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Work for Art raises $776,007 for arts groups; 2 percent more than last year

Work for Art, a workplace donations program to the arts, raised $776,007 in its eighth annual campaign, according to honorary chair Jeff Harvey, president and CEO of Burgerville. In all, 1,965 donors participated, boosting last year’s total by 2 percent. Proceeds go to arts organizations in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties through the Regional Arts Culture Council‘s competitive grants. Most of the Work for Art money (53 percent) came from workplace campaigns, including employee donations and corporate matching gifts. Portland General Electric raised the most money for the third year in a row, up 3 percent over last year, for
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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah Run Through Town

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s most recent album, Only Run,opens with quiet tremolo picking played through a wide flanger—fitting for an album whose cover image is a blurry, over-exposed shadow. One wonders if CYHSY has chosen to move on from the catchy, indie-pop style that made their self-titled, self-released debut an internet sensation back in 2005. The first four or five songs leave the listener in limbo. Yes, these are the same catchy melodies, layered on top of one another to build into danceable anthems, but synths take the role that clean guitars once held in CYHSY. If it isn’t
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Valley Art begins work on the mural project for its building

Repair and prep work began this week for the mural project on the outside back wall of Valley Art Association building at 2022 Main St. in Forest Grove.  The plan is to paint a mural on the 42 feet wide by 13 feet tall wall, which faces a public parking lot. Local artist Nate Marcel designed the mural, and Emily Lux is the lead artist applying it.  Valley Art began fund raising for the project in February. Valley Art vice-president and project chair, Dana Zurcher, said part of the $11,000 project cost has been raised, and the project will commence while Valley Art continues to seek
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Pabst Cracks Open a New Music Festival

It’s a unarguable civic truth that Portland loves its Pabst Blue Ribbon. It’s hard to imagine any local dive bar, trip to the bluffs, or kickball game without it. This September, Pabst returns the love with a two-day music festival. “Project Pabst is a love letter to Portland,” Pabst CMO Dan McHugh said in the press release. “The company wanted to do something for the city that has embraced it and has never waivered in its support.” Filling in the September music hole left after Musicfest NW relocated to August, Project Pabst and its partner Superfly Presents (see: Bonnaroo) are taking over
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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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