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Your Show of Shows

PICA is attempting to remake its performance series on an international scale.

Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA), which for seven years has made this city more culturally alive by injecting us with a much needed dose of the avant-garde, is at a crossroads. Aga ...   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2002 Steffen Silvis

A Piece of Mind

A new bookshop caters to those interested in cognitive liberty and brings a new meaning to "head shop."

You have to marvel at America. Where else would you find high-school auditoria thick with parents wearing red and black D.A.R.E. arm-bands, like Nuremberg rally extras, watching their Ritalin-addl ...   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2002 Steffen Silvis

The Future Is Now

With retirement announcements from James DePreist and Robert Bailey, Portland's cultural scene is quickly changing.

Two years from now, the cultural landscape in Portland will be completely altered. At least half of the small art galleries, design collectives and theater companies currently operating will be go ...   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2002 Steffen Silvis

the book of daily afflictions

the book of daily afflictions by Andrew Boyd (W.W. Norton, 110 pages, $11.95)Andrew Boyd will read at the Old Church, 1422 SW 11th Ave. 7 pm Thursday, April 11. $5. Annie Blooms, 7834 SW Capitol H ...   More
Wednesday, April 10, 2002 Steffen Silvis

A Theater Taproot

Playwright, professor and piscator Gladden Schrock passes through Portland.

Between seasons as a commercial herring fisherman, Gladden Schrock co-founded the famed Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Conn., founded the theater department at Hampshire College, taught theate ...   More
Wednesday, February 20, 2002 Steffen Silvis

Trying to Break in

At a time when the American musical is transforming itself, a local team attempts to bring back yesterday.

Many condemned to perusing my screeds over the years conclude that I hate musical theater. Certainly, I've offered ample evidence for this view, but the fact is that good musical theater is one of ...   More
Wednesday, February 6, 2002 Steffen Silvis

In These Times

defunkt theatre holds up Sarah Kane's corrupt mirror of our time.

As she paused to hang herself in 1999 at the age of 28, Sarah Kane stood as the most controversial British playwright since Edward Bond. Her first play, Blasted, was: Critics scrambled for new syn ...   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 Steffen Silvis


Portland Center Stage shoots The Seagull, but it's the theater that's spiraling downward.

As the first curtain fell on Anton Chekhov's The Seagull at the Moscow Art Theater in 1895, the cast, gathering for the curtain call, was confronted by silence from the audience on the other side. ...   More
Wednesday, January 23, 2002 Steffen Silvis


The cultural landscape of Portland, already strewn with the dead bodies of arts festivals, saw another toe tag fastened last month. Through mismanagement and a lack of civic care, the city had los ...   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2002 Steffen Silvis


The mysterious world of Sir John Mandeville is finally charted in a new book.

Before the Victorian Era, a mysterious medieval writer named Sir John Mandeville was considered the father of English literature. His influence coursed through the work of Shakespeare, Milton, Spe ...   More
Wednesday, January 2, 2002 Steffen Silvis
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