Mark Bishop: a live painting show at Elevated Coffee, March 31st


Come and see Mark paint! Meet the artist as he celebrates Oregon’s local leaders in a live art show, Thursday March 31st, from noon to 7 pm, at Elevated Coffee, 5261 NE MLK (in Vanport Square).


Mark’s creations can be seen at, and Elevated Coffee has their own website that includes a blog of events.



Today’s Groupon: Curious Comedy Theater

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$15 for Two Tickets to a Weekend Main-Stage Show at the Curious Comedy Theater

If laughter were a school supply, it would be an eraser, magically and instantly absolving all past and present regrets. Rub out unpleasantries with today’s Groupon. For $15, you get two tickets to any weekend main-stage performance at Curious Comedy Theater (a $30 value). This Groupon is not valid for rental shows or performances on Friday March 25, Friday April 29, or Friday June 10. Reservations are encouraged.

In a courageous crusade to reverse of the advance of gloomery and doldrumage, the Curious Comedy Theater puts up hilarious sketch and improv comedy shows in an intimate, bistro-style performance space with a full bar. This non-profit theater was the first of its kind in Portland devoted exclusively to comedy, and the second of its kind to incorporate a 4-D ride experience. Though the schedule frequently rotates, current main-stage offerings include Unexpectations (March 26-April 23), a show in which Curious co-founder Stacey Hallal performs stage-borne shenanigans following an opening act of stand-up comedians or fellow Curious performers, Apocalypse Now and Later (April 30-June 4), a frolicsome expose into America’s love affair with dollars and doll hairs, and the Curious Comedy Cover Show (June 24-July 30), featuring comedy covers from Charlie Chaplin, Bob Newhart, Mitch Hedberg, and more.

Curious co-founders Stacey Hallal and Bob Ladewig both received their comedy training in Chicago, which is to improvisation what Philadelphia is to cheesesteaks and Detroit is to dolphin-themed water stunt shows. Having trained with Second City and iO—world-famous comedy institutions known for alumni such as Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, and Steve Carell—Stacey and Bob, along with the theater’s cast of performers, know how to elicit chuckles, chortles, and even seldom-heard cachinnations from Portlanders. The Curious Comedy Theater’s canon of comic styles will find a way to tickle all sorts of funnybones, regardless of the amount of mirth-marrow contained therein. Make a reservation for a night at the theater that’s actually meant to be funny.

Hurry, hurry, buy now! The sale ends at midnight.


Check out Curious Comedy for info on all the shows they’re running.

Walls of Pride: A Tour of African-American Art book release party this Sunday, at In Other Words.

Walls of Pride Book Release
Sunday, March 13, 4PM-6PM
In Other Words Bookstore
14 Northeast Killingsworth Street

Celebrate the release of Walls of Pride: A Tour of African American Public Art, with brief talks and two short movies: a 16mm documentary on the Albina Mural Project and a piece on the history of In Other Words Bookstore. Refreshments will be provided by E’Njoni Ethiopian Cafe.

Walls of Pride provides a self-guided tour to 20 of the city’s African American public artworks through color photos, a detailed map, mural descriptions a…nd artist bios. The book gives context to these vital works through interviews with artists Isaka Shamsud-Din, Henry Frison and Adriene Cruz, and a transcribed conversation between curator Robin Dunitz and history professor Reiko Hillyer. Walls of Pride at once celebrates Portland’s African American art, while underscoring the need to preserve these oft-overlooked cultural contributions.

“If you know where to look, Portland is an art gallery. And somewhere amid this miles-wide showroom is a collection of African American mural art. But there’s no glass or alarms to protect what artists have made here; no guards to tell people not to touch. So, while bits have survived, some have been defaced and others have been torn down in the name of development…The booklet, “Walls of Pride,” offer[s] short histories on the pieces throughout the city, a map for self-guided tours and interviews with two local muralists, Shamsud-Din and Adriene Cruz, ‘to tell the story from the artists’ perspective rather than this outsider’s perspective.’”
– Ryan Kost, The Oregonian