Jul 28, 2015
This Friday (July 31), we celebrate all the dance and dace-able jams classics of the 90s, under the banner of Snap! 90s Dance Party, hosted by the venerable Ms Coco B. Along with the DJs and good times to be had, the Sneaker Cart will be outside Holocene for SNAP! It will be free entry for anyone who purchases a pair of shoes from the cart. So come down, get some new kicks and dance the night away to 90's classics!
A note from Miss Coco her self:
SNAP! 90s Dance Party turns 8 years old this year!
We wanna thank all of our past residents, guests, supporters and fans for letting us bring back the magic of the 90s. It's been a long road and we hope to continue for many more years to come. Currently we are located in Portland, Seattle, and Denver where we hold the title of "Longest running 90's Party in the NW".
Please join us for a celebration filled with memories, busting moves, and getting incredible!
Want some SNAP! nostalgia? Here is our first interview as a brand new Portland party: http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-8037-party_like_itrss_1992.html
And a mix by Doc Adam:
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Jul 21, 2015
photo credit: Robert Duncan Grey
Holocene is very happy to host the 1-year anniversary event for performance series PURE SURFACE on Wednesday, July 22! We checked in with curators Stacey Tran and Danielle Ross for a prance down memory lane. They've selected one of their favorite poems from the last year, and you can preview a video of a performance at CreativeMornings. Enjoy!
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A NOTE FROM THE CURATORS
it was summer played cello in the grass saw movement move me stapling pamphlets at the office thought about how we could make something else up we like videos we like movement we like poems how about a thing that could bring them together for everyone else to continue onward an invitation to mix colors play pretend opportunism take it for a ride a strange way to make friends and yes they did they said yes sometimes all you need to say is yes and show up and try
It started with a red ball of yarn and a PBR...
But it really started before. With the wish that you and you and you would meet. You would maybe shake hands, maybe embrace, maybe grab a drink, maybe a tea. You would sketch and grapple and listen and laugh and talk about your cat and your mom and recent concepts, your “I’ve been thinking abouts” and “what ifs.” There would be space and discussion and an agreement to tackle a new “we.”
Then there was a WE. The eyes, ears, observers would sit in the alley in the sun, wind, rain, cold and take it in, marinate in the magic. Cheers to taking it on, to jumping in and moving through.
(Thanks to all of the artists and witnesses for a year of Pure Surface!)
—DANIELLE ROSS & STACEY TRAN
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:: for the series PURE SURFACE :: presented at CREATIVE MORNINGS PDX 16 JANUARY 2015 ::
:: score composed by Jonathan Raissi :: featuring Keyon Gaskin and Lucy Yim ::
Julia Clare Tillinghast
from Ugly Skeleton
It’s eleven o’clock
Everyone has gone to sleep
I am in the living room closing my eyes
& trying to feel my friends
This one with a missing arm
That one with a bite taken out of her
They say change in the human family happens gradually
And virally, when
Your family mailman is a transman
When your great aunt married someone from another country
When we all go to college together and then
Two different parts of the city have a baby giving birth to
A better kind of neighborhood
If intimacy is beautiful
What is ugly
That aunt was a nurse in the Second World war and said
Even the cloud
Until it dissipated and could not be undone
To research this question
I went back and looked at
Those photographs from Abu Graib
Then I drew a whole stand of pinetrees in my notebook
Blistering across the paper
Then I remembered
There is a special hell for the speechless
Some of the ugliest things
Are the things you can’t see
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Jul 15, 2015
If you haven't been charmed by Portland's young siren Blossom yet, get down to Holocene this week for a chance to sway to her velvety sounds. This Portland babe (who has roots in Trinidad) is a refreshing dose of neo-soul in a folk+rock saturated landscape. Production on tracks like "Hello" flow with languid ease reminiscent of Erykah Badu and Sade. These are syrupy slow jams supported by her breezy, rich vocal style.
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Jul 8, 2015
On Sunday, July 12, we're stoked to present THE TAKEOVER - featuring awesome acts from the Pacific Northwest specializing in live ensemble funk, soul and hip-hop. It's headed by Champagne Duane, a Guyana-born rapper and former Florida native turned Portland transplant, sure to provide a refreshing, vibrant stage show, backed by 6-piece brass band, Free Thought Takeover. His latest album, A Toast, features a span of guests from locals like Saeeda Wright to Jonny Cool, and hip-hop heavyweight Talib Kweli.
Check his video for "I Got You" feat. Jonny Cool:
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AUTECHRE: SECOND SHOW ADDED!
Jul 1, 2015
After our show with Autechre sold out near instanteously, we've added a second date with these IDM legends on Weds., September 23rd! Tickets available now.
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Jun 24, 2015
Some inspo for you on this fine day, courtesy of Rutger Hauer:
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