Bridgetown Diary, Day 1: My First Time

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Arts & Books
Because, fuck it. This is a diary, and I intend to be honest:I have never seen live comedy in Portland before, and I’m a native.Okay, that's not entirely true. My mandatory high school grad night made a stop at Comedysportz before subjecting the whole class to The Wizard of Oz until 4 am.But that doesn’t really count, right? Because it wasn’t voluntary. And I sure as hell can't remember much.Now, ...   More
 
Friday, May 8, 2015 PARKER HALL

Bridgetown's Laugh Therapy with Dr. Katz

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Arts & Books
It's been more than a decade since the final episode of Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist aired, but Bridgetown brought back the “doctor’s” familiar banter to headline its opening night. And with better picture quality than Katz’s famous Squigglevision.Jon Katz approached the stage with little fanfare. A cane, necessary since his 1996 multiple sclerosis diagnosis, lent a quiet dignity to the ...   More
 
Friday, May 8, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Ready, Set List, Go: Amy Miller’s First Day at Bridgetown 2015

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Arts & Books
Bridgetown, Day 1 (or 6) by Amy Miller I’m tired already. Can I take a nap? Maybe this mimosa knows the answer to my feelings...And so begins the second day of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, technically. Portland comics thought it started last Friday, and we’ve been making poor decisions ever since.Wednesday night, the unofficial pre-festival show at Analog Cafe was supposed to be a send up to ...   More
 
Saturday, May 9, 2015 AMY MILLER

The Funniest Lines from Blaria and Kill Rock Stars

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Arts & Books
Blaria @ Doug Fir LoungeMatteo Lane: [about Doug Fir Lounge] Are we in a mini Indian casino? What is this? Matteo Lane: Are we ever gonna get a poster of two middle-aged men paying their mortgage on time?Shane Torres: [on Wikipedia wormholes] And then it gets down to the “Personal Life” section, and that is the darkest corner of the Internet.Nore Davis: This ever happen to you? They ...   More
 
Saturday, May 9, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Audience Abducted from Boogie's: Amy Miller's Bridgetown 2015

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Arts & Books
I don’t feel human anymore. But I did make some sweet discoveries today:Guy Branum’s Talk Show: The Game Show is one of the more brilliant live show ideas I’ve seen. A panel of comedians judged every aspect of his talk show, from his monologue to the guests’ abilities to name-drop. Sprinkle in admittedly drunk Arden Myrin after an afternoon tour of New Deal Distillery, and it’s all magic.Speaking ...   More
 
Sunday, May 10, 2015 AMY MILLER

Bridgetown Diary, Day 2: "Yes, I need a ride home."

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Arts & Books
I may have made a huge mistake. It's so nice out that I started drinking homebrewed pilsner at 1pm, while watching the Timbers womp Montreal. It's now 7:23 pm, and I am sitting in a tent outside a mediocre burger joint, nursing a pre-hangover beer called DJ Jazzy Hef. Also, I cut my hand on a chair at the weird part where the legs and the plastic connect. I put two Wolverine Band-Aids on it. They appear ...   More
 
Sunday, May 10, 2015 PARKER HALL

Bridgetown Diary, the Final Day: "We Are the Winners"

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Arts & Books
Tonight's the night I do it right. Or the night I can actually drive home, anyway.It's 8:47pm. I am in line for the finale show at the Bossanova Ballroom. Next to me is the dumpster where I have eaten numerous slices of cheese pizza this weekend. Behind me in line, a dude with braids smokes a joint and laughs about how he has to yell at people for smoking weed in front of where he works. This ...   More
 
Monday, May 11, 2015 PARKER HALL

The Best Lines from The CrabFeast Podcast

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Arts & Books
The CrabFeast podcasters Ryan Sigler and Jay Larson took over Bossanova Ballroom for a live show with family stories from Dana Gould and Ian Karmel’s tale of a Trader Joe’s altercation.Dana Gould’s story was largely a frenetic—dare I say animated?—family history. Gould regaled life in a large family, where his dad skirted county-mandated dry Sundays by tending bar at the local Gun Club ...   More
 
Monday, May 11, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

The Best Lines from 7 Minutes in Purgatory

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Arts & Books
Eight comics slapped on noise-canceling earmuffs and stepped into a backstage room that resembled a Lynchian hybrid of soundproof booth, diner and basement recreation room. The sensory-deprivation format of 7 Minutes in Purgatory made for some truly innovative comedy, as we could see them, but they couldn’t see or (more importantly) hear us.Ok. Jonathan Katz didn’t use the earmuffs, but we’ll ...   More
 
Monday, May 11, 2015 RIHANNA WEISS

Willamette Weekend: 16 Things to Do and See in Portland May 8-10

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Features
FRIDAY, MAY 8Ensiferum, Korpiklaani [FOLK METAL] Some pagan metal bands craft music appropriate for lighting candles during a ritual under the full moon. Then there are bands such as Helsinki’s Ensiferum (Finnish for “sword bearing”) that are aimed at those who grew up on reruns of The Smurfs and Fraggle Rock. That’s not necessarily meant as a dis. Ensiferum has mastered the art of ...   More
 
Thursday, May 7, 2015 by Enid Spitz

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