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Top Five Films To See At POW Fest

Movie Reviews & Stories
Beat Down A runaway teen squeezes into scintillating pink spandex as she follows her wrestling dream. Deanne Foley’s film congenially captures showy wrestling, pubescent awkwardness and familia   More
Wednesday, March 6, 2013 ENID SPITZ

At Portland’s Catholic University, Students Challenge President on Gay Rights


When the University of Portland president gives his annual fireside chat he's looking for conversation, not controversy. But when president Fr. William Beauchamp spoke on Monday, Feb. 18, he—perhaps accidentally—ignited a gay rights fight on the Catholic campus.
I'm a senior at UP, and this is the most charged I've ever seen campus.
The battle centers on UP’s nondiscrimination policy, ...   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 by ENID SPITZ

Pot Meet Kettle

Cannabis is better for smoking than eating.

Food Reviews & Stories
Toasted, rolled, burnt and baked—can one exist solely off cannabis? Hemp advocates trumpet the many great qualities of this “wonder crop,” which has been cultivated since the dawn of civil   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Drank: Chocolate Orange Wine (Shallon Winery)

Chocolate orange wine from Astoria’s Shallon Winery is all about love. Octogenarian winemaker Paul van der Veldt opened his doors in 1980 and has single-handedly run the operation since. Van d   More
Wednesday, February 13, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: Rain! The Musical

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Imagine a Portland without rain. Richard Moore’s Rain! The Musical sees fallen rock star Turner returning to a dried-out Rose City. Liquid sunshine has been replaced by productivity in the re-christened “city that works.” As Turner finds himself in a world of assistants named Theresa and an overworked, undersexed ex-girlfriend, the audience enters his rockified musical dream. With a b...   More
Tuesday, February 5, 2013 by ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: Illuminate


What just happened? Joseph Campbell’s “collective unconscious” meets the collective creativity of Portland’s Milepost 5 artistic community in this art/theater/dance installation, presented by HumanBeingCurious Productions. Attendees find themselves greeted with a papier-mache mask that smells vaguely of paste and whisked into a swirly-whirly universe of philosophical quandaries. Only this ...   More
Sunday, February 3, 2013 by ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: The Seven Wonders of Chipping


Both “charming” and “like an unwanted pregnancy,” reads C.S. Whitcomb’s description of her new play, The Seven Wonders of Chipping, premiering in a reading at Fertile Ground.

What she means, though, is that the story took on a life of its own, and indeed it is charming to the brim. How can you not love delectabl...   More
Monday, January 28, 2013 by ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: Ruby Rocket, Private Eye

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There is a dress-up bin, a black box and lots of booze onstage. That is all...until Stacey Hallal’s feisty and fiery Ruby Rocket stumbles onto the scene, Jack Daniels in hand, flaunting her hip-to-waist ratio. “This is my office.” She pushes the black box to the right. “This is the police station.” The box goes left.
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Saturday, January 26, 2013 by ENID SPITZ

Fertile Ground Diaries: 4x4=8 Musicals

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Writers don’t pretend to be mathematicians, but even I know that four times four does not equal eight. You know what else isn’t eight? Seven. 4x4=8, the “mini-musical” montage from producer John Oules and curator Mark LaPierre, turned out to be a mystery with one mini gone missing at Thursday night’s    More
Friday, January 25, 2013 by ENID SPITZ
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