New Columbia Hosts Colored Pencils Art and Culture Night and Reggae Party

Photo from Colored Pencil eventColored Pencils, a nonprofit arts organization, is holding its last Friday "family room" event at New Columbia on February 24.  All are welcome to the evening intercultural, intergenerational celebration of the arts. 

A casual artists reception starts at 5:30 p.m. and features a New Columbia resident presenting traditional Mexican culinary arts for sale.  The homemade repast includes tamales, tostadas with fresh ceviche, and Tres Leches cake.  At 6 p.m., there will be interviews with fine artists -- painters, a photographer and a storyteller -- with cultural ties to Malaysia, the Ukraine, Mexico, and Camaroone.

Performing artists take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and include a mezzo sopano, a Palestinian author reading from his book, a musician peforming traditional and contemporary Somali music, a Cambodian American author and his violinist son performing out of his genocide survivor's tale, a hip hop group, and a performance of Russian folk songs.

The celebration ends with pop and reggae dance music by The Utopian Rebels, a group of musically talented New Columbia residents.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. at the New Columbia Community Center, 4625 N. Trenton, Portland, 97203.  Click here to read the Colored Pencils news release on the event.

New Columbia, developed by Home Forward, is a diverse community in North Portland that features apartment homes and homes for sale. 

February 15, 2012