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July 25, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

How's everyone feeling out there? I hope everyone is engaging in self-care.

Once again, I am desperately looking for good news in the midst of the not-so-good, terrible and downright evil. Sometimes it feels like the odds are stacked against us. My scalp hurts from all of the head-scratching.

Daily we are inundated with lie after lie after lie. For the life of me, I can't understand why they say what they say. And even more disturbingly, why does anyone believe them?

Our words matter, and as a long-time lover of words, I delighted in finding an article this past week "The Lost Words: Reclaiming the Language of Nature." Maria Popova who puts together material for explains it better than I ever could, so here's a link to the story.

I didn't realize that in early 2015, the 10,000-entry Oxford Children's Dictionary dropped around 50 words related to nature and replaced them with terms like "broadband" and "cut and paste." Robert MacFarlane, one of the greatest nature writers of our time, teamed up with children's book author Jackie Morris to create The Lost Words: A Spell Book, designed "to conjure back the common words and species that are steadily disappearing from everyday life — and especially from children’s stories and dreams." 

I want to dream again and live in a world full of amazing natural enchantments. It's so hard to believe in my dreams and imagination when I am afraid or angry or despondent or paralyzed by what is happening around us daily. But I know without a doubt that there are good folks doing good things, and I need to find them. I believe most of you in our community are doing your darnedest to make the world a better place through your art, your activism and your relationships. Thank you for keeping on in the face of what seems at times like insurmountable obstacles. You inspire me.



Dazzle me, little sun-of-the-grass!

And spin me, tiny time-machine!
   (Tick-tock, sun clock, thistle & dock)

Now no longer known as

Dent-de-Lion, Lion's Tooth or Windblow,
   (Tick-tock, sun clock, nettle & dock)

Evening Glow, Milkwitch or Parachute, so

Let new names take and root, thrive and grow,
   (Tick-tock, sun clock, rattle & dock)

I would make you some, such as 
   Bane of Lawn Perfectionists

Or Fallen Star of the Football Pitch
   or Scatterseed, but

Never would I call you only, merely, simply, 'weed'.
   (Tick-tock, sun clock, clover & dock)




Friday, Jul 26 @ 7:00pm. Following a personal tragedy and the impending loss of her job, struggling Los Angeles litigator Jane (Caitlin Holcombe) makes a spontaneous trip to Hawaii Island to visit an active volcano. Upon arrival, she enlists the help of two locals (Ka’uhane Lopes, Randall Galius Jr.) pretending to run an adventure tour company, and the trio embark on a cross-island road trip as weird and wild as Hawaii itself.

This indie feature was partially shot in front of the 2017 Hawaii island “lava hose,” and it  tells a different kind of story about tourism on Hawaii island, which draws visitors from all around the world who hope to be moved by the presence of the Kilauea volcano.

Filmmakers in the house for a Q&A post-screening! They've come all the way from Hawaii, so please join us in giving them a warm Portland welcome.

Tickets $12.


Division Clinton Street Fair & Parade

The Division Clinton Street Fair & Parade returns! This Saturday, July 27th, join us for live music, over 130 vendors, and a parade down Division Street. We are excited to be part of another great event that celebrates our Division/Clinton community. 

The Parade travels along Division Street (from SE 41st – SE 26th) starting at 10:45am and includes our very own Clinton Street Cabaret, along with the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers, Rose City Rollers, Olive and Dingo, The Sprockettes, Echo Theater Company PDX, Dillon from the Portland Pickles Baseball, Portland Raging Grannies, and School of Rock Portland. Come cheer them all and get your Rocky on!! 

The Street Fair is right in front of the theater (26th & Clinton) with lots of local artists, food purveyors, performers and more. You can find sidewalk sales, in-store events and other specials at various businesses throughout the district, too.

After the parade, just like last year, we've got a great lineup of music happening right outside on the corner of SE 25th and Clinton.

Noon: special performance by the School of Rock Portland
1:15 p.m. Mink Shoals
2:30 p.m. The Guildsmen
3:45 p.m. The Satin Chaps

And at the theater we will have FREE CARTOONS AND FREE POPCORN form 10am until 4pm. Please stop by and say hello!!!


Dungeon Battle Karaoke

Saturday, Jul 27 @ 7:30pm. Will you answer the call to adventure??

Dungeon Battle Karaoke is a game show adventure combining elements of karaoke and tabletop roleplaying games. Players navigate an original storyline while using the power of song to face challenges along the way. Find out more at

Tickets $12 spectator; $20 player. ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE.



Sunday, Jul 28 @ 4:00pm. The Summer of love. 1969. Hippies… free love… the draft… drugs… violence in the streets… Vietnam. The Woodstock Music Festival was a beacon for a generation looking for a world of peace, love and music, and for two seventeenyear-old singer/songwriters from the West Coast, LORIAN and MERYL, it’s the once-in-a-lifetime dream to travel cross-country and perform at the festival. Defying the odds, their parents, sometimes their own better judgement… and hooking up with an eclectic cast of characters, they make a road-trip of self discovery. Along the way they find their own three days of mind-expanding, life-changing love, music and friendship.



A Night of Hapstance

Sunday, Jul 28 @ 7:00pm. A presentation of Portland Film Community Night, a monthly celebration of Portland films and the artists making them.

Come to the Clinton Street Theater for an evening of outlandish and hilarious shorts from long-running comedy team Hapstance Films, created by Sean Parker and Austin Hillebrecht (the directors of Coup de Cinema). They’ll present their favorite selections from an 8 year body of work, including the premiere of their latest and greatest, “Word on the Street!”

Featuring the comedic talents of:

Brian Sutherland, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Amber Stonebraker, Dan Kyle, Tylor Neist, Jeffrey Arrington, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Angela Nordeng, Dan Considine, Donny Persons, David Loftus, Zach Persson, Conor Eifler, Devon Rawlings and many more.

$5 suggested donation; no one turned away for lack of funds.


Jack G Film School

This summer, JACK G FILM SCHOOL brings the Clinton Street Theater a series of film screenings, discussions and musical guests. The school runs Monday night--July 29 and August 5 & 12 with a triple-feature on Sunday, August 18. The school leads up to the making of the feature film COWBOY NEMO, and cast and crew resumes are being accepted each week for the Cowboy Nemo team. Filming in Portland, Oregon August 26-31st. $5.



Tuesday, Jul 30 @ 7:00pm. Presented by Public Domain Xinema.

One of film's most classic and beloved romantic dramas comes to the big screen at the Clinton Street Theater! Join us, for the original version of A Star is Born (1937) produced by the legendary David O. Selznick in lush technicolor (a rarity for the 1930s), directed by the equally legendary William Wellman (The Ox-Bow Incident) and starring two of the screen's biggest stars at the time, Janet Gaynor and Fredric March. The writing pedigree behind this classic is also second-to-none, led by Algonquin Round Table legend, Dorothy Parker, with uncredited contributions from Ben Hecht, Ring Lardner, Budd Schulberg and Adela Rogers St. John- essentially the greatest writing team ever assembled. Co-starring the one and only Adolphe Menjou, this first version of the oft-remade story is a majestic and heart-rending production. Whether you came to love it from this film, the Judy Garland version, the Barbara Streisand version or last year's Oscar-winning take with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga, this is one of film's most classic tales.

See it with newsreels, cartoons and other ephemera from 1937, all for whatever amount you see fit! It's a donation based show at the Clinton Street Theater, so please bring what you can, but nobody will be turned away. We do depend on donations to keep the theater running and this program on the screens, so please come and enjoy this classic bit of cinema and help the community stay a vibrant place filled with cinema arts.



The Clinton Street Resistance Series is taking a break for the summer. We return in September with lots of great films to watch and great nonprofits to support.

Killer Queen Volume 5, Friday, August 2 @ 9:00pm. Not your mother's drag show.

Saturday, August 3rd, prepare for a night of wild entertainment as Doctor Jack’s Old-Timey Medicine Show takes your eyes, ears, and tongues on an adventure of a most pleasurable sort! Enjoy mind-boggling magic, heart-stopping sideshow, and gut-busting comedy from our menagerie of talented performers. It is sure to be a night to remember! Tickets available NOW!

Planned Parenthood Fundraiser, Friday, August 16 @ 7:00pm. Two documentaries, A GIRL LIKE HER and JANE: AN ABORTION SERVICE with conversations afterward with Judith Arcana and Lani Jo Leigh.

Francis Ford Coppola‘s Apocalypse Now: Final Cut has a full week run beginning Monday, August 19th

The rich inner world of the  renowned Georgian screenwriter, artist and puppeteer Rezo Gabriadze is as fantastic as the animation into which he has poured this story of his life. Rezo’s director son, Leo Gabriadze, who previously made the hit horror film Unfriended(2014), leaves it to his father to talk about a life suffused with magical thinking. Coming August 22 through 28, times vary.


Portland Summerfest Opera in the Park, in collaboration with Portland Parks & Recreation presents VIVA VERDI! AN OPERATIC EXTRAVAGANZA on Sunday, August 4.

Since its inception in 2004, the Portland Underground Film Festival has been part of the fabric of the Clinton Street Theater.  SUBMISSIONS ARE OPEN NOW, and the true PUFF is coming the weekend of October 17 to 20.

Never heard of the Portland Pickles?  Go to the website and find out more! Bobblehead Giveaway, Rockin' The Walk Concert Series on July 27; Music Millennium Night August 1st!

Find out about the Oregon Green New Deal Thursday, August 8th, at the CSE Lunchtime Climate Talk.

One of the highlights of every year!! Adult Soapbox Derby on August 17th at Mount Tabor Park. It's FREE!!!

My memoir UNFIT: A Cautionary Tale of One Pregnant Teen and What Became of Her will be released in November. If you would like to be on a list for presale announcements, please contact me directly at


I dream of lost vocabularies that might express some of what we no longer can. 

— Jack Gilbert

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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