By Amy Wang
Originally published in The Oregonian/OregonLive
This year marks the 17th annual Time-Based Art Festival, hosted by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. TBA19, as it’s called, will showcase artists from across the globe who will present contemporary performance, music, visual art, film and more in events throughout the city Sept. 5-15.
Here are eight TBA19 events that caught our eye.
Po’Shines Cafe De La Soul, an ebullient eatery in North Portland’s Kenton neighborhood, will cater this year’s TBA opening party. Pictured here: Ribs, chicken and hush puppies. (Eder Campuzano/Staff)
TBA Block Party BBQ & Noche Libre Collective
In the past this welcome dinner has been invitation-only, but this year it’s open to the public. The Block Party BBQ will feature cuisine from Po’Shines Café De La Soul. After dinner, members of the Noche Libre Collective – DJ La Cosmica, DJ Lapuashi and DJ Mami Miami – will spin a free show that spans genres from cumbia to dancehall.
Dinner 7 p.m., music 10 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 5, PICA, 15 N.E. Hancock St.
A still from the film “Black Orpheus.” (Courtesy of Erik-Anders Ni/Advance Local file photo)
French director Marcel Camus’ 1959 film retold the Greek myth of doomed lovers Orpheus and Eurydice in a 20th-century Rio de Janeiro at Carnival time. The Academy Award-winning film became renowned for its bossa nova soundtrack; local musicians have composed a new score that will be performed live as the latest installment of Holocene’s “Fin de Cinema” live film score series.
10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, PICA, 15 N.E. Hancock St.
Brooklyn-based artist Ligia Lewis brings her critically acclaimed devised choreographic work, “Water Will (in Melody).” This work embodies “entanglements of nature, the feminine and Blackness” and features themes from the Brothers Grimm.
6:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 6-8, Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway.
PDXBall, a collective that’s a key player in Portland’s ballroom nightlife, will present “The Back to School Kiki Ball.” The kiki ballroom scene centers LGBTQ and black and indigenous participants and voyeurs in an environment of free expression. Anticipate decor and costume that matches the “back to school” theme while contestants compete in various categories.
10:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, PICA, 15 N.E. Hancock St.
Kara-Lis Coverdale, an experimental composer who works in acoustic and electronic media, has written not just a site-specific but an instrument-specific composition: “Diapason,” for the Dan Jaeckel pipe organ, hand-constructed with 17th-century designs, at the First Presbyterian Church. An experienced church organist, Coverdale will perform the solo acoustic piece herself.
6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 8, First Presbyterian Church, 1200 S.W. Alder St.
Eiko Otake. (David Michalek)
After the 2011 nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan, photographer William Johnston made thousands of images of artist Eiko Otake amid the devastation. The photos became a film, “A Body in Fukushima: Reflections on the Nuclear in Everyday Life,” which is part of a two-part presentation in Portland. Eiko Otake: A Body in Places” runs Sept. 5-Oct. 24 at the Pacific Northwest College of Art, with Otake performing a solo during the opening reception at 6 p.m. Sept. 5.
Film screening: 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 9, Whitsell Auditorium, Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.
Carla Rossi, the drag persona of Portland performance artist Anthony Hudson. (Nancy Mankin)
Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi
Later this season, Artists Repertory Theatre will present the world premiere of Hudson/Rossi’s new play, “Looking for Tiger Lily,” which relays their experience of growing up as a “queer mixed Native person” in an America where a blue-eyed blonde could portray an “Indian princess.” Get a sneak preview during TBA.
6:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 12-14, PICA, 15 N.E. Hancock St.
Time-Based Art Festival 2019
When: Sept. 5-15.
Where: Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, 15 N.E. Hancock St., and other venues.
Tickets: Festival passes start at $60; individual tickets range from free to $25; pica.org or 503-224-7422.