September 20, 21, 22 and September 25, 26, 27 & 28. Tickets on sale now.

My memoir UNFIT: The Tale of One Pregnant Teen in the Time Before Roe v Wade will be released in November. If you would like to be on a list for presale announcements, please contact me directly at


Empathy is the starting point for creating a community and taking action. It's the impetus for creating change.

— Max Carver

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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