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April 19, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I hope everyone is able to enjoy this beautiful spring day. I don't think I'll ever tire of Portland in the spring. I love that flowers are in bloom everywhere--even in front of government buildings and the offices of my insurance agent!

I'm excited about the programming we have coming this week, and it's a testament to how many communities are touched by what we do at the Clinton. We've got a cult film, anime, a documentary about a legend in the BMX world (along with a photo gallery!), ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with ASL interpreters, a Resistance Series fundraiser for a local nonprofit, 16mm cartoons, a presentation about Psychedelics & The Paranormal, and another documentary fundraiser about the Palestinian struggle for freedom. All in one week!!!

Many times in this newsletter, I reflect on the week's events, but this week I have emotional and spiritual whiplash. As you know, I have an almost one-year-old great-grandbaby, and daily I fear for his safety and well-being in a world filled with so much hatred, prejudice, injustice and sometimes downright evil. I worry about whether or not he'll be able to breath the air and drink the water. To this day, now five years from the initial crisis, folks in Flint, Michigan still have serious doubts about whether or not their water is safe to drink. Government leaders are barefaced liars, our taxes support endless wars and killing machines instead of the welfare of the people, and we have a school-to-prison pipeline filled with minors and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds, all the while real crooks walk the streets scot-free.

Instead of focusing on what's wrong, on this absolutely gorgeous day, I want to reflect on all the good that we are doing in our community and the world. There are no easy fixes for all of our problems. But like my great-grandson who is just now learning to walk, we need to hold each other's hands, take a tiny step in the right direction, and keep forward momentum toward an end-goal of equality for all and maybe even peace in our time (a girl can dream!).

Enjoy the flowers!!!


somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond

E. E. Cummings, 1894 - 1962 

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience,your eyes have their silence:
in your most frail gesture are things which enclose me,
or which i cannot touch because they are too near

your slightest look easily will unclose me
though i have closed myself as fingers,
you open always petal by petal myself as Spring opens
(touching skilfully,mysteriously)her first rose

or if your wish be to close me,i and
my life will shut very beautifully,suddenly,
as when the heart of this flower imagines
the snow carefully everywhere descending;

nothing which we are to perceive in this world equals
the power of your intense fragility:whose texture
compels me with the colour of its countries,
rendering death and forever with each breathing

(i do not know what it is about you that closes
and opens;only something in me understands
the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses)
nobody,not even the rain,has such small hands




Friday, Apr 19 @ 9:30pm; tickets $7-10
suggested and no one turned away for lack of funds. This is part of the Projekt Records "Movies in the Dark" series, which brings us movies on the darker side of life and death. In THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, a daemonic scientist named Krank kidnaps children to tap into their dreams. Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times, writes, "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." In French with English subtitles.



Saturday, April 20, we've got two screenings of this special animated feature that is already making a big splash in the anime community. The screening at 1pm will be in Japanese with English subtitles. The 3:30pm screening will be English dubbed. Tickets $5 for students, $8 adults, and no one turned away for lack of funds. 

Budding genius Aoyama is only in the 4th grade, but already lives his life like a scientist. When penguins start appearing in his sleepy suburb hundreds of miles from the sea, Aoyama vows to solve the mystery. When he finds the source of the penguins is a woman from his dentist’s office, they team up for an unforgettable summer adventure!



The Jimmy Levan Story


Like BMX bikes? Then head to the Clinton on Saturday, April 20 for this documentary screening at 7pm. Beginning with Road Fools 1, Jimmy Levan sent street riding in a new direction  with those enormous gaps in all sorts of wild outfits. Not only did he create a brand and home for the loosest of riders, and entertained us all through numerous episodes of Props with his antics, but he had an equally outrageous string of accidents that could have ended his life. A true one in a million kinda guy. Exclusive Jimmy Levan photo gallery display by Dean Dickinson! Doors are at 6pm and tickets are only $6 at the door. Get to the theater early!


American Sign Language Interpreted


The Clinton Street Theater has been showing the Rocky Horror Picture Show every Saturday night since April 1978. And this Saturday, April 20, we are presenting it with ASL interpreters so the deaf and hard of hearing community can join us for some crazy fun. Bring your rice, the toast, the G-String, and come on down to the longest running RHPS in the WORLD! Doors at 11pm, preshow with virgin games at 11:30 and the movie starts around midnight. Tickets are $9 in advance and $10 at the door.


Monday, April 22 @ 7pm. It's a FREE movie, and we're taking donations for Disability & Culture Project, whose mission is to further the artistic expression of people with both apparent and non-apparent disabilities.

Based on a concept album project written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, and the subsequent long-running Broadway performance, this film tells the story of the final 6 days in the life of Jesus Christ through the troubled eyes of Judas Iscariot. This film is a "rock opera," and not a musical. There are no spoken lines, everything is sung. Roger Ebert of Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "Jewison, a director of large talent, has taken a piece of commercial shlock and turned it into a Biblical movie with dignity."


For only $8 at the door, on Tuesday, April 23 @ 7pm, we've got rarities, oddities and psychedelia from cartoon history’s most imaginative period. Bop along with Frankenstein’s monster on the make in Betty Boop’s Penthouse!  Tour an early sound studio and learn the miracle of making an optical soundtrack in Finding His Voice!  Tickle the ivories and tear down the walls in Goopy Geer!  Listen to Cab Calloway belt out a tale of woe set to feverishly psychedelic haunted house imagery in Minnie the Moocher!  Sing along with hobos and hecklers in You Don't Know What You're Doin'! And MUCH more!  Two sets of cartoons with a brief intermission.

Presented on 16mm film by Castle Thunder Cinema, which specializes in small format film--cult movies, unheard of gems, unorthodox screenings. 


Psychedelics & The Paranormal

This month's Portland Psychedelic Society presentation is Wednesday, April 24 @ 7pm, and features Sharon Kumara who will present a fascinating journey of correlation between psychedelics and the paranormal. Sharon will share some of her extensive experiences with the paranormal, along with her exciting views on the link between psychedelics and the paranormal.

All events are designed to promote education and harm reduction - no illegal activity will be tolerated. 

Tickets are $5-20 suggested donation at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds.



Hosted by Americans United for Palestinian Human Rights on Thursday, April 25 @ 7pm
, NAILA AND THE UPRISING uses evocative animation, intimate interviews, and exclusive archival footage to bring out of anonymity the courageous women activists who have remained on the margins of history. 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. This film tells the story that history overlooked – of an unbending, nonviolent women’s movement at the head of Palestine’s struggle for freedom.

Tickets are $5-10 suggested donation at the door; no one turned away for lack of funds.



There he goes. One of God's own prototypes. A high-powered mutant of some kind never even considered for mass production. Too weird to live, and too rare to die.

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.

One Night Only! Special Event Screening: LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT on Tuesday, April 30 @ 7pm. ARMOND WHITE of the National Review writes "Legend of the Demon Cat has what no Marvel or Star Wars film can claim: astonishment. These visions surpass a Marvel endgame because, as Bai tells Kukai, “the emotions are true." A film about Love, Death, and Revenge, LEGEND OF THE DEMON CAT is set over a thousand years ago, during the Tang Dynasty. A Chinese poet and a Japanese monk join forces to investigate a demonic cat who has possessed a general’s wife and wreaked havoc on the imperial court. The investigation takes some gruesome and unexpected twists, leading the monk and the poet to unravel the mystery behind the decade’s old death of the legendary, beautiful concubine Yang Guifei.

Dungeon Battle Karaoke is back for more fun on Thursday, May 2nd at 7:30pm. Channel your inner bard!

We've scheduled the winner of the 40th Japan Academy Film Prize for Best Animated Film the first weekend in May. "An elegant reminder that we can never forget what life during wartime does to the human soul." --

The Broken Planetarium presents SIRENS OF COOS BAY in May. Hans Christian Andersen's mermaid tale gets transported to 1990s Coos Bay, Oregon, where a former mermaid navigates a town undone by the spotted owl controversy and the clash of the fishing generation with the new male-dominated grunge music scene. Intrigued? I am!

The Portland Circuit presents PHOENIX, OREGON on Tuesday, May 14 @ 7pm. Defying the haze of mid-life, two friends seize an unlikely opportunity to reinvent their lives, quitting their jobs to restore an old bowling alley and serve the “world's greatest pizza." Filmmakers will be in attendance to provide an introduction and a Q&A.

The Invincible Czars Perform LIVE! Phantom of the Opera on Tuesday, May 21st @ 7:30pm. We love us some Czars, and so thrilled they are coming back for a visit on their 2019 West Coast Tour. Their shows are always entertaining and out of the ordinary, blending rock, classical music, lounge-y grooves, spacey klezmer, country shuffles, and circus-y polka in hopes of moving the mind as much as the bee-hind.


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.


Life has loveliness to sell, all beautiful and splendid things, blue waves whitened on a cliff, soaring fire that sways and sings, and children's faces looking up, holding wonder like a cup.

Sara Teasdale

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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