October 6th, 2008 5:33 pm | by Katie Gilbert News | Posted In: Politics, CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP, Politics, CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

OBAMA-PALOOZA: Local Artists Rally in Support of Barack Obama

I guess we have Sarah Palin to thank.
About two weeks ago, local actor, vocalist/voice actor Michele Mariana (pictured above she won a Drammy for Portland Center Stage's Cabaret , and is doing voice work for Laika Film's upcoming Coraline ) reached her McCain campaign inanity threshold, and vowed to do whatever she could to help out her presidential pick, Barack Obama .
Luckily for us, doing what she can to boost Obama also means we get to catch a great show:
On Monday, Oct. 20, she'll be hosting “Artists for Obama—A Concert” at the Wonder Ballroom, and the acts promise to be as diverse as Palin's reading material . Performers on the bill range from jazz singer Rebecca Kilgore to chamber ensemble the Florestan Trio to singer/songwriter/and BodyVox dancer Jamey Hampton to tap-dancing saxophonist Shoehorn . As a thread running through the entire set, actors, writers and others will be reading portions of the Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and Geneva Convention between acts.
Mariana herself was shocked at the talent that jumped at the chance to be part of the show; three days after she put word out that she was looking for performers, she had booked 18 music and dance acts and 14 actors and speakers, and had to start turning interested artists away.
Turnout on the audience side looks just as promising. Only four and a half days after opening the door to advance ticket sales, Mariana has sold enough tickets to pay half of the money she owes the Wonder Ballroom (who cut their typical charge in half to host the benefit). Tickets to the all-ages show are running $25 for general admission, $15 for artists (no proof needed; this night is all about integrity). Admission is free for kids under 12. Mariana expects the Wonder to be at its full 778-person capacity, and hopes to raise at least $10,000 for the Obama campaign.
You can get tickets at the door the night of the event or you can email peacevoice7@gmail.com for more information about advance tickets.
To imbue the variety show with even more variety, the night will also have a peaceful protest aspect – Mariana is setting up a drop box so that anyone who wants to bring in “Obession,” the DVD that The Oregonian distributed in its Sunday paper on Sept. 28 .
There's only one stipulation that Mariana stresses: Check all hate at the door.
“Political satire is one thing, but I don't want any of the stuff that the McCain/Palin campaign is doing,” she says. “That's not what this is about. If we don't knock it off and start getting down to the real stuff, we might as well just eat all the chocolate in the world and stay home and watch bad TV.
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