Raising awareness from left: Permias PDX members Emily Jenkins, Melissa Timora and President Fraya Saquina talk culture and diversity.

Welcome,Permias PDX

Newly formed Indonesian Student Association brings attention to Southeast Asian culture

Last Thursday was a special day for the newly formed Portland State Indonesian Student Association, called Permias PDX, which held its first-ever community event on the second floor of Smith Memorial Student Union.

Ethan Sperry directs the PSU Chamber Choir.

The grand finale!

Thursday’s performance a preview for Friday show with world-renowned German choir

Join Portland State’s Music Department this Thursday for the final installment of winter term’s Performance Attendance Recital concert series. This week’s performance will be PSU’s own Chamber Choir.

Crime film specialist

Northwest Film Center presents Driven: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn

Violence, gritty and real, will bludgeon the silver screen this month at the Northwest Film Center. From Sunday, March 8, to Saturday, March 17, the center will present Driven: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn.

Crack team Left to right: Graphic designers Kelsey Chapman and Jessica Lund, call center specialist Vanessa Eldrige and creative project manager Erynn Fearn are all current or former PSU students working for Audigy Group in Vancouver, Wash.

Careers in the arts

Tomorrow’s All Majors Career Fair to offer booths for the cultured, the creative and the curious

At a loss for ideas of what career to pursue post-graduation? Be sure to attend Portland State’s 24th annual All Majors Career Fair, taking place tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom.

Jazzin’ it up!

Ben Darwish Trio comes to PSU

The PSU Department of Music’s Performance Attendance Recital Series continues this Thursday with the Ben Darwish Trio. This Portland-based progressive jazz trio has been performing together since 2005.

One artist’s retrospective of 2011

PSU’s White Gallery showcases the work of local artist Jenny Vu in exhibition From Life

Using ink, pencil, marker and watercolor, local artist Jenny Vu puts real life on paper. From Thursday, Feb. 2, through Wednesday, Feb, 22, Vu will display her work in the aptly titled exhibition From Life, consisting of “stills” from her everyday life, in Portland State’s White Gallery.

Got MLK? Nikki De Leon, vice president of Kaibigan, will be performing Friday, as will many of her Kaibigan cohort.

Showcasing social justice

Student group Kaibigan presents ‘In the Mix’ talent show to promote Dr. King’s message

Song, dance and poetry are just a few of the talents that will be on display during In the Mix, a performance-based tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that will take place Jan. 20 in Portland State’s Multicultural Center.

“In the Mix is a cultural showcase of different talents that our diverse student body holds,” said Jon Joiner, Multicultural Center coordinator. “The performances [will] exhibit messages of both social justice and peace, following the philosophies of Dr. King.”

Food of love Lexa Walsh dives head-first into a library of recipes.

Cookin’ up community

Lexa Walsh’s Meal Ticket exhibition offers a feast for the eyes, the belly and the soul

Art, music and food are brought together in MFA candidate Lexa Walsh’s Meal Ticket exhibition, which will be on display from Nov. 28 through Dec. 9 in Portland State’s AB Lobby Gallery.

“I use music and food in my practice as my way to get people together, to celebrate communities and build relationships, to start conversations and create identities,” Walsh said.

Meal Ticket is two things.

Think anthropologically

Portland State professor to discuss his fieldwork in far flung areas of the globe

Jeremy Spoon, a third-year assistant professor in Portland State’s department of anthropology, will deliver a lecture this Thursday at the Women’s Resource Center as part of the center’s second annual Social Sustainability Month.

Spoon will educate his audience on issues he encountered during his eight years of research in Nepalese Himalaya and his three and a half years in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area and Desert National Wildlife Refuge in Nevada’s Great Basin.

“I will be introducing some aspects of the ecological knowledge and understanding of people in the Himalayas and the Great Basin,” Spoon said. The lecture will also address environmental, social and economic sustainability issues.

Our Country’s Good

Humor, history and hardship

PSU’s department of theater and film stage production of Timberlake Wertenbaker’s Our Country’s Good

Starting tonight, the Portland State department of theater and film will present their rendition of the play Our Country’s Good, directed by adjunct professor Amy Gonzalez.

The 1988 play, written by British playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker and based on the novel The Playmaker (1987) by Thomas Keneally, takes the audience to a time of hardship while supplying a dark, comical twist.

The play’s sense of historical reality fascinated Gonzales.