Summer Salon Series at Lightbox Kulturhaus kicks off, Friday the 6th

Please Come Experience The Zest Of Life With LIGHTBOX KULTURHAUS In June! Lightbox Kulturhaus And We, The Hallowed Presents The First Of Our Summer Salon Series Featuring; new artwork by Theodore Holdt, The Sacred Selves and Tanzspiel Kollektiv and Improv Jazz group Sayyazz

June 6 at 7pm. Performances began at 8pm FREE EVENT
2027 NE MLK Jr Blvd, Portland, Oregon 97212 503 750 3811


Theodore Holdt has been painting ever sense he started to paint and will continue to paint until he stops. “For Theo, shifting back and forth between large paintings and micro-works disrupts rumination and allows intuition and feeling to quell plotting thought. Meanwhile, associations tucked into the interstices of his micro-paintings and the folds of larger canvases entice viewers toward meditative thought. In associative contemplation, viewers draw wild card images and blanks pointing in many directions; chattering minds grow quiet as they become engrossed in following the serpentine story-worlds woven into Theo’s multi-dimensional universe.” S Comstock

Sayyazz is described by some as a flock of improvisational musical birds turning on an invisible cue, together rising, exploring, flying about in invented patterns, landing as if choreographed, but only in the moment, upon the whim, urge and call of the wild. What you will hear will be heard only then, in the moment, co-created just for you, with you, one of the birds whose signals we heed, in collusion. Eric Buchner on flute and guitar, Dean Boudouris on Bass and tenor sax, Marcia McReynolds on voice.

Ten Schilling coin.


I found this Ostendeutsch ten-schilling coin (minted in 1974) on MLK, near Fremont, not too long ago. In a way, it was a reminder of the once deeply-rooted German immigrant community that settled the Albina area, and built so many shops and community spaces along Union Avenue (now MLK).  Some of those buildings remain, decades later, though put to other uses by newer residents and their communities.

The fact of Albina having once been a community with a large and prominent ethnic German community has popped up in community discussions recently, regarding race and gentrification in inner North/Northeast Portland.

As gentrification, and its front-line soldiers, push out Albina’s black population (they are often forced to move to east County, much further from the city’s core), any appeals to take those folks into consideration when looking at further changes in the area have too often fallen on deaf ears.

One of the responses I’ve heard from from white residents of Albina has been (paraphrased) that if ‘we’re going to look at the historical black population of Albina and wonder why those people leaving and what’s to be done about it, why aren’t we looking at the earlier German community that lived in Albina and considering their needs, or why they left?’ This facetious ‘reasoning’ has been one of the arguments wielded by people in inner N/NE to make erase black people, and their needs, from the conversations about gentrification and development.


In fact, it mocks those who have been displaced in recent years.


This history of Albina from the German immigrant population’s perspective is important, and has been documented. It’s worth exploring why the German immigrant families and their descendants largely moved out of Albina, and what it meant for their sense of community. In the meantime, let’s talk with the people who are being displaced NOW – even if you’re afraid to.


I’d like to end with a quote from a Salon article written by Daniel José Older:

These power plays – cultural, political, economic, racial — are the mechanics of a city at war with itself. It is a slow, dirty war, steeped in American traditions of racism and capitalism. The participants are often wary, confused, doubtful. Macklemore summarized the attitudes of many young white wealthy newcomers in his fateful text to Kendrick Lamar on Grammy night: “It’s weird and sucks that I robbed you.” But as with Macklemore, being surprised about a system that has been in place for generations is useless. White supremacy is nothing if not predictable. To forge ahead, we require an outrageousness that sees beyond the tired tropes and easy outs that mass media provides. This path demands we organize with clarity about privilege and the shifting power dynamics of community. It requires foresight, discomfort and risk-taking. It will be on the Web and in the streets, in conversations, rants and marches.

We need a new mythology.”


Ordinance No. 161815: Renaming Union Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.: April 20th, 1989.

Ordinance No. 161815

Authorize renaming of Union Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. (Ordinance)


The City Ordains:

Section 1. The  Council finds:

1. The Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. Committee has submitted an application to rename Union Avenue as Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.

2. Council adopted the Policy for Renaming City Streets in August, 1987, which establishes guidelines for preparation and implementation of City Code provisions governing the renaming of City streets.

3. Martin Luther King, Jr. meets the criteria under the policy as a person for whom a street may be renamed.

4. Union Avenue meets the criteria under the policy as a City street that may be renamed.

5. The proposal to rename Union Avenue is supported by a petition with more than 2,000 signatures.

6. All property owners and tenants on Union Avenue were notified and given an opportunity to express their opinion on the matter.

7. All neighborhood and business associations abutting Union Avenue were notified and given an opportunity to express their opinion on the matter.

8. The Historian Panel found no major historical obstacle to renaming Union Avenue, and that Martin Luther King, Jr. is an appropriate name to use.

9. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the matter on March 18, and unanimously voted to support the recommendation to City Council that renaming Union Avenue as Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is in the best interest of the City.


NOW THEREFORE, the council directs:

A. The renaming of Union Avenue to Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. is approved.

B. The Auditor shall notify owners and occupants of all property abutting the street being renamed, affected public agencies, the general public, U.S. Post Office, and emergency service organizations of the street name through public notice, direct correspondence and other appropriate means.

C. The Bureau of Maintenance shall install street signs showing the new street name alongside the existing name signs and shall maintain both sets of signs for a period of five (5) years at the level of maintenance approved for street name signs City-wide.

D. At the end of five (5) years the Maintenance Bureau shall remove the Union Avenue name signs.


Section 2. The Council declares that an emergency exists because immediate implementation of the name change would be in the best interest of the City, therefore, this ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by Council.

Passed by the Council, April 20, 1989.