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TBA Diaries: Mammalian Diving Reflex, All the Sex I've Ever Had

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The conceit of All the Sex I’ve Ever Had is simple: A panel of performers, all over the age of 65, give year-by-year accounts of their coital histories. But—as with much sex—it’s hardly that simple in practice. Far more than an inventory of bedpost notches, the performance is testament to the r...   More
 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Portland Stand-Up Comedy Photo Album: Live!

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There’s plenty of humor at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival. A roomful of adults dressed in pastel-colored bedsheets prompts giggles. Cynthia Hopkins, who just closed a two-night run of her one-woman show, A Living ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Wetlands

Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.


Performance
The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KAITIE TODD

Sans Merci (Badass Theatre Company)

Without mercy, indeed.


Theater
Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci is a test in emotional endurance: Where some dramas prod, this one pummels. For much of the play, directed by Antonio Sonera, the blows come steadily and hit squarel   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.


Theater
If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Luke George, Not About Face

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I thought all the bedsheets would be white.
Instead, as we enter the Conduit dance studio for Luke George’s Time-Based Art Festival performance, volunteers drape us in sheets in shades of lavender, pale pink, taupe, seafoam green. I wear soft yellow. We look less like Klansmen or kids in homemade Halloween ghost costumes than...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball

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At the beginning of the Time Based-Art Festival’s second-annual Critical Mascara drag ball, host Kaj-anne Pepper said it would be “a shitshow of a magic night.”
She spoke the truth.
Though the only things that actually emerged from rear ends were condoms and bananas (no joke, and the latter was consumed), thi...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Eisa Jocson, Death of a Pole Dancer and Macho Dancer

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Dressed in a pleather halter top and towering stilettos, eyes lined in black and lips painted red, Eisa Jocson clops into the BodyVox studio. She carries a bulky black bag over her shoulder. We’re in a circle around her, some sitting, some standing, many fanning themselves with their programs. The house lights are on. There is no music. Jo...   More
 
Saturday, September 13, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Matter Of Time

The Time-Based Art Festival shows some moxie.


Theater
Perhaps the third time is truly the charm. That’s, at least, what this year’s Time-Based Art Festival suggests. This is festival director Angela Mattox’s third go-around with the genre-bus   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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