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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

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

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

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)


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


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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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)


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
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