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Punk de Bourrée

How ballet and punk rock keep a Wisconsin farm boy from flying off the rails.

Growing up, Michael Linsmeier milked cows in rural Wisconsin. His family lived in a town of 1,600 people along the shores of Lake Michigan and grew half the food they ate. Linsmeier spent most o   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 AARON SPENCER

TBA Diaries: Laura Arrington and Jesse Hewit, Adult


Laura Arrington wrote on her blog that she's not worried about her work Adult making sense. That's good—because it doesn't. For the piece, now at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival, Arrington draws from a number of inspirations about mortality and the meaning of life. I won't get into ...   More
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

TBA Diaries: Lola Arias, The Year I Was Born

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Lola Arias’ El año en que nací (The Year I Was Born), whose run at the Time-Based Art Festival closed last night, has been getting rave reviews. Mine won’t be the exception. But I have to say the obvious: I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I spoke Spanish.
The play, directed by Lola Arias, recounts the true stor...   More
Monday, September 16, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

TBA Diaries: Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball


Drag queen Carla Rossi opened Time-Based Art’s Critical Mascara in a video projected onto the screen behind the stage. Covered in her trademark white makeup and Leigh Bowery-esque eye shadow, she explained what this “post-realness drag ball” was supposed to be: “It’s like Paris Is Burning,” she said, referring to the 19...   More
Sunday, September 15, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Seat Slasher Targeting Motorcycles in Alberta, Buckman

Someone is cutting square chunks out of seats.


A motorcycle seat slasher has Portland's motorcycle community in an uproar. Starting about two weeks ago, motorcycle owners say seats of bikes left on the street at night have been slashed, many of them with an odd, square cutout. “It seems like some somebody is doing it to have some sort of souvenir,” said Joshua Stenseth, who woke up Wednesday to find a patch removed from the sea...   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Dance Review: Alchemy (Lindsey Matheis)

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The 23-year-old guy sitting next to me at Alchemy, which showed this past weekend, said he came to experience more culture and to open his mind to new things. I hear this kind of thing all the time from young people: They like the idea of seeing dance, but when Friday night rolls around, those good intentions dissipate into another n...   More
Monday, September 9, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Alchemy (Lindsey Matheis)

Dance dance revolution.

Lindsey Matheis is trying to reinvent the way Portland does dance—at least this weekend. That she’s attempting it at all is surprising, considering her quiet, agreeable manner. “It’s not   More
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Light Noise (Lucy Yim)

Contemporary dance strips down and flops around.

On a Sunday afternoon, in a studio off Southeast Foster Road littered with old blankets, Lucy Yim turns from her dancers to me. “We’re actually going to do the run in costume,” she says.    More
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Dance+ Performance Festival, Part 1 (Conduit Dance)

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Conduit’s Dance+ Festival is a grab bag of acts, mostly dance numbers with a little something extra. The performances are so divergent that the show as a whole is unlikely to be a crowd pleaser, but that’s the price you pay for experimentation.
The show, now in its second year, is a combination of mostly regional performers selected by a panel. The goal is to showcase work that’...   More
Friday, July 12, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

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
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