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May 31, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Recently on the Art House Convergence list serve, of which I'm a member, there has been considerable discussion around Freedom of Speech. It started when all Canadian film distributors announced that they would not screen the documentary UNPLANNED, which is considered by many to be propaganda intended to bring down Planned Parenthood. 

One person in particular felt that theaters have an obligation to screen the film because the people wanting to see it are part of the community, and in the service of Free Speech they have a right to see it. This didn't sit well with most of the other members of the Convergence. Should theaters be compelled to screen BIRTH OF A NATION if a white supremacist group wanted to see it? I certainly don't think so, and I agree with one of the members who said, "All people deserve respect....not all ideas do."

Too often these days, folks seem to confuse facts with feelings. Something is true because I feel it is true, even if it has no basis in reality or science.

How do we move into more authentic communication with each other? Another member shared the Rotary International's 4-way test to determine what to say and do in all areas of work and life. 
  • Is it the truth? 
  • Is it fair to all concerned? 
  • Will it build goodwill and better friendships? 
  • Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 
Asking these questions seems like an excellent barometer for whether or not something is a good idea, especially when it comes to what I program at the Clinton. In this era of increasing polarization and discord, these are critical questions for us all.

Separation Wall

Naomi Shihab Nye - 1952-

When the milk is sour,
it separates.

The next time you stop speaking,
ask yourself why you were born.

They say they are scared of us.
The nuclear bomb is scared of the cucumber.

When my mother asks me to slice cucumbers,
I feel like a normal person with fantastic dilemmas:

Do I make rounds or sticks? Shall I trim the seeds?
I ask my grandmother if there was ever a time

she felt like a normal person every day,
not in danger, and she thinks for as long

as it takes a sun to set and says, Yes.
I always feel like a normal person.

They just don’t see me as one.
We would like the babies not to find out about

the failures waiting for them. I would like
them to believe on the other side of the wall

is a circus that just hasn’t opened yet. Our friends,
learning how to juggle, to walk on tall poles.



Sarah Hauser Festival of Stories

Do we have stories for you! The seventh annual Sarah Hauser Festival of Stories concludes the most successful season in the Portland Storytellers Guild’s 34-year history when 20 storytellers perform over two evenings Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1.

Pre-purchased nightly tickets are $12 in advance ($15 at the door) with a special two-day festival pass for $15 (only available online). Doors open at 7 for pre-show entertainment each evening and the stories start to flow at 7:30. 



Sports and politics clash in this compelling Award Winning documentary about five Russian hockey stars who defected to America to join the Detroit Red Wings in the 1980s, leading to the team's back-to-back Stanley Cup championships. Saturday, June 1 and Saturday, June 8 @ 2pm. Tickets $8 suggested. Advance tickets available.


Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra 

The Portland Youth Jazz Orchestra is Oregon's largest Jazz Program! PYJO has trained musicians from the Portland Metro Area since 2001. Many alumni have attended prestigious music schools across the country on scholarship. Many have continued in music or music education.

Please join us Sunday, June 2 @ 7pm for concert performances by the Rhythm Band and PYJO 1 and PYJO 3, along with special guest artist, Chang Park.

Tickets are $10 at the door.



Monday, June 3rd at 7pm, come sing and dance with us as we raised funds for a good cause. LA LA LAND tells the story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

Tonight's nonprofit partner is The Living Room, a safe haven for GLBTQQ Youth ages 14-20 in Clackamas County. At The Living Room, all youth can be themselves, be supported, and find comfort and acceptance in their own skin.  The Living Room provides support through Drop In Activities, Events, School Support, and Community Education.

Tickets are free, but please consider making a donation to The Living Room.

The Advocate Celebrates 50 Years

One of several PRIDE MONTH special screenings, join us Tuesday, June 4 @ 7pm for the documentary "A LONG ROAD TO FREEDOM," narrated by Laverne Cox with music by Melissa Etheridge. The film shares a loving journey toward freedom, focusing on major events and watershed moments throughout LGBTQ history using never-before-seen archival footage and engaging interviews, including Cleve Jones, Caitlyn Jenner, Gloria Allred, Gavin Newsom, Don Lemon, Dustin Lance Black, Margaret Cho, Armistead Maupin, and many more.

Cleve Jones reminds us, “we’ve come a long way, but we've still got a long way to go."

Tickets are $7-10 suggested, and no one is turned away for lack of funds.



Wednesday, June 5 at 8pm, Church of Film presents a garish, provocative, and sometimes hilarious docudrama by LGBTQIA activist and filmmaker Rosa Von Praunheim. IT IS NOT THE HOMOSEXUAL WHO IS PERVERSE BUT THE SOCIETY IN WHICH HE LIVES incited massive controversy in Germany and elsewhere upon its release in 1971. A monumental queer classic of the German New Cinema! 


Fire Ten Minute Play Festival

Four nights only--Thursday, June 6, Friday, June 7, Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9. All shows start at 7pm with doors at 6pm. As always, tickets only $5. This play fest sells out every time, so ADVANCE TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE.

In the Fire 10MPF you'll experience human's first pre-historic spark, an urgent 911 call that goes terribly wrong, a seemingly innocent landlady interviewing potential tenants, a couple fighting while trying to evacuate a wildfire, the dark backstory of a man facing a firing squad, the love between a moth and a lamp, a fire station that doesn't take life too seriously, and what it takes for a demon to get ahead in corporate America.



Clinton Street Resistance Series: MALA NOCHE, June 10; BUT I'M A CHEERLEADER, June 17; DESERT HEARTS, June 24.

The plan is simple. I go to his room at midnight. He opens the door, sees that I want him that badly. I lay down at his feet like a dog. 

On Sunday, June 9 you can support the Portland Audubon Society by making a donation at the 2pm screening of three 22-minute episodes of the television show "On The List: Bird Walk / Music Talk" with Freddy Trujillo. The three episodes feature Portland artists Curtis Salgado, Jenny Conlee from The Decemberists, and Willy Vlautin. Watch the trailer on YouTube to hear Trujillo share the reasoning behind the series.

The Oregon State International Film Festival is coming to the Clinton on Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15. OSIFF was founded by film enthusiasts teaching international cinemas at Oregon State University. OSIFF presents award-winning films from across the globe, many of which premiere at Berlinale, Cannes, and Sundance. OSIFF also regularly screens world premieres, US premieres, and west coast premieres. They accept submissions of interesting and unique films in all formats and languages. Each day we will have one program of shorts and one feature. Tickets are a suggested $8.

The Worst Idea of All Time is coming back to Portland on Wednesday, June 26! 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.

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 from the period, including Chaplin’s blockbuster war comedy Shoulder Arms, released while World War One was still raging.  Don’t miss this excursion into the public and private worlds of the comic legend whose films still make audiences roar with laughter. 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?



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.

The Portland Pickles opens the season up on June 4th with FIREWORKS!! I'm proud to announce that this year the Clinton Street Theater is one of the Pickles sponsors! 

KBOO joins the First Friday Art Walk on June 7th! They are featuring the work of two brilliant artists, Justin Auld and Amy Kuttab, and providing live music, snacks, and refreshments. For those 21 and over, you'll have wine thanks to Hip Chicks do Wine and cider courtesy of Cider Riot. You will also get a chance to tour our studios. All are welcome. 

Just one more reason to spend the day at the beautiful Oregon's the 55th Annual Sandcastle Contest in Cannon Beach on June 8th. Contest starts at 9:30AM. Cars off the beach by 3PM. Live Music 7PM Bonfire 8PM-10PM. 

The 2019 Portland Pride Waterfront Festival takes place at Tom Mcall Waterfront Park Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16. The Pride Parade kicks off at 11am on Sunday, June 16. Come cheer our own Clinton Street Cabaret as they strut their stuff on the streets of downtown Portland and visit their booth at the festival.

Celebrate the 35th annual Tigard Festival of Balloons June 21-23, 2019!


The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is. 

Winston Churchill

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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