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July 4, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

Happy 4th of July, everyone. When photos from the camps on the border sicken me because of our xenophobia and lack of compassion, when I am angry and disgusted at the millions of dollars being wasted every day because of one man's vanity, and when I struggle to find a silver lining in my dark cloud of despair; I will try to recall all the reasons that I do love my country and why I am still proud to be an American. 

This isn't the first time that fear of the other has been used to try and divide and conquer us. Charlie Chaplin lived and worked in America for more than 40 years when Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activities Committee branded him a Communist. Chaplin challenged McCarthy’s committee stating, “I do not want to create any revolution. All I want to create is a few more films. I might amuse people. I hope so.” But the FBI put Chaplin on a blacklist, and like many other artists of those times, he was unable to work. Chaplin left the US in 1952 for a holiday with his family, but upon receiving word that he would be arrested if he returned to the United States, he stayed away and never lived here again.

The "reds under the beds" hysteria reached a fever-pitch, and it must have seemed to some that it would consume and destroy us. But it didn't. And I'm so grateful on this 4th of July weekend, we can celebrate Chaplin's humor and artistic vision. I hope you can join us. For now, I, for one, will be celebrating Independence Day with what Erma Bombeck described as a family picnic with iffy potato salad.



Joy Harjo

Remember the sky that you were born under,
know each of the star's stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun's birth at dawn, that is the
strongest point of time. Remember sundown
and the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
to give you form and breath. You are evidence of
her life, and her mother's, and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life, also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
tribes, their families, their histories, too. Talk to them,
listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice. She knows the
origin of this universe.
Remember you are all people and all people
are you.
Remember you are this universe and this
universe is you.
Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember language comes from this.
Remember the dance language is, that life is.



Killer Queen

Friday, July 5 @ 9pm, join us for the fourth production of the new monthly variety drag show hosted & produced by our very own Sunday night volunteer, Violet Hex. 

Killer Queen is an exercise in maximalism, severe fashion & outrageous looks, larger than life theatrics, provocative eccentricity, discotheque driven, over the top fabulosity, and a freaky fever dream. This month it's all about the hair, darling.




Vintage pop-up shop by WYLD STALLYNS! 

Tickets $12 in advance or at the door.


Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days

Saturday, July 6 @ 7:30pm. 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!!! Special meet & greet the artist reception at 6:30 with reserved seating, food and drinks. Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door (6pm). Show only tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door (7pm).



Sunday, July 7 @ 8pm. Join Ollie Collins for a night of honest entertainment, for the 5th installment of My Americana. Performed every two years starting in 2011, My Americana is a performance piece with a single stage performer accompanied with a live musician and overhead projections. Each year the show is performed, there are additional stories and content; however, this year it is 100% new material.

For this rendition of My Americana, the musician will be Andrew Grumelot - the front man for the Red, Adventure, Science, Heart and Fire 10MPF house bands. Technical Direction will be from Brett Cavin - Monkey With a Hat On's Technical Director for the past four years.

My Americana (2019) is the story of life in Portland, OR. Star Trek. Dancing. Virginia. New York. Partying. Johnny. The Grim Reaper. Aliens. Marty. Oliver. Projections.

Tickets $5 in advance or at the door.


Monday, July 8 @ 8pm. 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 8, 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.



Tuesday, Jul 9 @ 7pm. The Portland Circuit is a local film distribution project dreamed up by the OregonMade Creative Foundation. Four art house theaters (including yours truly) give locally produced feature length films a short theatrical distribution window in the city.

This month we have CANOPY STORIES, NW Documentary’s first anthology film project featuring 12 stories made by 11 Portland filmmakers.  Each film focuses on a specific tree to tell a story. The stories range from activists camping in trees to strangers caring for the ghosts of pioneers, from globe trekking botanists in search of rare specimens to everyday citizens transforming their neighborhood into an urban oasis.

This documentary will be presented in two parts over four nights. Part 1 - 85 mins - will be Monday, July 8th at the Hollywood and Wednesday, July 10 at Cinema 21. Part 2 - 98 mins - screens at the Clinton Street on Tuesday, July 9th, and if you miss it, there's a repeat on July 11th at the Whitsell Auditorium.

Each screening will be followed with a themed discussion and Q&A with local environmental and community groups.

Tickets $9 in advance or at the door.


Sugarbaby (Zuckerbaby)

Wednesday, Jul 10 @ 7pm. Second Wednesday means it's the night for our Portland German Film Festival Monthly Series. In Sugarbaby, an overweight funeral attendant feels like her life is passing her by until, one day, the voice of a subway driver strikes her like a bolt of lightning. She does everything she can to get to know the man of her dreams. Once she’s finally lured the young man into her net, an unusual romance begins… 

Immersed in bright, primary colors by camerawoman Johanna Heer, the film is brought to life not least by its leading actors, the fascinating Marianne Sägebrecht and the absurdly naïve Eisi Gulp.

Tickets: $10 General Admission, $8 Students/Seniors, $6 Children under 12. Available in advance. 


Thursday, Jul 11 @ 7pm. Second Thursday means it's time for our monthly KBOO Community Radio series. This month we're screening MOTHERLOAD, a fun new Portland, Oregon crowdsourced documentary about a new mother’s quest to understand the increasing isolation and disconnection of the digital age, its planetary impact, and how cargo bikes could be an antidote. 

Join the Biketopia Parade! Meet up at Col. Summer's Park at 5:45pm, chomp on some free popsicles, then ride to catch the film at the Clinton Street Theater! All kinds of bikes and other non-car vehicles welcome!

After the film, we'll have a discussion about ways we can support cycling in PDX (and save the planet while we're at it!).



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.

Live music in the theater on Friday, July 12 for only $7. Featuring local bands Holloway, Sawtooth and Stoner Control.

Interested in being part of the 48 Hour Film Project in Portland? Open auditions on Saturday, July 13 from 12pm - 4pm.

The Bend Burlesque Company returns to Portland on Saturday, July 13th. Inspired by both vintage vaudevillian cabaret and modern pop culture, Bend Burlesque Company performers, who all hail from Central Oregon, deliver an array of high-energy neo and old west exploits. The show features artistic and scantily clad dances, hilarious and off-color comedic skits, acrobatics, and a plethora of other stimulating routines.

New indie horror feature, DARLIN', comes to the Clinton on Monday, July 15th. It's a sequel to Lucky McKee’s 2011 film The Woman, and is the debut film of director Pollyanna McIntosh's, who has embodied the character of "the woman" for the past ten years.

Join us for Indie Documentary ¡Las Sandinistas! on Thursday, July 18th. The film is centered around the personal stories of Dora Maria Téllez, a young medical student who became a major Sandinista General, and four of her revolutionary allies - Nicaraguan women who overcame traditional gender barriers and subverted stereotypes to lead rebel troops in battle and reshape their country with landmark social reform.

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?


Music lovers head to the Waterfront Blues Festival today, July 4th - Saturday, July 7th 2019 at Tom McCall Park. More fun than a barrel of monkeys.

15th Annual Lavender Daze Festival is July 6.

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.

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.

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!

A day without laughter is a day wasted.

— Charlie Chaplin

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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