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July 19, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I've been so mad this week that I've wanted to punch something. I seem to say this every week, but just when I think we've seen our worst with this administration, just when I think we can't sink any lower, then something worse does happen, and our country is down on the ground mud wrestling.

I've never had anyone tell me to go back to where I came from, though I'm sure a few of the folks who were born and bred in Oregon might want fewer of us transplants here. Even though I grew up in Oklahoma, I never felt at home there, and I consider myself an Oregonian and I try to give as much as I can to this city and my community.

So many characteristics mark us as Americans, both good and bad, but none of them have anything to do with where we were born. 

Here are a couple of things we can do this week to demonstrate what it means to be an American:

Advocate for the closing of concentration camps.

Write: Or email your two senators and one House rep (look up).

Script: Hello, I’m a constituent of [ZIP] and writing because I am horrified by the appalling conditions in ICE concentration camps across the U.S. CBP is holding children and adults seeking asylum and citizenship in unsanitary, overcrowded cells, forced to drink out of toilets and live without adequate food, medical care, or exercise. I would like [NAME] to visit an ICE detention facility in [STATE] to witness the inhumane treatment of our neighbors at our government’s hands, expose the atrocities taking place, and work to close them now. Thank you.

Speak up with victims of hate crimes for more accurate data collection. 

Call: Or write your two senators and one House rep (look up).

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] and I’m calling to express my support for the bipartisan Khalid Jabara – Heather Heyer NO HATE Act. Hate crimes in America have reached epidemic proportions in recent years, primarily targeting minority and underrepresented communities. It is the responsibility of our leaders to address this surge in violence and discrimination, so I would like [NAME] to cosponsor S. 2043 / H.R. 3545 and advocate for the accurate tracking and reporting of hate crimes.

Advocate for reproductive rights.

Call: Or email your two senators and one House rep (look up).

Script: Hi. I’m calling from [ZIP] because I believe access to reproductive services is a basic human right that is under growing threat. So far this year, 28 states have implemented new abortion bans. The Women’s Health Protection Act (S. 1645/H.R. 2975) would provide federal safeguards against such actions at the state level. Can I count on [NAME] to support it? 


You Are So Articulate With Your Hands

Joshua Bennett

he says & it’s the first time
the word doesn’t hurt. I respond
by citing something age-inappropriate
from Aristotle, drawing mostly
from his idea that hands are what make us
human, every gesture the embodiment
of our desire for invention or care & I’m not
sure about that last part but it seemed
like a polite response at the time
& I’m not accustomed to not needing
to fight. If my hands speak with conviction
then blame my stupid mouth for its lack
of weaponry or sweetness. I clap when I’m angry
because it’s the best way to get the heat out.
Pop says that my words are bigger
than my mouth but these hands
can block a punch, build a bookcase,
feed a child & when’s the last time
you saw a song do that?




Friday, Saturday & Sunday (July 19, 20, 21) @ 7pm. Support local independent fimmaking!!! 10-year-old Zoe is obsessed with making horror films, with a deadline for a big horror contest coming up! Zoe is determined to win the contest, But her father, concerned about her increasingly gory activities, orders her to stop making horror films and film her sister's wedding instead.

Zoe has no other choice: to win the contest of her dreams, she will have to turn her sister's wedding into a horror film. Ultimately, this hilarious indie comedy is about family, weddings, the city of Portland, …and the importance of accepting ourselves for who we really are.

Tickets $7-10 suggested; $8 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE.



Monday, July 22 @ 5pm. Join us for a fun animated family adventure film from China all about the Boonie Bears. In FANTASTICA, the Boonie Bears set off on a wild adventure through the mystical land of Fantastica. With help from a quick-witted robot and a fearless female warrior, the Boonie Bears must save a sacred artifact from a group of super powered thieves.

Tickets $5 general admission; children under 12 and under are free with an adult.


Jack G Film School

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.


Castle Thunder Cinema presents:
IT’S 1969

Tuesday, July 23. Films of chaos and love at the dark end of the 60s. SEAN @ 7pm followed by other 60s ephmera and rarities. GIMME SHELTER @ 8pm.

Presented on 16mm film with a brief intermission.


Ralph Arlyck’s superb documentary following the thoughts and activities of a child of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury in 1969. 


The Maysles’ chronicle of the event that signaled the end of the long summer of love: the free concert at Altamont.  THE ROLLING STONES feature centrally, with performances by Jefferson Airplane and Ike & Tina Turner plus unforgettable views of hippies, freak-outs and thugs, all wrapped up in the out of control spectacle of what was Altamont.  Bad acid, bad blood, struggle, hope and murder intersect in this wild unnerving dream captured on film. 

Tickets $8

Andy Norris Documentary Double-Feature:

A Night for Activists

Wednesday, July 24. Filmmaker Q&A after each screening.

TARGETING IRAN @ 7pm; SOURCE TO SEA: The Columbia River Swim @ 9pm. Tickets $5-8 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds. 


Based on the book of the same name by author and journalist David Barsamian, Targeting Iran seeks to elucidate the myths and popular misconceptions surrounding Iran's nuclear aspirations. Through interviews with eminent figures such as MIT's Jim Walsh, National Iranian American Council President and author of 'A Single Roll of the Dice' Trita Parsi, Noam Chomsky, veteran New York Times correspondent Stephen Kinzer and David Barsamian himself, the complexities of Iran's history, socio-political strata and strategic quandary are laid out in all-too-rare a fashion for Western audiences. Made by 3 Americans and 1 Egyptian-Australian on a ~ $25,000 budget.

SOURCE TO SEA: The Columbia River Swim

Christopher Swain's epic swim of the entire Columbia Journey was a remarkable accomplishment - 1200 miles from the headwaters in Canada to the Pacific Ocean! This film documents that swim, as well as many of the environmental issues that brought Swain to make the swim and that he hoped to draw attention to during his many months on the river. The film presents an educational yet often humorous and entertaining look at how our optimistic but naive treatment of this natural treasure has resulted in such serious environmental consequences.

Some wonderful historical footage of the river as it was before the dams is included, as is recent interview material of Native Americans and others who knew the river before it was dammed. The narration and editing, as well as the music are very effective. Considering that the film had essentially no budget, it too, on a different scale, is a remarkable accomplishment.

¡Gracias, Santiago! World Premiere

Thursday, July 25 @ 8pm. BPBS Arts & Media Presents: The premiere of ¡Gracias, Santiago! With Special Guest Sublime Frequencies and Hisham Mayet, who will open the evening with his own film, Vodoun Gods On The Slave Coast.

¡Gracias, Santiago!

¡Gracias, Santiago! is a hypnotic journey into the sights, sounds, colors, movements and culture of Carnaval in Cuba. This 26 minute experimental documentary was filmed on location in Santiago de Cuba. The filmmakers, Oryan Peterson-Jones and Andrew Pritchard, will be on hand to introduce their movie and for a brief Q and A session afterwards.

Vodoun Gods On The Slave Coast

Vodoun Gods On The Slave Coast explores the ceremonial splendor of sacred dance and ritual in Benin, the birthplace and cradle of Vodoun. Formerly known as Dahomey, Benin was also called the Slave Coast due to its importance in the trans-Atlantic slave trade.



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.

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.

WOODSTOCK OR BUST Sunday, July 28 @ 4:00pm. Two teen song-writers saddle up their West coast '65 Mustang convertible and head East, answering the call to Yasgur's farm, to debut their original music at the Woodstock Music Festival.

PFCN presents A Night of Hapstance, Sunday, July 28 @ 7:00pm. An evening of outlandish and hilarious shorts from long-running comedy team Hapstance Films, created by Sean Parker and Austin Hillebrecht (the directors of Coup de Cinema). 

Killer Queen Volume 5, Friday, August 2 @ 9:00pm. Not your mother's drag show.

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!

Planned Parenthood Fundraiser, Friday, August 16 @ 7:00pm. Two documentaries, A GIRL LIKE HER and JANE: AN ABORTION SERVICE with conversations afterward with Judith Arcana and Lani Jo Leigh.



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.

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 and What Became of Her will be released in November. If you would like to be on a list for presale announcements, please contact me directly at


A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.

— Edward Abbey

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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