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Christmas on Broadway (Broadway Rose)

Like an eggnog enema.

Christmas is a divisive holiday. There are those who decorate their lawns in November and revel in each tinsel-strewn moment with the slack-jawed grin and open wallet of a Midwesterner at Disney   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Restaurant Guide 2012: Cutting the Line

Eating well without the wait.

Restaurant Guide
Portlanders wait to eat. We wait for steak. We wait for eggs. We wait for pizza, tacos and noodles. We wait for pickled things. We wait for decadent, gravy-laden brunches. We wait for doughnuts.    More
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

I can has book deal?

Dangerous things happen when bloggers get book deals. Yes, there are remarkably talented writers out there offering socially relevant content in blog form. But the blogosphere is a different sort    More
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Scoops' out for Summer: Day 28

Oui Presse

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What do you do when you're trying to eat Portland's best ice cream every day for a month, but one ice cream everyone says is delicious poses a big conflict of interest? Send a freelancer and put in a giant blond disclosure.

Oui Presse
1740 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 384-2160, oui-presse.com.Price per scoop: $3.50 for a t...   More
Saturday, July 28, 2012 by PENELOPE BASS

Jersey Boys (Fred Meyer Broadway Across America)

We’ve got a situation... a nostalgic situation.

Highlighted by the legendary Elmo-on-helium vocal range of frontman Frankie Valli, the Four Seasons became one of the most popular music groups of all time, selling 175 million records worldwide   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Live Review: Florence + the Machine, July 22 @ Edgefield


As seen from the air, it might have looked like a Christian rock concert—all stained glass backdrops and swaying arms. I was dying to see Florence + the Machine and was curious how the music would translate in a live performance. Adopting the pseudo-spiritual/religious vibe of her most recent album, Ceremonials, singer Florence Welch and the members of the Machine impressively recreated the atmo...   More
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 by PENELOPE BASS

Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles

What if the world stopped turning?

For melodramatic adolescents, every little thing that goes wrong feels like the end of the world. For Julia, the tween protagonist of The Age of Miracles, this actually is the case. The debut no   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Scoops' out for Summer: Day 5

Ohana Hawaiian Cafe

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In today's instalment of Scoops' out for Summer, we get tropical with the magical combination of ice and syrup.

Ohana Hawaiian Cafe
6320 NE Sandy Blvd
., 335-5800, ohanahawaiiancafe.com.

Price per scoop: $3 for a large mound of shaved ice...   More
Thursday, July 5, 2012 by PENELOPE BASS

November (Jane, A Theater Company)

A very Mamet Thanksgiving.

Abraham Lincoln was the first president to spare a turkey’s life at Thanksgiving. Not everyone followed suit. In 1947, Harry Truman was gifted a turkey by the National Turkey Federation, which   More
Wednesday, June 27, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Free House: Victory Provisions

Bar Reviews
Under the watchful eyes of Abraham Lincoln in two slightly creepy paintings on the walls of Free House (1325 NE Fremont St., 946-8161), a dozen or so drinkers maintain a vibe of laid-back camaraderi   More
Wednesday, May 23, 2012 PENELOPE BASS
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