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Ben Darwish Trio and Trio Subtonic at Jimmy Mak's, Jan. 2, 2008


[JAZZ] There seem to be two distinct breeds of jazz musicians coming up today: the pretty-face jazz-lite players and crooners (Michael Bublé, Jane Monheit, Chris Botti), and the new jazz experimenters (sax goddess Matana Roberts or singer Luciana Souza, for example). Ben Darwish leans toward the latter group.

The Portland-reared pianist is, at all of 27 years old, already es...   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Ben Darwish Trio, Trio Subtonic Feb. 2 at Jimmy Mak’s

A recent night of all-local jazz spoke with the voice of a new generation.


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[JAZZ] There seem to be two distinct breeds of jazz musicians coming up today: the pretty-face jazz-lite players and crooners (Michael Bublé, Jane Monheit, Chris Botti), and the new jazz experi ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Opera Theater Oregon: Opera Cinema—Carmen

Buxom Madsen-Bradford Bares All as Carmen.


Performance
Beth Madsen-Bradford is the best Portland-based opera singer you’ve probably never heard of. She also gave one of the best performances of ’07 that you probably didn’t see: in the t ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2008 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Symphony Reports Ticket Sales Uptick




For the first time in several years, the Oregon Symphony is reporting an increase in ticket sale revenues, "putting a halt to five consecutive years of declining ticket sales," according to a news release today from the Symphony.
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Wednesday, January 30, 2008 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Waiting For Love

Like breaking up, calculating the costs of delaying Oregon’s domestic partnership law is hard to do.


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A federal judge’s decision to delay the state’s domestic partnership law until a hearing Friday, Feb. 1, has exacted an emotional toll on same-sex couples. But it also carries financial co ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2008 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

New York Rifles, The Lonely H, My Fellow Traveller at Ash Street, Jan. 16, 2008


[NU CLASSICS] One measure of a band’s rockingness is the get-on-your-feet factor. And the Lonely H—an infectious teenage classic-rock outfit—has it in spades, if the raucous response from last week’s Ash Street crowd is any indication. Of course, it helps that the Port Ang...   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Portland Art Center Is Dead

But its headaches may live on for its director, and for Commissioner Sam Adams.


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There won’t be any more late-night arty cocktail parties or First Thursday festivals at the corner of Northwest 5th Avenue and Couch Street. But there will be, for at least several months ahead ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

New York Rifles, The Lonely H, My Fellow Traveller Jan. 16 at Ash Street

Young bucks prove too cool for school—and for their older showmates.


Music Stories
[NU CLASSICS] One measure of a band’s rockingness is the get-on-your-feet factor. And the Lonely H—an infectious teenage classic-rock outfit—has it in spades, if the raucous response ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2008 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Witchy intrigue wins at the Oregon Symphony




Let's hear it again.

That's my gut reaction to living Scottish composer James Macmillan's The Confession of Isobel Gowdie, an alternately fascinating and frustrating newish work for orchestra (from 1990) which received a Portland premiere this weekend...   More
 
Monday, January 21, 2008 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

UPDATED: Portland Art Center to close


The much-embattled Portland Art Center is closing its doors for good, according to a blog post by Seattle Post-Intelligencer art critic Regina Hackett.

In the posting, dated Friday January 18th, 5:26 pm...   More
 
Saturday, January 19, 2008 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin
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