Parisians are about to kick off a lengthy celebration of Portland and they are doing it in a magnifique way.    Starting today and extending till the end of the month, four different cultural institutions will be celebrating our music, our DIY culture, and what the French are calling(the English translation is bit rough), "a village full of 21st century hippies."  Le Monde recently published this story about us.

Musicfest NW was asked to curate some of the music, and our own Trevor Solomon will be in Paris speaking on a panel about what makes Portland Portland, along with folks from the Portland Institute for the Contemporary Arts.  Playing will be Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, the Thermals, the Helio Sequence, Yacht, Lifesavas and many more.

La Gaîté Lyrique,