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Summer Splendors (Northwest Dance Project)

The new and the old, inside and out.

“Intimate” might seem disingenuous when a dance company uses it to promote a show in a small space—much like how real-estate agents use “cozy” to describe a kitchen that’s actually cra   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Headout: Portland Pride Bingo

GO: Portland Pride runs Wednesday-Sunday, June 12-16. The Portland Pride Parade is at 11 am Sunday, June 16, in downtown Portland. See pridenw.org for details. BY AARON SPENCER.   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 AARON SPENCER

The Boys In the Band, The Children’s Hour (Defunkt Theatre)

Queering the way.

Gay culture seems to evolve so quickly that any snapshot is almost instantly antiquated. Offering a queer eye to a straight guy today is almost as passé as wearing an earring in your right ear.   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: BodyVox, Fifteen (Program B)


Arts & Books
BodyVox co-artistic director Ashley Roland said, “What happens over the course of 15 years is you do a lot of work, so when doing a retrospective, it’s hard to choose.”
That’s why BodyVox’s Fifteen has two programs, the...   More
Friday, May 10, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Jinkx Monsoon Crowned

Portland Native Crowned America's Next Drag Superstar


Movies & Television
Jinkx Monsoon, the first contestant from the Pacific Northwest to land a spot on RuPaul's Drag Race, won the whole damn show. WW interviewed Jinkx, a.k.a. Jerick Hoffer, who grew up in Ladd's Addition but now lives in Seattle, before this season of the show began. Dubbed the "Sleeper...   More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

The Red Dress Party, In Fragments

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Arts & Books
The Red Dress Party is one of those events that requires some balls to attend. But unlike the Naked Bike Ride, for example, the fear isn’t that your co-workers will catch photos of your dangly bits. Instead, they’ll see you in a dress (of course, only a problem if you’re a guy).
True, gay guys love drag. But the ones who don’t are often more apprehensive to try it because they know ever...   More
Monday, May 6, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: BodyVox, Fifteen (Program A)


Arts & Books
If BodyVox had to be summed up in one number, it would be Hopper's Piece, in which two couples go to dinner and end up dancing goofily with the waiter on the table. They dance, slide and jokingly fall with the jovial mood of sailors pinching a girl’s bottom. The women’s cheeky expressions do everything but squeal “Oh, you!”
T...   More
Friday, May 3, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

American Music Festival (Oregon Ballet Theatre)

Scrappy pride, en pointe.

Little about ballet is American. Poised, practiced and, to many, pretentious, it’s antithetical to the unbridled passion of a country built on freedom, manifest destiny and tea parties.     More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review, Circa: Daring Feats with Dancer Envy

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Arts & Books
Art that aims to be part one thing and part another has a tendency to wind up nothing at all. That’s the worry when watching Circa, the Australian act often described as almost circus and almost dance.
But that’s an imperfect portrait of this company. Circa is not part circus, part dance. It’s all circus, just in dance packaging.
Take...   More
Thursday, April 11, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project


Arts & Books
A show with two intermissions says one thing to me: marathon drinking. Maybe that’s not what Northwest Dance Project had in mind for its Spring Performances, now at the Newmark Theater, but what else is a patron to do? We’re facing a 30-minute contemporary dance number followed by a 15-minute break, and then another n...   More
Friday, March 29, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

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