Category Archives: Art

Cottonwood in the Flood: a staged reading of a play about Vanport, on May 25th. .


in honor of the 1948 Memorial Day Vanport Flood:

Westminster Cloisters Arts Ministry Presents
a staged reading of a new play

Cottonwood in the Flood

by Rich Rubin
directed by Damaris Webb
technical design by Lara Klingeman

An engrossing full-length drama about the African American experience in 1940’s Oregon and the rapid rise – – and even more rapid fall – – of the city of Vanport
Memorial Day, Monday May 25th at 2pm

Westminster Presbyterian Church

1624 NE Hancock Street

$5 suggested donation

or two canned food items to be donated to The NE Emergency Food Program ; no will be turned away for lack of funds
to reserve tickets please write to — by 5pm Thursday, May 21st
Stay to share stories with the artists and Vanport survivors


with:  Anthony Armstrong, Jeb Berrier, James Dixon,
Adrienne Flagg, Joe Gibson, Wrick Jones,
S. Renee Mitchell, Jocelyn Seid, PSM Cassie Skauge


“maybe the finest acting I’ve ever seen at a staged reading” – Brett Campbell Oregon Arts Watch
“It’s got that very particular quality
so often crowed about in art, so rarely actually seen: capital-I importance.” – The Portland Mercury’s Megan Burbank

‘Christmas Carol’ returns to Portland Playhouse this December

Christmas Carol

December 3-28th, at Portland Playhouse: Christmas Carol

By Charles Dickens
Directed by Cristi Miles

Dickens’ classic ghost story returns after last year’s success in attracting a large, diverse, and enthusiastic neighborhood audience. This homemade, holiday treat that invokes the beauty of second chances will charm you in with what Portland Monthly called “an immersive musical wonderland that embodies the holiday spirit.” Join us for an authentic, music-filled journey to nineteenth-century London, in which greedy Scrooge learns his lesson and Tiny Tim has the last word.

Adaptation and original lyrics by Rick Lombardo
Original music by Anna Lackaff and Rick Lombardo
Music arrangements by Anna Lackaff

Ticket info here.


Open meeting on June 28th for a proposed mural at 4008 NE MLK (at Shaver) – all are welcome!


The neighborhood is invited to a public meeting to discuss a proposed new mural on the north side of the Irvington Covenant Church’s annex building, located at 4008 NE MLK. (The picture above shows the mural by Isaka Shamsud-Din that is on the south side of the same building.)

The north side of the building is currently painted blank; an earlier mural was removed when the building underwent repairs a couple of years ago.

The mural meeting is Saturday, June 28th, from 10 am to 10:30, inside the building at 4008 NE MLK. The artist is Peg Butler; you can email her at

“My Walk Has Never Been Average.” – this Saturday, 1 pm.

Join us this Saturday June 7th at 1pm as the August Wilson Red Door Project and Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc, present “My Walk Has Never Been Average” followed by a Community Forum held at Self Enhancement, Inc., 3920 N. Kerby Avenue10300166_811079762243803_8797827115975049220_n North Portland.

Tickets are $10.00 and are available through at (503) 445-6658 or at this link:


The August Wilson Red Door Project and Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. (headquarted on MLK Boulevard in King) invite you to a staged reading of My Walk Has Never Been Average, written by Roberta Hunte and Bonnie Ratner. My Walk Has Never Been Average is a multi-media presentation adapted for the stage from in-depth, first-person interviews with Black women in all aspects of construction. These stories reveal great inner strength and accomplishment in the face of the multiple oppressions facing Black working-class women in America.

The reading will be followed by a Community Forum on race, gender, work, and the arts as a vehicle for social change. The Community Forum is made possible in part by a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.



KNA to meet this Wednesday: Agenda

King Neighborhood Association – General Meeting
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 6:30pm
Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods
4815 NE 7th Avenue, Portland, OR


6:30 Introductions, approval of agenda and minutes

6:45 Clean Water Portland Presentation on the proposed fluoridation of the water supply

7:15 Kirstin Walter – Intersection Repair Project @ NE 6th & NE Going

7:25 OLCC Bill Language / 7-11 Good Neighbor Agreement

8:00 Adjourn