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Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #27

Doug Marx

Doug Marx

Sometimes it takes just a little more time, no matter how determined to be on time one is.  When the time comes, I’ll spend more time discussing time but, for now, I haven’t got the time.  Here are the quick details, for the purpose at hand, regarding time:

Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art happens every Monday from 7-8 p.m. at Three Friends Coffee House.  Immediately afterward there is an Open Mic that occurs for as long as it tends to occur – so far, it’s been about an hour, give or take.   The resulting performance quotient of the event generally occupies more than two hours of linear time, and thus we post the podcast in two parts, even though our tireless and timeless producer Splice Finders snips and frets over these hours upon the stage, removing as much deaf space as possible, making it more full of sound and fury, blessing it with every hope of signifying something.

This is not a simple, arty bypass, gotten dirt cheap, baby.  It’s because time requires space – file space, baby.  The average size of one hour of these 16-bit, 256 kbps, joint stereo, real-time (mostly) mp3 recordings is roughly 115MB.   That may mean a lot to you (or zero to your power of ten may equal nothing all), but when one accesses an 100+ meg file on the internet, one consumes a great deal of that which is called “bandwidth,” and depending on your connection-speed-thingy with the big web-deelie, it may not be worth your time to try to listen.  That contingency does not discourage us from giving you the best times of our time, graced freely and willingly by the artists who take the time out of their times to entertain and enlighten us.

“My brutal, weary-of-me-methinks Broken Ears, suffering,” our namescape Baron Landsake might say, “this is another one for the ages, the times are yearning, and just in time, timelessly, unto time eternal” came poets Sean Patrick Hill, Doug Marx, and Andy Budor at nearly the appointed hour on Monday, January 12, 2009.

“Andy is a transplant from Michigan and he,” says Andy, “is fascinated by Oregon’s landscape, flora and fauna.  Ancient philosophical Taoism and the expression of its principles by contemporary teachers currently influence his thinking and poetry.  He cooks and cleans for his wife who (sic) he chased across the country.  They are both owned and are being trained by two kittens.  He pays his taxes and mortgage so he can hide under the wisteria tree in his backyard and write poems.”

Doug’s poems have, once upon a time, Doug recalls, “been published in a variety of literary journals and magazines such as Willow Springs and Harper’s.  A chapbook, Sufficiency, was an Oregon Book Award finalist in Poetry. ”   Without question a master of timing, Doug regularly makes time with The Reverb Brothers, the “Eagle Time” band for Fridays from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the legendary White Eagle Saloon (836 N Russell St in Portland, OR).

Sean, meanwhile, all the while, admits to being “a travel writer, husband, soon-to-be-father and sometime-teacher in Portland, Oregon.  His poems are currently in Exquisite Corpse, elimae, Alba, diode, In Posse Review, Juked, Ditch and The Corduroy Mtn, and are forthcoming in Willow Springs, New York Quarterly, Copper Nickel, Apocryphal Text and Quarter After Eight.”  Whew!  We guess Sean’s gotta write, and it also seems he’s gotta right to waltz into the Three Friends Coffee House, that paramonger of perk on Portland’s East side and the epicenter of Show and Tell ProductionsCaffienated Art series every Monday, and rip coffee a new asshole.  Cancer?  Hmm.  Please forgive us for not caring so much between refills.  All was made better by Sean and his well-chosen friends, and by the end of the transcendent “White River Junction” our lives had been spared, for an hour at least.  By then we were even re-thinking our penchant for the bitter brew.

But there is more time, and lots more coffee, and this time it’s the audience – our turners-out for the now-officially-monikered Show and Tell Open Mic.   Our “more time” is shared by, among others, Christine White, who turns off the phone at night, Joel, who was outside when Melissa was saying her stuff, and a Black-Sabbath-quoting Patrick Bocarde.  “I haven’t read in a long time or very many times,” insisted Dwight Peters but we suspect otherwise.  We know that  Mike G has read recently and very many times although he cautions that his writing “is about to move into a very dark and painful place.”  How will we be able to tell?  We’ve also listened to Rick J recently and frequently, yet he’s seldom seemed as rambunctiously surreal as he did that time.  Melissa Sillitoe wasn’t timing anybody but she chose to time herself, followed by Ara without an “S” or Sara without an “h” (we thought it was the latter) suffering from “about a six-month identity crisis.”  Troy left us with something thrown together “really quick,” and, now, finally Nathan, now, again.

Since you’re spending time here, you can the visit the podcast, which lives nearby on the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series page at brokenhours.net.  And what rough beast, its hour come at last, slouches toward your headphone jack waiting to be imported? Why, it’s only iTunes, which allows you to access the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series podcast!  Take these chains, please, starting with this link:

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Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #26

It could’ve been the Craigslist promotion for the Open Mic on January 5, 2009, or maybe it was the ineluctable attraction of publisher-musician-poet Paul Evans, he of Redbird Studio and Alberta St. Small Press, but the dingly bell on the front door was a-dinglin’.  Those who came to see and hear Paul were treated to not one but two gorgeous and talented friends of Paul: 1) the warbling banshee Dina Rae, she of sunshine, of obviously superb mid-western stock, and of a vocal range that must be measured using the same unit used to measure the distance from here to her voice’s planet of origin, and, 2) advancing unmasked from under a pink and orange Texas sky, the mega-romantic Dominique Garcia, she with guitar shielding heart, it of passion overflowing.

Cattle call or no, the ensuing Open Mic served up a dozen open-mikers, including the now comfortingly regular participants Rick J, Melissa Sillitoe, and a delightfully more-humbled-than-usual Mike G (for “girl crazy”).  To the stage ascended deep thinkers, wise believers, grieving MCs, a digeridoo and dinglies to match the door-dinglies anon; among other poets, Christian, he of sometimes feeling like a fucking chameleon,  Christine, she of Sinophilia and Mount Hood climbing, Wayne Flower, he of Boise originally, and of many a band (as I suspected), and the briefly but deeply missed Celestial Concubine, she of paying back the sacrificed hours of sleeptime, thank you, we trusted you all along.  Admittedly, the writing in this so-called “blog entry” doesn’t really cover it all, so (as soon as I find where I put it) I will include the visual aid that accompanies Nathan‘s poem about the cats that go ’round (and ’round).

Show and Tell Gallery Productions is so damn glad that the Open Mic event will continue on a weekly basis following the invited performance.   Be sdvised, all you shoe-top dinglers, bridge-builders, denizens of different-tempo chaos  – prestazione dall’invito every giant, steaming Monday under the taupe and tender rafters of Three Friends Coffee House from 7:00 to 8:00, followed by the Open Mic sign-up from 8:00 to 8:15.  At 8:15 the Open Mic (limited to sixteen slots – sixteen milk necks ripe for licking) will unfurl its pink-crested, cartoid heart.

If you ever miss that ringing in your ears, you will find the podcast on the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series page at brokenhours.net until it, too, is washed away by the ocean.  And, simply because it is the largest distributor of organized sound in the world, iTunes unwittingly allows you to access the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series podcast via sheer grace by using this link:

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Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #25

What can one say about 2008?  Well, a lot – more than you or I want to hear.  But one thing worth talking about is the Three Friends seriousness of caffeinarted Mondays.  We began it then, amid the innocent glances and tentative explorations of a late Western Oregon Summer.  We persevered through no-shows, equipment problems, bumps on the head and even power outages.  But we finally met our match with Snowpocalypse Now and what was to have been a lovely performance by Rick J, Fern Capella and  Natasha Terranova on December 22 has been tentatively rescheduled for January 26, 2009.

Dennis McBride and Mike GDennis McBride and Mike G

But the 364th day of this leap year belonged to the obsidian wit of Dennis McBride, who wrangled Portland A-Listers Elizabeth Archers and Mike Ferrell to sound out a full hour of spoken word and understated fury, and neither meteorological nor phrenological phenomena would overcome the attendant gravitational pull.

No wonder that the joint was packed, chairs were  moved and aye the espresso machine was too rode hard,  nae confidence squandered in expectoration realise a rich offering of verse withal, follerin’ which many glasses were raised afterward in the bar next door (it should be mentioned).

And what can one possibly say about the third and most succinct Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art Open Mic to date, except that, 1) it’s starting to get a bit crowded somewhere (else) and, 2) it’s still necessitating a two-part podcast!?  Tally another dry, powdery chalk mark each for usual circumspects Rick J and Melissa Sillitoe, maybe half of one for Luke Lefler – whose “jokes” we hope never to hear again (fat chance) – and of course for the expended closer Mike “the Appo”  G, anyway.

Show and Tell Gallery Productions still insists on inducing the Open Mic event on a weekly basis every Monday following the invited performance.   So, stay ready all you poets, dreamers and warble purveyors – every frothy Monday under the ceiling of Three Friends Coffee House is performance con invitation from 7:00 to 8:00, followed by the Open Mic sign-up from 8:00 to 8:15.  At 8:15 the Open Mic (limited to sixteen slots – every one a cloth-and-spring-snake-loaded peanut tin) will re-shatter your nerves.

If you wipe the sweat from your hairline and trim those eyebrows you will find the podcast on the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series page at brokenhours.net until it, too, wears out its audience.  If you haven’t tried, then be advised that it’s way easy to access the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series podcast via iTunes using this link:

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Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #24

Jeffrey Gardner

Jeffrey Gardner, aka Popeye

It began with an abbreviated and marvelous invited program on December 15, 2008, featuring the already singular Jeffrey Gardner, aka “Popeye,” sharing a variety of writings from his notebooks.  A lengthy, awkward pause ensued, resulting in a two-part podcast, while the small and approving crowd metamorphosed into the second, momentum-building Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art Open Mic, or whatever hostess and Show And Tell Gallery producer Melissa Sillitoe eventually decides to call it.  Playfully, Melissa and Eric McEuen start up the rodeo with a dramatic collaboration, followed by Ray and Lela, Rick J, Mike G, Luke L. and Nathan R., giving us words and more words.

Based, it seems, on pressure from some unknown quarter, but in all likelihood for the love, Show and Tell Gallery Productions has decided to make the Open Mic a weekly event every Monday following the invited performance.  So, get ready poets, warblers, dream purveyors, all you perchancers: every caffeinated Monday at the big, sighing Three Friends Coffee House,  there’ll be the invited performance from 7:00 to 8:00 as usual, followed by the Open Mic sign-up from 8:00 to 8:15.  At 8:15 the Open mic (limited to sixteen slots – every one a potential diamond mine) will promptly begin.

(This podcast is currently unavailable.)

The Show and Tell Gallery Podcast #7

Ray Ottoboni

Ray Ottoboni

As hard to believe as it may be, the First Thursday opening at The Show and Tell Gallery on December 4, 2008, came off smoothly although the absence of vacationing curator Melissa Sillitoe made for a comparatively low-key event.  In her stead Luke Lefler, the Gallery’s shy and quiet Digital Media Producer, hosted the reception for Robin Carlisle.  Among the works on display were several from Robin’s house series: “I have painted hundreds of little house paintings and they just seem to keep coming out of me.  Mainly they are cute and warm and cozy and soft.  But they are also a super strong symbol to me.  They are little capsules, like diaries that tell stories.   They hold the most intimate details of people’s lives, histories, futures, dreams and emotions.”  Unfortunately Robin had had a pair of wisdom teeth extracted earlier in the day and she had to excuse herself before the music program which was put together by Michael Hart.  Michael and musician invitees Ray Ottoboni, Michael Pan and Lou & Anthony, as well as the sounds of people mingling and Luke interjecting a flaccid welcome to those in attendance, may all be heard on The Show and Tell Gallery Podcast.

(This podcast is currently unavailable.)

Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #22

Myrrh Larsen, Becca Yenser and Arsalan Darbandi

Myrrh Larsen, Becca Yenser and Arsalan Darbandi

The Three Friends Coffee House series and oasis sprung forth a Caffeine Monday event of majestic sound and vision and words on November 24, forever contained within the boundaries of kiss, with dignity, and characterized by the finely attired and attuned.  Consider the texture, tension, gloom, womanly thighs and heckling from a fearless foursome podcast for your edification.  You will notice, as the crackly mix of thumb and thunder swells from Myrrh Larsen‘s vintage amp and foot thingy, a persistent and often rhythmic scraping in the mid-range.  Indeed it is Arsalan Darbandi of his digestion of gods continueth with utensil in hand and intensity grating his vision onto some hard, flat and portable portal to the infinite.

Then, a reading, giving way to a testament to the bone-drought of love and life, casual in its haunted waffle embers of observation, delivered in delicate, brutal detail by Becca Yenser.  After a right turn at the anthropology stacks and rocketing straight from downtown Portland, Oregon flies Patrick Bocarde (who after all is not the invited but simply absent Chris Haberman) in his destroyer-of-worlds machine, and the mood of the monster poet is typically playful, declaiming, tending to shock and awe-shucking.  Arsalan continues to claw out jewels from bare boards while Becca’s waffle iron cools on the tiled counter of our abeyance, and for the finale more Myrrh, who has offered to appear even while buried in the task of producing an album with his band, and who conjures a post-rock toastie that must have belonged to a host of angelic lieder.  We drank our coffee and had community courtesy of the nearly-famous Melissa Sillitoe‘s Show and Tell Gallery Productions.

And ya know… you’ll find the podcast on the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series page at brokenhours.net.

Also, now you can access the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series podcast via iTunes using this link:

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The Show and Tell Gallery Podcast #6

A warm, drier evening had replaced the cold drizzle of the afternoon.  “These are my FRIENDS,” James Honzik exuded, among them Heather Browne whose black and white photography graced the walls of The Show and Tell Gallery, along with James’ portraiture.  Walt Curtis misbehaved his ever-charming self, while Heather and even Melissa Sillitoe each read a poem. Crow Canyon brought a whole bunch of people (as well as the PA – thanks!) and deliberated over surf-folk and electro lullabyes (there’s a setlist on their myspace blog).  It was Soft Tags’ Richard Shirk‘s birthday so they axed him to play shakers on “The Chase (Backwoods Banjo version).”  Dusty Santamaria sang, read poems, bled black tears, and backed up James’ broken blues and Walt’s bitten ballads.  A couple of songwriters-in-attendance enlisted towards the end – the very end, when they lock the doors and everything.  In the end, it was just another passion-fueled First Thursday opening.

(This podcast is currently unavailable.)

Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Art #19

Caffeinated Art happens every Monday from 7-8 p.m. at Three Friends Coffee House when three creative friends present a show, produced by Show and Tell Gallery Productions.

On Monday, November 3, Rick J and Garret Potter performed spoken word whilst Eric McEuen improvised on acoustic guitar.

The city had suffered rolling blackouts since rush hour and, in addition to snarled traffic throughout the Three Friends neighborhood, at showtime the coffee house was lit only by dozens of candles.  Listen closely during Eric McEuen’s music break after Garret Potter’s performance, as the crowd responds when the power comes on.  By acclamation the darkness was restored for the remainder of the event, a remarkable, transcendent performance.

Also, now you can access the Three Friends Mondays: Caffeinated Series podcast via iTunes using this link:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=295435461

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