November 11, 2012

Stirring the pot at Portland arts venue

The new director at One Longfellow Square, Kippy Rudy, aims to keep things bubbling at the '21st-century urban Grange hall.'

By Bob Keyes
Staff Writer

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Kippy Rudy outside One Longfellow Square in a bustling neighborhood in Portland.

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Rudy, in the lobby at One Longfellow Square, previously worked at PORTopera, Portland Stage Company and the Portland Museum of Art.

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Portland Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m. Thursday; $9 at door

Primo Cubano, 8 p.m. Friday; $10

John Hammond, 8 p.m. Saturday; $25 in advance, $28 at door

Rory Block, 8 p.m. Nov. 23; $20 in advance, $23 at door

Joe Walsh and Friends, 8 p.m. Nov. 24; $20 in advance, $25 at door

Loren and Mark Guitar Duo, 8 p.m. Nov. 29; $17 in advance, $20 at door

Anais Mitchell, 8 p.m. Nov. 30; $15 in advance, $18 at door

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One Longfellow Square also hosts chamber music, and in October welcomed Portland Symphony Orchestra director Robert Moody for an evening of nightclub songs.

As a nonprofit, OLS can engage in fundraising, which is one of Rudy's strong suits. She wants the concerts to pay for themselves, but as the operator of a nonprofit, she is in a different position than someone who runs a commercial enterprise when it comes to taking risks.

There is more margin for error, which "opens the door for some different things, such as the Portland Jazz Orchestra," she said. "We can do sold-out shows by Cheryl Wheeler one night and then take risks with things on the edge, like classical, jazz, young artists and events for kids. We want to do more community outreach, and we're talking to Reiche (Elementary School, in the neighborhood) about an after-school music program."

For Rudy, her work at OLS reminds her of her college days at Drew University in Madison, N.J. She was active in a campus venue that offered live music four or five nights a week.

"Live music has always been a big part of my life personally," she said. "To say that a lot of this is comfortable to me is an understatement. I'm having a great time."

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John Hammond

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Anais Mitchell

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Rory Block

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Joe Walsh


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