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I Live Here: Tim Krause – I Live Here:PDX

I Live Here: Tim Krause

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Name & Age: Tim Krause, 43

Hometown: Echo, Minnesota

Current Neighborhood: Montavilla

How do you pay the rent and what is your slash? I am the Marketing Director for Miracle Theatre Group, Portland’s Latino arts and culture center in Inner Southeast. No “slash” at the moment, but previous careers include braille transcriber and recycling journalist.

What do you create? As an arts administrator, I create connections between artists and audiences. I’ve always believed, “If I can’t make art, I can make art happen.” That said, I also dabble in visual arts, especially sculpture. This summer, for example, I’m creating a collection of paper mache masks for the stage. Some other recent projects have included ceramics, bookbinding, and digital collage (in fact, a collection of my poster art will be on exhibit at City Club Commons in July).

How did you land in Portland? It was really a process of elimination. My partner and I were living in rural Maine and we knew we wanted to return to a city. We ruled out Boston, where we had lived previously; the Midwest, where I grew up; and the South, where he grew up. Seattle was overdone, Los Angeles uninteresting and New York too intense. We didn’t really know much about Portland, but we sold all of our belongings and drove across the country to Portland — without a job or even a place to stay. We didn’t know anyone here and we had never even visited Portland before. But we immediately fell in love with the city and have been here ever since.

What is the last book you read? “Three Men of the Beagle” — the story of English aristocrat Robert FitzRoy, commander of the ship that mapped the coast of South America; his passenger Charles Darwin; and Jemmy Button, a Yahgan Indian they took back to England and later returned to his homeland of Tierra del Fuego. I was curious to read more about Jemmy Button after seeing a biographical play at Santiago a Mil theatre festival in Chile in January.

Name your favorite tattoo. I just got a tribal chest piece by Paul Zenk at Infinity Tattoo, which I love, but my favorite is probably still my first, the one Paul’s wife Amanda Myers did years ago: an abstract black swoosh around my ankle that represents the wing of Mercury.

What was the last thing you ate at a food cart? A vegan chocolate-peanut butter milkshake from Sip.

Oregonian, Willamette Week, or Mercury? I tend to actually read the Mercury in print — I’m a hipster at heart, I guess — but I get my real news fix from a variety of online sources via Google.

What is your favorite bridge and why? Steel Bridge! It has so much character — it’s such a menacing hulk of a contraption, so Dickensian. Plus it’s train, bike and pedestrian friendly.

Stumptown Coffee or _________? I make my own at home.

Coast or Mountains? I appreciate both, but there’s something about the wide-open immensity of the ocean that fills me with great peace.

Only in Portland moment? I can’t decide between the time I swear I saw Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale at a fancy fundraising banquet stuff a bread roll in donation envelope; or the time on Tri-Met when I saw a man and a woman glumly sitting next to each other on the bus, each wearing big photo buttons of themselves sitting side by side with the exact same expression.

A favorite local business? By my bank statement, you’d think Sweet Pea Bakery or Food Fight.

Are you a car person or a bike person? I’m a fair-weather biker; my partner and I share a car and we commute together, so we try to minimize its impact.

If you could change one thing about Portland, what would it be? I would create a nice, flat bike tunnel through Mt. Tabor.

And finally, where can we find you on the web? You can find me at Miracle Theatre Group (www.milagro.org) or on Twitter by following @MiracleInsider, but if you want to check out some of my personal poster art work, I have an album online at: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.112056502156604.13568.100000567654395&l=9bc47bc916.

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