[Local events] FWD: Harry Smith PDX 2013, Thu 5/16 & Sat 5/18

David Abel david at thetextgarage.com
Fri May 10 13:31:46 PDT 2013

*Harry Smith* 
<http://harrysmithpdx.wordpress.com/harry-smith-crash-course/> was born 
in Portland in 1923, and died in New York City in 1991.

Best known for his curation of the landmark 1952 Folkways /Anthology of 
American Folk Music/, and acclaimed for his work as a self-taught 
experimental filmmaker, "he frequently described himself as a painter, 
and his varied projects called on his skills as an anthropologist, 
linguist, and translator. He had a lifelong interest in the occult and 
esoteric fields of knowledge, leading him to speak of his art in 
alchemical and cosmological terms . . . He donated the largest known 
paper airplane collection in the world to the Smithsonian Institution . 
. . He also considered himself the world's leading authority on string 
figures, having mastered hundreds of forms from around the world." 
(Harry Smith Archives <http://www.harrysmitharchives.com/1_bio/index.html>)

In a long-overdue recognition from his home town,

*HARRY SMITH PDX 2013* <http://harrysmithpdx.wordpress.com>

presents two days of Harry Smith programming in Portland, organized by 
the Oregon Cartoon Institute <http://www.oregoncartooninstitute.com/> 
and with partnership from the Northwest Animation Festival 
<http://www.nwanimationfest.com/>, the Hollywood Theater 
<http://hollywoodtheatre.org/>, and /The Late Now/ 

/Thursday, May 16, Hollywood Theater
*Harry Smith in the Pacific Northwest
*//*Harry Smith Seance

*Saturday, May 18, The Cleaners
*Harry Smith Free-for-All

*/Details follow.

*Thursday, May 16*
*Hollywood Theater*
<http://hollywoodtheatre.org/>4122 NE Sandy

3:00 - 5:00 pm  .  Free
*Harry Smith in the Pacific Northwest
Panel discussion with Michael Munk, Gus Frederick, and Rich Wandschneider:

7:00 pm  .  $10
*Harry Smith Seance* 
      Two hand-painted /Early Abstractions/ will be followed by /Heaven 
And Earth Magic/, Harry's 66-minute stop motion/cut out animation 
masterpiece. A rare opportunity to see /Heaven And Earth Magic/ 
projected on the big screen, with expanded cinema techniques Harry 
himself used! Film archivist Dennis Nyback will recreate Harry's live 
projection, using multiple projectors to alter, color, and shape the 
moving image.
      All films on 16mm. Live music accompaniment by Matt Carlson and 
Jordan Dykstra. Sound design by Andrew Ritchey.

*Saturday, May 18*
The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th

11:00 am - 4:00 pm  .  Free
*Harry Smith Free-for-All* 
A series of short presentations about the life and work of the magus, 
hosted by Leo Daedalus.

/11:00 am / Kaveh Askari, new 7 minute experimental documentary about 
Smith's Bellingham years
/11:30 am/   Doug Stewart demonstrates technology teenage Smith used to 
record Lummi Indian rituals
/12:00 pm/   Recreation of selected string figures from Harry Smith's 
/12:30 pm/   Anne Richardson places Harry Smith within a timeline of 
Oregon film history
/1:00 pm/   Harry Smith's performance approach to film projection: talk 
& demo by Dennis Nyback
/1:30 pm /Joe McMurrian discusses Smith's curation of his 1952 
/Anthology of American Folk Music/
/2:00 pm/   Andrew Ritchey discusses sound as an element in avant-garde film
/2:30 pm/   Leo Daedalus takes on Smith's unpredictable relationship to 
the concept of "truth"
/3:00 pm/   Alex Reagan conducts The Harry Smith Paper Airplane Invitational
/3:30 pm/   Jessica Beer leads the Sacred Harp Singers in traditional 
shaped note singing
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