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Performance artist Kaj-anne Pepper, videos, pictures, booking and promotion. 

Sep
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Nightlights PDX Launch Party @ Open Signal

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Open Signal and RACC are kicking off the 2017-2018 season of Night Lights with a special presentation of new work by this year’s jury-selected Night Lights artists.

Get a taste of the innovative digital pieces you can expect to see at the First Thursdays of October through April, when the selected artists will showcase their work on the north wall of RACC’s downtown offices, as well as onsite at Open Signal.

After the presentation, you’re invited to share your own work. We’re hosting a Bring Your Own Beamer + Content (BYOB+C) party in Open Signal’s parking lot. You bring the video content, we’ll provide projectors, electricity, wall space, a DJ and refreshments!

About Night Lights:

Currently in its third year, Night Lights is an ongoing collaboration between Open Signal and the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC). Past projects have included large-scale media projections, live multi-disciplinary performances and collective screenings by students and professionals. Learn more at nightlightspdx.tumblr.com/

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Oct
5
to Oct 7

Nightlights PDX: Pepper Pepper

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Join artist and emcee The Pepper Pepper at the Regional Arts & Culture Council in launching Night Lights' third season of innovative projection art. 

In Pepper's own words, the site will feature "a staged feedback loop for participants to practice drag, lip-synch and movement—as they see themselves morphed into kaleidoscopic transformations."

This event is free and open to the public, beginning at dusk and lasting around two hours.

 

https://www.facebook.com/events/364483650647989/

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Oct
14
8:00pm 8:00pm

Club Triangle Halloween with Pepper Pepper

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C'mon Humboldt! Get your look together for Club Triangle's Halloween Cabaret, Queen.

Special guests from Portland:

▲ ▲ Pepper Pepper▲ ▲

Pepper Pepper is a performance artist, drag thing, and storyteller who turns tragic into magic and trauma into drama. 
She is the Curator and MC of Critical Mascara, Portlands highly anticipated post realnesss drag extravaganza..

▲ ▲ Bijoux Roux▲ ▲ 

Bijoux is a seasoned parody queen based in Portland Oregon. She was last seen starring in Dungeons and Drag queens in SE Portland. This is her debut California performance, and word is she is ready to "take the town".

▲ ▲ Yoni Mitchell▲ ▲ 

Alter Ego of Maxwell passion, Fashion prince of Arcata. 

Plus
Alícia Lovejoy 
Mantrikka Ho
and many more!!

▲ Hosted by Fuscia Rae ▲ 
Records selected by ▲ Anya▲ DJ JOE-E▲ Mr.415 ▲ 

Visuals by Marmalade Sky

$10 w/ Halloween Costume, $15 w/out costume. 
All Ages Pre-Show at 7-9pm. 21+ at 10:00

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Oct
26
to Nov 5

Diva Practice (Solo)

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Photo by Chelsea Petrakis


 

DIVA PRACTICE (SOLO) 

 

Diva Practice (Solo) is a dynamic, whimsical and confronting performance about drag queens dancing with uncertainty performed by and choreographed by Pepper Pepper.

 

Diva Practice (Solo) is a journey into the role of the "soloist" through multi-media projection, dance and drag. Beautifully chaotic and charming, Pepper peels back the psyche and archetype of “diva” in an exploration that is engaging, conceptual and sometimes hysterical.

 

Diva Practice is a three cycle project having been developed during a tour of residencies through Oregon, Louisiana, Maine, Texas and Georgia, with support from RACC Regional Arts and Culture Council, OAC Oregon Arts Commission Professional Development Fund, Caldera Artist-In-Residence Program, The Lucky Penny Workroom Residency, Pelican Bomb, and SPACE Gallery.

 

$20

 

Show dates:

 

OCT 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th 8pm

Nov 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th 8pm

 

The Headwaters Theatre is 55 NE Farragut St. in North Portland behind North Portland Yoga.

 

Tickets @ divapracticesolo.brownpapertickets.com

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Sep
9
to Sep 10

CRITICAL MASCARA

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CRITICAL MASCARA: The 5th and Final Showcase by Pepper Pepper, House of Ada and House of Flora
DJ Spf 666 and DJ madison moore

Special Guest Performances by:

House of Ada
House of Flora
Carla Rossi
Grace Towers
Pepper Pepper
And MORE!!!

Critical Mascara: Portland’s “Post-Realness Drag Extravaganza” returns to PICA’s TBA stage for its 5th and FINAL installment.

We’re saying goodbye to this monumental drag/vogue/ballroom production by eliminating the competition and highlighting a fierce showcase of artists curated from the last five years of Critical’s history and queer magic.

Critical Mascara is a container that invites you in on the explosive, fabulous, and nuanced excellence of queer identity through politically charged drag, high concept runway looks, and fierce vogue battles.

This year we dance the house down together. We will provoke, inspire, and engage each other communally. We cruise to new utopias not in competition but in celebration. We honor the histories and challenges we’ve inherited. We close the circle and will learn to re-apply our mascara in new ways, because change is not only needed, it’s critical.

DETAILS

$8 Member / $10 General (21+ Only)

WEBSITE

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Jul
29
5:00pm 5:00pm

Donna in Avalon July 29th at Pmoma

VAGINAL DAVIS, ALEXANDRA EASTBURN, NORA JANE SLADE

Donna in Avalon
July 29th - October 1st, 2017

Opening party!!!!
July 29th 5pm - 8pm (in the cherry sprout park!!)
Hosted by the legendary Pepper Pepper
w/ musical performances from Sunfoot and Earth Babies 🌞🌍
food sculptures by Emotionalmeals

In the dedication to her recent book, Difficult Women, Roxane Gay wrote: "For difficult women everywhere, who should be celebrated for their very nature." 

Using Gay’s statement as a jumping-off point, Donna in Avalon presents works by Vaginal Davis, Nora Jane Slade and Alexandra Eastburn. These three artists share a fearless, individualized approach to their practice and exemplify an ethos of pushing past prescribed modes of expression. Their work is a testament to the transformational process of shaping one’s own narrative through art. In Donna in Avalon, Davis transforms makeup into paint, Slade uses ceramic sculptures to elevate worn shoes, and Eastburn illustrates mystical narratives on six-foot-long scrolls. 

Internationally revered genderqueer art and performance doyenne Vaginal Davis is an originator of the homo-core punk movement. Her concept bands (including Cholita! The Female Menudo, Black Fag, and the Afro Sisters) have made her a legend of underground music. A veteran of LA's club performance scene, she is a self-described “cultural antagonist and erotic provocateur,” and a key proponent of the performance aesthetic known as terrorist drag. Her monochrome portraits of female icons such as Pepi Lederer and Ingeborg Bachmann are executed in make-up, nail polish and hairspray, repurposing personal cosmetics as art pigments. Davis currently lives and works in Berlin. 

As a mixed media artist, Nora Jane Slade incorporates ceramics, sculpture, painting and textiles to create a visual language that is uniquely her own. Her clothing project, Waggy Tee, appears in the Iko Iko pop-up shop at the Hammer Museum. Ms. Slade joins Donna of Avalon in conjunction with Portland-based curatorial project Conduit, where she is currently engaged in an artist residency.** 

They are joined by Memphis-based artist Alexandra Eastburn, a painter and poet who lends the title of her poem “Donna in Avalon” for the name of this show. Her experimental art practice is characterized by automatic and intuitive painting, collage techniques and recycled materials. She is also a musician, and regularly tours as the synth player for the band NOTS. Her lavish paintings portray epic fantastical narratives swarming with mythic creatures. 

The three artists will show past works, incorporated into an immersive exhibition that creates conversations between the works through playful and inquisitive methods of display, breaking down traditional standards for presenting art and engaging with the female voice. 

**On August 5th, Conduit will host a Waggy Tee sale and a residency showcase. For more information about Nora Slade’s residency and Conduit’s programming, please visit http://ccoonndduuiitt.art/

Opening party contributors: 

Pepper Pepper is a choreographer dragqueen and hostess of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Visit her at thepepperpepper.com for her diva practice.

Sunfoot is a Portland / Los Angeles 3 piece who play low volume tunes through small amps and a drum set that consists of a hand drum, cymbal, pan lids, and electronic drum pad, all three singing, playing random cheap electronic keyboards maybe, and switching of instruments probably. Good to listen to if you are interested in the sun and tired of negativity. Sun Foot is (Ron Burns [Smog, Hot Spit Dancers, Swell], Chris Johanson [the painter, The Deep Throats, Tina Age 13], and Brian Mumford [Dragging an Ox through Water, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Thicket, Jewelry Rash]).

Earth Babies is the earth-rooted but semi-galactic drum and guitar duo John Gnorski and Katie Bernstien. 

Emotional Meals !!!

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Jun
23
to Jun 25

Risk/Reward Festival June 23-25

The 2017 Risk/Reward Festival showcases five new works by indie performing artists from across the region. Come celebrate our 10th year blurring the boundaries of theater, music, dance, and performance art in new and surprising ways. 

Due to the popularity of our Pay-What-You-Will tickets and in honor of our supporters who took a risk -- we are making ALL TICKETS PAY-WHAT-YOU-WILL for the entire festival this year! Get your tickets here.

The 2017 festival lineup features:

LINDA AUSTIN DANCE – A world, a world - Dance (Portland, OR)

QUEEN SHMOOQUAN – Queen Shmooquan. Dark Wave. - Theater/Performance Art (Seattle, WA)

PAM TZENG – A Meditation on the End by Jo-Lee – Dance/Theater (Calgary, AB)

PEPPER PEPPER – Diva Practice (solo) – Dance/Performance Art (Portland, OR) 

SHANNON STEWART/DONAL MOSHER – Strange Gardens – Dance/Film (New Orleans, LA/Portland, OR)

KIANA HARRIS – DIVINE – Dance film lobby installation (Seattle, WA)

What else is new? LATE NIGHT EVENTS! Stay tuned for more info.

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Jun
17
to Jun 18

Jump Jack Sound Machine Pride PDX

Jump Jack Sound Machine is getting colourful for Pride...
We are stepping out Live and in Technicolor and pulling out some startling stunts and tremendous tricks with our special guest all the way from Los Angeles...

DJ, Artist, and Alterna-Qween
Ambrosia Salad has been turning heads for the better part of a decade cutting out her sillouette in San Francisco, and then heading South to L. A. to help enlighten the scene with their own spectacular brand of performance.
Spinning Deep House, Funk, and all things Groove Based... And delivering pop up performances during her sets, Ambrosia creates a unique, playful and sweaty enviroment out of any dance floor!! SO... Prepare to Dance About It.

Helping to turn the night out and werking LQQKs and performing numbers inspired by Ambrosia throughout the night we have some of your favorite alterna-qweens from our neck of the woods turned Ambrosia's extended family for the evening. Get ready to gag! These stunt queens will be slaying our stage!

AMOANIA (SEA)
HYDRANGEA STRANGEA (PDX, HOUSE OF FLORA)
Kaj-anne Pepper
SHITNEY HOUSTON
+ MORE!

-EARGASMS BY-
AMBROSIA SALAD
NASTY TASHA
CHANTI DARLING

About Jump Jack Sound Machine
We are Portland's premiere dance floor for Disco, House, Boogie, Funk, R&B, Soul, Break and all of the soulful intersections of this music across timelines then through now.

Jump Jack Sound Machine focuses on the sounds that have defined dance floors and disco balls; past, present, and future. We are your light bearers. 

SOUND MACHINE PRO TIPS:

-LQQKS are where it's at.
Come to be seen.

-Come with an open mind and prepare to have it blown...
We are a diverse group of queerdos, art makers, qweens, movers, and allies.

-Prepare to lose yourself in the music... 

Get into it.

$10


#jumpjacksoundmachine #danceaboutit #sweat #lightbearers

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Jun
15
to Jun 16

Pepper Pepper's Diva-In-Progress @ SPACE Gallery Maine

DIVA PRACTICE is a performance about drag queens dancing with uncertainty, because being fabulous takes practice! 

Join performance artist and drag-creature Pepper Pepper for a "Diva-In-Progress" performance laboratory exploring drag, dance and interactive video.

Q + A to follow the performance.

About the artist

Kaj-anne Pepper (Pepper Pepper) is a multidisciplinary artist working in performance, drag, theatre and dance. Kaj-anne's fabulous drag persona "Ms. Pepper Pepper" is a humorous yet thoughtful gender bending MC and entertainer. Together they explore vulnerability, artifice and identity while turning tragic into magic and trauma into drama.

Pepper has premiered new work at festivals, nightclubs and alternative venues including RISK/REWARD, DANCE+, Performance Works Northwest, The Headwater’s Theatre, Austin International Drag Festival, Atlanta's Lucky Penny, Pelican Bomb New Orleans, PICA’s T:BA festival and internationally at OFF! Biennale Budapest.

Pepper's performance at SPACE is part of a cross-country performance and residency tour exploring gender, consciousness and uncertainty.

Diva Practice is sponsored by Oregon Arts Commission and RACC the Regional Arts Culture Council 

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May
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Diva In Progress at Pelican Bomb

Pelican Bomb is hosting a performance with drag artist and choreographer Kaj-anne Pepper a.k.a. The Pepper Pepper, who is visiting New Orleans from Portland, Oregon. At Pelican Bomb Gallery X, Pepper shares a special in-progress performance of "Diva Practice," an ongoing project about drag queens dancing with uncertainty. Join us for a drink and learn about the research Pepper’s been doing about drag culture across the United States.

This event is free and open to the public. Contact charlie@pelicanbomb.com with any questions. "Diva Practice" is sponsored in part by the Oregon Arts Commission and the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland.

FACEBOOK EVENT

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May
11
to May 12

The Lucky Penny Atlanta Work Room Showing

Join us in the Work Room studio to meet touring artist in residence, Pepper Pepper, who will offer an intimate work-in-progress showing of the Diva (Solo) practices. Diva Practice is a research and performance project about drag queens dancing with uncertainty. Diva Solo experiments and questions the construction of "digital" and "authentic" identities with playfulness, urgency and a hint of desperation. 

Doors 7:45 / Performance Showing 8:00 pm / Talk + Sips to follow

The Work Room is located in the historic Wagon Works building. MARTA accessible (East Point). Ample parking. Follow signs to find our entrance and join us upstairs in suite 270-A. If you have trouble finding it, call Blake at 404-889-7681

More about PEPPER: 
So spice they named her twice "Pepper Pepper" is the drag persona of Portland, OR - based choreographer and drag artist Kaj-anne Pepper. DIVA PRACTICE is a hybrid dance/drag project about being fabulous in the face of uncertainty and turning tragic into magic. Pepper is currently on a national research tour to support the development of DIVA PRACTICE. This includes a week-long residency in The Lucky Penny's Work Room. Learn more at kpepper.net.

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May
7
to May 8

Tossed Salad Featuring Pepper Pepper

every Sunday @ Burkhart's is
TOSSED ><><>< SALAD
*fresh queens mixed weekly*

SUNDAY FUNDAY @ Burkhart's is the only way to close out your weekend in ~style~ Hostess with the Mostess Brigitte Bidet brings you Midtown's most HIgh-ly Curated Drag Spectacle, entertaining your senses since 2015! 

But wait!!!! Miss Bidet is out of town getting her life in H-town, hennies, soHydrangea Heath is taking over & wants to celebrate her birthday with all the, babies!!! Let's get rowdy, y'all!!!


*FEATURING*
Ellasaurus Rex (Corian Ellisor) * JayBella Banks
Tyler Brooke Davis
& special guest Kaj-anne Pepper from Portland, OR!!


SHOWTIME 10:30 on the dot~
$5 cover includes free drank
halftime twerk contest for free booze & attention
afterparty dance floor til they kick us out! ~12:30

spread the word! like / tweet / share / repeat! bring ur hot friends! ur hot, Single, friends. . . xxo

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Apr
22
9:00pm 9:00pm

Mother @ Oasis Hollywood Bablyon

BenDeLaCreme is an American burlesque and drag performer from Seattle, Washington. He is known for being a contestant on Season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race, for his solo shows Terminally Delightful and Cosmos, and as co-creator and host of burlesque revues Freedom Fantasia and Homo for the Holidays.

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Apr
21
7:00pm 7:00pm

Stranger Cabaret Santa Rosa

Whiskey Tip and North Bay Cabaret invite you to STRANGER CABARET: a one-of-a-kind SCI-FI & HORROR EVENT!

This event features two full bars, a dinner/snack menu, live DJ's, photo booth, art displays, costume contests, a raffle, and an off-the-rails eclectic variety show that you'll not soon forget!

In observation of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, 100% of the raffle proceeds from this event will be donated to Verity: Sonoma County's only rape crisis, trauma, and healing center - serving the community through prevention, intervention, and counseling.

So come on out and support an important cause, dance your heart out, and experience a night that's bursting with amazing underground art including burlesque, drag, circus, fire, comedy, poetry, hip-hop, and more!

--- Featuring ---

* PEPPER PEPPER (Portland, OR)
* MONE'T HA-SIDI
* ASH FISHER
* AUDREY VON PRICE
* PRINCESS BLOODERCUP
* DANGEROUS DOLLIE
* ANTIPHONY
* PERSEPHONE PON FARR
* SABRINA FLORENCE
* MELLIONAIRE
* SABRE
* CHRIS CHANDLER
* DUKE THE BOSSMAN
* ALEAH BRADSHAW
* JAMES ROWAN
* THE GENTLEMEN BASTARDS
* ANDY GRAHAM
* BRYCIE BONES
* MORE TBA

Hosted by JAKE WARD

--- Also Featuring ---

* Disc Jockeys DJ BIG G (808 Band) and SHIFTY SHEY
* The Selfie Station by TINY GLOW PHOTO
* Raffle for VERITY

FRIDAY, APRIL 21st
Doors open at 7pm.
Variety Show: 8pm - 11pm
DJ Dance Party: 11pm - 2am

WHISKEY TIP
1910 Sebastopol Rd.
Santa Rosa, CA

$15 / 21+

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Apr
15
8:00pm 8:00pm

Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival Chicago

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bat-tle:

Friction occurs when entities disagree, collide, or conflict

When faced with a battle, what are our options? Resolution? Rebuke? Revenge? Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festival will feature artists exploring the concept of Battles, and how we might turn the Battle on its head to find a renewed sense of understanding and togetherness.

Battle #2 performances:

feat. Paul Henry | Antibody Corporation | Jon Poindexter | Cristal Sabbagh | Alba Soto | Peter Redgrave & Khristian Weeks| Pepper Pepper

Please RSVP now to reserve a spot. Tickets will be very limited at the door. (Free, suggested donation).

For more information on Battles:SS3 Post-Butoh Festivalworkshops and performances visit www.butohchicago.com.

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Apr
7
8:00pm 8:00pm

Butoh College Performance Series Portland OR

Friday April 7, 8pm: Local Sampler
Saturday, April 8, 8pm: Local Sampler
Saturday, April 15, 8pm: Ken Mai
Saturday, April 22, 8pm: Mari Osanai
Saturday, April 29, 8pm: Yuko Kaseki

Butoh College Performance Series---celebrating and exposing the enigmatic, ever-evolving dance-theatre koan that is Butoh. At its best, evading code and definition, butoh emerged from an east-west dialogue of identity politics and anti-capitalist embodiment practice as a rebellious, and often surreal, dance-theatre expression which has become a global expression that peers behind the mask of the civilized world.

FESTIVAL PASS (all 5 performances): $85
ADVANCED TICKETS: $20 General / $15 Low Income
DOOR TICKETS: $25 General / $20 Low Income

Local Samplers:
FRIDAY, APRIL 7TH: LOCAL SAMPLER 1
with Pepper Pepper, Yulia Arakelyan of Wobbly Dance, Mizu Desierto, Meshi Chavez (with Lisa DeGrace), Hank Logan & Carl Annala (film), at The Headwaters Theatre

SATURDAY, APRIL 8TH: LOCAL SAMPLER 2
with Anastazia Louise (Bad Unkl Sista), Stephanie Lanckton, Douglas Allen, Christopher Mankowski & Meghann Rose, at The Headwaters Theatre

SATURDAY, APRIL 15TH: KEN MAI (HELSINKI)
REQUIEM OF FLOWER 鎮魂歌

The lifetime of a flower is fleeting. In only a brief period of days, the totality of the flower becomes as eternal as the cosmos, blossoming unabashedly into the most delicate, ephemeral and erotic expression. Shortly after, the pollen is diffused, absorbed and regenerated again for future descendants. There is no regret in its decay.
Website: http://kenmaibutoh.blogspot.com/

SATURDAY, APRIL 22ND: MARI OSANAI (JAPAN)
P.S-1

“(Osanai) is simply breathtaking, possessing a supple body that seems to have no spine, yet is anchored on a steel spike of consummate control. She is inspired by the natural elements, and her slow, methodical, yet radiantly beautiful explorations of physicality take her dance to a higher plane” --DANCE INTERNATIONAL
Video: https://vimeo.com/7185952

SATURDAY, APRIL 29TH: YUKO KASEKI (BERLIN)
SHOOT JEEZ MY GOSH
photo by Sigel Eschkol
photo by Sigel Eschkol

This butoh dance performance is inspired by Henry Darger’s fantasy world that juxtaposes innocence with violence. Sounds from real battles found on the Internet are contrasted with iconic corporeal movements that represent innocence. The work attempts to pose a question to the feeling of ambivalence towards the systematic violence of belief that imposes powerlessness, and simultaneously reminds us of the brutal terror that characterizes our epoch.
Website: http://cokaseki.com/

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Apr
7
12:00pm12:00pm

Butoh College Portland Workshop

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YUKO KASEKI, KEN MAI, MARI OSANAI & OUR LOCAL SAMPLER! Join us for four weeks & 80 hours of training + weekly performances and farm salons. (promo photo of Yuko Kaseki by Pak Han)

APRIL 4-30 in Portland, Oregon
http://www.witd.org/workshops/butoh-college-2017

Week 1 (April 4-9) Local Sampler

We kick off our 2017 Butoh College with an immersive sampler of local and regional artists to introduce and expose some of butoh’s most recent influences and orientations on the west coast. 10 of our favorite artists, whose methodologies have been steeped to various degrees in butoh training, will be passing the torch through 20 hours of workshops and 2 evenings of innovative performance! The Local Sampler includes Anastazia Louise of Bad Unkl Sista (California), and Portland artists Meshi Chavez, Stephanie Lanckton, Pepper Pepper, Wobbly, Mizu Desierto, Kat MacMillan, Meghann Rose, & Douglas Allen (+ 1 more TBA). This week will be the perfect opportunity to experience the spectrum of expression that has emerged and evolved through the butoh lexicon and get your bodies and imaginations stimulated before the international master teachers arrive!

Tuesday Evening Intro: 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday-Saturday 12-4pm
Friday & Saturday, 8pm Performances
Sunday, 5pm Potluck Salon

Week 2 (April 11-16) Ken Mai | Butoh Aesthetics

Ken Mai is a Japanese butoh Artist based in Helsinki, Finland. His dance is influenced by both the founding lineages of Kazuo Ohno and Tatsumi Hijikata as well as German Expressionism, Zen, martial arts, singing and the Yoga Sutras. He is often celebrated for his iconic butoh drag imagery and describes his approach to dance as a devotion for sending compassion and love to the world, from the darkness to the light. His workshop concentrates on yogic warm-ups and improvisations led through visual imagery to stimulate poetic movement.


“As a swan she dwells in the pure water, as a flower she dwells in the pure sun. As the rain that falls to the vessel of my empty body, as a dance that gives me the freedom and compassion of love” -Ken Mai

Tuesday Evening Intro: 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday-Saturday 12-4pm
Saturday, 8pm Ken Mai Performance
Sunday, 5pm Potluck Salon

Week 3 (April 18-23) Mari Osanai | Noguchi Taiso

Mari Osanai is a classically trained dancer and teacher of Noguchi Taiso based in Aomori, Japan. Noguchi Taiso is a form of physical training that supports new ways of movement to improve efficiency while letting go of unnecessary tensions. A technique often utilized by butoh practitioners, it is not about strength or resistance or forcing the body to move in a certain way. Instead, it allows the body to melt, become tender and flexible as we give in to gravity rather than fight it.

"I define Noguchi Taiso as a creation of one's new self as nature within us. Noguchi Taiso draws from a natural force that exists in our body and that is expressed through and with the natural materials that our bodies are made of. I define ""Taiso = Gymnastics"" as a way of exploring HUMANITY. My whole being is a laboratory (atelier), research material (canvas) and scholar (artist)." - Michizo Noguch

Tuesday Evening Intro: 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday-Saturday 12-4pm
Saturday, 8pm Mari Osanai Performance
Sunday, 5pm Potluck Salon

Week 4: (April 25-30) Yuko Kaseki | Miraculous Origin

Yuko Kaseki is a Japanese butoh dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Berlin. She studied and performed with Anzu Furukawa and has since toured internationally as both a solo and collaborative artist. The emphasis in her workshop is to develop original movement through physical training and body awareness, improvising with image, gesture, space, and relationship. The training combines elements of Noguchi Taiso, butoh methodology, and Tai-Chi Dao-yin. Working from the center (energetic source), the practice cultivates a permeable body in order to awaken deeper layers of sensitivity. Listening honestly to the variants of the inner body to develop in relation to the outer, working with intensity and reduction, each person discovers a unique body, physical reality and exposure.

“The origin of you is full of miracles. Dig and cultivate the body as a frontier, to find out hidden, untouched fields of emotions, memories and sensations...research each detail of the body parts, to divide and reconnect. Observe the habits of movement through your socialization, and challenge yourself to break through the comfortable zone. Disorder is a way of creativity, to find new visions and physical systems.” -Yuko Kaseki

Tuesday Evening Intro: 6:30-9:30pm
Wednesday-Saturday 12-4pm
Saturday, 8pm Yuko Kaseki Performance
Sunday, 5pm Potluck Salon

STATEMENT OF INCLUSIVITY AND ACCESSIBILITY

Through all of our workshops, trainings and performances, we strive to create an atmosphere of accessibility and inclusivity for all bodies, genders, races, ages, & levels of experience. This is an evolving process. While some of the work can be physically and emotionally demanding, it is our intention to create a container which nurtures safe risk-taking, where each participant can bravely research, express and find support in tending to personal needs and/or limitations. If you have any accessibility concerns or needs, please contact us at info@witd.org

ASL interpretation will be available upon request for any event, please email info@witd.org at least 10 days before the requested event.

All workshops are scent-free. Please use only scent-free detergents and body products. Out of respect for people with chemical sensitivities please refrain from using fabric softeners, perfumes and scented deodorants. Thank you!

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Apr
1
7:00pm 7:00pm

Umbrella Festival - Dirty Cabaret!

SATURDAY April 1st Doors at 7, show at 8

Umbrella Festival
DIRTY CABARET

21+ ONLY
Tickets Available Now at www.umbrellafestival.com

Portland itself has been a flashpoint of the Dirty Cabaret, ever since Sinferno Cabaret and the Suicide Girls put our town's adult variety entertainers on the map. Don't bring the kids unless you're feeling awfully permissive - this show has nudity, foul language, and worse as our guests do their best to shock us. 

Maya Papaya (LA), Annie Shephard (Seattle), and Miss Spooky of the nomadic World of Wonder sideshow join local hellions Jon Dutch, Layne Fawkes, Indigo Sky, Asimov Atomsmasher, Juliette Electrique, and drag heroine Pepper Pepper as our guest MC. The second half of the evening features the very sultriest of all our musical offerings, CJ Mickens & Band, making their Alberta Rose debut. 

Grab yourself a Full Festival Pass today at www.umbrellafestival.com 

at The Alberta Rose Theatre
3000 NE Alberta St

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Feb
20
7:00pm 7:00pm

Unpresidented Acts

Come and go as you please during this 5 hour marathon!

Along with other artists, citizens, and spaces around the country, PWNW joins the Bad and Nasty movement with a marathon evening of performance featuring acts of protest, resistance, resilience and community building by 25 artists. 

Artist slate includes Pepper Pepper, Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi, Button Will, claire barrera, Kiel Moton, Linda Austin, Tamara Lynne, Tere Mathern, jin camou, Meg McHutchison, Nadia Buyse/DUBAIS, Felicity Fenton, Leanne Grabel, Cyndy Chan, Daniel Glendenning, Weird Allan Kaprow, Mike Treffehn, Danielle Ross, Emily Kendall Frey, Honey LeFleur/Erin Nilles, Roland Dahwen Wu, and more!

All funds raised go to support local nonprofits Q Center, Don’t Shoot Portland and El Programa Hispano.

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Jan
6
to Jan 28

Caldera Artist In Residence

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Pepper Pepper will be in Sisters Oregon for the month of January for Caldera Arts Artist in Residence Program. 

Pepper is super excited to be working on the next installment of their project DIVA PRACTICE" 

http://calderaarts.org/caldera/arts-in-residence/current-roster

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Oct
20
to Oct 21

Tim Burton Ball

The Annual Whack, Punk, Pose Festival #Waackfest is back! The last offical ballroom event in PDX for 2016!  Judges: Lorena V | Waacking (Mexico | ABDC Season 7, Mya, Jojo, Jody Watley, The Waackers, I.H.O.A.P) Romeo Ada | Critical Mascara Winner (PDX | House of Ada, Buzz Feed Grocery Store Voguers) Carlos 007 | Vogue (NYC | Arianna Grande, Fergie, Becky G, Mya,The Wiz Live) The Pepper Pepper |Drag (PDX, Diva Practice, Critical Mascara, Pep) CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS Vogue (OTA) $50 + Prizes “Nightmare Before Christmas” Bring this dark animated musical fantasy to life! Show the judges your interpretation of a character from Halloween Town or Christmas Town while Voguing down through your elements. Be creative. Celebrate this Tim Burton holiday, with some dastardly and comical consequences. Make us laugh or makes us scream!  Waacking (OTA) $50 + Prizes "Gotham City Legends" For this style, the term Whack originated from the fight scene onamonapias of the 1960’s tv series of Batman and Robin. It’s only fitting in this Tim Burton Ball to recreate a classic Gotham City character. Be it a Super Villain or Superhero,Waack your way to #1 by showing us your outstanding storytelling (Punking), insane arm control, and life giving dance moves on the floor. Bring Gotham City legends to life!! Fancy Dress (OTA) $50 + Prizes Sex Siren (OTA) $50 + Prizes "Corpse Bride" Be a good virgin bride and show us your sexiest wedding night "moves of enticement". Excite the judges and snatch your 10s! Bring us your version of a favorite #timburton classic, #corpsebride Drag King (WOMEN & BIO KINGS ONLY) $50 + Prizes "Best Lead Actor" From Jack Skellington to Willy Wonka, you are #timburton 's Muse and male lead for 90% of his films. Sometimes you're a supporting actor. Chose your character from any of his movies. Show the judges that you embody the very essence of that man. From his walk to his characteristics to his sinister rico suave swag. Show the judges your best version of a prominent Tim Burton male character. (THE MAD HATTER IS NOT AVAILABLE)  Face (OTA) $50 + Prizes "Tim Burton Classics with a Twist"  The newest issue of Harper's Bazzar is a tribute to Tim's classics. Show the judges how you're ready to grace the magazine's cover with a look that's beyond OVAH! Turn any classic #timburton character into a fierce high fashion/avante garde runway look complete with a high fashion face beat enough to walk New York's fashion week! Be glam. Be fashion. Be chic. Be creative. #timburtonball #waackfest OTA - Open to all regardless of orientation   Best Dressed Spectator (OTA) $50 + Prizes ***OTA = Open To All Ball Commentator: Kumari Suraj Host: Chanti Darling Dj SPF 666 & DJ Deena B 9:30pm Category check in 10pm-12am Ball competition 12am-2pm Party 21+

The Annual Whack, Punk, Pose Festival #Waackfest is back!
The last offical ballroom event in PDX for 2016! 

Judges:
Lorena V | Waacking (Mexico | ABDC Season 7, Mya, Jojo, Jody Watley, The Waackers, I.H.O.A.P)
Romeo Ada | Critical Mascara Winner (PDX | House of Ada, Buzz Feed Grocery Store Voguers)
Carlos 007 | Vogue (NYC | Arianna Grande, Fergie, Becky G, Mya,The Wiz Live)
The Pepper Pepper |Drag (PDX, Diva Practice, Critical Mascara, Pep)


CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

Vogue (OTA) $50 + Prizes “Nightmare Before Christmas”
Bring this dark animated musical fantasy to life! Show the judges your interpretation of a character from Halloween Town or Christmas Town while Voguing down through your elements. Be creative. Celebrate this Tim Burton holiday, with some dastardly and comical consequences. Make us laugh or makes us scream! 

Waacking (OTA) $50 + Prizes "Gotham City Legends"
For this style, the term Whack originated from the fight scene onamonapias of the 1960’s tv series of Batman and Robin. It’s only fitting in this Tim Burton Ball to recreate a classic Gotham City character. Be it a Super Villain or Superhero,Waack your way to #1 by showing us your outstanding storytelling (Punking), insane arm control, and life giving dance moves on the floor. Bring Gotham City legends to life!!


Fancy Dress (OTA) $50 + Prizes


Sex Siren (OTA) $50 + Prizes "Corpse Bride"
Be a good virgin bride and show us your sexiest wedding night "moves of enticement". Excite the judges and snatch your 10s! Bring us your version of a favorite #timburton classic, #corpsebride


Drag King (WOMEN & BIO KINGS ONLY) $50 + Prizes "Best Lead Actor"
From Jack Skellington to Willy Wonka, you are #timburton 's Muse and male lead for 90% of his films. Sometimes you're a supporting actor. Chose your character from any of his movies. Show the judges that you embody the very essence of that man. From his walk to his characteristics to his sinister rico suave swag. Show the judges your best version of a prominent Tim Burton male character. (THE MAD HATTER IS NOT AVAILABLE) 

Face (OTA) $50 + Prizes
"Tim Burton Classics with a Twist" 
The newest issue of Harper's Bazzar is a tribute to Tim's classics. Show the judges how you're ready to grace the magazine's cover with a look that's beyond OVAH! Turn any classic #timburton character into a fierce high fashion/avante garde runway look complete with a high fashion face beat enough to walk New York's fashion week! Be glam. Be fashion. Be chic. Be creative.

#timburtonball #waackfest
OTA - Open to all regardless of orientation  
Best Dressed Spectator (OTA) $50 + Prizes
***OTA = Open To All

Ball Commentator: Kumari Suraj
Host: Chanti Darling
Dj SPF 666 & DJ Deena B
9:30pm Category check in
10pm-12am Ball competition
12am-2pm Party
21+

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Oct
12
6:00pm 6:00pm

PEPPER POWER HOUR

Join "Portland's Youngest Grande Dame" (OPB) as she pours you powerful precious potions and pleasures you with polite and glamourus company. Dine in for some delicious tavern treats and cocktail specials EVERY 2nd WED at Bad Habit Room.  OCT EDITION! HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY AND PRIZE GIVEAWAY!  Come dressed as your spookiest and cookiest and sup with PDX's weirdest!  Bad Habit Room 5433 N. Michigan 6-10pm

Join "Portland's Youngest Grande Dame" (OPB) as she pours you powerful precious potions and pleasures you with polite and glamourus company. Dine in for some delicious tavern treats and cocktail specials EVERY 2nd WED at Bad Habit Room. 

OCT EDITION! HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY AND PRIZE GIVEAWAY! 

Come dressed as your spookiest and cookiest and sup with PDX's weirdest! 

Bad Habit Room 5433 N. Michigan 6-10pm

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Oct
9
3:00pm 3:00pm

Oct 9th Lilith Bear

Lilith Bear is an afternoon of live music from your favorite 90s inspired bands and DJs alongside some kick-ass Lesbearonic drag, in the spirit of all things Lilith!  This October LILITH BEAR travels to the Pacific Northwest to sing our siren’s song at BEARDLANDIA, the inaugural Portland bear run showing off all that PDX has to offer!  LIVE MUSIC from:  Muñecas (SF), Cockeye (PDX) DRAG PERFORMANCES from: LOL McFiercen, Tamale Ringwald, Pepper Pepper, Ben McCoy, Laundra Tyme, Scarlett Letters, and Feyonce! DJ set with VISUALS from:  Zero Fvcks Doors at 3PM $6 cover, with free privilege check! For more information check out these websites: www.lilithbear.com www.beardlandia.com

Lilith Bear is an afternoon of live music from your favorite 90s inspired bands and DJs alongside some kick-ass Lesbearonic drag, in the spirit of all things Lilith! 

This October LILITH BEAR travels to the Pacific Northwest to sing our siren’s song at BEARDLANDIA, the inaugural Portland bear run showing off all that PDX has to offer! 

LIVE MUSIC from: 
Muñecas (SF), Cockeye (PDX)

DRAG PERFORMANCES from:
LOL McFiercen, Tamale Ringwald, Pepper Pepper, Ben McCoy, Laundra Tyme, Scarlett Letters, and Feyonce!

DJ set with VISUALS from: 
Zero Fvcks

Doors at 3PM
$6 cover, with free privilege check!

For more information check out these websites:

www.lilithbear.com

www.beardlandia.com

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Jul
13
5:00pm 5:00pm

PEPPER POWER HOUR July 13

Join Pepper Pepper as she pours powerful potions and celebrates the dashing Daniel Peabody's Birthday with DELICIOUS TAVERN FARE, Cancerian Drag Numbers and a lot of LOVELY people in one of the BEST spaces in town. 

Pepper Power Hour 

5-10pm Bad Habit Room 5433 N. Michigan Ave

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