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Sowelu Lacks Passion


Flamenco is about passion. This ancient Spanish form of song and dance stomps, cries, thrusts, swivels, pleads and wails. It grabs you by the throat and wrings you dry.
Which makes the listless current production by Sowelu Ensemble—“An Evening of Flamenco and Ballads,” playing through ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 19, 2006 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

What's God Got To Do With It?

Jesus, Buddha, Charlie Brown...they're all holy when local choirs sing the holiday blockbuster Messiah.


Featured Stories
Soprano Anne-Carolyn Bird hopes that audience members will believe every note she sings as soloist in this weekend's annual Portland Baroque Orchestra performance of Handel's Messiah.Even if she herse ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Wade Mccollum

What a standout Portland actor really thinks about local theater.


Q & A
The cheerful Portland Center Stage volunteer summed up actor Wade McCollum's status as Portland theater royalty when she picked up the phone to page him: "You must be here to write another rave about ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 13, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

The Return Of Ulysses

Portland Opera hits a low note with high-priced show.


Performance
It would be difficult for Ulysses to return, as he is scheduled to do nearly two hours and 30 minutes into Monteverdi's opera, The Return of Ulysses. Because, with Portland Opera's shockingly inept pr ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 6, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

World AIDS Day in Portland: A Somber, Quiet Event That Means...?




Although the theme of this year's World AIDS Day is “Stop AIDS: Keep the Promise,” there was precious little talk about either stopping AIDS or keeping any promises at some of the events around the city marking the day.

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Friday, December 1, 2006 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

World Aids Day

What's going on this week to mark the day in Portland.


News Stories
Now that an estimated 40 million people are living with HIV worldwide, the AIDS epidemic has exceeded even the most dire predictions that experts made when it first surfaced 25 years ago.Other numbers ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 29, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Rory Stitt at Mississippi Studios, Nov. 19. 2006


Perched behind his electric keyboard, crooked smile and raised eyebrow perfectly placed, singer-songwriter Rory Stitt launched into the opening number of his Sunday night set at Portland's Mississippi Studios...(continued on    More
 
Tuesday, November 21, 2006 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Rory Stitt at Mississippi Studios, Nov. 19. 2006


Perched behind his electric keyboard, crooked smile and raised eyebrow perfectly placed, singer-songwriter Rory Stitt launched into the opening number of his Sunday night set at Portland's Mississippi Studios.

“My smile is a work of art,” he sang in a voice crescendoing from breathy ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 21, 2006 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

MOMA comes to Reed


Some decisions are better left unexamined. Like why I skipped an advance screening of Beyonce's latest bootylicious star turn for 90 minutes of mind-numbing slides and contemporary art-speak at Reed College. Silly me.
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Thursday, November 16, 2006 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Brian Ferriso

New Portland Art Museum executive director says what he really thinks about football fans and art snobs.


Q & A
Brian Ferriso comes to his new job as executive director at the Portland Art Museum from a similar post in Oklahoma, where he remembers battling stiff competition for the entertainment dollar.That com ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 8, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin
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