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Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Pearls After a Lazy Lunch

How will an Oregon Symphony violinist do as a downtown busker?


Books
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. Dre   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Nancy King: Wednesday, Aug. 15

A legendary jazz singer struggles to make ends meet.


Music Stories
[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    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Galileo Galilei (Portland Opera)

And yet it moves—backward.


Theater
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   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

March Music Moderne

Bob Priest carpet bombs the city with new sounds.


Theater
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 celebrati   More
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Here’s Where the Strings Come In

A survey of jazz guitar from Django to the Portland Jazz Festival.


Music Stories
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   More
 
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

One More Round of Fertile Ground Reviews


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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...   More
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Album Review: Bridgetown Sextet

New Old Fashioned (Self-Released)


Music Stories
[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 by    More
 
Wednesday, January 4, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Opera Theater Oregon, Opera vs. Cinema

Want to make Wagner fun? Add pirates.


Theater
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   More
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

Review: Portland Opera, "The Marriage of Figaro"

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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...   More
 
Monday, November 7, 2011 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Children’s Games (Seth Nehil)

Ling long bling a ling ling!


Theater
The program for composer Seth Nehil’s new “sonic cinematic performance” lists 19 sources: “Phylogenetic Thinking in Biology and Historical Linguistics,” “On the Limitations of the Iconog   More
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL
 

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