|August 30, 2019
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
Did you realize that this year, for the first time ever, the US has more people over 60 than under 18? Count me in that ever-increasing group of elders.
But what do we bring to our community?
We place an every-increasing burden on young workers for our social security benefits. We need more health care, transportation and housing. Resources are shrinking. Are we headed towards an intergenerational fight between "kids" (for me, most everyone under 40 these days) and "canes" (having had two full knee replacements, I'm in this camp, too)?
Forty years ago, Cornell University professor and child psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner concluded, “Every child needs at least one adult who is irrationally crazy about him or her.” As a grandparent and now a great-grandparent, I'm lucky enough to be irrationally crazy about several young men. I would move a mountain for any one of them, and I hope that my being in their lives makes a difference in how they turn out.
A Big Brothers Big Sisters study compared a group of teens with adult mentors versus a group of teens without, and in the group with adult mentors there was a 46% decrease in drug use, a 50% decrease in school truancy, and a 33% decrease in violent behavior.
Relationships with adults truly do matter.
But the relationship isn't one-sided. We old folks gain something, too. Another study, this one from John Hopkins showed that, after six months of tutoring students, older adults had “improved brain and cognitive function.”
The 2019 Portland Volunteer Expo takes place on Thursday, September 5th. It's a free event that brings nonprofits together in one place, helping Oregonians discover service and donation opportunities that fit their skills and interests. Check it out and see if there are ways you can make a difference. I bet you might gain something, too, in the bargain.
Small Craft Talk Warning
Dean Young - 1955-
All poetry is about hope.
A scarecrow walks into a bar.
An abandoned space station falls to earth.
When probing the monster’s brain,
you’re probably probing your own.
A beautiful woman becomes a ghost.
I hope I never miscalculate the dosage
that led to the infarction
of my lab rabbit again.
All poetry is a form of hope.
Not certain, just actual
like love and other traffic circles.
I cried on that airplane too,
midwest patchwork below
like a board game on which
mighty forces kick apart the avatars.
I always wanted to be the racecar
but usually ended up a thumbtack.
When I was young, sitting in a tree
counted as preparation and later
maybe a little whoopie in the morgue.
So go ahead, thaw the alien, break
the pentagram but watch out for
the institutional hood ornaments.
It’s not a museum, it’s a hive.
The blood may be fake
but the bleeding’s not.
WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK
Project Fest 2019
Friday, August 30 @ 5pm. BIG lineup of Pacific NW bands:
Commodius - Commodius, a 4-piece band with a wide range of sounds which some have described as fuzz-funk and psych-rock, hails from Portland, OR. Commodious is defined as "open, spacious, and accommodating.” As such, Commodius as a band creates a space and atmosphere through the medium of music that fosters an open and accommodating place for freedom of expression.
Tenen--Tenen is a rapper from New Orleans currently residing in Corvallis, OR. He is all about being the energy someone needs when they’re feeling down. That's what he believes his music stands for and is sprouting to be.
Snake Dance - Snake Dance is a musical group based out of Portland, Oregon that formed in August of 2018. Their recent works focus on the struggle for balance between the wonder of existence and the reality of trauma and tragedy. Playing their own blend of rock, jazz, and experimental soul they create a spacious sonic world that is both hopeful and foreboding.
Breakfast Boys Leisure League - Breakfast Boys Leisure League is a collection of friends who make art that they share. It also functions as a live rap act. There are a lot of them. Breakfast for Lunch. Breakfast for Dinner.
Pulling It Off - Pulling It Off is Pulling It Off. Their Rip Tide grooves and dynamics will make you feel like you've been washed up in the desert one too many times, only for you to just enjoy it, unwind, and be yourself. You'll Dance along to the Rhythm & Blues of these 4 honest hard-working Dudes of the Future.
Mood Beach - An Electro-Pop project from Portland, OR. First forming in 2015 around the timbre of a TR707, Mood Beach continues to push out synth jams from a far away shore, dipped in rose-tinted waters.
Fire Nuns - A hobby that became an adventurous, thoughtful, and fearless ongoing musical experiment. An internationally successful pop group that got sick of the commercial treadmill, and sick of each other. Now, seventeen years later, it’s all back on— to the delight of the seemingly invisible masses of hardcore fans. Neither a public nor critic’s favorite, FIRE NUNS continues to fill a much needed void.
Sea Moss - Sea Moss is Zach D'Agostino and Noa Ver, a duo based out of Portland Oregon, specializing in homemade electronics, lopsided dance beats, and analog noise. Their music melds angular grooves with pummeling rhythms and DIY sensibilities. They recently put out their first full length album, Bidet Dreaming, co-released on Feeding Tube Records and Crash Symbols.
The Fabulous Downey Brothers - Fabulous Downey Brothers are fronted by real life brothers Liam (of So Pitted) and Sean Downey. This Seattle-based band has over 20 different looks and styles, and the band has been morphing through the greater NW music scene for 8 years.
With special DJ Sets by Cam XXX & Soll:
Soll is a Portland-based producer and colorful electronic-music composer who got his start in 2015. He takes a playful and relaxed approach to his electronic production; a heavy percussive drive, head-bopping kinetic Nintendo 64 samples, and moody-textured synths that bring you to a vibrant soundscape. Chill out with Soll on his new and debut EP "Loading".
With a vintage 2-turntable setup, this cosmic cowboy delivers the goods. Whether it’s a projection of ethereal, spacy noises, or a manifestation of downright dirty vinyl beats, any CAM XXX set is sure to be full of moments that appeal to fans of any genre.
Tickets $9 in advance; $12 at the door.
Duckfeed.tv presents a
Saturday, August 31 from 9:30 until 5:30pm. Tickets are $15, and you MUST purchase your ticket in advance.
Live Podcast Convention
The festival's lineup includes live performances of many Duckfeed Shows, along with some special guest appearances by local Portland comedy podcasts.
Abject Suffering is sometimes about bad or weird games.
Bonfireside Chat is about the Dark Souls series of games.
Days of Future Cast is about Marvel comics cartoons.
Everything to Guppy is a mystery.
Teenage Dirtbags is about bad and embarrassing music videos.
Watch Out for Fireballs! is a games-club podcast.
SPECIAL GUEST SHOWS
Pitch, Please! is the podcast version of Carolyn Main's card game of the same name. Each episode, contestants must pitch the best movie they can in a limited amount of time.
Spec Script is a podcast where hosts do table reads of spec scripts for popular shows, written by people who have never seen an episode of those popular shows.
Unsilencio de Tumba
Foreign Horror Double-feature
Saturday, August 31 @ 7pm (true double-feature--movies are back to back). Tickets are $8 suggested.
UNSILENCIO DE TUMBA
UNSILENCIO DE TUMBA is an enjoyable and surprisingly chaste Jess Franco thriller. The low-key, Agatha Christie-style pot-boiler concerns the fervid, and soon to be murderous goings-on during a not-so swinging soiree held on a isolated island retreat. Franco really delivers on the escalating tension and creepy atmospherics here; many erroneously simply think of him as a hyper-psychedelic T & A man (and, to be far, he might well be the best!) but he was also a highly skilled filmmaker, and UNSILENCIO DE TUMBA is ample proof of his fine artistry. UNSILENCIO DE TUMBA is a racking yarn, and would certainly be appealing to all obsessive, euro-cultists and uber-biased Franco obsessives alike! Top Hole! (And like many other laudable Franco efforts this also boasts a tremendously effective score.) IMDB review by Darkling_Zeist.
The death of Sebastian's father engenders in him pathological fears and hallucinations. His death wishes seem to cause horrible accidents, which he is unable to control. When his older brother dies, he feels that he has caused it. He undergoes hypnosis, but his apparent supernatural powers continue. As his own life nears its end, he becomes even more violent and sadistic.
PDX Short Docs
Sunday, September 1 @ 7pm. 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, while Randal Vemer, internationally acclaimed viola-player will perform outside under the marquee.
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.
Tickets $8 in advance or at the door.
Presented by the Portland Psychedelic Society
Tuesday, September 3rd at 7pm. Come learn about what is currently happening with psilocybin mushrooms in Portland, Oregon, and how mushrooms are saving peoples lives.
We are a volunteer supported organization. Your contributions help us provide on-going events for the community.
Illegal activity will not be tolerated at any PPS-sponsored event.
BREAKING THE SILENCE: Lillian Smith
Thursday, September 5 @ 7pm. Lillian Smith was one of the first white southern authors to speak out publicly against the evils of segregation.
She was shamed, ridiculed and silenced for her beliefs. She couldn't look away. She never gave up.
Director Hal Jacobs will attend along with Sue Ellen Lovejoy, great-niece of Ms. Smith, to answer your questions after the screening.
We will also have a Panel Discussion from leading Portland activists Kristen Teigen, Kalissa Scopes and Dr. Rosa Colquitt.
Tickets are $7-10 suggested at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds. $8 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE.
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; Buena Vista Social Club, September 30; 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?
Killer Queen on Friday, September 6
, is a tribute to John Waters with celebration of all of his characters and films! It's the "JOHN WATERS SLEAZE SHOW SPECTACULAR," and I know it will make John Waters so proud!!!
Portland Storytellers' Guild presents Tales of Unintended Consequences on Saturday, September 7
. Even the best of intentions can lead to unintended consequences. That is the scenario three storytellers will examine when the Portland Storytellers Guild opens its 2019-2020 season.
Public Domain Xinema on Tuesday, September 10, is THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM.
Join us as we enjoy one of the best films by one of the greatest directors starring some of the screen's most legendary stars! It's the 1955 dramatic classic, The Man with the Golden Arm, starring the great Frank Sinatra as a heroin addicted jazz drummer, Kim Novak and Eleanor Parker as the women who love him and directed by Otto Preminger, one of the big screen's most legendary practitioners.
Indie Sci-Fi: RIOT GIRLS on September 14 & 15. "The hotly-anticipated debut feature from genre iconoclast Jovanka Vuckovic, co-starring Munro Chambers and scripted by Catherine Collins, RIOT GIRLS is a triumphant love letter to teenage misfits everywhere."
Fantasia Film Fest
Indie Action Thriller: MINE 9 on September 18 & 19. "...here's a film about something real, not a horror picture about a group of shapely cavers who descend into the earth and get trapped with monsters chasing them. The monsters in the effective, streamlined thriller "Mine 9" are all around us."
Jonathan W. Hickman, Daily Film Fix
September 20 - 22, the 8th Annual Oregon Independent Film Festival©
returns to showcase the best in independent cinema to our magnificent state of Oregon.
Since its inception in 2004, the Portland Underground Film Festival has been part of the fabric of the Clinton Street Theater. You can submit your film until midnight tomorrow, August 31st. SO DON'T DELAY. SUBMIT YOUR FILM NOW. 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.
Rose City Comic Con 2019 coming soon!!! September 13 - 15 at the Oregon Convention Center.
I'm in a play!!! Marjorie Prime at the Headwaters Theatre September 20, 21, 22 and September 25, 26, 27 & 28. Tickets on sale now.
2019 Portland Greek Festival is October 4 - 6.
Three days of authentic Greek cuisine, music, dance, family and much more!!!
For Lovers of the Strange and Unusual. . . For the first time . . . The Portland Oddities & Curiosities Expo! Saturday, October 19th.
My memoir UNFIT: The Tale 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 email@example.com.
I need to listen well so that I hear what is not said.
— Thuli Madonsela
Don't be a stranger. Come see us soon.