Archive for April, 2009

hip mama mother’s day party

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Hip Mama’s annual Mother Day’s party is May 10th at the watershed in Portland.
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modern love

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

Well, I guess I was out of the loop / at Mt. Shasta when it happened, but my memoir writing student Margaret Gunther got her story in The New York Times. Belated congratulations!


Monday, April 27th, 2009

Katherina finds that it’s not easy being a Viking in a modern world.

wanderlust wonderland circus

Monday, April 27th, 2009

We were treated to the Wonderland Circus show last night–a mad tea party & Alice-themed extravaganza put on by the Wanderslust Circus. The show is totally worthwhile–Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum were especially delightful. We dug the Trashcan Joe Orchestra, too. Leapin’ Louie is always a joy, and Cherry is pure-hearted & wild. Sadie LaGuerre made an inspired Red Queen and the Cheshire Cat might even make you want to take up yoga…

It’s all at the Bossanova Ballroom on E. Burnside in Portland–and there are more shows next weekend. You might like it!

The show actually started at 8 pm (doors open at 7) and there was some grumpy-making confusion about that. (Why say a show goes from 7 pm to 11 pm when it goes from 8 pm to 10 pm?). The venue is 21 & up which is too bad–folks of all ages could grove with it all. AND NOTE!–the cheaper tickets are all you need. The ballroom is a small venue and the food you get with the pricey seats is awful. The “selection of entrees” started with white bread and mayonaise sandwiches and then these miniscule cupcakes you might get day-old from Costco. Then on to a second course of stuffed portobello mushrooms, but the mushrooms were totally raw and the stuffing might as well have been ranch dressing. There was abysinthe, which was good, but hardly worth the extra $30 for the food-service seats. Better to go for the $15 or $30 tickets–that’s splurge enough–eat dinner at home, get a drink from the bar for $5, and enjoy the show!

free acupuncture

Friday, April 24th, 2009

Woo hoo – Saturday is Free Day at Brooklyn Community Acupuncture In Portland. 9 a.m. to noon. No appointments… you just head on over & get needled for whatever ails you.

portland noir

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

The kids lined the wall outside the Clinton Street Theater in the sepia-lit mist, waiting to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show. The girls with their big purple hair and skimpy dresses; the boys in tight black bodices or boxy leather jackets. Cold November night. They clutched their rolled-up newspapers and cups of rice, hid water guns in their pockets. I squinted at them through the drizzle—a time warp to the ’90s, to the ’80s, to the ’70s. Bygone eras. I ducked into the dim red of Dots Café, slipped into a soft gold booth. The waitress had a tattoo of a hamburger on her shoulder. She nodded at me. “The usual?”…

(Water Under The bridge by Ariel Gore)

Hey, I have a new story in a new book… read it all in Portland Noir edited by Kevin Sampsell

Get a haircut

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

This here website is now accepting submissions of flash fiction and flash memoir (stories up to 350 words) as well as photos/art on the subject of HAIRCUTS.

Deadline is April 13th.
Send me something: Ariel