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Spring Awakening

Performance picks for spring 2015.

THEATER The Snowstorm As part of Fertile Ground—an 11-day spree of locally produced new works—pianist Eric Nordin and choreographer Jessica Wallenfels collaborate on an original piece of d   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, KAITIE TODD

Gracie’s at Hotel deLuxe: Merry Christmas

Bar Reviews
Maybe it’s childhood church services, or maybe it’s just memories cribbed from movies, but there’s something reassuring about being in a large, ornate room during the holidays. A space that    More

Santa (Liminal Performance Group)

It’s a not-so-wonderful life.

Santa Claus is in rough shape. His suit is smudged with soot. He rings his bell like the world’s most depressed Salvation Army volunteer. Trudging onstage into a stark shaft of light, he wails   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Wild: Movie Review

The film adaptation of Cheryl Strayed's Wild blazes a powerful trail.

Movie Reviews & Stories
On the Pacific Crest Trail, hikers speak of the “green tunnel” that greets you in Oregon. This tunnel—lush layers of moss and ferns and Douglas fir—rarely breaks for views and drenches those who enter. As Reese    More
Tuesday, December 9, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: The Mystery of Irma Vep

A review of Third Rail's production of Charles Ludlam's cross-dressing romp.


Third Rail’s The Mystery of Irma Vep leaves little doubt about one thing: Co-stars Isaac Lamb and Leif Norby have got chops. Charles Ludlam’s 1984 cross-dressing romp—two actors, seven characters, countless costume changes—requires its performers to juggle wildly divergent accents and attitudes across a nonsensical st...   More
Monday, December 8, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Cummings Christmas

Liminal Performance Group runs wild with E.E. Cummings’ strange little Yuletide play.

Most of us know E.E. Cummings for his poetry. But in addition to conducting wacky typographical experiments, Cummings was also a playwright. Not a terribly prolific one: He wrote only four pla   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Funniest Five 2014

Portland’s best standup comics, as chosen by their peers.

Cover Story
Where my ladies at? Not in this year’s Funniest 5. When votes started rolling in for the Funniest 5—our annual poll of Portland’s standup community to determine this city’s best come   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Lickety Brit

English comic Matt Kirshen makes himself more than a novelty act.

Comedy and Variety
As a Brit living in the U.S., comedian Matt Kirshen knows his accent can be a bit distracting. But sometimes, it slips his mind that he sounds different from everyone else. “It’s like th   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Funniest Five Comics 2014: Number 1, Sean Jordan

Comedy and Variety
Sean Jordan is the first to admit he’s somewhat forgettable. A tall, decent-looking white dude, perpetually clad in jeans and a hoodie, he looks like a skater bro who never grew up. Sometimes,   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

New Comedy Venue Opening in Basement of Bike Shop

Kickstand Comedy Space will run out of Velo Cult's basement on weekday evenings.


A new comedy venue is about to open in the basement of a bike shop.
With a soft opening slated for Dec. 8 and a full launch in January, Kickstand Comedy Space will be the downstairs neighbor to Velo Cult, the Hollywood neighborhood bike shop/bar. The four founders—Dylan Reiff, Garret...   More
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON
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