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FRIDAY

Live music with Bahttsi: “Slamfunkingroovingreengrass, Moozik that Swings and Snorts” Music samples are available here.

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free 

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Rahab Sisters are hosting their weekly meal: “We offer ‘radical hospitality’ to vulnerable and exploited women every Friday night … We serve a nutritious meal, personal hygiene products and a warm, safe and companionable environment with no questions asked!”

Volunteers are welcome, and are asked to arrive at 6:20 pm.

 Sts. Peter & Paul, 247 SE 82nd Ave * 7 pm – 10 pm * free

SATURDAY

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The Columbia Gorge Express starts this weekend, offering a direct route to both Rooster Rock and Multnomah Falls. The bus service operates Friday through Sunday and federal holidays (like Monday’s Memorial Day).

There are twelve departures a day from Gateway Transit Center, and at $5 per person round trip, it’s a great way to get out of the city. Purchase tickets and learn more here.

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“Story360: Knowing Who You Are”:

“Community members from many cultural backgrounds learn the skills of storytelling and practice with other learners to connect with their own heritage and the wisdom of our shared humanity. We learn stories from our families and communities or from books and online sources and weave them into our everyday lives. We are practicing our cultures, connected to one another and our ancestors. All ages and cultures welcome.”
Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – 2 pm * free 

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Academy Theater is showing “Born in China”, “Dumb and Dumber” and five other second run films. It’s schedule is here.
“”Born In China” follows the adventures of three animal families the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard. Featuring stunning imagery, the film navigates the vast terrain from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest on the wings of a red-crowned crane, showcasing remarkably intimate family moments captured on film for the first time ever.”
Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * 3:50 9:30 pm * adults $4, seniors and children $3
SUNDAY

Montavilla Farmers Market is on again Sunday. Due to the late spring, market manager Amanda Cross wrote that berries will be ready in a week or two. Lent’s Farmers Market opens June 4th!

For a full list of vendors, and new choices at the market, click here. EBT is accepted and the Double Up Food Bucks program (learn more here) will match up to $10 per customer per day for fruits and vegetables.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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“Vanport, the Musical” at the Midland Library (event):

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“They came from all over the country: men, women, children, families. They came mostly by train during WWII to serve their country, not only to survive but to obtain the American Dream. After the war many left returning to their hometown of Georgia, Texas, Oklahoma and beyond but some stayed making the city their home until the flood of 1948 washed it away. In this musical for the whole family, members will smell the opportunity, touch the dream, hear the music, taste the victory and see the canvas of Vanport.”

805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 2:45 pm * free

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Spring’s definitely springing, and there are tons of great events happening.

I’m also excited to roll out the next iteration of Village Portland soon. I’ve been mostly unable to write more significant stories while developing the new site, but after the upgrade I’ll be able to do more than my simple weekly event cheerleading.

It’s been hard to sit on the sidelines as so much unfolds, but know that my heart is with you and I hope my work can serve the forward movement of East Portland.

FRIDAY

Playing their first show @ The O’Neill Public House is Tara Velarde. (Their bio, though interesting reading, it doesn’t really say what kind of music they play,. Give the video a spin if you’re curious.) The show’s from 6 pm – 8 pm.

Afterwards, Counterfeit Cash, a Portland-based Johnny Cash tribute band preforms (9 pm – 1 am).

6000 NE Glisan * free

SATURDAY

RACC Workshop: Grant Writing is for Everyone: “This interactive workshop will offer you an opportunity to learn both how to set yourself up for success before you write the grant and how to write an effective proposal.” More information and registration here.

Milepost 5 cafe space, 8155 NE Oregon * noon – 4 pm * $30, MP5 residents get a 50% discount, no one turned away for lack of funds

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The 12th annual Mt. Tabor Art Walk is both Saturday & Sunday. Download the map here, and visit nearly 40 local artists.

10 am – 5 pm

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If you’re looking for gardening fun down in Lents, there is a planting party (event) at Malden Court Community Orchard from 9 am – noon, and at Leach Botanical Garden, there’s a free Children’s Nature Fair (event)  from 10 am – 2 pm that looks excellent:

“This year’s theme — “Traveling Seeds”— will include learning about seeds of all kinds including those that disperse by “traveling”. Also find interactive booths, arts/crafts, seed activities, nature walks, music, and 25 cent ice cream… “

SUNDAY

“Join Portland Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines for our Solidarity Open House! At this family-friendly gathering we will share some delicious food, honor our community, and discuss ways we can build together.”

Please RSVP to the organizers for any access or childcare needs.

EPNO, 1017 NE 117th Ave * noon – 2 pm

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Okay, this looks amazing: “FREE & fun community celebration honoring all people & pets who call this neighborhood home! Come rally around a shared love of animals, learn about helpful resources and connect with your neighbors through laughter and kindness. Parade walk starts at 3 pm: The Belmont Goats will lead the parade and any friendly pets (or teddy bears!) are encouraged to participate too! People of any ability, age, language, orientation, status, and whether dog-lover, cat-lover or allergic to both… you are enthusiastically welcomed. Get the details on all the activities, guidelines and opportunities at:
www.lentscommunitypetparade.com

Meet at: Boys and Girls Club, 9330 SE Harold St * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm * free 

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It’s a bit outside the realm of East Portland, but  is an event worth checking out. Car free streets are always a nice opportunity, and the music, yard sales, and other shenanigans Sunday Parkways attracts makes it a great experience. FB page.

SE Portland * 11 am – 4 pm * free

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FRIDAY

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Enjoy the fine art of karaoke at Chinese Village (520 SE 82nd Ave @ Stark) and Candlelight Restaurant and Lounge (7334 NE Glisan St).

9 pm-ish * free

SATURDAY

East Portland neighborhood cleanup events:  Hazelwood, Mill Park, Centennial Neighborhood Clean-up Event & Argay Terrace Neighborhood Association Clean-up.

Bring good, clean reusable items to drop off that others may take — and your bulky waste items. Follow the event link to see location and what items cannot be accepted.

To find your neighborhood association, enter your address here.

9 am – 1 pm 

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At Leach Botanical Garden: “Come visit the Stone Cabin at Leach Garden on National Public Garden Day! … Take the footbridge across the creek and peek into the cabin that was once used for a Grimm setting.” 

6704 SE 122nd Ave * 11 am – 2 pm * free, contributions are welcomed

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Citizen Advocacy 101 – We Can Make Change Happen (event“Want to improve life for yourself and your neighbors or have a concern about local, state or federal laws? Learn about strategies for change and more: -Information and misinformation -Examples of successful advocacy -Choosing your battles: What matters to you? Who makes the rules? -Getting heard: tools for change -“Tracking” civic/political issues.”

Woodstock Library, 6008 SE 49th Ave * 3 pm – 4:30 pm 

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SUNDAY

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Sunday is the second Sunday of the Montavilla Farmers Market. Lent’s Farmers Market opens June 4th!

For a full list of vendors, and new choices at the market, click here. EBT is accepted and the Double Up Food Bucks program (learn more here) will match up to $10 per customer per day for fruits and vegetables.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm

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Intercambio / Language Exchange at Midland Library:

“Practique inglés o español y ayude a los demás que están aprendiendo en un ambiente amable. Los participantes hablan la mitad del tiempo en inglés y la otra en español. Están bienvenidos los principiantes.”

And now in English: “Practice English or Spanish and help other learners in a friendly atmosphere. Participants speak half the time in English and half in Spanish. Beginners welcome.”

Midland Libary, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 3 pm – 4:30 pm * free

There’s also an event with a Vietnamese author and political prisoner (presented in Vietnamese), Chinese Storytime, and Black Storytime on the Midland Library event calendar.

 

 

 

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I hope you enjoyed the tiny taste of summer we got this week, it was a good reminder to plan for summer events. The City of Portland has a new online block party application form (here) and is waiving its fees for events held east of 82nd Avenue.

FRIDAY

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The First Friday art show opening at Milepost 5 Gallery is from Jojo Lumiere. The exhibit will be hanging all month, and the gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm, and Saturdays from 10 am – 3 pm.

“Hearts & Quarks” is a mixed media, multi-disciplinary art show that explores the intrigue of particle physics, heartbreak & shadow. Jojo uses vibrant color in her sculptural paintings, light, & darkness in her digital work and explores color/form in her t-shirt collection.” 

Milepost 5 Gallery, 850 NE 81st * 6:30 pm – 10 pm * free

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Live music with Edge of Ether: “Rock and roll party with all your favorite songs to dance and have fun with!!!”

Montavilla Station, 417 SE 80th * 9 pm – 1 am * free 

SATURDAY

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“Montavilla Neighborhood Association will host its annual cleanup event where neighbors can get rid of junk at an affordable fee while supporting neighborhood activities and events throughout the neighborhood. We accept anything that is not curbside recyclable or otherwise possibly hazardous (anything that may have asbestos or other chemical compounds).”

If you have any questions about what’s okay to bring, see the FB event page.

Fees: Carload – $15, Truck Load – $25, Large Truck or Trailer – $40

Montavilla Baptist Church, 9204 SE Hawthorne * 9 am – 3 pm 

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Imani Milele Children’s Choir: A voice for Ugandan orphaned and vulnerable children is performing at Midland Library.

“Imani Milele is a Swahili phrase meaning “Always Believe”. This is the message we give to our children, encouraging them to never give up. … The choir has been treating audiences to fun-filled, interactive and inspirational concerts since 2013. Expect to experience “True Africa”, which is showcased through culturally unique music, dance and well-crafted drum routines.”

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * noon – 12:45 pm * free

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Portland Metro Arts’ Once Upon a Time Family Theatre presents: “Chicken Little” “There’s always a slight twist to the traditional story that keeps these productions fresh. Though simply produced, these delightful and engaging productions will soon have everyone fully absorbed in the interaction of live theatre.” For more information and tickets, click here.

9003 SE Stark St * 11:30 am * adults $2, youth $1

SUNDAY

Sunday is the opening day of the Montavilla Farmers Market. For a full list of vendors, and new choices at the market, click here. EBT is accepted and the Double Up Food Bucks program (learn more here) will match up to $10 per customer per day for fruits and vegetables.

Montavilla Farmers Market, 7700 block of SE Stark St * 10 am – 2 pm


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Lentil Bowl, a Green Lents fund raiser:  “… bring the family to this event and get to know your neighbors.  It’s also a fundraiser and promotional activity for Greet Lents. One fee includes two hours of unlimited bowling and shoe rental. Proceeds from the event go towards sustaining Green Lents so that we can continue the services we offer to the neighborhood through our four core programs: the the Tool Library, Malden Court Community Orchard, pollinator habitats, and community listening projects.” Register here.

KingPins Family Entertainment Center, 3550 SE 92nd Avenue * 12 pm – 2 pm * $12 per person

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Taborspace, a project of, has gatherings throughout the week. See the schedule here. On Sunday, for example, the eleven events scheduled include: meditation, yoga, singing, and recovery programs for many different addictive behaviors.

Taborspace is an amazing example of a church that has pivoted and expanded its ministry to serve its community.

Taborspace, 5441 SE Belmont 

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FRIDAY

The Pepper Grinders @ O’Neill Pub: “Using the cream of the crop of amazing Portland players, the band is dedicated to the sound of the jump blues bands and the screaming sax greats from the late 40’s and early 50’s. The set list will include covers by the likes of Big Jay McNeely, Earl Bostic, Willis Jackson and more.”

Is there more live music I’m missing in East Portland? Sadly, Duff’s Garage closed, and Montavilla Station (video) only advertises its bands Friday and Saturday bands on their chalkboard, so I’m thinking there are other musical

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free

SATURDAY

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New Year in the Park – Celebrating Cambodian, Lao, Thai, and Burmese cultures, with cultural performances, food, traditional games, and more. The schedule is here.

Glenhaven Park, NE 82nd Avenue and Siskiyou Street * 9:30 am – 6 pm 

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A Neighborhood Emergency Teams training begins this weekend. “NETs are Portland residents trained by PBEM [Portland Bureau of Emergency Management] and Portland Fire & Rescue to provide emergency disaster assistance within their own neighborhoods.”

Saturday’s class is full, but there are slots open later in May. Neighbors must complete this form before registering here. Three classes and a hands-on final field evaluation are required for graduation.
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 You probably heard the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade was cancelled due to threats of violence, when Portland activists promised to keep some people with awful tactics from marching with the Multnomah Republican Party. Now it seems the clash is moving to Montavilla Park.
James Buchal, chairman of the Multnomah Republican Party, said in a WW article that they can’t vet everyone who marches with them, but actually they can and they should have.

Organizers of this FB event, complete with burning American flag photo, are promising to shut down the Patriot Prayer event, a Vancouver, Washington based group who planned the march after the cancellation to protest what they think are free speech restrictions.

If you like pro wrestling, this PP video is worth a watch. And then there’s also this other  counter event (FB event) that prioritizes food and dancing, and asks participants not to engage with the Bible Believers. Make your own choices, but it seem like an unproductive and possibly violent way to spend your day.

Even though the parade is cancelled, Montavilla Co-op is still having a volunteer appreciation gathering (FB event) with Mexican food from Mixteca Pdx, bubbles, candy, their parade banner. I’m really excited to know when the co-op’s opening.

8104 SE Morrison St * 11 am – 3 pm

SUNDAY

“Get to know Zenger Farm and learn all about our Summer Camps! The whole farm will be open for exploration and we’ll have some of our favorite camp activities set up so you can see what camp is really like! Our Camp Counselors will be on hand to answer all your burning questions and to help you sign up on the spot, if you’re ready. Free food will be provided!”

The event is free, but they request that you register (here).

Zenger Farm, 11741 SE Foster Road * 1 pm – 4 pm * free 

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“Join Representative Hernandez and Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson on Sunday, April 30th (FB event) to hear about the work they are doing in Salem and here locally around housing, education, transportation, pedestrian safety and more.”  RSVP here.

Midland Branch Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave * 2 pm – 3:30 pm 

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“Join board members of the Montavilla Neighborhood Association and fellow neighbors for a tea or coffee on us! Come discuss neighborhood activites, issues and events! Event open to all residents of the Montavilla Neighborhood!”

Townshend’s Tea Company, 7940 SE Stark St * 6 pm – 8 pm 

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Community Bonding with Food: “Chance for communities to unite using food as a means of sharing love and respect.”

This is the Hispanic church whose service was interrupted by the Bible Believers in January, the group that set off all this mess with the parade. (FB event)

St. Peter Catholic Church PDX, 8623 SE Woodstock Blvd * 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

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I’d love to promote your organization’s event as much as I promote Milepost 5 events (I’m on the board). Psychedelic Psynema, is a free monthly film event. Be on time for the introduction by host Chris Peregrine. It’s always the best part.

“Always FREE. Come watch two bizarre rock operas. You get extra points if you can explain Tommy to me.

Darktown Strutters (1975) it’s a funk opera, it’s a blaxploitation film, it’s a biker movie, it’s a feminist treatise, the costumes rock, and the violence is all slapstick. What more could you ask for? Quite possibly the perfect film.” 8 pm, The Who’s “Tommy”.

MP5 Theater, 8155 NE Oregon * 6 pm * free 

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FRIDAY

Conterfeit Cash, Portland’s Johnny Cash Cover band is back at the pub.

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm * free

SATURDAY

Midway Business Association Earth Day (event): “Join us for Earth Day in Midway! We’ll meet at 10 am near Powell Butte Visitor’s Center to help beautify the Butte and then explore on several guided tours. The first 25 people receive a FREE garden + seed gift package.”

Powell Butte Visitors Center, 16160 SE Powell Blvd. * 10 am

Rummage sale benefiting Portland Arthur Academy a charter school since 2002:

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Portland Arbor Day: ” … this event will feature multi-cultural performances, music and storytelling, to celebrate the many communities of Portland and our many wordly connections to trees. … “Explore natural objects from burls to bee hives, participate in an ecological scavenger hunt, print botanical cards, learn about the history of Portland’s Urban Forest and connect with our many community and environmental partners. Additionally, we will be giving away tree seedlings, offering bucket truck rides into the tree canopy and demonstrating the art and science of tree climbing!”

Mt Scott Park, SE 72nd Ave and Harold * 10 am – 3 pm * free

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The David Douglas Education Foundation is celebrating its 25th Anniversary benefiting  the CTE (Career Technology Education) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) programs. Deadline for registration, is passed but you can still make a donation (here).

Airport Sheraton, 8235 NE Airport Way  

SUNDAY

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There are plenty of spots left for this six-week course at Midland Library (event), “Seed to Supper: Beginning Gardening on a Small Budget”, sponsored by Oregon Food Bank: “Growing and harvesting your own food can be both an economically and emotionally rewarding experience, a visual and savory demonstration of your own labors.” 

805 SE 122nd Ave * 10:30 am – noon * free 

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Earth Day at Gateway Green (event): “Help us pull out invasive ivy and remove litter in our first phase of habitat restoration at Gateway Green, a new community park being developed in east Portland.”

NE 99th Ave & NE Pacific St * 8 am – noon 

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Showing at Academy Theater are six second-run movies and Terry Gilliam’s 1985 film Brazil: “a surrealist nightmare of a low-level bureaucrat in a dismal world of the near future.”

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * 3:50 9:30 pm * adults $4, seniors and children $3

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FRIDAY

Live music with Bahttsi.

O’Neill Public House, 6000 NE Glisan * 9:30 pm – 1 am * free 
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SATURDAY

 

Malden Court Community Orchard planting party: “They provide tools, materials, coffee and snacks; and ask that you bring water, closed-toed shoes, as well as friends, families and neighbors! No RSVP is required. Questions? Want to get involved in orchard leadership? Contact Michelle at orchard@greenlents.org.”

7677 SE 87th Avenue, south of SE Flavel Street, next to the Springwater Corridor Trail, park on Flavel Street * 9 am – noon 

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“PORTLAND MERCADO CELEBRATES 2 YEARS OF BRINGING PEOPLE TOGETHER! (Event) For the last two years Portland Mercado has transformed the block on 72nd and Foster into a vibrant place for over 50 small businesses, neighbors and cultural communities to gather and support each other. It’s time to celebrate that!” Food, drinks, face painting, live music, and community.

7238 SE Foster Rd * 12 pm – 7 pm * $5 suggested donation
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Live music with Edge of Eether at Montavilla Station. “An escape from reality. Three guys looking to make your night amazingly awesome. Rock out to the sounds of some of your favorite songs!”

417 SE 80th Ave * 8:30 pm * free 

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Mancala: An African Counting Game: “Learn about the origins of Mancala, the rules of the game, and strategies for winning. Players will then have the opportunity to compete. Best for kids ages 8 and up.” For more information, call 503-988-5123.

Midland Library, 805 S.E. 122nd Ave * 1 pm – 2 pm * free 

SUNDAY

The Foster-Powell Community Garden (site)  has their only fundraiser of the year this weekend:

“Happy Spring, Happy Weekend, Happy Easter, Pesach Sameach (Happy Passover)! … Sunday … is our annual plant sale and raffle, and the garden is open for the public to visit. The plants, gathered from neighbors, are at yard sale prices. There will be hidden eggs with candy and a painting project to add more flowers to the fence. We’ll have some refreshments, too.”

Saturday the garden is accepting donations of extra plant starts and divisions (no large shrubs or trees, please).

Foster-Powell Community Garden, 62nd Ave & Powell Ave * 9 am – 3 pm

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Along with several other second run movies, Academy Theater is showing 1999’s “The Matrix”.

“A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.”

Academy Theater, 7818 SE Stark * 4:10 pm, 9:25 pm * adults $4, seniors and children $3