How will an Oregon Symphony violinist do as a downtown busker?
It’s just after noon on a gorgeous late summer Friday at
Pioneer Courthouse Square, and one of the best and most versatile
violinists on the West Coast is getting ready to do some busking.
A legendary jazz singer struggles to make ends meet.
[JAZZ QUEEN] On a recent Wednesday night at the Pearl
District restaurant Touché, a large party of thirtysomethings chattered,
laughed, drank and ate their way through the evening—oblivious to
Like the movie Memento, the play Betrayal and the musical Merrily We Roll Along, Portland Opera’s new production of Philip Glass’ Galileo Galilei proceeds backward in time. Directed by Kevin Newbu
In 1980, young composer Bob Priest visited Poland to
attend Warsaw Autumn, one of the best known annual festivals of
contemporary “classical” music. He resolved to create a similar
A survey of jazz guitar from Django to the Portland Jazz Festival.
There’s no official theme for this year’s Portland Jazz
Festival. That’s fine: They’re often contrived anyway. Still, the
presence of Seattle’s Bill Frisell and Berkeleyite-turned-Brookl
Groovin’ Greenhouse 1 Fertile Ground is best known for its showcases of new theater works, but the festival also nurtures dance in development in its Groovin' Greenhouse series. This year, the innovative Polaris Dance Theater offered its Goose Hollow studio theater space to a dozen presenters over five different shows. Beat Bangerz...
[THROWBACK JAZZ] The title of this spiffy new CD
accurately describes the local retro-jazzers, who bring a relatively
youthful exuberance to 15 concise takes on vintage pre-World War II hits
One of the city’s most innovative arts companies enters a new phase Friday, Nov. 25, with The Black Pirate vs. The Flying Dutchman, its first show under new artistic director Erica Melton, who’s b
The brilliance of The Marriage of Figaro lies in its cheery dramatization of serious political conflicts in the guise of a Shakespearean bedroom farce. In Portland Opera's production of Mozart and da Ponte’s proto-feminist classic, when the bed is front and center, cheeky sex comedy hijinks dominate. Suitors skulk in, under a...