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Just Opened: A Miracle on 43rd Street

A review of Bag & Baggage's holiday spoof.

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In the green- and red-tinted pantheon of Christmas classics, Miracle on 34th Street is perhaps one of the more poignant and touching tales. Which, of course, makes it perfect fodder for a spoof, and Scott Palmer, artistic director of Hillsboro's Bag & Baggage Productions, is not one to let the opportunity for parody pass him by. Hence A...   More
 
Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by DEBORAH KENNEDY

The Way He Looks

Bach and Belle (and Sebastian)


Movie Reviews & Stories
Forget the love triangle. The Way He Looks gives us the love rhombus. Giovana loves Leonardo but Leonardo loves Gabriel and Gabriel loves Belle and Sebastian. The film, from Brazilian writer-d   More
 
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Aviary: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
1733 NE Alberta St., 287-2400,, aviarypdx.com [BIRD'S THE WORD] Named WW's Restaurant of the Year in 2012—after rebuilding from a devastating fire only five months into   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Maharaja Indian Restaurant: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
610 SE 10th Ave., 214-4858, Hillsboro, maharajahillsboro.com [HEAD TO THE HILLS] Sometimes secrets are best kept wedged between an Econolodge and a McDonald's. Maharaja—   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Piazza Italia: Restaurant Guide 2014


Restaurant Guide
1129 NW Johnson St., 478-0619, piazzaportland.com [LITTLEST ITALY] This intimate Pearl-based pasta haven—founded in 2000 by friends Gino Schettini and Kevin Gorretta—sp   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Battle Cry

A new opera explores the traumatic aftermath of combat.


Theater
Midway through The Canticle of the Black Madonna, a war veteran named Adam curls into the fetal position. Discordant, frenetic music plays as Adam relives the deaths of his fellow soldiers in    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Are you there Judy? It’s me, Debbie.


Books
On June 16, literati the world over re-enact the plot of James Joyce’s Ulysses with pub crawls, marathon readings and Irish breakfasts. On June 17, former teenagers of Portland will have a simil   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

The Playboy of the Western World (Artists Rep)

Dense as a furzy ditch, but the craic is mighty.


Theater
“There’s a great gap between a gallous story and a dirty deed.” So says the sharp-tongued Pegeen Mike in J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World. There’s also a great gap between Syn   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Circle Be Unbroken

Beth Harrington on her new film about the Carter-Cash family.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Beth Harrington didn’t grow up listening to country. As a kid in Boston, she was reared on progressive rock and punk, and she herself sang backup in Jonathan Richman’s Modern Lovers in the e   More
 
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Dom Hemingway

Pretty boy turns petty; preaches with poetry.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Jude Law is all grown up. In Richard Shepard’s gangster send-up Dom Hemingway, Law has ditched his pretty-boy looks to play a petty criminal with a paunch and “a face like an abortion.” (D   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY
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