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Just Opened: Enjoy

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

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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

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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

The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition

WW’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013.


Music Stories
Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NATHAN CARSON, PETE COTTELL, JAY HORTON, REED JACKSON, CAT JONES, MITCH LILLIE, GEOFF NUDELMAN, MATTHEW SINGER, GRACE STAINBACK, MARK STOCK, KAITIE TODD, BRANDON WIDDER

Album Review: Bombs Into You

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Album Reviews
[HOUSE-PARTY ELECTRO-POP] Some music just sounds like it’s meant to be played in a basement. On its previous EPs, Portland three-piece Bombs Into You created grungy, electronic house-party mus   More
 
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Theater Review: The Lion in Winter

We’ll never be royals.


Performance
Northwest Classical Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter might as well be called Game of Thrones: Christmas Edition. Director Elizabeth Huffman has given James Goldman’s play modern scen   More
 
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Fanno Creek

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Album Reviews
[INDIE FOLK POP] If you think you’ll learn all there is to know about the musicians of Fanno Creek by listening to the first few minutes of their debut album, Monuments, you’re wrong.     More
 
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Video: "Ponce Pilato," Y La Bamba

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Y La Bamba’s video for “Ponce Pilato,” released earlier this week, has been a long time in the making—pretty much since the conception of Portland’s newest synchronized swimming group, the Olivia Darlings, actually. Formed in collaboration between the band, Olivia Darlings c...   More
 
Friday, June 14, 2013 by KAITIE TODD

Book Review: Tai Pei, by Tao Lin

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Books
As you read Tao Lin’s latest novel, Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries, 250 pages, $14.95, ), you will know when a character leaves to go to the bathroom. You will know when a character goes to Ur   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Pass The Sniff Test

If you’re just looking at the roses, you’re missing half their charm.


Culture Features
All roses look pretty, but not all roses smell pretty. Any schmuck can admire the petals, but those who want to enjoy the sweet smell have to be a little more strategic about things. Portland is   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Polaris Dance Theatre, Hand Picked

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Polaris Dance Theatre’s latest show, Hand Picked, is a joy. The show, which opened last night, is diverse and spirited, and the lineup features nine works of contemporary performance chosen by the company’s dancers. Some of the numbers they choreographed themselves, and others are works from local choreographers.
Each...   More
 
Friday, June 7, 2013 by KAITIE TODD
 

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