|August 16, 2019
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Sometimes something happens that throws a wrench in the works. Your life is going along swimmingly, and then, BAM!, you are stopped dead in your tracks. It might be a serious illness, the death of someone dear, divorce, the loss of your job—unwelcome circumstances can be obstacles to living a rich and fulfilling life. What if the catalyzing event isn’t what is truly paralyzing, however? Maybe we are unable to move forward because we feel alone and separated from our fellow beings. We feast on a 24/7 news cycle and we are daily bombarded with “Buy, buy, buy,” and “Now, now, now.” No wonder I have days where I feel like nothing more than a stressed-out zombie fumbling in the dark, hungry for something I can't even name.
I’ve been trying to keep this newsletter upbeat and positive, but some days I am tearing my hair out and screaming at the top of my lungs at the continual assault on my sense of who I am as an American. I have a huge disconnect between my personal values and what I see practiced in this administration. To stay grounded, I come back time and time again to gratefulness. Although I am not at all grateful about the human rights abuses enacted in our name, I am grateful that I am not alone on this journey—not really. Together in our community we are using our voices, our talent, our time, our resources, and our energy to make this world a better place. When I have a hard time finding a way to be grateful in these challenging times and circumstances, I remember all of the great good that we are doing in our corner of the world. This week we have a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood, and the Resistance Series starts up in just a few weeks. Come hang out with us. You’re not alone.
In the Company of Women
January Gill O'Neil
Make me laugh over coffee,
make it a double, make it frothy
so it seethes in our delight.
Make my cup overflow
with your small happiness.
I want to hoot and snort and cackle and chuckle.
Let your laughter fill me like a bell.
Let me listen to your ringing and singing
as Billie Holiday croons above our heads.
Sorry, the blues are nowhere to be found.
Not tonight. Not here.
No makeup. No tears.
Only contours. Only curves.
Each sip takes back a pound,
each dry-roasted swirl takes our soul.
Can I have a refill, just one more?
Let the bitterness sink to the bottom of our lives.
Let us take this joy to go.
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING
Friday, August 16 @ 4pm. An investigative look and analysis of gender disparity in Hollywood, featuring accounts from well-known actors, executives and artists in the Industry.
Addressing the gender disparity that troubles Hollywood, This Changes Everything is one of the most important documentaries of the year.
Danielle Solzman, Solzy at the Movies
Tickets: $5-8 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds.
Planned Parenthood Fundraiser
Friday, August 16 @ 7pm. With women's reproductive rights under attack, let's revisit life before 1973.
Co-hosted by Greater Portland NOW , Nasty Women Get Sh*t Done, Womxn's March 2020 Planning Group, with endorsement by Democratic Party of Oregon Women's Caucus.
Conversation after the screenings with a former Jane, Judith Arcana, "a girl like her," Lani Jo Leigh, and Ana del Rocio, activist/community builder. Elona Wilson serves as tonight’s MC. Tickets $10, and AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE.
WE HAVE OUR WAYS
In a dystopic but recognizable America, street riots are common, tap water is undrinkable, and you’re lucky if you get health insurance. Regina keeps her head down to just get by, especially at work. As a customer service rep for Alleviate (“Keeping you healthy tomorrow, today”), she must reject health coverage for desperate callers all day in order to do her job. But when her younger cousin Abigail is in need of a criminalized medical procedure, she must decide what price she’s willing to pay for justice.
JANE: AN ABORTION SERVICE
This fascinating political look at a little-known chapter in women's history tells the story of "Jane", the Chicago-based women's health group who performed nearly 12,000 safe illegal abortions between 1969 and 1973 with no formal medical training. As Jane members describe finding feminism and clients describe finding Jane, archival footage and recreations mingle to depict how the repression of the early sixties and social movements of the late sixties influenced this unique group. Both vital knowledge and meditation on the process of empowerment, Jane: An Abortion Service showcases the importance of preserving women's knowledge in the face of revisionist history.
A GIRL LIKE HER
A GIRL LIKE HER is the real story of 'sex and the single girl'. It reveals the hidden history of over a million young women who became pregnant in the 1950s and 60s and were banished to maternity homes to give birth and surrender their babies for adoption. They were told to keep their secret, move on and forget. But, does a woman forget her child? Hear what they have to say now about the long-term impact of surrender and silence on their lives. Written by Ann Fessler, Director.
JACK G FILM SCHOOL
This summer, JACK G FILM SCHOOL brought the Clinton Street Theater a series of film screenings, discussions and musical guests. Come out for the final triple-feature on Sunday, August 18. The school leads up to the making of the feature film COWBOY NEMO, filming in Portland, Oregon August 26-31st. $5.
Francis Ford Coppola's
August 19, 20, 22 & 24 @ 7pm; August 21 @ 4pm; August 23 @ 6pm; August 25 @ 2pm
Apocalypse Now: Final Cut
Coppola went back and reworked his acclaimed Vietnam War epic, putting together something that’s longer than the theatrical cut, but shorter than the Apocalypse Now Redux edition.
It is the height of the war in Vietnam, and U.S. Army Captain Willard is sent by Colonel Lucas and a General to carry out a mission that, officially, 'does not exist - nor will it ever exist'. The mission: To seek out a mysterious Green Beret Colonel, Walter Kurtz, whose army has crossed the border into Cambodia and is conducting hit-and-run missions against the Viet Cong and NVA. The army believes Kurtz has gone completely insane and Willard's job is to eliminate him. Willard, sent up the Nung River on a U.S. Navy patrol boat, discovers that his target is one of the most decorated officers in the U.S. Army. His crew meets up with surfer-type Lt-Colonel Kilgore, head of a U.S Army helicopter cavalry group which eliminates a Viet Cong outpost to provide an entry point into the Nung River. After some hair-raising encounters, in which some of his crew are killed, Willard, Lance and Chef reach Colonel Kurtz's outpost, beyond the Do Lung Bridge. Now, after becoming prisoners of Kurtz, will Willard & the others be able to fulfill their mission?
Tickets: $7-10 suggested; $8 Advance tickets available.
August 22, 23 & 27 @ 4pm; August 26 & 28 @ 7pm. REZO is a movie told and painted by Rezo Gabriadze, Georgian artist, writer and creator of Marionette theatre. The movie is an autobiographical animated documentary questioning ideas of deep humanity, kindness and heartiness during uneasy times after the 2nd World War.
Rezo will be presented with the animated film Tweet-Tweet, filmmaker Zhanna Bekmambetova's cinematic debut, an exquisitely rendered portrait of the life cycle brought lovingly to life via a largely silent, Pixar-like journey of the tightrope that is, in many ways, the way we live our lives as we toss n' turn, wobble and stride our way through fears and losses, joys and triumphs at times precariously and at times with remarkable boldness.
Tickets $7-10 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds. $8 TICKETS AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE.
The Clinton Street Resistance Series has started booking a great line-up of films for your viewing pleasure. ROCK 'N' ROLL HIGH SCHOOL, September 9; 16 CANDLES, September 16; SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, September 23; DAY OF THE JACKAL, October 7; BRAZIL, October 14; ERASERHEAD, October 21; KUNG FU HUSTLE, November 11; TREMORS, November 25; HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, December 9; THE DARK CRYSTAL, December 16.
Do your parents *know* that you're Ramones?
Friday, August 23rd, Movies in the Dark brings us Todd Haynes's 1998 VELVET GOLDMINE.
Set in the 1970s, it's the story of the life, death and resurrection of a glam-rock idol named Brian Slade, played by Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and inspired by David Bowie. After headlining a brief but dazzling era of glitter rock, he fakes his own death onstage. When the hoax is revealed, his cocaine use increases, his sales plummet, and he disappears from view. A decade later, in the fraught year of 1984, a journalist (Christian Bale) is assigned to find out what really happened to Slade.
Indie Feature BECOMING BURLESQUE is screening one night only--Tuesday, August 27
. This is the story of Fatima, a young Muslim college student, who, despite the encouragement from her uncle to adopt a more traditional lifestyle, secretly joins a Toronto burlesque troupe.
Project Fest 2019
is a gathering of Artistic Projects on 8/30 at the Clinton Street Theater for the Clinton Street Theater. Lineup includes Commodius, Tenen, Snake Dance, Breakfast Boys Leisure League, Pulling it Off, Fire Nuns, Sea Moss, the Fabulous Downey Brothers, with special DF Sets by Cam XXX & Sol.
On Sunday, September 1, Todd Baize Productions presents PDX Short Docs, a 2-hour program of Portland-related short documentaries by local filmmakers. Between 6 & 7pm, VR headsets will be available to check out several 360-degree short documentaries. Stay for a Q&A with the filmmakers after the screening. If you love Portland, you won't want to miss it! Details at: www.toddbaize.com
A demonstration by the Proud Boys and counter-protests by numerous other social justice organizations are scheduled for downtown Portland tomorrow, August 17th. Please stay safe out there. Know your rights. Bring a friend.
One of the highlights of every year!! Adult Soapbox Derby on August 17th at Mount Tabor Park. It's FREE!!!
Pop Up Flea “Gathering of Thee Lucky Bastards PDX” is Saturday, August 17th. Lots of good stuff.
Since its inception in 2004, the Portland Underground Film Festival has been part of the fabric of the Clinton Street Theater. We are extending the submission deadline until August 31st. SO DON'T DELAY. SUBMIT YOUR FILM NOW, and PUFF is coming the weekend of October 17 to 20.
Open House at Voz Workers' Rights Education Project on Labor Day, Monday, September 2nd. Learn about the services they offer for the community, including Spanish and English classes, and a Legal Clinic. There'll be music and food!
The Portlanders are at Artichoke Music on September 7. Mighty music, intimate space. Join the love band for an evening in Portland's biggest little listening room with Portland's own.
The next Thawing ICE: A Walking Meditation is Thursday, September 12th. Walk to show support for all beings detained, all beings seeking asylum, all who are refugees, all who flee violence and seek to migrate and are met with violence, with walls, with cages. Whether or not the walking meditation changes the balance of power, it changes those who walk: it gives us one hour every month in which we think deeply and quietly about migration, about longing, about separation from the places we were born, and about those who prohibit entry to others. There is power in walking together, in meditating together. Come be part of that power.
My memoir UNFIT: The Story of One Pregnant Teen in the Time Before Roe v Wade will be released in November. If you would like to be on a list for presale announcements, please contact me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Whatever we are waiting for - peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance - it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.
— Sarah Ban Breathnach
Don't be a stranger. Come see us soon.