Stranger Comes to Town
4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
For info, 503-221-1156
(US, 2006, 90 minutes)
Working primarily in video and web-based mediums, Jacqueline Goss creates witty and intelligent visual essays exploring the rules, histories, and tools of language and mapmaking systems. Her projects take as their source specific acts of writing and cartography that bring about cultural change, technological
innovation, or create social narrative ruptures. Tonight, she presents her latest
film, Stranger Comes to Town, a 2D animation using Homeland Security
demonstrations and World of War craft avatars to examine current immigration
processes and how these processes affect one’s own sense of self and view
of the world. Goss will also be screening a selection of her other videos as well
as a few surprises. Presented by the NWFC and Portland Documentary and
eXperimental (PDX) Film Festival. The full PDX Fest schedule is available at www.peripheralproduce.com.
April 28 and 29
Kiss Me Deadly
NW Film Center
1219 SW Park
8:45 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 p.m. Sunday
For info, 503-221-1156
(US, 1955, 105 minutes)
“A drive through the night, a lady in distress, a roadblock, a car crash, torture
and murder, Rosetta in code, a mushroom cloud over Malibu...Kiss Me Deadly
is the culmination of the cold-war paranoia film, evoking a combustible world
of nihilism and disconnected souls, with private eye Mike Hammer lurching
throughout the LA labyrinth in search of the great Whatsit, a MacGuffin that
becomes a metaphor for a world up-ended and on the brink of oblivion.”—
National Film Theater, London. “A key film of the modern era, a touchstone for
the French New Wave, and as ferocious a movie as has ever been made in
America.” — Martin Scorsese. Directed by Robert Aldrich.
April 10 - May 6
Fences, by August Wilson
Portland Center Stage
Gerding Theater Main Stage
128 NW 11th
For info, 503-445-3700
The Pulitzer Prize-winning Fences, set between the Korean and Vietnam Wars, depicts the painful relationship between a down-on-his-luck former professional baseball player, now reduced to earning a meager living as a garbage man, and his son, an award-winning athlete who has been offered a college football scholarship. Each man’s struggle to make his way in the world reflects the hardship faced by one generation and the hope of another.
Nelson Pavlosky: Does Not Compute: Protecting Political Rights in the Digital Age
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
For info, 503-777-7755
As a sophomore at Swarthmore College, Nelson Pavlosky published internal company emails that had been obtained from Diebold International’s computer system concerning the electronic code used in voting machines. Diebold issued cease and desist orders against internet service providers nationwide, claiming that the information was protected by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
Pavlosky and another student successfully sued Diebold for misusing the act. Pavlosky is now organizing student groups around the country to fight for the digital commons and voting rights.
Richard Preston: The Wild Trees
Powell’s City of Books
1005 W Burnside
For info, 503-228-4651
From the #1 bestselling author of The Hot Zone comes an amazing account of scientific and spiritual passion for the tallest trees in the world, the startling biosystem of the canopy, and those who are committed to the preservation of this astonishing and largely unknown world.
Dayton Contemporary Dance Company
White Bird Dance Series
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
1037 SW Broadway
For info, 503-245-1600, ext. 201
Founded in 1968 by the late Jeraldyne Blunden, this Ohio-based company
boasts the world’s largest repertoire of works by African-American choreographers.
This esteemed company returns, now to the Schnitzer, with colôrógraphy,
n. The Dances of Jacob Lawrence, inspired by the majestic paintings
of Jacob Lawrence (1917-2000), who lived his final years in Seattle as a celebrated
professor at University of Washington. Lawrence’s art, full of rhythm,
energy, motion and color, provides the impetus for a powerful evening of four
Through April 21
Do North, A Community Visual Arts Exhibition
Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center
5340 N Interstate
11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday - Friday; Noon - 4 p.m. Saturday
For info, 503-823-4322
Do North is a series of performances and exhibits centered on the artists and
talents of North and Northeast Portland. 40 visual artists make up the exhibition. Photographers, painters, writers, sculptors and a wide variety of mediums