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Portland Anarchist Book Fair 2009

April 20, 2009: 2009 Portland Anarchist Book Fair
June 6 & 7, 2009 (Sat & Sun)
Liberty Hall - 311 N Ivy | Portland, OR 97227
503-516-9220 |

"The Axiom Collective is hosting the first annual Portland Anarchist Book Fair. This two day event will feature over 20 collectives and organizations offering a a wide range of radical, feminist, and revolutionary literature, art, and ideas.

Portland hasn't had a large, regularly occurring anarchist book fair in years (if ever) -- we plan to change that. We want this to be big -- tell your friends all across the country!

This event is FREE to attend. Childcare will be provided, and we'll be offering yummy treats for cheap..

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Brains, Brilliancy, Bohemia

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"Brains, Brilliancy, Bohemia presents photocopies from Chicago's ill-forgotten radical nightclub, The Dill Pickle Club, hobo gatherings and 1910s-20s ephemera, providing a timely look at the origin of American counterculture and working class art leading up to the Great Depression."

Marc Moscato just brought us some copies of this little treasure.  Amongst the eye candy of 1920's posters and handbills, it also features a few short essays by Marc and a previously unpublished piece by Dr. Ben L. Reitman.  Come by the store and check out this unique collection printed by Portland's own Eberhardt Press.

A Hunter's Return To The Good Country

      "Fontanelle Gallery is pleased to present A Hunter's Return To The Good Country, an exhibition featuring work by Jessie Bean, Amy Chan, Rachel Denny, Jessica Polka, Brieana Ruais, Michael Russem, and Wesley Younie. These seven artists offer unique insights into our most primal instincts as hunters and gatherers through a variety of mediums including sculpture, embroidery, painting, drawing, assemblage, and installation. The works on view have all been created with a common passion for collecting, cataloguing, displaying, and questioning elements from our natural and physical world."

-Fontanelle Gallery

     Although you may have missed the opening, you can still make it out to Show and Tell Night at 7pm on the 23rd (that's a Thursday). Hope to see you there!


April 14, 2009:      "Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is pleased to present PaulHornschemeier:Cloistered in Clouds, concurrent with the reissue of Mother, Come Home (Fantagraphics) and the artist's soon-to-be-released graphic novel Life With Mr. Dangerous (Random House/Villard). Well-known for his work as an illustrator and graphic novelist, this is the first solo exhibition of Hornschemeier's original artwork. The exhibition reflects a versatile selection amongst Hornschemeier's career achievements thus far, allowing viewers the rare opportunity to see the immediacy of his line drawings, and to experience the suspended depth of single works that are typically compiled as part of an elliptical narrative sequence.

     Born in Cincinnati in 1977, Hornschemeier lives and works in Chicago. As a child growing up in rural Ohio, he indulged his interests in drawing and storytelling. It was while earning a philosophy degree in college that he came upon the work of Daniel Clowes and, profoundly inspired, soon thereafter came to find his own voice as a cartoonist. In addition to the ambitious work of his widely published experimental seriesForlorn Funnies, and his graphic novels Mother, Come Home and The Three Paradoxes, Hornschemeier has contributed illustrations to This American Life, Luaka Bop Records, and The Wall Street Journal amongst numerous other projects. Currently, he is published weekly in the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung."

-Charles A. Hartman Gallery


Third Annual Short Fiction Competition Kicks Off Wordstock Book & Literary Festival

      Enter your short fiction in this year's Wordstock Festival for a chance to be published in Portland Monthly, as well as grabbing a $1,000 prize.

     "Entries must be less than 4,000 words, and will be accepted by mail only at 8536 SW St Helens Dr., Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070. Entries must be postmarked by July 1, 2009. The entrance fee is $25 per submission. Visit for complete guidelines.

     The national contest is a "double blind" competition, where neither the writers nor judges know the identity of other. The judges, a collection of writers, academics, publishers, bookstore owners, and literary critics, will choose 10 finalists. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 and publication in the October 2009 issue of Portland Monthly magazine. All 10 finalists' stories will be published in The Wordstock Ten, an anthology available for purchase at the festival, Portland-area bookstores, and online at All entrants will receive a complimentary copy.

     The final judge for this year's competition will be Oregon essayist, author, and short-story writer Barry Lopez. Mr. Lopez is a recipient of the Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the John Hay Medal, fellowships from the Guggenheim, Lannan, and National Science Foundations, and many other honors, including the National Book Award."

-Greg Netzer

Don't hesitate, start writing!

Turn Your Ideas into Bound Books with Alex and Magu Appella

April 14, 2009: Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

"Experience the freedom of self-publishing. This introductory work shop will give students the tools to turn their writings, journals, poems, zines, collage, or artwork of any kind into a bound edition. Three non-adhesive bindings will be taught, along with many variations. Within these three binding styles, a wide variety of design options, both complex and simple, will equip the student for coming up with unique, accessible ways to transform their ideas into finished books. Students will learn how to prepare their content for easy reproduction, printing, and binding. The advantages and disadvantages of making a single copy versus a numerous edition will be covered." more here
-23 Sandy Gallery

Timothy Karpinski

April 2-June 2: The Anatomy Of Me. A solo showing of works by Timothy Karpinski at the IPRC. On display now through June 2nd.

April 3 - April 29: If you're in San Francisco, be sure to check out Mark Warren Jacques' show "The Optomistic Life and Mind" at RARE DEVICE

April 23: Grand RE-OPENING of Together Gallery at their new space located at 2916 NE Alberta, Suite A (at 29th and Alberta). This is a Last Thursday event featuring works from: Betsy Walton, Catherine Stack, Jeremy Taylor, Allyson Mellberg and Matthew Feyld. Music performances from: Lovers, White Hinterland, Love Menu, and Nurses

April 30: Artist talk at 7pm in the gallery space at the IPRC. Come out to ask questions and chill out with Timothy Karpinski

See you around!

Filmed By Bike

Filmed By Bike Program Mini Schedule

See full schedule for details

FRI - 7,9,11
Ruckus in the Street

SAT - 5,7,9
The Art of Biking
Ruckus in the Street

SUN- 5,7,9

The Art of Biking
Ruckus in the Street

MON - 7
Ruckus in the Street
Free chocolates for the first 50 people Filmmakers in attendance

TUES - 7
The Art of Biking
Free chocolates for the first 50 people Filmmakers in attendance

WED - 7
Going for the Gold
Stories of Progress and Advocacy from Street Films

Greatest Hits From the Last Six Years
Festival closing