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Live Review: Raffi at Aladdin Theater, Feb. 1

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Raffish? Raffable? The Sinatra of the Montessori set, Raffi wields a charisma utterly disarming and impossible to dislike, however much some of us would try. While Sunday's two Aladdin sets filled with the suburban doyennes of weaponized domesticity who'd instantly sold-out both shows, there were still smatterings of the luxe folkies and domesticated rockers ordinarily prowling the ve...   More
 
Monday, February 2, 2015 by JAY HORTON

Live Review: EJ's Reunion at Hawthorne Theater, Jan. 9-10

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By almost every accounting, last weekend's 20th anniversary of late and sorely lamented foundational Eastside rock-house EJ's succeeded thrilling...   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 by JAY HORTON

Pillars of Portlandia

How a proto-Portlandia based on a WW column turned into the biggest debacle in local TV history.


DVD & TV
On Dec. 14, 1983, Portland was poised for TV greatness: America’s first regional soap opera. Portland station KOIN pre-empted regular CBS programming for a locally produced original movie, Pillars   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 JAY HORTON

The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.


Theater
For a few moments after the introductory dance barrage, right when one of Portland’s oldest comedy troupes settles down for a looooong winter’s slapstick, The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas feel   More
 
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 JAY HORTON

An Idiot's Guide to Harry and Lloyd: Dumb & Dumber To Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: Fuckin' BTwenty years since Dumb & Dumber entrenched the Brothers Farrelly as keepers of a peculiarly-‘90s frat house/preschool garden of filmic offense, the directors return to their first heroes for the sequel just about nobody demanded. As if there were any doubt, Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) remain resolutely unchanged. In...   More
 
Friday, November 14, 2014 by JAY HORTON

R.I.P. Slabtown


Music Stories
With Portlanders of every vintage so eager to ennoble the fallen, let us remember two things about Slabtown as the longtime Northwest venue fades into memory. Fairly or not, local nightlife pres   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 JAY HORTON

Eye of the Walrus: Tusk Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: BThe time had come, said Kevin Smith, to talk of many things. After the embittered distribution struggles surrounding 2011’s Red State, the unsinkable icon of DIY cinematic half-assery had seemingly retired from the moviemaking and engaged his loyal fan base only through a garrulous weekly podcast. On SModcast, Smith and longtime producing partner Scott ...   More
 
Monday, September 22, 2014 by JAY HORTON

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby

All the lonely people.


Movie Reviews & Stories
At first, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby was Her and Him—twin films about a young couple’s dissolution as surveyed from separate perspectives, which will be released together next month.   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 JAY HORTON

The Identical

False idols.


Movie Reviews & Stories
What if Elvis Presley’s brother had lived? What if, wracked by desperate poverty, his parents only pretended to bury the stillborn twin and instead allowed a traveling preacher and his loving    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 JAY HORTON

Album Review: Storm Large

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Album Reviews
[WHITE JAZZ] Less than a decade removed from titillating dowagers at Union Station’s piano bar, Storm Large has so successfully bum-rushed the global celebrity apparatus that her side projec   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 JAY HORTON
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