opening Salon chat
PICA's artistic staff—Cathy Edwards, Kristan Kennedy and Erin Boberg Doughton—provided a helpful overview of the festival
But his thesis is that the fest doesn't have much connection to the city at large.
But each year, I see, more or less, the same attendees: mostly artists and performers, along with patrons and those associated with the arts professionally. The total attendance for last year's festival was about 25,000 people spread over 10 days. That's not much more than one sold out Trail Blazers game, and it's far from the 75,000 people who course through the Art in the Pearl festival over Labor Day weekend, an art gathering that's artistically and critically pallid compared to TBA. Of course, numbers don't capture the richness of any story. Still, these numbers reveal a dilemma. What is the city's affinity for the festival in the boldest terms?
an especially bad-ass moment occurred when Boberg Doughton noted that “Just because you're into the Blazers doesn't mean you don't have a mind for art”
Miguel Gutierrez' Last Meadow.
East of Eden
Rebel Without a Cause
a non-narrative collage of sensorial confusion, aka an America where the jig is up and the dream has died. Last Meadow is about the space of waiting, when things don't move forward, don't happen as they should, and mixed messages are the only ones we get.
Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People perform Last Meadow at the Winningstad Theatre, Portland Center for the Performing Arts, 1111 SW Broadway. 8:30 pm Monday, Sept. 7. $15-$20. Miguel Gutierrez also leads his Death Electric Emo Protest Aerobics, a.k.a. DEEP Aerobics at The Works at Washington High School, 531 SE 14th Ave. 11 pm Wednesday, Sept. 9. $8-$10
Photo of Last Meadow by Eric McNatt courtesy of PICA.