The Oregon Encyclopedia invites you to a special History Night presentation at the Bagdad Theater (3702 SE Hawthorne) this Monday, July 25, 2011: Roll on Columbia: Woody Guthrie and the Columbia River Songs.
Join us for this musical and visual tribute to Guthrie by local musicians with a screening of the documentary film by oral historian & radio/video producer Michael O’Rourke, with a Q&A with the filmmaker. Michael O’Rourke’s documentary depicts the remarkable story of songwriter Woody Guthrie’s time in Portland working for the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) in 1941, and the discovery 40 years later of a collection of Guthrie’s BPA recordings about the Columbia River. Historical photos, scenes from the 1948 BPA film “River of Power,” and interviews with Guthrie’s wife, Mary, famed folklorist Alan Lomax, and Steve Kahn, Guthrie’s BPA manager, highlight the film.
Musical guests include The Wanderers (Bill Murlin and Carl Allen), Renegade Minstrels, Little Sue, Lewi Longmire. Mike Midio, and Jim Brunberg.
Admission is $5 per person. Doors open at 6pm, and film and music begin at 7pm. Minors are welcome, accompanied by a parent or guardian.