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In Living Memory

Portlander Vu Pham puts his bizarre family experiences on film.


Movie Reviews & Stories
When Vu Pham was a senior at Grant High School, he got a call from the office: His father was there to see him. Pham had not seen this man in more than a decade. The last time the two had locked   More
 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Cinema 21 Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Seats

The 88-year-old movie house hopes to raise $70,000.

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Fresh off an expansion that added two new screens, Cinema 21 has begun raising funds to install new seats in its main auditorium. The 88-year-old theater on Northwest 21st Avenue launched a Kickstarter campaign today, with the goal of ra...   More
 
Monday, August 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Springfield, Ore., Unveils Simpsons Mural

It's official: The Simpsons are from Oregon.

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Springfield, Ore., finally has a public tribute to its most famous inhabitants. That would be Homer, Marge, Bart, Lisa and Maggie.Today, the town took a break from FXX’s ongoing Simpsons marathon—which continues throu...   More
 
Monday, August 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Pedal PaLooza Goes Vegas

Land Rover is helping to fund a parallel Pedalpalooza in Sin City.

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Pedalpalooza is Portland’s annual celebration of all things bikey, with rides for devotees of just about everything—Morrissey, Dave Matthews, tweed, plaid, baby animals, Star Trek, Star Wars, yoga, zumba, ice cream, freemason architecture, nudity, drunkenness, drunken nudity.
This year, apparently Las Vegas wants in on the fun. On Sept. 11, Sin City is hosting an event called....   More
 
Thursday, August 21, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Portland Film Festival

What’s so Portland about this fledgling fest?


Movie Reviews & Stories
You might expect the Portland Film Festival to be some kind of bonanza for locavore cinephiles. You’d be wrong. Festival director Josh Leake hopes his event, now in its second year, becomes    More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The One I Love

Hit the reset button.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The One I Love is the sort of film that prompts critics to fill their reviews with warnings of spoilers and hammy pronouncements that “to reveal more would spoil the fun.” That overstates    More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TeSoAria: Bull’s Blood Supply


Bar Reviews
We arrived at TeSoAria (4003 N Williams Ave., 971-229-0050, tesoaria.com) a half-hour before it was scheduled to close on a Thursday evening. We figured it would be a quick visit. Two hours, 10    More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Interview: The Weird and Wonderful Emo Philips

Oh, The Humanity.


Comedy and Variety
Last May’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival didn’t lack for jaw-dropping moments. But none quite compared to a one-liner—not even a complete sentence—from Emo Philips. On the Doug Fir stage du   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Founders of Inaugural Stumptown Improv Festival Make the Case for Improv Comedy

And swear there won't be any gags about three-armed babies at this weekend's shows.

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Portland loves standup comedy. Mention improv, though, and you'll likely meet a chorus of groans from people imagining family-friendly schlock or scatological juvenilia. There’s no question that the democratic accessibility of the form—it's billed as an outlet for every yahoo who fancies himself a jokester, for every executive who imagines the inane games will catapult her performance in ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

NW Film Center Announces Reel Music Lineup

The opening-night film is Heaven Adores You, a new, Kickstarter-funded documentary about Elliott Smith.

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Reel Music, the NW Film Center's annual celebration of music on film, turns 32 this fall, and the lineup has just been announced. It's a wide-ranging selection that's documentary-heavy, with films about jazz bassists, sax players, punk-rock venues, gospel musicians and—because why not?—Christmas music. The opening-night film is Heaven Ado...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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