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

Dan Barber, The Third Plate

The Barber of Blue Hill.

Books Every time someone tells me what I shouldn’t eat, I reach for the revolving lazy Susan. Far too often the food police are joyless scolds or dieters in disguise—people of the upper quartile w ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

List: No Such Thing as “Out of E-Print”

Three things you should know about out-of-print books.

Books This week, Portland authors Cheryl Strayed, Lidia Yuknavitch and Ursula K. Le Guin, plus Bitch Media Editor Kjerstin Johnson, will gather at the Powell’s in Beaverton to discuss their favorite ... More

May 14, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

Peter McGraw & Joel Warner, The Humor Code

Spoiler alert: Comedy is funnier when you’re drunk!

Books A Venn diagram halfway through The Humor Code (Simon & Schuster, 212 pages, $26) merges a circle labeled “Time” and another labeled “$1,272.96 Bar Tab” with the label “Funny.” This ... More

May 7, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

Benjamin Ross, Dead End

Why the rent is 2 damn high.

Books Your mom lives in a failed socialist experiment. At least she does if she’s out in the ’burbs, where covenants and zoning laws are mostly meant to stop low-class apartment dwellers or commer ... More

Apr 30, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Charles R. Cross, Here We Are Now

Drawn into your magnet tar-pit trap.

Books In the 20 years since Kurt Cobain took his own life…an unbearable number of people (about 2 million, according to Google) have headed think pieces about the addled rock star’s legacy with some ... More

Apr 23, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Hannah Kent, Burial Rites

A sentence of sorts in Kornsá.

Books Burial Rites (Back Bay Books, 311 pages, $15) is a fictional reimagining of the life of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, a farmhand who awaits execution for murdering her employer in 19th-century Iceland ... More

Apr 16, 2014 12:01 am by LAURA HANSON

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

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

3x3 (POV Dance)

Climbing up walls and sliding down banisters.

Dance The last time POV Dance performed was in 2010, when the company balanced on windowsills and did handstands in the atrium of Southeast Portland’s Ford Building. The years since have been eventf ... More

Jan 8, 2014 12:01 am by AARON SPENCER

The Nutcracker

Busby goes big.

Dance The Nutcracker makes Busby Berkeley seem like an austere minimalist. Compared to that ballet’s sumptuous, self-satisfied bliss, synchronized swimming might as well be a hockey fight. Oregon Ba ... More

Dec 18, 2013 12:01 am by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

A Story of O’s

Ringing off the hook.

Performance If ever a performance could make you consider a career in phone sex, it’s this one. Tonya Jone Miller’s one-woman show A Story of O’s spans the decade Miller has spent working as a self-procla ... More

Jul 16, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono

Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns.

Performance 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

The Philadelphia Story

Class act.

Performance If you thought your love life was complicated, take a look at Tracy Lord’s: On the eve of her wedding, the bride-to-be finds herself in a love triangle (or is it a square?) of the stickiest so ... More

Jul 2, 2014 12:01 am by KATHERINE MARRONE

Interview: Comedian Jerrod Carmichael

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

Performance 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

Risk/Reward Festival

Ladies night.

Performance This weekend’s Risk/Reward Festival is all about the women. Every year since 2008, the micro-fest has presented six 20-minute performances: all new, all devised by West Coast artists and all p ... More

Jun 18, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

Lizzie (Portland Center Stage)

Took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks.

Performance Like Gwen Stefani circa “Just a Girl”—only homicidal and clad in Victorian dress—the Lizzie Borden of rock opera Lizzie is a foot-stomping, hair-flinging rebel who can rock out with the best ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

The Bard gone batty.

Performance If you don’t like screaming, dancing, ugly wigs, Destiny’s Child, (fake) vomiting, audience participation or poking fun at the world’s most famous playwright, The Complete Works of William ... More

Jun 11, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Buried Child (Profile Theatre)

There’s no place like home.

Performance In the 1960s, Sam Shepard was making his name in Greenwich Village’s experimental scene with fractured, restless one-acts. In a 1965 Village Voice review of one of these works, playwright Edwa ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Feckin’ family.

Performance The Irish have invaded Portland. Between Artists Rep’s The Playboy of the Western World, Corrib’s forthcoming The Hen Night Epiphany and this Third Rail production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane, ... More

Jun 4, 2014 12:01 am by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Playboy of the Western World (Artists Rep)

Dense as a furzy ditch, but the craic is mighty.

Performance “There’s a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed.” So says the sharp-tongued Pegeen Mike in J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World. There’s also a great gap between Syn ... More

May 28, 2014 12:01 am by DEBORAH KENNEDY

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

Your Steps Were Lost in the Landscape

A photojournalist makes art of death.

Visual Arts The sun is setting through a line of trees, casting a golden glow upon a man who lies sleeping alongside a dirt road. Except he’s not sleeping—he’s dead. That chilling revelation hits yo ... More

Jan 8, 2014 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER

The Best Things I Saw

Richard Speer’s picks for the year’s best visual art.

Visual Arts When you look back over the year, it’s kind of like that segment on the Academy Awards where they flash pictures of all the movie people who died. That’s the way Portland gallerygoers feel ... More

Dec 24, 2013 12:01 am by RICHARD SPEER
 

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