Dave Chappelle Is Suddenly Performing at Helium This Week

Tickets for Saturday's shows still available...for now.


Arts & Books
Dave Chappelle, phantom stand-up comic, has spent the decade since walking away his epochal Comedy Central show seemingly doing nothing but lifting weights and popping in randomly at comedy clubs across the country. He did it in Portland back in 2009, though that was less a performance than a spectacular tease. He did it again with a last-minute appearance at the Newmark in 2012 and this ...   More
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Chappelle’s Non-Show

Remembering the night Dave Chappelle took over Portland—and didn’t even perform.

Culture Features
Forget the Arab Spring: For me, the true power of social media emerged on July 14, 2009, the day Dave Chappelle shut down Portland. A rumor, spread via Twitter, that the elusive comic was planni   More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Scoop: Shaking Up the Spice Market

An imperial pint of icy-cold gossip.

HUSTLIN’ SPICE: If you frequent cheapie pizza joints, you may have noticed new spices popping up like dandelions all over the east side. Wesley Milleman has really hustled his Radical Brand Co   More
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WW Culture Staff

Police: We Didn't Cut Chappelle's Power (Plus Official Crowd Count)

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYmZI72JoLc[/youtube] Portland Police are putting the kibosh on one rumor surrounding comedian Dave Chappelle's impromptu performance on Pioneer Courthouse Square last night. The cops did not cut Chappelle's power, police spokeswoman Detective Mary Wheat told WW this morning. Also, police today came out with an official crowd count for the event: 2,500 ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Chappelle Shows! 4,000 Greet Comedian in Pioneer Courthouse Square

Call it the Packed House that Twitter Built. Call it Chappelle's Silent Show. Call it "the greatest show that almost happened." Call it whatever you want. Because the facts are these: At 10 minutes to 1 this morning, reclusive comedian Dave Chappelle appeared in Pioneer Courthouse Square, carrying a microphone and a 10-inch amplifier. And 4,000 people were waiting for him. "I don't know about ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 AARON MESH

"I Told Four People": Benji Bilheimer's Close-Up Photos of Dave Chappelle's Close Encounter with Portland

There's consensus going around town today that last night's Dave Chappelle silent performance was a major letdown, since, you know, nobody could hear the man. For what it's worth, I think that's a cynical response to a rather thrilling little piece of online-generated serendipity. It wasn't anybody's idea of a good show. But what else were you doing with your Tuesday night that was so crucial? Did ...   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2009 AARON MESH


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