Concept-Heavy Events: Fin De Cinema, The Wiz, Krautrock Classics, Signify Sanctify Believe

This post highlights some of our favorite multi-disciplinary arts events (centered mainly around music) coming up from like-minded co-conspirators in Seattle, Portland, and Los Angeles. More events for the next post, including two installments of REDEFINE’s Intuitive Navigation in Seattle and Portland (see last year’s HERE), and Seattle’s ambient music festival Substrata.

Signify, Sanctify, Believe

Portland, Oregon
Presented by Xhurch and Open Engagement
Multiple days – FREE

A traveling troupe of performance art semi-spiritualists, Sanctify, Signify, Believe, are now on the road to conduct a series of head-scratching events that will leave you wondering about your connection to the spiritual world and religion.

The party kicks off May 15th @ 1:00pm at repurposed church venue Xhurch, with an open house and healing service that runs until 4:00pm. Other events taking course throughout the week, until May 20th, include plenty of lectures, performances, musical acts, and REDEFINE involvement in the form of Prince Rama-inspired Now Age tracts for the group’s Library Of Sacred Technologies.


See complete list of Sanctify, Signify, Believe events


Fin De Cinema: Mala Morska Vila

Portland, Oregon
Presented by Holocene
Wednesday, May 16th @ 8:30pm – $5.00

An ongoing film scoring series at Portland’s Holocene, this May 16th event featured the Czech version of The Little Mermaid, the theatrical, wardrobe-heavy Mala Morska Vila. Soundtracking the film will be two REDEFINE favorites — Goodnight Billygoat and Blood Beach — as well as local band Wooden Indian Burial Ground. Former Fin De Cinema events included similar Czech films such as Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders and Daisies, and this is sure to be another shimmering audio-visual spectacle.


Emerald City Visions (A Hip Hop Reinterpretation of The Wiz)

Presented by Seattle International Film Festival
June 1st @ 7:00pm (All-Ages) and 9:30pm (21+)
The Triple Door – $15 advance, $20 door

Every year, the Seattle International Film Festival bunkers down at The Triple Door for an evening of film-scoring fun in a laid-back lounge setting. The films are often silent, and the bands are usually rock bands. This year, KEXP “Street Sounds” DJ has curated an evening with The Wiz, a Wizard of Oz musical that originally features musical arrangements by Quincy Jones and performances by Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Richard Pryor. In the case of this year’s SIFF, local Seattle hip-hop artists will be reimagining the film’s soundtrack in a live setting.

An award-winning Broadway production that opened on Broadway in 1975, The Wiz won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. The 1978 silver screen adaption was directed by Sidney Lumet, produced by Motown head Berry Gordy, and featured musical arrangements by the legendary Quincy Jones, and performances by Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Richard Pryor. Retrospectively revered as a culturally significant, urbanized retelling of L. Frank Baum’s “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz”, The Wiz is ripe for reinterpretation by contemporary artists.

Krautrock Classics: An Evening of Cosmic German Music

Los Angeles, California
Presented by DUBLAB & The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles
Friday, June 1st @ 8:00pm

If bands like Can, Amon Düül II, Faust, Cluster, Tangerine Dream, Kraftwerk, or Neu! tickle your soul’s funny bone, Krautrock Classics might be the best way for you, 2012 dwelling soul, to revisit 1970s Germany and the krautrock scene of yore. Peep the full lineup below, and get there early for DJ sets! According to Dublab, this will be “an evening that reinforces the belief that all music is interconnected.”

Nite Jewel & Friends (Peanut Butter Wolf, Secret Circuit, Cole MNG & Nedelle Torrisi)
Pharaohs (Suzanne Kraft, Ulrich Krieger, David Scott Stone, Cloudland Canyon & Andres Renteria)
Carlos Niño & Friends (Gifted and Blessed, Dexter Story & Surya Botofasina)
Sun Araw
White Magic


Written by
Vee Hua 華婷婷

Vee Hua 華婷婷 (they/them) is a writer, filmmaker, and organizer with semi-nomadic tendencies. Much of their work unifies their metaphysical interests with their belief that art can positively transform the self and society. They are the Editor-in-Chief of REDEFINE, Interim Managing Editor of South Seattle Emerald, and Co-Chair of the Seattle Arts Commission. They also previously served as the Executive Director of the interdisciplinary community hub, Northwest Film Forum, where they played a key role in making the space more welcoming and accessible for diverse audiences.

Vee has two narrative short films. Searching Skies (2017) touches on Syrian refugee resettlement in the United States; with it, they helped co-organize The Seventh Art Stand, a national film and civil rights discussion series against Islamophobia. Reckless Spirits (2022) is a metaphysical, multi-lingual POC buddy comedy for a bleak new era, in anticipation of a feature-length project.

Vee is passionate about cultural space, the environment, and finding ways to covertly and overtly disrupt oppressive structures. They also regularly share observational human stories through their storytelling newsletter, RAMBLIN’ WITH VEE!, and are pursuing a Master’s in Tribal Resource and Environmental Stewardship under the Native American Studies Department at the University of Minnesota.

View all articles
Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Written by Vee Hua 華婷婷
Would love your thoughts, please comment.x