PICA's Time-Based Art festival kicks off tonight with a procession based on choreographer Anna Halprin's 1968 Blank Placard Happening. Halprin was the wife of architect Lawrence Halprin, who designed several Portland fountain (including the Keller); her work reputedly influenced his, and the couple are a recurring theme in this year's festival.

To participate in tonight's festivities, wear white and/or bring a blank sign, and show up at the PNCA Commons (1241 NW Johnson) at 8:30 pm. A ghostly procession will make its way to Leftbank (240 N Broadway) for the opening of TBA's visual art program at 9 pm, followed by a FREE late-night party with performances from Deelay Ceelay and the PDX Flash Choir. I will be there. Wearing, um, pink. Sorry, I forgot.

We'll be providing full blog coverage of the 11 days of the festival on our shiny new TBA blog, at Patrick's got a good post up already about the Works and visual arts setups at Leftbank, including some photos of the stage and a floorplan. We've also got complete festival listings here, while lengthier pieces about some of the artists can be found here.