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Jesmyn Ward, Men We Reaped

A rotten story, told brilliantly.


Books
From the beginning of Men We Reaped (Bloomsbury, 272 pages, $26), Jesmyn Ward makes clear her memoir isn’t going to be an easy ride. By telling her story, she hopes, “I’ll understand why my    More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Slick Gear

Stuff to help you enjoy riding your bike for the six wet months to come.


Culture Features
Photos by Misha Ashton mooreThere’s a lot to be said for biking in the rain. Sure, Portland’s winter skies are gray and leaky and the sun falls behind the West Hills so, so fast. On the othe   More
 
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR, REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE

C.O.G.

Me travel to Oregon one day.


Movie Reviews & Stories
David Sedaris’ writing spawned a play—The Santaland Diaries—back in 1996, but the smartass satirist has long resisted cinematic adaptations of his work. Until now, that is. Kyle Patrick Alva   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sweet and Sad (Third Rail Repertory)

How ’bout them Apples?


Performance
Between each scene in Sweet and Sad, there’s a simple sound effect: a breath. It’s a small sound—a slight inhale, a longer exhale—and easy to miss. It’s also a lovely and poignant touch,   More
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Fiddler on the Roof (Portland Center Stage)

Find me a find, catch me a catch.


Performance
“Twenty-eight?!” my friend exclaimed, after I told her the size of the cast for Portland Center Stage’s Fiddler on the Roof, the largest the company has ever corralled. “There aren’t even    More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Grim and Fischer (The Wonderheads)

Mortality, Mozart and whoopee cushions.


Performance
For Kate Braidwood, masked performance can create true theater magic. The 32-year-old, who makes up half of the Wonderheads (her husband Andrew Phoenix is the other), describes this magic as two   More
 
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Mariano Pensotti, Sometimes I Think, I Can See You

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On Thursday, I was a poet. A poet who supported herself by waiting tables at Applebee’s and whose love for Jay-Z was rivaled only by an obsession with Public Enemy. I came from Indiana, where my grandparents still live, on a farm. I had a sister who was always setting me up on blind dates and always with terrible men. Men who didn’t ride bikes. Who only drove. Who voted Republican.
On Thurs...   More
 
Sunday, September 22, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, And lose the name of action

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If you saw Miguel Gutierrez’s show, Heavens What Have I Done, at last year’s Time-Based Art Festival, you might feel like you know the dance artist. That solo work found Gutierrez monologuing, at a mile-a-...   More
 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Trajal Harrell, Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M)

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At Friday's TBA showing of Judson Church is Ringing in Harlem (Made-to-Measure)/Twenty Looks or Paris is Burning at The Judson Church (M2M), a half-dozen people walked out. Maybe a full dozen. So at Trajal Harrell’s artist talk on Saturday at PICA, I asked the dancer-choreographer what that’s like.
“They were lucky this wasn’t ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Campo (Pieter Ampe and Guilherme Garrido), Still Standing You

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You might have heard that Still Standing You involves two men manipulating each other’s penises. This is true. (To give you a hint of what you'll see, there are certain tricks that could not be performed on a circumcised man).
But to put undue focus on these aspects—the nudity, the physical int...   More
 
Saturday, September 14, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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