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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Tonight: First Thursday

Posted by Matt Stangel on Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 3:42 PM

Ryan Berkleys SpectaculArcade, on view at Grass Hut
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  • Ryan Berkley's SpectaculArcade, on view at Grass Hut

First Thursday alert! If you're planning on heading to the west-side artwalk tonight, I've got some openings to add to your stroll.

Here's what a big night out might look like: Grass Hut is hosting local favorite Ryan Berkley in SpectaculArcade (pictured above); Benjamin Benjamin has robots upon robots in Short Circuit, featuring Eric Joyner's "Robots and Donuts" illustration series, and Paul Guinan's "Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel," which places Boilerplate, "the world's first robot soldier," in various moments throughout history; Weiden+Kennedy Gallery is putting on a sculptural installation and dance performance titled RE/ACTIVATE, "exploring the boundaries of planning and improvisation" (installation by Damien Gilley and Jordan Tull, choreography by Rachel Tess); Blue Sky Gallery will have a solo exhibition from Mary Ellen Mark, focusing on three bodies of work from the photographer— one documenting "a notorious street of prostitutes in Bombay," another, "18 of [India's] most lively circuses," and the last, a female-only psych ward in Salem, OR, circa 1975 (shot as a side project while the photographer was working on the film adaptation of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest). And don't forget, the 22nd annual Reed Arts Week kicked off yesterday and will continue through Sunday— I'm particularly excited to check out Ben Wolf's "assemblage of discarded freight cars and boats from the Portland area," though there's a lot more to check out.

Locations, times, and preview images, after the jump!

Ryan Berkleys SpectaculArcade, opening at Grass Hut (20 NW 5th Ave #101) from 6 pm-?
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  • Ryan Berkley's SpectaculArcade, opening at Grass Hut (20 NW 5th Ave #101) from 6 pm-?

Eric Joyners The Little Genius, on view in Short Circuit, opening tonight at Benjamin Benjamin (1720 NW Lovejoy) from 5-8 pm
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  • Eric Joyner's "The Little Genius," on view in Short Circuit, opening tonight at Benjamin Benjamin (1720 NW Lovejoy) from 5-8 pm

Paul Guinans Boilerplate with Pancho Villa, on view in Short Circuit, opening tonight at Benjamin Benjamin (1720 NW Lovejoy) from 5-8 pm
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  • Paul Guinan's "Boilerplate with Pancho Villa," on view in Short Circuit, opening tonight at Benjamin Benjamin (1720 NW Lovejoy) from 5-8 pm

Damien Gilley, Jordan Tull, and Rachel Tesss RE/ACTIVATE, opening at W+K (224 NW 13th) from 6-9 pm
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  • Damien Gilley, Jordan Tull, and Rachel Tess's RE/ACTIVATE, opening at W+K (224 NW 13th) from 6-9 pm

Mary Ellen Marks solo exhibition, opening at Blue Sky Gallery (122 NW 8th Ave) from 6-9 pm
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  • Mary Ellen Mark's solo exhibition, opening at Blue Sky Gallery (122 NW 8th Ave) from 6-9 pm

Ben Wolfs Assembly of Freight, on view at Reed Arts Week through Sunday, March 6
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  • Ben Wolf's Assembly of Freight, on view at Reed Arts Week through Sunday, March 6

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