Mayor Sam Adams has officially proclaimed the week of July 1-7 as Walt Curtis Week in Portland, and many writers, artists and performers are joining that week to stage benefit performances. Portland poet Walt Curtis lost his home and most of his possessions, paintings and papers in a fire May 2 which destroyed the Great Northwest Bookstore and the old wooden church which housed it.

Walt Curtis Week Events include:

Thursday, July 1 at 8:00 p.m.
Literary & Music Extravaganza
Berbati’s Pan 231 SW Ankeny St. Portland.
All Ages Admission $10

This event includes readings from Poet Laureate Paulann Petersen and Monica Drake, Tom Spanbauer, Matt Love, Walt Curtis, Dan Raphael, Barbara LaMorticella, James Honzik, Kevin Sampsell, Leanne Grabel, Larry Yes, Richard Moore, Nancy King & Glen Moore, Singing Knives and more!
(Literary Readings scheduled from 8-10 PM)

Friday July 2 at 8:00 p.m. Walt Curtis Birthday Bash
Dante’s, 1 SW Third Avenue, Portland.
21 and Over Admission $10

Viva Las Vegas, Body Vox (Dancers), Uprising (OBT Dancers), Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein, Brush Prairie, Courtney Taylor, DJ Freak Outy, Films & Surprises

July 6 at 9:00 p.m.
Film Screening Mala Noche
Cinema 21- 616 NW 21st Ave
All Ages Admission $10

Remastered 35 mm screening of Gus Van Sant’s film of Walt Curtis’ classic Mala Noche

Proceeds of all events will go to the Walt Curtis Fund at the Wells Fargo Bank. Or you can walk into any Wells Fargo Bank and tell them you’d like to donate to the fund.

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