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October 4, 2019

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

I'm still in Oklahoma helping my father's widow with paperwork, cleaning, writing thank you cards, trips to the Social Security Office, along with a dozen other things that need doing. Note to self: Get Rid of Stuff NOW.

I came without a book for nighttime reading, so I borrowed one from Eunice, my father's wife of 18 years. Eunice likes romance novels, but the one I picked up wasn't a bodice ripper, but a sweet tale of a small town in North Carolina and its residents, with the focus on the rector of the local Episcopal Church. At one point Father Tim thought about calling one of his sermons "Someone to Say Bless You." We have a lot of theories about why we say "bless you" after a sneeze, but no one is 100% sure of the origin. The most popular reason given is that sneezing was one of the main symptoms of the bubonic plague, and a tiny prayer in the form of "God bless you" would protect the sneezer from a horrific death.

I considered this in light of a show I watched last night about loneliness and isolation, because when we spend little time in the company of others, there's no one around to say "God Bless You" when we sneeze. Now I don't really believe that the saying is going to ward off my death, but I know I always appreciate hearing those words even from a stranger, because, in a sense, I feel cared for.

Another thing happened in the book that also got me to thinking. The priest was taking a friend/possible love interest to meet the Bishop, and she had one of those pink foam curlers in her hair. She admonished him afterwards. She said that we need to let each other know when our slip is showing, our fly is unbuttoned, or the tag is sticking up in the back of our shirt. We help each other when something isn't quite right. 

I think that sometimes we have a reticence to call each other out when something's not quite right. People are afraid to "shush" a loud talker in the theater; I won't ask someone on a crowded Max train to stop taking up extra seats even when they've got their butt in one, feet on another, and parcels in a third. I worry about offending, but when we live in community, isn't this what we need to do for each other in order to live in harmony. How else will we learn what's okay and not okay in polite society?

Lately it seems as if even the idea of polite society has gone out the window. Folks lie and cheat with impunity. Some belittle "snowflakes" for their sensitivity and decry any form of political correctness. But isn't political correctness nothing more than the good manners my mother taught me, or the Golden Rule I memorized before I was even five? 

Let's challenge each other to be the best that we can be. Let's not be afraid to offer correction, direction, assistance, criticism, or encouragement. But above all, do it with kindness. We never know what another person might be going through--so many wounds are invisible to the eye.

I haven't lived in Oklahoma since 1984, and I feel like a fish out of water here. I am so looking forward to coming home. I hope to see you all soon.


This Morning I Pray for My Enemies

Joy Harjo 

And whom do I call my enemy?
An enemy must be worthy of engagement.
I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking.
It’s the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind.
The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun.
It sees and knows everything.
It hears the gnashing even as it hears the blessing.
The door to the mind should only open from the heart.
An enemy who gets in, risks the danger of becoming a friend.




Friday, Oct 3 @ 7:30pm.


Premiering at Tribeca and going on to play Overlook, Fantasia, and Fright Fest, among others, BLISS is a hallucinatory hell-ride into the seedy Los Angeles underbelly. 

Struggling artist Dezzy (Dora Madison) breaks free of her major creative block by indulging in a new designer drug that not only inspires her painting, but also leaves her with an insatiable hunger for human blood. As the body count mounts in-step with progress on her new masterpiece, Dezzy finds herself spiraling into an addiction from which there may be no recovery.

Shot in gloriously gritty 16mm yet mastered in 4K, the film is a sensory experience that’s almost tactile, and has been compared to the classic works of Abel Ferrara with a Gaspar Noe vibe.

Tickets $7-10 suggested; no one turned away for lack of funds. $8 ADVANCE TICKETS AVAILABLE.


Produced By Her Premiere

Saturday, October 5 @ 2:00pm. Tickets $8; AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE.

You're invited to join us at the Clinton Street Theater for a wonderful event, honoring and celebrating the stories of Produced by Her! 

Produced By Her is a youth documentary filmmaking program that inspires teenage girls to share the stories of women through documentary filmmaking. We address the lack of representation of women in the media by prioritizing the stories of girls. Produced by Her creates a pro-girl environment where success is modeled through the mentorship professional women in media.

Produced by Her is a partnership between NW Documentary and Girls Inc of the Pacific Northwest. Made possible with the generous support of the Regional Arts and Culture Council. In partnership with Open Signal and the Mt. Hood Cable Regulatory Commission.

Screening on Saturday:


Dir. by Alma

This short documentary is Directed by Alma whose tribal affiliation is Oglala Lakota and is in 7th grade. This film will take a personal look into the tragedy of Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls. Through interviews and personal narrative.


Dir. by Laila Pro. by Tracey

A look at the importance of local entrepreneurs of color through a profile of the change-making work of Bobbie Stewart founder of Palette42 which was designed for the public to discover and experience local and national makers, designers, creators and to launch brands into the mainstream market.


Dir. by Xiomara Pro. by Natalia

Xiomara collects personal interviews within her own community about the experience of immigrating to the United States.

We will also be highlight films from other local youth filmmaking programs.
- Documentary Explorers Camp
- Recording Resilience
- Outside the Frame.


"How Do We Become . . . Us?"

Portland Storytellers’ Guild Monthly Showcase

Saturday, October 5 @ 7:30pm

What influences who we are? Hearing our weird uncles debating the benefits of being a musician or a magician? Getting that poodle-head perm in second grade?

Storytellers Jeanne Anderson, Will Hornyak, Rick Huddle and Kriya Kaping explore real and imagined experiences — bending a spoon, contending with a sixth-grade bully, becoming the first woman of color to rocket into space — in an evening of stories “How Do We Become …Us?” 

Tickets are $15 on line ($12 for Portland Storytellers' Guild members and their guests) or $20 the evening of the show.


THE ORIGINAL FARE: Vietnam Episode
Sunday, October 6 @ 6:00pm. 

5:15PM: Reception at Magna

Join Kelly Cox, host & Creator of The Original Fare on PBS along with guest LA Chef Diep Tran and Chef Carlo Lamagna for a welcome reception with Vietnamese & Filipino snacky snackys and weclome drink!

6:00PM: Screening + Q&A

We'll walk across the street to Clinton St Theater for the premiere of Season 6's Vietnam episode featuring owner of Red Boat Fish Sauce, Cuong Pham, and Chef Diep Tran. (Plus some special cameos by Miss Universe Vietnam and an old beau!)

Followed by a special showing of Carlo's episode from Season 3 before Kelly moderates a discussion on Asian Ingredients & their Heritage with Diep, Carlo, and Nong Poonsukwattana.

8PM: VIP 4-Course Dinner

Back at Magna Diep & Carlo have created a joyous mash-up of Vietnamese & Filipino dishes. Sure to be filled with heart and fish sauce!! Cocktail Pairings will be optional at additional price.

Please contact for any questions!

Tickets are $6 for Screening and Q&A, $20 for Reception and Screening, $76 for Screening and VIP 4-course dinner. AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE THROUGH EVENTBRITE.



Monday, Oct 7 @ 7:00pm. FREE!!! But please make a donation to Friends of Refugees, if you can. Reserve your seat and make a $5 donation online.

In this involving political thriller, a secret French paramilitary organization plans to assassinate French President Charles De Gaulle (Adrien Cayla-Legrand) because of their disagreement with his policies during the Algerian War. They hire a professional killer, known only as "The Jackal" (Edward Fox). The police learn of the plot from an informer, and police investigator Lebel (Michel Lonsdale) cleverly pieces together the clues to the Jackal's identity. The complicated plot uses parallel editing to cross-cut between the details of the Jackal's preparations for the assassination and Lebel's efforts to find him before it is too late. Fred Zinnemann presents the story, faithfully adapted from the book by Frederick Forsyth, with precise, dramatic flair. Edward Fox is coldly alluring as the Jackal. Well acted and directed, Day of the Jackal is a tense and engrossing political thriller with a surprising ending. ~ Linda Rasmussen, Rovi

I wasn't prepared for how good it really is: it's not just a suspense classic, but a beautifully executed example of filmmaking.

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Tonight's nonprofit partner is Friends of Refugees, a registered 501(c)3 started in 2010 in response to the influx of Middle-eastern refugees coming to Portland.

They exist to help refugees not just survive, but thrive in their new home.

Serving through relationship, they come alongside new arrivals and help them navigate their new lives in the City of Roses.

In partnership with local churches, Friends of Refugees strives to
• assist in furnishing apartments
• getting kids registered in school
• starting businesses
• cultural mentoring
• teaching English, driving, & citizenship classes
• and more.

Above all, they develop the genuine friendships that are so essential in feeling at home in a new country. New arrivals become old friends. Since its inception, Friends of Refugees has helped hundreds of refugee families in the Portland area to adjust, adapt, and make their home in the Pacific NW.


Portland German Festival – Monthly Film Series

Wednesday, Oct 9 @ 7:00pm. Tickets: $10 General Admission, $8 Student/Senior (62+), $6 Children (under 12). AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE.

You know you’ve made it as one of your country’s most famous celebrities when they make a movie about your childhood. Such is All About Me—whose German title translates to The Boy Needs Some Fresh Air—a sweet origin story about Hape Kerkeling, one of Germany’s most beloved comedians and television hosts. Based on Kerkeling’s best-selling autobiography and marvelously handled by Oscar®-winning director Caroline Link (Nowhere In Africa), All About Me is an entertaining, sincere coming-of-age story about the therapeutic potential of laughter.

3rd Annual
Dia De Los Muertos Celebration!

Presented by KBOO Community Radio

Thursday, Oct 10 @ 7:00pm

Muertos PDX and KBOO Community Radio are thrilled to present the 3rd Annual #DiaDeLosMuertos Celebration! 

Join us for an authentic evening filled with dancing, food, music and short films honoring this sacred celebration of life and death: El Dia De Los Muertos, Day of the Dead. Gorgeous dance and music by Danza Azteca, Ballet Papalotl and Virginia Lopez, and beautiful short films recognizing the traditional practices and beliefs of El Dia De Los Muertos as practiced in Mexico, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Bolivia. Free offerings of Pan De Muertos (a sweet bread to honor the Dead) will be given to all attendees.

This is a fantastic event for all the family! A portion of the proceeds will go to help immigrant women in transition. #kboo #kboocommunityradio #muertospdx #diadelosmuertospd 

Join the Facebook Event and invite your friends!

Purchase in advance. Suggest $10-25 admission, but no one turned away for lack of funds! 


BRAZIL, October 14; ERASERHEAD, October 21; BEETLEJUICE, October 28; KUNG FU HUSTLE, November 11; TREMORS, November 25; HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, December 9; THE DARK CRYSTAL, December 16.

I came into this game for the action, the excitement. Go anywhere, travel light, get in, get out, wherever there's trouble, a man alone. Now they got the whole country sectioned off, you can't make a move without a form.

Whisper Skin Theater presents The Rawness of Things October 11-13 @ 8pm. Journey with WHISPER SKIN through the caverns of the human psyche. Ten original surrealist dramas, written by five women-identified playwrights from ALL walks of life, traversing grief, trauma, motherhood, love, hauntings, forest spirits, other worldly beings, myth, loss of identity, reclaiming of self, and courage. Tickets on sale now for $15.

ORAEYC presents NO SMALL MATTER on October 23 & 24 @ 7pm. NO SMALL MATTER confronts America's most pressing problems with an unlikely but powerful weapon: babies and young children. This is a free community event.

Projekt Records' "Movies in the Dark" presents ARMY OF DARKNESS October 18 @ 10pm. "Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness delivers a great conclusion to what is one of the most unique trilogies in cinema history, providing a ton of laughs and plenty of exciting action in the process."  -- Jeff Beck, The Blu Spot. Tickets AVAILABLE NOW.

It's never too early to get your tickets for our ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW Halloween Extravaganza!! These shows sell out every year!! Come be part of our Halloween fun!!

FLASH AH-AHHHH!: A Stageworks Ink Production is coming in November!!! This is the fifth anniversary of this unique and hilarious production. Several of the original cast and crew are returning for this final bow for Flash Ah-Ahhh!!  Including most of the original band who were ages 13 to 17 and students at the School of Rock. TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!!!

You say you want more FLASH GORDON???!!! On Saturday, November 16, come to a 4pm matinee of the 1980 feature film. Or make it a three-fer....the movie, a gala reception with food and drink specials, and a ticket to Flash Ah-Ahhh....all for only $25.



Submissions are closed, but because of my father's death and my inability to properly promote the festival, PUFF has been postponed until January.

2019 Portland Greek Festival is October 4 - 6. Three days of authentic Greek cuisine, music, dance, family and much more!!!

2019 NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon Annual Gala is Saturday, October 5. Please join NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon for its biggest event of the year, and join them in fighting to protect and expand reproductive rights for all people.

Imagining a World Beyond Policing is Friday, October 11. Presentation by Alex S. Vitale, Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. It will be followed by a Panel Discussion, Audience Q & A, and Book Signing. Childcare and ASL Interpretation will be available.

For Lovers of the Strange and Unusual. . . For the first time . . . The Portland Oddities & Curiosities Expo! Saturday, October 19th.

The publication of my memoir UNFIT: The Tale of One Pregnant Teen in the Time Before Roe v Wade has been postponed until December. If you would like to be on a list for presale announcements, please contact me directly at


For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone. 
Audrey Hepburn

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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