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Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.


Music Stories
Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: The Crucible

A review of Bag & Baggage's production of Arthur Miller's classic play.

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It’s Saturday night at Hillsboro’s Venetian Theatre, and it’s hard to say whether it’s the plunging darkness or the sound of crickets—or just the imminent potential for witch burnings—that’s upping the creep factor in the room. As the audience sits in silence, voices slowly start to chatter, at first whispering, then hissing and singing names in a repetitive, foreboding chant. These ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Musée Mécanique

From Shores of Sleep (Tender Loving Empire)


Album Reviews
[ORCHESTRAL DREAMSCAPES] You’ve heard the saying, “A smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor,” right? This phrase doesn’t seem to apply to the guys of Musée Mécanique, who, on their   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: The Zags

Small Bags (Self-Released)


Album Reviews
[GARAGE POP] Power-pop quartet the Zags might sing about the ’80s on their debut EP, but they are a band clearly indebted to the ’60s. Heavy on three-part harmonies, cute keyboard hooks, rol   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Rare Monk: Tuesday, July 29

Started from Eugene, now heading beyond the stars.


Music Stories
When asking a band to describe its sound, you don’t expect to hear the word “asteroid.” But for the Portland five-piece Rare Monk, that single descriptor says a lot. Evolving from its ro   More
 
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Blue Skies for Black Hearts

Blue Skies for Black Hearts (Velvatonic)


Album Reviews
[THROWBACK POP] After more than a decade together, Blue Skies for Black Hearts is nothing if not consistent. The band’s newest effort follows closely in the footsteps of its last full-length,    More
 
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD

A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono

Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns.


Comedy and Variety
Comedian Kyle Mizono wants to dance with you. And she wants to do it in the dim, clown art-filled environs of Funhouse Lounge, with the looming threat of being drenched in booze by comedians wie   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 KAITIE TODD

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

The Bard gone batty.


Theater
If you don’t like screaming, dancing, ugly wigs, Destiny’s Child, (fake) vomiting, audience participation or poking fun at the world’s most famous playwright, The Complete Works of William   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Love Hurts: The Fault in Our Stars Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: B+ “I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories,” says Hazel Grace Lancaster at the beginning of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. For author John Green—who wrote the book of the same title—he approaches sad stories with wisdom, wit and a heartbreaking blow that, foreseen or not, leaves an emotional impact. This fil...   More
 
Thursday, June 5, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

The Gospel According to Liz

Liz Vice battles stage fright to bring a message of hope to a secular city.


Music Stories
Hope is a common theme when speaking with Liz Vice about her debut album, There’s a Light. Rich with throwback R&B influences, the album features 10 tracks of Vice’s dynamic, soulful vocal   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 KAITIE TODD
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