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Barlow: Bar Review

Ceaselessly into the past.

Bar Reviews
The new downtown bar Barlow (737 SW Salmon St., 227-0705, barlowpdx.com)—not to be confused with the no-frills, wood-paneled NoPo dive Barlow Tavern—strives for old Hollywood glamour. This sis   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Piano Lesson (Portland Playhouse)

Blood, sweat and tears—and ghosts.

August Wilson used to talk about what he called “blood’s memory,” the collective history of American blacks that forever brings the past back into the present. In Wilson’s Pulitzer-win   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Cinema 21 Meets Kickstarter Goal for New Seats

The 80-year-old movie house hit its goal of $70,000 with 32 hours to go.


New seats are coming to Cinema 21.The 88-year-old movie house on Northwest 21st Avenue met its Kickstarter goal this afternoon, successfully raising $70,000 to install new seats in the main auditorium. The campaign hit its ...   More
Thursday, September 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Boxtrolls: Movie Review

Laika returns with more stop-motion wizardry—and a good deal less fun.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Last summer, Portland animation house Laika turned heads with a trailer full of same-sex couples materializing and evaporating next to a rosy-cheeked toddler. “Sometimes, there’s a mother,��   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort, Germinal


In most live performance, there’s a tacit contract between performers and audience. There are plenty of ways artists try to bust apart that contract—we’ve all suffered through failures of audience interaction—and play with the rules of the theater.
But Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort's Germinal, currently receiving its U.S. premiere at the    More
Friday, September 19, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: SQUART! at the Works


If nothing else, Wednesday night’s SQUART! show at the Works proved one thing: Artists don’t need fancy residencies and thousands of dollars in grants. Hell no: Give ‘em three hours and a box of sidewalk chalk and—provided they’re willing to eat said chalk, wrestle naked and yank around folding chairs with their teeth—they’re all set.
SQUART!, short for...   More
Friday, September 19, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Mammalian Diving Reflex, All the Sex I've Ever Had


The conceit of All the Sex I’ve Ever Had is simple: A panel of performers, all over the age of 65, give year-by-year accounts of their coital histories. But—as with much sex—it’s hardly that simple in practice. Far more than an inventory of bedpost notches, the performance is testament to the r...   More
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Portland Stand-Up Comedy Photo Album: Live!


There’s plenty of humor at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival. A roomful of adults dressed in pastel-colored bedsheets prompts giggles. Cynthia Hopkins, who just closed a two-night run of her one-woman show, A Living ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON


Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of    More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.

The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a   More

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