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June 21, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

One of the things that really, really bugs me about #45 is his complete lack of humor. When he's called out for saying something from the abhorrent to the outrageous, he'll respond, "I was just joking," or "I was being sarcastic," or "that's just locker room talk." But I don't find hostile, antagonistic or degrading speech the least bit funny. Humor is good for us. It can help us initiate a conversation with a stranger, relieve the mounting pressure of a work day, or keep a small child amused. Even though Ky'mani is only one, we have already developed our own inside jokes, and he wants to come back to them again and again. My Memaw was one of the wittiest people I've ever known, and my family has always prided itself on its ability to "crack funny." When I'm with my sisters our laughter never ceases. I come from a long line of dirt poor farmers (my generation was the first to be citified), and humor must have been one of the easiest ways to break free from the burdens of a hardscrabble life.

We have a truly magnificent night of comedy coming up in just two weeks on Saturday, July 6. Dan Kamin, an internationally renowned expert on Chaplin's humor, will be with us to present Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days. Kamin's entertaining and informative presentation will be illustrated with rare and fascinating images, music, and pristine restored film from the period, including Chaplin’s blockbuster war comedy Shoulder Arms, released while World War One was still raging. 

I invited Dan to be with us all the way from the east coast, and I want to give him a big Portland welcome and a full house. As of today, we only have two confirmed attendees. Please help me!

If you purchase tickets in advance, it's only $12 for general admission, and only $20 for a special "meet the artist reception" that includes a beverage of your choice and hors d'oeuvres.

Make a night of it! Invite friends and family! I know you will be thrilled if you choose to join us. After all, Chaplin was and is a cinematic clown genius. Don’t miss this excursion into the public and private worlds of the comic legend whose films still make audiences roar with laughter.

When it seems like the world is falling apart and going to hell in a handbasket, take Madeleine L’Engle's advice, "A good laugh heals a lot of hurts."


I Didn't Go To Church Today

Ogden Nash

I didn't go to church today,
I trust the Lord to understand.
The surf was swirling blue and white,
The children swirling on the sand.
He knows, He knows how brief my stay,
How brief this spell of summer weather,
He knows when I am said and done
We'll have plenty of time together.




Friday, June 21 @ 7pm. Coming out is hard, especially for Daniel, a young man struggling with an inner identity that is desperate to be realized. When a co-worker brings him to London's Drag hotspot 'Lost & Found,' Daniel knows his life will never be the same again.

The film industry may have a way to go yet until fully mirroring the world we live in today, but ‘Into The Mirror’ and the team behind the film are helping pave the much needed path striving to reach it.
Jonathan Reed, The Rumble

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


Friday, June 21 @ 9:30pm. Projekt Records is a Portland, Oregon-based independent record label that specializes in darkwave, ambient, and shoegaze, started by Sam Rosenthal in 1983 Every couple of months, Projekt Records brings us "Movies in the Dark," movies on the darker side of life and death.

This month we have the wildly entertaining ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE, a modern love story that has stood the test of time--due in part to the fact that the two lovers are vampires.

This is a film that finds horror not in the extreme, but in the mundane. That alone makes it a worthwhile entry in a genre that it both inhabits and rises above.
Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic

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


Saturday, June 22 @ 8pm. Drag Queens two night in a row!!! Yay!!!! Join us for this fun road trip movie set in Australia starring Terence Stamp, Hugo Weaving and Guy Pearce.

Tickets $8-10 suggested. All proceeds over the $250 distribution fee will be donated to SMYRC (Sexual & Gender Minority Youth Resource Center). 

Portland Film Community Night

Sunday, June 23 @ 7pm. Kicking off the Portland Film Community Presents! 

Short Films By:
  • Jason Rosenblatt - Busy
  • Simon Scott - For The Road
  • Cameron Lee Price & Alex M Onda - Silence
  • Erich Demerath - So You Think You Can Kill Jason Wilkinson - (Un-disclosed title)
Discussions/ Q&A

Indie Film Distribution discussion with Stephanie Salvey, Jason Rosenblatt and Jeff Scott Taylor. Facilitated by Scott Thomas




Based on Jane Rule's novel Desert of the Heart (1964), Donna Deitch's narrative feature debut centers on a burgeoning lesbian romance between libertine casino worker Cay Rivvers and repressed university professor Vivian Bell in Reno, Nevada in the late 1950s, a climate wherein being queer was...complicated.

Tonight's nonprofit partner is Dykes on Bikes Portland Chapter. PORTLAND DYKES ON BIKES® MOTORCYCLE CONTINGENT is an organization committed to creating a local, national and international community of women motorcyclists and friends of women motorcyclists. Their mission is to support philanthropic endeavors in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and women's communities, and reach out to empower a community of diverse women through rides, charity events, Pride events and education.


Tuesday, June 25 @ 7pm. Brought by Castle Thunder Cinema, which specializes in small format film--cult movies, unheard of gems, unorthodox screenings.

This month we have another double-feature on 16mm film. TWO musical westerns from the outer edges of Tinsel Town! SEE a western completely cast with LITTLE PEOPLE! WATCH cowboy crooner Gene Autry descend into a strange SCI-FI UNDERWORLD populated by the LOST TRIBE OF MU and robots wearing steel hats! Wondrous, weird AMERICANA from the Depression Era!

Tickets $8. 



Wednesday, June 26 @ 7:30pm. The Worst Idea of All Time is coming back to Portland! Guy and Tim have been watching and reviewing Sex and The City: The Movie twice a week for close to six months and we want to see you as we approach the home stretch. Our brains are mush, but our hearts are open. Catch the Frosty Fellas in the room with a special screening that’s not to be missed.

Tickets $20.


Mali Film Night!

Thursday, June 27 @ 7pm. Join KBOO and Ko-Falen Cultural Center for THEY WILL HAVE TO KILL US FIRST, an extraordinary documentary of Mali’s musicians fighting for their right to sing.

Doors open at 6:30pm. Listen to the Desert Sounds of Mali musicians while you peruse Malian Arts & Crafts and mine information on Ko-Falen Cultural Center—a nonprofit doing work in Mali and the US. 

The documentary film is preceded by a Ko-Falen short film entitled: Spinners of Stories: Women Storytellers of Baroueli (bar-oo-WALL-ee).

A Q&A with Malians Baba Wague Diakite and Ibrahim Kelly will follow the film.

Tickets are suggested $7-15, with no one turned away for lack of funds. 


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.

Dungeon Battle Karaoke, a game show adventure combining elements of karaoke and tabletop roleplaying games, is back on Friday, June 28.

On Saturday, June 29th, join us as "King of Indie Horror Anthologies," Joe Sherlock returns to the Clinton with his latest, DARK ZONE THIRTEEN

Come join Ollie for a night of honest entertainment, in the 5th installment of "My Americana." Performed every two years since 2011, "My Americana" is an experimental performance piece with a single stage performer accompanied with a live musician and overhead projections. June 30 @ 8pm, tickets only $5.

July's "KILLER QUEEN" is all about the hair, darling. Tons of great performers along with the regular cast of Killer Queen residents. July 5 @ 9pm.

Meet the iconic Tramp character who conquered the world with his comic antics. Charlie Chaplin was the first truly global superstar, drawing crowds in the tens of thousands wherever he traveled. This entertaining and informative presentation by Dan Kamin will be illustrated with rare and fascinating images, music and pristine restored film. Dan Kamin trained Robert Downey, Jr. for his Oscar-nominated performance inChaplin and created Johnny Depp’s physical comedy routines in Benny and Joon. ONE NIGHT ONLY--July 6th!!

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?



Congratulations Chancellor Joy Harjo on being named our nation’s newest Poet Laureate! 

15th Annual Lavender Daze Festival is July 6.

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

We have less than a dozen pics on our instagram account, and we used to have more than 1,000. It's a sad tale of loss and betrayal, too long and ugly to share here, but our Intagram account was hijacked (twice), and we've lost all of our photos and followers. If you've ever shared pics of the Clinton Street Theater and our events or you want to share some now, the new official instagram account is cst_pdx. Thanks.

Another group in town is using Portland Underground Film Festival in its name, but DON'T BE FOOLED BY IMITATIONS!!! Since its inception in 2004, the Portland Underground Film Festival has been part of the fabric of the Clinton Street Theater. We do not charge a fee for submissions and our tickets for the festival are "pay what you can." We don't focus on horror, grindhouse, or whatever genre "gross-out" might be, although we always have one or two shorts programs that focus on these gory gems. Our primary intent is to honor those films that excel in pushing the boundaries of the cinematic arts to create a new audio-visual language. SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN NOW, and the true PUFF is coming the weekend of October 17 to 20.

I'm proud to announce that this year the Clinton Street Theater is one of the Pickles sponsors! Never heard of the Pickles? Go to the website and find out more!

Humanity] has unquestionably one really effective weapon—laughter. Power, money, persuasion, supplication, persecution—these can lift at a colossal humbug—push it a little—weaken it a little, century by century, but only laughter can blow it to rags and atoms at a blast. Against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.
— Mark Twain

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.

Doors open at 11:30pm
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