Looking for some stuff to do this week? Check out the following events:
Getting to Know You(Tube): Monday, January 12th, 9:30 at The Hollywood Theater
The general format of Getting to Know You(Tube) is simple: invited community members give 15 minute presentations about whatever they want, however they want—as long as it utilizes YouTube in some way. After each presentation the audience can ask the presenter questions or show video responses, and once all of the presentations are complete for the evening, the floor is open for anyone at the event to introduce themselves and play their favorite YouTube picks with the crowd.
This month we feature artist and politico Natalie Sept, designer Jess Garten and host of PCM’s “Outside The Box TV” Alex Ansary.
Arresting Power: Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon
by Jodi Darby, Julie Perini (PSU Art Professor!), Erin Yanke
2015, 84 minutes
$9 regular / $8 student & senior / $6 child
Northwest Film Center: 1219 SW Park Ave.
Arresting Power provides a historical and political analysis of the role of the police in contemporary society and the history of policing in the United States. It provides a framework for understanding the systems of social control in Portland with its history of exclusion laws, racial profiling, redlining, gentrification practices and policing along lines of race and class. It serves to uncover Portland’s unique history of police relations and community response.
Arresting Power features interviews with the families of people who were killed by Portland police, victims of police misconduct, local historians and community organizers. Utilizing archival newsreel from the Oregon Historical Society’s moving image archive, the film explores the history of police reform and abolition movements that have been active throughout the past 50 years, and introduces viewers to community leaders and organizations including Walidah Imarisha, author of the Oregon Black History Timeline, JoAnn Hardesty and Rev. Dr. LeRoy Haynes of the Albina Ministerial Alliance Coalition for Justice & Police Reform, Dan Handelman from Portland Copwatch, and Kent Ford, founder of the Portland Chapter of the Black Panther Party.
Arresting Power Resisting Police Violence in Portland, Oregon explores alternatives to the current system of policing in the United States and considers strategies for keeping communities safe from harm without the threat of constant surveillance and ubiquitous violence.
NorthWest Film Center listing: http://www.nwfilm.org/screenings/61/625/#3550
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Pure Surface is a performance series where movement, text, and film happen together in the spirit of improvised collaboration. How do the things that move us move with each other? How do we activate and encourage cross-disciplinary practice and performance?
Pure Surface takes its name from a chapter in Lisa Robertson’s book, Occasional Work and Seven Walks from the Office for Soft Architecture. Pure Surface carves out a space for play and a room for experimentation that brings dance, writing, and film communities together.
The performance will be followed by a Q&A with the curators of the series, Danielle Ross & Stacey Tran.
PDXCC is a monthly gathering where participants make and share analog correspondence in the great mail art tradition of Ray Johnson and Anna Banana: art and conversation through the mail. This uniquely democratic, DIY art form incorporates writing, drawing, collage, rubber stamps, faux postage, decorative tape, typewriters – anything goes, as long as it goes through the mail. Hang out, skill share and send the glorious results through the mail.
Basic materials will be on hand (scissors, glue sticks, envelopes…), but you’re encouraged to bring whatever materials fuel your creative spirit.
Free and open to the public. Facebook RSVP
If you’re a designer, architect, researcher, developer, photographer, copywriter, videographer, producer, strategist, or want to be any of these things … you’re invited!
Bring a friend. Drinks and snacks are on them.