Arts Briefs May 2014

pissed off rhododendrons
By Nick Mattos, PQ Monthly

Like your poetry with a nice big slice of anxiety on the side? Join the hugely talented poets Monica Storss, Jamalieh Haley, Donald Dunbar, and Ethan Saul Bull for a celebration of all things real at Bone Tax Reading #3: If Not For Kidnap. It’s sure to be an unsettlingly good time. May 17, 7 PM; Anna Bananas Alberta, 2403 NE Alberta, Portland. Admission free.

Portland is known as the City of Roses — and the rhododendrons must be positively pissed about that, because they’re putting on quite a show this year to try to one-up those stupid roses. Enjoy a guided one-hour walk on Mt. Tabor enjoying some of the city’s prettiest rhodies at the Mt. Tabor Guided Rhododendron Walk, presented by Van Veen Nursery. However, watch out; there’s nothing quite as cunning as a rhododendron vying for the title of Prettiest Flower in Portland. May 18, 11 AM; Mt. Tabor Park Visitor’s Center, ADDRESS. Admission free. For more information call Dave Hillman of Friends of Mt. Tabor Park at 503-720-0979.

In 2011, Nicholas Murphy of Melbourne, Australia recorded a cover of  Blackstreet’s bump-and-grind classic “No Diggity” late one night for his friends. Shared by a handful of people, the song spread like wildfire until reaching #1 on the indie blog chart Hype Machine. Thus, Chet Faker was born – an ode to Chet Baker’s singing style but incorporating the influence of a youth spent producing house and disco. Expect the indie intelligentsia to be in attendance at Chet Faker’s first Portland show, but also expect for a few babies to be conceived afterward — his sound is just that hot. May 22, 8 PM; Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E Burnside, Portland. Tickets $14; 21 and over.

In his series Transportraits, local photographer Lorenzo Triburgo examines identity and representation through the creation of landscape oil paintings as backdrops for photographic portraits of transgendered men, captured on medium-format film. With his work, Triburgo consistently confronts the overlapping ideas of American identity, what is truly ‘real’, and photography’s critical role in framing and constructing our understanding of notions of identity and reality. Newspace Center for Photography presents a special opening reception for Transportraits on June 6; considering what an all-around great guy Triburgo really is, you’ll want to attend if only to shake his hand. June 6, 6 PM; Newspace Center for Photography, 1632 SE 10th Avenue, Portland. Show runs June 6 through June 27. For more information including hours, visit

Alright, fine — it’s a little odd to include the World Naked Bike Ride as an arts brief. However, if you’ve ever tried to figure out how not to look like a total dork wearing only shoes and a bike helmet, you’d know that there’s quite a bit of artistry involved in the event. Whatever. Just get naked and ride. June 7, 8 PM; starts at Normandale City Park, 57 NE Halsey Street, Portland and continues for seven miles. Event free.

It is absolutely no secret that we here at PQ Monthly think Jason Myers is absolutely the bee’s knees, and for good reason — as manager of Floyd’s Coffee, he puts on some of the most interesting, thoughtful, and culturally-enriching queer events in the city. Testify II: A Storytelling Revival — the latest installment of his irreverent tent revival-style celebration of story and song with a queer edge — is certain to garner the distinguished gentleman yet more praise.  Hosted by PQ’s own Sally Mulligan, the event includes readings and music from the likes of the Brown Sisters, Emily Jayne, Sisterbritt, Parker St. Mosee-Baum, and even our #1 crush (and frequent PQ contributor) Katey Pants. Fuck yeah, right? If absolutely nothing else, be sure not to miss the hymn sing. June 8, 7 PM; Floyd’s Coffee Old Town, 118 NW Couch Street, Portland. $5.

Join Rose, Blanche, Dorothy, and Sophia for the funniest, coolest, and most refreshing summer treat this side of Miami when Funhouse Lounge presents Golden Girls; Live! A live stage show featuring two beloved  episodes of The Golden Girls, “Sister Of The Bride” & “Isn’t It Romantic” performed by an all-male cast including Honey Bea Hart and Trenton Shine of The Unscriptables.  See you there, and thank you for being a friend. Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, June 6 through 28, 7 PM; Funhouse Lounge, 2432 SE 11th Avenue, Portland. Tickets $15 in advance, $18 at the door. For more information visit

Disjecta and artist Chris Johanson are pleased to present the fourth annual Quiet Music Festival of Portland — “The only festival where sleeping is encouraged” — on June 27 and 28. This community listening experience celebrates emotional, vibrant, and low volume music honoring the quiet act of listening, bringing together a variety of notable musicians and bands from across the country. This year’s lineup continues the tradition of showcasing rare, one-of-a-kind performances interpreting low volume, deep-sonic meditations from folks like Mark Eitzel, Sun Foot, Sally Timms, Jonathan Sielaff, and many more. “Perfect for blending your conscious and unconscious self and music,” Johanson says the Quiet Music Festival of Portland is “an excellent place to create your own REM music videos.” June 27 and 28, doors at 7 both days; Disjecta, 8371 N Interstate, Portland. Tickets $8 one day/$15 both days in advance, $10 one day/$18 both days at the door. For tickets and full schedule, visit