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8 Days: Arctic Activism, Drum Therapy, Jungle Quests, and Exploding Heads

THURSDAY 13   The cover of Miho Aida's book which features the work of several photographers documenting the lives of Indigenous peoples in the Arctic.   ARCTIC ACTION | You should get familiar with Miho Aida. She’s a Japanese activist and filmmaker who’s devoted most of her career to amplifying the voices of women of color in environmentalism, a field where they typically don’t get a lot of recognition. Aida’s biking from Washington DC to…

8 Days a Week: MTV Criticism, Comedy Duos, and Kurosawa Classics

THURSDAY 6 EVERYTHING IS COMPLICATED | Among the many forums the world needs is one where sensible, woke-ass people can talk in person about how bizarre, amazing, and fucked up pop music videos can be. Wait, we got that. This evening, journalist Nadia Prupis and art critic Jenna Crowder (of the Maine arts journal The Chart) return with their series MTV Crits!, dissecting videos by Mykke Blanco, Grace Jones, Jenny Lewis, and Double Duchess, this…

8 Days a Week: Illusionist Bros, Tarantula Bros, and Slightly Stoopid Bros

THURSDAY 29 LIFT YR PALMS | In these days of dread and distrust, we cherish the occasion to spin your partner round and round. Tonight at the State Street Church, an old fashioned contra-dance can serve as a vital reminder that your neighbors are real, and their hands are just as sweaty as yours. 7 pm | FREE | United Church of Christ, 143 State St., Portland | www.portlandintowncontradance.com   Screenshot from "Reflection Unheard: Black…

8 Days A Week: Decolonization Lessons, Coal Studies, and Girl Talk

THURSDAY 22 SOLAR OBLIVION | President Trump says he loves coal miners. He’s also said, at various points along the campaign, that he loves “the Hispanics, the Evangelicals, the Mexican people, the wounded warriors, the generals, the Saudis, the Mormons, and the poorly educated.” As voting blocs go, those in coal mining country are pretty high up there, and the 24 percent increase in American coal production over last year at this time (according to…

8 Days a Week: Pride Parades, Weed Eaters, and City Savers

THURSDAY 15   RESPECT TO SHERYL SWOOPES | There's one thing true in this world of lies, and it's the fact that Rivalries has decent burgers. I'm not kidding here. For a sports bar with roughly eight dozen TVs, you'd think they'd be content to stay in their lane, serving up requisitely tasty yet forgettable pub food to bros whose palates have been too mossed over by foamy IPAs to care what it tastes like.…

8 Days A Week: Raise the Flag, Rally for Life, Dance Forever

THURSDAY 8   DESIRE TRAP | In the film world, it's considered a treat to live in a city that'll screen Stalker, the newly-restored HD release of Andrei Tarkovsky's mindbending 1979 sci-fi film. That Portland is among those cities is a delight. In the film, a mysterious interloper known only as "The Stalker" guides two yearning souls—a depressive writer and a professor looking for scientific discovery—to a place called "The Zone," where the rules of…

8 Days A Week: Ghost Fences, Hamilton Sing-Alongs, and Emotional Value Auctions

THURSDAY 1   SPIFFED | The 2016 documentary Suited tells of the rise of Brooklyn-based suitmaking company Bindle & Keep, whose specialty over the last five years has been making custom-designed suits for trans-identifying folks and others outside the gender binary. Directed by Jason Benjamin and produced by Lena Dunham, Suited frames the tailoring company through their purposeful, one-on-one work with a handful of clients, whose sartorial needs are as diverse as their personal experiences.…

8 Days A Week: Grief Chats, Hip-Hop Festivals, and Memories of 'My So-Called Life'

THURSDAY 25   LISTENING TIME | The world is on fire, but your work is most needed in your own community. Facing systematic defunding as part of the Trump administration's proposed American Health Care Act, Planned Parenthood is on the receiving end of countless creative fundraisers these days. This one, at the quietly-awesome show space Oxbow Blending and Bottling, collects the power of storytelling, where Portland folks tell personal narratives of care and treatment they've…

8 Days A Week: Sexy Geeks, Strange Storytellers, and the Return Of At Least Three Local Legends

THURSDAY 18   WATER WORLD | Do you care about the health of our oceans but know precious little about them? A film, titled Ocean Frontiers III, is screening this week and will illuminate the most pressing threats and challenges to marine conservation. As residents of a coastal city, it’s imperative that we discuss these issues and empower those fighting for a sustainable ocean future. A panel of regional experts will lead an interactive discuss…

8 Days A Week: Secret Sites, Endorphin Rushes, and Music Legends

THURSDAY 11   WATER IS LIFE | We take water for granted every damn day. We go most of our day without even thinking about water, but if we were deprived of it for just eight hours, getting our lips wet would leap to top priority. Although it’s one of our most important resources, like many aspects of a privileged existence, we just expect it to be there. But, as Jessica Yu will elucidate with…
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