It is with great respect that we acknowledge the closure of Reflections Coffeehouse and the Talking Drum Bookstore — the city’s only African American bookstore. For more than 17 years, Reflections provided an important meeting point for the African American community, and for the community at large to engage in literature, art and activism. Reflections owner Gloria McMurty was a champion of our work at the DPC, participated in several of our programs and sold our publications at the store. Read more at the Skanner’s site.
If you haven’t checked it out yet, be sure to catch Oregon Historical Society’s new exhibition Oregon Voices: Change and Challenge in Modern Oregon History. The show provides the chance to explore the issues and events that shaped Oregon from 1950—present, through films, photographs, recordings and digital documents. (Full disclosure: the exhibition was meticulously put together, in part, by our very own Publications Coordinator Amanda Tillstrom). More on OHS’ site.
Lastly, this Friday, July 6th, folklorists David Ensminger and Nathan Moore open their exhibition, The Politics of Punk: A Visual History at the Red & Black Cafe. The show, up for the month of July, chronicles a history of dissent on paper culled from their immense visual history archives — including many fliers from Oregon punk history stretching thirty years. At Friday’s opening, Dave Dictor and Mike Smith from the legendary punk band MDC will perform an acoustic set. For more, visit the curators’ site.