Archive | June, 2012

Selfless Promotion 6/26/12

26 Jun

Airships, Accordions and Aeronauts

VAGABOND OPERA and ABNEY PARK present a summer STEAMPUNK Extravaganza!  At the Wonder Ballroom, July 6th.

A Mustache touting accordion player bellows opera from a Victorian hot air balloon while Tesla coils and theremins whistle on stage. The cellos’s begin to
duel. A belly dancing chanteuse sings of ancestors and wails to the moon. The  Guitarron’s been drinking. Portland’ own Bohemian Gypsy pop ensemble, Vagabond Opera and Seattle’s infamous and dance-able Abney Park present a wild summer Steampunk extravaganza. Victorian fashion, culture and art mingle with Steam Power, anachronistic technology and really cool outfits for an interactive evening not to be missed.  Featuring a Steampunk marketplace, audience interaction and costumes highly encouraged!

What:      Live music, cabaret, dance and Steampunk
When:     Friday, July 6th, doors 8:30pm, Show 9pm
Where:   The Wonder Ballroom, 128 Ne Russel, Portland
Tickets:  All Ages. For tickets call 503-284-8686, or go to

source: Vagabond Opera and Abney Park


Run For The Arts Results are In!

14 Jun

Spring here in the Pacific Northwest has been anything but usual.  What with over 14 days of sunny, warm weather in mid May, to the back-to-back thunderstorms over Memorial Day and having reached our average amount of rainfall for June last week, it has indeed been strange.  To cap it all off, our Run For The Arts program exceeded our expectations and set a new record.  Below is the press release going out, and we couldn’t be prouder of the students involved, and the community at large…

Students from The Emerson School take part in the 2012 Spring Run For The Arts

Students from around Oregon and Washington, in conjunction with Young Audiences, have  completed the most successful year ever of The Run For The Arts program by raising $800,000.00 for arts education! Over 20,000 students from 81 different schools were involved in the Run For The Arts, helping to raise the money necessary to keep arts programming in their curriculum.

With school districts forced to make damaging cuts to arts programs, Run For The Arts, a  biannual jogathon held at individual schools, raises essential funds to bring the arts into schools.

The money raised will benefit students with residencies and performances by nearly 200 professional teaching artists; it will benefit teachers with teacher professional development, and will benefit schools with much needed art supplies. This year’s amount represents an almost 8% increase over last year, making the total raised-to-date over $13.5 million since the inception of the Run For The Arts program in 1977.

This year, a total of 81 schools in 14 districts across 6 counties and 2 states were involved. While all participating schools are worthy of praise and recognition, Beverly Cleary, Glencoe, Southwest Charter School and Woodstock elementary schools all had substantial increases in the money they raised from the previous year. Also noteworthy are some newcomers to the program; Franciscan Montessori Earth School in Portland, Mini Mozarts’ Preschool in Vancouver and Reedville Elementary in Aloha.

The Run For The Arts was sponsored by local business leader Oregon Screen Impressions, and participating students were awarded prizes from Northwest Children’s Theater, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Children’s Theatre, Portland Center Stage and Portland Youth Philharmonic.

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