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Bikes: Viagra for the Urban Landscape

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Classical: Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

Opera Theater Oregon sets a classic in today’s Portland.

Special Section Stories
DIRTY BEGGARS: Michael Herrman (left) and Stephen Marc Beaudoin. IMAGE: Christine TaylorDuring the darkest days of the Bush administration, Opera Theater Oregon founder Katie Taylor sought a productio ...   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Equivocation (Oregon Shakespeare Festival)

Shakespeare in trouble.

Visual Arts
Oregon Shakespeare Festival accountants, rejoice: In his world-premiere production of Bill Cain’s magnificent Equivocation, artistic director Bill Rauch has found a work that pleases both OSF&rs ...   More
Wednesday, July 8, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Punch Brothers

Chamber Music Northwest gets patriotic.

Mandolinist Chris Thile’s splendid work with his prog-bluegrass trio, Nickel Creek, hardly prepared us for the ingenuity and ambition of his Punch Brothers project with classically trained, blue ...   More
Wednesday, July 1, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

Baby Got Bach

The best of the Summer’s non-pop music festivals.

Special Section Stories
June 22-July 26: Chamber Music NorthwestAs usual, some of the world’s finest classical musicians (Alan Vogel, David Shifrin, Daedalus Quartet, Fred Sherry, Colin Carr, André Watts, the re ...   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL
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