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Former WW Theater Critic Steffen Silvis: "I'm a Great Fan of Booing"

Silvis, who worked at WW for almost 10 years, sits down with 5 Useless Degrees & A Bottle of Scotch to talk standing ovations and empty criticism.

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It’s been almost 10 years since Steffen Silvis reviewed a play in Portland. But the former Willamette Week theater critic—known for his high standards and unsparing reviews during his decadelong tenure—still has the ability to elicit strong reactions. Mention his name to someone who was working in Portland theater at the time, and you’re likely to get an earful. Since leaving ...   More
 
Friday, July 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Video Preview: Finalists in Portland's Funniest Person Contest, Tonight at Helium Comedy Club

Twelve finalists will compete for the title and the $1,000 grand prize.

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Helium Comedy Club's annual Portland's Funniest Person contest is a strange beast.Past winners—including Nathan Brannon, Ian Karmel and Shane Torres—are all solid standup comics, but with early rounds determined by audience vote, it's in some wa...   More
 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Mississippi Fried Catfish: The Best Bottom Feeder Out There

Our Fifty Plates tour continues with fried catfish from Miss Kate's Southern Kitchen.

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Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state. Our 50 Plates tour</...   More
 
Monday, July 21, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Rhode Island Coffee Milk: Hardly a Gateway Drug

Our 50 Plates tour continues with Rhode Island’s official state beverage, which tastes more of sugar than of coffee.

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Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state. Our 50 Plates tour continues with co...   More
 
Monday, July 14, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Time-Based Art Festival Finds New Location for Late-Night Social Hub

UPDATED: Contract not yet signed on the planned eastside warehouse space.

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UPDATE July 14, 2:19 pm: The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art says the contract for the space has not yet been signed, but expects it to be completed this week.
Original post:The Works, the late-night social hub of the Time-Based Art Festival, will be located at a warehouse in inner Southeast Portl...   More
 
Monday, July 14, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

PICA Announces Lineup for 2014 Time-Based Art Festival

Updated: the festival's late-night social hub will be located in inner southeast Portland.

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Inuit throat singers, modernist sculptures made of Pontiac cars and elderly Portlanders’ sex lives: The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art has announced the line-up for this year's Time-Based Art Festival, which takes place on September 11-21. 
The annual 10-d...   More
 
Thursday, July 10, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Coffee in Berlin

Make it decaf.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Midway through A Coffee in Berlin, Niko (Tom Schilling) breaks off a bathroom tryst with a former classmate. They’re only doing it, he says, as “Vergangenheitsbewältigung.” The subtitles    More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Obvious Child

Rhymes with shmashmortion.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Obvious Child is a revolutionary film disguised as a rom-com. But that rom-com costume is a genuine one, both in its rom half and its com half, and that’s what makes Obvious Child such a winning   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Risk/Reward Festival

Ladies night.


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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
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Summer Guide 2014: Park Life

A metaphorical blueprint of Portland parks as rooms.


Summer Guide
Everybody knows Pioneer Courthouse Square is Portland’s living room. But this city’s  public space is a mansion, with dozens of rooms, extensive grounds and extravagant amenities. Here’   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
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