Arts Briefs: October/November 2013

Macklemore and Ryan Lewis bring handsome hip-hop to the Moda Center on Oct. 22.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis bring handsome hip-hop to the Moda Center on Oct. 22.

If you’re reading this right now and there is air moving in and out of your lungs, you need more art in your life. Luckily for you, Not Enough! Queer Music and Arts Festival will be happy to oblige. Running Oct. 19-20, this two-day festival of all-new collaborative music, film, visual art, workshops, and general creativity serves as a challenge to the queer communities to meet new people, engage in projects, and re-define for themselves what contemporary queer culture and expression is all about. This year’s all-ages festival will be held at SMYRC (2450 NE Sandy, Portland), with all proceeds going to benefit the organization; tickets are $5 or more as one can pay, and free to youth under 18. For more information — including volunteer opportunities — check out [NOTE: after this issue went to print, organizers of Not Enough! announced that the festival would be held only on October 19, rather than the originally-planned two-day format. For the most current information and schedule, visit the festival’s website. — PQ]

Photographer Robert Adams is an unflinching witness to grand promises sometimes fulfilled and sometimes laid to waste. Acutely sensitive throughout his five-decade career to environmental changes brought on by industrial production, suburban sprawl, and overconsumption, Adams continues to document these transformations while simultaneously searching for beauty in the terrain of the Northwest. “The Question of Hope,” his current exhibition running through Jan. 5 at the Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park, Portland) features 70 photographs that demonstrate Adams’ reverence for the Western Oregon’s limited natural resources, imploring us to face the politically- and emotionally-charged practice of forest clear-cutting and to seek redemption along the Oregon Coast. Admission is free for members, $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and college students, and free for those under 17; for more information including times, go to

It’s hard to talk about Macklemore and Ryan Lewis coming to the Moda Center at the Rose Quarter on Oct. 22 without getting quite distracted by how damn pretty they both are, so we’ll just say it: oh my gosh, they’re beautiful. They’re also the first independent act to have a #1 song in 19 years, and have courted both controversy and acclaim for their unique take on socially-just hip hop. The “Same Love” singer and producer will be supported by the equally awesome (and handsome) Talib Kweli. Show starts at 8 p.m.; for more info and pictures to drool over, check out

Honor the ones who came and went before us at Lineage: Honoring Ancestry through Performance and Community on Oct. 25 at Floyd’s Coffee (118 NW Couch, Portland). Presented by DieAna Dae and Kaj-Anne Pepper, this evening of performance and offerings pays tribute to the queer and personal ancestry that has paved the road that we walk today inspired us to keep moving forward as individuals and as a community. The Facebook event for this night included perhaps the most sublimely Portland passage ever read, so we present it in its entirety and glory: “There will be a working ‘altar’ on stage where you may place photos or items that have belonged to a personal and/or queer ancestor that you have felt inspired or supported by. Please do not bring things that belong to someone who is alive, unless that person is you, and the item previously belonged to the person you are honoring… THIS SPACE IS NOT A FREE PILE! Please don’t pick up things that are not yours.” That we live in a city in which people need to be reminded that an altar is not a free pile is a rather beautiful thing, isn’t it? Doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m.; suggested door offering is $4-$10.

Do you think that no one’s going to save you from the beast that’s about to strike? Au contraire — you yourself shall be the beast if you participate in Thrill the World Portland, the seventh-annual flash-mob performance of the zombie dance from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. To participate, dancers will have to learn the dance ahead of time; instructional videos are available on Youtube, and optional practices will be at Fremont United Methodist Church (2620 NE Fremont, Portland) 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Sundays 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Fridays through October 25. The scene will emerge at NE Portland’s Irving Park at 2 p.m. on Oct. 26, under the supervision of superstar emcee Carla Rossi. For more information or to register, go to or email

Discover the hidden printing studios, publishers, craft presses, and binderies of the Central Eastside during Printdustrial, a one-day open studio event on Nov. 9, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Participants will lead themselves on a map-led tour of studios including Pinball Publishing, Hidden Portland, Streetcar Press, Magnetic North, and more. To get your map, swing down to the Independent Publishing Resource Center (1001 SE Division, Portland) or grab it online at before Nov. 1.

In 2012, Max Voltage dreamed of creating an original musical inspired by the gaymazing awesomeness that was the Homomentum cabaret series. With this vision, Max won a RACC Project Grant to fund the creation of “Homomentum: the Musical” — and now, a year and a half later, they have a complete script, a soundtrack, a fabulous cast of local performers, and a performance that they’re ready to share with you! Nov. 15-16, CoHo Theater (2257 NW Raleigh, Portland) presents the queer futurist tale of the ways that art can change the world; expect much glitter, a few unicorns, and an array of challenging questions to present themselves for your consideration. Doors open at 7 p.m., curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $10-$20 sliding scale and available online at For more information, visit