“Dream Team Presents” coming to Funhouse Lounge

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On May 23rd, our friends at The Funhouse Lounge kick off Dream Team Presents, a new monthly showcase of the nation’s best improv comedy teams. This month features Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater Cat Ladies featuring Nicole Byer (UCB, MTV’s Girl Code), Marcy Jarreau (UCB, The To Do List), and Madeline Walter (Funny or Die, SF Sketchfest). Also taking the stage is stand up by Amy Miller and Shane Torres and a “slam dunk” (clue) super secret Celebrity Guest. 

From their press release:

‘Dream Team Presents’ (DTP) is Portland’s first monthly showcase of nationally recognized improv comedy teams. Each month DTP hand picks their favorite improvisers from Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York pairing them with Portland’s best stand up and improv comics The brainchild of improvisers and event producers Garrett Palm and Dylan Reiff, Dream Team Presents showcases the exploding art form used by film and television to pull their best and brightest from. For examples look no further than Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, Stephen Colbert, Will Ferrell, and countless others.

Dream Team Presents starts at 9:30pm, and includes a FREE 11pm show, BOOMSHAKALAKA  featuring the Cat LadiesWhisky TangoThe Katie’s and more. 

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His Comics: Let Billy Galaxy Show You Them

1385761_10151953830954063_834898526_nThe Portland Antique Show lands this Saturday, so it’s only fitting that Portland vintage collectibles purveyor and enthusiast, Billy Galaxy, should be a part of the action: Billy will be showing his own personal comic book collection this Saturday and Sunday, in a rare exhibition for the public!

Billy’s collection includes many of the usual suspects in superhero comics, as well as, “some very esoteric educational, romance, religious and other strange comics.” And, to spice things up even more, the exhibition will be staffed by the costumed-and-caped members of the Alter Egos Society!

You can get tickets to Portland Antique Show online, or find more information on Facebook.

Win a Pair of Tickets to Explorers at Hollywood Theatre!

ExplorersComment on this post by Friday at noon to win a pair of tickets to Explorers, a touching family movie about an alien obsessed boy, at the Hollywood Theatre. The screening is this Saturday, August 10, at 2pm.

Ben Crandall dreams of a special circuit board. Drawing it out, Ben and his two friends Wolfgang and Darren decide to set it up discovering they have the basis for a starship. Naming their ship ThunderRoad, they soon set off to find extraterrestrials, but are these aliens really what they seem?

Family Pictures: Explorers
August 10, 2013 at 2pm
The Hollywood Theatre
4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
Admission: $5 general admission; $2 for children 12 and under

CONTRIBUTOR: Lauren Hudgins is the editor of Describe the Ruckus, a blog on Portland events and culture, a blogger for Ooligan Press, and a PSU creative writing MFA student.

Kirby Krackle Plays at Portland TFAW Tonight

From TFAW:Kirby Krackle

Kirby Krackle, Seattle’s hottest nerd rock band, plays at the Portland Things From Another World tonight (7/15) with openers H2Awesome as part of their “Sounds Like You” 2013 West Coast Tour! Come to the Portland TFAW at 2916 NE Broadway: the cover is $7, doors open at 7:30, and the show is from 8:00-10:00 p.m.

Kirby Krackle is headed by Kyle Stevens, who has been reading comics and writing and recording music since the age of 13, and Jim Demonakos, founder of Seattle’s Emerald City Comicon as well as The Comic Stop chain of retail stores. Known for high-energy shows and songs referencing pop-culture icons, comic book characters, and video games, Kirby Krackle’s name has become synonymous with melding nerd themes with superior musicianship.

This is the first West Coast tour for New York’s H2Awesome, which includes Charlie LaGreca (artist/illustrator for DC Comics, co-founder/director of Denver Comic-Con), Jeff LaGreca (writer/director of Bijou and the ‘Bots, Gargoyle Garden, and Elfland), Jon Price (writer/creator of Magus and 12 Gauge Comics), Matt van Metre, and Gregg Zehentner.

Water/sodas and light snacks provided. CDs for both bands will be available for purchase.

Tonight! THE TERMINATOR 1 & 2: RYES OF THE MACHINES’ BEER

From The Hollywood Theatre:

How can a double feature of The Terminator get any better? Just add beer.

Join the historic Hollywood Theatre for an epic night of Ahnold, Cyborgs, time travel, and some intense action while enjoying a delicious, cold beer brewed especially for the occasion. Lompoc Brewery, a Portland staple, has created the “Ryes of the Machines IPA” to honor this screening. They will also have a menu of beers inspired by other sci-fi classics such as Prime Directive IPA (Star Trek), Calling All Monsters IPA, Allons-y IPA (Dr. Who), and more. Lompoc will be available for a meet and greet from 6:00-7:00pm for those that come early.

Don’t miss out on this amazing experience and your chance to view the movie the way it was intended: on glorious 35mm, projected on a 50’ screen while drinking a delicious beer.

CONTRIBUTOR: Lauren Hudgins is the editor of Describe the Ruckus, a blog on Portland events and culture, a blogger for Ooligan Press, and a PSU creative writing MFA student.

Ooligan Press’s Transmit Culture: A Panel Discussion about Comic and Graphic Novel Publishing

Ooligan Press invites you to join us for Transmit Culture: A Panel Discussion about Comic and Graphic Novel Publishing.
Transmit Culture
Featuring:

Moderated by Todd Sattersten, PSU Professor and author of Every Book Is a Startup

Transmit Culture: A Panel Discussion about Comic and Graphic Novel Publishing
Thursday May 16th
Doors open at 7 for hour d’ourves and mingling
Event is from 7:30 to 9 pm.
Where: 5th Avenue Cinema
510 SW Hall Street
Facebook Event Page

CONTRIBUTOR: Lauren Hudgins is the editor of Describe the Ruckus, a blog on Portland events and culture, a blogger for Ooligan Press, and a PSU creative writing MFA student.

Free Comic Book Day at TFAW

From TFAW:
TFAW Free Comic Book Day
Saturday, May 4 is Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), and Things From Another World is throwing a fantastic celebration the entire family can enjoy. Visit the Portland, Beaverton, and Milwaukie stores for free comics, signings, appearances by your favorite characters, and more! Choose up to 10 specially marked free comics from publishers like Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, and more while supplies last, plus take advantage of special savings on thousands of items and $5 doorbusters.

Online at TFAW.com, at least two free comics will be added to all in-stock orders starting at 12:01 am PST May 4, while supplies last.

TFAW has an incredible slate of comic book creators signing at all three of their Oregon locations, including several creators from this year’s official FCBD comics, like Ryan Hill (Avatar: The Last Airbender), Ben Bates (Sonic the Hedgehog), Joshua Williamson (Captain Midnight), and Jeremy Barlow (R.I.P.D.). Plus, meet Colleen Coover (Bandette), Terry Dodson (Uncanny X-Men), Aaron Lopresti (Sword of Sorcery), Erika Moen (Bucko), Ibrahim Moustafa (The Pound), Vicente Navarrete (Sketch Monsters), Michael Avon Oeming (Victories), Paul Tobin (Detective Comics), and Leia Weathington (The Legend of Bold Riley)!

May 4 also kicks off TFAW’s Spring Savings Sale, both in stores and online. Customers will save up to 60% on comics, graphic novels, toys, statues, and more. In stores, customers will also enjoy $5 doorbuster graphic novels.

As a special bonus, Stormtroopers and other Star Wars characters from Cloud City Garrison and Kashyyyk Base will “patrol” at the Beaverton TFAW, and the Pirates of PDXYAR will invade the Portland and Milwaukie TFAW stores. Espionage Cosmetics will also be offering demonstrations of their geeky cosmetics at the Portland TFAW. Get the complete schedule below.

PORTLAND TFAW, 2916 NE BROADWAY PORTLAND, OR 97232:
RSVP on Facebook

9:00 am: Doors open!
11:30-1:30 pm Signings:
* Terry Dodson – Uncanny X-Men, Captain Marvel
* Erika Moen – Bucko, DAR
* Jeremy Barlow – Mass Effect, R.I.P.D.
2:00-4:00 pm Signings:
* Joshua Williamson and Vicente Navarrete – Captain Midnight, Sketch Monsters
* Michael Avon Oeming – Victories, Powers

Special Guests: Free demos by Espionage Cosmetics from 12-3; the Pirates of PDXYAR from 10-2.

BEAVERTON TFAW, 4390 SW LLOYD AVE. BEAVERTON, OR 97005:
RSVP on Facebook

9:00 am: Doors open!
11:30-1:30 pm Signings:
* Aaron Lopresti – Sword of Sorcery, Justice League International
* Ben Bates – Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
1:30-3:30 pm Signings:
* Colleen Coover – Bandette, Girl Comics
* Paul Tobin – Colder, Detective Comics

Giveaways From the Following: Bricks and Minifigs, Java Mama, Jimmy Johns, Subway & Starbucks (while supplies last)

Special Guests: Stormtroopers and more from Cloud City Garrison & Kashyyyk Base

MILWAUKIE TFAW, 10977 SE MAIN ST. MILWAUKIE, OR 97222:
RSVP on Facebook

9:00 am: Doors open!
12-2 pm Signings:
* Ryan Hill – Avatar: The Last Airbender
* Leia Weathington – The Legend of Bold Riley
* Ibrahim Moustafa – The Pound

Giveaways From the Following: CD Game Exchange, Pietro’s Pizza & Spring Creek Coffee House (while supplies last)

Special Guests: The Pirates of PDXYAR from 10-2.

CONTRIBUTOR: Lauren Hudgins is the editor of Describe the Ruckus, a blog on Portland events and culture, a blogger for Ooligan Press, and a PSU creative writing MFA student.

Visit the Portland Geek Council Booth at Stumptown

We’ll be at the Stumptown Comics Fest 2013 this Saturday and Sunday. Stop by our booth. We have a geeky raffle! Tickets will be sold at $1 each and the proceeds will go to help cover operational costs for the Portland Geek Council.

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10th Annual Stumptown Comics Fest
April 27 and 28, 2013 • Oregon Convention Center
Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-6

CONTRIBUTOR: Lauren Hudgins is the editor of Describe the Ruckus, a blog on Portland events and culture, a blogger for Ooligan Press, and a PSU creative writing MFA student.

GRIDLORDS Re-Illustrates Indie Comics in Cosmic Exhibition

From the Hollywood Theatre:

Eamon EspyThe Hollywood Theatre presents graphic novels spilling out of the third eye of GRIDLORDS. GRIDLORDS is a Portland based underground and art comics community, with a strong love of interdisciplinary performance and storytelling, and an unbridled desire to marry sound and vision in new ways.

In an era where the church of the mind and the soul of the state are dependent on individuals too wrapped up in their phones to be wrapped up in each other GRIDLORDS wants you, the audience, to feel a part of something. On April 27th at 9:30pm a massive exhibition of shadow puppets, warped sounds, strange lights, free hand animations and comedy will descend upon the theater with one goal – to inspire creativity and stimulate independent thought.

The smorgasbord includes:

Eamon Espey & Lisa Krause: performing Ishi’s Brain
Ishi’s Brain is a show by Lisa Krause and Eamon Espey that incorporates shadow puppets, a marionette, masks and a liberal use of painted cardboard. It’s based on a chapter in Espey’s new graphic novel, Songs of the Abyss. The true story is about a man who has often been referred to as “the last wild Indian.” In Krause and Espey’s version, it becomes a science fiction ritual where a lone spirit spends his final days and an alien shaman guides him into the next world.

MSHR
MSHR is a collaborative audio-visual project by Birch Cooper and Brenna Murphy. The duo works across digital, analog and organic media to build synthesizers, installations, recordings and rituals. “A hand tracing a spiral in the wet sand, meshing with the sky to form a nano chip.”Chelsea Kamm w/ the Many Fur Puppet troupe
IN THE DARK TIMES. A short and sweet shadow puppet show about the end times by the Many Fur Puppet Troupe, set to a live soundtrack by a wild band of Portland locals.

Erin Tanner performing Dream Governor
Dream Governor: a multi media collage story of a full time dreamer who lives in the dome of a capitol building, inspired by recent travel time and conversations in Olympia Wa and Providence RI. Erin Tanner is a pacific northwest based artist in realms of comics, puppetry, performance, animation, piano, comedy, storytelling, and most recently mural paintings and video.

MARSUPLALA
MARSUPLALA is a collaborative performance project between artists Wally C. and Alex Chiu.  The project can be described as a collage of creative vomit; some of the best there is to offer in the world of Weirdo Art Theater. Expect to see full body monster costumes, animated violence, and drippy cuteness.

Plus Lori D. presents a Gridlords Animation reel featuring:

EDIBLE ROCKS by STEFAN GRUBER

Stefan Gruber is a Seattle animator and performance artist. He creates a short hand drawn, digitally finished film every year. Edible Rocks is his new film about the time he convinced his little brother that there were rocks you can eat.

WATER by AMY LOCKHART

Amy Lockhart is a filmmaker, animator and artist. Her animations have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival and International Animation Festival in Hiroshima, Japan.

LIKE A LANTERN by LILLI CARRE

Lilli Carré is an artist and illustrator living in Chicago. She primarily works in the forms of animation and comics, and is the co-founder of the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. She has created several books of comics, most recently the short story collection Heads or Tails, published by Fantagraphics Books.

WEE WEE ATTRACTORS by LEIF GOLDBERG and URSA GOLDENROSE

Leif Goldberg’s mystifying films present the viewer with an ecstatic obstacle course of mutating images and delightfully warped sounds.  In addition to filmmaking, Goldberg is an independent artist whose work ranges from drawings and objects to screen prints.

(from Anthology Film Archives program notes, Feb. 2013)

LORD I: THE RECORDS KEEPER by LORI DAMIANO

Lori D. is a Portland based independent Illustrator & animator.  LORD I: THE RECORDS KEEPER is a hand-drawn animated film that she has been working on for over 10 orbits of the earth.  LORD I is a story of a documentarian learning to shake off the mental barnacles of the past and the holographic barnacle projections of the future in order to encounter the indefinable present moment.


GRIDLORDS
The Hollywood Theatre
April 27th @ 9:30pm
4122 NE Sandy Blvd.
ADMISSION: $5

CONTRIBUTOR: Lauren Hudgins is the editor of Describe the Ruckus, a blog on Portland events and culture, a blogger for Ooligan Press, and a PSU creative writing MFA student.

Stumptown Comics Fest Kickoff Party

STCF TFAW KickoffFrom TFAW:

Planning to attend Stumptown Comics Fest at the Oregon Convention Center April 27 and 28? Start the celebration right at the Stumptown Comics Fest Kickoff Party April 26 at the Portland TFAW. Meet and mingle with guests from the Fest, enjoy music by Switch from Dangerous Kids and Bobby Roberts from Welcome to That Whole Thing, and consume free food and beer (for those 21+ with valid ID). Portland’s Ground Kontrol Classic Arcade will provide video games for the party!

Before the party, get mythic at the Portland TFAW’s signing with Stumptown Comics Fest guest Bill Willingham, creator of the Eisner Award-winning Vertigo series Fables, from 5 to 7 p.m. This event is courtesy of the Fest, which brought Willingham to Portland for the signing and convention.

Stumptown Comics Fest Kickoff Party
Portland TFAW
2916 NE Broadway
April 26, 7pm
Facebook Event Page

CONTRIBUTOR: Lauren Hudgins is the editor of Describe the Ruckus, a blog on Portland events and culture, a blogger for Ooligan Press, and a PSU creative writing MFA student.