A community kayak center at Fort Gorges? A sculpture park adjacent to Thompson’s Point? A light rail down Forest Avenue? These are just a few examples of citizen contributions to Portland Society for Architecture’s (PSA) community engagement project. This summer, Portland Society for Architecture has been providing blank maps of Portland to citizens and asking them to write and draw what they want to see happen in their city.
FREEDOM PROJECT is a multimedia physical theater piece that interweaves gripping personal stories, evocative imagery, and athletic choreography in an examination of mass incarceration in America. With material drawn from extensive research, as well as personal experience, Everett Company call upon our common humanity to challenge the conditions that have transformed the “land of the free” into the most incarcerating country in the world.
Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela, he plunges into a dark, eerie forest, trying to get back on track. But as he encounters unexpected and uncanny obstacles and people who put him to the test, Fernando is driven to extreme, transformative actions. Gradually he becomes a different man: inspired, multifaceted, and finally enlightened.
After more than 30 years as one of the mostly highly-regarded drummers in NYC's contemporary jazz and creative-music scene, Tom Rainey returns to Portland with his first band as a leader, accompanied by guitarist Mary Halvorson and saxophonist Ingrid Laubrock.
"The two friends who collaborate with Rainey here are each a major new voice on her instrument. Both can create intensely visceral music yet are equally at home on more cerebral, long-form material, be it pre-composed or improvised." -- Chris May, AAJ
Damien Gilley will present two wall drawings that expand upon his Investigation of architecture as a perceptual event. The work will monumentalize a miniature drawing as a large-scale architectural structure. Using a sketch as human-scale experience, Gilley creates a peculiar balance of indeterminacy and tension. The opening reception will be accomponied with music by Kafari.
Click here to listen to our interview with Damien Gilley
THE REVIVAL: WOMEN AND THE WORD chronicles the US tour of a group of Black lesbian poets and musicians, who become present-day stewards of a historical movement to build community among queer women of color. Their journey to strengthen their community is enriched by insightful interviews with leading Black feminist thinkers and historians, including Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs, Nikki Finney, and Alexis Deveaux.
The best bands, be they beloved local acts or international touring arena-rock bands, know when to call it quits. And there's no better place than when you're at the top of your game... On August 24th, Portland's electro, psych, garage, and punk-melding four-piece Leverett celebrates the release of brilliant LP Wires & Tubes and their final performance. We're not happy to see them to go, but we're certainly honored they decided to do it here.
Jonwayne came onto the Los Angeles music scene by way of the east Los Angeles clubLow End Theory circa 2008-09, then emerging as the epicenter of a new generation of hip-hop beat makers: Flying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer, Nosaj Thing, Kutmah, Daedelus. Fresh out of high school, Jonwayne jumped in with homemade rap mixtapes and immersed himself in the scene. "It felt like a golden age," he says, "it was very inspiring."