/// November 2018 ///

There’s pumpkin spice and everything nice…including loads of cultural events as we continue through the fall arts season. Take a look!


  • Friday, 11/2: APANO Ballot Party! – Want to party while filling out your ballot? Come by our office to fill out or drop off your ballot. Get language assistance, information about what to vote on, and text bank your own friends and family! Eat, party, and vote all at the same time! RSVP here. APANO, 6pm-8pm.
  • Sunday, 11/4: QTIPOC Draw Night – Draw, craft, chat with other Queer/Trans/Inter* People of Color! The venue has free parking, and light snacks and tea will be provided. 6pm-10pm. IPRC.
  • Friday, 11/2 – Sunday, 11/4: A Mid-Summer Night At The Savoy – Rejoice! Diaspora Dance Theater presents ‘A Mid-Summer Night at the Savoy’ : A premier of choreographic works bringing Shakespeare to the night life of Harlem. An evening of lust, love, style & community uplift. The Savoy inspired African American arts to flourish while changing the cultural landscape of America. Now imagine if it never closed. Portland Playhouse, 7:30pm (Friday & Saturday), 5pm (Sunday).
  • Tuesday, 11/6: Radical Artists Reading Radical Artists Captive Genders: Trans Embodiment and the Prison Industrial Complex / Bassichis, Morgan and Alexander Lee and Dean Spade. Come read and talk with us! IPRC, 7pm-9pm.
  • Tuesday, 11/6: Friends of Noise Willamette Week Give Guide Launch Party Friends of Noise is an non-profit that seeks to foster healing and growth for the creative youth of our community. We host all ages music concerts that provide live performance opportunities for youth artist and hands on experience for emerging youth sound engineers. The night’s festivities will be hosted by the one and only Carlos the Rollerblader with musical entertainment by DJ Stretchman spinning and youth artist Josef, White Lotus and Zoops, tasty food provided by Molly’s Grown to Eat and peep the amazing artwork by our own teen artist Josie McCord. Lagunitas Community Room, 6pm-9pm.
  • Friday, 11/9: My People’s Market – Free Admission – My People’s Market is a marketplace re-imagined as a gathering of Portland’s diverse and vibrant entrepreneurs, makers, artists, culinary wizards and beverage crafters. Support the community and shop at over 80 local multicultural businesses, talk with vendors, and network with local business owners of color. Custom Blocks (900 SE Main St), 5pm-10pm.
  • Saturday, 11/10: Talanoa Series: QTPIs in Interracial Relationships – In several Pasifika cultures, “Tala” means “talk or story” and “noa” means “bind”. “Talanoa” means “storytelling”. UTOPIA PDX is having our first Talanoa Series event. Free, for all ages, dinner and refreshments served at 4:30pm. Q Center, 5pm-7pm.
  • Saturday, 11/10 & Sunday, 11/11: Cozy Zines: A PZS pop-up – This zine pop-up sale will feature a dozen artists or art collectives each day, who will be selling their zines and prints and other ephemera. All ages and organized by Portland Zine Symposium. Gallery Nucleus (1445 SE Hawthorne), 1pm-5pm.
  • Sunday, 11/11: What Are You Craving In PDX Theatre: A discussion for women of color – Join us to learn more about the AGE Women of Color in PDX Theatre Collective, and voice what you are craving! We will get to know each other, learn more about the vision for the collective, and discuss the collective needs of women of color in PDX theatre. All women of color working or volunteering in PDX theatre are welcome to attend our first meeting. Shout House, 6pm-8pm.
  • Wednesday, 11/14: The Numbers: Screening and Community Discussion – The Numbers is a 2017 documentary by Sika Stanton and Donovan Smith where young people living in East Portland speak on their hopes and concerns for their community.  After the screening there will be a Q&A and community discussion on people-powered neighborhood identity! With a live performance with Manny Lopez! FREE TO THE PUBLIC | FREE FOOD| PART OF 82ND + BEYOND: A LIVING ARCHIVE | FUNDED THROUGH the APANO+ DMA PLACEKEEPING GRANT #82ndandbeyond | ROSHANITHAKORE.COM. Canton Grill, 6pm-9pm.
  • Thursday, 11/15: Sing for Safety! Karaoke Party – Sing with The Bus Project, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, and Partnership for Safety and Justice and celebrate our shared commitment to making our communities safer and stronger. This will be a fun opportunity to support all three groups through the Willamette Week Give!Guide. Food generously donated by Noraneko, exciting prizes from Portland Center Stage at The Armory, Float On, Classic Body Restoration, and more. This event is 21+ and wheelchair accessible. Twenty First Ave Kitchen & Bar, 6pm-9pm.
  • Saturday, 11/24: Evening Botanist – A collaboration between local queer/trans creatives of color–Glory Tarot (leo ariel) and Pink Princess Philodendron (Grace Piper), combines a tarot message with a bespoke potted plant and crystal set. At this event you can find potted plants paired with a crystal that are matched to different astrology signs and planets. These are created with a guided astrology reading to help charge that part of your natal chart. Ori Gallery, 12pm-4pm.
  • Saturday, 11/24: “KODOMO NO TAMENI”…FOR THE SAKE OF OUR CHILDREN – Listen to the re-telling of first-hand stories of one Japanese American reflecting back upon our Nikkei roots. George Nakata grew up in Portland’s Japantown prior to World War II, was imprisoned into an ex-livestock yard, then into a desolate remote camp called Minidoka. Listen to little-known facts of our Nikkei past, injustices suffered by many Nisei parents, Issei grandparents, by Nikkei relatives and friends. Free with light refreshments. Oregon Buddhist Temple, 2pm.
  • Thursday, 11/29: For Colored Folks WHAT IT IS: A book club geared to cultivating joy and empowerment for people of color. The book lists will include non-fiction written by POCs and some fiction as well. Gender neutral bathrooms. Ruby Receptionists (805 SW Broadway), 7pm-10pm.
  • Thursday, 11/29: Free Film Screening: “This is Home” This Is Home tells the story of four Syrian refugee families arriving in America and beginning to rebuild their lives. The film goes beyond the statistics, headlines, and political rhetoric to tell deeply personal stories, putting a human face on the global refugee crisis. Cascadia Garlington Center, 4pm-7pm.



  • Discounted workshops for artists at the Regional Arts & Culture Council: APANO affiliates receive a $5 discount for professional development workshops using the code APANO2017. Link: RACC 2017 workshops.
  • 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: JeanettePDX@gmail.com for more details.


/// More on the Cultural Work Roundup ///

The Cultural Work Roundup is a monthly spotlight on arts and cultural events and opportunities that:

  • 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.

Events may include readings, exhibitions, festivals, openings, and performances. Opportunities may include calls for artistic submissions, grant and funding opportunities, and volunteer opportunities. The deadline for submissions is the third Monday of each month for events and opportunities that fall into the following month. For example, events and opportunities that take place in June are due to APANO by the third Monday in May.

The Cultural Work Roundup will be posted on APANO’s website and shared via APANO’s digital communications platforms. Events and opportunities will be posted at APANO’s discretion based on alignment with our cultural work values. You may submit to the Cultural Work Roundup by filling out our Google Form at bit.ly/culturalworkroundup.

If you have any questions, please contact Cultural Work Manager Candace Kita at candace@apano.org. Enjoy!