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Hotseat: Alison Roper

The retiring ballerina talks about her favorite moments, mishaps, injuries and next steps.


Alison Roper retires from Oregon Ballet Theatre this month after 18 seasons with the company. The 40-year-old ballerina has been with the company longer than any other dancer—in both of its appearances at the Kennedy Center, and even as the lead in Swan Lake while five months pregnant. Calm and driven, she dances with quiet sensitivity bu...   More
Thursday, April 17, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Dynamic Duet

On and off the dance floor, Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know when to push one another.

As sisters, Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know siblings don’t get anywhere by being babied. So even as they look out for each other, they won’t hesitate to make the other do things for herse   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Bar Guide 2014: Beer

Bar Guide
Beer1410 SE Stark St., 233-2337, 11 am-11 pm daily.Meat, Cheese, Bread—Beer. So it goes. John Stewart’s succinctly named beer and wine bar next to his hallowed sandwich shop is at first glance a b   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Bar Guide 2014: Crush Bar

Bar Guide
Gay bars are passé these days. The queer bar of today wears so many labels it’s an LGBTIQQA blur. Crush lays it out in its logo: three pairs of restroom figures—two men, two women, and a man    More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Bar Guide 2014: The Fixin' To

Bar Guide
The Fixin’ To8218 N Lombard St., 477-4995, thefixinto.com. 2 pm-2 am Monday-Saturday, 2 pm-1 am Sunday.Owner Marli Blasengame isn’t from the South, but her husband is from Arkansas—a framed phot   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 AARON SPENCER

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
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