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The Race Is On

W. Kamau Bell on racism and ninjas.


Comedy and Variety
W. Kamau Bell wants to make you uncomfortable. Bell, one of the sharpest voices on race and politics in today’s comedy scene, has no qualms about calling out people’s assumptions, hypocrisie   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Independent Women (Social Sciences)

Girl, I didn’t know you could get down like that.


Theater
My all-time favorite Onion story is one from 2012 headlined “Female Friends Spend Raucous Night Validating the Living Shit Out of Each Other.” I thought back to that article during Independent   More
 
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

OSF's Bill Rauch and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston Have Broadway Debut

Cranston plays Lyndon B. Johnson in Robert Schenkkan's political drama, which was commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

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Bryan Cranston isn’t the only one making his Broadway debut right now.Bill Rauch, the artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, directs the Breaking Bad star in All the Way, which opened to positive reviews yesterday, March 6. Cranston plays Lyndon B. John...   More
 
Friday, March 7, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Salute Her Shorts

Three decades on, Joanna Priestley’s animation is as inventive as ever.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Joanna Priestley knows abstract animation can be intimidating. That’s why the independent animator chuckles as she sits before a sluggish Mac in her Northwest Portland studio and hits “play”   More
 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Wind Rises

I’ll fly away.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Early in Hayao Miyazaki’s latest—and probably final—film, an earthquake strikes Tokyo. The earth buckles and writhes, rippling like a belly dancer’s abdomen. It’s a remarkably moving s   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

In August Company

15 teenagers take on August Wilson.


Theater
Ryan Townsley comes onto the stage swinging. The gangly 17-year-old, a junior at Clackamas High School, stomps his feet, winds up an imaginary baseball bat and sways side to side as if readying fo   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Gidion’s Knot

Tangled up.


Theater
The setting is the epitome of pedagogical order. Posters of Hindu deities line the walls, a giant bottle of hand sanitizer sits sentry on the teacher’s desk, buckets of markers top the tables.   More
 
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

NBC Sends Ron Funches and Rest of Undateable Cast on Standup Tour

The network still hasn't set a premiere date for the comedy.

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Former Portlander Ron Funches might still be waiting for his NBC series to hit screens, but at least he gets to embark on a nine-city standup tour with his co-stars.
Funches joined the cast of Undateable nearly a year ago, about a group of romantically challenged men. Though NBC has yet to set a premiere date for the scripted comedy—never a good sign—Deadline Hollywood   More
 
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

A Night in November (Corrib Theatre)

Stand up for the boys in green.


Theater
Irish playwright Marie Jones frames A Night in November with two soccer matches. The first is in Belfast in 1993, a World Cup qualifier between the two Irelands—the Republic and its northern,    More
 
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

UPDATING: A List of Locals Accepted to Perform at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival

Growing slate of Portland comics scheduled to perform at this year's festival.

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In six years, the Bridgetown Comedy Festival has boomed in size, and it's played a huge role in getting Portland on the standup map. This year, the fest is moving to May, when big-name national comedians and gobs of local comics will take over Hawthorne for four days. 
Today, comics were told who's been accepted to the festival.
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Monday, February 17, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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