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Opera Theater Oregon/Muscle-Max

Dude, Where’s My Opera?


Theater
Opera Theater Oregon does intriguing work. But is it opera? This question gnaws at the core of Portland’s scrappy young company. One voice of the company announces, “We’re hip! We&rs ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

TBA Numbers Tick Ever Upward




PICA's fifth annual Time-Based Art (T:BA) Festival experienced notable upticks in attendance, ticket sales and economic impact, according to a TBA Festival report recently published by the non-profit.   More
 
Monday, October 29, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Broadway Bound

On its 20th anniversary, PCPA’s numbers are down. Now it wants more help from taxpayers.


News Stories
When the Portland Center for the Performing Arts turned 10 in 1997, no expense was spared. There were balloons and specialty cocktails. Elegantly dressed servers offered high-end hors d’oeuvres& ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Portland Sacred Harp Singing

Attention, shoppers: Loud Protestant hymn singing in Aisle 3.


Theater
While reaching for a Granny Smith, the wall of sound rattled me. I dropped the apple, pulse racing: I had no idea such massive choral noises could emanate from inside a grocery store. I was at the Peo ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 17, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Night of 1,000 Madonnas at Holocene, Oct. 4, 2007


[THEME NIGHT] There was something just so weird about the “Night of 1,000 Madonnas” concert/dance party/theme night at Holocene last Thursday. My mind has been troubled ever since. Maybe it was the way the thing was put together: Alternating straight-ahead DJ sets by electro-house duo Do N&rsqu...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Night Of 1,000 Madonnas, Oct. 4 at Holocene

Myriad Madonnas prove underwhelming at a recent theme night.


Music Stories
[THEME NIGHT] There was something just so weird about the “Night of 1,000 Madonnas” concert/dance party/theme night at Holocene last Thursday. My mind has been troubled ever since. Maybe ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Justin Oswald

The artist/inventor/entrepreneur returns to Portland, golden tits and bling in tow.


Q & A
On the phone from Los Angeles, Justin Oswald is talking up an art installation he’s got on tap for the weekend. “My friend called me up and asked me to be a dirty Santa and I said, &lsquo ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Edmunds Outta Melbourne in 2008; Future Plans TBA




So whatever happened to PICA and T:BA festival founder Kristy Edmunds? Didn't she decamp to Australia for a high-profile festival directorship or something?

She did.

And according to news reports and sources in Australia, her tenu...   More
 
Monday, October 8, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Talent or Torture? 3 Must-Hear Blazers Anthem Auditions


So yeah, the crowd of starry eyed singers at the Rose Garden last Wednesday afternoon, Sept. 26, was pretty much what you'd expect at a Portland talent cattle-call: clueless blondes from the burbs, overly excitable middle aged men and teeny pigtailed girls in spandex. And those were only the hopefuls that WW spoke with.

Without keeping you in further suspense, here are three ...   More
 
Thursday, October 4, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

A Hypnotist-Induced Haze of Pianism




“You will begin to write your concerto… You will work with great facility… The concerto will be of excellent quality...”

If a hypnotist whispered such suggestive things to you – half-asleep, perched perhaps on an antique chaise – what sort of ...   More
 
Monday, October 1, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin
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