Portland: Then and Now

A series of free public events alongside Hand2Mouth’s performance of Time, A Fair Hustler that use Van Sant's 'My Own Private Idaho' as a lens to consider 25 years of change since the film was shot in Portland in 1990.

** All events take place on Sundays at 4:30 pm following the matinee performances of Time, A Fair Hustler **

August 2:  Young, Queer, and Homeless

A Panel Discussion

In collaboration with Outside In

Gus Van Sant’s ‘My Own Private Idaho’ (1991) brought new visibility to homeless youth. Moderated by Kathy Oliver, Executive Director of Outside In, this panel will address the particular risks faced by young lesbian, gay, trans and bi- people living on the streets, and consider how conditions have changed in the last 25 years.

Panelists include: Nina Narelle (Honorary Board Member at Outside In); Micheal Weakley (SMYRC @ New Avenues Manager. Queer youth social rights activist); Luke Boone and Zed Jones 

August 9:  Before the Pearl

A Walking Tour of Portland's Past

Join Hand2Mouth for a performative walking tour through locations used in ‘My Own Private Idaho’, and other significant sites in and around the area that has come to be known as ‘the Pearl’. Blending perspectives on 25 years of change- from urban planning, business, activism, music, and queer history- the tour will culminate in O’Bryant Square, a.k.a. Paranoid Park.

Walking tour contributors include: Dave Weich (President, Sheepscot Creative and director of marketing and development at Powell’s Books (1998-2009); Naomi Adiv (Assistant Professor of Urban Studies at PSU); Jack Gibson (Author, Musician), amongst others. Tours led by Jared Lee and Damon Kupper.

August 16:  A Funeral for Old Portland

A Participatory Event

Hand2Mouth invites you to a funeral for “old Portland”. We've asked Portlanders we know and love to deliver eulogies and together we'll collectively mourn and celebrate what the city has gained and lost over 25 years.

Musical accompaniment by Rick Meyers, saw player on the original score for 'My Own Private Idaho'

Eulogies by: Israel Bayer (Street Roots), Phil Busse, Michael Griggs, Marty Hughley, Trevor McGee, Ju Suk Reet Meate (Smegma), Nina Narelle, Vana O'Brien, Jeb & Heather-Rose Pearson, Alicia Rose & Lake Perriguey, Lisa Ward

MC: Pat Janowski

The series is made possible by  grants from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH's grant program; the Multnomah County Cultural Coalition; Collins Foundation; and Herbert A. Templeton Fund.