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Portland Center Stage at The Armory
128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, Oregon 97209
Every First Thursday, we open our doors to the community: whether you're just strolling by, headed to a gallery down the street, or here for a show, come on in and join us for local music, snacks a-plenty, and a complimentary beer from our neighbors over at Deschutes.
This July, celebrate summer with music by The Jackalope Saints and a gallery display of photography by 12 Ugandan young women, curated by Zoom Uganda.
From the experience of singer-songwriter Clinton Herrick, The Jackalope Saints’ music preaches the folklore of Wild America. Herrick’s imagery is elemental—wind and stone, bone and dust—but the lyrical detail guards more than it reveals. Sun-bleached teeth and a shadowed gunshot grow large in the listener’s mind. The imagery, however, only distracts from questions of substance: who, when, and where? But these are tall tales, ghost stories, the true experience of which cannot be found in fact.
ZoomUganda shares the journey of 12 girls given 12 cameras and 24 hours in which to tell their own stories through their own lenses. A Photovoice project directed by Julie Resnick of Portland, Oregon, ZoomUganda empowered its participants to stand in the centers of their world and show you the view from there. See what these girls experience as significant, as sacred. By putting the girls behind the camera, the project opens a window onto a reality it’s far too easy to see through only an outsider’s lens, if indeed we see it at all. ZoomUganda is sponsored by the Harambee Centre, a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon, which connects people and groups in the US with the peoples and cultures of the African continent.