The Universe Inside of Me

The Universe Inside of Me

Stories and Songs from Joaquin Lopez

Wednesday, April 22nd POSTPONED New Date Pending

Five Oaks Museum, Community Room

During PCC Rock Creek Semana de la Raza


Five Oaks Museum presents an intimate conversation and performance with Oregon musician Joaquin Lopez, sharing his experiences coming of age and coming out as a Latino gay man. Lopez’ infectious, emotional music harkens to 80s and 90s electro-pop sounds with Latin American flair and Spanish lyrics. Musical performances will be interspersed into his conversation with Five Oaks Museum’s Cultural Resources Manager Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk and a student from the LGBTQ+ Latinx PCC community. Lopez’ work invites the audience into “a magical world that pays tribute to Latino queer identity, emotional survival, and personal transformation.”

The public and PCC audience are invited to lunch from King Torta at Five Oaks Museum at noon in advance of the free event.

About Joaquin (from his website):

Joaquin Lopez is a performing artist and musician from Portland, Oregon. He loves music. People. Creative collaborations. Poetry. Thinking and imagining things. He likes to write in English and sing in Spanish. He enjoys getting in front of people and entertaining through songs and stories. He really loves making mistakes and laughing at himself. He also enjoys shedding a tear or two inspired by a beautiful memory or an enchanting heartache. He’s learned there’s nothing like accepting your reality and letting go of your perceptions. Owning all that you are. Forgiving everyone who has ever hurt you. Even the bullies. He struggles with trying to be perfect and wanting to be cool. Often wakes up relieved he’s beating to his own drum. He’s done some plays and musicals. He’s made a few bad mistakes he regrets. He’s produced two albums. He loves his friends and family. And, if he had the chance to do it over again he wouldn’t change a thing.