This tripped-out poster by David Welker is for the annual, fantastic, 10-years-running Art of Musical Maintenance gig poster show at the Goodfoot. It opens Thursday, December 5.
Always accepting of poster recommendations. Yep.
Check out this fantastic poster for Typhoon by Tiny Little Hammers. That's a mean-ass flyer.
Drop me a line if you want to recommend a poster for next week.
Here's a treasure by one of my favorite Portland poster artists, Chris Bigalke of Showdeer Presents. Per the youszh, it looks fantastic.
I'm taking poster handouts for next week. Email me!
If you read our story about Portland's increasingly alienated system of governance this week and found yourself hoping someone would step in and propose changes, don't look at the last guy who tried.
Portland developer Bob Ball made a push in 2002 to get Portland away from the antiquated "commission form" of government into something more in line with the rest of the nation.
We've long been the only major city to let city council members make laws and run city departments. Now we're one of just two where every city council member is elected by the entire populace. Other big cities carve out districts, and would-be politicians must only win the hearts and minds of these subsections to gain office.
People who study this stuff say each system has its pros and cons, but that district-based elections are cheaper, promote more minority involvement, create more-representative councils, and decrease the influence of monied interest groups.
Which all sounds pretty great, except for Portland refuses to change.
Ball's 2002 effort would have ended the commission form of government, putting executive power in the hands of the mayor. It would have created nine city council seats, seven from geographic districts and two citywide.
"I was just looking for a way to be involved and help solve problems," Ball says now. "One of the problems I heard is the commission form of government is broken."
He travelled to cities like San Francisco, Denver and Phoenix, he says, specifically to quiz officials on the pros and cons of their governments. He came back from those trips with a few ideas.
"Ultimately I believed that district elections were more progressive and would be more representative of the electorate," Ball says. "I thought: 'People will read it on its merits, right?'"
But the proposal went down in flames, attracting less than 24 percent of the vote. Mayor Charlie Hales, then a commissioner, was a big opponent. So was former Mayor Bud Clark, who told the Mercury at the time: "This just pissed me off. I found out how much power it gives to the mayor and it really sickened me."
A similar effort to do away with the commission system—though maintain an all at-large city council—failed in 2007. In all, assaults on the commission form of government have failed eight times. Ball—who also had a hand in the 2007 loss—told the Mercury in 2002: ""Even if it doesn't pass this time, I'll keep pushing."
Eleven years later, he says, he's done with the fight. These days, he's better known for his efforts to save the Portland Police Bureau's horse patrol. (Ball's also the guy who dropped the dime on former Mayor Sam Adams' liaison with Beau Breedlove).
"I think voters have spoken pretty soundly on the issue," Ball said.
Orion Landau made this killer poster. I like how the eyes follow you around the room.
Send me your poster recommendations, why dontcha?
This black-metal beauty is by Hai Fleisch for her upcoming burlesque show at the Star Theater. She says, "I hand painted the details of this poster using guache to convey the obsessive love of a true metal fan, adorning the back of his leather jacket or the door of his van." We like!
Send me your posters.
This series of posters by Lia Miternique of Avive Design Studio for the Portland Opera are sweet. Salome starts on November 1. She also did the following posters for upcoming Portland Opera shows.
Bonus posters: Hit the jump for some great flyers I missed out on last week.
Mama Bird Recording Company has a stable of great posters, including this little filly for the Vikesh Kapoor show on Sunday. I tip my hat to thee.
A penny for next week's poster recommendation. Handling and shipping not included.
Excuse the amateurish snap of this Poster of the Week, it was taken on a jaunt—but there's no denying it's a good flyer. Hit me up if you know the designer (I'm guessing Nat Damm).
Feel free to email me suggestions for next week.
Nice one, Nate Preston, nice one. There's a lot of great posters coming up on the horizon this fall. Would you like to submit one that you like? Do so, chief!
Love this flyer for the upcoming car and motorcycle show at everyone's favorite castle-shaped drinking hole, Club 21. It's by designer Julio Angel Rivera. Nice, nice.
Back to the regular Wednesday sched for Poster of the Week. Woo hoo. Let's kick this day off with a bang with this lovely poster by John Harper of One Seven Design Studio.
Email me if you have a suggestion for next week's flyer.
Lagerfest is a fest I can get behind, especially with such kick-ass artwork from Tallboy. Party on, Squatch. Party on.
I love getting Poster of the Week recommendations. Send 'em here.
I'm feeling the hot-pink lure of cheetah print this week. Without even realizing that these two posters shared a background I was debating between this Dan DeCarlo-esque beaut from heyLOW Entertainment and the following Frankenposter by Robert Medina. So I will furrow my brows no longer and give you both in all their big-cat glory. (I'm always taking recommendations for next week's Poster of the Week.)
Umm, duh. Every time there's a performance of the Black Lodge Burlesque, this Zack Soto poster will be crowned Poster of the Week. It is glaringly obvious why. (Psst! Because it's awesome, that's why.)
The lines are open for next week's flyer.
This stylish humdinger is by Thomas Bradley. Those little He-Man faces make me happy.
Keep those poster recommendations coming!
I think Marjorie posted this beauty a while ago, but it was after the jump so maybe you didn't peep it. This poster by Jay Shaw (AKA Iron Jaiden) is a drop-your-pants awesome visual representation of the Hollywood Theatre's summer camp slasher series appropriately titled Summer Camp. The next flick is coming up—Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter—so mark your calendars (in blood, natch). Go check out the rest of Jay's stuff, it's awesome (a right-good
I welcome next week's poster recommendation with open emails.
The recommendation lines for next week's poster are always open.
Shiny! Shiny! The PDX Browncoats always do a kickass job with their flyers for the annual Can't Stop the Serenity charity screening of Serenity.
Shoot me an e-suggestion for next week's poster, if you'd so like.
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This li'l number is by Joshua Keith Vincent. Someone should tell that blotchy man to stop strangling himself.
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Oh, Diego Bañuelos, once again you've stolen Poster of the Week away from so many poster-making artists. Maybe because I'm rereading Stephen King'sThe Tommyknockers, but his Generationals piece reminds of possessed pod people, Donna Reed, and intergalactic referees.
Love to see your suggestions for next week's pick. Email 'em!
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