On 6/10/2016, we'll announce tthe world's best new palindromes in 7 categories: short, medium, long, poetic, word-unit, visual and nasty palindromes. Free admission, all ages (the nasty winners won't be read aloud). Entertainers include Comedian Dax Jordan from Los Angeles, Metafilter's own Mark Saltveit (the reigning World Palindrome Champion) as MC/comedian, and Michael "Shoehorn" Conley, Portland's epic tap-dancing saxophonist (who is also one of the nominees). Should be fun, there's beer and good food, and the event will be short (one hour max), 6-7pm. And free admission. [more inside]
Opening night of Portland's Funniest Person contest, with a lot of the strongest competitors -- the ones who already work at Helium as MCs or features, including Metafilter's own msalt, Gabe Dinger, and Shane Torres. This is a dozen comics doing 5-6 minutes sets of their best material. If you tell them you're a friend of Mark, you can get 2 for 1 tickets (2 for $10). If that's still a bit steep, memail msalt as he has a limited number of free tickets, first come first served.
The first ever international competition for best palindromes of the year will conclude Sunday with a gala award ceremony in Portland. Show is free & all ages, 1 hour long. Comedian Dax Jordan from LA will headline; reigning World Palindrome Champion Mark Saltveit is M.C. [more inside]
This is a full length (hour and a half) variety show (loosely) on the theme of palindromes and symmetry. It includes stand up comedy by the excellent Dax Jordan, now of Los Angeles; music by the mysterious Cymbalman; Semor D. Nilap of SCINEGENICS corporation, as recently seen at the CHAD Chats; and the first ever land-based synchronized swimming performance, by the Olivia Darlings. Also -- a live palindrome competition featuring 3 competitors from the recent World Palindrome Championship -- winner msalt, popular author Jon Agee, and Australian master palindromist Martin Clear -- as well as Mary Lang (of the rock group Gift) and Dax. Audience members are invited to join -- bring paper pencil and a dictionary (or whatever tools you need) if you're interested.