Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1505-1-.html Wed, 02 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 4./5. Sama Dams - 2015 Best New Band Poll finalist http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24707-4_5_sama_dams_2015_best_new_band_poll_finalist.html POINTS: 49FORMED: 2011SOUNDS LIKE: Stumbling into a dark industrial warehouse and hearing a warped jazz album playing somewhere in the shadows.When interviewing the members of Sama Dams, answers typ]]> Fable Master - Bill Willingham modernized fairy tales before modernizing fairy tales was cool. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20556-fable_master_bill_willingham_modernized_fairy_tales_before_modernizing_fairy_tales_was_cool.html What if the Big Bad Wolf gave up chasing Little Red Riding Hood to take up yoga and become a clocksmith? He has, of course, on NBC’s Portland-filmed TV series, Grimm. Meanwhile, on ABC’s Once ]]> The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition - <i>WW</i>’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21668-the_best_thing_i_heard_this_year_portland_edition_wws_music_staff_picks_its_favorite_local_albums_of.html Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle]]> The Gospel According to Liz - Liz Vice battles stage fright to bring a message of hope to a secular city. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22524-the_gospel_according_to_liz_liz_vice_battles_stage_fright_to_bring_a_message_of_hope_to_a_secular_ci.html Hope is a common theme when speaking with Liz Vice about her debut album, There’s a Light. Rich with throwback R&B influences, the album features 10 tracks of Vice’s dynamic, soulful vocal]]> Open Space - Portland’s dance companies fight breweries for urban real estate. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24335-open_space_portlands_dance_companies_fight_breweries_for_urban_real_estate.html First, they came for the bars. Now, Portland dance is getting pushed around. In the past seven months, at least four different Portland dance companies have been shunted to new spaces—only som]]> George Rozwick, Accordion Master - At age 94, Portland’s accordion king is still pushing buttons. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20624-george_rozwick_accordion_master_at_age_94_portlands_accordion_king_is_still_pushing_buttons.html The accordion has 233 buttons, 41 keys and 8,888 chords. George Rozwick won’t claim he knows all the chords off the top of his head. Pretty much everything else, though? He’s got it. Of cour]]> Headout: Underdeveloped - You will have made a terrible mistake if you go to an <i>Arrested Development</i> party without knowing these references. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20602-headout_underdeveloped_you_will_have_made_a_terrible_mistake_if_you_go_to_an_arrested_development_pa.html After years of rumors and speculation, once-dead Fox sitcom Arrested Development returns via Netflix later this month. To mark the occasion, Holocene is...]]> Ries Above - Testing 11 grocery-store-bought Oregon rieslings. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20632-ries_above_testing_11_grocery_store_bought_oregon_rieslings.html Oregon rieslings are not like German rieslings. Grown in the cool climates along the Rhine river, traditional German rieslings are sweet and fruity. Though the Willamette Valley is also known fo]]> Perfect Pussy: Saturday, March 22 - If the name makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry: This buzzing New York punk band is already set to self-destruct. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22140-perfect_pussy_saturday_march_22_if_the_name_makes_you_uncomfortable_dont_worry_this_buzzing_new_york.html Perfect Pussy is a band with an expiration date. Or so says Ray McAndrew, guitarist for the Syracuse, N.Y., noise-punk band, which, for the past six months, has been gaining national attention f]]> Album Review: Ages and Ages - <i>Divisionary</i> (Partisan) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22045-album_review_ages_and_ages_divisionary_%28partisan%29.html [CHORAL POP] On the surface, Ages and Ages’ sophomore release, Divisionary, might appear to shine with as much bright optimism as the band’s debut album, 2011’s Alright You Restless. Bringing ]]> A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono - Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22749-a_comedy_dance_party_with_kyle_mizono_jokes_jigs_and_boozy_squirt_guns.html Comedian Kyle Mizono wants to dance with you. And she wants to do it in the dim, clown art-filled environs of Funhouse Lounge, with the looming threat of being drenched in booze by comedians wie]]> Augusten Burroughs, <i>This Is How</i> - He ran with scissors and lived to tell the tale. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20547-augusten_burroughs_this_is_how_he_ran_with_scissors_and_lived_to_tell_the_tale.html “Wipe that fucking smile off your face.” So begins the new book by Augusten Burroughs, a darkly comedic and sincere self-help book titled This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t (Picad]]> Album Review: Ezza Rose - <i>When the Water’s Hot</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23798-album_review_ezza_rose_when_the_waters_hot_%28self_released%29.html [PLUGGED-IN FOLK] If Ezza Rose’s dreamy, delicate vocals weren’t so recognizable, one might not realize that her latest album, When the Water’s Hot, is the product of the folk songstress who]]> Lil’ Cooperstown: Hey There, Sport - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20571-lil_cooperstown_hey_there_sport_.html For what is ostensibly a sports bar, Lil’ Cooperstown (1831 SW River Drive, 719-5394, lilcooperstown.com) sure has a large and eccentric cocktail list. Along with bottled Michelob Ultra ($3.50) ]]> <i>The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)</i> - The Bard gone batty. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22669-the_complete_works_of_william_shakespeare_%28abridged%29_%28revised%29_the_bard_gone_batty.html If you don’t like screaming, dancing, ugly wigs, Destiny’s Child, (fake) vomiting, audience participation or poking fun at the world’s most famous playwright, The Complete Works of William]]> Ching Ching Wong (Northwest Dance Project) - For one dancer, NWDP is more than a company, it’s family. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-24259-ching_ching_wong_%28northwest_dance_project%29_for_one_dancer_nwdp_is_more_than_a_company_its_family.html Ching Ching Wong, all 4 feet 11 inches of her, wriggles in her chair as she throws up jazz hands: “I want to dance forever. Like in retirement homes in my wheelchair, I’m going to be killi]]> Album Review: Shook Twins - <i>What We Do</i> (Curlypinky) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22384-album_review_shook_twins_what_we_do_%28curlypinky%29.html [INDIE FOLK] Shook Twins’ latest release, What We Do, doesn’t capture the hazy pleasantness between wakefulness and sleep so much as the emotional instability of the dream. It rises and falls ]]> Headout: Mud Rush - What you need to know to watch this weekend’s 100-mile rally race. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20577-headout_mud_rush_what_you_need_to_know_to_watch_this_weekends_100_mile_rally_race.html Logging trucks and mushroom hunters, beware: This weekend, souped-up Subarus will be spinning up gravel and flying over potholes in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Oregon Trail Rally, a se]]> Laurie Notaro, <i>The Potty Mouth at the Table</i> - Concerning all those hobos and foodies. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20677-laurie_notaro_the_potty_mouth_at_the_table_concerning_all_those_hobos_and_foodies.html What do you do about the hobos sleeping in the alley behind your house? It’s a very Portland problem, and one Eugene-based essayist Laurie Notaro tackles along with other uncomfortable moments o]]> The Test of Time - Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23096-the_test_of_time_sex_and_mythical_america_in_week_two_of_the_time_based_art_festival.html The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a]]> Book Review: <i>Tai Pei</i>, by Tao Lin - Hit refresh again http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20771-book_review_tai_pei_by_tao_lin_hit_refresh_again.html As you read Tao Lin’s latest novel, Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries, 250 pages, $14.95, ), you will know when a character leaves to go to the bathroom. You will know when a character goes to Ur]]> Album Review: Fanno Creek - <i>Monuments</i> (SoHiTek) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21591-album_review_fanno_creek_monuments_%28sohitek%29.html [INDIE FOLK POP] If you think you’ll learn all there is to know about the musicians of Fanno Creek by listening to the first few minutes of their debut album, Monuments, you’re wrong.  ]]> Pass The Sniff Test - If you’re just looking at the roses, you’re missing half their charm. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20761-pass_the_sniff_test_if_youre_just_looking_at_the_roses_youre_missing_half_their_charm.html All roses look pretty, but not all roses smell pretty. Any schmuck can admire the petals, but those who want to enjoy the sweet smell have to be a little more strategic about things. Portland is]]> <i>Dead Man’s Cell Phone</i> (Profile Theatre) - Put a ring on it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23925-dead_mans_cell_phone_%28profile_theatre%29_put_a_ring_on_it.html Profile Theatre’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with a familiar scene: two strangers sitting separately at a cafe, and neither will turn off their damn cellphone. Our protagonis]]> Hold Me Closer, Tango Dancer - Clay Nelson built the longest-running tango festival in North America—in Portland. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23994-hold_me_closer_tango_dancer_clay_nelson_built_the_longest_running_tango_festival_in_north_america%E2.html Clay Nelson knows all about the Portland tango. After all, he’s the main reason it exists. Each year, dancers and instructors come from all over the world to the ValenTango festival he found]]> <i>A-Bout</i> (TopShakeDance) - Dancing themselves black and blue. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23506-a_bout_%28topshakedance%29_dancing_themselves_black_and_blue.html TopShakeDance is about to hit the dance floor hard. Literally: To explore competition and groupthink, the company’s newest work, A-bout, employs wrestling mats, mixed martial arts-inspired choreog]]> All That Glitters - Allie Hankins channels one of the greatest dancers of the 20th Century. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23375-all_that_glitters_allie_hankins_channels_one_of_the_greatest_dancers_of_the_20th_century.html By the time he was 29, legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was calling it quits. Allie Hankins, on the other hand, didn’t start dancing until college. Now 30, the local dancer-ch]]> Spring Awakening - Performance picks for spring 2015. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23748-spring_awakening_performance_picks_for_spring_2015.html THEATER The Snowstorm As part of Fertile Ground—an 11-day spree of locally produced new works—pianist Eric Nordin and choreographer Jessica Wallenfels collaborate on an original piece of d]]> Album Review: Musée Mécanique - <i>From Shores of Sleep</i> (Tender Loving Empire) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23005-album_review_mus%C3%A9e_m%C3%A9canique_from_shores_of_sleep_%28tender_loving_empire%29.html [ORCHESTRAL DREAMSCAPES] You’ve heard the saying, “A smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor,” right? This phrase doesn’t seem to apply to the guys of Musée Mécanique, who, on their]]> <i>Togetherness</i> (Danielle Ross and Stacey Tran) - Uniting the melodramatic and the mundane. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23485-togetherness_%28danielle_ross_and_stacey_tran%29_uniting_the_melodramatic_and_the_mundane.html How would you move if you were a Greek god? That’s just one question posed during Togetherness, a new dance piece by choreographer Danielle Ross. In the piece, dancers strike iconic poses of ]]>