Art Not Crime: Provenance Gallery’s Last Thursday graffiti art creation, hosted by DeAngelo Raines.

Provenance Gallery, a hallway gallery in the rehabbed building at MLK and Alberta and run by DeAngelo Raines, has been hosting a Last Thursday graffiti art workshop. Raines invites in graffiti artists and provides them the opportunity to create graffiti pieces in real-time during Last Thursday, and folks can come and watch, or talk with the artists.

The owners of the building have donated use of an unfinished portion of the building for artists to work in.

Check out Raines’ ArtNotCrime website here, including info on the artists who participated in last month’s show, and then peruse some photos from last month’s Provenance Gallery Last Thursday show:


Bruce Forster @ the Provenance Gallery.

The recently rehabbed building at MLK & Alberta holds two businesses: Sweet Thing Bakery on the ground floor, and It’s About Me Fitness upstairs. The hallways of the building downstairs have been converted to use an art gallery – Provenance Gallery, curated by DeAngelo Raines. Raines is a graffiti artist and promoter in town – here’s a video of him talking about graffiti art and murals:

One of the featured artists at the Provenance Gallery has been photographer Bruce Forster, who set out to document some amazing graffiti art that was about to disappear:

Forster’s website is here; and here, Brian Libby reviews Graffiti Funhouse, a 2009 exhibit of Forster’s photographs.

Pink Moon Apothecary: closed.

This blog has been getting a lot of hits for Pink Moon Apothecary lately, I’m guessing because their website was taken down when the business closed.  This post will have to serve as an e-announcement: Pink Moon Apothecary is no more.

Sometime soon, I’ll give a shout out to some other MLK businesses that have shut their doors or moved away from the boulevard in recent months.

Urban Renewal changes in N/NE: a Portland Development Commission presentation.

The Portland Development Commission regularly uploads videos explaining their programs onto the web, and here’s a very recent video that provides a pretty succinct explanation of the N/NE urban renewal areas and the upcoming (probable) changes to their boundaries.

From the video’s youtube ‘description’:

After months of discussion and public meetings, the N/NE Community Advisory Committee voted on May 19, 2010 to approve 8 separate recommendations regarding policy issues and boundary adjustments for the Interstate Corridor and Oregon Convention Center URAs.

Two links: a photoblog, & some comedy-video.

Community Warehouse has a photoblog for its used-items store on MLK  – check it at… you won’t regret it. It’s a blog about items for sale in the store – but it’s so much more than that. I get a kick out of it.

Also, Curious Comedy has a vimeo page with lots of comedy videos produced for its comedy festivals. Here’s a very short clip showing the small waterfall in Vanport Square’s courtyard: Magic!

Planned Parenthood’s Sexy Tuesdays Block Party

Tuesday, July 20, 2010
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
PPCW Regional Service Center
3727 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Portland, OR 97212

Join Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette at our new digs for this outdoor summer celebration!  Enjoy a fabulous evening with live music from Break As We Fall, henna by Rovinghorse Henna, and tarot card readings with Esoteric Industries.  Mingle with fun people while learning about what great things PPCW is doing in your community! While you’re at the party, bid on cool silent auction packages from local businesses!  Check out the list below.

Have kids? Bring them too! We have entertainment for the whole family.

Advance tickets are $15. Tickets at the door will be $20. Admission price includes food and beer.

More info at Planned Parenthood’s website.

Queen of Sheba

Dinner last night at Queen of Sheba, 2413 NE MLK Boulevard, was delicious. Jenn didn’t think to ask, but according to QoS’s website, we could’ve requested gluten-free injera! Photos feature the lovely Miss Audrey, who ate every last bit of whatever kind of food she got her hands on, no matter how spicy:

Queen of Sheba is in the Union Manor Apartments building. It’s one of five East African restaurants on the boulevard!