Queering Portlandia Opens Minds with Public Photo Booth Project

Queering Portlandia Opens Minds with Public Photo Booth Project

Portland, July 9th, 2013. Artist and performer Anthony Hudson, who identifies as a “queer Portlander, a native Oregonian, and a Grand Ronde Indian,” is opening up a pubic photo booth at the Portland Building Installation Space. The exhibition is part of a series organized by the Regional Arts and Culture Counsel for advanced students in fine art a Portland Building. The community based project by Anthony Hudson, will be open through August 2nd and with it, Hudson hopes to create a series of alternate Portlandias that embody the diversity that exists in Portland today.

Viewing Hours & Location: 8 am to 5 pm, Monday – Friday. The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland. Admission is always free. Queering Portlandia runs through August 2nd.

For more information on the Portland Building Installation Space series visit: www.racc.org/installationspace

From RACC:

Project Background: Despite her notoriety and our love for her, Portlandia is irrefutably rooted in European sculptural tradition. The 35 foot high hammered copper statue that graces the façade of the Portland Building depicts the image of a classical female figure with European features. In that sense she represents only a portion our city’s diverse population.  “Queering is essentially to make something queer, different, to make it anti-oppressive; queering here is to make Portlandia accessible again, giving an underprivileged audience a chance to recreate Portlandia in their own image.”

During set hours each week (noon to 2 pm Monday – Thursday, or by appointment via [email protected]), Hudson will transform the Installation Space into a photo booth/performance set complete with a selection of costumes and props. The project is open to anyone who wishes to take part, participants are invited to pose or perform on camera to create their own version of Portlandia. In the artist’s words “Queering Portlandia will allow for a multitude of new Portlandias: Portlandia as a person of color, Portlandia as queer, Portlandia as a person with disabilities, Portlandia as a true, living Portlander. Queering Portlandia will demonstrate our community’s commitment to providing visibility, safety and opportunity to all its citizens.”

About the Artist: Anthony Hudson is an Oregon native and received his BFA in Intermedia from Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2013. His work draws on mythology, theatre, popular culture, and critical theory; he has been featured in Hand2Mouth Theatre’s Risk/Reward Festival, Conduit Dance’s Dance+ Festival, and Performance Works NW’s Richard Foreman Mini-Festivals. Hudson is perhaps best known as Portland’s drag clown Carla Rossi, “an immortal trickster whose attempts at hegemonic realness almost always result in fantastic failure and revelations of her own mutability and vulnerability.”

About the Installation Space: Each year the Portland Building Installation Space series reserves several exhibition opportunities for advanced students in fine art. The format and presentation requirements for the student installations are identical to those for established professional artists, the Regional Arts & Culture Council created this separate eligibility category to help introduce emerging talents to the world of public art. Anthony Hudson is the 3rd student artist to present work this season.

Nichols Norman’s Waiting Room Kicks Off New Season of RACC Installations at the Portland Building

Nichols Norman’s Waiting Room Kicks Off New Season of RACC Installations at the Portland Building

Portland, March 13th, 2013. The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced a line-up of nine new installations by local artists at the Portland Building Installation Space. Here’s information from RACC about what’s coming:

Over the next twelve months artists representing a wide range of approaches to art making will be featured in 4 week installments. Since 1994 RACC has managed the Installation Space in the Portland Building (located downtown at 1120 SW 5th Avenue) and has presented some of Portland’s best interactive and experimental media installations. At 13’wide by 8′ deep, this modestly sized venue is devoted exclusively to installation art. The space has developed a devout following over the years and competition for a spot on the roster is always spirited.

This year, 71 artists submitted proposals in the Professional Artist category, and 26 artists applied in the Student category. An independent selection panel reviewed all of the proposals, and ultimately selected nine site-specific works that are challenging, topical and diverse.

Portland Building Installation Space—2012/2013 Season Calendar and Project Descriptions:

Nicholas Norman March 25 – April 19, 2013

Jacob Sorenson April 29 – May 24, 2013

Patricia Vazquez Gomez & Betty Marin June 3 – June 28, 2013

Anthony Hudson July 8 – Aug 2, 2013

Michael Sell August 12 – September 6, 2013

Paula Rebsom & Grant Hottle September 16 – October 11, 2013

Ariana Jacob October 21 – November 15, 2013

Paul Clay and Zachary Krausnick January 13– February 7, 2014

Joseph Kucinski February 17 – March 14, 2014

Nicholas Norman (Student – PSU) March 25 – April 19, 2013

Waiting Room – Nicholas Norman’s work, which explores the meanings of places and how we understand them, kicks off the new season of installations at the Portland Building. Nicholas has a particular interest in waiting rooms: “Most of us are familiar with the experience of a waiting room, the uncomfortable seats, the horrible magazines, we know what it is…but what is the difference between a waiting room in an everyday doctor’s office versus a gallery?” Norman will create an artificial waiting room in the Installation Space to explore the difference between a fabrication and a room that is intentionally functional—is a fabricated space really any different if it can serve an identical purpose? Can a waiting room be anything other than a waiting room, or is its true meaning trapped within intention? Norman’s faux waiting room promises uncomfortable seating, dull magazines, a ticking clock, a potted plant, bad (but free) coffee, mediocre landscape paintings and the ubiquitous lost toy underneath the chair. Viewers are encouraged to bring their own interpretation to the installation, in this case however, they will be completely in control of the amount of time they decide to wait.

Jacob Sorenson April 29 – May 24, 2013

A Landscape – “Is Bigfoot real? I hope so. But I’m pessimistic.” This quote from Jacob Sorenson’s proposal might serve as a tagline for his installation. He’ll construct a nature-circus landscape in the space that embodies the human tendency to both ideologically and physically manipulate the environment. To the right picture a silhouette-like sculpture of a majestic tree-line, but with Las Vegas style chase-lights there to help better define the trees. To the left notice a sculpture that sets out to improve upon the beautiful sunset image we all hope for at the end of a day…only maybe with a few extra colors and a repeat cycle so we can enjoy it longer. And finally in the back, slightly obscured by the tree-line, look for that elusive silhouette of Bigfoot rumored to make periodic appearances.

Patricia Vazquez Gomez & Betty Marin (Students – PSU) June 3 – June 28, 201

WelcomeWelcome is intended to inform and expand the connection between a building that represents the City of Portland and the experiences of some of this city’s newer residents. Grounded in this artist team’s social-practice work serving the immigrant community, and in their own cultural roots, the project will explore the ways in which Spanish speaking immigrants feel both welcome and not welcome in Portland. The physical installation will consist of projected images of those interviewed by the team, and text from participants’ responses presented as a “wallpaper” backdrop. In honor of the exchange of hospitality, a small artesanal souvenir will be offered to visitors to take home.

Anthony Hudson (Student – PNCA) July 8 – Aug 2, 2013

Queering Portlandia – Despite her notoriety and our love for her, Portlandia is irrefutably rooted, by sculptural tradition and in concept, to Euro-centrism. The 35 foot high hammered copper statue that graces the façade of the Portland Building depicts the image of a classical female figure with European features. In that sense she represents only a portion our city’s diverse population. Artist and performer Anthony Hudson, who identifies as a “queer Portlander, a native Oregonian, and a Grand Ronde Indian,” will offer up a series of alternate Portlandias that embody the diversity that exists in Portland today. “Queering is essentially to make something queer, different, to make it anti-oppressive; queering here is to make Portlandia accessible again, giving an underprivileged audience a chance to recreate Portlandia in their own image.” The Installation Space will be transformed into a richly decorated photo booth/performance set complete with a selection of costumes and props and participants will be invited to perform on camera as their own version of Portlandia. In the artist’s words “Queering Portlandia will allow for a multitude of new Portlandias: Portlandia as a person of color, Portlandia as queer, Portlandia as a person with disabilities, Portlandia as a true, living Portlander. Queering Portlandia will demonstrate our community’s commitment to providing visibility, safety and opportunity to all its citizens.”

Michael Sell August 12 – September 6, 2013

Untitled (Photoswatch installation) – Photographer Michael Sell’s installation explores the point at which fine art intersects with décor, and investigates how the one supports and/or subverts the other. Sell will turn the Installation Space into a floor-to-ceiling grid of color, with the individual colors to be sourced from actual artwork hung inside the Portland Building. The project will function as a site-specific extension of his Photoswatch series that sampled and presented a single rectangular swatch of color from famous photographs—thus collapsing all visual elements and meaning within the photograph into one single color statement. The painted panels on the grid in the Installation Space will reference individual works of art that are hung throughout the building and each grid will be labeled with the title and location of the source work (for example: Purple Fields, 9th Floor). On the floor of the space Sell will place rows of small “sample sized” cans of paint—all mixed to match the grid colors. These will be offered to visitors to take home as souvenirs so they can ponder how much meaning travels home with them.

Paula Rebsom & Grant Hottle September 16 – October 11, 2013

Forecast – This site-specific project marks the first in a series of collaborations between Rebsom and Hottle. It combines painted and sculptural elements to suggest an impossible but thought provoking NW scene. Upon entering the building lobby the viewer will encounter a painted landscape on a stretched canvas that completely covers the front of the installation space. The scene, a typical Pacific Northwest landscape will physically screen off the entry to the space and will appear as a purpose-built covering…with the exception of an odd protrusion in the center of the painting that stretches the canvas (without puncturing it) and pokes out slightly into the lobby, creating an immediate desire to see what lies behind. As the viewer proceeds to the stairs (which offer a view behind the painting) they discover the cause of the protrusion that intrudes on the landscape and ultimately exposes its façade-like quality. The installation cleverly goads us into reconsidering our reflex definitions of “wild” or “natural” and suggests we consider those terms through a more complex lens.

Ariana Jacob October 21 – November 15, 2013

Working Title: As You Make Your Bed, So You Must Lie in It? – Social Practice artist Ariana Jacob has proposed an “artist-in-residence” installation designed to create an intimate, yet public setting where people will discuss thoughts and feelings about being both a single individual citizen as well as an element of the collective entity that is the United States. The space will be set up as a bedroom (an intimate space everyone is familiar with) with the U.S. Constitution printed on the bed spread. The Articles and Amendments to the Constitution will be screen printed on the pillowcases, the walls of the space will be transformed into chalk-boards on which different sections of the Constitution will be written. As the installation progresses the chalkboard text will be collaboratively edited as agreed upon by artist and participants. Jacob, a veteran of several successful conversation-based projects, will keep regularly scheduled hours and will focus the sessions on gaining a better sense of “American identity” by addressing the document that legally and symbolically binds us together as a people.

Ariana Jacob’s Conversation Station project from the 2009/2010; Jacob and eight other artists will present new a new set of installations at the Portland Building over the next 12 months.

Paul Clay and Zachary Krausnick January 13– February 7, 2014

Leda and the Swan – This team of I.T. savvy artists will present a fully interactive video interpretation of the classic “Leda and the Swan” story. In the darkened space a real-time digital projection will produce an image on the back wall of the installation space that is responsive to, and directed by, visitors’ body movements. As participants walk up to the opening of the space a projection of a swan will appear on the wall before them—the movements of the swan will mirror the movements of the participant as the viewer widens his/her arms, feathered wings will spread on the projected image, the swan’s feet will step and its neck will crane to match how the viewer orients his/her body. Ultimately the viewer will discover that faster, more violent movements will cause the feathers to fall off to reveal the figure of a woman (Leda). If the participant then returns to slower movements Leda will once again grow new feathers and transform back into the swan. The cycle continues on as long as there are participants willing to move.

Joseph Kucinski February 17 – March 14, 2014

The Tenacity of Change – Kucinski’s project is aimed at capturing a moment of wonderment and curious expectation. The installation will be composed of a custom garage door fit precisely into the space. With the viewer positioned “inside” the garage looking towards the outside, the door itself will be set so that the bottom edge hovers approximately two feet above the floor. A flood of mysterious colored light from under the door illuminates the darkened “garage” space. The piece is designed to create a sense of expectation and wonder as the viewer ponders what might lie ahead in the future if we are bold enough to (figuratively) open the door of the garage and move into the larger world, to look beyond the trepidation the future carries with it and think of it as an opportunity with infinite possibilities.

Viewing Hours & Location: 7 am to 6 pm, Monday – Friday. The Portland Building is located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue in downtown Portland.

For more information on the Portland Building Installation Space series including images, proposals and statements for all the installations since 1994, go to www.racc.org/installationspace.
Chelsea, 2012. Nicholas Norman’s work, which explores the meanings of places and

how we understand them, kicks off a new season of installations at the Portland Building.

Ariana Jacob’s Conversation Station project from the 2009/2010; Jacob and eight other artists will present new a new set of installations at the Portland Building over the next 12 months.

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Information submitted by Mary Bauer

Communications Associate

Regional Arts & Culture Council

411 NW Park, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97209

Oscar-nominated filmmaker donates portrait to benefit The Right Brain Initiative

Oscar-nominated filmmaker donates portrait to benefit The Right Brain Initiative

Portland, June 26th. Nationally renowned filmmaker Todd Haynes is the subject of a one-of-a-kind portrait that posted on eBay. This ten-day auction supports a good cause: Haynes donated the giclee print to benefit The Right Brain Initiative’s arts education programming in Portland, Oregon area schools. The print is signed by both Haynes and the portrait’s artist, Steve Cohn. Cohn is brother-in-law to Haynes, and works under the pseudonym Jasper Marks.

The giclee print is available in an eBay auction through Sunday, August 5.  http://r.ebay.com/iNGdP7

Caption: Portrait of Todd Haynes by Steve Cohn

Portrait of Todd Haynes by Steve Cohn

Cohn rendered the portrait in homage to Haynes’ remarkable body of work in filmmaking. Haynes, a Portland resident, is the creative mind behind Far from Heaven, a feature film starring Julianne Moore, for which he was nominated an Academy Award for original screenplay; and I’m Not There, a biopic about Bob Dylan. He is also the writer/director of Mildred Pierce, a 2011 HBO miniseries nominated for an unprecedented 21 Primetime Emmy awards.

The original oil painting of this portrait hangs in Portland City Hall, inducted in April 2011 by Mayor Sam Adams as a testament to the city’s dedication to supporting independent artists and cultural leaders. “This office is honored to display such a beautiful portrait of one of our most prolific artists,” said Adams at the hanging.

The Right Brain Initiative’s dedication to providing rich arts education to all K-8 students in Portland resonates with Haynes’ personal experience as a student. “Music, art was all part of basic curriculum that most of us grew up with in the public school system. It’s a really different story today,” he said. “I’m extremely honored to have played even the smallest part in supporting The Right Brain Initiative and its commitment to bringing art and the value of creative experience into the lives of so many young people.”

The auction closes at noon on Sunday, August 5. Portlanders can see the work in person during business hours at the Lara Sydney Framing Gallery, 1230 NW Hoyt Street (including the First Thursday art walk on the evening of August 2) through the end of the auction. http://www.larasydney.com/

Links:

About The Right Brain Initiative

The Right Brain Initiative is an equity-based arts education partnership of the Regional Arts & Culture Council, serving the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area. During the 2011-12 school year, Right Brain brought learning to life for 11,500 students and 31 schools with visual and media arts, music, dance and more. In 2012-13, the program will grow to serve 45 schools. Established in 2008, the program’s vision is to transform learning for all children in the Portland area through the arts, creativity, innovation and whole-brain thinking. Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington serves as Implementation Partner. Read more online at TheRightBrainInitiative.org

About the Regional Arts & Culture Council

RACC is a nonprofit arts services organization serving the Portland metropolitan area, including Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties. In addition to serving as the managing partner for The Right Brain Initiative, RACC provides grants for artists, arts organizations, schools and other community-based arts projects; conducts workplace giving for arts and culture (“Work for Art”) and other advocacy efforts; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance; shares printed and web-based resources for artists; and integrates artwork into public places. Read more online at racc.org.

Ten Prodigies Triumph at the 2012 Van Buren Concerto Competition

Ten Prodigies Triumph at the 2012 Van Buren Concerto Competition

Portland, April 10th.  A Gala Concert spotlighted the ten winners of the 18th annual Young Artists Debut contest. MetroArts Inc. organized the competition. The 10 soloists were selected from an initial pool of 51 entrants. Winners performed with Neil DePonte and an orchestra drawn from the ranks of the Oregon Symphony and Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestras at the Newmark Theatre. (Photo Credit, John Rudoff, M.D.)

Sherry Liang of Happy Valley, Oregon is a 16 year-old pianist and studies with Barbara Parker. Sherry is a junior at Clackamas High School and will perform the first movement of the Prokofiev Concerto in C Major, No.3.

Sherry Liang of Happy Valley, Oregon is a 16 year-old pianist and studies with Barbara Parker. Sherry is a junior at Clackamas High School and performed the first movement of the Prokofiev Concerto in C Major, No.3.

 
Rachel Graves of Vancouver, Washington is a 14 year-old violinist and studies with Clarisse Atcherson. Rachel is a freshman at Mountain View High School and will perform Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

Rachel Graves of Vancouver, Washington is a 14 year-old violinist and studies with Clarisse Atcherson. Rachel is a freshman at Mountain View High School and performed Saint-Saens’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso.

 
Kayla Wilkens of Salem, Oregon is a 21 year-old soprano and studies with Gwen Leonard. Kayla is a senior at Linfield College pursuing a BA in Vocal Performance and is now a two-time winner of the Young Artists Debut! Competition having also performed in the 2008 concert.

Kayla Wilkens of Salem, Oregon is a 21 year-old soprano and studies with Gwen Leonard. Kayla is a senior at Linfield College pursuing a BA in Vocal Performance and is now a two-time winner of the Young Artists Debut! Competition having also performed in the 2008 concert.

 
Niel DePonte, artistic director and conductor of the Young Artists Debut!

Young artists applaud Niel DePonte, the artistic director and conductor.

 
The event was at the Newmark Theater

The event was at the Newmark Theater

 
Nikolaas Top of Salem, Oregon is a 17 year-old pianist and studies with Harold Gray. Nikolas is a junior at the Veritas School and will perform the first movement of Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 2.

Nikolaas Top of Salem, Oregon is a 17 year-old pianist and studies with Harold Gray. Nikolas is a junior at the Veritas School and performed the first movement of Saint-Saens’ Concerto No. 2.

 

The concert was sponsored by Mr. John VanBuren in support of the children of the Portland, Vancouver communities in pursuing their musical goals.

After this year’s competition, Niel DePonte, who is also music director and conductor for Oregon Ballet Theatre and who has been nominated for a Grammy Award as a concerto soloist himself said, “This is an exciting class of young artists and, on average, one of the youngest we’ve ever had. I look forward to working with them for the next few months and having them make appearances in schools and other venues along the way. They are terrific role models for other children, showing what hard work and determination can achieve.”

 About MetroArts Inc.:

MetroArts Inc’s mission is to teach creative and critical thinking processes through innovative arts education programs and curricula.

MetroArts mission consists of three fundamental objectives to support the ideal:

  • To inspire every participant in the programs to contribute to the culture of their times by doing their life’s work in a creative, artistic, joyful and disciplined manner.
  • To educate about the arts of all cultures, provide insight into the process of creative thought and experiences with creativity itself. To promote access to the arts through participation, creation and reflection for all.
  • To create partnerships that enable arts education to thrive in the public schools.
Opening Night Party for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Chromatic Quartet is High Spirited

Opening Night Party for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Chromatic Quartet is High Spirited

Portland, April 19th. Oregon Ballet Theatre supporters and dancers waltzed into the RingSide Fish House to celebrate the launch of the company’s newest production: Chromatic Quartet.  (Photo Credit, Lars C. Larsen) Portland Playhouse actor Damian Thompson, OBT Trustee Neville Wellman and Principal Dancer Xuan Cheng enjoyed the party. Chromatic Quartet is at the Newmark Theatre through April 28th.
 
Apprentices Thomas Baker, Jordan Kindell, Company Artists Olga Krochik, Michael Breeden, Martina Chavez, Brent Slack-Wolfe and Ashley Dawn

Apprentices Thomas Baker, Jordan Kindell, Company Artists Olga Krochik, Michael Breeden, Martina Chavez, Brent Slack-Wolfe and Ashley Dawn

 
 
Soloist Lucas Threefoot and Joann Van Ness Menashe

Soloist Lucas Threefoot and Joann Van Ness Menashe

 
Principal Dancer Alison Roper, Music Director and Conductor Niel DePonte and The Lost Dance composer Owen Belton

Principal Dancer Alison Roper, Music Director and Conductor Niel DePonte and The Lost Dance composer Owen Belton

  
Company Artist Grace Shibley with Susie and Dennis Ott

Company Artist Grace Shibley with Susie and Dennis OttGuests mingle at the opening night after party for OBT’s Chromatic Quartet program

 
 
Soloist Lucas Threefoot, Susie Ott, Dennis Ott, Principal Dancer Brett Bauer, OBT Trustees Cheri Cooley-Hick and Ken Hick

Soloist Lucas Threefoot, Susie Ott, Dennis Ott, Principal Dancer Brett Bauer, OBT Trustees Cheri Cooley-Hick and Ken Hick

 
Composer for The Lost Dance, Owen Belton, and NW Dance Project Artistic Director Sarah Slipper at the opening night

Composer for The Lost Dance, Owen Belton, and NW Dance Project Artistic Director Sarah Slipper at the opening night

 
OBT Music Director and Conductor Niel DePonte, Executive Director Diane Syrcle and Artistic Director Christopher Stowell

OBT Music Director and Conductor Niel DePonte, Executive Director Diane Syrcle and Artistic Director Christopher Stowell

 
Principal Dancer Haiyan Wu and Company Artist Martina Chavez

Principal Dancer Haiyan Wu and Company Artist Martina Chavez

 
Justin Englund, Heidi Koenigsmann, The Lost Dance costume designer Adam Arnold and Jared Best

Justin Englund, Heidi Koenigsmann, The Lost Dance costume designer Adam Arnold and Jared Best

 
Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller, Robert Trotman, Dan Bergsvik, Audience Development Manager Paul Stavish and Company Artist Martina Chavez

Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller, Robert Trotman, Dan Bergsvik, Audience Development Manager Paul Stavish and Company Artist Martina Chavez

 
Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller, Ruth Poindexter, Principal Dancer Brett Bauer, Gretchen Alley and Charles Poindexter

Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller, Ruth Poindexter, Principal Dancer Brett Bauer, Gretchen Alley and Charles Poindexter

 
Sandy Holmes, The Lost Dance choreographer Matjash Mrozewski and Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller (Left photo) and Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller and The Lost Dance costume designer Adam Arnold (on Right)

Sandy Holmes, The Lost Dance choreographer Matjash Mrozewski and Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller (Left photo) and Retired Principal Dancer and current Artistic Coordinator Anne Mueller and The Lost Dance costume designer Adam Arnold (on Right)

 
Principal Dancer Kathi Martuza (right) with OBT Trustee Virginia Sewell and Ivan Gold (center) and guests at the opening night after party for OBT’s Chromatic Quartet program

Principal Dancer Kathi Martuza (right) with OBT Trustee Virginia Sewell and Ivan Gold (center) and guests at the opening night after party for OBT’s Chromatic Quartet program

The next big performance for OBT is Dance United on June 9th.

The 2012/2013 OBT season has also been anounced and includes:

Body Beautiful

George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker

Swan Lake

American Music Festival

Celebrating Balanchine

Ticket information at: http://www.obt.org/12-13/index.html

 

Portland Opera’s “Galileo Galilei” is Clearly Beautiful Glass

Portland Opera’s “Galileo Galilei” is Clearly Beautiful Glass

Portland, March 26th. The Portland Opera is earning high marks for its production of composer Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei. (Photo Credit, ©Portland Opera/Cory Weaver.) The Newmark Theatre production features up-and-coming voices and is sung in English. 

Here’s the story: Can you imagine? What it must have felt like? To believe-to know!-that it was the earth that revolved around the sun and not the other way around! To stand against the prevailing thought of the entire world! All the way back to his childhood as he enjoys an opera written by hisfather about-of all things-the magical story of planetary figures. 

Richard Troxell as Older Galileo

Richard Troxell as Older Galileo

We meet the famous astronomer on his deathbed, blind from looking sunward so often, and are guided backwards through his life. Back as the Church strips him of his freedom, back as he kneels to recant his work, back as he is declared a heretic.

Richard Troxell as Older Galileo

Richard Troxell as Older Galileo

Performances continue on:

 Apr 5, 2012
Thursday 7:30 pm

Apr 7, 2012
Saturday 7:30 pm
 
Featuring the Portland Opera Studio Artists
 
Maria Celeste / Duchess Christina Lindsay Ohse
Old Galileo Richard Troxell
Younger Galileo / Salviati André Chiang
Maria Maddalena / A Scribe Caitlin Mathes
Cardinal #1 / Oracle #1 John Holiday
Pope Urban VIII / Cardinal Barberini / Simplicio Nicholas Nelson
Sagredo / Marie de’Medicis / Eos Anne McKee Reed
Cardinal #2 / Servant / Oracle #2 Matthew Hayward
Cardinal #3 / Priest José Rubio
   
Conductor Anne Manson
Stage Director Kevin Newbury
Costume Designer Sue Bonde
Scenic Designer Curt Enderle
Lighting Designer Don Crossley
35th Portland International Film Festival had Sold Out Screenings

35th Portland International Film Festival had Sold Out Screenings

Portland, February 9th. Opening Night of the Portland International Film Festival drew 849 people  The crowd at PCPA’s Newmark Theater enjoyed a screening of CBS Films’ Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Bridget Smith, Dan Heine, Roberta Heine, Dave Nutter, and Shanelle Pridemore attended as event supporters from Bank of Oswego. The Northwest Film Center, is the parent organization of the Portland International Film Festival.

Jessica Lyness, Abigail Press, and Annika Wagner

Jessica Lyness, Abigail Press, and Annika Wagner

The Portland International Film Festival is the major film event in Oregon. This year the 18-day festival presented more than 93 feature films and 46 shorts from more than three dozen countries in all four quadrants of Portland and even branched out to Lake Oswego. Theater venues included the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Regal Cinemas at Pioneer Place and Lloyd Center Mall, the World Trade Center Theater, Cinemagic, Cinema 21, the Lake Twin Cinemas in Lake Oswego, and the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium.
John Yu, Kathy Zhany, Lauren McNerney, Alexei Bein

John Yu, Kathy Zhany, Lauren McNerney, and Alexei Bein

Attendance over the course of the festival is expected to be over 35,000 people.

Opening night was sold out

Opening night was sold out

Now in its 35th year, the Festival is sustained through the encouragement, leadership, and generosity of  sponsors.

Shirly Carlson, Marina Stites, Jane Kennedy

Shirley Carlson, Marina Stites, Jane Kennedy

This year’s Festival features the Portland premieres of 20 films submitted for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, including: Breathing (Austria); Bullhead (Belgium); Monsieur Lazhar (Canada); Habanastation (Cuba); Declaration of War (France); Patagonia (Great Britain); Attenberg (Greece); The Turin Horse (Hungary); Volcano (Iceland); Abu, Son of Adam (India); Footnote (Israel); Postcard (Japan); Where Do We Go Now? (Lebanon); The Orator (New Zealand); Woman in the Septic Tank (Philippines); José y Pilar (Portugal); Morgen (Romania); The Front Line (South Korea); and Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Turkey).

The Portland International Film Festival is sponsored by The Oregonian, Regal Cinemas, LAIKA, The Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, Alaska Airlines, Wieden+Kennedy, Delta Airlines, James F. Marion Miller Foundation, and many more. Presentation of the Festival in Lake Oswego is made possible by the Bank of Lake Oswego and the City of Lake Oswego.
 
The Festival is produced by the Northwest Film Center, a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation, and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they flourish. In addition to the Portland International Film Festival, the Center produces the annual Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, Portland Jewish Film Festival and a variety of year-round of film and video exhibition, educational and information programs serving Oregon and residents of the Northwest.
Portland Opera’s Madame Butterfly Takes Flight

Portland Opera’s Madame Butterfly Takes Flight

Portland, February 1st. The Portland Opera production of Giacomo Puccini well-loved work, Madame Butterfly, is getting rave reviews.  Madame Butterfly stars Kelly Kaduce as Cio-Cio-San with Roger Honeywell as Pinkerton.  (Photo credit: ©Portland Opera/Cory Weaver.)

The opera Madame Butterfly (1904), was based upon a play of the same title by David Belasco, which, in turn is based upon a short story by John Luther Long. Long contended his story was based upon actual events as related to him by his missionary sister, Jennie Correll, who spent years in Nagasaki, and knew not only many of the naval officers who put into port, but the local people, too.

The opera Madame Butterfly (1904), was based upon a play of the same title by David Belasco, which, in turn is based upon a short story by John Luther Long. Long contended his story was based upon actual events as related to him by his missionary sister, Jennie Correll, who spent years in Nagasaki, and knew not only many of the naval officers who put into port, but the local people, too.

Kelly Kaduce as Cio-Cio-San with Roger Honeywell as

Kelly Kaduce as Cio-Cio-San with Roger Honeywell as Pinkerton

As part of its commitment to the community, Portland Opera makes the final dress rehearsal of each opera available to the region's students.

As part of its commitment to the community, Portland Opera makes the final dress rehearsal of each opera available to the region's students.

Here’s a link to the YouTube video of Madame Butterfly. It will break your heart–Kelly Kaduce is just amazing! The whole company is world-class! This video is worth watching if you love opera.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-g5hFNAJuJc&context=C389118bADOEgsToPDskLh2DNvvdFdoTg2_YSUW5tS

From Portland Opera.

When the American naval officer stepped onto that foreign land, he should have known. And if he didn’t, the simple sincerity of Cio-Cio-San’s tender voice should have told him. To be careful. That she would believe his every word. That she was delicate, like … like a butterfly.

But he didn’t. And in that suddenly changed world plays out one of the most emotional and unforgettable of all operas.

Feb 3, 2012
Friday 7:30 pm              

Feb 5, 2012
Sunday 2:00 pm              
Feb 9, 2012
Thursday 7:30 pm
              
Feb 11, 2012
Saturday 7:30 pm              

Puccini at his best! Music so powerful, so achingly beautiful, that it has never failed to wring the tears and win the hearts of audiences throughout the world!

Sung in Italian with English translations projected above the stage. Performances held at the Keller Auditorium. Estimated running time 3 hours, 15 minutes

CAST

Cio-Cio-San Kelly Kaduce
Pinkerton Roger Honeywell
Suzuki Kathryn Day
Sharpless John Hancock
Goro Jon Kolbet
Prince Yamadori / Registrar André Chiang
The Bonze Gustav Andreassen
Commissioner Nicholas Nelson
Kate Pinkerton Caitlin Mathes
Conductor Anne Manson
Stage Director Christian Smith

With members of the Portland Opera Orchestra and Chorus

Winter Roses Bloom for All Classical 89.9

Winter Roses Bloom for All Classical 89.9

Portland, January 13th. Music lovers converged on The Old Church for A “Winter Roses” benefit for All Classical 89.9. The popular 24-hour not-for-profit classical music station raised an estimated $2,500 at the event. (Photo credit, Joe Cantrell and Paul Rich) 89.9 staffers Katherine Lefever, Mary Evjen and Andrea Rennie enjoyed the evening.

Pianist Janet Coleman and violinist Greg Ewer. 89.9 on-air personality Robert McBride greets concert goers.

Pianist Janet Coleman and violinist Greg Ewer. 89.9 on-air personality Robert McBride greets concert goers.

 

45th Parallel musicians Janet Coleman, piano, and Angela Niederloh. Cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, on-air host Robert McBride, Janet Coleman and pianist Bill Crane.

45th Parallel musicians Janet Coleman, piano, and Angela Niederloh. Cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, on-air host Robert McBride, Janet Coleman and pianist Bill Crane.

From All Classical 89.9,

All Classical FM is Portland, Oregon’s classical radio station. Established in 1983, All Classical’s mission is to advance knowledge of and appreciation for classical music; to build and sustain culturally vibrant local and global communities around this art form; to reflect the spirit of the Pacific Northwest; and to foster integrity, quality, and innovation in all that we do.

The stations of All Classical rebroadcast the All Classical signal from Portland.

Classical music for the Hood River area became a reality with the launch of KQHR 90.1FM in November 2001.

All Classical  has added its newest permanent station this Halloween, KQDL 88.1 The Dalles. In May 2008, a long-time dream to have a classical station at the Oregon Coast became reality when KQOC 88.1 FM went on the air from Cape Foulweather. Our strongest signal in Oregon, this station reaches Tillamook and Cannon Beach to the north and Yachats to the south.

As non-commercial public radio stations, KQAC, KQHR, KQDL and KQOC rely on listener contributions, which provide over 60% of our budget. We also receive financial support from local businesses and arts organizations that underwrite our programming through on-air sponsorships. Additionally, a small portion of our annual budget comes from various foundation grants and from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Your contribution is held by All Classical Public Media, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to preserving classical music radio and radio broadcast education in Portland. Tax-ID # 93-1042868.

Sundance Film Festival Draws Portlanders

Sundance Film Festival Draws Portlanders

Park City, Utah, January 19th- 29th.  Considered one of the premier platforms for independent film, the 2012 Sundance Film Festival is a popular draw for Oregon film lovers and winter sports enthusiasts.

The nonprofit Sundance Institute  was founded in 1981 by Robert Redford.

Sundance Film Festival 2012

The nonprofit Sundance Institute has introduced audiences to some of the most original stories of the last three decades including Reservoir Dogs, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, American Splendor, Little Miss Sunshine, and The Cove.

Portlanders Peter Johnson, Heather Mahoney,. Heather Mahoney is with Razorfish, the creative firm at the Bing Bar.

Portlanders Peter Johnson and Heather Mahoney took in the sights. Heather Mahoney is with Razorfish, the creative firm at the Bing Bar.

Portlanders Peter Johnson and Heather Mahoney celebrated success. Each year the Sundance Film Festival selects about 200 films for exhibition from thousands of submissions and more than 50,000 people attend screenings in various nearby  locations. Many years Oregon filmmakers have been represented including last year when Peter Richardson’s How to Die in Oregon won the prestigious Documentary Feature competition. This year, there were few Oregon films in the running.

The only Oregon-related feature film at Sundance 2012 was The Perception of Moving Targets, by Portland director Weston Currie, an film with a soundtrack by Portland musician Liz Harris.

The only Oregon-related feature film at Sundance 2012 was “The Perception of Moving Targets” by Portland director Weston Currie. It has a soundtrack by Portland musician Liz Harris.

 

The Big Bar at Sundance is an invitation only three story hub for VIP entertainment

The Big Bar at Sundance is an invitation only three-story hub for VIP entertainment

Rapper Lil John at the Bing Bar

Rapper Lil John at the Bing Bar

Bing Bar is a multi-faceted event space/bar hosting celebrity interviews, guest speakers, VIP parties, film premiere pre and after-parties and musical performances.

Bing Bar is a multi-faceted event space/bar hosting celebrity interviews, guest speakers, VIP parties, film premiere pre and after-parties and musical performances.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa entertains the crowd - photo by

Rapper Wiz Khalifa entertains the crowd at the Bing Bar, photo from Bing

 

The Sundance 2013 Film Festival begins Thursday, January 17, 2013, and ends Sunday, January 27, 2013.

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