Progressive in Portland, December Events.

Warming December Events:

Friday, December 7, 2012: 15th annual Portland Clowns Without Borders Benefit Show!

Clowns Without Borders Benefit Dec 7

Hilarious comedy-circus variety show. Clowns Without Borders strives to relieve trauma through laughter in areas of crisis around the world. 7:30 pm, Da Vinci Middle School Theater, 2508 NE Everett, Portland 97232

Tuesday, December 11, Friends of Family Farmers

At their next InFarmation & Beer, Friends of Family Farmers is presenting a screening of the latest rough-cut of Gaining Ground, a documentary film about food justice by Elaine Velazquez and KBOO talk show host, Barbara Bernstein. 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Holocene, 1001 SE Morrison.

The feature length documentary shows how growing healthy food can be a catalyst for igniting hope and empowerment in rural and urban communities. Here’s a clip: 28554508

Saturday December 8, OCCUPY Portland Holiday Free Store! 1-5 pm.

Contribute and/or attend the Occupy Holiday Free Store at St. Francis Church, 1131 SE Oak just north of Stark Street (in the basement room). Bring/get anything that would make a nice holiday gift – tins of cookies, fruit cakes, knitted mittens, crocheted throws, books, DVDs, CDs, flower vases, games, puzzles, toys, stuffed animals, earrings, necklaces, frisbees.
Write a personal gift certificate for: skills, hours of work, consultation, empathy, concert tickets, whatever you want to offer for a gift. Email for more information or if you want to volunteer or have things to donate. Thanks!

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John McCutcheon, live on KBOO 11/11/11

John McCutcheon will be playing live on my show on KBOO this Friday, 11/11/11.

Laurie Sonnenfeld hosts John McCutcheon live on KBOO
Mike Seeger, Pete Seeger, John McCutcheon

John writes a lot of activist songs, leaning fully to the left, though he has also been a prolific singer and songwriter of kids songs and spiritually tinged songs of the seasons.  “Christmas in the Trenches” (from his 1984 album Winter Solstice) tells the story of the Christmas truce of 1914.  Hail to the Chief is made up entirely of malapropisms from George W. Bush. I especially love his rhythmic and inspiring “Step by Step” (the longest march, can be won).

John appears live on the 11th at the Alberta Rose Theater.

Movin’ On runs from noon to 1:30 every Friday and features live and recorded folk, political, and women’s music on Portland’s only community radio station: KBOO, at 90.7 fm or streaming live at www.KBOO.FM

Laurie Sonnenfeld hosts most first and third Fridays and Don Jacobson hosts on most 2nd and 4th Fridays.

Howard Wade, Trad Blues, Folk, Live on Portland’s KBOO

Lots of live in-studio folk music performances

Coming up in April on my KBOO Folk Music Show, Movin’ On

Fridays from noon to 1:30 pm.

Tune in to KBOO 90.7 fm or listen live on the web

Friday April 1st  — I welcome Howard Wade, a guitarist of nearly half a century, who shares his traditional fingerstyle blues, folk and ragtime. His influences include Rev. Gary Davis, Misssissippi John Hurt and Jorma Kaukonen. “The music we make tells the story of America. It’s not the story we were told in school. … It carries the hope, despair, love, hate, triumphs and tragedies of us all. It’s our job as musicians to honor the story and carry it forward.” –from

Howard Wade live on KBOO. Laurie Sonnenfeld hosts.
Live on KBOO Friday April 1

Howard performs Friday night April 1st at Artichoke Music’s Friday coffeehouse. For those of you who don’t know, Artichoke is a non-profit dedicated to acoustic music. They have a store, offer workshops and lessons and have a live performance space.  Every Friday they host a coffeehouse with 5 or 6 up and coming musicians.

Friday April 15 — OMG It’s Peggy Seeger, in person, herself. Interview live by Michael O’Rourke and my co-host Don Jacobson (filling in for me that day). Friday night she’ll perform at the Folk Music Society Third Friday concert at St. Phillip Neri on SE Division. Saturday a workshop opportunity with the Folk Music Society. More later on this.

Peggy Seeger on Portland's KBOO April 15
Peggy Seeger live on KBOO April 15

Friday April 29 — Nancy Curtin and Nancy Conescu bring a riveting program of live Irish music.