Reading Frenzy ~ An Independent Press Emporium

Work | Progress Art Opening, Dec. 3rd!

Though most First Thursdays tend to pull us all in a million directions, but this Dec. 3rd we hope you'll check this out. The Dill Pickle Club is having an opening for a month-long exhibition, art/bookshop, and events series at the Eyeful Gallery!

The occasion will also mark the release of two publications Brains, Brilliancy, Bohemia: Art & Politics in Jazz-Age Chicago and Art for the Millions: The Enduring Legacy of the WPA, which you can check out here!

Goodiepal to Lecture, Nov. 20

Controversial music theorist and composer, Goodiepal, will be speaking this afternoon at Portland Community Media. After Marriage Records brought by his little textbook, Radical Computer Music and Fantastisk Mediemanipulation (shown above) we here at Reading Frenzy have been racking our brains over this little spiral bound notebook.

And whether or not you agree (or even follow) most of what he is verbosely saying, it will no doubt be an interesting lecture. How could it not? He left the Royal Academy of Music in Denmark, nearly declaring war in his wake (see his declaration: Five steps in a Gentleman's War on the stupidity of modern computer music and media based art), and started up a school of his own, in a castle! But it could be all hub-bub .

Guess you'll just have to check 'em this afternoon or stop by our store for a copy of his textbook so you can decide for yourself!

Portland Community Media, 2766 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 3:30 pm Friday, Nov. 20. Free limited seating.

IPRC in WW's 2009 Gift Guide!

Hey, did you know our upstairs neighbors have been included in the 2009 WW gift guide?

For those prone to winter hibernation the IPRC is a perfect cure, with a fully loaded Mac lab, letterpress studio, and extensive zine library. And if you aren't already member of the IPRC then you might want to consider heading over to Willy Week's Gift Guide .

It is seriously cheaper (and more rewarding!) than ever to become part of the only self-publishing center of its kind. A mere 25 bucks not only gets you a sweet membership but some added WW bonuses, like concert tickets, comp CDs from Musicfest NW, and Powell's pint glasses. And if your lookin' for a long-term commitment, 50 bucks gets you a yearlong membership and a few other killer WW incentives like bus tickets, free coffee and bowling at Grand Central.

You'll be partaking in a seriously rad deal, all the while helping to sustain a unique and vital part of our creative community!

Words Worth Paying For? Panel Discussion, Tonight!

The folks of UO Portland will be holding a panel discussion tonight at 6pm concerning the bustling new world of electronic publishing.

Here's the word from Ooligan Press :

" A panel discussion with KATHERINE DUNN, author of Geek Love, DENNIS STOVALL, director of publishing and publisher of Ooligan Press at PSU, and VAILEY OEHLKE, director of Multnomah County Libraries.

Electronic book devices such as Amazon's Kindle and Sony E-reader are part of a new wave in digital publishing-one that's drawing attention in the media and creating an uncertain world for publishers, authors, journalists, librarians and booksellers. How do digital books change us as writers, publishers, and readers? A panel of writers, librarians, and scholars will discuss what it all means, and where we might be heading. We'll share conversation, food, and drink as part of a lively evening hosted by the UO Portland and partners in the White Stag Block.

MODERATED BY AL STAVITSKY, director of the George S. Turnbull Portland Center, University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication "


In Other IPRC News: DIY Screen-Printing Class, Nov. 22

In perfect illustration of their awesome-ness, the IPRC is offering their DIY Screen-Printing Class this Sunday, and there are spots still open! Register here .


The details!

November 22, 2009 from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm In part one of this class, the focus will be on making reusable, good quality screens used for making paper or textile prints. The screens made in this class are 10"x12" which are a perfect size for zine and book covers! Supplies include, stretcher bars, professional quality mesh, degreaser, duct tape and staple guns.

In the second part of the day, the focus will be on printing a hand cut stencil image using the screen that was just built in the previous workshop. Stencils will be made using sticker paper and exacto knives and will be printed through the screen. You will need to bring a high contrast B&W image (no larger than 8x10) in which to make a stencil from as well as your own materials to print on, either paper or fabric. Ink will be provided.

$45 members only with $10 materials fee "

New Red Bat Press Notecards in Stock!

Carey Bye of Red Bat Press stopped by this afternoon to refresh our stock of original, woodblock-printed notecards. The cards are crazy cheap ($2.50-3.00) and range in theme from the bridges of Portland to the aquatic underworld of mermaids and old-fashioned scuba divers!

Xu Bing to lecture at PAM, tonight!

As part of PAM's ongoing exhibition of China Design Now, one of the leaders of contemporary art will be lecturing on his most recent work and the ever-changing landscape of Chinese art. Portland is so so lucky to host Xu Bing; much of Xu's work is grounded in text, and confronts/challenges the tumultuous history of China.

Using both historical allusions and modern iconography, he questions and affirms the power of the written word. Xu has spent years hand carving typesetting blocks used to make prints in the tradition Chinese block printing methods and his works often showcase this meticulous practice.

The lecture starts promptly at 5:30, and is 5 bucks for members, 12 for non-members.

For more information on Xu Bing's lecture

Mid-Day Art Break at PAM, Nov. 11

The Portland Art Museum is inviting us to join the Prints and Drawing Curator, Annette Dixon, in exploring the works of Word and Image/Word as Image.

This "mid-day art break" will be from 12:30-1:30 and is free with museum admission. The show has been on-going since August and features a wide-range of past and contemporary artists, from Albrecht Durer to Ed Ruscha, who have explored the dynamic relationship between art and text. PAM even boasts to have, among other 15th and 16th century prints, a page from the intricately illustrated, Nuremburg Chronicle.

more information on Word and Image/Word as Image!

more information on the Nuremburg Chronicle!

Franklin and the Power of the Press

A two-month long show inspired by Benjamin Franklin, a venerable godfather of DIY culture and activism, goes up tonight at Portland Center Stage!

Artists participating in the exhibit include: Claire Carpenter of Tiger Food Press Rory Sparks and Alisa Walton of Em Space Keegan Wenkman of One Foot Press Marty Brown of Letterary Press Rebecca Gilbert of Stumptown Printers Jean Sammis of Lark Press Carye Bye of Red Bat Press Pete McCracken of Crack Press Iris Porter Mette Rankin Jeff Shay & Connie Blauwkamp of Buzzworm Joseph Green of Mind your Ps&Qs.

Also make sure to head over to the Power of the Press Fair (coordinated by Carye Bye of Red Bat Press), Saturday the 7th. Activities to include:

"Ben Franklin-themed interactive activities for families and children; a preview of The C.C. Stern Type Foundry -a working museum of metal type and casting equipment dedicated to preserving the heritage of America's typecasting industry; and a free screening of Farewell Etaoin Shrdlu"

Portland Center Stage 128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR

More information from Portland Center Stage

Benjamin Franklin Unplugged!