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Their Towns

Our Town, three ways.


Performance
Everyone thinks they know Our Town. The play has become code for cloying sentimentality, the sort of white-bread drama trotted out regularly by high-school theater departments. If people remembe   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Foxfinder (Artists Repertory Theatre)

The post-apocalyptic craze hits the stage.


Performance
From the beginning of Foxfinder, it’s clear we’ve entered an off-kilter world. Even the set is askew: The stage slopes in different directions, and a door frame slants sharply to one side. T   More
 
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Freedom Lost

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave is a brutal, beautiful and vital film.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Twelve Years a Slave was part of a literary tide. When the memoir was published in 1853, Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Frederick Douglass’ autobiography were bestsellers, helping to fuel the abolition   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Headout: Halloworldly

Other countries’ candy, ranked.


Headout
Halloween has become dangerously homogenized. Everywhere, you find the same candy and the same superhero costumes and the same fake cobwebs. Portlanders should know better: Trick-or-treating s   More
 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Truth Has No Temperature: The Counselor Reviewed

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The Counselor screened after WW press deadlines. It's recommended only for those who wish to see Cameron Diaz wearing a hooded jacket that makes her look like vaguely an Ewok.
Critic's Grade: D+
So far as I can tell, The Counselor has one primary lesson to teach viewers: Drug trafficking is bad. Real bad. Unless, of course, you’re an exotic dancer-turned-...   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Urban Winery Tour

Our guide to getting mashed in your own neighborhood.


Food Reviews & Stories
Everything you need to know about your local wineries, including hours, directions and drink picks.1. Boedecker Cellars  2621 NW 30th Ave., 224-5778, boedeckercellars.com.  It’s not ca   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR, REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, ENID SPITZ

The Submission (Defunkt Theatre)

A play about race tries to pull the trigger.


Performance
“It’s only a bullet if you load the gun with it,” says Danny, a playwright. He’s referring to the N-word, but he might as well be describing the shortcomings of The Submission, a play    More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Two Wheels to Freedom

Wadjda is an extraordinary film, made in a country that bans cinemas.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Circumstances alone make Wadjda a remarkable film. It’s the first feature shot exclusively in Saudi Arabia, a country where cinemas have been banned since the mid-’80s. Its director is a woman   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Detroit (Portland Playhouse)

A suburban nightmare, writ large.


Performance
The streets in the unnamed suburb of Detroit—which is not necessarily set anywhere near the Motor City—evoke light. Ultraviolet Lane. Fluorescent Avenue. Sunshine Way. Lightness, too: Ther   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Laughing At Rape In a Crowded Theater

A brief history of the rape-joke debate.


Performance
Last weekend, the Great American Rape Joke Debate finally hit Portland. It’s been a long-boiling controversy in the comedy world: Who can joke about rape and when? These questions have also ra   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
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