Anamanaguchi hits Branx

Four-piece chiptunes band employs Nintendo Entertainment System for a musical blast from the past
Two of the biggest players in the contemporary “chiptunes” scene are coming to Portland tomorrow night to drop a 20-megaton nostalgia bomb. Anamanaguchi are arguably the current kings of this relatively obscure genre, but in order for this to sound impressive, you must know the brief roots of chiptunes, which go back a lot further than you might think.

Art smart

Portland State art professor Harrell Fletcher brings communities together with his artwork
None other than The New York Times described artist and eight-year Portland State art professor Harrell Fletcher as “a gift to contemporary art.” His work strays from traditional forms and focuses on bringing communities together. Instead of creating pieces that can be hung in a gallery, he focuses on work that can be displayed in public areas.
Stock up! Oregon’s largest book sale, hosted by Friends of the Multnomah Country Library, will cater to the tastes of every reader.

Bargain books by the bucket

Oregon’s largest used book sale coming this weekend
The Friends of the Multnomah County Library, an independent nonprofit organization, will host Oregon’s largest used book sale, taking place Oct. 28–31. The sale will be located at the Double Tree Hotel at 1000 NE Multnomah St., across from Lloyd Center. “This year we have a great venue. The Double Tree is very convenient to get to, flexible parking and public transportation–friendly,” Friends of the Multnomah County Library President Craig Cedros said.
The power of good ideas: Harvard professor Ezra K. Vogel will present his latest book, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, at PSU Friday.

The man who changed China

Author and East Asia scholar to speak at PSU
Harvard professor and preeminent East Asia scholar Ezra K. Vogel will deliver a lecture Friday at Portland State’s Lincoln Hall to promote his new book, Deng Xiaoping and the Transformation of China, published last month by Harvard University Press. Attracting an author-scholar of Vogel’s stature to the university was a big accomplishment for PSU’s Institute for Asian Studies and the Confucius Institute, the two organizations sponsoring the event.
A comedy of manners: Jean Renior’s classic The Rules of the Game (1939) was banned in its time but was eventually declared a masterpiece.

A tragicomic view from the top

Jean Renior’s classic The Rules of the Game hits the NorthwestFilm Center
How often do you get to see a classic of cinema on the big screen? This weekend, you’ll have that opportunity. The Northwest Film Center is screening Jean Renoir’s critically acclaimed French satire The Rules of the Game (1939) this Saturday and Sunday.

‘Laughs’ as tolerance

Middle East Studies Center to host stand-up comedians Amer Zahr and Max Amini
Expect a witty combination of laughter and displays of tolerance at “An Evening of Laughs,” a stand-up comedy show co-sponsored by the PSU Middle East Studies Center and the Arab Persian Student Organization. The event will feature two accomplished comedians: Arab-American Amer Zahr and Max Amini, who is of Iranian heritage.

Riding the sushi train

For sushi on the go, you can’t go wrong with Sushi Ichiban
If you’re looking for a charming restaurant and reasonably priced food on the run, Sushi Ichiban is the place to go. The first time I entered, I couldn’t help but delight in the quaint atmosphere. There’s a barrage of colorful, almost nautical, decor, from Asian and European to the American Southwest. And with the music ranging from droll elevator tunes to classic rock and electronica, this off-kilter restaurant rather resembles a quirky dive bar.
Notorious wordsmith: Portland author Chuck Palahniuk read from his latest novel, Damned, at the Bagdad Theater Oct. 18.

A Damned good book reading

Chuck Palahniuk and Lidia Yuknavitch set the Bagdad Theater on fire
“The world is filled with beautiful, elegant, tasteful stories. Tonight will not be one of them,” began author Chuck Palahniuk at his book reading at the Bagdad Theater Oct. 18. The downstairs was entirely packed with a crowd of fans that overflowed into the balcony; over 350 people arrived to hear Palahniuk, one of the Northwest’s most famous and controversial authors, read from his latest novel, Damned. The reading kicked off Palahniuk’s cross-continent, informally titled “Blow Your Brains Out” book tour.
Jazzing it up: Darrell Grant, PSU jazz studies professor, will conduct the Bridge to Russia benefit concert Thursday

Building musical bridges

PSU music students and acclaimed composers to perform at Portland benefit concert before traveling to Russia
Five musicians and three Portland State students will travel to Portland’s Russian sister-city, Khabarovsk, Dec. 11 for the first-ever jazz cultural exchange trip, called The Jazz Bridge Project.
Crusaders of social justice: From left, Viviana Gonzalez, volunteer; Michelle Park, volunteer; Deborah Lee, publicist; Karianne McDonald, event coordinator; Bridge D’Urso, director; and Jessica Amo, assistant director, work together to fight domestic violence.

Reaching out to victims of domestic violence

Women’s Resource Center to hold open dialogue for women of color
Between 600,000 and six million women in the United States are victims of domestic violence. One in four American women will experience domestic violence in their lives. And every nine seconds a woman is beaten or assaulted in the U.S.

Sex, drugs and a radioactive monster

Class of Nuke ’Em High to show at 5th Avenue Cinema this weekend
Class of Nuke ’Em High (1986), directed by Richard Haines and Lloyd Kaufman, is probably one of the worst films of all time.


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