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Perchance to Dream

Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Enter the Night is beautiful, surreal and surprisingly funny.


Theater
In Enter the Night, playwright Maria Irene Fornes takes on big issues. One character mourns the loss of his lover to AIDS. Another visits a doctor for her worsening heart palpitations. The third   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Movie Review: She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry pays tribute to second-wave feminists.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Think back to Beyoncé’s performance at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards—her rock-solid command of the stage, her spangly leotard, those heart-melting cuts to Blue Ivy on Jay Z’s lap. Recal   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Dark Detroit Night

A new folk opera reimagines The Snow Queen in the Motor City.


Theater
A few years ago, while traveling through Detroit, musician Laura Dunn stepped into an abandoned ballroom. On the floor was a shattered chandelier—a small one, but in memory it grew to wondrous   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Top Three Best Bets For Fertile Ground


Theater
ID[ea] Back in August, participants in Third Rail’s mentorship program were given 36 hours to make a piece of theater. What emerged is a play about how we create, transform and strip apart our    More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Portland Center Stage)

A chunky Chekhov smoothie, spiked with voodoo curses and Snow White.


Theater
Christopher Durang has likened his latest play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, to Chekhov put through a comic blender. It’s a comparison that puts me in mind of those Will It Blend? videos   More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Where to Watch Oscar-Nominated Movies in Portland

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Twitter isn't so happy about the Oscar nominations announced this morning—behold the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite, in response to the fact that all the acting nominees are white, and that Ava DuVernay didn't get a directing nod for Selma. Also rotten: no women nominated in the directing, screenwriting or cinemato...   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Don’t Shoot

A new documentary examines the history of police brutality in Portland.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Long before the Trail Blazers warmed up in “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts, another group of Portlanders wore a very different message across their chests. Thirty years ago, after a man died    More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

Winter Sleep: Movie Review

Iced over.


Movie Reviews & Stories
If you’re itching to spend three hours with a misanthropic mansplainer, Winter Sleep is just the ticket. A 196-minute meditation on marriage, class politics and narcissism, Turkish director Nu   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

The New Hotness

Fitness trends almost as hot as Health Goth.


Health Issue
Yes, Health Goth is the hottest thing in fitness these days. But what if you look good in neither mesh nor neoprene? What if you just don’t want a post-Jersey club-deconstruction soundtrack du   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 REBECCA JACOBSON

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
 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, KAITIE TODD
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