TBA Diaries: Ten Tiny Dances

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Arts & Books
The 10-year-old event Ten Tiny Dances at Washington High School at 8:30 pm this past Saturday, September 8, was this year as it always has been: inconsistent, often frustrating and spiked with ever-so-occasional moments of transcendent hilarity or beauty.The premise, for those unfamiliar: 10 different dancers or companies are invited to perform a short dance on a tiny 4-foot-by-4-foot stage. It's ...   More
 
Monday, September 10, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

End Things

The challenge of visual arts at TBA.


Visual Arts
On this yearlong eve of the Mayan apocalypse, as we bury our faces in digital displays, what is the relevance of the old-fashioned objet d’art? Can it engage the mind and uplift the spirit? Kris   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Miriam/The Quiet Volume

Previews for week one of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


Theater
Nora Chipaumire is a force of nature. The Zimbabwe-born, New York City-based choreographer has a style both visceral and regal, evoking a powerful and charismatic bird of prey. Chipaumire’s crea   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

Scoop: Pizza Schmizza Says it Doesn't Suck Anymore

Two slices of piping-hot gossip.


Scoop
SUCK IT: Pizza Schmizza founder Andre Jehan has taken down a sign that said “Schmizza doesn’t suck anymore” after complaints from his building. Jehan resumed control of the pizza joint at th   More
 
Wednesday, May 30, 2012 WW Culture Staff

TBA Diary: Another Mike Daisey Survivor

tba mike daisey all the hours

Arts & Books
It is a common trope that reading is really the only art that requires skill from its audience; this is one of the reasons that the audience for serious literature will always be limited, whatever the countless perky entreaties of high school librarians. But in his 24-hour monologue, All the Hours of the Day, Mike Daisey demanded something even rarer than skill or education: he asked of his audience ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: Another Take on Offsite Dance

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Arts & Books
Augmented by the evening’s natural fade from light to darkness, the Offsite Dance Project, in three parts, immerses witnesses in the playful with Mika Arashiki and Mari Fukutome, the complex with Yukio Suzuki and the disorienting with Yoko Higashino. Part of PICA’s Time-Based Art festival on Wednesday, the dance program by Japanese choreographers employs sites in Southeast Portland’s industrial ...   More
 
Monday, September 19, 2011 JULIE POTTER

Time After Time

Our top picks for the second week of PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival.


Books
Mike Daisey, All the Hours in the DayMike Daisey is, at various times, an improvisational storyteller, a big-hearted observer, a lonely expositor of self or a sweat-drenched haranguer from the stage   More
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 WW Culture Staff

TBA Diary: The Hidden Life of Bridges

Hidden Life of Bridges, 9/8/11 Hawthorne Bridge, 2011 Time-Based Art Festival

Arts & Books
The first big success of this year’s Time-Based Art Festival is Portland sound artist Tim DuRoche and Brooklyn video artist Ed Purver’s bridge project. Over the weekend, the south side of the Morrison Bridge piers boasted video projections inspired by its surprisingly beautiful hidden spaces, along with a slideshow of the faces of the engineers and others who make the bridges function and ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diary: Whispering Pines 10

Shana Moulton and Nick Hallet, Whispering Pines 10

Arts & Books
I caught a few episodes of Whispering Pines, multimedia wrangler Shana Moulton’s deranged New Age soap, when the artist visited Portland for 2008’s PDX Film Festival, so I knew what to expect, more or less, from Moulton’s appearance at the Works: she would don something unflattering to play Cynthia, an incessantly ailing schlemiel seeking spiritual breakthroughs in a dazzlingly bright and ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 CHRIS STAMM

TBA Diary: Jesse Sugarmann, Lido (The Pride is Back)

Jesse Sugarmann Lido or The Pride Is Back

Arts & Books
So it’s 4 o’clock in the afternoon, and we’re all gathered round to watch cars crash behind the high school. These same three cars crashed twice Saturday, and they will do it again in a few hours. I’m not sure what I had expected, exactly, but I know I had expected something else; I had been told that cars would be made to crash in slow motion, and had wanted perhaps a giant game of popcorn ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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