We welcome Zach Krahmer, a photojournalist embedded this February with rebels in Columbia, and display his collection of large-scale immersive portraits of guerrillas (made with a 19th-century photographic process.)
Cerimon House is honored to welcome longtime Oregon resident George Nakata for a special speaking engagement. Mr. Nakata will share his deeply personal story of being removed from his home in Portland at the age of 9 and incarcerated behind barb wires in American Concentration Camps during the hysteria of World War II.
As part of our month-long art installation "An Iris Stands Tall" by Annette Sabater, we welcome the chance to have deeper conversations on the subject of transgender individuals. Please join us for this special offering, a forum with first person sharing from transgender friends.
Cerimon House is proud to host Gut Instinct - Living and Eating in a Microbiome World. The weekend conference kicks off with a keynote address on Friday evening, October 14th, followed by two full days of panel discussions and workshops on October 15th and 16th. Attendees can pick and choose events on some or all of the days through pre-registration. Registration, sponsorship, and presenting information available here.
Cerimon House is proud to welcome Big House Kite's presentation: Within These Walls, an evening of performance and conversation about solitary confinement in Oregon and the American prison system. Speakers include state legislators, teachers, prison ministry, and concerned citizens.
On the 10 year anniversary of the death of James Chasse Jr., we will be screening the film Alien Boy: The Life and Death of James Chasse directed by Brian Lindstrom. The film will be followed by a 30 minute break before reconvening for a 75 minute community conversation featuring key citizens, witnesses, friends, and the producer of the film - all of whom were directly involved with or affected by Chasse's story. Free admission - Donations welcome.
Join us on July 25th as we team up with the Labyrinth Network Northwest to bring a contemplative walking labyrinth to Cerimon House. All are welcome to come and walk the labyrinth between 3:00pm - 7:00pm, in honor of The Day Out of Time.
What could be better than an evening of piecing together puzzles with friends whilst nibbling on delicious pie? Well, piecing puzzles and nibbling pies at Cerimon House, of course. Join us on Friday, June 17th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Suggested donation: $10 - includes a piece of pie. See you there!
Please join us on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30pm for a live performance by Lisa Lynne & Aryeh Frankfurter, playing celtic harps, sharing rare instruments, and telling wondrous stories. Cerimon House is delighted to host these magnificent performers, touring to Portland all the way from San Francisco. This is a night not to be missed.
People of all ages, from 6 to 106, are invited to gather at Cerimon House on Friday, April 22nd to celebrate Earth Day, participating in art and ceremonial activities designed to help us make a deep, personal connection with this place we call home and with the plants and animals who live here with us.
We welcome you to the opening reception for HOME: The Art of Betty Chilstrom. Join us on Saturday, March 19th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm at Cerimon House. This gorgeous exhibit is provided by the Chilstrom family and includes marvelous paintings by Betty Chilstrom, whose paintings were inspired by Portland's architectural legacy, capturing houses, buildings, cityscapes, and industrial scenes of Portland, Oregon.
Jim Gersbach is a tree specialist, the creator of the Linear Arboretum, and a delightful font of information about our closest neighbors: the trees that surround the globe, and help to make us fully involved Earthlings. Please join us to hear his informative lecture on trees and all that they know, and about the biodiversity of our neighborhood and the world.
The mission of the local nonprofit Friends of Trees is to bring people together to plant and care for city trees and green spaces in Pacific Northwest communities. Homeowners buy discounted trees to plant with their neighbors at weekend plantings, and trained crew leaders guide volunteers at weekend events to restore green spaces.
Since Friends of Trees was founded by Richard Seidman in 1989, they have planted nearly half a million trees and native plants in the greater Portland area, including the eight beloved Japanese Stewartias that ring our Cerimon House building.
Food For The Mind
Experience a pleasing evening, a nourishing & socially-engaged meal: with curated questions that are based on a theme. At the pre-dinner hour you are paired with new friends, a series of questions match the courses of the menu – and by dessert? real bonds are forged.
Recent Themes: Enchantment explored how the Cultural Arts thrive in local communities. Peace featured the classic play Lysistrata and a discussion of personal peace. Boxes investigated self-imposed limits and the breaking-down of boundaries. Harvest looked to what we can reap, and then sow, going forward.
Our colleague Tom Carter of Conversation Dinners PDX introduced us to the idea of these structured gatherings. We’ve loved co-hosting the events, and now gather seasonally for delicious & memorable discussions. Stay tuned for further announcements about these popular events.
The rapid rise, and even more rapid fall, of the city of Vanport.
An engrossing family drama about the African American experience in 1940’s Oregon, written by playwright Rich Rubin and directed by Damaris Webb, the play has won recognition – and been shared locally in new play festivals and various assemblies.
The play is a tribute to the people of Vanport, Oregon: for the work they did, for the lives they led, and for the legacy they have left us. With haunting similarities to the circumstances of Hurricane Katrina, Cottonwood in the Flood, is also a buoyant nod to the human story, for Vanport stood at the crosscurrents of natural and man-made disaster.
The ensemble featured: Anthony P. Armstrong, Jeb Berrier, Joseph Gibson, Wrick Jones, S. Renee Mitchell, Kristen Lang, Seth Rue, Josie Seid.
With our thanks to the enthusiastic audiences, and the witnesses & survivors of the Vanport flood who spent time with us at each performance.
Tree Planting: A Celebration of the Spring
In Spring 2014 we branched-out, and put down roots in our community: collaborating with the bloomin’-wonderful Friends of Trees to research and plant special trees on our sidewalk strips. It was as exciting as a shaking green leaf during a mighty wind.
Patrons & friends stopped-by in March for an Open House, as we dedicated the 8 trees to 8 of the key benefactors of our first years: Merilee Bales, Janice Callahan Martin, Megan Cole, Amy Resnick & Lynn Webb, Ronni Lacroute, Deb France, Dr. Andrew Noble & Dr. Tomm Pickles, and the Neighbors of Concordia.
“Tree Planting” was an original theatrical and ceremonial presentation, a poetic offering featuring the harbingers of Spring, as embodied by 9 local actors: Megan Cole, Gretchen Rumbaugh, Duffy Bishop, Damaris Webb, Elizabeth Huffman, Ithica Tell, Diane Kondrat, Dre Slaman & Cecily Overman.