Episode 6: D Martin Austin, Stacey Rice, and Nikole Potulsky
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My Real Portland - The Podcast episode 6 features Comedian D Martin Austin (Portland Queer Comedy Festival), Storyteller and LGBTQSIA+ Leader Stacey Rice, and Singer Songwriter Nikole Potulsky! Plus Cupcake and Princess (Jason and Jeana) play MRP - The Game Show!

Recorded live on September 11, 2018 at the Jade Lounge, 23rd and SE Ankeny in Portland. 

Brooks
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Brooks

Caryn Brooks (just “Brooks” to many who know her...except for her family, because that would be weird) is a Portlander by way of Philadelphia and still has the attitude to prove it. Her career has spanned both journalism and politics. Her writing has been published in Rolling Stone, Time Magazine, New York Magazine, and many other financially unstable bastions of the fourth estate. These days she’s a civil servant with a stand up comedy habit as a member of the feminist killjoy comedy collective That's What She Said.

She is on the board of the Pride Foundation, an lgbtq community org that funds the movement in the Northwest.

Free time activities include playing softball, bicycle riding, driving around town in her Lezbaru, walking her rascally mutt Duchess, and wondering how she got to be such a stereotype.

Upcoming appearances: 
Nov 9: That’s What She Said “Get Stuffed” show benefitting Equi at Siren Theater.
December 6 Back Fence PDX: RUSSIAN ROULETTE

Jonah Willbach
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Jonah Willbach is the co-founder of Portland’s Lents Chicken Beauty Contest with his wife Maggie. He’s an accomplished Mandolin player and plays with band Postwar Radio. Jonah and I cowrote a musical in 1991 with 30 other young actors and performed at Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center.

Jonah on Soundcloud

Postwar Radio

Jonah Willbach will appear on the October 9th My Real Portland.

Charmian Creagle
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Charmian Creagle is a theater director and producer with The Reformers along with her husband, actor Sean Doran. Originally from Los Angeles, she studied theater in Ashland then spent a decade in New York before returning to Portland. She is CoChair of the Buckman School PTA. Charmian has been a dear friend of mine for over 25 years.

The Reformers

The Reformers on Facebook

Buckman Elementary PTA

Charmian will appear on the October 9th My Real Portland.

Stacey Rice
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Stacey Rice has made an important and lasting impact on Portland in 6 years in the city. Stacey is a speaker and trainer on trans policies for businesses, government organizations. In 5 years with the Q Center, the largest LGBTQ2SIA+ community center in the Pacific Northwest, Stacey made the organization more inclusive and equitable, while shoring up the financial aspects to ensure a solid foundation for the center. She was recognized by the Gay and Lesbian Archives of the Pacific Northwest as a Queer Hero in 2016 for her work at Q Center and in the greater Portland community. She now works for the City Club of Portland and organization dedicated to community service, public affairs and leadership development.

And this quote of hers could have been said by myself: "In her spare time, you will find Stacey out wandering the backroads of the Pacific NW, hiking to her favorite spots in the Gorge and on the Coast, maybe sitting under a big Ponderosa Pine tree somewhere in the high desert, or heading out to Willamette Valley wine country."

Q Center website

City Club website

D Martin Austin
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D Martin Austin is co-founder of the Portland Queer Comedy Festival. D is a queer single parent raised throughout America’s predominantly white suburbs by a copywriter and a black nationalist. Building from their complicated background and experiences, D wrestles existential anxieties to bring a uniquely accessible voice to readers of their blog and column in The Portland Mercury (“The Party Review”), the stage, and their podcast YOUR FAULT FOR LISTENING (on iTunes), with a healthy dose of social criticism, self-deprecation, and a dash of gold lame. *Voted Best Showcase (Your Fault for Listening) and Funniest Male Performer at The NW Black Comedy Festival (2017)

D Martin Austin's Youtube

Portland Queer Comedy Festival website

D Martin Austin will appear at the september 11th, 2018 taping of my real portland.

Nikole Potulsky
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Nikole Potulsky has a voice that can lilt through the air like a tiny bird or burst through the gut with the soul of a wild beast. The stories she weaves through lyric and music resonate in our bones because they are reminiscent of our shared human past of storytelling around an intimate campfire of family and friends. 

From Nikole's Bio: Nikole Potulsky grew up in small towns, at the kitchen tables of working women who taught her to read cards, listen for deeper meaning, make her own money, and never back down.  Her stories often chronicle the lives of these women- mothers, grandmothers, counterfeiters, fortune tellers, bar owners, gamblers, arsonists, divorcees, and mistresses. She connects their stories of rebellion and resistance  to her own, and raises up parallel stories of resilience. Nikole writes to reminds us that there is beauty and power in everything, particularly the darkness, the unspoken, the lost, and the forgotten. 

Nikole Potulsky stirs the the raw emotion of the blues, the call to action of folk, the storytelling of country music with the longing for salvation of gospel.

Nikole has performed across the United States on stages with  Israel Nash,  Daphne Willis, Edna Vasquez, Ashleigh Flynn, Taína Asili y la Banda Rebelde, Evan Greer, and at events like Queer Tacoma, Unchaste, Get Nervous, Grief Rites, Coming Out Monologues, Siren Nation, OutLoud Music Festival, Rhea Music Festival, Batts Comedy Tour, and once in a honky tonk bar behind chicken wire.

 

Nikole's Facebook page
Nikole's YouTube
Nikole's Website

Nikole will appear at the September 11th, 2018 taping of My Real Portland.

Episode 5: Katie Nguyen, Katrina Kahl, and Jana Losey Crenshaw
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My Real Portland - The Podcast episode 5 features Comedian & Improv/Sketch Actor Katie Nguyen (Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest), Brian Grant Foundation Executive Director and fellow David Douglas High School graduate Katrina Kahl, and Singer Songwriter & Theater Composer Jana Losey Crenshaw.

Recorded live on August 14, 2018 at the Jade Lounge, 23rd and SE Ankeny in Portland. 

My Real Portland returns September 11th with Country Blues Singer Nikole Potulski and more! Happy Hour at 6:30, Show at 7!

Jana Losey Crenshaw
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Jana Losey Crenshaw is a singer songwriter, theater composer, avant garde perfomer. From smalltown Pennsylvania and across the US and Canada, she’s called Portland her home for the past ten years and in that time has composed works for Hand2Mouth’s adaptation of Ursula LeGuin’s Left Hand of Darkness, multiple works at Portland Center Stage. Jana also scored “Note to Self”, which was written and directed friend and former guest of My Real Portland, Adrienne Flagg. I’m excited to present Jana Losey Crenshaw!

Jana’s website Janacrenshaw.com

Bandcamp https://janacrenshaw.bandcamp.com, iTunes https:///itunes.apple.com/us/artist/jana-losey/192539365

Jana will be featured on the august 14th recording of my real portland!