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January 2020

Songwriting as Truth-Telling

January 7 - February 18

The seven week workshop takes place Wednesdays, Jan 8-Feb 19 in N. Portland and Tuesdays, Jan 7-Feb 18 at Artichoke Music in SE. Write songs and explore ways of listening to help draw out intention rather than impose the listener’s. Enrollment limited to 10 at Artichoke; eight in North Portland. SONG FORMS FOR SONGWRITERS is seven weeks, Tuesdays Jan. 7-Feb 18 at Artichoke. Increase the variety of songs you write and experiment with song forms in folk, blues, country and…

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Open to Your Creative Nature

January 16 - February 13

New nature studies by Jolyn Fry and Lunar Molar are shown at the Radius Annex Gallery this month. Fry is a painter. Molar is a ceramicist. The picture above is “Oaks Bottom” by Jolyn Fry. “Surrendering to my artistic process grants me the kindest perspective of myself and the life that moves around me,” Fry said. “I have no beginning or start when I paint. Each stroke is an opportunity for me to let go. My small ideas of the…

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Young Professionals Company Present Impulse

January 17 - February 2

The teen improv comedy troupe is back for another round of spontaneous performances. Directed by Blake Wales, a member of the group as a teen. He’s now Acting Academy Associate at Oregon Children’s Theatre. A one-time, late-night show is added, for teens and adults. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 17-Feb. 2, at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2 pm (Thursday, Jan. 30 at 7:30 pm) and an After Hours show Saturday, Jan. 25 at 9:30 pm at the Young Professionals Studio Theater,…

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Dragons Love Tacos

January 18 - February 16

Presented by Oregon Children’s Theatre by Ernie Nolan and directed by Jessica Wallenfels, it is the tale of a young boy and his dog who encounter a quartet of dancing dragons. Each one has its own unique style and personality, but they are all hungry. A dance-filled journey into the field of Dragonology; equal parts ridiculous and delicious, Jan. 18-Feb. 16, Saturdays at 2 pm and 5 pm, Sundays at 11 am and 2 pm at Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW…

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Rose and Swing Go “Deep Down”

January 25 - February 29

The Ford Gallery’s new show, Deep Down, invites viewers to dip into the playful exploration of the emotional, mythical, morbid and psychedelic waters of the subconscious. The show features works from Ila Rose and Lindsay Swing (aka Honey and Sass). Rose’s work is colorful, dark, complex, layered, luscious and surreal. She plays with symbols which emerge from research and subconscious exploration and strives to use her privilege, to be a voice for social injustices as well as an advocate for…

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Life According to Morty and Ruth

January 30 - February 15

Triangle productions! opens 2020 with the lighthearted Life According to Morty and Ruth. The comedy stars Wendy Westerwelle, Jay Randall Horenstein and  Alex Fox. In the story, Ruth is late, as always, but tonight the show has already begun as she rushes into the theatre. Morty went to find parking and he too will be entering the theatre late. Ruth can’t find her seat, and apologetically interrupts the actor on stage. Within minutes, she takes over the show, and that’s…

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Listening to Silence

January 31 - February 2

New Expressive Works presents a performance inspired by artistic director Subashini Ganesan’s long-time meditation on the ancient Rg Vedic poem 10.129 (Nasadiya) and various writings about silence by two authors - Rainer Maria Rilke and Jiddu Krishnamurti. The duet is a collaborative relationship of construction, de-construction, and re-construction of the Bharathanatyam vocabulary and rhythm, to explore the undefinable realms of silence. This piece is an invitation for audiences to consider the many subtleties of what silence is and can be. Especially…

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February 2020

Winterfolk 32

February 1 @ 7:00 pm

Portland’s annual folk music fundraiser is Saturday, Feb. 1 at Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 NE Alberta St., 7 pm. The show benefits JOIN, an organization helping transition people out of homelessness into stable housing (joinpdx.org). Performers are Tracy Grammer, Kate Power and Steve Einhorn, Jim Page and Billy Oskay, Beth Wood, Oregon’s Poet Laureate Kim Stafford, Brooks Hill with Cindy Lou Banks, and perennial host and founder, Tom May. Every dollar raised at the door goes to the folks it’s…

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