12 Arts

The Pioneer Log, February 4, 2011

Through the lens of a beginner
Photos of last semester’s Photography I class, taught by Studio Head of Photography Robert Miller, will remain on display in Fields until Tuesday, Feb. 8.
BY NATALIE BAKER
Editor in Chief

Doors continue to close for underage music fans
at least $15 more than smaller allages venues. To compensate for these losses to the all-ages music community, underground venues have taken the role as a cheap alternative by hosting house shows. “A lot of times it [is] so much simpler to have a house show than to try to find an all-ages venue and book a show. Now that we have ‘grown up’ a little bit, this has become more of a logistic nightmare than a legitimate way to play a show, but I think it is that spirit that will keep all-ages venues alive,” said Dave Haldle, guitarist for Typhoon, a local band partly composed of underage members. Backspace and Tender Loving Empire still exist as all-ages options, but neither rely solely on shows to bring in money. Periodically, 21+ venues such as Holocene, the Doug Fir Lounge, Mississippi Studios and Rotture open their doors to the under 21 crowd, but these occasions are few and far between. According to the Portland Tribune, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) “requires venues to abide by a control plan to ensure minors are not granted access to alcohol, such as keeping minors separate from the areas alcohol is being served or limit the hours alcohol is available.” This presents a financial dilemma for venues looking to make a profit from liquor sales. “This is an all-too-common tale when it comes to all-ages venues, as many of them can’t compete with bars…Bars tend to make more money, so they have better bookers, and better equipment, and a lot of times all-ages venues just fall by the wayside,” said Haldle. “It is always sad to see an all-ages venue close, but since I have been playing music in Portland I have witnessed just as many open…even though so many all-ages venues are closing right now, that doesn’t mean that more won’t open later.”

Portland may boast an impressive spattering of galleries throughout its quarters, but our campus houses its own stock of homegrown creativities. Nestled among studios, art lockers and the perpetually decorated entrance hall of Fields Center for the Visual Arts— also known as “the art building”— is a gem of student art: the Arnold student gallery. Blink and you’ll miss it, but swing by with a keen eye during designated hours and a room filled with peer art awaits. On display for only four more days is an exhibition of prints by students of last semester’s Photography I classes. Studio Head of Photography Robert Miller, who instructs the beginner photography course every semester, handpicked each photo for the exhibition out of his favorite prints from students’ fi-

PHOTO BY AMALIA NILSSON

The Artistery, one of the few all-ages venues left in Portland, is set to close in March.

PHOTO BY AMELIA WALSH

BY ZIBBY PILLOTE
Arts Editor & Arts Editor

HAYLEY TRIVETT Another all-ages music venue is slated to bite the dust. The Artistery, one of the few all-ages venues that remain in Portland, recently announced it will close its doors this March, making it one of at least five to do so in the past six months. Other all-ages venues to recently go under include the Water Heater, the Great Hall, Berbati’s Pan and most notably, the iconic Satyricon. “We are sad to see any all-ages club close…we grew up going to all-ages shows; there are many amazing bands we would never

“I always encourage students to think outside the box,” said Studio Head of Photography Robert Miller, “and LC students are remarkable in that way.”
nal portfolios. “I’d have to say that consistently the students do strong work here,” said Miller. Judging by the variety and quality of the exhibition’s prints, Miller’s right. Carnival-esque snapshots rub photographic elbows with metalframed wrench portraiture and a towering industrial collage of pipe photographs. Miniature prints of pastries and abstract images of indiscernible subjects hang on the walls among them. It’s an impressive sight, considering the amateur status of the exhibition’s photographers. “I always encourage students to think outside the box,” said Miller, “and LC students are remarkable in that way.” The long-time photo instructor emphasizes the importance of having his students consider a variety of presentation styles, scales and materials when working on their art. “I’ve been teaching Photo 1 students for 30 years, and I love it every time,” said Miller. Whatever he’s doing, it’s working. The Photography I exhibition will be on display until Tuesday, Feb. 8. Gallery hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday-Thursday.

PHOTO BY COLE HANSON

have seen if the shows had been age-restricted,” said Hutch Harris, lead singer/guitarist of local band The Thermals. Both Satyricon and the Artistery were bought by developers who have different plans for the respective spaces. A homeless shelter will replace the Satyricon and what is replacing the Artistery is yet to be known. In the absence of inexpensive concerts that all-ages clubs provide, regular concert-goers are likely to face higher ticket costs if they hope to attend future music shows. Larger, more commercial concert halls such as the Crystal Ballroom, the Wonder Ballroom, the Hawthorne Theatre, the Roseland and the Aladdin Theater tend to charge

Free Show
PHOTO BY JONATHON (UNKOWN LAST NAME)

of the Week
BY HAYLEY TRIVETT
Arts Editor

PHOTO BY ROXANNE DAVIS

PHOTO BY TALIA SHANOFF

ILLUSTRATION BY KATE OWENS

Witness the ambient drones of live performances by High Wolf, Rene Hell, Plankton Wat and Lady Shapes in the dimly lit basement of the Substation for a mellow show that will certainly offer a reserve of ethereal energy worth tapping. Rene Hell (Type Records) of Austria, who recently ended a tour with No Age, offers an array of pensive loops, ideal for a night of introspection. France’s High Wolf (Not Not Fun) is bound to inject a much-needed boost of effervescent energy with his swelling percussion and warm, psychedelic melodies. Portland’s Plankton Wat (DNT), a project of Eternal Tapestry’s Dewey Manhood, mesmerizes its audience with delicate drones. Lady Shapes, who is closely associated with Plankton Wat, is a product of Portland’s experimental scene as well. Each group creates a gentle lulling effect on their listeners with carefully restrained cascades of meditative sounds. The dynamics of this event will surely allow for an invigorating experience. 4845 NE 10th Ave. ,Thursday Feb. 10, 8 p.m., free.