Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1440-1-.html Tue, 13 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0700 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 ]]> 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_its_not_stripping_its_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]]> 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_northwests_first_contestant_on_the_american_idol_of_drag.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_portlands_gay_bars_wont_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_snls_pat_on_why_atheists_should_still_pray_with_thei.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...]]> Golden Girl - After 20 years, burlesque legend Tiffany Carter dons the catsuit again. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22808-golden_girl_after_20_years_burlesque_legend_tiffany_carter_dons_the_catsuit_again.html Back in 1965, a Corvallis native named Teresa Sandford took her first dancing gig. She was underage—only 17—and she’d been booked as a go-go dancer in Anaheim, Calif. She danced twice befo]]> 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]]> <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]]> Portland Fall Dance Picks - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23032-portland_fall_dance_picks_.html Wanderlust Circus Oregon Country Fair goers will be familiar with these meta-retro numbers, but the acts have been juiced up for Time Warp, a circus show and dance party. Wanderlust Circus’ acrob]]> 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.  ]]> 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]]> <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]]> Ballerina Xuan Cheng - After strict training in China, an Oregon Ballet Theatre dancer finds joy in the rigor. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23031-ballerina_xuan_cheng_after_strict_training_in_china_an_oregon_ballet_theatre_dancer_finds_joy_in_the.html Outside of ballet, Xuan Cheng says her life is pretty boring. She knows people who go on hikes or stay out late partying, but after rigorous rehearsal, she doesn’t have the energy. Instead, th]]> 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]]> <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-]]> 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 ]]> The Royale: Brunch and Burlesque - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22720-the_royale_brunch_and_burlesque_.html The closure of Hamburger Mary’s last year left a hole in Portland’s gay nightlife. The Royale (317 NW Broadway, 432-8944), a new bar in the former Tiger Bar spot on Northwest Broadway, aims to]]> <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]]> The Sprockettes - The glam-punk, all-female minibike troupe turns 10. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22727-the_sprockettes_the_glam_punk_all_female_minibike_troupe_turns_10.html Ten years ago, Portland’s bike scene was burgeoning. Zoobombing—speeding down the West Hills on blinged-out minibikes—was a new trend. But a group of lady cyclists felt something was missi]]> <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. ]]> 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_qs_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]]> 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]]> <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]]> 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]]> 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_music_is_plenty_family_friendly%E2%80%94he_just_comes_f.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>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]]> <i>Art in the Dark</i> (A-WOL Dance Collective) - Dangling from the trees and battling the elements. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22934-art_in_the_dark_%28a_wol_dance_collective%29_dangling_from_the_trees_and_battling_the_elements.html The wilderness, though beautiful, can also be deadly. Or just annoying. So while an outdoor stage is an alluring prospect for an aerial company accustomed to hanging from ceilings of dusty wareh]]> <i>Puente</i> (Diego Piñón) - Bridging the gap, with shamanism and seaweed. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22515-puente_%28diego_pi%C3%B1%C3%B3n%29_bridging_the_gap_with_shamanism_and_seaweed.html On an August afternoon in the high desert of central Mexico more than a decade ago, Portland butoh performer Mizu Desierto found herself blindfolded and tied together with 14 other people. Runni]]> <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_childrens_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.]]>