LitHop: a Literary Pub Crawl

This evening, beginning at 7, a mass of literary talent descends upon NE Alberta Street like a swam of fully mature locusts. Authors, poets, and spoken word artists will read their work simultaneously, creating a buzz at six different locations up and down the street. Portland’s second annual LitHop will see Hawthorne Books, the IPRC, alice blue, Eraserhead Press, Unchaste Readers, and Publication Studio each host a series in which readers will perform for 15 minutes, in quick succession. The idea is to create something of a literary pub crawl. During the event, listeners can pop up and down the street to hear several, very different performances. Three readers will perform for 15 minutes each at the top of the hour, leaving the remaining quarter-hour to talk, drink, or move on to the next place. “The 15-minute time slot gives readers more of a spotlight,” says Kevin Sampsell, who produces the event with Jeff Alessandrelli and Bryan Coffelt. “And they’re great writers so they deserve that time,” adds Sampsell. And he notes that the 15 minutes gives listeners “quality time to get into the voice and style of each writer.” One of those writers is Mykle Hansen. “Whenever we bring…

Joshua Ferris and Narrative Mechanics

By Ross Blanchard Above: PDX Magazine Editor-in-chief Ross Blanchard (left) and author Joshua Ferris at Dave Weich’s Narrative Mechanics event. A couple of Sundays ago Dave Weich, president of Sheepscot Creative, invited around a dozen guests to his home in Southeast Portland for his first Narrative Mechanics event. The gathering focused on interviews and discussions with strategic communicators. His first interviewee was Josh Ferris, who was in town on a book tour for his new novel To Rise Again at a Decent Hour.  This was not a “meet the author, ask him about his typewriter” scene at all. From the moment I entered Weich’s home, I could tell that something different was about to happen. So could the other guests, most of whom it appeared, like me, didn’t have much of a clue what was going on either. There was a camera crew, a small staff, a bartender. Guests were handed tarot-sized cards with inexplicable quotes on the back. We were given small round stickers and asked to place them below similar quotes on posters hung on the dining room walls. The meanings of these activities would be revealed later, I was told (they were). Then we were invited to have a drink, to…

PDX Magazine No. 8 Release Party Saturday, 5/17 at Ford Food + Drink

Dear Readers, Get your mitts on our finest issue yet this Saturday at our PDX Magazine No. 8 Release Party. It’s at Ford Food + Drink (2505 SE 11th Ave) from 7:30 to 10 p.m. We have two remarkable Portland writers who are also renowned performers in the lineup: frequent contributor to the mag Famous Author Mykle Hansen as well as poet Leah Noble Davidson, whom we covered in our very first issue of the magazine. Both will ply their literary talents before you. Wander by, meet the staff, hobnob with the many contributors to the mag, get those back issues you’ve missed, and most importantly, pick up a copy of No. 8. When I claim No. 8 is our finest work yet, I’m not being the slightest bit hyperbolic despite the seven stupendous issues that precede this one. Number 8 features a Portland cityscape painted by Chris Haberman (see the image above). At the magazine’s center spread is a removable art poster of this painting minus all the identifying marks we need to put on the cover version. Also, writer Mike Allen falls in with Portland moonshiners, Leo Daedalus survives the world’s most dangerous drinking game. Not that our…

Creative Block Party

By Darka Dusty Painting by Halyna Cisaruk If you’re an artist, writer or musician (and if you’re in Portland, Oregon, chances are excellent that you ARE an artist, writer or musician), you have things you believe you do well, and things you believe you do really well, and things you know you could improve, and things that make you think you should hang it up and get a real estate license. And things you think you suck at. You’re probably much harder on yourself than you should be, especially if you try to live a creative life. As an artist, a writer, musician or anyone who regularly summons your muse or faces your creative demons, you are part of a very special, sensitive club. We creative types feel things deeply. We cry easier than most, and maybe this causes us to drink or smoke more than most, or find other ways to alter our perceptions. Sometimes we just need to momentarily numb ourselves from the intense majesty of life. The beauty we perceive around us can just be too goddamn much to take, making our emotional pain and passion excruciatingly unbearable. It’s also what causes us to see things in…

“Never Be Lame” by Sallie Ford

Video of “Never Be Lame.” Sallie Ford has a new band and all new music. PDX Magazine caught Ford’s very first show in March at Mississippi Studios. Visit our Youtube Channel or more Sallie Ford footage and more. Video by Stephanie Neil.

#7 Release Party @ Star Theater

“Extravaganza” is not a word we throw around lightly, but this weekend’s Issue 7 release party is so packed with talent and fun there’s just no other word for what is in store for you. So, come out to the Star Theater this weekend for a PDX Magazine Extravaganza. This is not your typical concert, folks. Yes, we have three incredible bands — Sallie Ford, Rick Bain & The Genius Position, and Three for Silver — all of whom promise great musical performances, but we also have Leo Daedalus of The Late Now and his brain trust who are cooking up some special shenanigans with the PDX Magazine crew. And then we have the special guests: Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols who will join Rick Bain and the Genius Position, and Bela Balogh from 3 Leg Torso who will sit in with Three For Silver. Tickets are on sale now at – $15 in advance, $18 at the door.   

Keyon Gaskin Performance at Place, March 30, 2014

At the closing event “You Can’t Ride the Bus for Free Forever” for Place (an installation gallery in Portland), Keyon Gaskin performs amidst the exhibit “Shit Balloons.” According to gallery owner Gabe Flores, the exhibit contributed to Place losing its lease at Pioneer Place Mall. The gallery closed March 30, 2014 after its lease was abruptly terminated.    

PDX Magazine Issue No. 7 Release Party!

Sallie Ford, Rick Bain and the Genius Position, and Three For Silver join in celebration as we release PDX Magazine‘s 7th issue on April 12 as part of the Soul’d Out Music Festival! In addition, Zia McCabe of The Dandy Warhols will join Rick Bain, while Bela Balogh from 3 Leg Torso will sit in with Three For Silver. Host Leo Daedalus of The Late Now will guide us through an evening of our favorite musicians and personalities, video premieres, and visual art at Star Theater. Tickets are on sale now at – $15 in advance. This is going to sell out fast, folks! Tickets $18 at the door. RSVP on Facebook.

Seth Aaron Interview by Darka Dusty

Our cover story for Issue #6. Seth Aaron, Two-time winner of Project Runway interviewed by Darka Dusty. On his career in fashion he says, “I wasn’t satisfied where I was. I always wanted more. Even today, with everything I’ve accomplished, I want more. I’m not ever satisfied… It’s not a matter of money or greed. That’s not what I mean by more. It’s that I want more creatively. I want more challenges. It’s about pushing myself.” Video by Eric Naslund.