April 15, 2021
Thursday, April 15 at 7:30pm |


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Tax Day Telethon with Carla Rossi & Pepper Pepper


Join Pepper the P-sychic and Carla the Holistic Healing Lifecoach as they walk you through mind-and-body-affirming modalities and try to sell you (and special guests!) their wares, in this hourlong Tax Day telethon-style livestream fundraiser for Pacific Northwest artists, presented by Risk/Reward.

What:    Tax Day Telethon with Carla Rossi & Pepper Pepper, a fundraiser for PNW artists

Who:     Presented by Risk/Reward, created/performed by Anthony Hudson as Carla Rossi & Pepper Pepper

When:   Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:30pm

Where:  Online via Zoom

Tickets: Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested value of $20) at https://risk-reward.org/event/taxdaytelethon/

More Info:   info@risk-reward.org | 404-395-0634 | risk-reward.org

This April 15th, on our fair country’s annual and official Tax Day, Pepper the P-sychic and Carla the Holistic Healing Life Coach welcome audiences through mind-and-body-affirming modalities as they simultaneously try to sell audience members (and special guests!) their wares, in this hour long Tax Day telethon-style livestream fundraiser for Pacific Northwest artists, presented by Risk/Reward. Viewers will have the chance to see theirr own future, AS THEY’RE LIVING IT, and might even see some special guests who are guaranteed to make everyone’s day brighter, mind righter, and heart lighter.

Risk/Reward, a presenting organization in Portland, Ore., has supported local Native performance artist Anthony Hudson and drag/video artist Pepper Pepper’s work since 2012, when The DECEPTiCONS, “the most prestigious post-contemporary performance dance group in PDX that has never done a show before,” premiered W*RQ at the Festival of New Performance.

These two stalwarts of the Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance are coming together for a very personal and very special reason: To support Pacific Northwest Artists in an especially crucial time of need. As we begin recovering some semblance of normalcy (whatever that means!), Risk/Reward aims to support artists in our region by bringing live, in-person performances and digital offerings to Portland audiences and beyond. The most important piece of the puzzle: Paying artists what they’re worth! For that, we need the help of audience members, viewers, and fans, to continue supplying artists with a platform, creating space to share work, share ideas, and come together as a community in love with art.

This is Risk/Reward’s FIRST EVER fundraiser for artists in the PNW. All proceeds will go towards paying artists to create and show their brilliant, astonishing work to Portland audiences and beyond. Tickets are Pay-What-You-Can to receive the Zoom code to join the show, plus audience members will have the opportunity to text-to-donate while watching.

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ANTHONY HUDSON (Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, performer, and filmmaker perhaps best known as Portland, Oregon’s premier drag clown CARLA ROSSI, an immortal trickster whose attempts at realness almost always result in fantastic failure. Together they have been featured at the Portland and Seattle Art Museums, the Vancouver Queer Film Festival, the 2019 Portland Biennial, the Risk/Reward Festival, PICA’s TBA, Yirramboi in Melbourne, La Mama, New York Theatre Workshop, and more, in addition to regularly hosting and programming QUEER HORROR – the only LGBTQ+ horror film screening series in the United States – at the historic Hollywood Theatre. Anthony was named a 2018 National Artist Fellow from the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation, a 2019 Oregon Arts Commission Fellow, and a 2021 First Peoples Fund Fellow, and has received project support and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Performance Network, USArtists International, Oregon Community Foundation, Regional Arts and Culture Council, the Portland Art Museum & NW Film Center, Ucross Foundation, Caldera Arts Center, and more. Anthony also co-hosts the weekly queer feminist horror podcast GAYLORDS OF DARKNESS with writer Stacie Ponder. Anthony’s first professionally produced theatrical play, LOOKING FOR TIGER LILY, adapted from Anthony’s solo show of the same name, will make its world premiere at Artists Repertory Theatre. Find out more at TheCarlaRossi.com.


Pepper Pepper makes art, loves plants, writes stories and makes videos. Pepper plays Pepper the P-sychic a loving and odd spiritual medium who has ESP-N and lost her remote for viewing. https://www.thepepperpepper.com


Risk/Reward champions artists and audiences who push the boundaries of the performing arts. We promote a supportive and equitable arts ecology that: 1) Empowers artists who live and work in our region; 2) Cultivates audiences that are hungry for adventurous performance work; 3) Forges collaborations across artistic disciplines and communities; and 4) Ignites ideas and provokes possibilities. Risk/Reward’s primary activities are our: 1) Festival of New Performance – an annual festival that supports the creative process as a launch point for short new works. 2) Presenting Series – bringing new full-length contemporary performances to Portland stages. 3) Risk/REWIND – making live events accessible online to audiences everywhere. 4) Dialogue Series – community events to expand the knowledge of and appreciation for adventurous performance work. www.risk-reward.org