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Community Read: Parable of the Sower

Join Portland Ovations and the Portland Public Library as we embark on a four-part exploration of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable series. Each month, we will dive into these landmark works of Afrofuturism, led by local facilitators.

About the Parable of the Sower Opera

On April 14, 2023, Indigo Arts Alliance and Portland Ovations, in association with Bowdoin College, present Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower, created by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, at Merrill Auditorium.

Participants in all four parts of the Community Read series will receive a complimentary ticket to the performance.

All that you touch you change. All that you change changes you. Based on the landmark sci-fi novels by Afrofuturist author Octavia E. Butler, Parable of the Sower is a genre-defying, modern congregational opera that celebrates two centuries of Black music. Written by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon, Parable chronicles the spiritual awakening of Lauren Olamina amidst an America plagued by the products of unrelenting greed, systemic injustice and climate change denial. With an ensemble of more than 20 musicians, Parable transforms the operatic form, fusing African-American spiritualism, deep insights into gender and race, and climate activism into a new musical experience that thrills and inspires.

Learn more at portlandovations.org

Upcoming Events:
Mar02
Community Read: Parable of the Talents
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Downtown Library Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Let's discuss Parable of the Talents! This is the second book in Octavia Butler's Parable series. This event is cosponsored by Portland Ovations.
Apr06
Community Write: Parable of the Sower
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Downtown Library Audience: Adults, Teens, Seniors Join us for a writing workshop, where we will explore themes from Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower. This event is cosponsored by Portland Ovations.