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Lulu Luscious

A drag queen with hustle, humility and a fierce hair game.

The success of a drag performance set to Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” rests on a few factors. You need a jungle vixen ensemble, a killer lip-synch (just like Britney’s), sexy gyrati   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Ballerina Xuan Cheng

After strict training in China, an Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer finds joy in the rigor.

Fall Arts
Outside of ballet, Xuan Cheng says her life is pretty boring. She knows people who go on hikes or stay out late partying, but after rigorous rehearsal, she doesn’t have the energy. Instead, th   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Portland Fall Dance Picks

Fall Arts
Wanderlust Circus Oregon Country Fair goers will be familiar with these meta-retro numbers, but the acts have been juiced up for Time Warp, a circus show and dance party. Wanderlust Circus’ acrob   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Northwest Dance Project's Viktor Usov Wins Prestigious Princess Grace Award

Usov is the third NWDP dancer to be awarded the prize.


Viktor Usov, who rejoined contemporary chamber company Northwest Dance Project last year, has won a Princess Grace Award, a resume topper for a dancer. The Princess Grace Foundation USA, named after Grace Kelly, gives the awards to emerging U.S. artists in dance, theater and film. The winners also r...   More
Friday, August 15, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Art in the Dark (A-WOL Dance Collective)

Dangling from the trees and battling the elements.

The wilderness, though beautiful, can also be deadly. Or just annoying. So while an outdoor stage is an alluring prospect for an aerial company accustomed to hanging from ceilings of dusty wareh   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Louisiana Beignets: Breathe In Through Your Nose

Our Fifty Plates tour continues with beignets from The Parish

parish beignets

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 continues with beignets fr...   More
Sunday, July 20, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Golden Girl

After 20 years, burlesque legend Tiffany Carter dons the catsuit again.

Back in 1965, a Corvallis native named Teresa Sandford took her first dancing gig. She was underage—only 17—and she’d been booked as a go-go dancer in Anaheim, Calif. She danced twice befo   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Conduit Dance, Dance+ (Program 1)

d3 photographer- meghann gilligan

The Dance+ festival, which community dance hub Conduit is presenting for a third year, encourages collaboration between dancers and other artists—sculptors, sound engineers, video game designers, etc. Multimedia shows aren’t uncommon, but the pieces in the Dance+ festival unite art forms rather than juxtaposing them.  In the fest...   More
Friday, July 11, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: BodyVox and Chamber Music Northwest, In Motion


Dance and classical music are a popular combination. To say nothing of the ballet, which some die hards won’t even attend if the orchestra is canned, chamber dance performances are especially rich if they share the bill with chamber musicians. That’s partly why BodyVox’s In Motion show, a collaboration with    More
Sunday, July 6, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

The Royale: Brunch and Burlesque

Bar Reviews
The closure of Hamburger Mary’s last year left a hole in Portland’s gay nightlife. The Royale (317 NW Broadway, 432-8944), a new bar in the former Tiger Bar spot on Northwest Broadway, aims to   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON SPENCER
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