WED 5/30: A Conversation on Affordable Art Space in Portland with Art Spark Miss Lopez Media

WEDNESDAY, MAY 30

Bake to End Hunger
Nosh on savory and sweet treats prepared by some of the city’s best local chefs while slurping down delectable libations at this benefit for Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. Samplings include bite-sized pies from Pacific Pie Co., cinnamon-doused churros, rhubarb eton mess, and much more. Take home a souvenir photo booth strip to commemorate the night. Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park, 5:30-8 pm, $45

Art Spark: A Conversation on Affordable Art Space in Portland
Can Portland’s vibrant art scene exist without affordable spaces? RACC’s quarterly celebratory event Art Spark will provide a forum on the city’s future plans, resources, and an update on the current state of affordability for art spaces. Subashini Ganesan (Portland’s Creative Laureate), Janessa Narciso (DUG), Kunu Bearchum (multimedia artist), and Carlos Chavez (Morpheus Youth) will lead the conversation. Produce Row Café, 204 SE Oak, 6-8 pm, FREE

Ink & Drink for On the Move
Every month, Ink & Drink pairs a rotating crew of talented artists with good causes/drinks. This month, purchase live sketches from Cate Andrews, Ursula Barton, Maria Rodriguez, and other folks. Half of all sales from the works will benefit On the Move, an engaging, community-building nonprofit supporting adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Dig a Pony, 736 SE Grand, 7-10 pm, FREE


THURSDAY, MAY 31

Our Story. Our Voice. Our Culture.
Health professionals and inquisitive Portlanders are invited to learn directly from Bhutanese, Micronesian, and African Oregonians who will be sharing stories of birth and family. The event is presented by We Are Home, a collaborative project set on expanding culturally responsive health services for immigrant and refugee families. Food and time to peruse exhibits will follow the storytelling. Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park, 5:30-8:30 pm, FREE

How Do Our Values Influence Environmental Policy?
Monica Mueller, instructor of philosophy at Portland State University, contends that our personal values influence and inform environmental policy on a local, national, and global level, even if those values aren’t always reflected. Join Mueller and the Oregon Humanities for a community conversation exploring how citizens can better instill change. Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, 4815 NE 7th, 6:30-8 pm, FREE

Workshop Anthology: A Benefit for Meadow and Submission Reading Series
Soak up the works of several local writers at this reading in support of Meadow, a creative space for writers and artists at the margins, and Submission Reading Series, which publishes works by unnamed authors through online submissions. Bring cash for books and art, all of which benefit either the artists or the organizations. Mother Foucault’s Bookshop, 523 SE Morrison, 7-10 pm, $5-10 suggested donation


FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Suing Trump: AG Rosenblum on Oregon’s National Role
Suing the Cheeto Administration is a never-ending, grueling job, but somebody’s got to do it. Oregon Attorney General AG Ellen Rosenblum is stepping up to (and beyond) the plate with 10 major lawsuits currently active against the administration, including the Muslim ban, DACA, and the Affordable Care Act. Get an update on her work and learn about other protections the Justice Department enforces for Oregonians. For $15 more, you can add lunch to your experience. Sentinel, 614 SW 11th, noon-1:15 pm, $15


SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Bold & Badass Fitness Grand Opening
Celebrate the launch of Bold & Badass Fitness—a new queer, body-positive, and feminist gym for those looking for a safe, nontraditional fitness center—by raising money for the Rock ’n’ Roll Camp for Girls. Try your luck at the raffle for a chance to win great prizes; all proceeds benefit the camp. As an added bonus, the gym is offering a discounted one-day-only sale on “founders memberships.” Bold & Badass Fitness, 1634 SE Brooklyn, 5-8 pm, $10 suggested donation

Family Preservation Project Welcome Wagon Fundraiser
When people who are incarcerated leave correctional facilities, they often only have one outfit to wear. The Welcome Wagon changes that experience for women leaving Coffee Creek Correctional Facility in Wilsonville by offering an additional outfit and hygiene supplies. The group will screen Mothering Inside and accept donations for the project. For those who can’t attend, donations can be made online at here. Cider Riot, 807 NE Couch, 6-9 pm, FREE

Sugar Town: Fruit Cocktail: PRIDE Month Kickoff Party
Do the twist at this all-vinyl dance party with sounds curated by DJ Larsupreme and DJ Action Slacks. This “flaming, furious queerious dance party” will kick off Pride month by raising money for Ori Gallery, a radical art space amplifying the voices of queer and trans artists of color. And be sure to “dress in your candy-color best.” Spare Room Restaurant & Lounge, 4830 NE 42nd, 8 pm-12:30 am, $10


SUNDAY, JUNE 3

Call to Resist Rally
Downtown Portland will once again see a series of rallies one year after the ugly June 4 clashes between alt-right group Patriot Prayer and counter protestors. The ACLU of Oregon analyzed and developed a report based on police activity during the incident and outlined patterns, including “bias and appearance of bias through selective enforcement based on political affiliation, excessive use of force, and use of arrests and detentions as crowd control.” The counter protests will be led by a lengthy list of groups including Rose City Antifa, Direct Action Alliance, and RASH NW. Terry D. Schrunk Plaza, 364 SW Madison, 4-7 pm, FREE