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Anna Karenina (Portland Center Stage)

PCS’s new adaptation is pretty but forgettable.

Tolstoy’s masterpiece Anna Karenina is a uniquely difficult novel to adapt into a play. It is a long and somewhat baggy affair that constantly swings between two contrasting main plots stitche   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

How The Timbers Lose

The late collapses of last season return, dimming Portland’s hopes for a winning season.

After an optimistic start this season, the news is grim: The Portland Timbers have staked undisputed claim to Major League...   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Drink 2012: High Culture, Low Places

Bar Guide
You don’t have to be a whorehouse Henry Miller or Dylan Thomas souse to know that literature and debauched penury often coincide. Tony’s Tavern and Joe’s Cellar—a pair of the diviest of Port   More
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

There’s a Bowl For That

Boke Bowl is a polished, pragmatic take on ramen.

Food Reviews & Stories
With its clean lines, design-conscious self-branding and techy iconography, Boke Bowl’s interior looks more than anything like an Apple store.   More
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

In a Heartbreaking Loss, Bright Signs for the Timbers

Five Encouraging Things About Saturday's Last-Minute Loss to Real Salt Lake

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Obviously, few people in Portland are happy with the final result of the game, so it may be easy to overlook that the Portland Timbers’ gut-punching, literally last-minute 3-2 loss to Real Salt Lake at Jeld-Wen Field this past Saturday was perhaps the best all-round game of soccer that the Timbers have played this season.

And they played it against one of the toughest opponents in the lea...   More
Tuesday, April 3, 2012 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Portland Timbers Bust the Union 3-1 in 2012 Home Opener


Portland likes to live up to its sodden reputation on the season home openers, apparently. As in last year's victory over the Chicago Fire, Portland's 3-1 defeat of Philadelphia Union was rain-slicked and windblown.

Behind a redemptive goal by Andrew Jean-Baptiste and scores by Kris Boyd and Kalif Alhassan, the Timbers pushed the Union around all night. Philadelphia’s early lead after a d...   More
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

New Bag Of Kicks

After a hopeful first season, the Portland Timbers field a roster of players to watch.

Let’s get the niceties out of the way: The Portland Timbers’ first season in Major League Soccer was a qualified success.  The Timbers missed the playoffs and turned in the 12th-best reco   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Turning Japanese

Love Via Crepes fills its crepes with love (and wasabi mayo).

Food Reviews & Stories
Crepes are not something one associates with Japan, but, as a placard on the wall at Love Via Crepes compendiously informs us, it is a street food that traveled the oceans a century back. And li   More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Oh, The Places We’ve Been!

Mapping the terrain of a land called PIFF.

Movie Reviews & Stories
No festival is an island. They’re regional importers, which is why the Portland International Film Festival shares so many titles with its sisters in Seattle, San Francisco and the Film Society    More

A Fine Show

Tony Demes is back with Noisette.

Food Reviews & Stories
Chef Tony Demes’ new French-modern restaurant Noisette is good for both dinner and a show if you do it right. Couvron, his much-missed previous restaurant—which Demes moved from Portland to Ne   More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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