Several Portland theater companies are joining forces to forge a more equitable era in the performing arts.

The Portland Equity in the Arts Consortium, guided by the August Wilson Red Door Project, a pilot project, aims to diversify theater audiences in the city. It’s funded by the James and Marion Miller Foundation, and a group of grantees have considered how to make their art available, attractive and accessible to wider audiences.

Theaters participating include Portland Playhouse, Artists Repertory Theatre, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Play Write Inc., Hand2Mouth Theatre and Profile Theatre. Teams from each organization have attended several monthly training sessions and will continue through November. The PEAC participants are implementing operational changes, while also working on a blueprint for equitable arts and audience practices in Portland. Some say it’s about outreach, and integrating people of color into management, casting and audiences. For info:

100th birthday

Plan ahead, if you’re a William Stafford poetry fan. Lewis & Clark College and Literary Arts are putting on the William Stafford Centennial Celebration, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the Newmark Theatre. For info/tickets:

The late Stafford was Oregon’s renowned poet who published more than 70 volumes of work, including National Book Award winner “Traveling Through the Dark.” He served as Oregon’s poet laureate for 15 years and taught at Lewis & Clark for 30 years. For info:

His son, poet/essayist Kim Stafford, as well as Oregon Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen plan to attend.

Stafford was born Jan. 17, 1914, in Hutchinson, Kan., and died Aug. 28, 1993, in Lake Oswego.

Diverse night

Portland Soundcheck, which celebrates and showcases local musicians of different genres, returns to the Aladdin Theater, 8 p.m. Nov. 23.

“Portland Soundcheck brought people together in ways I’ve never seen before,” says founder Raymond De Silva, of the first event last year.

It was created to be an opportunity for Portland music enthusiasts to catch a fresh glimpse of the city’s rich culture, including musicians who have enjoyed success locally and on TV shows such as “The Voice” and “American Idol” and on MTV.

The 2013 lineup includes Samsel and the Skirt, Joseph, Beautiful Eulogy, Sarah Billings, Sanjaya Malaker, Haley Johnsen, JPoetic, Brant Colella and Pending Black. It promises to be a veritable tour of Portland’s music scene on one night at one venue.

Tickets are $15, $16 day of show (

“Mortified” the movie

You’ve seen “Mortified” on stage in Portland for years — people opening their hearts and spilling the beans by sharing their personal stories of woe.

Now “Mortified Nation” hits the big screen, and Portland residents appear in the film, which shows the rise of the show from its grass roots to its worldwide standing with people sharing their most embarrassing childhood stories through diaries, letters, poems and art.

Many of the Portland segments were filmed at the Mission Theater. Among the other cities in the film are Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

The Portland premiere of the movie is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1 at the Mission, 1624 N.W. Glisan St. It’s $12 advance admission, $15 at the door. For info: or The film will be available to buy or rent on Nov. 5 through on-demand services.

JFK anniversary

Around the nation, on Nov. 22 people will remember the tragic day 50 years ago — Nov. 22,

1963 — when an assassin took the life or President John F. Kennedy.

The Saturday Evening Post, which originally documented the assassination, will re-issue a commemorative reprint of the JFK In-Memoriam issue, and looks to examine what made the man one of our greatest presidents and how the day changed lives.

For information on the reprint, call 1-800-558-2376, or go to

In addition, essays based on past Post articles that reported Kennedy’s campaigns, presidency and character and full-length articles about Kennedy from 1953 to 1966 are placed on the Post website,

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