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June 18, 2021

Good morning friends and neighbors,

Forgive my inability to write to you over the last few months. I didn't really know how to describe this "in-between" state I'm in right now. Yes, we are opening back up; yes, vaccination numbers in Oregon are closing in on 70% of adults; yes, COVID case numbers and deaths are dropping; and yes, there seems to be some sort of normalcy reappearing in the upper echelons of our government. 

But something still feels off. 

Like when you have a huge fight with your partner, and instead of working through it, you just act like nothing happened. I feel uneasy, unsure of myself. Even though every day, ten times a day, I tell myself, "I trust the science, I trust that our democracy will hold," there remains a niggling doubt that whispers, "sooner or later something is going to blow." In May, this feeling manifested itself in my physical body, too. For about a week, I walked around like a drunken sailor, so dizzy at times I could hardly stand. My doctor sent me to the emergency room, worried I was having a stroke, but it's just the stress of living with uncertainty. Oh, what I would give to be free of all the terrifying "what ifs" that keep circling round in my brain.

As far as the theater is concerned, we are still waiting to hear back on the SVOG award, which is another source of anxiety. The whole program has been a fiasco, and in the last reporting, out of the more than 20,000 applications submitted in early May, only a little more than 900 have been fully processed. The SBA said yesterday that all priority one applications will be awarded by July 4th, but I've heard their sweet lies before, so I'm still juggling with the monthly bills, robbing Peter to pay Paul.

We started off April with only the once-a-week ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW screening, and in May we came back Memorial Day Weekend with four shows of the Amazing Bubble Man. Now, with our capacity limited to 50%, we have our regular every-night-of-the-week programming, and the Clinton Street Cabaret returns to the CST stage on June 19th just in time for Pride Weekend. The Clinton St. Resistance Series returned with a free Monday night movie, and this month we are taking donations for Black & Pink, a prison abolitionist organization dedicated to abolishing the criminal punishment system and liberating LGBTQIA2S+ people and people living with HIV/AIDS who are affected by that system through advocacy, support, and organizing.

Our June lineup of Pride films has been remarkable, and you still have a chance to catch some of them over the next few weeks. However, we never wait until June to screen engaging or relevant LGBTQIA+ films. Throughout the year, we strive to elevate voices that are often ignored or unheard, especially those in the gay community.

In honor of our latest Federal Holiday, Juneteenth, we are screening THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PITTMAN. The adaption of Ernest J. Gaines's novel is considered one of the finest TV movies ever made and we're grateful to be showing the first digital restoration of the film, which won nine Emmy Awards, including Best Lead Actress for the remarkable Cicely Tyson. I hope you join us.

As for living with the fear and uncertainty, I wish we could have a heartfelt national conversation, or maybe group therapy. Any way to process what the f*ck just happened over the last five years. If you hear of something like that happening, let me know. 

This Is Not a Small Voice

Sonia Sanchez - 1934-

This is not a small voice
you hear               this is a large
voice coming out of these cities.
This is the voice of LaTanya.
Kadesha. Shaniqua. This
is the voice of Antoine.
Darryl. Shaquille.
Running over waters
navigating the hallways
of our schools spilling out
on the corners of our cities and
no epitaphs spill out of their river mouths.

This is not a small love
you hear               this is a large
love, a passion for kissing learning
on its face.
This is a love that crowns the feet with hands
that nourishes, conceives, feels the water sails
mends the children,
folds them inside our history where they
toast more than the flesh
where they suck the bones of the alphabet
and spit out closed vowels.
This is a love colored with iron and lace.
This is a love initialed Black Genius.

This is not a small voice
you hear.



Coming This Week.......

Clinton St. Theater presents


Friday, June 18 @ 7pm
Saturday, June 19 @ 4pm

Clinton St. Theater presents 1985

Sunday, June 20 @ 7pm

Clinton St. Resistance presents HAIRSPRAY

Monday, June 21 @ 7pm

Clinton St. Theater presents KABOOM

Tuesday, June 22 @ 7pm

Clinton St. Theater presents PARIAH

Wednesday, June 23 @ 7pm

Clinton St. Theater presents WEEKEND

Thursday, June 24 @ 7pm


Coming Soon.......

July is Sci-Fi month, and we're including a few favorites like REPO MAN and BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT. We're starting Saturday Family programming with the animated classic THE IRON GIANT. My Americana returns on July 2nd. Ian Karmel's show sold out in less than two hours, so keep your fingers crossed for reaching the 70% vaccinated goal, so we can open up more tickets. Cult Classic Fridays is coming with something weird and wonderful every Friday night at 10pm. Keep checking our website! I'm constantly updating it with new events and films.



Reminder--Portland's Black Owned Businesses Need Your Support. These businesses are part of what makes Portland great and your support is more important now than ever. 

Support Black Owned Businesses

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Not feeling quite right? Here's what been helping me. Working Class Acupuncture (WCA) provides low-cost acupuncture to the community through a cooperative, grassroots, financially self-sustaining model. Its goal is to offer people as much acupuncture as they want, in support of whatever goals they have, so that they can use it in whatever way works best for them. WCA has provided relief from chronic pain, anxiety, and lots of other stuff too-TMI to mention. Sliding scale $20-40. 

Did you know that Portland Parks and Recreation has loads of videos for you and your family? How about some soccer practice for your littles one? Or maybe you prefer to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (it's by Mozart, in case you hadn't heard)? They've even got Dance Fitness routines for 4 minutes or 30. Check it out!


If you dare to struggle, you dare to win. If you dare not struggle, then damn it, you don’t deserve to win.
Fred Hampton

Don't be a stranger. Hope to see you soon.

Kind regards,

Lani Jo
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