Arts Briefs: April/May 2012

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  The Oregon Ballet Theatre presents its spring program, Chromatic Quartet, a diverse foursome of pieces inspired by creative partnerships that opens April 19. One of the four pieces, “Lost Dance,†is a collaboration between gay Canadian choreographer Matjash Mrozewski and local fashion designer Adam Arnold. “Lost Dance,†set to an electronic composition by Owen Belton, will have its world premier in Chromatic Quartet. The other pieces are “Stravinsky Violin Concerto,†“Lambarena,†and “Liturgy.†Trannysnatchers, a film about a cult of gender outlaws with supernatural powers featuring members of the now-defunct Portland drag troupe Sissyboy, premieres April 20 at Hollywood Theatre. Producers, directors, and actors will answer questions following the evening's screenings. Siren Nation presents its annual tribute to Billie Holiday -- “Lady Sings the Blues†-- April 21 at Secret Society. The event brings together musicians from a wide range of stylistic backgrounds including Megan Spear, Sara Jackson-Holman, Led To Sea, Wendy Pate, Felecia and the Dinosaur, Tin Silver, Mary Flower, Michele Van Kleef, Kelly Anne Masigat (of the Dimes), Naomi LaViolette, Oracle, Brownish Black, Huck Notari, Reeb Willms, Ruth Oliver, and Jack Ruby Presents. Some of Portland's quirkiest performance artists will vie for the title of Portland's Top Homo at Homo's Got Talent 2012, May 4 at the Fez Ballroom. Put on by Pants Off Productions (Homomentum, F-Holes), the queer dance-off competition will be judged by former HGT titleholder Kaj-Anne Pepper, Melody Awesomazing, and Alley Hector. Ritual Arts Tattoo & Body Piercing is putting a call out to queer visual artists for artwork that relates to ritual, in concept or construction, to display at the studio from May 6 to June 30. The May 6 art opening will include a Fliptography booth, vegan sweets and treats, door prizes and music. For details on how to submit your art call 503-384-2551 or email ritualartstattoo@gmail.com. Local performance artists and photographer Wayne Bund (aka Feyonce) opens a partial installation of his new exhibit MIMESIS: Fantasy and Friends April 21 at Place. MIMESIS is a process-oriented exhibition featuring photographs of gay and queer young adults in both their bedroom and in a “fantasy set†that reflects their childhood play. The project, which has received funding from the Regional Arts and Culture Council, explores the ways in which fantasy provides an outlet for queer youth without role models. The exhibit runs through June 10 and will be fully installed May 19. Allison Moon hosts LIT!, an evening of queer fiction, poetry, and embarrassing life stories paired with every writer's favorite hobby -- drinking. The event will feature readings by Cooper Lee Bombardier, Sossity Chiricuzio, A.M. O'Malley, Allison Moon, Galadriel Mozee, and Michael Sage Ricci. O'Malley, a longtime zinester who works at the Independent Publishing Resource Center, recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to support the publication of her memoir, “Tiny Bones.†Check out O'Malley's writing at swiftsparrowswallow.com. The upcoming Q Center Concert Series features Tom Goss, Bobby Jo Valentine, and Kerry Hallett. Goss, a gay singer-songwriter with Catholic seminarian roots, will be performing at Q Center for his second time. Valentine was named 2011 Songwriter of the Year by West Coast Songwriter's Association and appeared on television shows on ABC and NBC. Hallett is a Portland-based singer-songwriter with a new project in the works with Kira Clark. Durante Lambert (The Detail) hosts an all-ages SUPER FUSION choreographers ball April 21 at Branx featuring performances from Urban Arts, Kryptic, Moveo, LDT, RMX, The Detail, Nonsense, In Gauge, Kiel Moton, Jason Wickett, The Dance Movement, The Metzlers, Gerran Reese, NZB, Allison Franco, Ryan Smith, and Latya Caples. Before the show, live music by Molly Foote, Bobby Bracelin, and Chris Guy gets things started. On the national stage, 19-year-old Josh Hutcherson (“Hunger Games,†“The Kids Are Alrightâ€) will become the youngest person ever to win a GLAAD Vanguard Award at the media awards ceremony April 21. Hutcherson co-founded the Straight But Not Narrow campaign and will join the ranks of previous winners including Kathy Griffin and Jennifer Aniston. Hole temporarily reunited this month when Courtney Love unexpectedly joined former bandmates Patty Schemel, Melissa Auf Der Maur, and Eric Erlandson on stage following a New York screening of Schemel's documentary “Hit So Hard.†The band played “Miss World†and well as a cover of early Portland punk band the Wipers' “Over the Edge.†