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Album Review: Shook Twins

What We Do (Curlypinky)

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[INDIE FOLK] Shook Twins’ latest release, What We Do, doesn’t capture the hazy pleasantness between wakefulness and sleep so much as the emotional instability of the dream. It rises and falls    More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: Hamlet

A review of Post5 Theatre's production of Shakespeare's tragedy.


From the opening moments of Post5 Theatre’s abridged Hamlet, it’s evident this isn’t the version you saw in high school. King Claudius and Queen Gertrude resemble the picture-perfect parents from a ’50s sitcom, servants snap photos with smartphones, the guards carry guns, and Ty Boice as Hamlet swaggers into t...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Perfect Pussy: Saturday, March 22

If the name makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry: This buzzing New York punk band is already set to self-destruct.

Music Stories
Perfect Pussy is a band with an expiration date. Or so says Ray McAndrew, guitarist for the Syracuse, N.Y., noise-punk band, which, for the past six months, has been gaining national attention f   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Ages and Ages

Divisionary (Partisan)

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[CHORAL POP] On the surface, Ages and Ages’ sophomore release, Divisionary, might appear to shine with as much bright optimism as the band’s debut album, 2011’s Alright You Restless. Bringing    More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: Bo-Nita

A review of Elizabeth Heffron's one-woman show, starring Kate Eastwood Norris.


“You’ve got to find your own personal beat,” says Bo-Nita, the titular teenager of Portland Center Stage’s one-woman production. It’s a sentiment, however familiar, that the show never abandons. Written by Seattle playwright Elizabeth Heffron and directed by Gretchen Corbett, Bo-Nita follows the spunky 13-year-old and her mother, Mona, as th...   More
Monday, February 17, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Show Preview: Lucius, You Won’t

Music Stories
[RETRO POP] Haim wasn’t the only group to get attention for its retro-pop sound last year. Lucius, a quintet from Brooklyn, turned heads with its debut LP, Wildewoman, crafting 1960s-inspired tune   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: The Past is Calling

past is calling

“Tonight’s performance is kind of a hybrid between a workshop and a full-blown performance,” said Dennis Nyback, writer, producer and director of The Past is Calling, on Saturday night. Referencing the 1920s setting and disclosing that most of the actors would still be reading off of scripts, Nyberg finished his introduction to this    More
Sunday, January 26, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Fertile Ground Diaries: SubRosa Dance Collective, Heirloom

subrosa dance heirloom fertile ground tia zapp, kailee mcmurran, jessica evans, carlyn hudson, lena traenkenschuh, zahra banzi design by goats

Friday night at the Clinton Street Theater began with a flurry of distorted bagpipes, a screen projecting images of dripping fruit and Turquoise Jeep’s famous question: Do you like your eggs fried or fertilized?
So began SubRosa Dance Collective’s first piece, Matriarch, in a new show titled Heirloom, that's debuting as...   More
Saturday, January 25, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: Enjoy

A review of CoHo's production of Toshiki Okada's play.


So, like…real life is hard, you know? One second you’re a college graduate, working part-time at a comic-book cafe, and the next you’re turning 30, still at the same cafe, living with your parents and suffering from depression due to all the unspoken pressures of society. At least, that’s the reality for the characters in CoHo Productions’ Enjoy, written by Japanese playwright Tos...   More
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: Shackleton's Antarctic Nightmare


Frostbite, thin ice, backbreaking work and dead puppies are all things you might expect from a story called Shackleton’s Antarctic Nightmare. A few things you might not expect: a love story between a man and his cat, molting reindeer-hair sleeping bags and incredibly dumb, sledding-down-a-mountain-on-90-feet-of-coiled-rope luck.
Portland Story Theatre’s reprisal of Shackleton’s ...   More
Monday, January 13, 2014 by KAITIE TODD
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