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Live Review: Pink Martini at The Schnitz, New Year's Eve '09


Music
Despite the lamentable fact that you can't dance there, some of my favorite Pink Martini performances have happened in the august confines of the Schnitz — their gigs with the Oregon Symphony (to be released next spring), the New Year's performance featuring PM pianist Thomas Lauderdal...   More
 
Saturday, January 2, 2010 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Last-Minute Classics

Give the gift of Portland classical musicians.


Performance
Third Angle, Sound of the Five (New World)The veteran Portland new music ensemble has formed a close connection with the ebullient, Guangzhou-born Chen Yi, who now teaches and composes in the U.S. Whi ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 23, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Hell Of An Opera: Portland Opera's Orphée


News

Of the six Philip Glass operas I've seen live, 1993's Orphée is the most conventional in structure, in part because Glass derived the story from Jean Cocteau's screenplay for his celebrated 1949 film. Most of Glass' other stage work, especi...   More
 
Monday, November 9, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Portland Opera Scores Philip Glass Record


News


The contracts aren't yet signed, and the legal beagles have yet to complete their sniffing and gnawing, but it seems highly probable that Portland Opera is about to make its first-ever recording -- and it's a big one. At an interview this morning, Opera spokeswoman Julia Sheridan and composer Philip Glass announced plans for Glass's record...   More
 
Tuesday, November 3, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Bikes: Viagra for the Urban Landscape


News


If our city planners have their way, Copenhagen will be the model for Portland's urban transportation network. Mayor Adams has said he wants us to achieve the Danish city's world leading levels of bicycle use but we have a long way to go: bikes account for...   More
 
Monday, November 2, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Orphée (Portland Opera)

Into the underworld with Philip Glass.


Performance
While many recession-battered arts groups are playing it safe, Portland Opera is going for broke. The company’s staging of Philip Glass’ Orphée may scare away conservative patrons, ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 28, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

David Byrne Bicycle Diaries

A Talking Head on two wheels around the world.


Books
David Byrne’s Bicycle Diaries (Viking, 320 pages, $25.95), to quote another well-known cyclist, is not about the bike. Or at least, not entirely. Even though the former Talking Headman has used ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 30, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Autumn at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Tilting at windbags.


Performance
With the economic and political Depression of ’09 hammering the arts world, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival decided to make some lemonade out of today’s sour reality, turning to a great vo ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 23, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diary: Ten Tiny Dances


News


For all the big name (in avant-performance circles at least) national and international acts that come to town for TBA, some of my favorite festival moments over the years have come courtesy of the Seattle and Portland performers featured in Ten Tiny Dances, the semi-annual local perfor...   More
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009 by BRETT CAMPBELL

Jazz And Poetry And Other Reasons

Solo boho at the CoHo.


Performance
This fascinating project has more names than a ’50s jazzbo had euphemisms for Benzedrine. The third in an ongoing series of jazz-accompanied readings derived from Robert Briggs’ evocative ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL
 

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