The global pandemic has had a huge impact on the service industry in Oregon, especially in Portland, a city known for its lively food scene. In April, a survey conducted by the National Restaurant Association found 81% of Oregon restaurant workers have been laid off or furloughed as a result of the pandemic.
As controversial monuments and statues are coming down across the U.S., in Portland, a new set of statues went up, if only for a few hours. The project used actors covered head-to-toe in gold paint to depict recent Trump Administration actions in a satirical light. It’s called the Trump Statue Initiative and was conceived by director and activist Bryan Buckley.
Beyoncé‘s highly anticipated new project, “Black Is King” has arrived on Disney+. Deemed “a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experience” in a press release, “Black Is King” includes a cast of notable and familiar faces, such Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, Pharrell Williams and JAY-Z, and moves across the world — New York, Los Angeles, South Africa, West Africa, London and Belgium — to capture the performances of actors and dancers as they appear in varied tableaus.
Portland artists joined together recently for Pavement, a socially distanced evening of pop-up performances in a public parking lot. Audience members watched from their cars while some of the city’s best singers, dancers and spoken word artists performed.