Several years ago I attended this incredible weekly event in NYC called Surf Reality where artists, writers, performers and experimental others (comedians, cab drivers, opera singers, activists, dancers, zookeepers, pizza tossers, etc.) would get together and share their work. There was no critiquing aspect to this sharing, just applause and gentle nudgings, which helped shape many of the artist/writers/others into the brave beings they are today.
Thanks to The Waypost and the illustrious artist/performer Stephanie Brachmann, a similar event is happening in Portland beginning next weekend.
Here are the details:
The Dreaming Dirt is a multidisciplinary forum for works in process.
This event is served open mic style beginning TONIGHT- August 7th at the Waypost (3120 N Williams Ave, Portland) from 7-10 pm.
A sign up sheet will be posted at 6 pm. Each participant will have 5 minutes to share their work. As this is an open-hearted event, we ask that you please bring pom poms or other cheering accoutrements.
This is an open space for creativity. You can perform anything, wild or mundane. You can read something you've written or something someone else has written. You can make a declaration about the state of the world. You can give a lecture on mud. You can sing an aria. You can play the spoons with your elbows. You can knit a tiny sweater. You can show up as the UPS driver delivering packages filled with dust. Come as your cousin. Come with your cousin. All human mammals and their various disciplines are welcome.