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Pitch, Please: Pitch Perfect 2 Reviewed

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In the world of international competitive collegiate a cappella, the use of octavizer pedals is prohibited. This means that all those crazy sounds you’re hearing as a spunky group of students perform an a cappella version of "The Final Countdown" are coming straight from their mouths. It’s an impressive act to witness and has spawned an a cappella renaissance, which skyrockete...   More
 
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 by PENELOPE BASS

Hotseat: T.C. Boyle

The prolific novelist talks up gun violence and the rule of law.


Books
T.C. Boyle may very well be the master of topical literature. Told through expertly crafted prose, his novels manage to delicately dissect issues like illegal immigration (1995’s The Tortilla    More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Action/Adventure’s Pilot Season: From Beyond

Theater for the screen-addicted masses, with cake and hate-fucking.


Theater
Who says theater has to be highbrow? Can’t there be quality for the TV crowd? Action/Adventure Theatre’s second Pilot Season recaptures audiences numbed by endless zombie killing and incestu   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 PENELOPE BASS

Fertile Ground Diaries: Genuis

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When Sean Bowie strolls onstage at the Headwaters, stark naked and carrying a clipboard, it sets an appropriate tone for his new solo show, Genuis. Though there’s no nudity in the rest of this Fertile Ground performance—aside from a brief clip from the 1984 ski bum movie Hot Dog—Bowie does spend the next 70 minutes l...   More
 
Monday, January 26, 2015 by PENELOPE BASS

Cabezon: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
5200 NE Sacramento St., 284-6617, cabezonrestaurant.com [HIDDEN IN HOLLYWOOD] First, let me apologize to the good people of Hollywood and Rose City Park for outing this gem to the    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Hotseat: Erika T. Wurth


Books
Erika T. Wurth is Apache, Chickasaw and Cherokee, but she did not grow up on a reservation. She was raised in a culturally mixed Denver suburb, where she witnessed both the stereotypes and bea   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Just Opened: Dreamgirls

A review of Portland Center Stage's season-opening musical.

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Mirroring the meteoric rise and personal turmoil of the Supremes, the Tony Award-winning musical Dreamgirls is steeped in Motown rhythms, racial struggles and lots of sequins. Young Chicago trio the Dreamettes finds early success singing backup for Jimmy “Thunder” Early (played with fiery aplomb by David Jennings, he’s the show’s most interesting character). The power-hungry...   More
 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by PENELOPE BASS

Poet Carl Adamshick

A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.


Fall Arts
Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about love. Letters, books, plays, songs, movies and certainly poems have all been patched into shapes that try to tell us how love feels. Some s   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Portland Fall Book Picks


Fall Arts
James Ellroy James Ellroy’s novels inhabit a nostalgic zone, where women are dames and cops throw back whiskey to take the edge off after a day at a grisly crime scene. His “L.A. Quartet”��   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Just Opened: Tick, Tick... Boom!

A review of Jonathan Larson's musical at Triangle Productions.

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Jonathan Larson is feeling anxious. He’s about to turn 30 and is still waiting tables in New York while struggling to get his long-slaved-over rock musical produced. Of course, he did ultimately succeed in getting a rock show on Broadway, but not before his untimely death at age 35. You’ve probably heard of it. That show was Rent. But before his work became widely known, Larson wrote   More
 
Monday, September 8, 2014 by PENELOPE BASS
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