We arrived at TeSoAria (4003 N Williams Ave., 971-229-0050, tesoaria.com)
a half-hour before it was scheduled to close on a Thursday evening. We
figured it would be a quick visit. Two hours, 10
Comedy and Variety
Last May’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival didn’t lack for
jaw-dropping moments. But none quite compared to a one-liner—not even a
complete sentence—from Emo Philips. On the Doug Fir stage du
And swear there won't be any gags about three-armed babies at this weekend's shows.
Portland loves standup comedy. Mention improv, though, and you'll likely meet a chorus of groans from people imagining family-friendly schlock or scatological juvenilia. There’s no question that the democratic accessibility of the form—it's billed as an outlet for every yahoo who fancies himself a jokester, for every executive who imagines the inane games will catapult her performance in ...
The opening-night film is Heaven Adores You, a new, Kickstarter-funded documentary about Elliott Smith.
Reel Music, the NW Film Center's annual celebration of music on film, turns 32 this fall, and the lineup has just been announced. It's a wide-ranging selection that's documentary-heavy, with films about jazz bassists, sax players, punk-rock venues, gospel musicians and—because why not?—Christmas music. The opening-night film is Heaven Ado...More
Movie Reviews & Stories
John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary
is not a film that shies away from big questions: about life and death,
faith and doubt, virtue and sin. It also doesn’t shy away from
The vegan, worker-owned coffee shop continues to fundraise, with the goal of achieving greater financial sustainability.
Financial strain isn’t new to the Red and Black Cafe, the vegan, worker-owned coffee shop and restaurant on Southeast 12th Avenue. Still, when it announced it needed $5,000 by Aug. 15 to remain in its building, the call for donations was more urgent than in the past. This morning, it hit its...More
The 50 Plates tour continues with buttery, sugary flatbread from Viking Soul Food.
Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state. Our 50 Plates tour...More
How an Oregon girl, her mother and a struggling local director turned their YouTube series into a major Hollywood deal.
It’s a cloudy summer morning in Oregon wine country, and Paige McKenzie is taking a selfie that 18,000 people will see.
With a FlipCam
trained on herself, McKenzie—in red shorts, a gray zip-up
Silvis, who worked at WW for almost 10 years, sits down with 5 Useless Degrees & A Bottle of Scotch to talk standing ovations and empty criticism.
It’s been almost 10 years since Steffen Silvis reviewed a play in Portland. But the former Willamette Week theater critic—known for his high standards and unsparing reviews during his decadelong tenure—still has the ability to elicit strong reactions. Mention his name to someone who was working in Portland theater at the time, and you’re likely to get an earful. Since leaving ...