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Risk/Reward Festival

A salad bar of boundary-pushing performance.

Think of the Risk/Reward Festival as speed dating for contemporary performance. In one night, you’re introduced to six performers. Each has a different way of moving, of grooving, of talking,    More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Oregon Public House: Pour of Spirit

Bar Reviews
The Oregon Public House (700 NE Dekum St., 828-0884, oregonpublichouse.com) certainly has a catchy slogan: “Have a pint, save the world.” The Woodlawn neighborhood watering hole, whose opening   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Drank: Apple Beer (Buckman Botanical Brewery)

The boundaries between beer and cider are blurring. Cidermakers now add hops to their libations; brewers pour apple juice into their beer (or, in the case of Redd’s Apple Ale, made by MillerCoors, �   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Somewhere In Time (Portland Center Stage)

Let’s do the time warp again.

Between writer’s block and a brain tumor, Richard Collier’s head is in bad shape. He has fled to a hotel in Michigan, where he stumbles on a portrait of a breathtaking starlet from some 60 y   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Kings of Summer

I want to be forever young.

Movie Reviews & Stories
As cops break up a high-school kegger, and a burly teenager frantically pumps a few extra shots of beer into his maw, two 14-year-old boys stumble into a forest. Intending only to evade police,    More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Brew Views: An Oversimplification of Her Beauty

Love, deconstructed.

Brew Views
Like a lovesick diary entry, Terence Nance’s feature debut, An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, loops from confession to self-doubt to blind infatuation. The film is a blend of documentary and    More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

A Bright New Boise (Third Rail Repertory)

The end times at the strip mall.

If Tolstoy was right—that in all great literature, a man either goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town—there’s hardly a clearer example of the latter than A Bright New Boise. Samuel   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

"The Closer You Look, The Less You See": Now You See Me Reviewed


Now You See Me screened after WW press deadlines, presumably to make us think it had a trick up its sleeve. But nope—there's nothing there.
Critic's Grade: C
In an early scene in the magic-heist movie Now You See Me, Jesse Eisenberg’s character gives an audience a piece of advice. “The more you think you see,” he says, “the easier it wil...   More
Friday, May 31, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Beaux Arts Club (Imago Theatre)

Art imitates life imitating art.

Beaux Arts Club opens with a strange sort of duet. Actress Anne Sorce, clad in a mod minidress and a fluffy brown wig, shimmies and swivels around an unnamed man who’s been gagged and handcuff   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Live Review: Mike Daisey, Journalism

A love letter to journalism? More like a slapdash list of thin and mostly uninteresting ramblings.


Last week, I wrote that Mike Daisey was sucking up to an industry—journalism—that has pilloried him.
Tuesday night, in a monologue presented by PICA, Daisey didn’t really suck up to journalists. Rather, the monologuist—who weathered controversy aft...   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

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