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The Applegates: Byrds of a feather who sing together.


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If there’s a choral mafia in Portland, then Dean Applegate is our Tony Soprano. Not that Applegate is ordering hits on competing conductors—those things just don’t happen in the sa ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Theory: 1 Dance Presents Cocoon Bird

Tracy Broyles dances all up in your house.


Theater
Clear out the throw rugs and push the coffee table aside: Tracy Broyles wants to dance, dammit, and she's going to do it in your living room. Sort of. While most other dancemakers in town take August ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Oy, Gays!

Local conservative Jewish congregation makes bold step with gay marriage ceremonies.


News Stories
A seemingly innocuous email went out last Friday to the 1,000 families of Portland's Jewish Congregation Neveh Shalom. But the contents of that communiqué from the rabbi for the synagogue affi ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Streets of Flamenco

Campallo breaks out, and the people say, "Alé!"


Theater
When's the last time you left a live performance in a soppy, wet mess of tears? I did last Saturday night at the Newmark Theatre, where the Northwest International Flamenco Festival offered the Portl ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Beck Meets Beethoven


Some indie band leaders like to boast about high-minded influences—evoking French pop music (in the case of the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt), Japanese folk tales (à la the Decemberists) or Harry Partch and Goethe (see the Books). But 29-year-old Michael Herrman, founder of local chamber-pop o...   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Beck Meets Beethoven

Buoy LaRue makes classical crossover sexy, and not too catchy.


Music Stories
Some indie band leaders like to boast about high-minded influences—evoking French pop music (in the case of the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt), Japanese folk tales (à la the Decemberis ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Mamma Mia!

IKEA isn't the only Swedish phenom to hit town today.


Theater
The advent of the jukebox musical was born with a raucous scream greeting the glorious downbeat of "Dancing Queen" in the old but new ABBA musical, Mamma Mia! Now, from Movin' Out to the Tony Award-wi ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

6 Hours at BachFest, 3 Hours on the Road, a Few Minutes of Bach



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It's just after noon on a Friday in Eugene, Oregon—sunny, not humid—and organist Barbara Baird is sounding out the first notes of Baroque composer Franz Tunder's characterful Preludium in G Minor. A genteel and mostly gray...   More
 
Friday, July 13, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin

Portland Int'l Piano Festival: Jeremy Denk

Meet the thinking-man's pianist with an iPhone.


Theater
When everyone else in the free world was waiting in hours-long lines or bribing store employees to expedite their wait for the illustrious new iPhone, Jeremy Denk simply showed up to his local 24-hour ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2007 Stephen Marc Beaudoin

PGMC Soars, then Stumbles with "Peacemakers"



There was a moment of exquisite beauty in Portland Gay Men's Chorus' pride weekend performance last Saturday at the Schnitz [see preview, June 13], and it didn't come accompanied by bombastic percussion or full-throated choral singing 120 male voi...   More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 by Stephen Marc Beaudoin
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