September 27, 2019

October 2019 Cultural Work Roundup

/// October 2019 ///

October is popping with loads of arts and culture! We are proud to present EPALF the third time around (aka 3PALF) exploring the theme of PASSAGES at the Orchards of 82nd and the largest Asian mall in Oregon, Fubonn. It will feature 75+ local artists of color plus special guest Ruby Ibarra! A full lineup of activities and performances can be found here. Some of our community event highlights are below. Support artists and cultural workers of color around town this month!


  • Wednesday, 10/2: Race and Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon’s Past and Future - Oregonians envision a future that includes communities built on values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. At the same time, we live in a society that marginalizes and excludes people of color. How does Oregon’s history of racism influence our present and how can understanding historic and current impacts of racism in Oregon contribute to our sense of place and vision of the future? This is the focus of “Race and Place: Racism and Resilience in Oregon’s Past and Future,” a free conversation with Anita Yap and Traci Price. This program is hosted by Alberta Abbey and sponsored by Oregon Humanities. 6:30 pm, Alberta Abbey, 126 NE Alberta St.
  • Friday 10/4: Ancestral Connections Exhibition Opening Reception - Curated by Bobby Fouther. Curator’s statement: When I first thought about creating this exhibit, I wanted to show a breath of artwork from diaspora. As I turned it to my artistic family, I began to realize that we functioned much like a Village. And so I chose to treat each member as an artistic force for the whole. Through this lens I was able to cross genders, ages, styles, aesthetics, and content. In the essence, this has created the Village voice that you will experience in viewing and hearing Ancestral Connections. Opening 7 - 9 pm. Exhibition 10/4 - 10/29, Multnomah Arts Center Gallery, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy.
  • Friday and Saturday, 10/4 - 10/5: East Portland Arts and Literary Festival - Will we see you at 3PALF — oops, we mean, EPALF? Our third annual festival featuring artists and cultural workers of color will animate two community hubs in East Portland: the Orchards of 82nd (O82), APANO’s brand-new home and community space, and Fubonn, the largest Asian grocery store and shopping center in Oregon! Spanning October 4-5, EPALF will feature a spectrum of live performances, interactive creative activities, a full family-friendly lineup, and more at O82, plus our hallmark Book & Craft Fair at Fubonn. Join us in celebrating 75+ local artists of color plus special guest Ruby Ibarra! Suggested donation is $5, and no one will be turned away from lack of funds. Hosted by APANO’s Arts & Media Project. Friday, October 4, 6pm-9pm, Orchards of 82nd, 8188 SE Division St. Saturday, October 5, 12pm-9pm Orchards of 82nd and Fubonn Shopping Center, 2850 SE 82nd Ave. For a full line up and to rsvp, go to
  • Saturday, 10/12: The Bombing of Osage Avenue – The Hollywood Theatre presents a special screening of THE BOMBING OF OSAGE AVENUE benefiting Liberation Literacy, a non-profit organization bringing social justice literacy to those living inside the Oregon prison system. On May 13, 1985, the Philadelphia Police Department orchestrated a military-style raid on the communal home of the Black Liberation organization MOVE, dispatching a small army of almost 500 cops to the residential neighborhood of Cobbs Creek and assaulting their building with automatic gunfire, tear gas, and bombs dropped from a helicopter. More information can be found here. 3:30 pm, Hollywood Theater, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
  • Monday, 10/14: Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration – This year we will have great speakers (including Mark Charles, Ed Edmo, Chauncey Peltier), wonderful music (including Turquoise Pride Drum / AIM Warrior Society), Native Arts and Crafts (Indigenous Come Ups will have NA vendors), and radical hospitality. FREE w/suggested donations at the door. 4pm-9pm, Great Spirit Native American Fellowship / United Methodist Church, 3917 NE Shaver St.
  • Thursday, 10/17: Race is a Body Image Issue: An Evening with Sonalee Rashatwar – Sonalee Rashatwar (she/they) LCSW MEd is an award-winning clinical social worker, sex therapist, adjunct lecturer, and grassroots organizer. Based in Philly (licensed in NJ and PA), she is a superfat queer bisexual non-binary therapist and co-owner of Radical Therapy Center, specialized in treating sexual trauma, body image issues, racial or immigrant identity issues, and South Asian family systems, while offering fat and body positive sexual healthcare. 6 - 8 pm. PSU Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St.
  • Thursday, 10/17: IPRC Print Spree: 2nd Annual Print Show & Sale – The IPRC is hosting our 2nd annual print show & sale at Tillamook Station. The IPRC Print Spree features 20 artists' risograph and screen prints, curated by Kate Bingaman-Burt, Niko Courtelis, Fruit Salad Club (Jillian Barthold & Libby Landauer), Last Heavy, and us! Each print has a limited run of 25, and you can grab yours for $30. Proceeds support the artists, curators, and the IPRC community print shop. 6:30 - 9:30 pm, 665 N. Tillamook Street.
  • Sunday, 10/20: Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through The Voices of Its Residents – Join us for a screening of Lost City, Living Memories: Vanport Through the Voices of Its Residents—a selection of short documentaries that are part of Vanport Mosaic's on-going oral history project, now in its fourth year, facilitated by Story Midwife Laura Lo Forti. More information can be found here. 3:30 - 5:30 pm, Smith Memorial Student Union (SMSU), room 327/8/9, 1825 SW Broadway.
  • Thursday - Friday, 10/24 - 10/25: Y La Bamba EP Release – Y La Bamba are returning to PDX this fall to release a very special EP. There will be vinyl, CDs, and other fun new merch to share. $16, 9 pm, Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St.
  • Friday, 10/25: The Brothers Paranormal – Two Thai brothers start a ghost hunting business and investigate the apartment of an African-American couple displaced by Hurricane Katrina and haunted by a terrifying spirit. Everyone involved must reevaluate their notions of sanity and superstition to discover the shocking truth. A spooky and heartfelt west coast premiere by self-proclaimed “world’s only Thai-American playwright,” Prince Gomolvilas. Special discount code for PoC: "BPPOC" 10/25-11/16, Thurs-Sat. 7:30pm & Sundays 2:00pm, Coho Productions, 2257 NW Raleigh St.
  • Friday - Sunday, 10/25 - 10/27: New Expressive Works - 12th Residency Performance - After 6 months of weekly rehearsals and three Fieldwork sessions with Facilitator, Katherine Longstreth, N.E.W. residents will present the fruits of their labor. WIth artists Gregg Michael, Christopher Bielemeier, Jordan Kriston, Sweta Ravisankar and Trevor Allen Wilde. $18 advanced tickets, 7:30pm, N.E.W. 810 SE Belmont, Ste 2.
  • Sunday, 10/27: James Baldwin: The Price of the Ticket - Presented in conjunction with Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal, a major solo exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. An emotionally stirring journey through famed writer and intellectual James Baldwin’s life, The Price of the Ticket compiles rare archival footage of Baldwin’s numerous public appearances to lay bare not only his personal history, but his views on race and racism in the America of his youth and adulthood. Interwoven with candid interviews and testimonials from luminaries like Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka, Baldwin’s endlessly compelling arguments about the roots and contemporary symptoms of racism remain as vital today as they were 50 years ago, a fact shines through this well-made, award-winning, and deeply felt documentary. 2 pm, Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave.
  • Thursday - Saturday, 10/31 - 11/2: Día de los Muertos - Come and learn more about this traditional celebration and visit our altar exhibition on display through November 10. Enjoy an authentic cultural experience with music, offerings, face painting, crafts, and much more! 5 -9 pm, Portland Mercado, 7238 SE Foster Rd.


  • Responsive Program Grants – Oregon Humanities’ Responsive Program Grants enable nonprofit organizations and federally recognized tribes in Oregon to address urgent or timely issues in their communities. Awards of up to $1,000 are given on a rolling basis until the allocated 2020 funds ($15,000) have been fully awarded. building with panels created by East Portland artists of diverse backgrounds. More information can be found here.

  • Public Program Grants – Once each year, Oregon Humanities’ volunteer board of directors awards Public Program Grants between $1,000 and $10,000 in support of programs across Oregon that explore challenging questions and strive for just communities. More information can be found here.

  • Immigrant Art Exhibition – First Presbyterian Church in Portland will be hosting an exhibition September and October 2020 focussed on the Immigrant experience for area artists born outside the U.S. Prize awards will be given to several participants and many artists will have their work on display during those two months. More information can be found here.
  • PDX ReMIX – The Portland Archives & Records Center invites you to create something new out of something old, and we encourage you to have some fun with it. There are 10 historical photos to work with and you can use as many of the images as you want into your art. Anyone can participate, including students. To start your artwork, you choose from 10 pre-selected photos from our historical collections (available in Efiles) The work can be almost* anything - redaction poetry, GIFs, collages, coloring pages, creative writing, memes, or other creative interventions. Each person can submit up to 3 works based on those pre-selected images. A panel of local judges will select winners based on creativity and originality of the entry. Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places for both adult and youth categories. There is also a People’s Choice award. Deadline 10/15. More information can be found here.

  • Low cost creative work spaces available at Broad Space, a co-working collective for artists who identify as female or non-binary. Spaces start at $95/month for a hot desk! Email: for more details.

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  • Directly relate to APANO's cultural work strategies to impact beliefs, actions and policies through centering the voices of those most impacted and silenced, resisting and shifting harmful narratives and ideas, and moving beyond defensive strategies to envisioning alternatives.
  • Centralize the voices of Oregon-based Asian and Pacific Islander artists and/or artists of color.

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