The Artpunk Club / SoLow Fest PDX DIY-Foodie Snack Attack Pairing Guide (With Recipes)

Earlier this year, we spoke with Julia Brandenberger, a recent Portland transplant who brought with her from Philadelphia a love of clowning, a talent for building community, and SoLow Festival, an experimental performance arts festival where every event is PWYC. Named for its emphasis on solo performances, and its “so-low-to-the-ground” values, SoLow Festival events have a serious DIY streak. While some events take place in familiar performance spaces, others are hosted in non-traditional environments, including one at the top of Mt Tabor park, and a solo ballet in an apartment--the arts-vibe version of an underground house show.

In honor of SoLow PDX’s inaugural summer, we’ve asked the artists to share a little bit about their work, and created a snack pairing guide based on their feedback to round out your DIY festival experience with delicious DIY eats.

Linda Austin, Ordinary Devotions. Photo Credit: Chelsea Petrakis Photography

Linda Austin:

As a performer, what are SoLow's unique challenges and/or delights?

A challenge is that you’re on your own. A delight is that you’re on your own—but also part of something more expansive than your own single show.

What's the best piece of advice you were ever given?

Stop being such a good citizen. By which the person meant overly polite and accommodating.

If your SoLow performance piece was food/a meal, what would it be?

Something assembles a variety of textures and flavors, some unexpected. Like a recipe for a smoked mackerel and mango salad I just found.

Not-So-Ordinary Smoked Mackerel and Mango Salad

You’ll have to ask Linda for her recipe, but pair this simple version with Ordinary Devotions for an evening of unusual juxtapositions. Serves a snack for two or an entree for one.



¼ lb smoked mackerel or salmon

1 mango, diced

1 handful arugula or watercress


2 Tbsp olive oil

1 Tbsp rice vinegar

1 tsp honey

1 tsp dijon mustard

1. Whisk all the dressing ingredients together in a large bowl.

2. Add remaining ingredients and toss gently until dressing is perfectly distributed. Salt and pepper to taste.

3. Eat up, but don’t take your time about it. Show starts at 8pm, and all tickets are PWYC. A minimum of 8 tickets will be available at the door, so scoot over early if you still need your tickets! Ordinary Devotions runs June 18th, 21st, and 22nd at PWNW, at 4625 SE 67th.

Tickets Here!

Zoë Edmiston, Embodied Prose

Zoë Edmiston:

My name is Zoë Edmiston, and I am performing an original work, Embodied Prose, for SoLow Fest on Thursday June 13th @ 7pm and Thursday June 20th @ 7pm. Both performances will be at the top of Mt. Tabor.

As a performer, what are SoLow's unique challenges and/or delights?

I found that the loose structure of SoLow Fest allowed a lot of room for creative freedom. I have enjoyed the challenge of having to figure out on my own, the logistics of my performance. All of the decisions I've made reflect the piece itself and maintains the integrity of the performance.

What's the best piece of advice you were ever given?

When life presents painful, or boring, or tough situations, remember to find the dance and move through them.


Don't take more than you need

If your SoLow performance piece was food/a meal, what would it be?

1. I love this question

2. A warm cinnamon roll. The development of the dance gets closer to a gooey center with all the best flavors and textures right at the end. Yet, from start to finish the whole piece will be delicious to experience.

SoLow SoGood Cinnamon Rolls

Sure, we could pass along my grandmother’s recipe for cinnamon rolls that rise overnight, but we know our audience. They sell a can of the no-artificial-ingredients cinnamon rolls for five bucks at Whole Foods, no day-ahead baking required.


  • One can of cinnamon rolls, any brand

  1. Follow all directions on your favorite can of cinnamon rolls. It’s ok. We’ll wait.

  2. Put them in a box or something so you can go to the top of Mt. Tabor, and eat them all to yourself while enjoying Embodied Prose. Bring a blanket or pillow to sit on to either performance, June 13th & 20th @ 7pm, no reservations required! You’ll find Embodied Prose at the top of Mount Tabor, just follow the signs. The show runs 20-30 minutes... we recommend doubling the recipe if you bring a friend.

Trevor Wade, Clownfish

Trevor Wade:

My name is Trevor Wade. I'll be performing in SoLow on the 14th. My show is called Clownfish. It's an hour of storytelling and comedy about sex, gender, idenntity, and other black & white topics that happens to rhyme.

As a performer, what are SoLow's unique challenges and/or delights?

I am not sure I'm the best equipped to answer this question. I'm on tour right now and my Portland date happens to line up with SoLow but that was pure kismet. Probably my most difficult part is going to be drumming up an audience in an unfamiliar town.

What's the best piece of advice you were ever given?

It [your bad show, your review, your catastrophic failure] doesn't matter: it's in de can either run from it or learn from it.

If your SoLow performance piece was food/a meal, what would it be?

Clownfish would be sushi. It's ornate presentation for something fresh, raw, and at the end of the day, pretty basic. Oh, and some people hate the very idea of it, but they have no class.

Clownfish-Free Happy Vegan Avocado Nigiri

We’re not sashimi-shy in a restaurant, but we’re all for leaving raw meat to the pros. In keeping with the DIY SoLow spirit, skip the sushi-go-round and try this super-simple vegan version of a classic at home.


1 cup sushi rice, prepared and cooled (we like this recipe for its simplicity, and like to make a batch a day ahead)

1 ripe avocado

Soy sauce

Optional: Wasabi, ginger, spicy mayo, etc.

1. Form sushi rice into small balls. You know, like a lil nigiri guy.

2. Slice your avocado into very thin slices.

Place on top of your little rice balls, and add soy sauce to taste.

3. Eat up (using either chopsticks or a fork depending on the success of your sushi rice) and head over to this incredibly intimate event, hosted in a private apartment, and presented as a double feature with VS the Gold by Julia Brandenberger. Clownfish is one night ONLY, June 14th, and all tickets are PWYC!

Tickets Here!

SoLow Fest PDX kicks off with a free launch party TONIGHT at Curious Comedy, 5225 NE MLK. Events continue through the 22nd. For more info, including a full lineup of events, visit

Want to print off these recipe cards and save them like a 70s housewife? GOOD NEWS! We have a printable version here.