Arts Briefs - April/May 2013

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Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper considers whether global economic and environmental catastrophe can become a love story in “Occupy Love,†premiering April 19 at the Clinton Street Theater. Filmmaker Velcrow Ripper considers whether global economic and environmental catastrophe can become a love story in “Occupy Love,†premiering April 19 at the Clinton Street Theater.
Occupy Portland presents Occupy Love, the Portland premier of a film by award-winning director Velcrow Ripper, on April 19 at the Clinton Street Theater. The film captures the heart of the movements currently sweeping the planet in response to today’s economic and environmental crises while asking whether these crises can become a love story. Tickets are $5, with film showings at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.; Ripper will answer questions via Skype between showings. For info, go to Photographer Loren Nelson debuts his series Under Wraps, a surprising and moving photo series considering the themes of rejuvenation, healing, and transformation through the metaphor of wrapped buildings. The critically-acclaimed series hangs from April 20 through May 17 at Camerawork Gallery in NW Portland; an opening reception will be held April 20 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, go to Disjecta presents the final days of Space Is The Place, an investigation of the history, evolution, and maturation of afrofuturism. A term coined by cultural critics aiming to draw a connective thread through the work of artists and writers such as Parliament-Funkadelic, Sun Ra, Samuel R. Delany, and Octavia Butler, afrofuturism re-examines technology through the lens of “the other.†Featuring a mix of new, recent, and historical work from Guillermo Gómez-Peña, David Huffman, Wendy Red Star, and Saya Woolfalk, Space Is The Place explore the boundaries between fantasy and identity while drawing attention to how these themes affect our day-to-day social interactions. The exhibition runs Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. until April 28 at Disjecta. For more info, visit Big Dipper. When you read that name, please inwardly pronounce it “BIIIIIIIG DIIIIIPAAAAAAA,†because the bear rapper sure as hell deserves some long vowels. Further upping the meat quotient is DJ Hold My Hand, who goes on at 9 p.m. to get you all stretched out before Big Dipper plunges deep into you at 11. Get your protein shakes at Eagle Portland on April 20; tickets $8, 21+. Electro-soul crooner James Blake makes the earth move with the sex tremors — and the bass — when he comes to the Wonder Ballroom on April 24 to promote his new album “Overgrown.†If the album is any indication, be sure to bring your smelling salts, because you are going to swoon. Show starts at 8:30 p.m., $25, all ages. Support the contemplative and expressive arts at the Be Space Music Party and Benefit on April 27, featuring performances by Friendship Valley and former PQ cover girl Racquel Russo of Naming Names. “Tiny happy things†will be raffled off, and a silent auction will feature sessions donated by Be Space spaceholders, including PQ’s own Nick Mattos. Party begins at 7 p.m., tickets $10-20; for more information, go to Yee-haw! Come do-si-do at Community Square Dance with Gender-Free Calling on April 28 at the Village Ballroom, featuring live music by The New Five Cents. No experience necessary — all dances are taught before the serious boot scootin’ begins. (But do consider coming a touch early if this is your first square dance.) 7 p.m., $7, all ages. Milagro Theatre presents “Dance for a Dollar,†a thrilling dance-theatre exploration of dignity in the diaspora told through duranguense, folklórico, and cumbia. The show runs Thursdays through Sundays from May 3-25; May 3’s opening night reception features complimentary refreshments by Las Primas. Tickets $15-30; for more information, go to May 4 is the 13th annual Red Dress Party: Red Handed — and if you’ve ever seen the magic that some of the party’s attendees rend out of a simple crimson dress, you understand exactly why it deserves mention in our arts briefs. Seriously: if you haven’t bought your ticket yet, drop this newspaper and go get one now. The wild debauchery and critically important philanthropy goes down at AudioCinema in SE Portland; VIP reception at 8 p.m., general admission at 9 p.m. Tickets are $50-150; for more information go to Spend an evening with the comic geniuses behind Fox-TV’s animated series about a man, his family, and a burger joint when “Bob’s Burgers — Live!†comes to the Crystal Ballroom on May 10. The all-star crew of Jon Benjamin, Eugene Mirman, Kristen Schaal, Dan Mintz, and John Roberts will all be performing, and by “performing†we mean “making you wet your pants because it’s all so hilarious.†Show starts at 8 p.m., tickets $25 in advance and $27 day of show, all ages welcome. Devotional chantress Snatam Kaur will present an evening of kirtan (sacred-call and-response music), singing, dancing, meditating, breathing, and celebrating on May 17 at First Baptist Church in downtown Portland. Oprah seriously says “I listen to Snatam every day before meditating†— and do you really think that you’re better than Oprah or something? I didn’t think so, punk. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.; tickets $35-50, available at