[Local events] Feb 9 - 18, Performance Works NW Valentine's fundraisers

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Thu Feb 8 19:43:22 PST 2007

Enjoy a light meal + wine + a performance ----- for only $15!

Featuring Vladimir, Cheryl Strayed, Matthew Stadler, Lily Gael, Tahni 
Holt, Andrew Ox, Nora Hajos, Emily Stone, Wooly Mammoth Comes to Dinner.

You are invited to a series of events taking place as a Valentine's 
fundraiser for Performance Works Northwest (PWNW). Funds raised will 
support artist fees for the fall 2007 project of Linda Austin Dance, 
"circus me around."

 From Feb 9th -- Feb. 18, seven generous friends and supporters of PWNW 
will be opening their homes for readings or performances by fabulous 
Portland artists. These gatherings include a light meal and wine and are 
a steal at $15 (plus small handling fee). If you would like to join us, 
please do register online soon -- space is extremely limited: 

(See schedule below).

"circus me around" is a collaboration of Linda Austin with sound artist 
Seth Nehil and architects Ean Eldred, John Garfield, John Kashiwabara & 
Peter Nylen; plus dancers and guest choreographers including Anne 
Furfey, Julie Katch, Paige McKinney, Gregg Bielemeier, Cydney Wilkes, & 
Wooly Mammoth Comes to Dinner.

Following is a schedule for the We Love PWNW Valentine Events, followed 
by artist's bios.

Feb 9 Fri 7-9 pm
Vladimir (Vladmaster performance)
Host: Steve Cox in N. Portland

Feb 10 Sat 7-9 pm
Cheryl Strayed (Reading)
Host: Anne Furfey in S.E. Portland

Feb 15 Thur 7-9 pm
Matthew Stadler (Reading)
Hosts: Mike Barber & Daniel Addy in N.E. Portland

Feb. 16 Fri 7-9 pm
Lily Gael (Performance)
Hosts: Anne Schagen & Michael Allen in N.E. Portland

Feb. 17 Sat 7-9 pm
Tahni Holt (Dance)
Andrew Ox (Performance)
Hosts: Lois Leveen & Chuck Barnes in S.E. Portland

Feb 18 Sun 11 am - 1 pm (BRUNCH)
Nora Hajos (Dance)
Hosts: Cyndy Chan & Doug Theriault in S.E. Portland

Feb. 18 Sun 7-9 pm
Emily Stone (Installation)
Wooly Mammoth Comes to Dinner
(Katie Arrants, Kathleen Keogh & Rikki Rothenberg)
Hosts: Kathleen Keogh, Katie Arrants & Stacey Mairs in N. Portland)

Vladimir lives in Portland, Oregon where she projects movies at the 
Northwest Film Center. She has been hand-making and selling her own 
Vladmaster disks since May of 2003. In April of 2004 she debuted her 
first performance of the Lucifugia Thigmotaxis Vladmaster set at the 
Portland Documentary and Experimental (PDX) Film Festival. Since then 
she has travelled across the US and the UK with her performances, 
including shows at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Flaherty 
Film Seminar in New York, the Flat Pack Film Festival in Birmingham Uk, 
the MadCat Film Festival in San Francisco and the Olympia Film 
Festival.Vladimir also makes and shows Super8 films with the Portland 
Super8 collective the Tiny Picture Club. She occasionally mass produces 
form letters and has created her own line of scratch-it Vladland lottery 
tickets. Vladmasters are handmade View-Master™ reels designed, 
photographed, and hand-assembled by Vladimir. They make use of toys, 
neglected household objects, and odd ephemera to tell 28-picture tales 
of train chases, missing steam shovels, disastrous dinner parties, and 
overly adventurous cockroaches. Vladmaster performances are simultaneous 
Vladmaster experiences in which every attendee is given a viewer and set 
of disks and then led through the story by a soundtrack featuring music, 
narration, sound effects, and ding noises to cue the change from image 
to image.

Cheryl Strayed's critically acclaimed novel TORCH, was published by 
Houghton Mifflin in 2006. TORCH was a finalist for the Great Lakes Book 
Award and was selected by the Oregonian as one of the top ten books of 
the year by writers from the Pacific Northwest . Strayed's award-winning 
stories and essays have appeared in more than a dozen magazines, 
including the New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post Magazine, 
Allure, Self, and The Sun. Widely anthologized, her work is featured in 
The Best New American Voices 2003 and has been selected twice for The 
Best American Essays. Raised in Minnesota, Strayed now lives in 
Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their two children.

Matthew Stadler (Portland) received an MFA from Columbia University in 
1987. His four novels— Landscape: Memory, The Dissolution of Nicholas 
Dee, The Sex Offender, and Allan Stein—explore the moral ambiguities of 
contemporary life. Stadler is the cofounder of Clear Cut Press, an 
independent publisher of original books, and served as the literary 
editor of the design magazine Nest. He teaches the using global media 
workshop in his kitchen (www.usingglobalmedia.com), and has written for 
many periodicals, including the New York Times, Bookforum, and Dwell. 
Stadler has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Whiting Foundation 
Writers Award, Lambda Literary Award for Best Gay Novel (for Allan 
Stein), the Howard Foundation Mid-Career Fellowship for Fiction (from 
Brown University), and most recently, a United States Artists Ford 

Lilian Gael is an artist working with improvisational movement, dance, 
environments, sound and text. Her continued interest and subject matter 
comes from the intersection of her work and study with improvisational 
dance forms (Deborah Hay, Gabrielle Roth, Susan Banyas, Keith 
Hennessey), and relational psychoanalysis and transpersonal (cultural) 
psychology. Her performance art piece, "Revery/The Kitchen Project" was 
performed at the Oregon College of Art & Craft in 2006 for audiences of 
one or two. She is a recipient of a Soapstone Writing Residency in 
poetry, a 2006 RACC grant, and is a founding collaborator for The 
Begging Project and the improv group, glimpseWorks. Most recently her 
poetry was published in Nestucca Spit Press-Oregon Coast Anthology, Salt.

Tahni Holt is a Portland native who returned home after completing her 
BFA from Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. She is the Artistic 
Director of Monster Squad.which has been performing throughout the 
Northwest since 2001, through On The Boards, PICAs TBA Festival, 
Bumbershoot and Disjecta, to name a few. In the past five years, Monster 
Squad has created a series of works with on-going collaborators and 
contributors. They include visual artist Marty Schnapf, media artist 
Emily Bulfin, costume designer Jayme Hansen of Fleshtone/birds of prey, 
musicians Menomena and performance artist David Eckard. Currently Holt 
is working on a multi-projector installation with collaborator Emily 
Bulfin to be presented at Reed Arts Week 2007. Locally she danced for 
Mary Oslund + Co. for 3 years and continues to dance in diverse and 
interesting projects. As a dance educator, Holt has taught dance and 
composition at Reed College and has been on faculty at Lewis and Clark 
College this past spring, and continues to teach at Conduit Dance and 
Oregon Ballet Theater as part of their outreach staff.

Andrew Ox is an honest liar ruled by the planet Jupiter, and takes great 
pride in active parenting, collecting pointless cultural artifacts, 
survival struggle skills, and his endless memory for useless 
information. Ox just returned from L.A., where he studied with famed 
improv giants The Groundlings. He has appeared in films Kicking Bird, 
Mudslinging (winner of audience favorite award of Portland's 48 Hour 
Film Festival) and Some Will Fall. He is mostly recognized as a main 
player in Portland's beloved House of Cunt Performance Troupe and has 
written and produced solo works Metamorphasops and the Oxorcisms.

Nora Hajos has been teaching and performing in the U.S. and Europe for 
more than 20 years. Her work combines elements of Contact Improvisation 
(Steve Paxton), Moving the Tell (Simone Forti), Tuning Score (Lisa 
Nelson) with her own explorations of improvisation and process work 
psychology. Her current focus is to bring awareness to "the reality 
behind the reality". She currently lives in both Portland, OR and 
Budapest, Hungary.

Emily Stone bridges dance and theatre worlds by being an actor, dancer, 
choreographer and director. Her work has been produced in both Seattle 
and Portland by PICA's TBA Festival, On the Boards' Northwest New Works 
and 12 Minutes Max, 10 Tiny Dances, Performance Works Northwest, 
Telegraph Arts, Velocity Studio and defunkt theater. As a dancer, she 
has appeared in work by Sheri Cohen, Linda Austin, Linda K Johnson, 
Corrie Befort, Tahni Holt, and Angelle Hebert/Phillip Kraft, as well as 
performed and directed for her own theater/dance company Salvage Yard. A 
recent installation/performance was part of last fall's Catacombs at the 
Portland Art Center.

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