Host Kathleen Stephenson speaks with local artist Kanaan Kanaan, a native of Palestine now living and working in Portland. He will address the impact of cultural diversity in art in “From the Middle East to America: A Journey in Personal Artistic Expression,” in a free seminar hosted by Portland State University and the PSU Art Department Diversity Committee on Tuesday, February 9th, at 6pm. Find out more about Kanaan Kanaan's work at
Celebrating Black History Month and the 50th anniversary of 17 African countries that achieved their independence in 1960, the 20th Annual Cascade Festival of African Films begins on February 5 and continues through March 6. P.C. Peri is a member of the planning committee and of Flying Focus Video, and talks with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about the festival and several of the films being shown.
THE MIDAS REVERSE, an audio-drama that mixes Greek mythology with film noir. Eddy Odyssus sets out from a reformatory in search of Ithaca and his long lost Penelope. Unfortunately poor Eddy has trouble distinguishing fact from the Greek myths that have carried him through his bad childhood in an orphanage. Written by Rolf Semprebon and voices performed by Noah Eaton, Nia, Namby Pamby, Kurt, Rolf, G Violetta, Conch and Sweettooth. Contains violence, nudity, sexual content, and profanity.
The Other Team takes a look at the queer side of the book-aisle in Young Adult literature.
Does our rainbow-pride shine at the library? We'll discuss, as The Other Team takes a look at the queer side of the book-aisle in Young Adult literature.
Have you ever asked yourself: how queer friendly is my local library? Or what about the library at your local high school? These answers depend on where you live, and the perspective of the local school board.
There's alot going on in the world of Young Adult Literature, and tonight we'll take a closer look at the queer side of the story.
Join Host/Producer Dmae Roberts for "In The Mix" - a half-hour look at Mixed Race artists in America. Through voices of artists who have decdicated their lives to building bridges and bringing to light interracial issues, this documentary is a journey toward understanding what it means to be Mixed Race. Artists featured include: Lisa See, Velina Hasu Houston, damali ayo, Heather Raffo, Joshua Wolf Coleman, Soneela Nankani and Juan La Bron.
Edge of Darkness (Playing everywhere) Director: Martin Campbell With: Mel Gibson, Bojana Novakovic, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone
Gibson excels in “fight the power” stories, where a little guy goes against great odds. So it is here, as he plays Tom Craven, a Boston cop whose daughter Emma (Novakovic) is murdered before his eyes by a masked assassin. He comes to believe that she was not collateral damage, but the target of the killer. As he investigates, he learns that Emma was a whistle-blower in a government contractor working with a shadowy eco-commando group. He claws his way up the corporate food chain looking for the reasons she was killed, and who called and executed the hit.
Host Ed Goldberg speaks with Portland writer Bill Cameron, author of “Chasing Smoke,” a police procedural set in Portland. A cancer-stricken homicide detective, Skin Kadash, looks into the apparent suicides of several people who were patients of the same doctor, who happens to have been Skin’s doctor, too. Cameron tells two stories, the investigation itself and Skin’s coming-to-terms with his possible death.
I missed the Best/Worst of 2009 show, so here, briefly, is my list:
Favorite 15 from 2009: Antichrist Tetro The Fantastic Mr Fox Inglourious Basterds It Might Get Loud A Serious Man Moon Coraline Public Enemies Zombieland Star Trek Avatar (500) Days of Summer The Young Victoria Duplicity
Three I Hated: Angels & Demons The Proposal Friday the 13th Remake