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By The Skanner News
Published: 25 January 2011

Portland Community College will welcome artist and author damali ayo to the college's production of "The Vagina Monologues" in February.

"The Vagina Monologues" will be at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12, and 2 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 13 in the Performing Arts Center, Sylvania Campus, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave. Tickets are $12 for students and $15 for the general public. The material in the show is inappropriate for children. The Friday performance will be interpreted for the hearing impaired.

"The Vagina Monologues" is an internationally-performed play originally written and performed by Eve Ensler, although different monologues relating to the vagina, including sex, menstruation, rape, birth, orgasm and others, are added to performances by different players. The play is performed at thousands of different venues each year for V-Day.

Ayo's writing has been featured in more than 100 publications world-wide including Harpers, the Village Voice, Salon.com, the Washington Post, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Redbook Magazine and CSPAN2's Book TV. She is a frequent guest commentator on public radio. Her books, lectures and workshops take one of our culture's toughest topics race and makes it manageable and fun.

For more information, visit: www.damaliayo.com.

Tickets are available at these locations or by calling:

• Sylvania Women's Resource Center, Room 273, College Center, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave. Phone: (503) 977-8101.

• Cascade Women's Resource Center, Room 103 Student Services Building, 705 N. Killingsworth St. Phone: (503) 978-5249.

• Rock Creek Women's Resource Center, Room 103, Building 2, 17705 N.W. Springville Road. Phone: (503 614-7448.

• In Other Words Bookstore, 8 N.E. Killingsworth St. Phone: (503) 232-6003.

Proceeds will go toward a campaign focusing on the women and girls of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Since 1996, sexual violence against women and girls in the Eastern part of the Congo has been used as a weapon of war to torture entire families and whole communities.

In addition, organizers are raising money for the Deborah Evind Women's Leadership Scholarship through the PCC Foundation. The Sylvania Women's Resource Center, which provides support and advocacy to assist women from low-income backgrounds enter college, is collecting funds in honor of Evind to benefit it's female students founder of the center. For more information on how to help, call (503) 977-8101.

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