|April 5, 2019
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I've been kind of a ditz lately. At least that's what I call it. My friends who are into astrology say that we're coming out of Mercury retrograde, whatever that means. All I know is that time and time again over the past few weeks, I head out to run errands or make one of my doctors appointments just to take one wrong turn on a route I know by heart. Then in trying to correct that mistake, I wind up in a traffic jam or stopped for what seems an interminable amount of time because of construction or street repairs. Without fail, when I've gone shopping lately I have my list on my phone, pick up an item, then lay my phone on a shelf and forget what I did with it. I'm in full panic mode and I need to retrace my steps down every aisle until I find it.
I think what's really happening is that I'm simply overwhelmed much of the time. We have so many decisions to make each day--everything from the cereal we eat to the entertainment we choose--and the overabundance of choices often means that we make no choice at all. I've had nights where I just want to veg out with a good movie on the telly, but I spend so much time examining the thousand of titles on Netflix or Amazon or Hulu or HBO that before I've chosen one, the evening is over and it's time for bed. Certainly not a satisfactory or relaxing end to my day.
I don't know if it's because I'm getting older or because of the way our world works these days, but my body, mind and spirit can only keep up with so much. How many candidates do we currently have running for the Democratic presidential nomination? How many investigations are ongoing into #45's misdeeds? How many species are we losing each day? How many human rights abuses are in the headlines? How many human rights abuses go unreported?
In the face of the world's overwhelming assault, my inner self wants to shut down, disconnect, and say with Miss Scarlett O'Hara, "I'll think about that tomorrow." But when I ignore and disconnect from what seems intolerable, I am no longer present. Sometimes being present to and for one another is all we have, and it's only in the present that I can transform the world and myself.
Moon Seen Through Windshield
—Carl Adamshick, 1969
If you are anything like I am
and I have faith that you are
then you have already stepped
out of your body
and been irrevocably wounded
I was born in 1969
Chances are you were born
during a different year
It doesn’t matter if you were born
three thousand years ago
or if you are born
three thousand years from now
we share what it means to live
Maybe you have gone
back into your body
and found words
the only guide
into the known dark
We are both the living and the dead
the stuff beyond theory
Sometimes it is too much
and other times not enough
We wake to a morning fog
We wake to morning sun
We sit in a cold evening
thinking of the death of a parent
A different evening
has us thinking of our eyes
and how they crawled
out of our minds
at some point
in the evolution of the self
It is the evening of the first day
of a new year
I ask myself What have you done
The list is remarkable
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Tonight, Friday, April 5 @ 7:30pm, join us for the second 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. Tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door. $5 champagne cocktails for those over 21 with ID.
Friday and Saturday, April 5 & 6. It's that time of year again, the time to celebrate all the wonderfulness of the ROCKY HORROR community, and to revel in the stupendous achievement of putting it on and pulling it off every single Saturday night since April 1978. We'll have cake! Rock 'n Roll! Raffle! Comedy! Drama! And of course the best cult classic movie ever! Doors at 11pm, preshow at 11:30pm, movie at midnight! This is our biggest show of the term. You don't want to miss it! Tickets $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
Saturday, April 6 @ 1:00pm, join Portland, Oregon’s very own psychic medium Joshua-John & Los Angeles psychic medium A.J. Barrera for an afternoon intimate event of healing, laughter & evidential messages.
Saturday, Apr 6 @ 7:30pm, Trish Anderson and Susan Zwingli join the beloved tandem of Norm Brecke and Anne Rutherford for an evening of stories that examine the question "Who hasn’t lived in a fool’s paradise now and again?" They will speak of famous and not-so-famous iconoclasts, relate folktales that take on new life and remind us of how foolish we can all be at times. Tickets $15 at the door.
Fanatico Portland Premiere
Support local, independent filmmaking Sunday, April 7 @ 7:00pm. Tickets only $3-5 sliding scale at the door, which opens at 6:30pm. FANATICO is a campy horror short, tackling themes of religious corruption and violence against the sexually liberated. Originally inspired by Italian horror of the 1970s, the film features hyper-stylized visuals, authentic vintage costumes, and a variety of gorey practical effects. The film also features an all-original score, original foley, and an original hand-drawn title design. With a female director, producers, cinematographer and more, the femme influence definitely shines through in the final product.
THE SEX TRIP
Body switching comedy on Sunday, April 7 @ 8:30pm. Pay what you can. After a shallow womanizer refuses a mysterious homeless woman's request for a kiss, he wakes up the next morning to discover he's been changed into a woman.
This week's Clinton Street Resistance Series film is one of my favorites! Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal writes, "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind goes by like a fevered dream of love, but one you remember vividly, with profound pleasure."
I totally agree, so please join us on Monday, April 8 @ 7pm for this beautiful off-the-wall romantic comedy from the team of Michel Gondry (director) and Charlie Kaufman (screenwriter).
Free Admission, and we're taking donations for Write Around Portland
, an organization that believes that everyone can be a writer and benefit from and contribute to their community through the literary arts.
Coming Tuesday, April 9 @ 7:30pm, a dystopian sci-fi thriller that takes place in a futuristic/alternate England, where a new government has recently overthrown the old and plunged the country into turmoil. A woman wakes up in a blindingly white cuboid cell. Using its sophisticated functionality, her captor tortures her for information; information she claims not to have - or does she? Tickets $5-8 suggested, no one turned away for lack of funds.
Wednesday, Apr 10 @ 7:00pm. DOOMED LOVE: A JOURNEY THROUGH GERMAN GENRE FILMS is a documentary full of daring theses; often eagerly polemical, sometimes wonderfully enlightening, occasionally unsound in its combative claims. It is nonetheless a fruitful debate, and a worthwhile re-appraisal of many facts and views on a nearly-forgotten trajectory in New German Cinema, where it was, unjustly, just an episode. ALL STUDENTS WITH VALID ID WILL BE ADMITTED FREE! For others, general admission $10 and seniors $8.
Gamelan Wahyu Dari Langit is the only Balinese Gamelan that calls it‘s home Portland, Oregon. Enjoy the fast-paced, percussive style of Belaganjur along with the film Legong: Dance of the Virgins, a rarely screened 1935 silent movie shot entirely in Bali with a Balinese cast. One of the last silent films made by Hollywood, it depicts Bali as Westerners idealized it at the time, stereotypes included. Yet, with authentic Balinese ritual dancing and scenes from everyday society, it transcends the “exploitation film” genre. Suggested admission $7-15, and no one turned away for lack of funds!
Clinton Street Resistance Series: THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN, April 15; JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, April 22; FEAR AND LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS, April 29; LIAR, LIAR, May 6.
I love your sweater. Does that come in a V-neck?
Like Music Videos? Then head to the Clinton on Saturday, April 13th for 1.5 hours of Music Videos from a variety of premier Portland Music Artists followed by three amazing bands - Skull Diver//Sam Densmore//Camp Crush!
We hope you'll join us for a benefit screening and discussion of Stuart Eagon’s 2018 Essays of a City on Thursday, April 18 @ 7pm. Focusing on many of the actual people we know, love, and see regularly on the streets of downtown. Giving voice to some of our friends as they talk about their lives and things like the insane juxtaposition of sleeping under window displays of bedroom sets. A fundraiser for the nonprofit HOMEpdx, a small group that works to support neighbors living outside, mostly in the South downtown core and the East-side Industrial.
Projekt Presents The City of Lost Children on Friday, April 19 @ 9:30pm. "On visual terms alone, The City of Lost Children is something of a masterpiece, using state-of-the-art physical, optical and digital special effects to stretch cinematic boundaries." Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
Film: Naila and the Uprising is hosted by Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights on Thursday, April 25 @ 7pm. When a nation-wide uprising breaks out in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, a young woman in Gaza must make a choice between love, family, and freedom. Undaunted, she embraces all three, joining a clandestine network of women in a movement that forces the world to recognize the Palestinian right to self-determination for the first time.
Unloaded Comedy -- Laugh Yourself Clean coming to the Clinton on Saturday, April 27 is a recovery based stand-up comedy show. A true comedy showcase, Unloaded Comedy includes several clean and sober comedians that get quite candid about their struggles with addiction in ways that will make audiences laugh. This show is sponsored by Serenity Lane, a private not-for-profit treatment center for alcohol and other drug addictions.
Friday, May 3 @ 6:30pm, it's our annual CST and Columbia Riverkeeper Pete Seeger Tribute and Sing-a-Long! Now in its sixth year, we are hosting on what would have been Pete's 100th birthday! We'll have a concert, story sharing, video of Pete, a sing-a-long, and even better yet, 100% of all ticket sales go to the necessary work of Columbia Riverkeeper (use of the theater is a gift from the Clinton).
The Portland Art Museum offers free admission on the first Thursday of every month from 5–8pm. Enjoy more than 112,000 square feet of galleries reflecting the history of art from ancient times to the present.
Head to the Spring Edition of the Portland Night Market with over 175 vendors with great food, drinks, music, art, makers, merchants and community! All ages & FREE! April 12 + 13, from 4-11pm!
It's that time of year again! Mark your calendars because on Saturday, May 4th, Crafty Wonderland will fill a 60,000 sq. ft. hall at the Convention Center with over 225 of the best and brightest handmade vendors from the NW and beyond! We are excited to showcase such an amazing assortment to talent!
Lilac days in the Hulda Klager Lilac Gardens starts April 20th and goes through to Mother's Day May 12th. It's only a hop, skip and a jump up the I-5 north.
Want to do something nice for the "mom" in your life? Take them on a three hour scenic excursion along the Oregon Coast. The excursion offers breathtaking views of the Tillamook Bay, Pacific Ocean, and Nehalem Bay, and enjoy a catered lunch along the way.
Aurora Chorus sings of the critical state of humanity’s relationship with Earth on Sunday, May 19 @ 4pm. Join them as they honor our Mother and hold on to a hope of a better world for future generations. Featuring the West Coast premiere of director Joan Szymko’s setting of Wendell Berry’s poem “Look Out.”
Rose Festival Opening Night Fireworks is Friday, May 24th when the sky gets dark. You can hang out at the City Fair when it opens at 5pm.
Celebrate the Goonies in Astoria June 7th - 10th.
The 91st Annual Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival on Saturday, June 8, 2019 from 11 AM – 6 PM has everyting you want--Music, Dancing, Games, Nordic Food, Vendors, Beer Garden, Kids Area & More!
Celebrate the 35th annual Tigard Festival of Balloons June 21-23, 2019!
July is Oregon Craft Beer Month, so make plans to attend the Portland Craft Beer festival, a big outdoor party at the Fields Neighborhood Park. You'llfind the broadest selection of local beers, ciders and wine, all originating from Portland, Oregon.
The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
--Frank Lloyd Wright
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