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December 19, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

The year is drawing to a close and the longest night will soon be here. As we head into winter, here's the weather forecast: expect heavy rain in the metro area, Cascade snow, and ice in the Columbia River Gorge.

Me, I love Portland weather--everything from the mist to the deluge--my temperament seems well-suited to Portland's grey days. However, I know there are those of you who find the continuous cold and wet days depressing, and at this time of "Ho, Ho, Ho," the culturally enforced joviality can be equally distressing.

Maybe you've lost a job or you're scrambling for a new place to live. Maybe you and the love of your life have parted ways. Did dear friends or family die in the past year? Does your heart ache from having empty places at the table? Since memories and traditions are a big part of the holidays, are you stuck longing for the happier times in the past instead of leaning into the present? 

When the world is wrapped up in red and green, what do you do if all you feel is blue?  

I'm not much for religion, but I do love stories and what they teach us about ourselves and the ways we can live with each other. I think about a young family, with no money, no place to lay their heads, until someone "made room for them." That person probably didn't have a lot of money--I'm sure she was struggling like most of us from paycheck to paycheck, yet she found the time and the space to give this young family respite--a place out of the rain, away from the crowded streets and accusing stares.

I like to imagine that it was this generosity, this openness to welcome the weak and the vulnerable, that lit up the night sky. No matter where you are at in your life right now, is there someone you can make room for? 

Create new traditions. At the Clinton, we celebrate a non-Christmas Christmas with our annual screening of THE BIG LEBOWSKI. There are no hard rules for what your holiday should look like.

I've found that keeping it simple forces me to discover the joy and magic that is hiding, as always, in plain sight. As the nights get longer, colder and darker, together in community, we can make this a season of light. I'm wishing you much love and laughter in the weeks ahead.


-- Merrit Malloy
When I die
Give what’s left of me away
To children
And old men that wait to die.
And if you need to cry,
Cry for your brother
Walking the street beside you.
And when you need me,
Put your arms
Around anyone
And give them
What you need to give to me.
I want to leave you something,
Something better
Than words
Or sounds.
Look for me
In the people I’ve known
Or loved,
And if you cannot give me away,
At least let me live in your eyes
And not your mind.
You can love me most
By letting
Hands touch hands,
By letting bodies touch bodies,
And by letting go
Of children
That need to be free.
Love doesn’t die,
People do.
So, when all that’s left of me
Is love,
Give me away.



Wax and Gold

Presented by Stumptown Coffee

Thursday, Dec 19 -- 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm

Wax & Gold is a visual poem of a film, produced by Stumptown in partnership with Farm League, and directed by Britton Caillouette. In the spring of 2019, we traveled to Ethiopia to learn more about its history as the origin of coffee and the birthplace of humanity. Featuring legendary coffee producer Haile Gebre, and jazz icon Mulatu Astatke, Wax & Gold weaves a narrative portrait of Ethiopia through shared histories and traditions.

FREE!!! Please join Stumptown Coffee after the screening for a celebration in the neighborhood at Bar Norman!


An After-school Special

ONE SHOW ONLY--Friday, Dec 20 at 3:30pm.

Frankie-Four-Eyes and his team, including Sophie as the driver, take on the newcomers: the mysterious and conceited Zac and his athletic cousin Charly. The fantastic sled designed by Frankie disintegrates right before crossing the finish line. Together with his friends, he manages to prove that Zac cheated during the race.

Frankie demands a rematch; which Zac accepts on condition that Frankie build an entirely new race track. As the two teams prepare for race day, Zac has no scruples about cheating even more to weight the outcome of the race in his favor.

But Frankie and his team have a few surprises of their own in store for him.

General admission tickets are only $5. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult.


Tammie Brown's Holiday Sparkle Tour

Friday, Dec 20 @ 8:00pm

RuPaul's Drag Race All Star Tammie Brown brings her "Holiday Sparkle" show to Portland on Friday December 20th!

Hosted by Clare Apparently, Star of Season 2 of Camp Wannakiki and the first trans man to be featured in a drag-based reality show, with local support from Portland drag-lebrities Violet Hex (Killer Queen) and Jocelyn Knobs!

Tammie is ready to take you all on her psychedelic journey that is "Holiday Sparkle," featuring an hour of her greatest hits, Holiday classics, and a few new tracks from her upcoming album "Schubert."

Space is limited! General Admission and VIP tickets available. (VIP receives reserved seating, signed Tammie merch, and meet and greet). Tickets are available at

This show is 21+ only.


The Amazing Bubble Man

Saturday and Sunday, Dec 21 & 22 -- 11:00am, 2:00pm
Monday and Tuesday, Dec 23 & 24 @ 11:00am

I'm not sure what the weather will be like this coming week, but rain or shine, we'll have rainbows aplenty when the Amazing Bubble Man gets back to P-town. 

From square bubbles, bubbles inside bubbles, fog-filled bubbles, giant bubbles, bubble volcanoes, tornados and trampolines to people inside bubbles, the Amazing Bubble Man conjures shrieks of laughter and gasps of amazement from all ages. Bubbly music by accordionist and singer Jet Black Pearl adds to the pleasure.

"This show captivated its young audience and the adults loved it as well. Highly recommended." 

–British Theater Guide

These shows tend to sell out, so don't hesitate; purchase your tickets in advance. Tickets are $10 adults and $6 children under 12 in advance; $15 and $8 at the door. Babes in arms are free (child can sit in your lap). 


A Portland Holiday Tradition

Saturday, Dec 21 through Thursday, Dec 26 @ 7:30pm each evening

The Clinton has been screening THE BIG LEBOWSKI every holiday season on 35mm for who knows how many years now. This is my 9th year, and the previous owner probably screened it for another 9 years before me. I call it the 12th Annual screening regardless.

When "The Dude" Lebowski is mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, two thugs urinate on his rug to coerce him into paying a debt he knows nothing about. While attempting to gain recompense for the ruined rug from his wealthy counterpart, he accepts a one-time job with high pay-off. He enlists the help of his bowling buddy, Walter, a gun-toting Jewish-convert with anger issues. Deception leads to more trouble, and it soon seems that everyone from porn empire tycoons to nihilists want something from The Dude.

Come in your robe and PJs. We're serving the Clinton's own special blend of RICE RUSSIANS. Believe me, you're gonna want some.

Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.


Dakota 38
8th Annual Screening and Fundraiser for NAYA
Thursday, Dec 26 @ 4:00pm

In the spring of 2005, Jim Miller, a Native spiritual leader and Vietnam veteran, found himself in a dream riding on horseback across the great plains of South Dakota. Just before he awoke, he arrived at a riverbank in Minnesota and saw 38 of his Dakota ancestors hanged. At the time, Jim knew nothing of the largest mass execution in United States history, ordered by Abraham Lincoln on December 26, 1862. "When you have dreams, you know when they come from the creator... As any recovered alcoholic, I made believe that I didn't get it. I tried to put it out of my mind, yet it's one of those dreams that bothers you night and day."

Now, four years later, embracing the message of the dream, Jim and a group of riders retrace the 330-mile route of his dream on horseback from Lower Brule, South Dakota to Mankato, Minnesota to arrive at the hanging site on the anniversary of the execution. "We can't blame the wasichus anymore. We're doing it to ourselves. We're selling drugs. We're killing our own people. That's what this ride is about, is healing." This is the story of their journey- the blizzards they endure, the Native and non-Native communities that house and feed them along the way, and the dark history they are beginning to wipe away.

Free Admission. Donations accepted to support the work of Native American Youth and Family Center. 100% of every dollar donated will go to this organization, so please give generously.

The Clinton is Closed!

We are CLOSED Friday, December 27 through Thursday, January 2nd with the exception of the ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW on Saturday, December 28 @ midnight (doors at 11, preshow at 11:30pm). Then we are closed Sunday, January 5 through Tuesday, January 7th.


We're taking a break because we need to find more sponsors and gifters of raffle-prizes in order to continue. We also need a few good volunteers. If you're interested in how you can help, email

The first Killer Queen of the new year is Friday, January 3rd, and features Jocelyn Knobs as the headliner. All Killer Queen shows will now have ASL interpreters. Tickets $12. This is a BIG SHOW with a likely chance of selling out, so grab your advance tickets now to save your seat & avoid any risk of being turned away at the door! XOXOXO

Have you ever tried something new even if it meant a leap into the unknown? Or do you always look before you leap? Mike Devenney, Kitty Kaping, Kriya Kaping and Anne Penfound count themselves among the risk-takers, and they are ready to tell you about some of their adventures Saturday evening, January 4 in “Leap Into the New,” the first Portland Storytellers Guild show of the new year.  They will share true tales of how a jump, a dive into the depths, a passport to a new world and a misstep led to life-altering experiences.

Coming on Saturday, January 11 -- Saturn Return Club, a community gathering, once-in-3-decades by Saturn-in-Capricorn performers, about their Saturn returns, with local astrologers doing pop-up readings from 6:30-8pm, and drag performances starting at 8pm!

The Poe Show is back on Sunday, January 12. Celebrate the master of the macabre with spoken word, music, improv, and skits that are inspired by Poe, are interpretations of his work, or roasts of Poe. 



If you are interested in buying a copy of my book, I have them for sale at the theater for $15. If you aren't in the Portland area, you can order one from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. Not sure if you want a copy? You can read an excerpt in Hip Mama Magazine.

I'm so excited about the amazing line-up this year. More than 15 hours of programming from 14 countries! Mark. Your. Calendars. PUFF. January 2020!

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KBOO Book and Record Sale is clock Saturday, December 21st from noon until 10pm. This year for the season of giving you can give back to your favorite community radio station while at the same time get great gifts for family and friends. KBOO will have a huge variety of books, CDs, tapes, and records at insanely low prices. There will be something there for everyone. You can get all your gifts in one place AND have a great time with live DJs, drinks, food, and other activities. 

KBOO is featured in this year's Willamette Week Give!Guide - help them raise $45,000 by Dec. 31st.

Stand Up Smut is an open mic designed for "adult" material. Share your original erotica, poetry, songs, stories, scenes or whatever else you can imagine! Or just come be part of a supportive (and aroused!) audience. Next one is Monday, December 30 at the Nalu Kava Bar on Sumner Street.

Get rid of your winter blues @ the Portland Winter Light Festival, a three-day vibrant outdoor art festival featuring interactive light-based art installations, dynamic live performances, stunning kinetic fire sculptures, and educational programming. Now in its fifth year, you'll find over 100 artists, performers, and creators:

The next Portland Womxn's March & Rally for Action is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2020. Save the Date!!! Details coming soon.


Life is a journey to be experienced, not a problem to be solved.
— Winnie the Pooh

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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