Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Diggable Monkey, SijaPdx and Anonymous-i Present
THRESHOLD: CHINESE NEW YEAR
A Benefit for The Portland Artist Clinic
A TWO DAY JOURNEY INTO THE YEAR OF THE RABBIT (2011)
...Join us for the 5th annual Threshold event celebrating the Chinese New Year! The event brings awareness and support to the Portland Artist Clinic, a volunteer organization providing community-based, integrative primary care and urgent health care services to Portland artists and musicians who are unable to attain health insurance or who lack access to primary care through their existing insurance.
Come pull a few soft and furry tricks from the hat...
SAT. Feb. 19th & SUN. Feb. 20th
@ Refuge - 116 SE Yamhill
Portland, OR 97215
SATURDAY NIGHT, Feb. 19th - 9PM - 4AM
SUNDAY NIGHT, Feb. 20th 9PM - 3AM
EYE CANDY PROVIDED BY
THE GOOD TIME GIRLS
STYLIE INTERIORS BY NARAYANI
SOUND & LIGHTING DESIGN
Audio Freq & Smart Tech
PROJECTIONS & VIDEO PRODUCTION
Gabe Shaunnessy & Dan Cohen
http://gabesimagination.com/ & http://dc-creativelabs.com/
Smashed Up Soiree
HOT PROMOTIONAL VIDEO HERE:
On Feb. 19th, THRESHOLD will be streamed live from the venue onto the Internet by BMIR - 94.5FM on the Playa! BMIR is powered in part by generous donations from WideOrbit Radio Automation and StreamGuys.
Check them out at the link below:
Order Tickets Online:
Early Bird - $30 or $20/Show (available until Jan. 11)
Pre~sale $35 ALL WEEKEND
Door - $40 night or 20 per night
Asian-inspired dress highly encouraged!
Also walk-in tickets available at the following retail outlets:
FROCK – 1439 NE Alberta St
METRO – 3525 SE Hawthorne Ave
Check the TriMET link below for the best routes by public transit:
For more information about Threshold: Chinese New Year, visit our website @ http://www.mythreshold.net/
NOTE: No one under 21 years old will be admitted. Please bring your ID
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
In my 12 years in Portland, I've come to appreciate the qualities of what sets it apart from other cities in the United States. I had an opportunity to study cities in depth while attending the urban planning graduate program at Portland State U from 2001-2006. Using Portland as our lab, we sliced an diced our way through topics and issues related to place-making, resource management, neighborhoods dynamics, transportation modeling and systems, public involvement and negotiation, statistics and GIS software, site analysis and design, community development, and the various functions of non-profit networks. After 5 1/2 years of study, I graduated from the "2-year" - 80 credit hour program. I know now when I watch the documentary on Newark, NJ, "Brick City", that Portland is but a child's playground compared to the torrential waves that rock the community there. The term "eye-opening" is a great understatement.
Sure, it's difficult to draw the comparisons between these places on a technically descriptive level. After all, Portland and the Newark are on polar opposite sides of the continent; we have unique geographies, demographics, economies all weaving together unique cultural perspectives that define the character of a place. However, one could also argue that at the basic human level, we are similar in many other ways. For example, we are urbanites that wish to feel secure in our homes, feel secure about the local economy and our place within, an ability to exercise personal rights and freedoms related to religion and race, as well as other basic freedoms. What really seems to distinguish the Brick City from the Rose City are the dire challenges faced by citizens driven to action by the out of their sense of sheer frustration. For a generation or more, the overwhelmed communities of Newark are faced a serious choice: pull together to reduce crime and poverty or allow the lawless to continue eating it alive.
A new award-winning documentary, "Brick City" chronicles the activities of Newark's enigmatic mayor, Cory Booker and the municipal apparatus' attempt to control the city's crime. Rarely have I seen a film so effective in it's approach. Indeed, it delivers a front row seat to the drama underway in Newark. I suspect part of my personal interest lies in the director's choice to weave sweeping, gratuitous shots of the city into the narrative. The metaphor of the city's physical condition in connection to the tenuous sense of happiness and hope amongst the people is poignant and stark. If there was ever a brilliant technique using cameras to define the qualities of a place, Marc Levin and Mark Benjamin have hit the jackpot. "Brick City" makes you sit up and take stock in what is possible when people teeter on the brink. Watch and learn, Portland!
Check out Executive Producer Forest Whittaker's, Brick City! For those with Netflix, you're there. For those looking for more basic info, try this link on:
Explore, Diggable Monkey. Oo Oo!