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Poster for #InvestigatingJoy


Dates with showtimes for #InvestigatingJoy
  • Sat, Jun 1

Run Time: 140 min.

TICKETS $44 – $55 (sliding scale)

Doors 6 p.m.; Event 7 p.m.

Come early for Tarot Reading 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.!

Click here to learn more about accessibility at the Tomorrow Theater.

#InvestigatingJoy is an exploration by local event producer Jagger Blaec about how “healing is not a linear journey”. Blaec (pronounced like the color), the first Black woman to produce the Moth Story hour in Portland and the same person who brought you the 2x sold-out storytelling showcase, “Heaux Stories’, is a nationally published writer, journalist, and storyteller who strives to tell the truth about the more taboo topics of the human experience. 

Hosted by acclaimed comedienne Dahlia Belle and a lineup of several other storytellers, including a live story, the directorial debut of a short film and documentary both from the perspective of a Black girl embarking on a nonlinear mental health and grief journey during her own pursuit of happiness. Other activations will include a mini-documentary Black&Queer-owned acupuncture center Black Pearl Wellness, a sound bath performance from Antha Reynolds of Late Breakfast, one card tarot card pulls for the first 25 tickets sold by local intuitive Selena of GreenWitchbySelena and poetry from the “Peoples Princess of Poetry” Laura Anne Whitley. 

Heaux Stories was a production that centered on how sexual experiences can heal and transform us in the darkest shadows of our lives, unlike Investigating Joy which acknowledges that sometimes there isn’t an instant fix for our trauma while still seeking traditional, medicinal, ancestral, and social unconventional methods to conjure or cultivate some aspect joy and connection that is living.

Curating local talents from underserved communities, this show strives to enlighten audiences on all the endless ways a healing journey can look outside of the whitewashed love and light representation that exists in the mainstream collective understanding of health and wellness. 

Everyone who attends will receive a comprehensive digital guide for BIPOC wellness services and providers and a percentage of proceeds will go to queer mutual aid and performers. 

$1000 was awarded from the Portland Events and Film office and Events office to cover a percentage of production costs and the rest of this show is self-funded and brought to you by Red Jasper Presents.

For more details on budget transparency and how to support this production and aid in cultivating more queer and BIPOC events and productions in the future visit @basic.blaec.girl on Instagram or go directly to the Indigogo campaign for Red Jasper Society. 

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