Alchemy and Magic at Common Ground on Oct 24-25th

My friend Gerri Ravyn Stanfield is doing a class on Alchemy and Magic on the weekend of Oct 24-25th. I’ve known Ravyn for years and have a lot of respect for Ravyn’s work. Ravyn is hard at work on co-authoring a book about Sex Magic as well, which I’ll be sure to say something about when it’s out. She’s also another one of the magic-working acupuncturists I know, and you can check that out at Forest Spring Acupuncture.

Alchemy and Magic
“Turn and face the strange.” – David Bowie

Change is the only constant. We are asked to integrate the new and release the outdated with every breath. Alchemy is the art of transformation and the study of movement from one state of being to another. We can access maps from other times and be guided by healers, artists, magicians and seekers who have walked this path before us.

What do you want more than anything? What do you want to be free of? Does your life support your deepest longings?

In this experiential workshop we will use our minds, hearts, voices and bodies to remember why we are here and begin to embrace the changes for which our lives have been asking. We explore ancient alchemical scripts and delve into our own inner alchemy—revealing the golden truth of the divine self in the laboratory of our souls.

Ravyn Stanfield is a healer, teacher, activist and writer who coaxes the extraordinary into the world through the cracks of Western civilization. She practices acupuncture in Portland, Oregon. She is an aspiring alchemist dedicated to erotic revolution and liberating the unique magic, music and Great Work within each of us. Ravyn is an initiate in the Reclaiming and Feri traditions. She teaches workshops internationally and in the Oregon prison system.

Dates: Sat October 24th and Sun October 25th, 2009 10-4p
Location: Common Ground Wellness Center, Portland, OR
Cost: $100-150 sliding scale (scholarship assistance available)
Class size is limited and a $50 deposit is required to reserve a space in the class
Contact: Ravyn at [email protected] for information and registration

This workshop is open to adults of all genders, orientations, cultural and spiritual backgrounds. Please be familiar with trance or guided meditation and be pagan-friendly or open minded about working in a container of sacred space with voice, movement and energy.

Aranya at Circadia on Oct 29th at 10pm

So, I don’t know a lot about this group, except that I got the website from someone in the group; and from listening to the tracks on their website. It’s not exactly metal, but it’s kinda hard-folk … oh, except for the track that just started to play now, yep, that’s the cookie monster metal voice, yep; and they’re kinda workin’ on ritualizing their performances. The vocals on a few tracks remind me of Amy Denio, which is surprisingly cool; and I find myself thinking about the Lithuanian hard-folk group Kulgrinda. Anyhow check out Aranya [also] on Thursday, Oct 29th at the Circadia Arts Center with Black Budget and another group not yet announced. It’ll be at 10pm.

Conflux: NW Dark Arts Festival at Tabor Theater on Sep 25 & 26 at 8pm

So, there’s this thing going on. Abney Park, the steampunk group will be there, along with a bunch of other names, including Soriah, Bogville Creature Features, and more. It’s two days filled with live music, ritual theatre, gothic fusion bellydance, butoh, art show, fashion show, dance party goodness. Er, or, filled with dark darkness and so on.

Conflux 2009

Zony Mash Plus Horns at Mississippi on Sep 26th at 9pm

Zony Mash used to host their website with one of the ISPs I worked at. Yeah, trivia! But, more importantly, I’m clearly connected to greatness, don’t y’know?

Zony Mash will be playing with a horn section at Mississippi Studios on Sat, Sep 26th at 9pm.

You only really need to know two things about this show, and both are sufficient in and of themselves: Wayne Horvitz & Skerik. There’s other people involved too, and they’re all great, of course; I don’t mean to say otherwise.

But, Zony Mash is special. That’s what I’m saying. And, this show is even more special than that because of the addition of horns.

They’re also playing in Seattle on wednesday and in Olympia on friday. Everyone should go!

Here’s some pictures of Zony Mash Plus Horns playing in Amsterdam back in May: Wayne Horvitz Zony Mash & Horns – zondag 31 mei 2009, Bimhuis, Amsterdam. I like this one, especially.

Evolutionary Jass Band at Hollywood Farmers’ Market on Sep 5th from 9am til 12:30pm

Evolutionary Jass Band [also,et,et,et] will be playing at Hollywood Farmers’ Market tomorrow morning, Sat, Sep 5th for 3 hours. They’ll be there from 9am til 12:30pm.

I hear that one of the long-time band members will be heading off to the wrong coast, so you should head out and enjoy this hurrah from a great local group.

Bogville ~ A Vignette Agglomeration at The Church on Aug 20th at 9pm

The people of bogville are up to something again on Aug 20th.

bogville a vignette agglomeration


Vignette Agglomeration

At The Church
4635 NE 9th & Going

Bring You
Reflections ov Mystic Empiricism & Dark Secrets Cast Aside Long Ago…

NagaSita, Azphodel, Mirror Milk, Cult of Zir, Nequaquam Vacuum, Ogo Eion with Eyerish Heather Collins, Orryelle Definistrate Bascule, Static Opera, Rev. Wounding Visions

Escape the woes of the workaday world and soak in the spartan swampland elegance of America’s newest destination for the courageous and curious: BOGVILLE

Portland Cello Project at Washington Park on Aug 14th at 7pm

Portland Cello Project is going to be doing a free, all ages show on Friday at the Washington Park Amphitheatre:

Aug 14th, 7pm at the Washington Park Amphitheater, collaborating with special guests, Run On Sentence, Brian Perez, John Brophy, and we’ll even play one piece with our co-headliners the Oregon Ballet Theater. FREE, ALL AGES.

WE ARE THE WORLD – PCP Dance Party – Portland, OR – 8.8.09

There’s a couple more free shows coming up. If you go to all three free shows, and get scribbles from cellists, Doug Jenkins says there’s a CD-R of unreleased music in it for you:

Aug 19th, 6:30-8pm Sandy, Oregon – Meinig Park, collaborating with special guests Laura Gibson and Justin Power. FREE, ALL AGES

Aug 23rd, 6pm-6:45 Lake Oswego, Oregon – Millennium Park Plaza – collaborating with special guests Loch Lomond. FREE, ALL AGES

All three shows will be different, with different special guests, so if you want to come to all three, I’m making a punch card, which you can have one of the cellists sign at each show. If you fill up your whole punch card, I will personally give you a CD-R with some
unreleased Cello Project songs on them… I’m not sure which songs yet… but at least one of the songs will be from the EXTREME DANCE PARTY last Saturday.

Here’s a link to the super official Portland Cello Project Punchcard for you to printout:

Brian Perez and Portland Cello Project

Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama at Wonder Ballroom on Aug 14th at 9pm

Speaking of Circus Contraption, Armitage Shanks is going to be in town in a show at the Wonder Ballroom on Fri, Aug 14th. Hey, and it sounds like this is another all-ages show at Wonder Ballroom, so this would be awesome for a family night out! Er, well, you know … if you’re that kind of family …

squirm burpee 1

squirm burpee 2



It’s the cure for commonality, the medicine for the mundane and a calamitous catastrophe! For one night only, the Wonder Ballroom is at the mercy of The Handsome Little Devils, with Fishtank Ensemble and host: Armitage Shanks, the Carny Preacher!

The night will be a melange of mayhem kicking of with the “Freaks and Femmes Burlesque Review,” the cross-pollinated gypsy music of Fishtank Ensemble, and acts of mirth and peril by the Handsome Little Devils. Besides gorgeous dames and hot music, expect to see swing dancing, juggling, slapstick and chainsaws when the Handsome Little Devils present Squirm Burpee: A Vaudevillian Melodrama.

Squirm Burpee is a high-energy comedy featuring Vaudeville acts and circus arts, all wrapped up in a classic Melodrama plot. Mike the Handsome, Dashing Dave, The Lovely Little Lolo and the evil Baron Vegan von Hamburger will bewilder and bemuse!

Denver producer Al Kraizer (Al Kraizer and Associates) calls Squirm Burpee “a dazzling array of physical circus skills, killer dance moves, whip smart spontaneity and outrageous comedy!” Another audience member said, “Even 6 months later, my kids are cracking each other up with quotes from your show.”

To learn more about the Handsome Little Devils, visit the website:

Armitage Shanks, Carny Preacher:

The Fishtank Ensemble:

Showtime 9 p.m., doors open at 8!
$13 presale/$15 at the door.

Lucky Tiger Whiskey Release Party at Beaker & Flask on Aug 16th at 5pm

You might find this interesting, if you are at all into Whiskey and are in the Portland area. There’s going to be a Whiskey Release Party at Beaker & Flask on Aug 16th from 5pm – 8pm hosted by the Lucky Tiger Whiskey Group:

On Sunday August 16th, Bourbon & Whiskey fans alike will gather at newly opened Beaker & Flask to celebrate the release of Lucky Tiger barrel # 95 –a truly unique single barrel bourbon selected by Portland whiskey fans.

In May of 2009 members of the Portland group Lucky Tiger traveled to Kentucky to select this second single barrel release.

We were honored by the opportunity to select from the coveted collection of bourbon at the Buffalo Trace Distillery under the watchful eye of legendary distiller Elmer T. Lee.

The whiskey traveled well and on Sunday August 16th we will toast barrel #95 and Elmer as he celebrates his 90th birthday!

$10 gets you entrance to the party, hors d’ouvres, and glasses of both Elmer T. Lee’s original Single Barrel and Lucky Tiger’s barrel #95.

Matt Mount (House Spirits), Kelley Swenson (Ten01) and Aaron Zieske (Ten01) will mix signature barrel #95 cocktails at the cash bar. Hors d’ouvres will be prepared by Chef Nate Tilden (Clyde Common). Drinks, food, and hospitality will be provided by Lucky Tiger members Lauren Souther (Clyde Common), Shane Feirstein (Park Kitchen), and Daniel Stern (Urban Farmer). Host Timothy Davey (Beaker & Flask) will provide an introduction and formal toast.

The event is open to the public. Simply RSVP to [email protected] to join the guest list.

This Lucky Tiger is a local Portland group:

Lucky Tiger is a group of Bartenders & Whiskey Fans from six Portland Bars & Restaurants including, Victory (SE), Clyde Common (SW), Beaker & Flask (SE), Urban Farmer (SW), Park Kitchen (NW) and Ten 01 (NW). Formed in October of 08’ this is our second collaborative single barrel selection–a practice we plan to continue. This unique selection of Elmer T. Lee bourbon is available at the six participating bars & restaurants and from Uptown Liquor (1 NW 23rd Place). Our moniker pays homage to 19th Century Bartenders who favored Lucky Tiger brand pomade. For more information on Lucky Tiger please contact [email protected]

Circus Contraption’s Fond Farewell in Seattle on Jul 18th at 7:30pm

For anyone in Seattle, it appears the great Circus Contraption is coming to a close, which is sad for everyone. Got in email an announcement about a final show and auction where they’re selling off stuff, not just stuff but crazy circus stuff.

Circus Contraption’s Fond Farewell & Surreal Auction Extravaganza

Saturday July 18, 2009
The Circus Factory
3400 Phinney Ave N
Seattle WA

On Saturday, July 18, Circus Contraption will raise our collective glasses one last time to toast our fans and friends for 11 years of mirth, madness, and mayhem.


This party will not only feature special guest artists Orkestar Zirkonium, Caela and R.B. of the Dangerous Flares, and God’s Favorite Beefcake, but also favorite vintage performances by Circus Contraption’s physical performers and a white-hot set by the incredible Circus Contraption Band.

We will also have a video/photo montage of CC throughout the years, including never-before-seen footage of some of our best moments and near misses, as well as a staged reading of our treasured “Banned in Lynnwood” letter from the mayor of that fair city and other strange surprises.

Live and Silent Auctions

As we have always been better at creating art than paying our bills, we are also reaching out to all of you to help us bury our debt in the smoldering embers of greasepaint and poodle fur.

Throughout the evening, there will be numerous fund-raising opportunities, including a live and silent auction of Circus Contraption costumes, props, and memorabilia, plus one-of-a-kind auction packages such as:

Bicycle Built for Five — Ernesto Cellini’s custom designed, built, and driven caveman vehicle, as featured in Grand American Traveling Dime Museum.

Scotch With Shmootzi — a private single-malt master class for 20-30 taught by the “Whisky Ambassador of the Year,” Highland Park’s own Martin Daraz, and scored by the live musical stylings of Shmootzi the Clod.

Also available will be photos with CC members; a “Kiss-a-Clown” Kissing Booth, and other unique ways to help ensure that Circus Contraptions exits the Big Top with a clean slate—and that you never forget this amazing night.

So Step Right Up and Drink It Down one final time with the Bracing Curative for the Afflictions of Our Times.

The Nitty-Gritty Details

Saturday, July 18th
21+ with ID
Full Bar
The Circus Factory at Theo Chocolate
3400 Phinney Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98103

Doors open at 7:30
$15 advance / $20 at door
Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets

Walking Home at Gallery Homeland on Jun 28th at 8:30pm

Walking Home wrote to say they will be playing a show with Blue Cranes and Gojogo at Gallery Homeland on Sun, Jun 28th. It’s not expensive and it’s all ages.

Blue Cranes, Gojogo, Walking Home at Gallery HomelandSami and I want to let you know that we’re finally playing a show with our dear friends Blue Cranes this Sunday evening. It’s actually a three band bill with us starting off the show, followed by a band called Gojogo from Oakland (Indian-influenced drums, bass and violin from what I hear…), and then Blue Cranes, breathing life and funk into original jazz-oriented tunes. I’m going to try not to gush too much, but the Cranes are one of the greatest groups of musicians I have encountered in my life, and you’re truly doing yourself a disservice if you have not yet exposed yourself to their joyful, intoxicating music. Just Anna’s oh-so-humble opinion! :-)
Here are the details, and a beautiful original poster painted by Jeremy Dubow!

Blue Cranes
Walking Home

Sunday June 28th, 2009
doors 8pm, show 8:30pm
Gallery Homeland
in the Ford Building
2505 SE 11th Ave.
$6-12 suggested

Prayer Bead workshop with Donald Engstrom in Portland on Jul 10-12

A three-day workshop with pagan prayer beads is in the works for July, over at Portland Reclaiming:

A Pagan Prayer Bead Workshop
With Donald L. Engstrom-Reese

Prayer Bead workshop

Come join us as we explore Pagan Prayer Beads. We will review a bit of prayer bead history, ancient and not so ancient. We will examine the construction and usage of Pagan Prayer Beads, looking at such questions as: What type of beads are good for prayer beads? What size, materials, and colors are appropriate to a prayer bead project? What different intentions can prayer beads hold? We will be looking specifically at Daily Practice Prayer Beads, Honoring Prayer Beads, Spell Prayer Beads, Community Prayer Beads and Networking Earth Temple Homes Prayer Beads.

There is room for 10 participants. We will reserve spots for the first 10 folks who register. We will then make a waiting list of those who registrations come after the first ten in the order that we receive them.

We will be sending you more information on what to specifically to bring to the workshop in a post-registration letter. In the meantime, please read the prayer bead materials at: Pagan Prayer Beads

May we all dare to dwell in beauty, balance and delight.

Where –

SE Portland, Oregon

When –

July 10 – 12
Friday evening: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM (including time for breaks, lunch and dinner)
Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 PM

Costs –

$75 – $150 sliding scale (plus materials)

To register contact Dawn at: 503.231.0210 or [email protected] (we will ask for a deposit of $25 to hold your space — as of today, workshop is approximately half filled)

Sami Kushnick at Waypost on Jun 19 at 7pm

Sami of Walking Home and Portland Cello Project is playing her first solo show on Friday at Waypost:

It’s Sami, just writing to let yall know that I’ll be playing my first solo show ever this Friday, June 19 at 7 pm at the Waypost. Also featured will be Skye and Sonja, the fiddlin, cello-in, singin duo.

The Waypost is at 3120 N Williams and is a lovely spot that’s got beer, wine, soups, sami-ches, and a bunch of other lovely goodies.

There’s also a reminder about some upcoming Walking Home shows:

Upcoming Walking Home Shows:

Wed, June 24 at the People’s Farmers’ Market (2 pm)

Sun, June 28 at Gallery Homeland with the Blue Cranes and Gojogo (8:30 pm)

The Endless Road at Bassonova on Jul 3, Jul 18 & Aug 1

Another multipart event, this time from Wanderlust Circus with a guest for each show: M4, 3 Leg Torso and finally Vagabond Opera! A combined ticket for all three shows is $40.

Endless Road
JULY 3rd
Wanderlust Presents:
Chapter One
Marching Band
and DJ Danger Russ

at The Bossanova Ballroom
Party In The Big Top!
Three Shows – Three Bands – Three DJs
One Hot Circus Summer
Chapter One joins itinerant ringmaster William Batty during his first engagement this side of the Pond, at the dilapidated Hippodrome Theater. Just as disaster looms largest, unexpected help arrives from The Lone Star State in the form of master menagerist Mister Creature. Will their newfound alliance have time to blossom before the ceiling comes crashing down?
Find out July 3rd in Chapter One of THE ENDLESS ROAD Trilogy!
Also starring:
Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein Kazum
Nanda Barnaby the Bear
and AWOL Dance Collective
and watch the rest of the tale unfold before Summer’s end:
Chapter 2: July 18th with
Chapter 3: August 1st with

Available for a limited time

or buy your tickets individually
$17 in advance
$22 at the door
Find details, photos, video, and more at
722 E. Burnside

By-Ear Harmony Singing Class starting Jun 22nd in Portland

I took this a while ago and enjoyed it quite a lot. Here it is again, and this time you might enjoy it:

Leela’s [see,also,et] Famous By-Ear Harmony Singing Class
Mondays for 6 weeks beginning June 22: 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Fee: Sliding Scale — $90-$150 for the 6-week session.
Info/Register: contact Leela at [email protected] or 573-823-5650.

About the Class: With a patient, light-hearted approach, Leela will help you discover the power of voices raised in harmony. Through large and small group singing, we will practice the fundamentals of two-, three-, and four-part harmony using by-ear techniques. This class is all about singing . . . singing together, finding your voice, experiencing the power of voices raised in song together, listening, laughing, and generally having lots of fun. We will learn to understand harmonies and how they work by SINGING many different kinds of songs, from contemporary folk to old country. All abilities and experience levels are welcome. Come explore the possibilities!

Here is what a few former members of Leela’s By-Ear Harmony Singing classes have said: “I loved Leela’s harmony singing class! No matter how tired I was at the end of the day, it lifted me to go sit with a small group of strangers and sing! The friendly informal atmosphere and Leela’s teaching style made it a comfortable experience for everyone. It was marvelous to learn a different song each week and to find at the end of a class, I could sing not only the melody but the high harmony and low harmony–by heart. To be able to stand at the end of the night and make music, interchanging the parts–inspiring! ”

“The class was fun and it brought me joy to sing with others. I found a greater range in my voice and began to exercise it in a way I never have. Leela is a fabulous teacher! Even for a beginner like me, I felt I could sing with others and hold my own and I also had room to make mistakes and sing off key.”

Musicka Mystica Maxima in New York on Sep 21 & 22, 2009

Holy crap. This is like … Woodstock or something. And, the two day pass is $27 … yeah, that’s like free … only a little more than a yuppie food coupon, fer crying out loud! Who’s child do I have to sell to get to New York in Sept for three days?!

Musicka Mystica Maxima [also,et,et] festival presented by Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. at Santos Party House, New York, NY.

21 and 22 September 2009

Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the Law.

Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. is proud to announce:

“Musicka Mystica Maxima” festival presented by Ordo Templi Orientis U.S.A. at Santos Party House, New York, NY

September 21 and 22 (Monday and Tuesday)

Two nights of musick made by practicing magicians or practicing musicians whose work celebrates the magical lifestyle, as well a public performance of ceremonial magic ritual.

Confirmed line up includes:

* GENESIS BREYER P-ORRIDGE with THEE MAJESTY (featuring Bryin Dall and Morrisson Edley)

* Larkin Grimm

* Nautical Almanac

* Spires that in the Sunset Rise

* Amber Asylum/Kris Force

* Monica Richards (of Faith & The Muse)

* arrington de dionyso/Old Time Relijun

* 4th Sign of the Apocalypse

and more to be announced!

Love is the law, love under will.

And, they’ve announced a couple more luminaries:

John Zorn and Bill Laswell added to Musicka Mystica Maxima!

Walking Home at Flying Cat on Jun 6th at 7pm

Anna and Sami will be playing at the Flying Cat Coffee House on Jun 6th at 7pm. It’s all-ages and donation.

Hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine! We’re writing to invite you to our show next Saturday, June 6. We’ll be playing at the Grand Opening of the Flying Cat Coffee House at 3041 SE Division St at 7 pm. The show is all ages, and there will be a suggested donation of $5-12. The Flying Cat is a lovely new space, and we hope to see you there!