Greg Rucka and Justin Greenwood, Stumptown, Vol. 3

Books Forget what Portlandia or Portland Monthly would have you believe. Scratch the skin of this town and you come up with dirt under your fingernails—theft rings under bridges, child prostitutio ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Jeremy Robert Johnson, Skullcrack City

Hex and violence.

Books Jeremy Robert Johnson is a madman. As poster boy for the locally driven Bizarro fiction movement, he’s spent years combating adherence to a single genre, with several collections of violent, d ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Michaelangelo Matos, The Underground Is Massive: Book Review

Books It’s right on the damn cover: “EDM,” highlighted in the divisive and corporate genre tag’s unofficial color, hot pink. Considering the inside pages, the placement of that term on the cov ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Sam Quinones, Dreamland: Book Review

A nation nods off.

Books In March of 2013, WW ran a cover story titled “Who Wants to Save a Junkie?” It described a drug, Narcan, that could snap users out of heroin overdoses. By then, American OD deaths from opi ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by AARON MESH

Hotseat: T.C. Boyle

The prolific novelist talks up gun violence and the rule of law.

Books T.C. Boyle may very well be the master of topical literature. Told through expertly crafted prose, his novels manage to delicately dissect issues like illegal immigration (1995’s The Tortilla ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by PENELOPE BASS

Jon Ronson, So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

Everybody must get stoned.

Books On Dec. 20, 2013, Justine Sacco, a PR rep for Tinder parent company IAC, tweeted a very poorly received joke: “Going to Africa. Hope I don’t get AIDS. Just kidding. I’m white!” By th ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

J.C. Hallman, B & Me

Putting the need back in reading.

Books J.C. Hallman thinks book culture has been ruined by the academics. In part, this is because they take the human element out of reading. His new book, B & Me, is a high-stakes gambit, inter ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Paige McKenzie, The Haunting of Sunshine Girl

Literally!

Books Paige McKenzie is an Internet juggernaut. The 20-year-old, who lives in rural Oregon about an hour outside Portland, is the face of a YouTube channel that boasts more than 120 million page vie ... More

Mar 25, 2015 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Smith Henderson, Fourth of July Creek

More live in heartbreak.

Books Cheryl Strayed got the fancy movie premiere. Chuck Palahniuk gets the comic book. But probably the most significant book to come from a Portland writer in the past year is Smith Henderson’s Fo ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Mark Adams, Meet Me in Atlantis

Somewhere, beneath the sea…

Books Every clue to the final resting place of the lost city of Atlantis comes from a single, ancient source: the Greek philosopher Plato. And even he heard the story eighth-hand, passed down from a d ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by MATT BUCKINGHAM

Funny Knows Funny

We asked past Funniest 5 comics to pick what’s best at this year’s Bridgetown.

Comedy and Variety Nathan BrannonIMAGE: Inger Klekacz7 Minutes in Purgatory at Doug Fir Lounge, 7 pm Saturday. $20.  Ian Abramson created this show, where comedians do their standup set in a soundproof room to ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Multnomah Falls (Funhouse Lounge)

The Falls falls, hard.

Comedy and Variety You’d think an improv-fueled, Portland-centric parody of glitzy Reagan-era melodramas was inspired by Portland’s original version—Pillars of Portland, the ’80s PDX soap by former WW colu ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Michael McDonald

Comedy and Variety The Michael McDonald headlining Helium Comedy Club is not a silver fox serenader from the Doobie Brothers. But he is silvering, and that’s rare in standup. While SNL retirees go silver on the ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Karmel Kwiz

Comedy and Variety You know who Ian Karmel is. You know he’s one of the biggest standup comedians to come out of Portland, you know he’s written for Chelsea Handler, and you might even know he’s now writing ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

The Haha House

Standup comedy invades the living rooms and garages of Portland.

Comedy and Variety House shows have been a staple of the music scene forever. But there’s a different art form encroaching onto this turf: standup comedy. In a town with more comics than there are open slots ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by WW Staff

Lickety Brit

English comic Matt Kirshen makes himself more than a novelty act.

Comedy and Variety As a Brit living in the U.S., comedian Matt Kirshen knows his accent can be a bit distracting. But sometimes, it slips his mind that he sounds different from everyone else. “It’s like th ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 1, Sean Jordan

Comedy and Variety Sean Jordan is the first to admit he’s somewhat forgettable. A tall, decent-looking white dude, perpetually clad in jeans and a hoodie, he looks like a skater bro who never grew up. Sometimes, ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 2, Curtis Cook

Comedy and Variety Curtis Cook is used to telling jokes to white people. He got his first crack at standup in middle school in Auburn Township, Ohio, a rural exurb east of Cleveland that’s 97 percent white. The se ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 3, Steven Wilber

Comedy and Variety Three years ago, Steven Wilber was worn down. He was stuck in an uninspiring administrative job at a collection agency and felt short on creative motivation. So he made himself a promise: seven ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 4, Christian Ricketts

Comedy and Variety Christian Ricketts’ path to comedy began by getting drunk and sitting in a parked car with a loaded gun. “I thought of joining the Army and suicide,” he says of those days, “two things that ... More

Nov 26, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Blues Project (Dorrance Dance)

New Yorkers swing into Portland’s untapped tap scene.

Dance This ain’t your mama’s tap dancing. There is a drummer on stage. She starts up “this slow and sticky 12-beat blues.” Then the violinist comes in, and the audience starts clapping early ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Open Space

Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate.

Dance First, they came for the bars. Now, Portland dance is getting pushed around. In the past seven months, at least four different Portland dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only som ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Ching Ching Wong (Northwest Dance Project)

For one dancer, NWDP is more than a company, it’s family.

Dance Ching Ching Wong, all 4 feet 11 inches of her, wriggles in her chair as she throws up jazz hands: “I want to dance forever. Like in retirement homes in my wheelchair, I’m going to be killi ... More

Mar 18, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

The Box Marked Black

Checking in.

Dance In 2013, as an intern at WW, I wrote this about local actress, teacher and dancer Damaris Webb’s one-woman show The Box Marked Black: “In the absence of easy description, ‘delightful’ will ... More

Mar 4, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Hold Me Closer, Tango Dancer

Clay Nelson built the longest-running tango festival in North America—in Portland.

Dance Clay Nelson knows all about the Portland tango. After all, he’s the main reason it exists. Each year, dancers and instructors come from all over the world to the ValenTango festival he found ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Firewall (BodyVox)

A dance company reveals the tricks behind the technology.

Dance If you saw Inception a few years back, chances are you marveled at the film’s spinning, zero-gravity hallway scene. BodyVox didn’t stop at admiration—the 17-year-old dance company decided ... More

Dec 3, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

A-Bout (TopShakeDance)

Dancing themselves black and blue.

Dance TopShakeDance is about to hit the dance floor hard. Literally: To explore competition and groupthink, the company’s newest work, A-bout, employs wrestling mats, mixed martial arts-inspired choreog ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Togetherness (Danielle Ross and Stacey Tran)

Uniting the melodramatic and the mundane.

Dance How would you move if you were a Greek god? That’s just one question posed during Togetherness, a new dance piece by choreographer Danielle Ross. In the piece, dancers strike iconic poses of ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

All That Glitters

Allie Hankins channels one of the greatest dancers of the 20th Century.

Dance By the time he was 29, legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was calling it quits. Allie Hankins, on the other hand, didn’t start dancing until college. Now 30, the local dancer-ch ... More

Oct 22, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

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

Spring Fresh

A few favorite pieces from Portland designers’ spring lines.

Fashion Portland’s fashion is uniquely utilitarian. It’s a lifestyle thing: When you’re riding a bike in the rain, you can’t wear the precious high-heel shoes or spiffy designer suit. We don�� ... More

Feb 18, 2015 12:01 am by LUCAS CHEMOTTI

DGAFuccboi

Are you wearing presentable streetwear?

Fashion From try-hard high-fashion haters to trust-fund hypebeast high-schoolers, the fuccbois are out there, and we’re gonna help you find them. A fuccboi (pronounced like and originating from the ... More

Feb 4, 2015 12:01 am by LUCAS CHEMOTTI

It’s All About... Are You Freakin’ Kidding Me?

Fashion We love a good practical joke, but our nation’s current situation is getting out of control. It’s like the country is collectively living that damn Groundhog Day movie, only instead of the ... More

Apr 1, 2009 12:00 am by Laura Shinn

It’s All About... Hey, lady! What’s in that big-ass bag

Fashion Purse, handbag, tote…whatever you call it these days, lugging around a bag o’ crap is part of a female’s DNA. Even though it’s a health hazard. You heard me: Big bags jam-pack ... More

Mar 18, 2009 12:00 am by Laura Shinn

It’s All About... A Person’s Place For Things

Fashion If you visit Noun (3300 SE Belmont St., 235-0078), the little quirky-chic design and decor shop in Southeast Portland, you’ll think three things: (1) DANG, this place is cute; (2) DANG, let&rsqu ... More

Mar 11, 2009 12:00 am by Laura Shinn

It’s All About... Drugstore Cowgirls

Fashion Ever heard of the diamond sparkle spa set from Body Systems? You know, the $78 lotion and body scrub that supposedly contains 13.25 carats of real ground diamonds? Probably not, because it’s fuc ... More

Feb 25, 2009 12:00 am by Laura Shinn

It’s All About... Sloppy, Happy, Totally Dork-Tacular Love

Fashion You thought we’d pooh-pooh the whole Valentine’s thing, didn’t you? Maybe do an entire “Love is for Losers” column just dedicated to Morrissey, black roses and explicit i ... More

Feb 11, 2009 12:00 am by Laura Shinn

It’s All About... Frank James Goes To The Bins

Fashion PHOTOS BY HEATHER ZINGERWe’d like to publicly thank Jebus for Frank James. No, not the less-famous outlaw and brother of Jesse, but Frank James the PDX store. Opened last fall, the boutique for ... More

Feb 4, 2009 12:00 am by Laura Shinn

It’s All About...Cold Comfort

Fashion Yeah, last week was sunny, but damn if the cold didn’t bite us right in the ass. Know what else bit us? A rhinovirus. That’s right: We have the nastiest lung-buttery malaise this side of t ... More

Jan 21, 2009 12:00 am by Laura Shinn

It’s All About...Inauguration Balls

Fashion Judging from the rabble-rousing and ballyhoo that went down on the streets of Portland on Nov. 4, we’re guessing Jan. 20 is going to be off the hook. After all, Messrs. Obama and Biden are publi ... More

Jan 14, 2009 12:00 am by WW Editorial Staff

The Phantom of the Opera (Portland Opera)

Lloyd Webber’s music of the night goes flat.

Performance The iconic white mask is still there. So, too, the crystal chandelier that famously crashes at the end of the first act. And those histrionic, undeniably memorable tunes are all intact. But vete ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Storefront Revue: The Babes Are Back (Triangle Productions)

Part scandalous musical, part historical biopic.

Performance Three songs after the Kent State shootings, a man unbuttons the front of his costume to expose a massive, star-spangled phallus. Like the legendary 1970s-’90s Portland theater that inspired ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Carmen at Portland Opera: Review

Portland Opera puts on a cathartic, passionate, bravura production of Carmen.

Performance Portland Opera’s impassioned take on Georges Bizet’s Carmen is the most electrifying production the company has staged since 2010’s sad-clown-fest, Pagliacci. Like that opera, Carmen centers ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Spring Awakening

Performance picks for spring 2015.

Performance THEATER The Snowstorm As part of Fertile Ground—an 11-day spree of locally produced new works—pianist Eric Nordin and choreographer Jessica Wallenfels collaborate on an original piece of d ... More

Dec 31, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON, KAITIE TODD

Best of the Stage

Performance Death, sex and money featured prominently on Portland stages in 2014. So did punk rock, kitty litter and confetti. The year’s top theater and dance shows embraced raw emotion—several gave ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Die Fledermaus (Portland Opera)

Adultery, masked balls and arias soaked in Champagne.

Performance Viennese waltz maestro Johann Strauss II concocted a delightful trifle with Die Fledermaus, his 1874 operetta about a wayward husband and his comeuppance at the hand of a treacherous friend who ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by JOHN BEER

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

Three Days of Rain (Portland Center Stage)

Grimm stars fight family drama with wit.

Theater If you describe your mother as “sort of like Zelda Fitzgerald’s less stable sister,” chances are your childhood wasn’t rosy. Walker and Nan, the brother and sister at the center of Ric ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

The Lion (Portland Center Stage)

This one-man musical is more meow.

Theater Benjamin Scheuer’s one-man show is billed as a play, but The Lion doesn’t feel like one. Trade the six guitars balanced on the Ellyn Bye Studio’s minimalist stage for a baby grand, costume ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by JAY HORTON

Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play (Portland Playhouse)

What if only The Simpsons survived?

Theater The Simpsons is a cultural institution. Gen-Xers grew up with it. Many millennials have never known a world without it. Even a few baby boomers embraced its irreverent, referential humor. But ... More

May 20, 2015 12:01 am by JOHN LOCANTHI

Static (Third Rail Repertory)

Sound and sign language harmonize in Third Rail’s new dramedy.

Theater Scottish playwright Dan Rebellato’s Static pits the power of rock against the sound of silence. The production’s first ambitious undertaking is being bilingual in English and American Sign L ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

4000 Miles (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Amy Herzog’s play hits a few bumps along the way.

Theater Realism can be rough. When a play has a simple set and minimalist dialogue, it takes well-tuned performances to create a sublime show. Amy Herzog’s 4000 Miles, a finalist for the 2013 Pulitz ... More

May 6, 2015 12:01 am by CONOR EIFLER

4000 Miles (Artists Rep)

Portland stages keep on trucking through Amy Herzog plays.

Theater New York playwright Amy Herzog became contemporary theater’s darling when her play 4000 Miles was the first from Lincoln Center Theater’s prolific new works program to get an off-Broadway ru ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Post-Milepost5

Post5 is switching things up in Sellwood.

Theater Post5 Theatre Company is on the move. It started in 2011 with a summer program of Shakespeare plays in the courtyard of Milepost5, a Montavilla artists collective. Every show was free, and the ... More

Apr 22, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Columbinus (Oregon Children’s Theatre)

The Children’s Theatre goes dark.

Theater When two teens in black trench coats marched through the halls of Columbine High School, most of the cast of Oregon Children’s Theatre’s Columbinus were just 2 years old. Now the age that ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

The School For Lies: Theater Review

Theater The Shoebox Theater is almost too intimate—audiences at the aptly named space have to parade across stage to exit. It’s a fitting squeeze for Theatre Vertigo’s The School for Lies, where t ... More

Apr 15, 2015 12:01 am by RIHANNA WEISS

A Comedy of Errors (Six on Shakespeare)

Gender-swapping as social experiment.

Theater “Do you know me, sir? Am I Dromio? Am I your man? Am I myself?” Shakespeare’s fool in A Comedy of Errors questions identity in what could go down a rabbit hole of existential philosophizing. ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by KATHRYN PEIFER

Off The Streets

Portland graffiti waxes genteel.

Visual Arts You will never see the full mural on the west wall of Southeast Stark Street’s Bonfire Lounge. The graffitied wall is a story-high epitaph to Michael Brown, painted by local muralist Ashley ... More

May 27, 2015 12:01 am by ENID SPITZ

Jeremy Okai Davis, Those Days Are Over

Painting a convincing memory lane.

Visual Arts Those Days Are Over began when local artist Jeremy Okai Davis’ landlord gave him an album of photographs left behind by a travel agency. The pictures of friends vacationing in the 1980s inspir ... More

May 13, 2015 12:01 am by MEGAN HARNED

Storefront Revisited

Storefront’s vintage costumes put sexuality front and center.

Visual Arts When a nearly naked black actor played Spartacus in American Theatre Company’s 1969 production of The Gladiator at Portland State University, it was the beginning of the end.Costumes from the co ... More

Apr 29, 2015 12:01 am by MEGAN HARNED

Photography Month at Elizabeth Leach

Rauschenberg and Hilliard go opposite ways.

Visual Arts Call me old-fashioned, but I’ve always had trouble thinking of photography as fine art. Well, Photolucida’s Portland Photo Month shows at Elizabeth Leach are forcing me to reconsider.One of ... More

Apr 8, 2015 12:01 am by MEGAN HARNED

Favorite Portland Art Shows, 2002-2015

Richard Speer’s 10 favorite shows from 2002 to 2015, in chronological order.

Visual Arts Julia Fenton’s Devices and Desires (Mark Woolley Gallery, April 2003) Visually extravagant with pink feathers and over-the-top sculptures, this show was also deeply thoughtful in its critique of ... More

Apr 1, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

PNCA’s New Digs

Look closely for the schooner…

Visual Arts First Thursday’s must-see destination for March was the brand-flippin’-new campus of Pacific Northwest College of Art, which crowns the North Park Blocks at 511 NW Broadway. Although the b ... More

Mar 11, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Jeremy Rotsztain, Electric Fields

Now in 3-D!

Visual Arts With Microsoft’s new HoloLens upping the ante on virtual reality just as Google Glass sunsets, Portland artist Jeremy Rotsztain finds his exhibition, Electric Fields, at the crossroads of te ... More

Feb 11, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Diana Markosian, Inventing My Father

Traveling to Armenia to reconnect with an absentee father.

Visual Arts Diana Markosian’s father would fit well in an Everclear song. During her childhood, he would vanish without explanation for months at a time, then return as if nothing had happened. His stor ... More

Jan 14, 2015 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

The Best Visual Art Of 2014

Visual Arts As winemakers say about extraordinary vintages, “It was a very good year.” 2014 gave us a mother lode of materially and thematically engaging visual-arts shows. Month to month, the most re ... More

Dec 24, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

Art Review: Francine Fleischer, Swim

Off the beach, into the cenote.

Visual Arts The landscape of Mexico, wrote D.H. Lawrence in The Plumed Serpent, “seems to emit a deep purring sound, too deep for the ear to hear, and yet audible on the blood.” Lawrence’s musings hin ... More

Dec 10, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER
 

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