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Greek Love

A new collection of ancient texts proves that queerness was a hot topic in Greece and Rome.

It is axiomatic among the unread "saved" that the scourge of homosexuality toppled the Roman Empire. In fact, the empire was already fully Christianized before the real rot and ruin set in, a caut ...   More
Wednesday, June 18, 2003 Steffen Silvis

The Pope of Culture

If Richard Florida has his way, cities will become culture incubators. Looks like he bagged Portland.

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James DePreist's final concert last week as conductor of the Oregon Symphony may also serve as the swan song for an idea. DePreist was lured to Portland 23 years ago by this city's power brokers n ...   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2003 Steffen Silvis

Chinese Whispers

Rape of Nanking author Iris Chang examines the overlooked personal tragedies of Chinese living in America.

Emma Lazarus' sentiments aside, immigrants have seldom been welcomed with open arms in America, though over time the painful struggles in the Bowery and on Hester Street among the tired and poor f ...   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2003 Steffen Silvis

Divine Sadness

The great actress Sarah Bernhardt finds life again in the CoHo Theater.

The arsonist sun bears down on a chaise longue holding a stately wreck, whose pallor and rictus seem to indicate death. This wreck, a woman, finely dressed and shod, with one leg carelessly thrown ...   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2003 Steffen Silvis

To Be Anticipated

PIPFest's death cast a pall over Portland's performance calendar, but PICA is more than filling the void.

When PICA announced that it was going to launch a performance festival, too many people asked whether it would work. Typical. The fact of the matter is that it must work if Portland is ever to be ...   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2003 Steffen Silvis

Lost in the Stars

ART's latest production often overreaches, but it reaches its audience nonetheless.

Out in an Arizona desert night, a young astronomer wanders alone, sifting through the history of his two loves. The first is his first love, space, and all the stars contained within it. The secon ...   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2003 Steffen Silvis

The Great Man

A new biography on W.C. Fields gives the comedian an even break.

In that select group of actors who became cultural icons only after death (James Dean, Louise Brooks, Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe), W.C. Fields, at first, seems the most unlikely member. The i ...   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2003 Steffen Silvis

There's a Beard in My Soup

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GENTLE EATERS, As Miss Dish tours the distilleries of Kentucky, I have been drafted this week to fill her ample column with my own musings.Confirmed vegan that I am, I cannot help but find that gre ...   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2003 Steffen Silvis


The new Electric Company theater space is well worth investigating, as is one of the two current productions there.

Inaugurated last month with e3 Theater Company's production of The Diaries of Adam and Eve, the new Electric Company theater is one of the best new spaces in town. With a high ceiling, a large pla ...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2003 Steffen Silvis

Instant Oscar Quiz!

Just add water.

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The Academy Award, at 75, is officially an old hag. Yet we love visiting her. The drama. The puffery. The micrometer of a chance that something completely unexpected might happen. With certain war ...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2003 Steffen Silvis
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