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June 2021

MX DAHLIA BELLE

June 26 - July 3
$5 – $25

Mx Dahlia Belle is a writer, comedian and accidental activist living in Portland, Oregon. They have been a regular contributor to The Portland Mercury and guest on NPRs Think Out Loud. She is an Associate Producer for the Portland Queer Comedy Festival and has performed in the NW Black Comedy Festival, All Jane Comedy Festival and HaHa. Harvest Fest.

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July 2021

D&D PRODUCTIONS

July 8 - August 15
$5 – $25

Dahlia Kash and Destiny Smokez (D&D Productions) will be producing the third annual MX Suede. King titles are just as important and big as Queen titles in the Black diaspora. This title is considered a “home title” or city title recognized wherever anyone in the community is aware of the crown. Larger regional and even national competitions take place every year. around the world.

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BELINDA ROSE

July 24 - July 31
$5 – $25

Belinda Rose is a performance artist who specializes in dance, object and body manipulation. She has performed in the air and on the ground with A-WOL, Pendulum, and The Circus Project. In 2014, Belinda was a resident artist for the Sky Club Aerial Show and Circus Church. Belinda has been a part of diverse and damn good shows all along the West Coast, and toured with the locally famous duo, GAEA. In 2019, Belinda was commissioned as a dancer and…

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August 2021

NICK LABONTE

August 14 - August 21
$5 – $25

Nick Labonte creates custom regalia artwork using traditional methods of beadwork, carving, and sewing.  In 2008 Nick moved to the Grand Ronde area where he became involved with Canoe Family and started attending cultural events.  Eventually accepting a position at the Chachalu Museum he built his historical knowledge and discovered his passion for artwork and its connection to his culture. Nick creates regalia pieces as well as other art forms for his son, so that he can have an awareness…

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A.C. RAMIRAZ DE ARELLANO

August 21 - August 28
$5 – $25

Celebrated artist a.c. ramírez de arellaño’s work focuses on gender, and Indigenous issues. They take inspiration from ancestral stories and the experience of living in the Pacific Northwest for almost 30 years. Creating large pieces of art, working with leather, oil on canvass, and mask making, their work tells a story of overcoming barriers, and the impact of colonialism at the intersection of their disabled, Indigenous, and queer communities. Like many Indigenous peoples who push back against erasure and are…

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CUREAM JACKSON

August 26 - September 2
$5 – $25

Over the past 13 years, Cuream has dedicated their body to the performing and circus arts realm. Whether they are tumbling, dancing, spinning, or cheering, they find that they are at their happiest and best self when creating. Their artistic outlook is a byproduct of the different disciplines they studied and people they met along the way. As a former cheerleader, they used acrobatics skills to entertain and make people smile. This supportive community built the foundation needed to thrive…

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September 2021

MARLA DARLING

September 18 - September 25
$5 – $25

Carol Gates is a multi-faceted artist, DJ, and performer. Marla Darling is a vehicle to overcome trauma, invoke healing, and to be a mentor in a community of those who struggle to find identity and purpose within themselves.  Marla Darling is Portland’s Punk Rock Tia.

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XINNIA OPIYO

September 25 - October 2
$5 – $25

Xinnia is a genderfluid, African, drag performer, dancer, and make up artist, originally born in Kenya of the Luo ethnic group. They have experience with many art mediums, but center dance, acting, and non-binary gender performance through their drag persona, Ogre. They explore multiple expressions of gender to create complete drag sets with narratives that are often focused through a lens of queer Afro-indigenous identity. Though currently in the Bay — performing through virtual platforms — the past three years…

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October 2021

CLOUD STOKELY

October 30 - November 6
$5 – $25

Cloud Stokely is a Black queer hip-hop artist whose influences can be found in the dazzling glam rock and synth of the 80’s as well as the energy and lyricism of 90’s hip hop and R&B. Their major musical influences are varied, ranging from genius rappers – Outkast, Childish Gambino, and Noname, to name a few – to artists with heartbreakingly beautiful voices and eclectic expressions of passion and joy like Solange, Josephine Baker, and Prince. In addition to music,…

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KALISTO NANEN

October 31 - November 7
$5 – $25

Amazing artist (musician, mixed media) who has a degree in music and anthropology. They currently work in the death care field as an embalmer and removal tech. Their previous installations involved videos educating the public about death care ceremony. The compose music for the deceased and their families and would like to collaborate on a mixed media exhibit incorporating their past video work. We’ve talked about having a time-based-art exhibit with a New Orleans style funeral procession towards the end…

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