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"Today I Am..."
Mar
12
2:00 PM14:00

"Today I Am..."

This, dear friends, is the best of the immensely popular “Today I Am…” daily feed on Facebook, where classic artworks get mashed-up with bold new stories. An annual offering at Cerimon House, the six themed exhibits are displayed in a treasure hunt of the virtual art world – with creator & curator Bob Hicks as host & speaker.

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Tree Talk
Jan
14
7:00 PM19:00

Tree Talk

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.

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300,000 Clicks of a Camera
Nov
11
7:30 PM19:30

300,000 Clicks of a Camera

300,000 Clicks of a Camera:
How LAIKA Makes An Animated Film


What happens behind the scenes of a major stop-motion production? Mark Shapiro from LAIKA, the Oregon-based animation studio, took us through the process. Cerimon House (we’re mad for puppets!) was delighted to introduce you to Mark this Autumn.

Building entire worlds by hand, piece by piece, learn how LAIKA creates life in 24 frames per second, including their 3 Oscar-nominated feature films: Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls. Founded in 2005, the studio’s fourth feature Kubo and the Two Strings will premiere in theaters worldwide in Summer 2016.

We are so delighted to bring programming of national impact to the newly renovated Cerimon House. Thank you to Mark Shapiro, the many LAIKA fans, and all who joined us for this whimsical & wonderful event.

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The Macabre Charm of Charles Addams
Oct
25
2:30 PM14:30

The Macabre Charm of Charles Addams

Cerimon House was honored to present this darkly humorous primer on the life of the American cartoonist Charles Addams – in a lecture by the dapper Kevin Miserocchi, Executive Director of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation,sharing tales of Addams’ life and inspired artistic journey.

Whether you waited in anticipation for each week’s New Yorker to hit the stands, or loved the 1960’s television series, Addams helped us to wink-at the 20th-century madness. And in 2015, we hosted the West Coast Premiere art exhibit Charles Addams: Family and Friends, featuring 52 original pen & ink illustrations.

Two full-houses of Addams devotees joined us for this special event in both October and December 2015.

With thanks to our terrific community sponsors: Pomegranate, SET, Concordia Neighborhood Association, Concordia University, and KBOO Community Radio.

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Charles Addams: Family & Friends
Oct
19
to Dec 13

Charles Addams: Family & Friends

Cerimon House hosted the West Coast premiere of Charles Addams: Family & Friends – 52 original pieces of pen & ink cartooning by the master of the macabre, featuring images from The Addams Family as well as famed covers from the New Yorker magazine. We so enjoyed a spooktacular and dead-pan-funny Autumn with Mr. Addams.

This thrilling art exhibit arrived with the permission of the Tee and Charles Addams Foundation in New York, and was displayed in the newly renovated Cerimon House art gallery. New friends of all ages wandered the halls of our sanctuary for the Humanities, and naughty giggles ricocheted about.

October 29 through December 13, 2015

With thanks to our terrific community sponsors: Pomegranate, SET, Concordia Neighborhood Association, Concordia University, and KBOO Community Radio.

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Conversation Dinners
Sep
18
7:30 PM19:30

Conversation Dinners

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.
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Tree Planting
Mar
15
12:30 PM12:30

Tree Planting

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.

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Motherhood
May
12
1:00 PM13:00

Motherhood

Celebrating the Maternal in a Ceremony of Spring

At the heart of our mission is the acknowledgment of the “sacred feminine”, and so, we took special purpose this May to create a memorable celebration with text & music to honor of all mothers. (The motto: “Bring your Mom ~ in person, or in your heart.”)

A cast of great storytellers was assembled who spoke about, sang for, and remembered their meetings with remarkable women. The ensemble included: Gretchen Rumbaugh, Darcy White, Debbie Hunter, Dawn Lisell, Elizabeth Huffman, Avery Hill, Kevin Yell, Diana Boos, Blaine Palmer & Randall Stuart.

Our fourth birthday [May 2013] was a memorable one for us…gathering at the Little Church in the heart of the Alberta Arts District, to salute our moms and to sip “mom-osas”, followed by a tour of the Alberta Lodge across the street (the future home of Cerimon House, and a place to nurture us all.)

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Sunday Musings
Jan
6
1:30 PM13:30

Sunday Musings

Cultivating Your Creativity

Launched in January 2013, Sunday Musings is a community workshop facilitated by Sascha Blocker, Cerimon House Creative Council member and adjunct faculty for the Communication Department at Portland State University.

This interactive workshop focuses on nurturing creativity. Offered in six sessions, to people from all walks of life, Sascha brings the group through a guided process that is certain to inspire. Finding the artist within is a joyous enterprise, and the cultivation of your own creativity is given a safe space for that expression.

Sunday Mornings
from 10am to 12noon.

Dates TBD for 2016.
Portland, OR

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Lifelines II
Nov
16
7:30 PM19:30

Lifelines II

Letters from Famous People about their Favorite Poem

Conceived & directed by Gemma Whelan, this special event opens-up the conversation about World Hunger. The presentation featured a powerhouse cast of local readers – and we were thrilled to welcome Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen.

Lifelines is a collection of revered poetry, gathered by school students in 1985 who wrote to famous people, asking them what their favorite poem was – and why. The published collections which followed raised significant funds for famine victims in developing countries. poetry to feed the mind.

Presented at the Alberta Little Church in partnership with the Oregon Food Bank and Mercy Corps.

The Lifelines II ensemble included: Andrea Hollander Budy, Brooke Budy, Avery Hill, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Sharon McDonald, Vana O’Brien, & Ted Roisum.

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Rising Tide Beach Party
Aug
17
7:30 PM19:30

Rising Tide Beach Party

The Water Is Rising

We were honored to welcome Kathryn Blume, Climate Activist & Author (and co-creator of the international peace project Lysistrata Project) – and we thank her for the hearty humor about a seriously deep subject, even as we all search for tips on how we might save the world. 

This offering featured Kathryn’s inspiring personal talk about the issue of climate change, and how she became an Earth Activist. Nine local actors read Ms. Blume’s hilarious short story Coming To Town. Special guest artists (and local musical wonders) Duffy Bishop & Chris Carlson sang the breathtaking blues.

At Cerimon House, we believe that we are all the “traffic”…and the best way to get to our events is to walk, bus, bike, or carpool. Portland Trimet bus lines 8, 17 & 72 all lead to our crossroads. And at our new building, we will have ample bike parking, 90% energy-efficient heating & cooling systems, and other green technologies.

“Kathryn is a Citizen Artist who is wide awake and sees what the future holds. She also happens to be a national treasure – and we are proud to call her our colleague.” – Cerimon House

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The Wisdom of Wit
May
12
2:00 PM14:00

The Wisdom of Wit

Megan Cole presents a dramatized lecture of Margaret Edson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit.
 
Megan Cole created the role of Dr. Vivian Bearing in the original stage production [L.A. Drama Critics’ Circle Award and the DramaLogue Award]. Ms. Cole is a beloved classical repertory actor of stage and screen.

In this 60 minute rendition, Megan presents an artful study on the subject of medical empathy. A 30 minute symposium followed this presentation, featuring notable speakers on the matters of death & dying and compassion & choices. [May 2012]

More info at www.MeganCole.net

Performances took place at the Alberta Little Church in Portland, Ainsworth House in Oregon City, and the Theatre Dpt. at Pacific University in Hillsboro.

“Cole is transcendent in the role that she originated, a performance that combines her extraordinary presence with a painful emotional honesty.” – Seattle Weekly

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Lifelines I
Jun
17
7:30 PM19:30

Lifelines I

Letters From Famous People About Their Favorite Poem

This mellifluous performance was conceived and directed by local theatre artist Gemma Whelan– featuring nine wonderful local voices, and opening-up the conversation about world hunger. 

Lifelines is a truly remarkable collection of poetry which was created when a group of secondary school students in Ireland wrote to famous people, asking them what their favorite poem was (and why) – and then published the collection to raise funds for famine victims in developing countries.

The Cerimon House Lifelines I ensemble included:
Ted Roisum, Mary McDonald-Lewis, Victor Mack, Gilberto Martin del Campo, Lynne Foster, Gemma Whelan, Sharon McDonald – with vocalist Colleen Raney & harpist Kerryann Foley.

Performed at Stonehenge Studios.

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The President Portraits
May
13
7:00 PM19:00

The President Portraits

A Story In Their Eyes:
The Power of Portraiture

A Cerimon House commission of Portland painter & graphic artist Jeremy Boldt, whom we met on the street selling his beautiful art. We engaged Jeremy to create 18 portraits to grace the stage of our benefit performance about gun safety: The S.O.S. Concert.

These provocative illustrations captured the essence of nine particular American presidents (and their unkindly foils) as brought to life in the songs from the award-winning Sondheim musical Assassins. In the wake of the Tucson tragedy of January 2011, this Cerimon House concert brought focus to practical safety issues in society.

We thank Jeremy for his trust in us, and for his terrific work. We are so glad we stopped on the street and asked about his art. The 18 portraits are digitally mastered, and can be obtained in a printed Collectors Set of 6×8″ stock cards for $20 [inc. shipping & handling]. Order yours at Cerimon House 

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