Weekly Note from Bridge Advisor: Raymond Quinton

By Raymond Quinton|February 6, 2019News, Opinions, Top Stories|

February is a great time to explore arts, culture and history, and a time to flex your inner-activist. PCC has no shortage of opportunities to explore art, culture and politics. Check out the following:

African Film Festival
I’m on my tenth year. Some have been attending for 29 years. Every film helps build bridges and helps us all see our common culture and common humanity.

Work on a short-term, small or medium, social-good projects in your spare time…Social Purpose Works (SPW), part of Metropolitan Family Services, is looking for PCC staff, faculty, and retirees to help do more social good for local non-profits. They have volunteer and paid “small” social good, semi-fellowship projects you can do in spare time. Visit socialpurposeworks.org to sign up for the web learn more. Call Cheryl Edmonds at 503-688-1776, or email her at cheryle@socialpurpose.works.

Disability History Exhibit
The Disability History Exhibit is coming to your campus…I saw this at Rock Creek and think it’s outstanding. The 23 panel exhibit traces 3,000 years of society attitudes towards people with disabilites. Find it at….

-Rock Creek until February 8th
-Cascade MAHB west wakk frin February 15th to the 22nd
-Sylvania in the CC uper mall from February 23rd to March 1st
-South East, Mt. Tabor Hall from March 1st to the 8th.

Contact Maria Mendez, ADA Coordinator at 971-722-5851 or email her at maria.mendez7@pcc.edu.

Everybody Reads
PCC is one of the sponsors of this series of different programs. They spotlight books, films, workshops and, of course, reading activities. In February, the programs features Africa to America: Adjusting to a New Life, on February 4th (at the Capital Hill Library) and the 28th (Midland Library) from 6-7 pm. New Americans from Africa discuss the challenges of navigating a new life in America…Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will make a special appearance at the North Portland Library to discuss her book, We Should All Be Feminist. She will be there February 12th from 6:30 to 7:30. Don’t miss a chance to dialogue with her.

       

Reel Music Festival at the NW Film Center
I missed the documentary about Mr. Soul about that.

 

 

 

I used to have a mustache as big as my afro too.

 

 

 

 

But you can still catch some great music-focused documentaries…Next up are documentaries on Depeche Mode (Feb. 9th), Al Green (Feb 10th), political artist Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (Feb. 16th). See them at the Portland Art Museum’s Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland, OR 97205. Go to the NW Film website for more information or call 503-221-1156.

3rd Annual NW Black Comedy Festival: Blame Social Media with headliner Curtis Cook
Don’t forget to laugh! My friend Curtis Cook will be one of the headlines at the 3rd Annual NW Black Comedy Festival. The theme is Blame Social Media…I get it. It took my 20 minutes to find this event on social media and online. If you rely on your Facebook feed to know what’s going on…you won’t. Seek information. Books. Posters. Newspapers. Magazines. The Bridge. It’s old tech BUT it still works. See Curtis and a host of other great black comedians at Billy Webb Elks Lodge, 6 North Tillamock Street, Portland on February 15th.
Cost is $15 at the door, click here to find out more info.

Year of the Pig
When I lived in San Francisco I never missed the Chinese New Year celebration…This year, New Years day is February 5th. That’s after our press date, but check out the Lan Su Chinese Garden website for more details about February events in Portland. There is something magical about experiencing diverse cultural traditions with an open heart and mind.

Send your events and notes to raymond.quinton@pcc.edu.org or leave a message at 503-592-0383.

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