Start: 11:00 am
With Rookie Rock, Sound Root School of Modern Music invites children to pick up instruments, learn a simple rhythm, and play along! Start your NOFest Saturday with this fun and friendly activity. About Sound Roots: 'Sound Roots is Portland's premiere music school. Family owned and operated, we make every student experience fun, inspiring and totally customized just for you! We offer lessons, classes, workshops, parties and all kinds of other learning opportunities and welcome both kids and adults of all ages and skill levels in just about any instrument!'
Start: 12:00 pm
The Market Day Poetry Series is now in its 4th year of bringing the best of the Northwest's spoken word art to St. Johns. Series coordinator Dan Raphael recruits a different host each week, who in turn invites guest readers. Each week is a different and unique experience, created by a different group of writers. This week's host, David Abel, has invited guests Leo Daedalus (fresh from Ulysses In An Hour) and Mark Owens to join him in a special performance celebrating books and bookstores. Says Leo: 'We'll be interacting with the books that we encounter on the shop's bookshelves. That may include reading from spines and from the texts within, improvising and/or working to instructions, and performing solo and as a group, possibly both jointly and independently--simultaneously.' Leo Daedalus Portland polyartist-performer Leo Daedalus is the host of The Late Now, the thinking mammal's live avant-variety-talk show in Portland and Beyond. A longtime filmmaker, writer, musician and purveyor of Dada-Fluxus mayhem, Leo shares his passion for avant-garde and out-of-the-mainstream culture with what he calls inclusive ludic subversion, the unofficial mission of The Late Now. See events calendars at leodaedalus.com and thelatenow.com. David Abel Poet, editor, teacher, bookseller. New book Float imminent from Chax Press; chapbooks due from Barebone Books and c_L. Copublisher (with Sam Lohmann) of Airfoil series; publisher of Envelope. Founding member of the Spare Room reading series; Research Fellow of the Center for Art + Environment of the Nevada Museum of Art; member of writers and artists collaboration collective 13 Hats; proprietor of The Text Garage. Mark Owens Mark Owens is a performer and sound poet who began noodling with Fluxus contradictions about 15 years ago. He is inspired by this history but is not a Fluxus artist. He was flattered when Alison Knowles chose to perform his "Alphabet Sweep" event.
Start: 3:00 pm
Each week at Portland's Backspace cafe, blood is spilled on the stage as poets verbally duke it out for bragging rights, a fabulous tiara, and the opportunity to perform their work for an audience of thousands at the annual National Poetry Slam tournament. St. Johns Books is thrilled to welcome this year's Grand Slam winners, who will represent our city this August in Charlotte, NC. Samantha Peterson, William Stanford, Robyn Bateman, Meg Waldron, and David 'Doc" Luben bring the noise and the beauty at this special NOFest performance.
Start: 6:00 pm
End: 8:00 pm
St. Johns Books has provided asylum for the 'gentle madness' of bibliophily to our neighborhood since 2005. We are so happy to be a part of this community--and there is no us without you. Please drop by for snacks and special deals and surprises, including hidden envelopes in sneaky places!