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Bar Guide 2014: The World Famous Kenton Club

Bar Guide
The World Famous Kenton Club 2025 N Kilpatrick St., 285-3718, kentonclub.com. 10:30-2:30 am daily.A virgin visit to this North Portland dive bar is sure to elicit a “Where the fuck am I?” The dark   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, Director's Choice


It was simulcast free to the public Thursday evening, but if you saw Northwest Dance Project's Director's Choice show live at the Newmark, you got your money's worth with nearly two hours of serious dance. Portland's leading contemporary company turns 10 this year, and artistic director Sarah Slipper's anniversary show is a ...   More
Friday, April 4, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Northwest Dance Project Goes Big with 50-Foot Simulcast of Tonight's Anniversary Show

The scrappy chamber company's show will be projected onto the side of downtown's Jive Building.


It’s like a First Thursday Drive-In for dance. Northwest Dance Project, Portland’s scrappy chamber dance company, is 10 years old, and it’s celebrating the milestone by making its dancers bigger—50-foot projections of them will be turning and twisting on the side of the Jive Building this evening. The performance, the compa...   More
Thursday, April 3, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Burk Biggler, Portland Circus and Burlesque Producer, Dies From Asthma Complications

The performer, best known for his little-man strip teases, was 36.


Burk Biggler, a Portland performer and producer best known for his little-man strip teases and comedy acts, died Monday morning from asthma complications. He was 36. Biggler often performed with massive circus man John Dutch, forming a comedically inconsistant duo—save for their pink tutus. Biggler was also known for his strip tease to Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy,” and he was in   More
Tuesday, April 1, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: New Expressive Works

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Studio 2’s New Expressive Works residency program, now in its third year, is developing a reputation for audacious moments—last year, drag queen Kaj-Anne Pepper taped back her penis in front of the audience, and in another act, Rosana Ybarra stuffed her mouth full of dried lavender. This year is ...   More
Saturday, March 29, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

You Too Are Made of Stars (Wobbly Dance)

Dancing by their own rules to rethink disability.

Yulia Arakelyan remembers the first day of an improv dance class led by an experimental choreographer from San Francisco. “The elevator was broken that day,” she says. “I was carried up th   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Crash Corset

A burlesque skeptic spends 10 sequined weeks learning the art of the tease—and how to make tear-away pants.

Headmistress Zora Phoenix wears 5-inch pumps and a black leotard. It’s a Saturday afternoon in January, and the drag queen is instructing us to walk to the mirror and “look sexy.” She demo   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Semester in Sequins #8: Wigging Out


Savannah Smackdown, who is hungover from celebrating her 21st birthday the night before, walks with me into Wigland on Northeast Broadway. Smackdown, who acts older than she is but still doesn't have a driver’s license, recalls her dismal shopping trip days earlier. "I went to all the vintage and thrift stores and didn't find anything," she says. "It was the most horrible, desperate shopping tr...   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Strip Club Guide 2014: It’s Not Stripping, It’s Burlesque

Or is it?

Strip Club Guide
Portland, correctly or not, is known for its per-capita plenitude of strip clubs. Its burlesque scene, however, still has a ways to go if it’s to top San Francisco’s or Seattle’s. We’re mo   More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Stephen Petronio Company, Like Lazarus Did

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The performance of Stephen Petronio's Like Lazarus Did is a special one for dance presenter White Bird, not because of the dance company—White Bird's presented Petronio six times, more than any other choreographer—but because of the live accompaniment by the    More
Friday, March 7, 2014 by AARON SPENCER
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