The 2012 thing was pretty much over before it started. The End seemingly came and went way back in aught-nine (such simpler times!), when Hollywood mocked doom prophecies based on the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar in the harshest way possible—with a John Cusack flick.
It's not actually 2012 yet. So Portland State University brings "Guatemalan teacher and healer" OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez to give a talk called "Mayan Spiritual Teachings for the Dawning of the New Era." We asked OmeAkaEhekatl (who also answers to the name Gaada, meaning "supernatural light") what to expect.
WW: So what's going to happen in 2012?
OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez: In the ancient calculations of the Maya, it is called 13 Baktun, a planetary and galactic alignment. It is a cosmological alignment that is giving us an opportunity for a great spiritual evolution and a planetary shift.
So should we be afraid about that?
You should be afraid or worried if you have become dependent on the modern way of life and have disconnected from being in harmony with nature. We are witnessing that the world is not prepared for the planetary shift, but there are spiritual and elemental instructions from the Original Peoples that have kept the relationship alive with nature. Now we call them prophecies.
Is it possible that tlachtli will replace the NBA as a result? If so, can you put in a word with other elders to get Portland a replacement for the Blazers?
PLEASE! Get out of your limited illusions. You're asking how to shift from this destructive world and the consequences that will become of it. I would suggest you focus better on what your priorities are.
SEE IT: OmeAkaEhekatl Erick Gonzalez will speak at PSU's Native American Student and Community Center, 710 SW Jackson St., 709-8875. 7 pm Friday, Dec. 2. $10-$20 donation requested.
[BEER] The biggest event on Portlandâs winter beer calendar, the annual Holiday Ale Festival gives Portlanders the chance to sample them all under one big tent. Pioneer Courthouse Square, 701 SW 6th Ave. 2-10 pm Wednesday, 11 am-10 pm Thursday-Saturday, 11 am-5 pm Sunday. Advance general admission $25, advance VIP $50. See holidayale.com for tickets. [THEATER] Portland singer-songwriter Holcombe Waller premieres his latest blend of music and theater. Past efforts have been very good. BodyVox, 1201 NW 17th Ave., brownpapertickets.com. 9 pm. $12-$25.
[MUSIC] Itâs time for Portlandâs epic big-band rock outfit Typhoon to take a deep breath, look around and feel good about its accomplishments. In the past 18 months, the group has grown up and blown up. Its two-night stay at Mississippi Studios should give it an opportunity to reflect. Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi Ave., 288-3895. 9 pm. $10 advance, $12 day of show. 21+ (Typhoon also plays Mississippi Studios twice Saturday, including an early all-ages show.)
[MOVIES] A week after seeing My Week With Marilyn (or, you know, not), see the actual Marilyn Monroe on 35 mm, acting for John Huston. This is the movie that wrecked her marriage to Arthur Miller, if you care. (We do!) 5th Avenue Cinema, 510 SW Hall St., 725-3551. 7 and 9:30 pm. $3. Free popcorn.
[MOVIES] A cornucopia of tacky â70s seasonal TV, with yuletide commercials hawking Planet of the Apes and Star Trek toys. Also, even though the programmers arenât free to say theyâre showing the Star Wars Holiday Special, they totally are. Hollywood Theatre, 4122 NE Sandy Blvd., 281-4215. 7:30 pm $5.
[COCKTAILS] Cocktail nerds are absolutely effing obsessed with all things Prohibitionâthe clothes, the drinks, the speakeasies. For something they claim to despise, they spend an awful lot of time LARPing and cosplaying about it. Teardrop Lounge marks Repeal Day with a dress-up party. Daniel Shoemaker and his team will be slinging cocktails from 1904 to 1920, plus free punch and a special secret food menuâfor which youâll need to email firstname.lastname@example.org to get a âsecret phrase.â Teardrop Cocktail Lounge, 1015 NW Everett St. 4 pm. 21+