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Alexandra Becker-Black

Artist, Alexandra Becker-Black in Portland

Precision and Perfectionism

PRESENTED ON JUN 13, 2017
IN PORTLAND OR @ VOL 23

As a visual Artist, precision and perfectionism has always played a dominant role in Alexandra Becker-Black's work and have also surfaced in nearly every aspect of her day-to-day life. Once she discovered her passion for watercolors, she realized the need for complete control over something was not serving her. She will be discussing her needs to control reality along with her desire to be free from the confines of perfectionism.

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Painting Party Animals

BY DANA D
@ VOL 32 ON JAN 13, 2016

Internationally recognized Miami-based artist Dana Donaty talks about her unique process in creating an intoxicating mix of monstrous party animals and humans on canvas.  Her unmistakeable satirical lexicon is a perfect collision of the grotesque, outlandish burlesque, psychological flirtation and a super charged palette that is like a party about to get thoroughly out of control.

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Happy for Paying the Bills

BY RODRIGO BAENA
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Join the Brazilian Happiness Coach and founder of the Portland Happiness Center, Rodrigo Baena, as he shares an inspiring quick talk on the happiness of doing things you think you have to.

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Nature, A Necessity for Healing

BY LINDSEY FREYSINGER
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Lindsey Freysinger will share her experience with the healing nature of being outdoors after becoming disabled. She will be exploring the necessity of being in nature for ALL humans, especially those with illness and/or disability.

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Musical Performance

BY MAY ARDEN
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Classically trained opera singer and music historian, May Arden joins us for a special PechaKucha live performance.

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Sex: Wants, Needs, and Desires

BY AMORY JANE
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Sex Educator, Amory Jane, will be talking about needs versus desires as they relate to sex and intimacy. She'll discuss libido, different styles of desire (e.g. spontaneous and responsive), and whether or not there is really a sex drive (and if sex can be considered a need). This presentation goes beyond the classic research, and includes the most up to date science on human sexuality, along with fascinating info from Emily Nagoski's best-selling book Come As You Are.

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The Zoo Inside You

BY MONICA METZ
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Modern life is often a war between needs and desires. We know we should make a healthy dinner. But we order take-out anyway. We calendar in a workout, but skip it when someone invites us to happy hour. But what if it didn’t always come down to needs vs. desires? What if we somehow got ourselves to a place where they became nearly the same thing? Monica Metz will discuss the mysterious microbiome within you, and why what you do and eat today will affect what you crave tomorrow.

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Food, Love, and Future

BY DAYNA MCERLEAN
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Dayna McErlean has a unique voice within Portland’s vibrant food metropolis. As a founding member of Portland’s coveted restaurant community, McErlean is owner of eternally popular — fine dining, artfully hip and casual food spots DOC, Nonna Tavern and Yakuza. All distinct cinematic spaces known for amazing food. As a “non chef” owner with an extensive background in fine art, McErlean’s focus is on creating cinematic spaces that make patrons feel as though they are being transported to a distant time and place. It is no small feat that she has been able to do this working with some of Portland’s most innovative chefs cultivating some of the city’s most coveted yet accessible food.

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The Global 15%'s

BY LOGAN SULLIVAN
@ VOL 23 ON JUN 13, 2017

Once basic survival needs are met, an enriched wellness of all living beings can follow. This is the world we most desire to see. But half the human population still lives on less than $4 per day, and the bottom 15% subsists on $500 per year. If you're above the poverty line in America, you're among that other 15%, the wealthiest in the world by birth lottery. So, to create the world we desire most, shouldn't we first aspire to meet the basic needs of those most circumstancial trapped, and to do so as effectively as we can?  will explore those issues with you in this presentation.

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Desires of the Commoners

BY SARAH MUMTAZ
@ VOL 1 ON NOV 11, 2017

Sarah Mumtaz did her Bachelors in Printmaking in 2005 and later did her Masters in Visual arts in 2010 both from National College of Art. She started her practice with printmaking and later adding embroidery, photomontages to her work practice. During her Masters she introduces herself to completely different
medium, which was performed. Later she went back to her basics and
started drawings again so now her work is basically an amalgam of
embroidery, performance and drawing.