FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 12
7 PM GUILD THEATRE
RIDIN’ & RHYMIN’
Dawn Smallman, Greg Snider/Portland, OR
“Forget about that ropin’, it makes callouses
on your hand, and you know it takes soft fingers to land yourself
a man.” So rhymes Georgie Sicking, 81-year-old poet,
mother, and ranch-hand, as she recalls people’s reaction
when, at age 5, she decided that she wanted to be a cowgirl.
Thankfully, she did not forget about roping, instead devoted
her life to it and writing poetry to boot. Despite experiences
like killing her father’s horse out of mercy and essentially
raising herself from the age of 15, Georgie’s strength
and tenacity shine through in her buoyant, optimistic poetry.
Smallman and Snider follow her through the good days and the
bad, being inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame one day
and literally burying her youngest child the next. Such is
life in the (still) Wild West, and one gets the feeling that,
good or bad, Georgie wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jim Neidhardt, Portland, OR
In 1968, a young Jim Neidhardt turned a camera on his eccentric
father, a recently retired pathologist living on Haight Street
in San Francisco. The footage captures the spirit of the era
as well as a very unique family dynamic, father and son sharing
stories, quarreling and experimenting with drugs as if they
are old friends. Whether familiar with Neidhardt’s later
abstract films or not, this personal time capsule fascinates.
PM GUILD THEATRE
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