“Rock of Ages” began Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019 and ends Sunday, March 12, 2023. | Photo by PDXtoday
City Editor Ben here. On my last visit to Portland Art Museum, one particular exhibit stopped me in my tracks — Isaka Shamsud-Din’s “Rock of Ages,” located on the third level. To read the artist’s statement, I had to tear my eyes away from “Brothers Phree,” a poignant scene around a billiards table, and vivacious portraits like “For The Love.”What I saw astounded me.
Shamsud-Din was not only a pivotal artist in the city, but a social justice leader too. His many murals and other public works, created over a span of more than 50 years, provide an important perspective on being Black in the Pacific Northwest. In 2019, Portland City Hall observed Isaka Shamsud-Din Day to honor that legacy.
Born in 1940 as Isaac Allen, his family moved from Texas to Vanport when he was six. Following the disastrous flood in 1948, they were displaced and had to relocate to a housing project in Albina. When he changed his name to better reflect his African heritage in 1976, Shamsud-Din began to share his talents, mentoring fellow Black artists in the community, while also visiting prisons to teach the inmates how to compose large-scale paintings.
Today, Shamsud-Din is battling cancer and his family has organized a GoFundMe campaign to help pay for his medical bills. If you want to experience “Rock of Ages” firsthand at Portland Art Museum, you have until Sunday, March 12, 2023.
Early Eyes | Tuesday, Jan. 24 | 9 p.m. | Doug Fir Lounge, 830 E. Burnside St., Portland | $18 | Pop music might fly in the face of the shape of the world right now, but this five-piece band from Minneapolis is channeling those anxieties into a wearily optimistic album.
Lunar New Year Lantern Viewing Evenings | Thursday, Jan. 26-Sunday, Feb. 5 | 5-8:30 p.m. | Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 NW Everett St., Portland | $15-$45 | Celebrate Lunar New Year by exploring the garden by lantern light.
“Serious Cupcakes” | Thursday, Jan. 26-Saturday, Feb. 4 | Times vary | BODYVOX, 1201 NW 17th Ave., Portland | $25-$70 | Athleticism, humor, and theater come to life on stage through dance and newly choreographed routines.
Friday, Jan. 27
Portland Fine Print Fair: Benefit Preview | Friday, Jan. 27 | 6-9 p.m. | Portland Art Museum, 1219 SW Park Ave., Portland | $40-$50 | Get early access to browse beautiful works of art to hang on your wall.
Saturday, Jan. 28
“Clue: Onstage!” | Saturday, Jan. 28-Sunday, Feb. 26 | Times vary | Beaverton Masonic Lodge, 4690 SW Watson Ave., Beaverton | $36-$139 | Will you be the first in the audience to solve the mystery?
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Start your engines for the 2023 Portland International Auto Show, Thursday, Feb. 2-Sunday, Feb. 5, at the Oregon Convention Center. Attendees will be able to get behind the wheel of a variety of makes and models, learn about incentives for buying electric vehicles, and watch real-time customizations at The Garage. 🚗
Portland Parks & Recreation will proactively prune trees across the city’s green spaces for the first time thanks to an influx of funding from a 2020 levy. With enough arborists on staff, the bureau has already started maintenance aimed at increasing the longevity of ~1.2 million trees in parks and natural areas. 🌳 (OPB)
Fresh wool socks. Bug spray. A map. There are plenty of things to pack for a days-long hiking trip, so remembering to get a permit often isn’t high on the priority list. Still, many trails and camping destinations outside of Portland require a bit of extra planning. (Portland Monthly)
We have lift... on? Portland International Airport’s new 9-acre wooden roof has landed at the main terminal, marking an important step forward in its $2 billion expansion. After more than a year of constructing the timber structure elsewhere on the airfield, crews lifted the roof into place, piece by piece. ✈️ (KOIN)
If you’re still lamenting the loss of Papi Sal’s famous Jawns — the tasty Puerto Rican sandwiches made with slow-roasted pernil, broccoli rabe, provolone, and sofrito mayo on a hoagie roll — cry no more. The recently closed food cart is making a return with a three-month residency at White Owl Social Club. (Eater Portland)
Oregon Public Broadcasting celebrated 100 years on the airwaves yesterday. Following World War I, Jacob Jordan, a physics professor at Oregon Agricultural College, answered the call for instruction in emerging radio technology. On January 23, 1923, KFDJ (now known as OPB) made its first formal transmission — the Corvallis High School band. 📻 (OPB)
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It’s time for Tuesday trivia.
Today’s clues relate to Douglas Engelbart, an early computer engineer who was born in Portland in 1925.
Across (1) He was known as the “Father of the _____.”You may be using one now.
Down (2) This was the first company to commercialize the invention; it paid about $40,000 for the patent.
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Editor’s pick: I was sad to learn the news that Bill Schonely, the Mayor of Rip City, died over the weekend at 93. He was a broadcasting and Trail Blazers legend long before I was born, and many others will have more profound things to say about his life, but I think it’s important to recognize the power of a spontaneous moment. That is his legacy, and it’s here to stay.
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