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Arts fest harnesses power of women in events around town


COURTESY: ANDREA LONAS PHOTOGRAPHY - Momoko Muramatsu (left) and Marie Garcia, the XX Digitus Duo, put on their multimedia show Nov. 3 at Alberta Rose Theatre as part of Siren Nation Festival.The organizers of the Siren Nation Festival have never made secret the mission of their annual gathering of musicians, comedians, burlesque acts, artists and even fashion folks in the past several years.

It’s by women and for women, and it’s a great stage for women — experienced and otherwise — to show their talents.

The 10th annual event, Nov. 3-14 at venues around Portland, continues to champion and publicize women in the arts, as do the scores of other events staged by organizer December Carson and others throughout the year.

Some of the highlighted happenings for the Siren Nation Festival are as follows:

• The group art show “Celebration!”, Hatfield Hall, 1111 S.W. Broadway, 6 p.m-8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, features 65 women artists from the Pacific Northwest — the largest all-women’s art show in Oregon.

• The XX Digitus Duo, who play Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St., 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, are fully funded in the festival by the Regional Arts and Culture Council to celebrate the release of their first CD. The duo, Maria Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu, will put on a multimedia show that features diverse music, lights, dancers and projected images.

COURTESY: SIREN NATION - JoAnn Schinderle• The “Hell Hath No Funny!” comedy showcase at The Alberta Street Pub, 1036 N.E. Alberta St., 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, features comedians Caitlin Gill, JoAnn Schinderle and Alyssa Yeoman. It’s hosted by Becky Braunstein.

COURTESY: SIREN NATION - Natasha Kmeto• Electronic producer and vocalist Natasha Kmeto, dedicated to the art of emotional engagement, always draws an approving crowd. She’ll be joined by Seattle-based band Crater at Holocene, 1001 S.E. Morrison St., 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. A writer, producer and performer of her own material, Kmeto combines her sensuous voice with a dance-floor ethic that exudes physicality and rewards openness and vulnerability.

COURTESY: SIREN NATION - Belinda Carroll in 'The Broadcast'• The theme is “Winners and Losers” for the live storytelling event, “The Broadcast,” 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10 at Alberta Street Pub. Featured storytellers are Jocelyn Seid, Charise Harper, Reba Sparrow and Blanca Stacey Villalobos.

• The Suffers are a 10-piece band of rhythm and horns from Houston, Texas, that redefines the sound of Gulf Coast Soul, intertwining elements of American soul with rock and roll. They’ll play Mississippi Studios, 3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11. Singer Kam Franklin fronts the band.

• Free for all ages, the Siren Nation Art and Craft Sale takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at McMenamins Kennedy School gymnasium, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave. There’ll be 40 art and craft vendors selling original and handmade products from around Oregon.

• The Siren Nation workshops, also free, will be held 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at Kennedy School, and include a wide range of topics including a “Women in Cannabis” panel.

• The other events: Stone Faced Honey, Nov. 4, The Secret Society, 116 N.E. Russell St.; Genders, Nov. 5, Mississippi Studios; The Libertine Bells, Nov. 5, Secret Society; Wild Reeds with Valley Queen, Nov. 9, Mississippi Studios; Paper Bird with Ballroom Thieves, Nov. 10, Mississippi Studios; Haas, Kowert, Tice, Nov. 10, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave; “The Cats Meow,” burlesque show, Nov. 11, Secret Society; The Jezabels, Nov. 12, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave.; Jenny Hval, Nov. 14, Holocene.

• Individual event tickets are sold via the venue websites. For more information on the Siren Nation organization and the festival, see www.sirennation.org.