Small paintings, large meanings

PSU art history professor to speak about Chinese paintings
“The Chinese don’t discard the old,” said Dennis Lee, founder and volunteer of the Portland-based Lan Su Chinese Garden. “They always retain it and may have an overlay of something that’s more contemporary, so it kind of grows that way.” Lee and the Chinese Garden volunteers are coming to Portland State’s Urban and Public Affairs Center Saturday, Feb. 4, as part of an ongoing series of cultural programs and discussions. The First Saturday program, held each month, is running with this year’s theme, “Windows into Beauty and Meaning.”

How one Beatle coped with 9/11

Northwest Film Center to show documentary Paul McCartney: The Love We Make
On Sept. 11, 2001, as the first plane struck the North Tower at 8:46 a.m. EST, former Beatle Paul McCartney was on the tarmac at John F. Kennedy International Airport, preparing to depart for London. The pilot on McCartney’s flight informed the passengers that the airport was closing as he and others witnessed smoke billowing into the morning sky. In the days following the attacks, McCartney, like so many others, started wondering how he could help the millions who were affected by 9/11.

Before the Arab Spring

The 22nd annual Cascade Festival of African Films opens with Egyptian film Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story
Scheherazade, Tell Me a Story—a film that focuses on government oppression, women’s rights, corrupt politics, true love and the desire for freedom—will be shown Friday, Feb. 3, at Northeast Portland’s Hollywood Theatre as part of the 22nd annual Cascade Festival of African Films.

Bacon breakfast panini

Prepare your French toast like a true connoisseur
Breakfast shouldn’t be just the most important meal of the day; it should also be the tastiest. French toast is delicious any day of the week, but why not up the ante and turn it into a crazy breakfast panini? There’s simply no good reason to eat all your favorite breakfast ingredients separately. This recipe gives them all a chance to party on a grilled sandwich!

Demetri Martin

The Vanguard interviews the comedian/actor/author about his method, his stand-up and his performance tomorrow night at the Newmark Theatre
When Demetri Martin gets recognized on the street, it must be hard for him to divine what exactly he’s getting recognized for. His lead role in Ang Lee’s 2009 film, Taking Woodstock? His time as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart? One of his stand-up specials on the same channel? Or perhaps it’s for his cameo as a keytar-slinging replacement for Bret and Jemaine on Flight of the Conchords.

A kinder, gentler Baghdad

Local Jewish theater troupe explores 1920s multicultural Iraq at PSU
Sacha Reich speaks of “Christians, Muslims and Jews, sitting down together in debate as they’re forging their ideas of a new Iraq.” But Reich isn’t describing the trials of modern-day Iraq. Rather, she’s referring to a time in history less than 80 years ago, as depicted in the upcoming Café Baghdad performance by the Portland-based Jewish Theatre Collaborative.

Dance the Technicolor two-step

The Red Shoes a refreshingly modern take on the classic fairy tale
Artists from myriad genres and time periods have gotten considerable mileage out of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fairy tale The Red Shoes. There’s the 1993 pop album from Kate Bush, the 2005 Korean horror film and, most notably, the 1948 British film of the same name, written, directed and produced by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, which is playing this weekend at 5th Avenue Cinema.

Arias in the auditorium

Portland Opera’s Studio Artist series welcomes Lindsay Ohse
Anyone who believes that silence is golden has never seriously listened to opera. On Tuesday, Jan 31, the Portland Opera’s Studio Artist series presents soprano Lindsay Ohse at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium. Over the course of a 90-minute recital, Ohse will sing her way through three sections of music, providing a unique and intimate vocal experience.

Red fettuccine

Chow down on a hot, sweet Italian dinner!
Looking for an Italian dish that makes you scream, “Mama Mia!”? Maybe not. That’s a little silly, and not many people dig ABBA these days. But this recipe will surely make you say, “Wow, this is crazy delicious, which reminds me: I love eating food!” It’s a dinner that can be prepared in no time, and it’s a brilliant, tasty balance of sweet and spicy.
Floor show: Members of tEEth dance company rehearse for Make/Believe.

The many faces of human interaction

PSU to host Make/Believe, a work of modern dance
Two men and two women are in the throes of an argument, their faces alight with emotion, their gestures fierce and desperate. But they’re not arguing with each other. Instead, the four of them stand staggered, facing the same direction, shouting a torrent of barely audible words at no one in particular, depicting the many faces of human conflict.
Plucking heartstrings: Denise Fujikawa plays French chamber music.

French chamber music comes to PSU

PSU professor Denise Fujikawa to play harp at upcoming recital
The Portland State department of music’s Performance Attendance Recital Series gives students and the community the opportunity to see a free performance every Thursday at noon. This week’s performance will be French chamber music featuring the harp, played by none other than PSU professor Denise Fujikawa. “I think that it’s a program that anyone would really enjoy,” Fujikawa said. “It’s not just for classical music lovers.”


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On-campus events calendar: Oct. 17–23

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