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Kester Cotton:The White Night Avenger

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Kester Cotton's life is all about spinning. When he's not spinning on stage with Oregon Ballet Theatre, he's spinning records as a DJ at an eastside bar.Cotton's an unusual dancer--for one thing, he's ...   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2004 Kim Colton

Portland's Army Corps of Piano Bars

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Piano bars? Stumptown's got plenty of 'em. From the 30th floor of Big Pink to the bowels of the Hollywood District, finding a spot next to the piano is hardly a difficult task. But where to start? Her ...   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2004 Kim Colton

Spirit Mountain Casino: Viva Las Newton

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Chances are you missed The King at the Spirit Mountain Casino last month. On the last Thursday in January, Elvis impersonator Trent Carlini entertained a few hundred warm bodies with an hour and a hal ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2004 Kim Colton

Portland Comedy Competition Finals

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Last Friday, a monthlong funnyman search ended with an hour's worth of comedy at Barracuda, Old Town's largest, most cavernous club. Five comics, out of a group of 20 men and women, vied for the title ...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2004 Kim Colton

Microphone Fiends: MC Cipher at Backspace

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Desmond Gecho is a busy man. He calls himself a producer, a hip-hop organizer of sorts. In the past few months, the Vancouver, Wash., native has helped move an informal, outdoor gathering of would-be ...   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2004 Kim Colton

The Legends of Slabtown

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An aging, nameless scenester--a tall man, wearing a long leather jacket and equally slick black leather gloves--hovers about a dimly lit, smoky room. He pauses to slide some bills into the video ...   More
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 Kim Colton

Iced in at the Vern

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At nine o'clock on the second day of The Great Snowstorm, desperation (Stop the insanity! Bring back Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie! Channel 12 has pre-empted these girls for news of snow!) sets ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2004 Kim Colton

Jan. 2: In the Basement at the Rialto

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2003's horseracing heartwarmer, Seabiscuit (released last month on DVD and video), takes a fashionable look at the "Sport of Kings" in the late '20s and '30s: Shame about the whole Depression thing, b ...   More
Wednesday, January 7, 2004 Kim Colton

After Dark

2003 offered a year of shuttered clubs, crafty nights and other bizarro moments. Where were you?

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With a war on, unemployment checks bled dry, and another episode of The Simple Life on the telly, there were many reasons to cuddle up next to the space heater in 2003. And yet! There were also reason ...   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2003 Kim Colton

Salvador Molly's Tsunami Room Rum Bar

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Rum. The drink of pirates and honeymooners, in Jamaica and...Portland? If the idea seems funny, it's probably because a beachfront shack on the Caribbean is a more likely place for downing mai tais th ...   More
Wednesday, December 24, 2003 Kim Colton
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