Archive | January, 2011

Selfless Promotion 1/21/11

21 Jan

Apologizes in advance – there’s A LOT going on, so this post is quite long, but it’s definitely worth reading to the end.


From Mythobolus:

Fertile Ground Festival of new works in Theater and Dance runs Jan. 10-30.  Mythobolus Mask Theatre is showing  a new piece, ” Recycled Happy Feet,” at Polaris Dance Studio Jan. 29th, 7:30pm as part of the Dance Coalition of Oregon premieres, $10 Box office.


From Dance Like the Stars:

Two Parties in January ~ 1/22 & 1/29!

2 Dance With Joy” Party!

Please join us this Saturday and next Saturday, January 22nd and January 29h, for a “2 Dance With Joy Party,” held every 4th & 5th Saturday! A wonderful evening of fun dancing and friendship, we begin at 7:15 PM with a lesson taught by Rachel. Then, open dancing 8:15-10:30 PM. DJ Daniel will spin those great tunes of Ballroom, Latin, Swing, and your special requests, in the large Ballroom while DJ Dirk provides beautiful Argentine Tango music in the small Ballroom. The dance lesson, along with the punch and cookies, is included in your admission price of $8 person / $6 High school & College Students. Singles, Couples, and All Ages are welcome!

Location: Ankeny Street Studio, SE 9th & Ankeny

~January 22, 7:15 PM Lesson “EC Swing”

~January 29,  7:15 PM Lesson “Salsa”

Special Waltz Workshop and Night Club 2step Workshop, on Saturday January 29th!

Viscount Dance Studios

12:00-2:00 PM Waltz ~ Turning Graceful elegance!

2:00-4:00 PM Night Club 2 step ~ Floating Romance!

*Pre-registration! Pre-register with a phone call or an email is appreciated and saves you money!

For an updated schedule of events/ group classes

Any additional questions or information on private lessons, group classes or professional performance shows, please contact Rachel Lidskog at

(503) 704-5617


From Portland Youth Philharmonic

Sunday, January 30, 2011
Wieden+Kennedy Building, 4:00 p.m.

MOZART Symphony No. 28 in C Major
MOZART Ave Verum Corpus*
BACH Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring*
MOZART Sancta Maria, Mater Dei*
COPLAND Appalachian Spring Suite (Original Version for 13 Players)

*with the Pacific Youth Choi

To order tickets in advance, call PYP M-F, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 503-223-5939.


From BodyVox

Snap to Grid

A personalized aperitif of extreme movement created for and performed by Chase Hamilton.

See BodyVox-2 perform the World Premiere of Jamey Hampton’s “Snap to Grid.” Opening night is January 27!

Tickets start at $15.


January 27-29
The BodyVox Dance Center
1201 NW 17th Ave, Portland

BodyVox-2 provides a mentoring and performing opportunity for talented young dancers. This emerging group performs in all BodyVox school assemblies, working with our Education and Outreach Team and visiting schools throughout Oregon and SW Washington. They also perform and tour a unique show composed of classic BodyVox dances and new work created especially for them.


Now for some classes

From Nomadic Theatre Co:

Workshop Series:  New Works

Take a workshop with Nomadic and other great Portland companies!

Venue:           the mOuth (inside Zoomtopia, 810 SE Belmont Street)

Dates:             Jan 22 & 29 @ 1:30pm &
Jan 23 & 30 @ 9am (arrive early)

Tickets:    $15 w/ Festival Pass or if registered for multiple workshops
$20 each, a la carte

Join some of Portland’s brightest minds in new performance as you participate in up to four workshops during the Festival, each providing a taste of creating new performance work in a unique and exciting way. These intense three-hour workshops will get you on your feet and involved in creating performance, generating text, improvising, clowning, and much more. Workshops will cater to all skill-levels, from the curious beginner to the advanced performer/creator. This year’s series includes:

This year’s series includes:

Jan 22: Jonathan Walters (founder and Artistic Director of Hand2Mouth Theatre)
Jan 23: Rachel Fachner (founding member of Collective Dance NY)
Jan 29: Heather Pearl (founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Nomadic Theatre)
Jan 30: Kate Sanderson (founding member and Co-Artistic Director of Fever Theatre)

Find details about each workshop and register at
Register early as enrollment is limited! Participants should arrive early for workshops.

The Workshops

Tools for Generating New Work, led by Jonathan Walters
Here’s your chance to learn about creating original performance, broadening acting range and becoming more open and creative in general.  The techniques you will learn come from a blend of physical and experimental theatre and are made more exciting through Hand2Mouth Theatre’s own years of theatrical research, with a goal of imparting to participants practical tools for use in generating their own theatre work. The workshop begins with physical and vocal ensemble-building exercises and moves into creation of ‘etudes’ in which the participants craft small performance sequences, which are then shaped and edited. Next, participants are led through Hand2Mouth’s technique of long form physical theatre improvisation, which combines highly structured performance rules and the inclusion of the pre-rehearsed ‘etudes’.

This training also strengthens stage presence, stress relief and an awareness and spontaneity within scripted work.  Class is good for actors, designers, directors and anyone interested in the arts or having a good time. Come prepared to move and use voice intensively during the workshop.

Teaching Artist: Jonathan Walters founded Hand2Mouth Theatre(Portland, Oregon) in 2000 and functions as Artistic Director. Jonathan has directed the bulk of Hand2Mouth shows, and works closely with guest writers and the ensemble to develop original devised theatre work. Hand2Mouth theatre has toured its award-winning ensemble-created work to arts festivals, cultural centers and universities across the Northwest, California, New York City, Poland, and Mexico.

Jonathan began his career working in Poznan, Poland in 1999 with acclaimed street theatres Biuro Podrozy and Teatr Usta Usta. In the last several years he has collaborated, trained or studied with several of America’s most innovative American theatres including Sojourn Theatre and Elevator Repair Service.  He has taught workshops and led trainings across the US, including a recent class at Northwestern University, as well as in Europe and Latin America. Jonathan was a 2005-07 recipient of a Career Development Program for Directors Fellowship administered by TCG and the NEA and has won multiple artist residencies and grant awards towards the creation of original theatre work.  He has been awarded travel grants by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters to initiate international projects in Poland, Mexico & Iran.


Ensemble-based Text Generation, led by Rachel Fachner
Build text and movement connections both collaboratively, by consensus, and spontaneously. This workshop will look at ensemble-based text generation through a variety of experiences and interpersonally related techniques. Partially based on Carol Churchill’s interview technique, consensus based decision-making, and a five senses text technique developed by Fachner, the workshop will lead participants through a group process which generates, group edits, then develops text which is continuously filtered by how that text suits movement and the building of performable moments. Participants should be dressed comfortably for movement.

Teaching Artist: Rachel Fachner comes to choreography from a multi-disciplinary background, and holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. Rachel’s choreography has been performed at Triskelion Arts, NYU, and One Arm Red. As a playwright, her work has been performed at NYU, and with Breedingground Theatre Company. Rachel recently directed La Turista by Sam Shepard with Solid Hang at Collective Unconscious. Other venues and companies she has worked with include: The Stable, Clubbed Thumb, Dixon Place, LAByrinth Theatre Co. at the Public, Target Margin Theatre Co., Tandem Otter, Salt Theatre, and other. Rachel is a founding member of Collective Dance NY.


Creating with the Nomadic Theatre Co! led by Heather Pearl
Games, dreams, play, observations on the bus, research, travel….are all co-creators when the Nomadic Theatre Co. develops a new work of theater. In this workshop participants will create and perform a short piece using techniques of the Nomadic Theatre Co.  Learn how to go from ideas that interest, humor or excite you, to theater that an audience wants to see. Bring your own idea, prop, image and we will incorporate those as we create the piece. Wear clothes and shoes you can move in!

Teaching Artist: Heather Pearl is a co-founder  of the Nomadic Theatre Co and has been co-artistic Director since 2002. During that time she was part of creating six original new works, three of which were in the style of theatrical clown ( a passion of hers!).  Pearl was previously a member of Do Jump! extreme physical theater in Portland, OR, and a number of circus and clown groups and shows in California. She studied at Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, The Pickle Family Circus, Make-A-Circus, and with Moshe Cohen.

Devised Theater:  Discovering Creative Process, led by Kate Sanderson Holly
How is a theatrical moment made?  Is it assembled from a detailed blueprint that was created before rehearsal?  Does it arise unexpectedly from an improvisation?  Does it reveal itself gradually through a repeatable exercise?  When it comes to Devising Theater, the process is never taken for granted – it is invented every time, and can be an important part of discovering your voice, or the voice of your ensemble. In this introductory workshop, we will create a framework from which participants can invent a devising process and see it in action.

Teaching Artist: Kate Sanderson Holly is a performer, director, theater deviser and playwright, and is a founding member and co-Artistic Director of Fever Theater.  She holds an MFA in Theater:  Contemporary Performance from Naropa University, where she trained with some of the greatest performance innovators of our time:  Barbara Dilley (of Judson Church Dance Theater), Steve Wangh, Leeny Sack (of Schechner’s Performance Group), Leigh Fondokowski (Tectonic Theatre), members of the Roy Hart Theater and more.  She has studied Viewpoints, Suzuki and Composition extensively with members of Anne Bogart’s SITI Company, and has also studied the original Six Viewpoints with Wendell Beavers.  With Fever, she has created more than 10 full-length original productions, and her work has been shown at TBA’s Ten Tiny Dances, the Northwest New Works Festival, and the Boulder Fringe Festival.


Help with Kennedy Center’s “Any Given Child”.

20 Jan

Regional Arts & Culture Council(from our friends at the Regional Arts & Culture Council, aka, RACC)

Dear Arts Leader:

By now I hope you’ve heard that RACC is partnering with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and their Any Given Child program to conduct a thorough inventory of our region’s assets in arts education, and to identify gaps. I am writing to ask for your assistance in this very important study.

It has been more than five years since RACC conducted such a comprehensive inventory and assessment on the topic of arts education, and our findings will help meet our community’s goal of creating a long-range plan for a comprehensive arts education that is equitable and sustainable in the Portland metropolitan area. Over the past three months, the Kennedy Center and a team of local volunteers have worked together to develop three sets of surveys to ensure that we are collecting the most relevant information about arts education from schools, from artists and arts organizations, and from the community at large.

If you are providing arts education programming to any K-8 students in the Hillsboro, Gresham-Barlow, North Clackamas and/or Portland Public School districts, please help us now by completing our special ARTS ORGANIZATION survey. There are between 13 and 20 questions, depending on your answers, and the entire survey should take no longer than 5-10 minutes.” The survey is available online at:

The survey will remain online through February 14th, but we encourage you to complete it as soon as you can. Our findings will be shared with you and the entire community in August.

Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions about this survey or the objectives of Any Given Child in the meantime. Thank you for your time and assistance!

Eloise Damrosch

Executive Director
Regional Arts & Culture Council
108 NW 9th, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97209
503.823.5400 (t)
503.823.5432 (f)

The most comprehensive online resource for local artists:

source: Regional Arts & Culture Council

Selfless Promotion 1/14/2011

14 Jan

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From Aaron Meyer:

February 13 – Valentines Concert with Aaron Meyer & Tim Ellis at The Day Music Theatre & Performing Arts Center.
Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 2 – 3:30 pm

Join violinist Aaron Meyer & guitarist/producer Tim Ellis for an intimate Valentines Concert at Oregon’s newest performing arts center, The Day Music Theatre and Performing Arts Center.

Tickets $25 – no service charges
To reserve your tickets call 503.515.3461 or email

The Day Music Building
5516 SE Foster
Portland, Oregon 97206

February 14 – Portland City Grill Presents:  “Valentines In The Sky”  – Dinner & Concert
February 14, 2011 at 7 pm

“Valentines In The Sky” Dinner & Concert
Featuring Violinist Aaron Meyer & Guitarist Tim Ellis

$125 per person

Price includes:
– Full course dinner paired with NW wines
– 2.5 hour parking
– gratuity
– concert with Aaron Meyer & Tim Ellis
– fabulous view of Portland

Dinner at 7 pm
Concert at 8:30 pm

Contact Portland City Grill Private Dining to make reservations
503.525.5260 or

Note: Vegetarian option available upon request.  Please let the staff know when you call.

Portland Summer Music Camp with Violinist Aaron Meyer and Producer Tim Ellis – July 2011
No musical experience required.  This program is open to any student interested in learning about music, songwriting, and recording.

July 11-15, 2011

The Day Music Building
5516 SE Foster
Portland, Oregon 97206
(across from George Morlan)

Click here to print off a registration form and for more info

The Details:
Ages 8 – 14 welcome to register
Limited space
9 am – noon
7 pm final performance on Friday, July 15 – Parents/Family welcome

Tuition & Fee Schedule
$250 per student – $100 deposit required to reserve your space
No musical experience required.

In this one of a kind program children will learn how to:

–  Write lyrics and produce their own music CD.

–  Record & perform your own original music

–  Make their own CD.

–  This program is very creative, educational, & fun.

–  Students will tour one of the northwest’s finest recording studios.

–  Students will go to a live performance with Aaron and experience   a load in, sound check, and concert

–  Early drop off available – Snack provided
To reserve your spot or for more information
call 503.515.3461 or email:

for more info and to hear samples of student songs
click here

PLEASE NOTE: we have two summer music camps for 2011
Cannon Beach, Oregon – June 22 & 23
Portland, Oregon – July 11 thru 15

More Aaron Meyer Events

January 20 – Aaron Meyer at Broken Top Golf Course in Bend62000
6200 Broken Top Drive, Bend, Oregon –  541-306-3988

February 12 – Aaron Meyer opens for the Vancouver Symphony Big Band.
June 22 & 23 – Summer Music Camp in Canon Beach, Oregon


From 3 Leg Torso:

Everything Old Is New Again: 3 Leg Torso performs at the newly revived Blue Monk on January 29

3 Leg Torso returns to The Blue Monk’s newly revitalized basement music room on Saturday, January 29, 2011. The show, at 3341 SE Belmont St., begins at 9pm and costs just $10 for patrons 21+.

About 3 Leg Torso
Since 1997, 3 Leg Torso has created modern chamber pop music infused with the authenticity of folk music, the passion of world music, the precision of chamber music and the enthusiasm of rock & roll. Influenced by tango, Eastern European folk and other world music traditions, their cosmopolitan musical style embraces wit and humor within thoughtful, uncommon and beautiful musical arrangements.

Since the ensemble’s humble start more than 10 years ago with spontaneous street performances — called “Meestering” by co-founders Béla Balogh and Courtney Von Drehle — they have been featured on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and at the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, successfully toured the east and west coasts, released five CDs (two with New York spoken word artist, NPR contributor and Duplex Planet founder David Greenberger), composed and recorded film and documentary scores, written new evening length works commissioned by the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA) and performed their original music with several symphony orchestras and in a headlining performance at The Getty Center in Los Angeles. The cinematic nature of many of the ensemble’s compositions has paved the way for its inclusion in films by Academy Award winner Joan Gratz, Morgan Spurlock, two-time Oscar nominee Bill Plympton and others.

Founding members and principal composers Béla Balogh (violin, trumpet) and Courtney Von Drehle (accordion) are joined by Mike Murphy on double bass and percussionists/mallet players Gary Irvine and T.J. Arko.

More info:
Music Samples:
High Res. Photos: (see the “Press Photos” set)


From Carrie Moore:

Ackerman Middle School in Canby, OR is an ARTS based school that promotes cross cultural peace, and has had a variety of speakers come through its doors—Gandhi’s grandson; the former First Lady of Seoul, Korea, to name some.  It has one of the only gifted remnants of a steel structure from the 9/11 bombing of the World Trade Centers in NYC in their Peace Garden.

Anyway, I’m the third artist they’ve asked to show and speak to the students.  They grant me a stipend for my time. It’s a nice honor. My work is there now through March 8th in their custom gallery donated and completed pro bono by an area Architect .  It’s a great space, and I’m excited to speak to and with the students there in the coming month.


From Miracle Theatre Group

Dancing with Duende
One of the most defining characteristics of the artists in Lorca’s time was their desire to be well-rounded in all the arts. Rarely did one specialize solely in sculpture or poetry, music or painting. Rather, Federico García Lorca and his contemporaries strove to master it all. To be “jacks of all trades” as it were.

Echoing the pursuits of this unique era, our show, Duende de Lorca, which opens this weekend on Friday, January 14, represents this idea by its very nature. Duende de Lorca, a world premiere, employs numerous art forms to reveal the history of Federico García Lorca, his life and his work, and to bring to life the struggles and triumphs in his art and his relationships. The script weaves selections of Lorca’s poetry together with the poignant language of his various acquaintances to lead us on a captivating journey through the reality and imagination of our protagonist. This journey is accompanied by the ever-present soundscape of the world in which Lorca finds himself—a world that is somewhere between reality and fiction. A world in which many artists reside.

Poetry, music, and dialogue are joined by dance, a final artistic element that allows Duende to engage and reflect the multi-talented circles in which Lorca thrived. Dañel Malán dances a ballet piece mirroring the lead butterfly in Lorca’s first play, Maleficio de la Mariposa. Then all together, the cast dances a high-powered New York Charleston, as well as a traditional Cuban son when Lorca’s travels take him to Cuba.

Each of these artistic elements serves as a vehicle in which to approach Lorca on his own terms. Artist to artist, we offer our tribute to his life and work in this new show, Duende de Lorca.

Duende de Lorca plays Jan. 13-22, 2011 at the Milagro Theatre (525 SE Stark St., Portland). Performances are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday Jan. 16 and Saturday Jan. 22. A Bilingual Book Bazaar follows the Saturday matinee. Tickets are $12 to $23 and can be purchased from The Miracle Website or 503-236-7253. Discounts apply for students, seniors and groups.

2011 Spring Run For The Arts – There’s Still Time!

14 Jan

It’s nearly mid-January (AHHH!!!!) and we were sort of cheated out of a snow day yet again.  I suppose that means it’s time to stop looking at the sky and focus on work again.

For those of you familiar with Run For The Arts, the deadline to get your Letter of Agreement in for the Spring Run is just a few weeks away, on February 2.  And to make it that much easier for you, here’s a direct link for those in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties.  For those of you outside of those three counties, here’s a direct link for you.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Run, here’s a quick blurb about this fantastic program;

Run For The Arts is an opportunity for schools to raise the funds that make it possible to bring artists into their classrooms, pay for field trips to see performances and exhibitions and purchase art supplies. It is an annual jogathon conducted by individual schools throughout Oregon & SW Washington and coordinated by Young Audiences. Students secure pledges for laps run, earn points, win prizes and raise funds to ensure the arts are present in their school.

For more information about this program, here’s a direct link as well.  I’m a little link loony today…

The 2011 Run For The Arts T-Shirt Soon to be Revealed!

10 Jan

Way back in November of 2010, the staff of Young Audiences review over 50 submissions from students around the Portland/Vancouver Metropolitan area to select the image to be used on the 2011 Run For The Arts T-shirt.  For those unfamiliar with RFA, it’s a program Young Audiences created way, way back in 1977 as a funding method schools could use to raise money to cover arts-related expenses.  The Run is a jogathon the students take part in, similar to a walk-a-thon (more information).

Manipulating The Winning Design

Design contest winner and our designer working with Photoshop on the winning design

Every year in September, we blanket area schools with the sign-up forms encouraging art teachers and principals to have their students submit original artwork to Young Audiences for consideration as the coming year’s t-shirt design.  In return, the student receives a check for $350, the opportunity to work with a designer from Weiden+Kennedy and they get to see the initial press run of the t-shirt, all of which is pretty fascinating.

Well, we made our selection.  Of course, I can only show a little bit of the design because we like it to be a somewhat of a surprise!  In the picture is our designer working on this year’s image with the design winner.

Stay tuned for updates!

For more information about the contest, click here

Selfless Promotion 1/7/11…

7 Jan

Here’s what some of our artists are up to and where you can see them perform…


From Fools in Paradise:

We hope to see you soon at one of our upcoming performances:

Sunday, Jan 9th – World Sounds concert series at the Portland Children’s Museum. Catch our children-oriented set at 11, noon or 1. 4015 SW Canyon Rd (by the zoo) – all ages, free with $8 admission. Limited seating, first come, first serve.

Thursday, Jan 13th, 9-11:15pm – Mississippi Pizza Pub
$5 – 3552 North Mississippi Avenue, Portland, 21 and over only.

Fools In Paradise plays a highly danceable mix of marimba and mbira music, Zimbabwean, West African, and original. Saxophone, hand drums and 5-part harmonies! For more info, go to
source:  Fools In Paradise


From Gideon Freudmann:

This Month

I have a few gigs at the end of the month:

On January 21st, I am playing a couple of school assembly programs in Albany, OR.

On the 22nd, I perform at

Linn Benton Community College at 10am.

It’s at:   6500 Pacific Blvd SW, open to the public and free.

Finally on the 28th, I have library performances in two scenic small towns outside of Portland:

first at the St Helens, OR Library at 11am and then at the

Scappoose Library at 2pm. Sure, I could make a joke about Scappoose, but where’s the challenge?


PCP in the Happy Valley

The Portland Cello Project will be playing in my old stomping ground at the Iron Horse Music Hall in Northampton, MA on January 8th. I won’t be able to join them on this tour, but I encourage all my pals in the area to go to the concert and show them some love. While you’re there, be sure to request (nay, demand) that they play Robin Hood Changes His Oil and Denmark. I’m sure they will happily oblige. Playing a couple of my tunes is the very least they can do – after all, I’ve dedicated an entire paragraph to promoting a gig that I can’t even attend myself. I give and give.

Denmark Video

The film created by Two Penguins of PCP playing Denmark, continues to get a lot of hits on youtube, but more significantly, It’s been awarded Best Music Video by the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood in 2010.

It has also been accepted into a slew of film festivals (about 40 in all) including ones in London, NYC, Olympia, LA, Chicago, Vancouver, Miami, Bahamas, Amsterdam, Nashville, Las Vegas, Aspen, Athens, Atlanta, Beverly Hills, Cleveland, Alaska (home of the mama grizzlies), Oxford, Boston, Victoria… all very exciting and promising.


1/21 Albany, OR, Sunrise and South Shore schools

1/22  Albany, OR, Linn Benton Community College, 10am

6500 Pacific Blvd SW

1/28 St Helens, OR   Library, 11am

1/28 Scappoose, OR  Library, 2p


3/2  West Linn, OR  Sunset School

3/9  West Linn, OR  Athey Creek Orchestra Concert


4/28 Stonington, CT  Pine Point School

4/30 Amherst, MA   Broque CD release


5/13-15  New Mexico

source: Gideon Freudmann

Natya Leela Academy (YA Roster Artist)

7 Jan

Natya Leela Academy Artistic Director, Subashini Ganesan, has received one of the Regional Arts and Culture Council’s (RACC) 2011 Artistic Focus Project Grants
This grant is a great recognition for the state of Classical Indian dance in Portland and provides seed money for the creation of an original 90-minute performance (to be performed in November 2011) combining the strength of Bharathanatyam, Japanese Taiko, and Modern/Contemporary dance.

I am thankful to each and everyone of you as our work would not be possible without your support, encouragement, and continued interest in Classical Indian Dance.


source:   Subashini Ganesan

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