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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.


Performance
“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

Just Opened: Othello

A review of Portland Center Stage's production of Shakespeare's tragedy of love and jealousy.

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Othello can be a bit of a tough sell. Not only is it one of Shakespeare's most racially insensitive plays (and that's saying something), but even the most credulous audience member might wonder why the title character, a warrior with a reputation for bravery and a Moor known for his passion, can be so easily persuaded to think the worst of his great love.The key to our willingness to...   More
 
Monday, April 14, 2014 by DEBORAH KENNEDY

Under the Skin

ScarJo spins a web for lonely Glaswegians.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Hell hath no fury like a woman with unlimited access to dingy lairs in Glasgow, Scotland. That’s one lesson to be gleaned from Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, a sci-fi/horror hybrid starri   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Bar Guide 2014: Local Lounge


Bar Guide
Local Lounge3536 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 282-1833, local-lounge.com. 4:30 pm-2 am daily.“Heartbreak makes me horny.” So says the light-switch plate in one of the Local Lounge’s two gend   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Bar Guide 2014: Kelly's Olympian


Bar Guide
Kelly’s Olympian426 SW Washington St., 228-3669, kellysolympian.com. 10-2 am daily.If the “Motorcycle Only” parking in front of Kelly’s Olympian doesn’t bring you up to speed on this downtow   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Bar Guide 2014: Ponderosa Lounge


Bar Guide
Ponderosa Lounge10350 N Vancouver Way, 345-0300, ponderosalounge.com. 9 am-midnight Monday-Tuesday, 9-1 am Wednesday-Thursday, 9-2 am Friday, 8-2 am Saturday, 8 am-midnight Sunday.Country music is doi   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY

Midsummer (Third Rail Repertory)

Love, Elmo and Japanese rope bondage, set to song.


Performance
Spring is often referred to as the season of love. But for Bob and Helena, two unlikely lovers on the streets of Edinburgh, the solstice is when the magic happens. Midsummer is modestly subtitle   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 DEBORAH KENNEDY
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