Jack Ohman

How The Oregonian’s longtime political cartoonist discovered Portlandia.

Books To appreciate Portlandia, you have to leave Portland. Take that from Jack Ohman. For 30 years, Ohman was The Oregonian’s editorial cartoonist and one of the city’s foremost satirists. But he ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Liz Prince, Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir

Challenging what it means to be a girl.

Books Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir opens with the cries of a 2-year-old. They belong to a young Liz Prince, who fears nothing more in her little life than the frilly, pink cloth that hangs from her moth ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Carl Adamshick, Saint Friend

Books “They keep paging Kenneth Koch at the airport,” begins local poet Carl Adamshick’s new collection. “Someone should let the announcer know/ he is dead…” Well, Saint Friend (McSweeney’ ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

David Shafer, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Why is my webcam light on?

Books We all already know Google could own our asses. But any mention of this is usually greeted with the apathy of a depressed kidnap victim who couldn’t imagine why anybody would want him. Portland ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Hotseat: Rick Mitchell

A former Portland musician and writer on the state of jazz right now.

Books Is jazz dead? With nightclub closures and record sales plummeting, it sometimes seems the genre is at least on life support. But if you ask jazz and pop critic Rick Mitchell, the music is looking ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Northwest Book Festival

Books It’s easy to brush off self-published authors. After all, gatekeepers exist for a reason. Even alternative newspapers like WW mostly ignore people who can’t persuade an agent or publisher to rep ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Hotseat: Stephanie Coontz

On Uncle Sam’s marriage fetish.

Books For more than 20 years, social historian Stephanie Coontz has been trying to get everyone to reconsider marriage. In five ... More

Jul 9, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Diana Gabaldon

Books Like any good drug offering a temporary escape from the banality of life, serial fiction can quickly become addictive. I speak from the experience of a user. I’ll be clean for months, dutifully ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

William L. Sullivan, The Oregon Variations

Lost on a strange trail.

Books William L. Sullivan is an essential member of the Oregon literati, author of the most successful series of hiking guides in a state that loves to hike. Ask your friend with a bandanna-wearing yell ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

Are you there Judy? It’s me, Debbie.

Books On June 16, literati the world over re-enact the plot of James Joyce’s Ulysses with pub crawls, marathon readings and Irish breakfasts. On June 17, former teenagers of Portland will have a simil ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

Fresh Meat: Curtis Cook

The Ohio-raised comedian, writer and co-host of Black By Popular Demand 2.

Comedy and Variety Editor’s note: Welcome to Fresh Meat, in which Portland comic Amy Miller interviews newcomers about their hopes and dreams and the foodstuffs from their native lands that Portland fails to prepa ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by AMY MILLER

Green Room: Eric Wareheim

Comedy and Variety If you’re an aficionado of Adult Swim, you know Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim. But the comedy duo’s lo-fi aesthetics and sense of retro-futurist dread are familiar to anyone who’s stayed ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Hotseat: Ryan Sickler

The CrabFeast co-host goes from Baltimore to Beverly Hills.

Comedy and Variety Many standup comedians aspire to that vaunted everyman shtick. Few truly attain it. And even fewer pull it off while still offering shrewd insight into our daily struggles to get by. Ryan Sick ... More

Aug 27, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Interview: The Weird and Wonderful Emo Philips

Oh, The Humanity.

Comedy and Variety Last May’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival didn’t lack for jaw-dropping moments. But none quite compared to a one-liner—not even a complete sentence—from Emo Philips. On the Doug Fir stage du ... More

Aug 20, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono

Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns.

Comedy and Variety Comedian Kyle Mizono wants to dance with you. And she wants to do it in the dim, clown art-filled environs of Funhouse Lounge, with the looming threat of being drenched in booze by comedians wie ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Interview: Comedian Jerrod Carmichael

If Spike Lee has anything to do with it, Jerrod Carmichael will be standup comedy’s next superstar.

Comedy and Variety Very few Spike Lee joints are comedy. Fewer still are comedy specials. In fact, until this year, the only one was 2000’s The Original Kings of Comedy, which made Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertain ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by MIKE ACKER

Don’t Tell This Joke

On the eve of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, here are hacky lines that should be banned.

Comedy and Variety Have you heard the one about the beards? In the seven years since it was established, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival has swelled into one of Portland’s best annual events. It’s a boozy four-d ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Bridgetown Picks From The Funniest 5

Last November, WW polled the local comedy community to determine this city’s top five comedians. Here are their weekend recommendations.

Comedy and Variety Amy Miller: See Jesse Elias! Not that Jesse needs my help to convince people he’s a genius, but I think Jesse’s a genius. We started around the same time in San Francisco, and he was one of ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Beyond the Badger

YouTube legend Randall made a career for himself post-Honey Badger fame. Now he plays guidance counselor for other memes.

Comedy and Variety In early 2011, a mysterious man, identifying himself only as “Randall,” posted a video to YouTube. A dubbed-over National Geographic segment on honey badgers, The Crazy Nastyass Honey Badger fea ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

Little Bit Helps

Kristine Levine serves budding comics with constructive criticism.

Comedy and Variety The diplomatic version is that Kristine Levine is not a huge fan of comedy open-mic nights. But anyone who knows Levine, a blue-collar East Portland comedienne whose last appearance in these pag ... More

Apr 2, 2014 12:01 am by MARTIN CIZMAR

Art in the Dark (A-WOL Dance Collective)

Dangling from the trees and battling the elements.

Dance The wilderness, though beautiful, can also be deadly. Or just annoying. So while an outdoor stage is an alluring prospect for an aerial company accustomed to hanging from ceilings of dusty wareh ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Golden Girl

After 20 years, burlesque legend Tiffany Carter dons the catsuit again.

Dance Back in 1965, a Corvallis native named Teresa Sandford took her first dancing gig. She was underage—only 17—and she’d been booked as a go-go dancer in Anaheim, Calif. She danced twice befo ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

The Sprockettes

The glam-punk, all-female minibike troupe turns 10.

Dance Ten years ago, Portland’s bike scene was burgeoning. Zoobombing—speeding down the West Hills on blinged-out minibikes—was a new trend. But a group of lady cyclists felt something was missi ... More

Jun 25, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Puente (Diego Piñón)

Bridging the gap, with shamanism and seaweed.

Dance On an August afternoon in the high desert of central Mexico more than a decade ago, Portland butoh performer Mizu Desierto found herself blindfolded and tied together with 14 other people. Runni ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

The Last Dance

Dance Oregon’s premier ballet company is losing its premier ballerina. Alison Roper, after 18 seasons with Oregon Ballet Theatre, is retiring, performing for the final time this weekend. In this Celebrate ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Dynamic Duet

On and off the dance floor, Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know when to push one another.

Dance As sisters, Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know siblings don’t get anywhere by being babied. So even as they look out for each other, they won’t hesitate to make the other do things for herse ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

You Too Are Made of Stars (Wobbly Dance)

Dancing by their own rules to rethink disability.

Dance Yulia Arakelyan remembers the first day of an improv dance class led by an experimental choreographer from San Francisco. “The elevator was broken that day,” she says. “I was carried up th ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Crash Corset

A burlesque skeptic spends 10 sequined weeks learning the art of the tease—and how to make tear-away pants.

Dance Headmistress Zora Phoenix wears 5-inch pumps and a black leotard. It’s a Saturday afternoon in January, and the drag queen is instructing us to walk to the mirror and “look sexy.” She demo ... More

Mar 19, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Metal Machine Music (Kogut Butoh)

Lou Reed, with white kimonos and candlelight.

Dance When Lou Reed’s album Metal Machine Music came out in 1975, critics assailed it as a contemptuous joke, a smack in their faces and an immature scrape with career suicide. Now, the album, a 64- ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Luciana Proaño

From Peru to Portland, with poetry and hammocks.

Dance In 20 years of performing in Portland, Luciana Proaño has never gotten significant media attention. She acknowledges she could do more to promote herself, but by her nature—she improvises all ... More

Feb 12, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

Lulu Luscious

A drag queen with hustle, humility and a fierce hair game.

Performance The success of a drag performance set to Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” rests on a few factors. You need a jungle vixen ensemble, a killer lip-synch (just like Britney’s), sexy gyrati ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.

Performance The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KAITIE TODD

Theater Review: Parade

Cruel intentions.

Theater Presented in its stripped-down chamber version, this production of the Tony Award-winning musical Parade places its orchestra center stage. That’s where it belongs: The most impressive element ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN BEER

Sans Merci (Badass Theatre Company)

Without mercy, indeed.

Theater Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci is a test in emotional endurance: Where some dramas prod, this one pummels. For much of the play, directed by Antonio Sonera, the blows come steadily and hit squarel ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.

Theater If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Matter Of Time

The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie.

Theater Perhaps the third time is truly the charm. That’s, at least, what this year’s Time-Based Art Festival suggests. This is festival director Angela Mattox’s third go-around with the genre-bus ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Smooth Operator

A phone-sex veteran takes her x-rated calls to the stage.

Theater Tonya Jone Miller received her first call as a phone-sex operator 10 years ago. Miller, dark-haired and half-Vietnamese, was in her late 20s. She imagined herself as a 19-year-old blonde. Over ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Battle Cry

A new opera explores the traumatic aftermath of combat.

Theater Midway through The Canticle of the Black Madonna, a war veteran named Adam curls into the fetal position. Discordant, frenetic music plays as Adam relives the deaths of his fellow soldiers in ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

The Sister Trap

With Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble makes ennui feel alive.

Theater Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble has never played by anyone else’s rules. In the group’s first production, 2013’s stark and disquieting adaptation of Richard III, actors slid tables ... More

Aug 6, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Love’s Labour’s Lost (Bag & Baggage)

Shakespeare is livin’ La Dolce Vita.

Theater Love’s Labour’s Lost has never been very popular. One of the more convoluted comedies in the Shakespeare canon, the play went almost 250 years after its initial performance without a singl ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by TREE PALMEDO

Hamlet & Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (Anon It Moves and String House Theatre)

Shakespeare and Stoppard go head to head.

Theater When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, he probably never imagined his protagonist as a woman. It’s even more unlikely he imagined two of the play’s minor courtiers caught in existential crisis. But ... More

Jul 30, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

American Psycho

Murders and executions, mostly.

Theater In both press release and pre-curtain speech, Trenton Shine has described his new theatrical adaptation of American Psycho as a parody of the film. It’s a claim that simultaneously overexplains ... More

Jul 23, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Lisa Radon, Infinity Increaser at TBA

In the white room…

Visual Arts Typically we think of poetry as a collection of words—as concrete experience made abstract. But in her installation Infinity Increaser, writer-artist Lisa Radon depicts poetry the opposite way�� ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Pander Brothers, Fabrication/Corrosion

They call Los Angeles the City of Angels…

Visual Arts When Portland art stars defect to Los Angeles (Miranda July, anyone?), it kinda smarts. Which is one reason it’s so refreshing that brothers Jacob and Arnold Pander still call Stumptown home, ev ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Jeffrey Butters, The Reactions

Gold on the ceiling...

Visual Arts In centuries past, artists and jewelers were often one and the same. The lapis-inlaid funerary mask of Tutankhamun, dazzling adornments of Native Americans, and the masterpieces of Renaissance g ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Dream With Your Eyes Open, Gregg Renfrow

A church without pews.

Visual Arts You could build a new religion around Gregg Renfrow’s artwork. His abstract compositions—polymer and pigment poured onto cast-acrylic panels—are so luminous and elemental, they inspire a r ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Hannes Wingate, The Burnside Nest

A bird about to be flipped.

Visual Arts Hannes Wingate’s The Burnside Nest, Portland’s newest public artwork, looks like a bird’s nest on steroids. The spherical sculpture is built to resemble an oversized bird’s nest. Way ove ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Hayley Barker, Apparition Hill

Beautification, all I ever wanted.

Visual Arts In southern Herzegovina, there’s a village called Medjugorje where religious pilgrims flock. Since 1981, people have claimed to see the Virgin Mary there, on top of Mount Podbrdo (“Apparitio ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Anonymous Women, Eva Lake

Independent women, part 3.

Visual Arts Don’t you just love it when poetic men insist that women are stand-ins for something other than, well, women? Shakespeare famously compared his lady love to a summer’s day, while Lord Byron ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Eye River

Supersize versions of old logging tools.

Visual Arts If you’ve walked, biked or driven down Southeast Clay Street in recent weeks, you may have noticed Portland’s newest public art. They’re three sculptures by artist Linda Wysong, collective ... More

Mar 26, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Portland2014

Oregon only, please.

Visual Arts Where do you find the pulse of Portland? If you ask artsy types, they’re apt to direct you to Disjecta’s ambitious biennial exhibition, Portland2014. The nonprofit began mounting biennials i ... More

Mar 5, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Deville Cohen, ZERO

There are heroes and there are zeros.

Visual Arts When you enter Disjecta’s main exhibition space, you’re confronted with an 8-foot-high wall wrapping around something you can’t see. It’s dingy and cheap-looking, made out of white scree ... More

Feb 12, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER
 

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