Answer Siren's call
The Siren Nation Festival has dedicated itself to showcasing arts and performances by women, and the 2019 festival features several nights of events, Nov. 7-17.
"I have a lot of help, but it's a big deal," said December Carson, co-founder and artistic director.
There are some new events, and some traditional things with music, comedy, art and workshops.
It all starts with "Radical Revolution," a juried group art show, at 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave. It's held there, in the main lobby, for the first time.
More than 40 Pacific Northwest visual artists' work will be displayed. The goal was to allow new artists to show their work alongside seasoned artists. "There's a mentorship aspect to the show," Carson said.
There'll be different events each day, with "hyper-awareness" of the MeToo movement and women's issues in the current political climate and as they pertain to transgender and nonbinary individuals.
The works will be on display through Nov. 23.
The annual "Hell Hath No Funny!" comedy showcase features host Kate Murphy, as well as transgender comedian Andy Iwancio and Katie Nguyen, Quinne Salameh and Susan Rice. It's curated by Ali Reingold, and takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the Alberta Street Pub, 1036 N.E. Alberta St.
"We're always striving to represent underrepresented comedians," Carson said, referring to women, transgender and nonbinary comedians.
Among the many musical acts performing is the Pacific Trio of Molly Evered, Chloe Serkissian and Eve Goldman (as well as percussionist Courtney Layacan). They'll play, along with Caspar, at 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at Laurelthirst Public House, 2958 N.E. Glisan St.
"They are very much a rising star in Portland," Carson said. "They performed a song at our Billie Holiday Tribute Night and we were impressed with them."
The "Phenomenal Women — Female Songwriters and the Women Who Inspire Them" show features LaRhonda Steele, Bre Gregg, Beth Wood and Ara Lee James, at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St.
Another recommended music show: Kuinka & Lemolo, at 9 p.m. Nov. 16 at Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave.
New this year is "Women in Classical Music," 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17 at The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., featuring classically trained musicians such as Savannah Gentry (organizer), Carolyn Quick, Rebecca Larkin, Robert Wakeley, Minsun Song and Evan C. Paul.
"(Gentry's) goal is a performance and education; she's going to talk about women in classical music and the influence women have had on the history of classical music," Carson said.
The Siren Nation Art and Craft Sale is always popular. It'll be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 17 at McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. There'll be 40 arts and craft vendors.
There are also workshops on the same day at the same location, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., in which representatives from Regional Arts & Culture Council and other groups share information for artists. Panels include "The Power of Podcasting," featuring all women podcasters, and "Business of Music" with people from AEG Presents, McMenamins and Sofar Sounds.
For complete info: www.sirennation.org.
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