Arts Briefs – May/June 2012

"We Two Boys"

Local artist and Q Center Communications Director Paul Francis Fukui is showing a collection of work called “The Jewels” at Cock Gallery through May 31. Fukui’s large-scale words in acrylic and leaf on panel feature jewels as a metaphor for burden carried by those who live differently.Cock Gallery is open first Thursday, Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m., and by appointment.

ADX hosts the May edition of Destination DIY: a project night, listening party, and radio show airing on OPB radio. In cooperation with SCRAP, Destination DIY is essentially a crafting party with free beer, cider, and pizza. This month’s event, on May 23 from 7 to 9 p.m., will also feature DJ Hambone.

Local authors Carter Sickels (“The Evening Hour” and “The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to Their Younger Selves”) and Cooper Lee Bombardier (a Sister Spit veteran) host a five-week writing workshop for writers of all gender expressions called Trans/Scribe starting June 19 and running every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. through July 17 at Q Center. The workshop, which includes group work and one-on-ones with the authors, will be capped at 15 students. To register, email Carter at and submit the $150 fee by June 12.

Speaking of “The Letter Q,” the recently released anthology features 64 queer writers giving their younger selves words of encouragement. In addition to Sickels, the anthology includes Michael Cunningham, Amy Bloom, Jacqueline Woodson, Gregory Maguire, David Levithan, and Armistead Maupin. Check it out on Facebook or at your local bookstore.

Q Doc returns May 17-20, opening with a Thursday, 7 p.m. screening of “Wish Me Away,” a documentary about out country singer Chely Wright. The opening night party follows at 9:30 p.m. at an as-yet-unnamed event space located at 1207 SW Washington St. All screenings will be at the McMenamins Kennedy School Theater. For tickets, visit

Portland dancer and choreographer Meshi Chavez brings his reworked duet “We Two Boys” to Studio Two May 18-20 before taking the show on the road to his hometown of Albuquerque. The performance is an interpretation of the Walt Whitman poem “We Two Boys Together Clinging” that explores masculinity and the tensions that arise when men are not shy about their need for one another. Chavez’s work has been called “raw” and “visceral” in its embrace of vulnerability. Friday and Saturday shows are at 8:30 p.m.; Sunday show is at 9 p.m. Tickets are available at

First Congregational United Church of Christ will host the Portland premier of the recently released documentary “The Right to Love: An American Family” June 15 at 7:30 p.m. The award-winning film follows one otherwise-private couple’s efforts to combat discrimination by creating home movies with their children and posting them to their YouTube channel Gay Family Values. The couple, Bryan Leffew and Jay Foxworthy, and their children will attend the screening and answer questions.

The Portland Gay Men’s Chorus will be time-traveling to the summer of 1967 with its “Summer of Love” Pride concert, featuring songs from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band including “Yesterday,” “Revolution,” “Hey Jude,” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand.” The chorus brings back The Beatles June 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall with the help of dance troupe Locomotions, a cappella ensemble Cascade, and a live rock band. Tickets are available at

Monthly queer cabaret Peep Show will also be drawing inspiration from various idols at its May 18 show “Kill Your Idols.” Expect unflattering imitation and ironic idolatry from Carla Rossi, The Drag Mansion, Jeau Breedlove, Velvet Hexe, The Dolly Pops, Saturn, Melody Awesomazing, Rachel Palmer, and Mister E. The always free show starst at 10 p.m. at Red Cap and will be followed by a dance party.

Q Center’s monthly lunch hour program InQuisitive features Queertet, a Portland string quartet that plays both classical and non-classical music in an effort to bring chamber music to the masses. Doors open May 23 at 11:45 a.m. Donations (of food or money) are accepted but not required to attend.