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Hand2Mouth Theatre brings Pep Talk to Coffee Creek Correctional Facility.

After the scripted lines are spoken, Hand2Mouth’s Pep Talk turns into a public forum. The show’s actresses play macho coaches, re-enacting speeches from the likes of Al Davis, the late Oakla   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 ENID SPITZ

On Fire: Big in Japan Reviewed

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In 1966, protesting Japanese nationalists almost stopped The Beatles from opening their Revolver world tour at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan martial arts center. But they played on, laying the foundation for later concerts by Bob Dylan, Beyonce and Japanese favorites Cheap Trick.
What is it about rock stars making it big in Japan? Like Napoleon, so many forge East (albeit with Gibsons instead of caval...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by ENID SPITZ

10-Ring Circus

Portland playwrights take us to the circus at the Ten Minute Play Festival.

Circus extravaganzas have long been theater’s eccentric, mustachioed cousin—glitterized spectacles for audiences packing peanuts over opera specs. Monkey With a Hat On puts performance back    More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 CURTIS COOK, ENID SPITZ

The Invisible Hand (Artists Repertory Theatre)

Stockholm syndrome at Artists Rep.

Spending time with stock traders is usually about as enticing as a terrorist jail cell. But somehow director Allen Nause makes both captivating in Pulitzer Prize-winner Ayad Akhtar’s The Invis   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Cheap Life: Workouts…

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Crunch, Boom and Planet Fitness You can get a two-hour spiel on free weights, a contact testosterone high and five pounds of chemicalized protein dust any day, any time, at a range of chrome-   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Michael McDonald

Comedy and Variety
The Michael McDonald headlining Helium Comedy Club is not a silver fox serenader from the Doobie Brothers. But he is silvering, and that’s rare in standup. While SNL retirees go silver on the    More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Jewtopia (Triangle Productions)

Slapstick and schmeckle jokes

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Mix Yentl references with hankies full of phlegm and excessive foreskin banter, and you get the other-worldly Jewtopia. It’s a 75-minute inside joke for audiences wearing velour track suits and yarmulkes to match the characters. What did you expect?That’s exactly the fun of director Donald Horn’s new show for Triangle Productions. It’s an unapologetically self-serving slapsti...   More
Sunday, March 15, 2015 by ENID SPITZ

North Portland Gets a New Art Infusion

Portland couple opens Carl & Sloan Contemporary Gallery


After years of trying to open their own gallery, local artist couple Ashley Sloan and Calvin Ross Carl found themselves a spot between the Dancin' Bare strip club and Wells Fargo ATM on N. Interstate Ave. Carl & Sloan Contemporary will take over the space previously Nisus Gallery in Kenton’s Disjecta arts building, a creative hub tucked in the otherwise unembellished northern n...   More
Saturday, March 14, 2015 by ENID SPITZ

The Invisible Hand

Politics play at Artists Rep.

Apparently it’s easier to stage Driving Miss Daisy in Bangladesh than an off-Broadway political thriller in Portland. At least when the U.S. State Department gets involved. Local director Allen    More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Check Out the New $34 Million Art School in the Old Post Office

PNCA opens its new main campus


Pacific Northwest College of Art made themselves a new main campus out of the 100-year-old post office wedged between Union Station and While-U-Wait Passport Photos. The historic North Park Blocks building is now the artsiest place in the city and they want you to see why. $34 million dusted off the federal office cubicles and a hundred years of bad remodels that covered the two-story ce...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 by ENID SPITZ

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