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Admission

It gets the thin envelope, not the fat one.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In one of the funnier moments in Admission, several Princeton admissions officers make notes on a giant chart. On one side are fawning remarks they’ve received from parents whose offspring have    More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Korean Gothic

Director Park Chan-Wook sucks the blood out of Stoker.


Movie Reviews & Stories
On a scale of zero to Quentin Tarantino, South Korean director Park Chan-wook is not stuck in the middle with anyone. In his hyperviolent Vengeance trilogy (2003’s Oldboy won the Grand Prix at   More
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Penelope Spheeris

The filmmaker talks about punk rock and losing her temper.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Teenage angst has paid off well for Penelope Spheeris. Her breakout film, the remarkable   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Race is Off

Two theater productions throw race relations into stark relief.


Performance
From Othello to A Raisin in the Sun, the immediacy of theater has cast a light on race relations. It’s arresting to witness such dynamics live. Last weekend, two plays opened that, on the surf   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Lighthouse Inn: Ahoy, Matey


Bar Reviews
Add a few animatronic pirates, and Lighthouse Inn (10808 NW Saint Helens Road, 240-8827) could pass for a Universal Studios theme ride. Each door—even in the restrooms, cutely marked “Gulls”   More
 
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Three Days of Rain (Defunkt Theatre)

Their father’s hell did slowly go by.


Performance
The architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe was famous for the aphorism “Less is more.” Though his design was guided by an abstract philosophy, his steel-and-glass buildings were outwardly simple a   More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Gnarly Grey: Back To School


Bar Reviews
Gnarly Grey (1235 SW Jefferson St., 971-271-7407, gnarlygrey.com) might make you feel like you’ve gone back to college. Located a couple of blocks from the Portland State University campus, the    More
 
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Velvet Sky (Theatre Vertigo)

Sweet dreams ain’t made of these.


Performance
Bethany Palmer hasn’t slept in 13 years, not since her son Andrew was born. Fearing a ghoulish Sandman she believes is out to steal Andrew’s eyes, she stays up all night nervously knitting s   More
 
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Theater! Theatre! May Face Final Curtain Call

road-to-mecca

Portland's theater community reeled Friday, after hearing news about Southeast Belmont Street’s venerable Theater! Theatre! shutting its doors this summer. In a city with few mid-size venues, the two-auditorium building has long been a bustling theatrical hub.

But afte...   More
 
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Venus in Fur (Portland Center Stage)

No one gets away until they whip it.


Performance
Fifty Shades of Grey reduced sadomasochism to handcuffs and spanking. Venus in Fur—while not devoid of dog collars and riding crops—throws into question such simple ideas of control and compli   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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