Some of Oregon’s sharpest storytellers will share memories of off-beat holiday mischief and wintry discontent at the annual Planned Parenthood Advocates holiday benefit from 8:30 to 10:30 pm Friday, Dec. 7, at Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. Tickets are $15 at the door or $13 in advance from CozmicPizza.com and at the Cozmic box office.
Storytellers include Camilla Mortensen, EW’s associate editor, environmental reporter and resident folklorist; Alexandra Notman, EW’s arts editor; Laurie Notaro, author of An Idiot Girl’s Christmas: True Tales from the Top of the Naughty List; Mark Russell, author of God Is Disappointed in You; L.J. Sellers, author of mysteries and thrillers; Leigh Anne Jasheway, author and standup comic; Curt Hopkins, journalist and poet; and Trisha Marcy, standup comic. UO professor and funny man Phil Scher will host the evening’s entertainment.
The event is a benefit for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, which, in the 2012 election cycle, mobilized activists to fight back against unprecedented attacks on women’s personal medical decisions. The organization’s political action committee conducted one of the state’s most extensive voter-outreach programs to educate Oregonians about where candidates stand on women’s health issues.