Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1440-1-.html Sun, 20 Apr 2014 00:00:00 GMT+7 en hourly 1 TARDIS Room: Fish and Spaceships - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18746-tardis_room_fish_and_spaceships_.html For those of you who don’t have BBC America, Doctor Who is a long-running TV show about a time-traveling alien. So if you fancy some sci-fi geekery and a chance to get off with some authentic fi]]> Hotseat: Sharon Needles - Meet the dark, spooky future of drag. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19305-hotseat_sharon_needles_meet_the_dark_spooky_future_of_drag.html Sharon Needles is more Marilyn Manson than Monroe. Drag’s biggest name at the moment, Needles shocks by taking her characters to dark places rather than glamorous ones. For example, she won her ]]> Hotseat: Jinkx Monsoon - Meet the Pacific Northwest’s first contestant on the <i>American Idol</i> of drag. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20193-hotseat_jinkx_monsoon_meet_the_pacific_northwest%E2%80%99s_first_contestant_on_the_american_idol_of_.html Snatching a spot on RuPaul’s Drag Race is the quickest way for a drag queen to make it big, and the show’s newest season features its first contestant from the Pacific Northwest: Jinkx Monso]]> Screaming Ban Shes - Why Portland’s gay bars won’t ban bachelorettes. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19340-screaming_ban_shes_why_portland%E2%80%99s_gay_bars_won%E2%80%99t_ban_bachelorettes.html It’s the last show at Darcelle XV Showplace on a muggy Friday night. The audience is a mixed bag: a birthday party in the center, friends of a drag queen near the wall, a posse of bros in the ]]> Hotseat: Julia Sweeney - The actress best known as <i>SNL</i>’s Pat on why atheists should still pray with their parents. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19746-hotseat_julia_sweeney_the_actress_best_known_as_snl%E2%80%99s_pat_on_why_atheists_should_still_pray_.html Portland is officially the least religious city in the country, according to a recent study. So it’s fitting that the largest atheist organization in the country, the...]]> The Conquistador: Spanish Fly - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18799-the_conquistador_spanish_fly_.html Since it opened in December, The Conquistador (2045 SE Belmont St.) has been one of the most popular neighborhood spots in Southeast Portland. It’s a creation of Casey Maxwell, owner of the Mata]]> Mattilda Sycamore, <i>Why Are Faggots So Afraid Of Faggots?</i> - Queering consumerist culture. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18874-mattilda_sycamore_why_are_faggots_so_afraid_of_faggots_queering_consumerist_culture.html Some gay people prefer to be called faggots. Well, let me rephrase that—some queers prefer to be called faggots. The word “faggot,” much like “queer,” has been reappropriated as a word o]]> Perfume Genius: Tuesday, April 17 - Mike Hadreas’ music is plenty family-friendly—he just comes from an intense family. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19034-perfume_genius_tuesday_april_17_mike_hadreas%E2%80%99_music_is_plenty_family_friendly%E2%80%94he_jus.html [EDGY POP] You might remember Perfume Genius’ little YouTube scandal from January. The act’s label, Matador, says a video advertisement for Perfume Genius’ new album, Put Your Back N 2 It, ]]> <i>The Match.com Monologues</i> (CoHo Productions) - Looking for computer love. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19443-the_matchcom_monologues_%28coho_productions%29_looking_for_computer_love.html Forgive me if this review is overly critical. I was pissed when I saw this show because my date flaked. Apparently, 10:30 pm is too late for a show when you have work in the morning. That left m]]> Hotseat: Darrin Pufall - <i>Avenue Q</i>’s puppet master lives the plush life. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19615-hotseat_darrin_pufall_avenue_q%E2%80%99s_puppet_master_lives_the_plush_life.html A Portland theater company is tackling Avenue Q, the raunchy, Sesame Street-inspired musical about existential twentysomethings. The show’s popularity promises high expectations for Triangle Pro]]> Punk de Bourrée - How ballet and punk rock keep a Wisconsin farm boy from flying off the rails. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21246-punk_de_bourr%C3%A9e_how_ballet_and_punk_rock_keep_a_wisconsin_farm_boy_from_flying_off_the_rails.html Growing up, Michael Linsmeier milked cows in rural Wisconsin. His family lived in a town of 1,600 people along the shores of Lake Michigan and grew half the food they ate. Linsmeier spent most o]]> Strip Club Guide 2014: It’s Not Stripping, It’s Burlesque - Or is it? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22102-strip_club_guide_2014_it%E2%80%99s_not_stripping_it%E2%80%99s_burlesque_or_is_it.html Portland, correctly or not, is known for its per-capita plenitude of strip clubs. Its burlesque scene, however, still has a ways to go if it’s to top San Francisco’s or Seattle’s. We’re mo]]> American Music Festival (Oregon Ballet Theatre) - Scrappy pride, en pointe. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20546-american_music_festival_%28oregon_ballet_theatre%29_scrappy_pride_en_pointe.html Little about ballet is American. Poised, practiced and, to many, pretentious, it’s antithetical to the unbridled passion of a country built on freedom, manifest destiny and tea parties.  ]]> <i>Alchemy</i> (Lindsey Matheis) - Dance dance revolution. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21101-alchemy_%28lindsey_matheis%29_dance_dance_revolution.html Lindsey Matheis is trying to reinvent the way Portland does dance—at least this weekend. That she’s attempting it at all is surprising, considering her quiet, agreeable manner. “It’s not]]> <i>Light Noise</i> (Lucy Yim) - Contemporary dance strips down and flops around. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21038-light_noise_%28lucy_yim%29_contemporary_dance_strips_down_and_flops_around.html On a Sunday afternoon, in a studio off Southeast Foster Road littered with old blankets, Lucy Yim turns from her dancers to me. “We’re actually going to do the run in costume,” she says. ]]> <i>The Boys In the Band, The Children’s Hour</i> (Defunkt Theatre) - Queering the way. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20676-the_boys_in_the_band_the_children%E2%80%99s_hour_%28defunkt_theatre%29_queering_the_way.html Gay culture seems to evolve so quickly that any snapshot is almost instantly antiquated. Offering a queer eye to a straight guy today is almost as passé as wearing an earring in your right ear.]]> You Swig, They Jig - Underage entertainment for your St. Patrick’s Day. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20366-you_swig_they_jig_underage_entertainment_for_your_st_patrick%E2%80%99s_day.html Drink enough on St. Patrick’s Day, and you may think you’re seeing leprechauns dance for you. But those aren’t leprechauns: They’re kids from local dance studios, whose parents are happy]]> Summer Splendors (Northwest Dance Project) - The new and the old, inside and out. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20773-summer_splendors_%28northwest_dance_project%29_the_new_and_the_old_inside_and_out.html “Intimate” might seem disingenuous when a dance company uses it to promote a show in a small space—much like how real-estate agents use “cozy” to describe a kitchen that’s actually cra]]> <i>3x3</i> (POV Dance) - Climbing up walls and sliding down banisters. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21730-3x3_%28pov_dance%29_climbing_up_walls_and_sliding_down_banisters.html The last time POV Dance performed was in 2010, when the company balanced on windowsills and did handstands in the atrium of Southeast Portland’s Ford Building. The years since have been eventf]]> <i>American Me</i> (Mizu Desierto) - Stars and stripes and spoon-fed absurdity. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21611-american_me_%28mizu_desierto%29_stars_and_stripes_and_spoon_fed_absurdity.html When you think of butoh—if you think of anything at all—it’s probably bald guys in G-strings and white body paint staggering around like mimes on acid. That generalization bothers Mizu Des]]> Headout: Portland Pride Bingo - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20756-headout_portland_pride_bingo_.html GO: Portland Pride runs Wednesday-Sunday, June 12-16. The Portland Pride Parade is at 11 am Sunday, June 16, in downtown Portland. See pridenw.org for details. BY AARON SPENCER.]]> <i>Float</i> (TopShakeDance) - Cuttin’ a rug here, under the sea. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21457-float_%28topshakedance%29_cuttin%E2%80%99_a_rug_here_under_the_sea.html Swim instructors will tell you that floating on your back is a nifty trick for staying alive when stranded in a body of water. It’s an act that involves a sort of urgent calm: Either relax o]]> Luciana Proaño - From Peru to Portland, with poetry and hammocks. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21984-luciana_proa%C3%B1o_from_peru_to_portland_with_poetry_and_hammocks.html In 20 years of performing in Portland, Luciana Proaño has never gotten significant media attention. She acknowledges she could do more to promote herself, but by her nature—she improvises all]]> Crash Corset - A burlesque skeptic spends 10 sequined weeks learning the art of the tease—and how to make tear-away pants. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22161-crash_corset_a_burlesque_skeptic_spends_10_sequined_weeks_learning_the_art_of_the_tease%E2%80%94and_.html Headmistress Zora Phoenix wears 5-inch pumps and a black leotard. It’s a Saturday afternoon in January, and the drag queen is instructing us to walk to the mirror and “look sexy.” She demo]]> <i>Metal Machine Music</i> (Kogut Butoh) - Lou Reed, with white kimonos and candlelight. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22084-metal_machine_music_%28kogut_butoh%29_lou_reed_with_white_kimonos_and_candlelight.html When Lou Reed’s album Metal Machine Music came out in 1975, critics assailed it as a contemptuous joke, a smack in their faces and an immature scrape with career suicide. Now, the album, a 64-]]> <i>You Too Are Made of Stars</i> (Wobbly Dance) - Dancing by their own rules to rethink disability. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22188-you_too_are_made_of_stars_%28wobbly_dance%29_dancing_by_their_own_rules_to_rethink_disability.html Yulia Arakelyan remembers the first day of an improv dance class led by an experimental choreographer from San Francisco. “The elevator was broken that day,” she says. “I was carried up th]]> Dynamic Duet - On and off the dance floor, Portland sisters Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know when to push one another. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22423-dynamic_duet_on_and_off_the_dance_floor_portland_sisters_kiera_brinkley_and_uriah_boyd_know_when_to_.html As sisters, Kiera Brinkley and Uriah Boyd know siblings don’t get anywhere by being babied. So even as they look out for each other, they won’t hesitate to make the other do things for herse]]> Bar Guide 2014: Crush Bar - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22245-bar_guide_2014_crush_bar_.html Gay bars are passé these days. The queer bar of today wears so many labels it’s an LGBTIQQA blur. Crush lays it out in its logo: three pairs of restroom figures—two men, two women, and a man ]]> Bar Guide 2014: Beer - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22244-bar_guide_2014_beer_.html Beer1410 SE Stark St., 233-2337, 11 am-11 pm daily.Meat, Cheese, Bread—Beer. So it goes. John Stewart’s succinctly named beer and wine bar next to his hallowed sandwich shop is at first glance a b]]> Bar Guide 2014: The Fixin' To - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22328-bar_guide_2014_the_fixin_to_.html The Fixin’ To8218 N Lombard St., 477-4995, thefixinto.com. 2 pm-2 am Monday-Saturday, 2 pm-1 am Sunday.Owner Marli Blasengame isn’t from the South, but her husband is from Arkansas—a framed phot]]>