Not your mama's mayor: Mayor Sam Adams and drag queen Poison Waters at Portland Monthly's Light A Fire celebration earlier this fall.

In his four years in office, Mayor Sam Adams has championed local arts and culture in ways as big as working to restore arts education to Portland public schools and as small as highlighting arts-related Kickstarter campaigns on his website. Now, as Adams prepares to leave office at year's end, the Regional Arts & Culture Council is showing their appreciation by throwing him a going-away bash.

RACC's pARTy in the Name of Art, taking place at YU Contemporary December 7, will toast the mayor while raising funds for two RACC programs aligned with his initiatives: the schools-focused Right Brain Initiative and the workplace-giving program Work for Art.   

First up is a patron reception at 6:30 pm featuring beer from Hopworks Urban Brewery, cocktails from Bull Run Distillery, and the talents of Storm Large, gospel-singer Julianne Johnson, BodyVox Dance, The Circus Project, PHAME Academy, Scott Poole, and the Portland Flash Choir, plus video appearances by Fred Armisen, Curious Comedy Theater, Cheryl Strayed, Darcelle, and more. 

Then RACC will open up the event at 9 pm for a dance party deejayed by Bollywood-beats purveyor Prashant and a midnight breakfast catered by Burgerville. We're giving away a pair of tickets to this latter, loosened-tie portion of the evening–any takers?

This contest is now closed. Patron tickets ($175) are available here and $25 dance party tickets are here.

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