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Hamburger Mary's Closing Tonight

Gay-Friendly Downtown Burger Joint will be Shuttered after Bingo


Tonight is the last night for Portland to eat, drink and be Mary: Hamburger Mary's, the gay-friendly burger joint, is closing. Staff would not elaborate as to why this Mary's franchise is closing, confirming only that tonight is its last night in business. Shortly after WW contacted Hamburger Mary's the following message was posted to its    More
Sunday, April 21, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review, Circa: Daring Feats with Dancer Envy

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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


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

Live Review: Illstyle & Peace Productions

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It’s never a good sign when show organizers keep stressing a group is their second choice for a performance. White Bird founders Paul King and Walter Jaffe were gracious in their introduction Thursday night, but you could tell they were disappointed that their planned performers, the dancers of Abou ...   More
Friday, March 22, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

You Swig, They Jig

Underage entertainment for your St. Patrick’s Day.

Drink enough on St. Patrick’s Day, and you may think you’re seeing leprechauns dance for you. But those aren’t leprechauns: They’re kids from local dance studios, whose parents are happy   More
Wednesday, March 13, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: MOMIX

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While reading the biographies for the dancers in Botanica, one can’t help but imagine some of them spent years training in classical ballet only to be cut from the company. Maybe the phone call to their parents went something like, “You know what, Mom, forget it! I’m just going to spend my dance career riding giant Triceratops puppets.”
There is indeed a giant Triceratops puppet ...   More
Thursday, February 28, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago


Pitting two choreographers against each other in back-to-back acts may not be a plea for competition, but that’s how the audience will interpret it.

That might be why so many were quick to pick a favorite after Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s one-night appearance in Portland. The show, presented by    More
Thursday, February 14, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Jinkx Monsoon

Meet the Pacific Northwest’s first contestant on the American Idol of drag.

Q & A
Snatching a spot on RuPaul’s Drag Race is the quickest way for a drag queen to make it big, and the show’s newest season features its first contestant from the Pacific Northwest: Jinkx Monso   More
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Sexapalooza: Hot (or Not) in the Oregon Convention Center


The promoter for Sexapalooza, a trade show this past weekend at the Oregon Convention Center, made it very clear this was not a “sleazy” event: “No porn stars,” reads the press release.

I found this perplexing as I walked the barely lit aisles of Sexapalooza. Surrounded by sex toys, a topless woman and a 6-foot-tall poster...   More
Monday, November 19, 2012 by AARON SPENCER

What the Religious Right Thinks of Portland: Hump 2012 Reviewed

Amateur porn festival boasts culinary fetishes and packing peanuts

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I imagine the religious right’s idea of Portland looks a lot like the Hump film festival: a crowd of young, drunk liberals gathering to watch amateur porn.
The crowd for the Saturday midnight showing at Cinema 21 was loud and giddy, as usual. They funneled into the theater and swiftly threw their jackets over their ...   More
Saturday, November 10, 2012 by AARON SPENCER
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