If you’re Portland Opera, how do you follow Igor Stravinsky’s prickly, unnerving morality tale, The Rake’s Progress? You veer to the other extreme and close the season with a beloved comedy, G
Portland’s Progress is a pop-art take on Freud and Facebook.
Give in to temptation at your own peril: That’s the moral of Igor Stravinsky’s spiky, sexy opera The Rake’s Progress.
This archetypal morality play opens in an idyllic countryside, where a
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
Richard Speer’s 10 favorite shows from 2002 to 2015, in chronological order.
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
What went wrong in Portland’s visual arts scene, and what we can do to fix it.
Udders hang from the rafters. They’re fake, fashioned from
rubber molds, but the long-haired calf grazing in the corner of the
gallery is real, and it’s pissing on the hay covering the hardw
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
Portland Opera puts on a cathartic, passionate, bravura production of Carmen.
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
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
Traveling to Armenia to reconnect with an absentee father.
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