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Stage Whispers

A local podcast unleashes no-holds-barred theater criticism, with a shot of scotch.


Theater
Deep in Happy Valley on a blustery Monday evening, in a room lined with posters of Katy Perry and Bruce Springsteen, James Engberg and Eric Kilgore are drinking Scotch and discussing Bertolt Bre   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Out of the Blue

The sprawling Blue Is the Warmest Color will knock you sideways.


Movie Reviews & Stories
As soon as Blue Is the Warmest Color premiered in Cannes last May, frenzied discussion engulfed the film. Whether people found it exhilarating or exploitative, it seemed no one could shut up abo   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Ecliptic Brewing: Stars Aligned


Bar Reviews
You may not have yet stopped by Ecliptic Brewing (825 N Cook St., 265-8002, eclipticbrewing.com), but you’ve almost certainly had John Harris’ beer. The Oregon brewing luminary perfected the   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Drank: Rigel Sparkling Ale (Ecliptic Brewing)


Drank
Oregon brewing legend John Harris has been making beer for more than 30 years. Rigel Sparkling Ale, currently on tap at his just-opened Ecliptic Brewing in North Portland, has been in the works    More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Earth Mother

Comedian Margaret Cho explains why we can all be mothers if we want.


Theater
Margaret Cho doesn’t have any kids of her own. But that doesn’t mean she’s not a mother—or, rather, that she can’t mother anyone she wants. The personally and politically outspoken com   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Song of the Dodo (PETE)

A bird’s-eye view of tragedy.


Theater
Earlier this year, I predicted that Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble’s Song of the Dodo would be unlike anything else on a Portland stage this fall. It was an easy wager. From the walls    More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Their Towns

Our Town, three ways.


Theater
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.


Theater
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
 

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