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Reina Collins ~ Music in Motion

Posted by Nicole Lane on 06/22/2009

photo credit Jimmy Martin

photo credit Jimmy Martin

When you met someone who is pure light, you know it – a feeling of open warmth washes over you.  If you’ve been around the Portland music scene for a while, you’ve likely met or heard the exuberant, Roots Rock’in songstress Reina Collins and know what I’m talking about.

I remember the first time I heard Reina (Ray-na).  I was working with local Americana rocker Paula Sinclair on her CD Release of “The Good Horse.”  We were at the CD Release Party at Vino Vixens a couple years ago and Reina (along with Kate Mann) joined Paula for the event.  As I listened to Reina I felt like I was on a journey with her.  In part, it was lyrical but in large part it was watching her flow on stage, in body, voice and energy.  

So, I got my hands on her CD.  The song that hooked me off her most recent CD “Austin to Boston” is one called Songs I Haven’t Sung, where she sings about “Roseburg in her rearview mirror” and the nuances of being on a big roadtrip — I think I can actually feel the wind when I hear it.  Then there is Mae Belle Road, a tale of honoring a love that has past; and Ruby, another favorite about the beauty of a stripper; and one with so much inspiration of what lies ahead Keep Your Heart Fed…ah, there are so many!  Really, the entire album is gold.  

Have a listen at Reina’s MySpace.  Buy the CD, support Reina’s music and trust me that you’ll own the perfect rock’in roadtrip tunes for summer travels, or for just kick’in back with a margarita in the backyard.  Her voice travels time, the music lays down some serious rhythm and you feel like your are moving through genres into a very unique convergence of just damn good music.  Don’t believe me?  Read some great reviews click here.

Reina has recorded two other CDs: “Even if I Fall” with Portland songwriter extraordinaire Rob Barteletti and her maiden CD “Kitchen Sink.”  Truly, I don’t know why I haven’t bought these yet, but I will.  She is currently recording a new CD in Nashville with Phil Madeira – I can hardly wait!

Photo credit Ian Weintraub

Photo credit Ian Weintraub

Everyone knows Reina.  Unless you’ve been under a rock or not tapped into the local music scene, certainly you’ve crossed paths with her or something she has been involved with.  A true PDX music gem, Reina has played absolutely everywhere. Along with her Reina Collins Band gigs, she regularly partners with other local musicians on stage or as part of an evening, like Paula Sinclair, Pilar French, Kate Mann, Wayne Richards & Southern Nights and many, many others.  With her heart of gold in giving to the music community and others, Reina has been an integral part of launching two major Portland female focused music ventures: Women Who Rock and the now enormous Siren Nation Music and Arts Festival.

I have another, more personal, illustration of Reina’s generous heart.  I recently attended the “Shaker’s Ball” — an annual benefit for Parkinson ’s disease, coordinated by Rob Barteletti at the Kennedy School – with my two sons.  Reina came to them and shared some very kind words about me.  It often feels like I live two lives, betwixt Portland Arts promoter and Motherhood in Suburbia, my kiddos don’t always see both, so her words to them went a long way to ford that river.

To listen to her music you’ll hear that Reina is a Free Spirit.  She has lived and toured all over the country.  With family in Florida, at one time owning a music store in Wyoming, living in California and now Oregon, at the end of the summer, it will be time Reina to continue her journey back toward her roots in Florida.

We aren’t ready to say goodbye to Reina yet, she has a full summer of concerts to catch — listed below.  Particularly if you haven’t seen her perform, I hope you take the opportunity to see her music in motion!

Friday June 13 Biddy McGraws
Reina Collins Band, Matt Cadenelli of Don of Division Street & James Sasser Band. Three Acts, No Cover.  It’s the Reina Collins Band debut.  Jeff Porter, Eric Kotila, Nick Foltz & Jeff Grauzer.  Yes, we’ll be rockin’.
6000 NE Glisan.  Music starts at 9pm.  We’re playing 2nd.

Saturday June 14 Gresham Farmer’s Market
I’ll be harmonzing with Wayne Richards & Southern Nights.
Located on Miller Street at 3rd in historic downtown Gresham.  10am.  Free.

Thursday June 18 McMenamins Sand Trap
It’s the Portland Rockwriter’s Tour with Pilar French & Josh Slamp (and Eric Kotila & Jeff Koch).  Pilar, Josh & I share the night!
1157 N. Marion Ave., Gearhart, OR.  7-9pm.  Free.

Friday June 20 San Dune Pub
2nd Night of Portland Rockwriter’s Tour!
127 Laneda Ave., Manzanita, OR. 9pm-Midnight. $5 cover.

Thursday June 25 McMenamins Edgefield (Little Red Shed)
And it’s one more Portland Rockwriter’s Night!
2126 S.W. Halsey St., Troutdale, OR.  6pm.  Free.

Saturday June 27 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts
I’ll be harmonizing with Wayne Richards & Southern Nights.
368 S. State St, Lake Oswego, OR.  4pm.  Free.

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Kaaren Pixton reaches young artists on their own turf

Posted by Nicole Lane on 06/11/2009

We who support the Arts collectively cringe with the most recent axe wielding budget cuts for art programs in schools.  Music and theatre are the first specialists to go, leaving classroom teachers to do their best to implement some semblance of Arts education for their students with varying success.  [But kudos to them who make the effort and bring in parent pros to help.] 

Run for the Arts.  Have you heard of this program?  This is one Arts-centric program that is alive and kicking vigorously.  Administered by Young Audiences of Oregon & Southwest Washington, the program asks students to fundraise in their local communities.  Their website says that last year 24,000 students at 100 schools participated in Run for the Arts and collectively raised over $770,000!  Wow.  Funds raised are used to subsidize arts related field trips, artists to campus and arts projects in their schools.

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 And so, it was through Run for the Arts funding that I recently met muralist and visual artist Kaaren Pixton.

pixton1Kaaren was commissioned as an artists-in-residence, via Run for the Arts, to help second grade students at Prune Hill Elementary in Camas, Washington, create a “sea life” mural.  Luckily, I got to help.  In asking her questions about her work and experience, I decided that I wanted to write about her.  After all, it is people like her, working with young people who are cultivating and inspiring future generations Arts lovers, appreciators and maybe even fertilizing budding artists.

Kaaren is the mistress of murals, particularly school murals all over the region.  She couldn’t even give me a number of how many she has worked on over the years.  The pure joy she exudes when working with students, gently caressing their art work and knowing their intention with it was powerful to behold.  She absolutely loves her work…that enthusiasm alone makes my heart smile.
muralDoes she have a website? Not exactly for her work as a muralist, but she does have this link to her work as an illustrator of baby books. Her work on these books is the same style as the work she does with students. Colorful, creative and visually fascinating: it is intricate layering of painted paper. In the case of student murals, the students paint the specialty paper, then layer it to make an object, like a pufferfish/seaweed/fish. This stepped process allows creative thought to take a variety of forms.

Off-handedly as we worked on the mural and I asked her about herself, Kaaren mentioned that she had illustrated baby books, something that she works on with her daughter-in-law. Kaarencover_tww What an understatement!  She has published three books and is working on more.  Check out Ty Book Inc – as mother and past educator I love the chew-toy-meets-education nature of these books.  And, if you look at the Ty Book Blog, so does everyone else – they’ve been hurrahed by all the mommy mags.  With babies, everything goes in the mouth, gets pulled and dropped…that is how babies learn, the idea of making books that can take that saliva and abuse is brilliant.  The website even says you can wash them – really?

tybookslogoOver the summer break, Kaaren is planning to finish another three books.  She is also very open to working with any group or school, and in a business or home.  She can be contacted through Ty Book Inc.  Read a little more about Kaaren Pixton, the heart-warming artist in our schools who is tenderly ushering many children into their imaginative space through art!

photos by Holly Metzner

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Take the Action Adventure

Posted by Nicole Lane on 06/07/2009

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Reality TV is what’s hot if you watch the boob tube.  Personally, I’m not a big fan as I skew toward the more interactive or in-person forms of entertainment, but the networks have determined that most watchers are. 

So, if you like live entertainment AND reality TV then you’ll love Action/Adventure’s quirky Fall of the House show.  If you take the real-to-life, episodic sitcom concept and apply it to a theatre style that is somewhat improv comedy, then you’ll get this highly contemporary amalgamation of the two.

How they set it up:  A general story plot is planned out and written, but actors work without a script, improvising the dialogue that tells the audience the story.  Fall of the House is currently in its Fifth Season, each season has four episodes over four weeks time.  The seasons draw on the drama and character development covered in the previous season/s and then the episodes play out upon each other weekly.  Don’t worry, you won’t be lost if you jump in mid-season.  It’s just like watching a TV show, they will catch you up and it will all make sense no matter when you tune in.

I recently attended my first Fall of House show and found it to be well produced, endearing, giggle AND guffaw funny and quite interesting, albeit a bit rough around the edges.  Before the show I’d chatted with Tamara Carroll (Artistic Director/co-Writer) and learned more about how the show works.  Knowing more about the premise and process involved in Fall of the House, I walked away with a lot of respect for the 15 actors and seven writers involved, as well as Director Miranda King.  You can learn more about them here.

It sounds like an innovative theatrical idea (you say) but what’s the show about?  I say: think cultural relevance and reality situations of 20-somethings in Portland (clothing styles, sexual relationships, PBRs, bongs, quirky set pieces), think lowbrow theatre (like lowbrow art), think comic book plot and you’ll come close to visualizing this work.

How Portlandesque is such an idea?  Good question.  I did a little Google Search to see if I could find other theatre companies doing similar work, it is notable I didn’t find any.  However, this format made me think of a hilarious “choose your own adventure” web series my friend Hannah Bos is doing in NYC called The Mimi & Flo Show.  Click the link, truly a riot!  Maybe the next step for Fall of the House is choose your own adventure…live?

I like that Action/Adventure is a little off-beat.  I like it a lot.  I like that their Pay What You Can night is every Friday night – no one else does that on a Friday.  I like that show time is 10:30.  I like that the costumes look like what the actors actually wear in real life.  I like that they plop onto someone else’s set with only their couch and coffee table for a set.  I like that it is honest work.  

Jump off the couch folks…

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FALL OF THE HOUSE

Episode 1: June 5 – 7
Episode 2: June 12 – 14
Episode 3: June 19 – 21
Episode 4: June 26 – 28

The Arena Stage at Theater! Theatre!
3430 SE Belmont St
Portland, OR 97214

Tickets
One Episode – $12
4-Week pass – $30
> $2 off with each previous week seen
> Fridays are always “Pay what you will.”

Reservations: 503.425.9176 or actionadventuretheater@gmail.com.

All showtimes 10:30 p.m. except Sundays, at 8:00 p.m.

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Blitzen Trapper & the Portland Village

Posted by Nicole Lane on 06/01/2009

photo credit Betsy Cross

photo credit Betsy Cross

It was a beautiful night.  Up on a rooftop above the traffic fray, the moon shone and a cool breeze blew as eclectic artist-types gathered around a carpeted oasis, lounging and leaning on couches and tables.  I felt like I was on a movie set on top of the world…or at least Portland.

Really, I was on the roof of a parking garage across the street from the Crystal Ballroom for the very first showing of the upward rocketing Portland band Blitzen Trapper’s new music video “Black River Killer” — that song isn’t up but listen to other great tunes here.

With this music video, there is a story I must tell:  this is a project that took the village of Portland.

Who knows when I first heard about it, but it was months ago – could have been from Luke Norby, who earned producer credit on the video.  But I think the project really got my attention mid-April, when my inbox had three messages from Tony Fuemmeler [email list, Facebook, pdxbackstage] asking for mask-making help to make 60 masks ASAP for video shoot in a week.  Tony, along with fellow mask maker Jen LaMastra, created four mask designs and generated the 60 masks for the shoot with the help of a small army of volunteers (my family included), in the space of that week.

Truly a Portlandesque feat.

Next was Luke’s email call looking for 75 for video extras for an afternoon shoot at Artists Repertory Theatre’s stage – we would be wearing the masks.  Sign me up – and my kiddos too!  Four sweaty, hurry-up-and-wait, masked hours after we all arrived, we’d shot three scenes – probably a total of maybe 30 seconds in the final cut.  But all 75 of us got to witness the painstaking creation of art … and be a part of the process.

Have I mentioned that I’d never heard of Blitzen Trapper before this?

Now I’m a huge fan. It is not only that now I’ve heard of them and really like their sound, but instead it is that I got to be a part of something bigger. Collaboration is powerful marketing. Humans are joiners, remember? This wasn’t that, but proves both that point and why this project was such a community (um, dare I say again, Portlandesque) project.

photo credit Betsy Cross

photo credit Betsy Cross

So I haven’t told you about the video itself yet.  It is magic.  It is dark and creepy (it is about the Black River Killer after all), but also oddly dance-like, grittily textured and undeniably FLUID.  The music floats the visuals in way that makes you hold your breath.  Director Daniel Elkayam’s vision on this video was brilliant, as was the work of Director of Photography Brian McKee. In addition to the 75 peeps off the street, the video was perfectly cast right off local stages with such actors as Jonathan Walters of Hand2Mouth Theatre, Rolin Carlson, plus Stephanie Blair, Jeff Gorham, Tony Green and Tom Mounsey (all part of Re-Theatre’s Much Ado production), and many more.

Producers will now hand in the final video cut to Sub Pop Records, who represent the band. Their PR/Marketing machine will take it from here.  So now, let’s hope this video is a launching pad: for the folks who poured everything they had into the production; for Portland-grown Blitzen Trapper; and for the film and video industry in Portland.

I tell ya what, our Portland is becoming “the” place for film and music videos.  It seems like every time you turn around you hear (often from celeb watch Byron Beck) about a “star” in town or another movie being filmed here. Even I [insert raised eyebrows here] was in two music videos in the space of a week – this one and Storm Large’s “8 Miles Wide” directed by James Westby and produced by Katie O’Grady. It was a fun week!

So maybe that movie set feeling I had atop the roof last night was actually me remembering the future?

This pre-release shindig was hosted by the fabulous portrait photographer Scott James of Captivus Studios.  His industrial chic space is essentially wallpapered with the world’s most beautiful people…sexy eyes, velvet curves and shimmering skin you want to lick. Scott has a knack for creating eye candy with his camera, don’t hesitate to click his links and see for yourself.

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Much Ado about Re-Theatre in Rep

Posted by Nicole Lane on 05/29/2009

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Much Ado About Nothing – The Repertory Show
The Classic & The Adaptation
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This is a BIG undertaking. Re-Theatre is doing Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” in repertory — a theatre producer’s nightmare and pure joy, alternately, depending on where they are in the run.  Some of you folks who aren’t rabid theatre goers may not really know what “In Repertory” means – I know I didn’t until about 7 years ago when I got bit by the theatre bug.

In short, repertory is: one play, two versions, same cast, two productions running in approximately the same time frame. Check out this calendar for a visual understanding.

Tonight, I’m off to see Re-Theatre’s The Classic version of Much Ado. It doesn’t sound all that “classic” to me, as it is set on the New Orleans bayou in the 1920s. But that’s sort of how theatre goes. I believe I can expect Shakespeare’s words in this new context. I fervently hope to catch The Adaptation too, where the cast has written what I hear to be hilarious contemporary dialogue to follow Shakespeare’s story arc.

With these Much Ado productions, Re-Theatre is using a classic, but this is not mandatory with pieces done in rep. I’ve observed that there seem to be two basic treatment twists on classic stories like this one, and then further treatment variations. The first approach: words are pristine, but everything else can change; the second: the conceptual and sometimes plot premise is loosely followed, but an original play is created. Insight Out’s For:Give, directed by Tony Fuemmeler, was an example of the latter approach. Just like For:Give, The Adaptation version of Much Ado was written in the rehearsal process by the cast. Read about Re-Theatre’s process, I think this sort of work is invigorating to theatre craft and love it.

If you’ve read my “About Portlandesque” tab, you’ll know that what I choose write about is unsolicited. Such is the case with this entry. However, full disclosure, we are incestuous in the Portland Arts world and proud of it. I gladly helped out my friends at Re-Theatre with PR & Marketing when they were just starting up last year as you’ll note here – and since you clicked that link, take a read through those company bios and be impressed. Just for fun, watch this promo video, too.

I decided to write about this show to introduce the work of Re-Theatre Instrument to my readers and because many of you are not huge theatre buffs and might be up for some learning via these Much Ado shows. But mostly, I wanted to write to credit my friends who worked on this project, who have poured their time and creativity into the show and this theatre company:  Sam Kusnetz, Jason Zimbler, Luke Norby, Jamie Rea, Kyle Lange. I know very well what it takes to start and run a theatre company and the amount of work that goes into each production, let alone two concurrently. I do plan to feature some of these Re-Theatre friends individually in the future, our paths have crossed on many other projects and they all individually make important contributions to the Arts & Culture scene in Portland.

Go forth – try to see both Much Ado versions in the next two weekends and I will too.*

MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING – The Repertory Show
Classic:  May 8 – June 6, 2009
Adaptation:  May 15 – June 6, 2009
Click Here for a helpful calendar.

TICKETS
Buy: Tickets On-Line
Call: 503-922-2453
Visit: 1111 SW Broadway

Tickets – $20
Thursdays – pay what you will

performing at
Portland Center for the Performing Arts – Brunish Hall
1111 SW Broadway – Portland, OR

 * I’ll be honest. I’m not a big fan of plays done in Rep. It is not about dual story concept, which requires a ton of creativity and dedication from the cast, crew and producers, but instead plain frustration with timing. Rarely do I have time to see both versions and sometimes I feel like I should spread the love and see another company’s work. Is it guilt? Is it regret? Is it that there are just so MANY shows to see? Maybe it’s just me.

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Portland Creation Arts & Tony Fuemmeler

Posted by Nicole Lane on 05/21/2009

Creation.

Defined by Merriam-Webster Online as:
1: the act of creating ; especially : the act of bringing the world into ordered existence.
2: the act of making, inventing, or producing: as a: the act of investing with a new rank or office; b: the first representation of a dramatic role.
3: something that is created: as a: world; b: creatures singly or in aggregate; c: an original work of art.

How perfect that I decided to look up this word as I began to write of both the creative development culture of Portland and multidisciplinary artist Tony Fuemmeler.

Do refer back to the definition as you read along.

One of the aspects of the Portland arts scene I love the most is that the creation of Art is a constant and a focus in our city. I often describe it with my sort of a make-up word as verdant “generativity.” [If you read the “about” tab on this blog, you’ll see that I promised new vocabulary.]

There exist stale versions of art here, sure, but on the whole we live in a city that prides itself on innovation and opens its arms and minds to the new work being done locally. There are many examples of access points in all the disciplines from art galleries and coffee shops to major festivals like the new Fertile Ground: City-wide Festival of New Work, PICA’s Time Based Art Festival, and PDX POP NOW!

On a regular basis, perhaps the best venue in the city to witness that verdant creative generativity of which I write is the Someday Lounge. Read their Viva l’Arte mission statement here.

You want diversity in one place? Go there. They are extremely open and encouraging of all kinds of performance Art – perhaps most importantly they are willing to let artists share their work. A year ago, I worked on an rich, multidisciplinary CD Release party for Barons in Trees there that integrated dance, visual art, clown and live-mixed video projection. That is exactly the type of work you’ll see at the Someday. From a very eclectic cross-section of musical acts, to theatrical performances like Opera Theatre Oregon, to the Shadow Puppetry show “Bugged” that Tony Fuemmeler just performed there…Someday Lounge has it all.

On Tuesdays, once a month, for free, the Someday hosts a generously curated show called the “Someday Incubator.” The evening’s program is to give developing artists and/or their project access to a stage and an audience. I have been to a couple Incubators, talent varies, but the compelling through-line is both the commendable intention behind the idea and the chance to see an artist try out their work.

Tony Fuemmeler.

 Please take a moment right now and follow this link to Tony’s website. He just put it up. Poke around!

I actually don’t remember when I first met Tony, but first got to know his work when he was  as a set and props designer for Insight Out’s The Yellow Boat, around the same time he was the stage manager for Sight Theatre Group (formerly known as CITE), for whom I’m on the Board of Directors. I recall being impressed, equally, with his ingenuity and organizational skills. He has worked with a number of theatre organizations around town as a mask and puppet-maker, puppeteer and designer including Oregon Children’s Theatre, Tears of Joy Theatre and Nomadic Theatre. Tony also teaches children about theatre, performance and mask-making in public school residencies and after-school programs around Portland. At the beginning of 2009, he worked as a stage manager for Holcombe Waller’s “Into the Dark Unknown” tour to NYC, Seattle and San Francisco. Most recently, he collaborated with fellow mask maker Jen LaMastra on making 60 (yep, 6-0) masks, four versions, for Blitzen Trapper’s “Black River Killer” music video. You can view his mask work on his website.
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Part of what I find impressive about Tony, is the breadth of his talents. A graduate of the University of Kansas and Dell’Arte (yes, he is another one), he also has done work with artistic Masters in Minneapolis, LA and NYC. Let’s just say he works from a very strong foundation.

 I really got to know Tony as the director and co-creator of Insight Out’s production For:Give – an ensemble created work inspired by The Tempest. In the role of co-Production Manager and PR/Marketing Director, I had the opportunity to really learn how Tony ticks. From the outset on this National Endowment for the Arts and Spirit Mountain funded project, Tony blew my mind with his creative and well-researched vision. This work was ensemble created, which means they started with an idea (The Tempest), wrote a script and staged an original play from there. Tony’s ability to know where he artistically wanted to go, fluidly lead a creation process with a cast, playwright and design team, and take strong steps to get the work to performance was phenomenal to watch.

I’ve mentioned his organizational abilities, which are notable, but what is really at the heart of Tony is how he sees creation. I have observed his process on a number of projects. I see that he creates with a mix of what is part organically inspired, part academically researched, and which is always is extremely intentional.

Tuesday night, I was lucky enough to catch Tony’s current work in development Bugged, at the aforementioned Someday Lounge. This is a shadow puppetry piece he is creating with fellow puppeteer and actor Rollin Carlson.

bugged-img1The show was riveting, intelligent and entertaining. The gregarious audience was silenced and intent as they watched the show unfold. Guffaws and shout-outs were mixed with concentrated efforts to understand the content and the medium.

I have seen a few children’s shadow puppet shows, but this was most certainly adult. Intellect and Art, Technology and the Natural World, Fear, Love and Humor meet in the projected shadows of puppets, sets and people. This was the second of two public workshops to develop this work-in-progress. Tony and Rollin hope to have developed a full-length work within the year, so be sure to get on his mailing list.

Next up, Tony will be sharing his passion for mask making and teaching by offering two mask workshops in June. One, a 2-day mask making workshop, and another about developing a physical character through the mask. Although marketed to performers, these classes are open for all who are interested.

Join the creative development culture in Portland. Support the artists and organizations that make it so. In doing so, we all do our part to help Portland Arts thrive.

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The Last Show You’ll Ever See

Posted by Nicole Lane on 05/15/2009

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Creator and performer Sarah Liane Foster is one of the most brilliant, quirky, Portlandesque people I know, so it seems ironically fitting that I start my first “real” post with her performance title:
The Last Show You’ll Ever See – A Woman. A Trombone. Apocalypse.

Have you ever met someone who listens to you so intently it is disconcerting? That is Sarah – and she brings that intensity to everything she does. From her physical comedy performances, to her commitment to biking, to a casual conversation…Sarah is dedicated.

I first met Sarah in 2004, when she was performing in the play “We The People” with Insight Out Theatre Collective – I remember distinctly, as just days before I had become a board member – and have been following her path ever since.

Sarah is an intense person. On stage her characters seem to consume her, freeing her body expression and pulling the audience in to feel her every move and mannerism. Physical Comedy should be like that…your body, dynamically compelled to laugh.

Sarah trained in physical theatre and clown at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. Thanks to the remarkable program at Dell’Arte, she is one of a host of talented Dell’Arte grads now residing and performing in Portland – some of whom I plan to introduce here, so come back to read about them.

One of the most intriguing projects that Sarah is plugged into is Clowns Without Borders . She has traveled the world with CWB spreading their mission “No Child Without a Smile” and offering “laughter to relieve the suffering of all persons, especially children, who live in areas of crisis including refugee camps, conflict zones and territories in situations of emergency.” I recommend being on her mailing list when she goes on these trips. Her ability to describe and reflect upon what she is encountering is well worth the ding in your inbox.

When she is not touring and fundraising with CWB, Sarah is active locally with Nomadic Theatre. She has also worked with two organizations that are near and dear to my heart PlayWrite Inc., and again with Insight Out Theatre in 2008 with The Yellow Boat.

And now, about the show….that very Last Show You Will Ever See. I actually don’t know too much more that you’ll find here. But, I have seen her clown before in her work with Amy Jo McCarville called Afield, it was a riot. I think maybe all you need to know to trust me on this show is that the woman is a stilt walker (although not in this show), plays trombone and yes, wears a red nose. I’m going Friday (5/15) night – leave a comment if you want to know what I thought.

The Last Show You’ll Ever See
Dates:   May 15-17 & 22-24, 2009
Times:  Fri & Sat 10pm —  Sun 7pm
Location:  Curious Comedy, 5225 NE MLK Blvd, Portland
Tickets:  $12 general | $10 students
Tickets available at Curious Comedy Theater 503.477.9477

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Why start this blog?

Posted by Nicole Lane on 05/13/2009

A solid question…one I’ve been ruminating on for over a year.

Portland is oozing, teaming, erupting with insanely brilliant creatives and somehow I’m lucky enough to keep meeting them. Whether they are performers, musicians, poets, artists, photographers, writers, chefs, film makers, philosophers, community organizers, non-profit administrators with a just cause or just random people with a gleam in their eye, I get sucked in by their magical powers of enthused passion and…well…I want to do what honestly comes naturally…share.

I guess, loosely, that’s what this blog will be:
Stories about people I meet, why they inspire me, what they are up to.

If this is of interest to you, please subsribe to the RSS feed or check back to read about my adventures with Portland…

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