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Past Portland OR Event: VOL 26

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VOL 26

June 18, 2018
@ Holocene

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Steve Jobs once said “You can only connect the dots looking backwards.” Whether you attribute it to serendipity (happy accident), epiphany (inspired thought), dumb luck or fate; happenstance is all around us. How has happenstance shaped your own life? What role does happenstance play in the creative process? Do we invite randomness into our work or try to avoid happenstance at all costs?

For Volume 26, we'll dive deep into the random moments —that when paired with hard work, creativity and desire— have led to some of Portland’s greatest outcomes and creative endeavors.

Monday, June 18. Doors at 6:30pm | Show at 7:30pm

Tickets: $5 in advance

Holocene is a 21+ Venue

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Steering For Remarkable Happenstance

BY HEATHER LEFEVRE
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

Meet Heather LeFevre, a woman who practices rather radical life design on herself and believes we can all steer our lives to invite more possibility.

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Type in the Wild

BY SALLY MORROW
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

Observations & storytelling as I stumble onto good, bad and ugly typography in the wild–and the discoveries that connect me to my every day design world.

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Second Largest by Volume

BY JERAMIE SHANE
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

A source of livelihood and inspiration for many generations, the Willamette Falls is a result of ancient volcanic activity and ice age floods. More historically recent and seemingly random events have contributed to the area becoming a cultural and industrial center for the Northwest. Today, Oregon City and the former mill site are poised for another rebirth, this time leaving less up to chance. Learning from and respecting the past and natural systems is vital to informing the next chapter of Oregon’s First City and unlocking one of the wonders of our region.

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Manifesting Happenstance

BY KAREN PRIDE
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

Is it happenstance or manifestation?  Intention or intuition?  Maybe how we respond to happenstance can guide us to following our intuition which leads us to manifesting the life we desire.  I believe that it's all connected.  We are all connected.  We are the creators of our own realities, and through a balance of choices, determination, savviness, hard work, passion, grit and grace we can manifest anything.  But did that all start with happenstance?

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IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild

BY HUNTER NOACK
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

IN A LANDSCAPE: Classical Music in the Wild is an outdoor concert series in stunning landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. Hunter Noack brings a 9-foot Steinway grand piano to the middle of forests, fields, calderas and historical sites for classical music concerts. To meet the acoustical challenges of performing in the wild, music is transmitted to the concert-goers via wireless headphones. No longer confined to seats, they can explore the landscape, wander through secret glens, lie in sunny meadows, and roam old growth forests.

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Bury Your Clothes in the Dirt

BY STANLEY HAINSWORTH
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

What would it take to live a life of no regrets? Where you try everything you ever wanted to try. Who says you can’t? How can you even find out what you were destined to do and how can you learn and adjust along with your life experiences to get there.

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How Did You Get Into That?

BY HUNTER LEA
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

Portland is home to a lot of creatives and entrepreneurs with wild origin stories. This is not one of those stories. In this presentation, Hunter Lea explores how passion and happenstance guided him--rather unexpectedly--to fulfilling work as a Portland Razor Co. razorsmith.

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It’s All Coming Up Lenore.

BY LENORE .
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

Some of us put stock in the concept of fate, while others think that life is nothing more than a series of coincidences. Regardless of one’s belief or lack thereof, in an invisible puppeteering outside force, what can happen if you pay attention to happenstance in your life and let it be the guide?

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A Chorus Walks into a Bar: How David Bowie's Death Happened to Birth a Musical Community

BY KATE SOKOLOFF
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

Twice a month, a Portland, ORE bar transforms into a drop-in alt/indie sing-along backed by a live band. A non-chorus chorus, the OK Chorale PDX is like drive-through group karaoke meets bar trivia night: people can come or go at any time, the band’s packed with rotating musicians from Blind Pilot to the Eels, and no one cares what you sound like. The motto: "we're just OK." Some people come to relax and socialize, others to sing without making a commitment, and some even call it their “church.” How did this happen? Why now? Why does it work? You can thank David Bowie. 

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A Chorus Walks into a Bar: How David Bowie's Death Happened to Birth a Musical Community

BY BEN LANDSVERK
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

Twice a month, a Portland, ORE bar transforms into a drop-in alt/indie sing-along backed by a live band. A non-chorus chorus, the OK Chorale PDX is like drive-through group karaoke meets bar trivia night: people can come or go at any time, the band’s packed with rotating musicians from Blind Pilot to the Eels, and no one cares what you sound like. The motto: "we're just OK." Some people come to relax and socialize, others to sing without making a commitment, and some even call it their “church.” How did this happen? Why now? Why does it work? You can thank David Bowie. 

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A Brain Tumor Saved My Life

BY GLITCH (NOLASTNAME)
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

Because of a brain tumor and the seizures, constant headache, etc., the one known as Glitch had to retire from working, but what he's learned has in a very real way, actually saved his life. The perspective he now has and the person he has become are exactly where he needs to be. As humans we have a tendency to walk through life complaining about the most minor things when we ought to be focusing on what really matters and not getting caught up in the bullshit. This is how he lives his life now. You should too and he'll tell you why. 

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Seeing with Rhizomes

BY DAVE LAUBENTHAL
@ VOL 26 ON JUN 18, 2018

I’m a student and teacher of design. I believe that the best, most considerate design solutions are realized through collaboration (sometimes with with a side of punk rock?) and through making connections that are not always intuitive. Collaboration, besides building community and being fun, also increases the odds of finding these unintuitive solutions. There are chance opportunities that occur all the time all around us that hold the potential to catalyze further moments of creative breakthroughs. We often miss them. How can we miss less of them? Maybe this is about synchronicity. As Carl Jung once said, Synchronicity is an ever-present reality for those who have the eyes to see it. Rhizomes and theories behind rhizomatic learning inspire me to try and seek out opportunities in less obvious places. 

Dave Laubenthal
in Portland, OR
Lenore .
in Portland, OR
Jeramie Shane
Landscape Architect, Mayer/Reed in Portland, OR
Heather LeFevre
Brand Consultant in PORTLAND
Karen Pride
Entrepreneur, Yoga Pearl, Prasad, Harlow, Prasad East in Portland
Mark Bitterman
in Portland, OR
Hunter Lea
Razorsmith, Portland Razor Company in Portland, OR
Glitch (NoLastName)
in Portland, OR
Stanley Hainsworth
in Portland, OR
Sally Morrow
Brand & Packaging Design, Sally Morrow Creative in Portland, OR
Kate Sokoloff
in Portland, OR
Ben Landsverk
Music Director, OK Chorale PDX in Portland OR
Hunter Noack
in Portland, OR