benefitforumbrella.jpgWhat's happening tonight at Holocene? What is "Umbrella"? Is it the name of a special charity organization, or just the title given to this particular night of music?

Writer and video artist Cat Tyc has this to say:

"Umbrella" is a short film that I am making this summer. It's a script that I wrote about a woman who processes her unexpected pregnancy in a sort of surreal way. A man begins to follow her around, thwacking her on the head with an umbrella.

The benefit show was supposed to be addendum to grant money that never came, so this event is the base of starting funds for the film. I feel lucky that my friends agreed to play this show to help me out. We are also having a raffle with prizes from MacTarnahan's (2 cases of beer), 10 Plexifilm dvds, the entire Journal of Short Film catalog, and a basketball signed by all the Portland Trailblazers,
to name a few.

Wow, that all sounds pretty cool, and you should also know this:

• $2 of your admission goes to benefit both Planned Parenthood and the Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls
Sarah Winchester of A Weather will perform a solo set of forlorn, whispery folk
Tara Jane O’Neil will be doing more of eclectic experimentation that has made her a near-icon in the Portland music scene
Mattress will be performing his awkward electronic lounge-soul
Rush-N-Disco will be exhibiting their cabaret/performance art
Mike McGonigal, the man responsible for Yeti magazine and the Halleluwah music festival, will spin platters in between sets
• AND Sarah Dougher, Sad Horse, Janet Pants!

It should be a good, weird time, one that benefits not just a local artistic endeavor but TWO great causes.

Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison, doors open at 8 pm, $5-10 sliding scale