McMenamins Music

1624 N.W. Glisan, Portland, OR 97209

Friday, May 12, 2017

U. S. Rivers: A Choral reading with Music and Visuals

written and presented by legendary poet and lyricist Larry Beckett

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6:30 p.m. doors, 7:30 p.m. show
General Public: $15
Student: $10
(with valid student ID)
Minor with parent or guardian

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U. S. Rivers: A Choral reading with Music and Visuals

About U. S. Rivers  

In this new work by renowned poet and lyricist Larry Beckett, the rivers are highways for a man in a Chevrolet Impala, looking for love, and witnessing where history, legend, and song mysteriously cross, and all times coexist. Beckett and a cast of fine local actors are accompanied in this evocative presentation by a fiddler and guitarist, all against a backdrop of dream images.

Beckett elaborates: "U. S. Rivers is made of what I call braid odes and breath songs, in alternation. The poem follows Highway 1 from Key West, Florida, state by state, to northern Maine, and Route 66 from Lake Shore, Chicago to the surf at Santa Monica. Each voice from the cast takes a strand in the braid ode, or solos in a breath song. For example, the first European to touch what is now the continental United States, Ponce de Leon, came ashore at Cape Canaveral. In the poem, he sees Apollo 11 lift off, as the old song "Children Go Where I Send Thee" counts down from 12 to 1. These are the three strands of this braid. It's followed by a characteristic song, Jack Kerouac, author of the road, at the end, listening to the wind talking in the Florida pines." 

About Larry Beckett

Larry Beckett's poetry ranges from brief lyrics and songs to blank sonnets and hundred-page narrative works. Songs written with Tim Buckley have been recorded by Fairport Convention, Linda Ronstadt, Blood, Sweat & Tears, This Mortal Coil, Jeff Buckley, Chrissie Hynde, Robert Plant, Julie Felix, John Frusciante, Sinead O'Connor, Bryan Ferry, Alfie Boe, George Michael, Dead Can Dance, and Jann Klose. His sonnets and madrigals center on marriage day-to-day, with music and intensity: they were published in Songs and Sonnets by Rainy Day Women Press. Beat Poetry, a study of the poets and poetry of the fifties San Francisco renaissance, was published by Beatdom Books. His epic American Cycle includes Paul Bunyan, from Smokestack Books, Wyatt Earp, forthcoming from Alternating Current Press, and U. S. Rivers.

About the Supporting Cast

Lorraine Bahr is an award-winning actor in theater and film as well as director. She also teaches at PSU.

Andrea White has a legacy of acting work in Portland and L.A. and teaches at Portland Actors Conservatory.

Jane Ferguson is known and loved by hundreds of high school grads now working in the university and theater community. An original member of Storefront Theatre and a founder of da Vinci Arts Middle School, she currently performs locally on Portland stages.

Devon Roberts is an advanced actor and director at PSU.

Performing Musicians 

Eddie Parente
Jim Davis


About Mission Theater

Featuring Music, Movies & Events

Our historic Mission Theater in Northwest Portland features special movie screenings, live music, engaging talks, select sports event screenings and other fun experiences—join us for the next event! We’ve installed a much larger screen & a thundering new sound system, and have space for you to either sit or stand.  

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•  All shows are 21 and over unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, or unless stated otherwise.
•  Doors will open approximately 30 minutes before show time, unless stated otherwise.
•  Admission is $2 for adults and children for shows starting before 5pm, $4 for adults and $3 for children after 5pm, unless stated otherwise.
•  Daily ticket specials only apply to standard movies and are not available for special screenings or events.

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Our theater offers a quality entertainment experience for deaf, hard of hearing and vision impaired guests. Our movie showings are closed captioned, and we offer individual Captiview closed caption devices that sit in your seat’s cupholder. In addition, we offer two types of headphones: hearing impaired headphones that amplify the dialogue, or visual impaired headphones that describe the scenery and action. Just inquire before showtime to use any of these devices.

Please note: Mission Theater is wheelchair accessible.

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We’ll serve you a meal or a snack to enjoy while you sit and take in the feature film. Enjoy pizza by the slice or whole pie, salads and movie concessions – along with both non-alcoholic beverages and our own handcrafted ales, wines, hard cider and beer (plus guest taps).


The location that serves as one of McMenamins favorite neighborhood theater pubs was the locus of great spiritual zeal beginning in the 1890s. That's when the Swedish Evangelical Mission established its church here....

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