Pink Martini – News
A Word from Thomas about Creative Growth Art Center

We love Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, CA. Thomas was introduced to the organization years ago and we’ve been big fans ever since. Here’s a note from him about the importance of the work Creative Growth does:

I think Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, California is the most magical place in the United States.  Paige Powell and Kim Hastreiter from Paper Magazine introduced me to Creative Growth 8 years ago.

For 40 years, Creative Growth has provided a place for people of all ages with developmental and physical disabilities to make art … from painting to sculpture to furniture making to pottery to latch hook rugs.

If you go to Creative Growth on any weekday from 10am to 3pm, there are 100 people hard at work, making art.  Immediately, when a piece is sold, 50% goes to the artist, 50% goes to the center.

A couple of years ago, Creative Growth had its first fashion show.  Here’s a New York Times video link which tells part of the story:

If you ever have a chance to visit Creative Growth, do it.

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A Weekend with the Oregon Symphony [PHOTOS]

We had a wonderful time performing at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall this weekend with The Oregon Symphony, The von Trapps, Charmian Carr, and many more guests! The crowds were electric all three nights and we couldn’t have been luckier to perform with such amazing musicians. Here are a few behind-the-scenes photos from the weekend:

Did you get any good photos from our concerts this weekend? We’d love to see them! Tweet them to us @PinkMartiniBand or share them with us on our Facebook page. Read More…

“Singin’ in the Square”: A Recap [PHOTOS]

We had a great time celebrating Pioneer Courthouse Square‘s 30th birthday yesterday with “Singin’ in the Square”! The event drew thousands of Portlanders to the Square to sing along with us and The von Trapps, members of the PHAME Academy, the Pacific Youth Choir, the Portland Gay Men’s Chorus, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, and more. Here are a few photos and a quick video of the afternoon. Enjoy!

Derek Rieth and the von Trapps at Singin' in the Square

Singin' in the Square 2014

Sofia von Trapp

Singin in the Square 2014

Aminta Hall, Jeanna and Phil Baker

Mel and August von Trapp

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Enter Our Dream a Little Dream Photo Scavenger Hunt and Win Big!

Today is the first official day of our Dream a Little Dream Photo Scavenger Hunt! Here’s the list of nine Dream a Little Dream-inspired items you need to find in order to win:

Dream a Little Dream Photo Scavenger Hunt

  1. A pale pink coat
  2. An ice cream cone
  3. Sunbeams
  4. Lederhosen
  5. A ukulele
  6. A bust of Brahms/Brahms look-alike
  7. Fireworks
  8. A goat
  9. A black cat

And in case you missed the rules when we first announced the contest, you can find them here.

Good luck, friends! We can’t wait to see your photos!

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Take Photos, Win Prizes: It’s Our Dream a Little Dream Photo Scavenger Hunt!

We’re excited to announce our Dream a Little Dream Photo Scavenger Hunt! Here’s how it works:

1) Visit our Facebook page on Friday, April 4th, to find the list of nine Dream a Little Dream-inspired items to seek out. Copy this list to your computer, jot it down in a notebook, or write it on the back of your hand — just don’t lose it!

Dream a Little Dream Photo Scavenger Hunt

2) Once you’ve got the list, grab your camera, hit the pavement, and comb your neighborhood! Capture the most interesting photo you can of each object, because our favorite sets of photos will be finalists for a grand prize! Don’t forget that this is also a race against time; the first person to send in all nine photos also wins a grand prize!

3) Once you’re satisfied with your collection of nine photos, email the images to with the subject line “Scavenger Hunt Photos”. The deadline for submissions is Friday, May 2.

4) All photos submitted must be original photos shot by you personally! If you use images you find online you will be disqualified from the contest. Read More…

Join Us This Sunday for “Singin’ in the Square”

The Pioneer Courthouse Square turns 30 years old this Sunday, and we’re celebrating with another great community sing-a-long!

Join us at the Square (701 SW 6th Ave, Portland) on Sunday, April 6th, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM for the second annual Singin’ in the Square, featuring the entire Pink Martini ensemble, the fantastic von Trapps, the Pacific Youth Choir, 1,984 free cupcakes, and complimentary songbooks including 40 songs and music selected by Thomas himself!

Learn more about the event here. We hope to see you there! Read More…