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Weekend Pick: Laser Gilley

It had to happen, it was inevitable… one of Portland’s favorite artists, Damien Gilley, has harnessed the power of lasers and for one night will turn Carl Sloan Contemporary into laserland. It will also be a book release for his monograph Vibrations. I’ve followed and worked with Damien over the years being the first to review him while he was still in grad school(I normally wait till they graduate). He’s grown a lot from a local favorite to an artist with an international career. Basically, this is chief art event this weekend in one smallish gallery. Damien Gilley | April
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Match Preview: Timbers @ Fishing Village

First, a Recap! Last week, the Timbers needed a break. And they got it. Facing the difficult task of having to rebound from a bad loss on a baseball diamond 3,000 miles from home, Caleb Porter’s men put in a solid team performance and escaped Yankee Stadium with three points. The day began inauspiciously with the news that Rodney Wallace would not even make the bench due to a knee injury, later confirmed by Porter to be an MCL strain. In fact, the Timbers did not have enough healthy bodies available to field a full 18-man roster. The negative was
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The Latest in Portland Arts News—Benefits, Ballet, and Storm Large

Foster the People, Modest Mouse and Beirut to Rock the City MusicfestNW announced its 2015 lineup this week, with Modest Mouse, Beirut, Twin Shadow and Belle and Sebastian all set to convene at TomMcCall Waterfront Park over the festival weekend alongside local acts like Lost Lander and Pure Bathing Culture. The festival, now in its 15th year, has added a Friday night and will run from August 21 to August 23, making more room for acts like Foster The People, who’ll headline the festival’s first night. See the full lineup at musicfestnw.com.  Barndances and Benefits Farm-to-table + dance = dance-to-table? With
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 23–26

MUSIC Saul WilliamsFriday at 9 pm, Star TheaterArt activist/polymath Williams got his start in New York’s ’90s slam poetry scene (catch him versifying right here in Portland in 1996 documentary SlamNation). These lyrical chops led to Broadway, film—Holler If Ya Hear Me, Slam—and a music career collaborating with the likes of The Fugees, Blackalicious, Allen Ginsberg, and Trent Reznor. At the Star Theatre, he’ll bring cuts of new “transmedia” tour Martyr Loser Kingdom.  OPENING Classical Up Close Friday at 2 pm and 5 pm, Saturday at 1:30 pm, Sunday at 4 pm, various locationsThis Oregon Symphony tradition of free chamber concerts across
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The Literary Stoner: Bringing Weed to Your Reads

4/20 has come and gone, but registration for the 2015 Cannabis Creative Conference has just begun. The “meeting of the minds” gathers potrepreneurs and weedies at the Portland Expo Center on July 29–30 to prep for the January implementation of Oregon Measure 91.  What will legal chronic mean for Oregon? Visiting author Bruce Barcott might have a few thoughts. The former Seattle Weekly editor’s new book Weed the People hit shelves this month—hear what he thinks pot-positive Washington State and Colorado can teach us at Powell’s on Monday. Then, we sugest you back up that canna-do attitude with even more book larnin’. The sweet
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Portland Animator Bill Plympton’s Cheatin’ Heart

When it comes to animation movies, there’s Disney, Pixar, Dreamworks and Laika. And then there’s Bill Plympton. The Portland filmmaker has been making his own independent films for decades now—often directly funded by fans and without any big studio help— and they’re finding an audience. His latest feature, Cheatin’, is the story of a woman who falls madly in love with a man she meets at a carnival. They consummate and cohabitate, but things take a dark turn when a jealous woman fabricates “evidence” that the woman has been unfaithful. So how did Plympton—who made his name on comedic, gore-splattered
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Museum closing at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 23

Recent Museum News Museum closing at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 23 April 22, 2015 Coming in Spring 2016: Capturing Indians April 9, 2015 Last week to see Forbidden Fruit April 14, 2015 Last week to see The Enclave April 7, 2015 Last week to see Breaking Barriers April 9, 2015 News Index Side Menu Exhibitions Current Upcoming Past 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Crumpacker Family Library Multimedia Conversations About Art Artist Talks 2014 Artist Talks 2013 Artist Talks 2012 Artist Talks 2011 Artist Talks 2010 Artist Talks 2009 Lectures, Talks Workshops Object Stories Film Collections Learn About Collections American
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Get Ready For Your Gus Van Sant Big Screen Movie Marathon

These days Portland is more likely to be labelled “young, caffeinated, and creative” than “magnificently strung out,” but back in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s Gus Van Sant put us on the map with now-classic films—like 1989’s Drugstore Cowboy—about addiction, the characteristic searching of early adulthood, and (homo)sexual entanglement. This month, the NW Film Center offers a Van Sant retrospective, showing seven of his films over the course of a month and a half with 13 companion films that influenced the Van Sant oeuvre. From Warhol to Kubrick and Herzog, it’s an intriguing and at times surprising crew. If
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Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Varekai’ is coming to town (Photos)

Visitors to the Pittock Mansion on Tuesday afternoon were treated to a sneak peek of the Cirque du Soleil show, “Varekai” as the show’s costumed performers danced, leaped and flipped on the mansion’s grounds. Four of Varekai’s cast members were being filmed for a pair of videos promoting the show’s upcoming tour stop at Veterans Memorial Coliseum, May 6-10. “We knew that we wanted to do video or photography to share that Cirque was coming to Portland,” explained Kali Huebner of R/West, the local PR agency working with Cirque du Soleil. “We thought it would be fun do a kaleidoscope video,
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Portland Teens’ Movie on Bullying Selected for Seattle Festival

Sticky notes are no strangers to “To Do” lists. But what if that list was a matter of life or death? Two Portland teens have made a moving animated short film about bullying (watch it below), and they’ve used sticky notes to get their message across. Now that film, To Do: has been selected to premiere at the 2015 National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY) which kicks off in Seattle on Thursday. Fifteen-year-old Cody Stoltz and his sixteen-year-old cousin Bailey Volchok, both of whom attend Westview High School in Beaverton, began work on To Do: in September of last
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