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Transgender artists of color in the spotlight at ‘Front and Center’ show in Portland

Portland’s marginalized populations face a host of challenges, from access to acceptance within the community. But while some groups are gaining traction in the public eye – the LGBT movement overall, perhaps most prominently – those at the farthest margins still struggle. One of those populations, transgender people of color, are getting some much-needed attention on Thursday at the second annual Front and Center event. Thrown by transgender advocacy group Basic Rights Oregon, and hosted by Artists Repertory Theater, Front and Center is a night of art and performances by local artists, headlined by Chicago performer Angelica Ross. Organizers are
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Massive nude, muddy photo shoot coming to Rooster Rock State Park on Saturday

Photo shoots aren’t uncommon in local parks. Happen upon any scenic spot in the spring and you’ll find a recently engaged couple or soon-to-be high school graduate, mugging in the dappled light. What you don’t usually see is a throng of naked muddy bodies. Portland photographer Scott McSorley.Scott McSorley  That will be the scene at Rooster Rock Park this Saturday, as Portland photographer Scott McSorely takes over for a large-scale nude photo shoot in the mud, taking images for his new book “Tribal ID.” It might sound a bit extreme to those used to seeing the serene engagement shoots beneath
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Local artists address Portland’s waste in ‘Glean’ at Disjecta, James Lavadour’s latest paintings at PDX Contemporary: August art gallery preview

Now in its fourth year, the “Glean” group show at Disjecta raises awareness for the troubling fact that Portlanders send nearly a million tons of trash to landfills each year. But the annual art exhibition — which is jointly organized by the environmental arts organization Crackedpots, the resource recovery company Recology, and Metro — makes its point creatively. Each year, local artists are commissioned to create 10 new works from refuse scavenged at Metro’s Central Transfer Station in Northwest Portland. At Disjecta, five mid-career artists — mixed media artist and poet Sarah Bernstein, multimedia artist Francesca Berrini, sculptors Alyssa Kail and Michelle Liccardo, and
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Tycho Takes to the Road

Catching Scott Hansen, the graphic-artist-turned-electronic-music-producer who has made a national name for himself as the ambient project Tycho, on a brief rest between tour dates for his new album, Awake, he’s quick to say how much being home in San Francisco means to him. “The first Awake tour was over six weeks, and that was the first time I’d ever experienced that,” says Hansen. “I was like ‘I’m never doing that again.’ I have a life at home that I’d like to experience at least once every month…” His voice trails off, and I imagine him glancing toward his wife
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C3: Initiative Open House & Block Party

Last week we pointed out C3: Initiative as an all new alternative space to watch in Portland. It’s partly because they have a great space (inside and out) and want to work with independent curators. Well here is your chance to check things out and introduce yourselves. It is also the closing for their Blue Moon Camera staff photography show (St. Johns does have a wealth of working artists and studio spaces and is easy for those West Hills recluses to visit). C3: Initiative | July 26th Open House 10AM – 7PM 10-11AM: Outdoor papermaking 11AM-12: Live music from Mike
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Jeffrey Allen Gallery moves to downtown Tigard, unveils authentic Vietnamese altar

They say it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it took five villages and 2 1/2 years to carve and construct the altar in the newly opened Jeffrey Allen Gallery. More than 150 Vietnamese villagers worked on an array of interlocking pieces that Allen and Peter Luong purchased in advance of their move from Dartmouth Street to Main Street in Tigard. “We helped these communities to give them a sense of pride, a sense of ownership,” Allen said. “They thought this was going to end up somewhere in Vietnam. They were surprised it was coming to America.” Part
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 24–27

Special Events The Big FloatSunday, Tom McCall Waterfront ParkThis year’s inner-tube jaunt down the Willamette River culminates in a downtown beach party at the Tom McCall Bowl, including a floating music barge. Proceeds benefit the Human Access Project, which isn’t a Children of Men reference, but an organization seeking to improve the health and accessibility of the Willamette. But is it safe to swim in the Willamette, you ask? Read our story. Film Top Down: Rooftop Cinema: NotoriousThursday, Hotel deLuxeIf Pioneer CourthouseRead the full article here: Culturephile admin
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Hillsboro committee approves ‘gateway’ artwork installation on U.S. 26′s Brookwood overpass

The Hillsboro Transportation Committee’s Tuesday night meeting was filled with talk about contracts, road extensions, right-of-way acquisitions and new construction – but the most spirited conversation was about artwork. The city wants an ongoing construction improvement of the Sunset Highway’s interchange with Brookwood Parkway and Helvetia Road to include an art installation on the overpass fence. The project would be part of Hillsboro’s “wayfinding” effort to provide visible gateways to the city that reflect its character. The committee approved the expenditure of up to $172,000 in city funds for the fence installation, which would be supplemented by $125,000 from the
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Local Bands Recap PDX Pop Now!

We’d like to think that no matter where in the city you were this past weekend, if you listened closely, you could’ve heard the soundtrack of the city blasting from under the Hawthorne Bridge. That’s where PDX Pop Now, the annual festival focused on local music, was tickling our ear drums with bands we loved and bands we didn’t know we loved until now. As always, the setting was laid-back, the audience members were as friendly as the volunteers, and the bands milled around with fans, instead of hiding backstage—another triumph for a festival that has a lot of success
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Love Art! Gallery in SE Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood closing in August (photos, video)

Ted and Ruby Madrona had no business plans when in 2009 they rented a shop in the heart of the Sellwood neighborhood’s business district. Three months later, the former cheese shop opened as Love Art! Gallery, now an iconic storefront on Southeast 13th Avenue. A giant medal sea horse peers down at passersby, and for five years tiled garden benches have welcomed pedestrians to rest. But the benches are gone and the storage room is empty. Love Art! Gallery is closing Aug. 3. “It is time,” Ruby said. “We cannot run this business and do the things we want to
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