This is Braco. He stares. He may be the solution to your healthcare needs.
Braco (pronounced BRAHT-zo) is a man from Zagreb, Croatia, who travels the world to perform gazing sessions. This Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12 and 13, he is holding 18 gazing sessions at the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel.
The agenda of a gazing session is very simple. Braco gazes at people.
"It's like this silent gaze that goes on for seven minutes," says Laurie Day, who called WW to tell us about Braco.
Please do not misunderstand. Braco makes no extravagant claims.
"While Braco doesn't call himself a healer, hundreds of thousands around the world do," says the website bracoamerica.com. "We invite you to read and discover cases of chronic pain and cancers vanishing, clarity and purpose being restored, and remarkable transformations bursting forth achieved not just by gazing with Braco in person, and Braco's Skype or Braco's live streaming sessions, but also by simply hearing a recording of Braco's voice."
Yes, Braco Skypes. Braco does not, however, talk to the media. So we cannot tell you what it is like to have him stare at you. But we can tell you that a ticket to a gazing session is $8. Attending all nine sessions a day is $72. A visit to Zoomcare is $99. Do the math.
While a bargain for the uninsured, Braco is not a family practitioner.
"Each participant must be at least 18 years old," organizers say on bracoamerica.com, "and no pregnant women beyond their first trimester may attend a gazing session due to the intensity of the energy."
BE SEEN BY IT: Braco holds gazing sessions Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 12-13, at the Portland Sheraton Airport Hotel, 8235 NE Airport Way, 281-2500. Sessions hourly 10 am-6 pm. $8-$72.
WEDNESDAY NOV. 9
You thought that losing a guitaristâCory âFlattus Maximusâ Smoot died on tour last Thursdayâwould stop the bloody, pussy, disgusting live abomination that is GWAR? You were wrong. Roseland Theater, 8 NW 6th Ave., 224-2038. 8 pm. $19.50 - $23. All ages.
THURSDAY NOV. 10[PARODY] CHAD CHATS
Whitney Streed, Virginia Jones, Christian Ricketts and other funny Portlanders perform satirical presentations in the style of those infuriatingly twee TED nano-lectures on subjects such as âEnding World Hunger Through Facebook Postingsâ and âLincoln, Pants and Why Your Cat Is Incapable of Love.â This mockery is long overdue. Saratoga, 6910 N Interstate Ave., 719-5924.
8 pm. Free. 21+.
FRIDAY NOV. 11[THEATER] MR. DARCY DREAMBOAT
Camille Cettina premieres her solo performance about the power of reading. A sort of guided tour through one womanâs experience of English literature, the show combines physical theater and book-madness in a way that should be catnip for Portland audiences. Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center, 5340 N Interstate Ave., ethos.org. 8 pm Friday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Nov. 11-13; 8 pm Wednesday-Saturday and 2 pm Sunday, Nov. 16-20. $16.
SUNDAY NOV. 13[MOVIES] SAVING PELICAN 895
The star of Portland director Irene Taylor Brodskyâs latest work, a 40-minute HBO documentary, is not a person at allâitâs a gawky young brown pelican covered in petroleum from last yearâs BP oil spill. The NW Film Center gives the bird an encore at its Northwest Filmmakersâ Festival. Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave, 221-1156. 1 pm. $6-$9.
TUESDAY NOV. 15[BEER] DESCHUTES ABYSS RELEASE PARTY
The Abyss, a pitch black Imperial Russian Stout thatâs thick as mud and 11 percent ABV, is arguably the Northwestâs most sought-after seasonal beer. Buy your bottles while the rest of the country waits patiently. Deschutes Brewery & Public House, NW 11th Ave., 296-4906. 11 am-10 pm. 21+.