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Faust

Portland Opera sexes up its season-opening production.


Performance
Christine Meadows sure knows how to fake an orgasm.It's a Wednesday-night rehearsal for the second act of Portland Opera's season-opening production: Charles Gounod's hotly popular Faust. Soprano Maur ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 1, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Restaurant Guide 2006


Food Reviews & Stories
Poke me if the seafood here isn't some of the freshest in Portland. Start with the creamy crab and artichoke dip, which runs away with appetizer honors; skip the tough, over-blackened calamari. Salty's signature seafood cioppino is zippy-tangy, filled with from-the-tank crustaceans. Desserts and coc   More
 
Friday, October 20, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Restaurant Guide 2006


Food Reviews & Stories
Hillsboro isn't exactly known as a fine-dining mecca, but Syun Izakaya rates a drive (or MAX ride) from just about anywhere within its 25-mile radius. Truly superb Japanese fare served by cheerful ladies in a postage-stamp-sized space lined with big sake bottles. J-pop plays overhead; fresh flowers    More
 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Restaurant Guide 2006


Food Reviews & Stories
The unusual cuisine of Peru in a chic setting. Newly created Peruvian options are eclectic and adventurous; the more traditional cuisine is hearty and robust. Where to begin? Start with small plates, which outshine the entrees by a narrow margin. Conchas a la Parmesana�knock-you-down baked mini sc   More
 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

The American Idol of opera hits PSU.

Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions: Oregon District, Sunday, Oct. 15, Portland State University


Performance
Competitions for aspiring opera singers are increasingly popular public affairs; they even attract audiences outside of the usual suspects (ahem, blue-hairs and opera queens). That's because for crash ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Restaurant Guide 2006


Food Reviews & Stories
A half-hidden, nearly historic jewel on West Burnside Street serving up simple, traditional Greek taverna food, authentic down to the olive (with a wall-of-fame to prove it). The decor is spare—save for the famous corkscrewy window dressings—the plates are plentiful and the waiters are t   More
 
Tuesday, October 17, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

The Pointer Sisters with the Oregon Symphony

The symphony does the "Neutron Dance" for its latest classical mashup.


Performance
The Boston Pops with Guster. Beyoncé in MTV's Carmen "hip-hopera." Now the Oregon Symphony with the Pointer Sisters? Love it, hate it, or just put to sleep by it, classical "crossover" programm ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 4, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Too Much Coffee Man Opera

High-octane opera lacks jolt to make it a habit.


Performance
Too Much Coffee Man Opera is many things: a savvy marketing ploy, a mildly amusing divertissement, a valentine to the joys of java. An opera it is not.Composer Daniel Steven Crafts and co-lyricists Sh ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Amy Schwartz Moretti

What does it say about Portland arts that the 30-year-old concertmaster of the Oregon Symphony is leaving for Georgia?


Q & A
Amy Schwartz Moretti shocked many Oregon Symphony lovers last week by announcing she's leaving her concertmaster job in January to direct a new string-training program in Macon, Ga.The news was surpri ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 27, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Repairing Trust

The Oregon Cultural Trust's fundraising problems cause long-term worry.


News Stories
It's 8 am on a recent Thursday, and Cynthia Kirk is tired.As communications director for the Oregon Cultural Trust, Kirk has called this early-morning meeting with other arts leaders to discuss ways t ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 2, 2006 Stephen Marc Beaudoin
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