Recess! Our Top Picks for the Weekend of Sept. 4-6


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FRIDAY 5 pm: Pre-party with the kiddies with Starfucker For a band whose name wouldn't even be printed in lesser publications, it's pretty awesome Starfucker is playing an all-ages show. Let us reassure you, hip parents, that the name is the only controversial aspect of this band. Now is the perfect time to cement your status as World's Greatest Dad and take your little one to enjoy the extremely ...   More
 
Friday, September 4, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

TBA Diary: Gang Gang Gang Gang Gang Gang Dance


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If it looks triumphal, fine. Whatever the recent pop turn on their recordings, Lizzi Bougatsos and Gang Gang Dance—though a member shy from their last Portland show—remained every bit as much the factory of pounding, muddy ecstasis as ever when they kicked off PICA's TBA fest at The Works last night, at the new old Washington High School space on Southeast 14th Avenue and Stark Street. Bougatsos ...   More
 
Friday, September 4, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: On the road with Erik Friedlander


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Erik Friedlander is something of an evangelist for the cello, expanding it into previously unknown territories: in Middle-Eastern pop, say, or with the Mountain Goats, in noisy jazz ensembles with avant-jazz/new music composer John Zorn, or as leader of his own ensembles. Friedlander's new project, Block Ice and Propane, does not mark the first time that anyone has mined folk music from the perspective ...   More
 
Friday, September 11, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: Last In Translation


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Hopefully all you TBA Fest goers out there made it to the opening Salon chat that took place at 12:30 pm Friday at Pacific Northwest College of Art. The audience there filled about three-quarters of the 50 or so chairs there, so while the crowd was decent, chances are you didn't make it. Which is a shame, because PICA's artistic staff—Cathy Edwards, Kristan Kennedy and Erin Boberg Doughton—provided ...   More
 
Sunday, September 6, 2009 Jonanna Widner

TBA Diaries: One last look at Small Metal Objects


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I have just returned from watching Back to Back Theatre's Small Metal Objects, the last show I'll be seeing at this year's TBA Festival. Both Matthew Korfhage and Jonanna Widner have already reviewed the show, in which four actors deal with a drug deal stymied by an existential crisis, and I have nothing substantive to add to their critiques of the play itself. It's well-written, -acted and -produced, ...   More
 
Friday, September 11, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

TBA Diary: Back to Back in Pioneer Courthouse Square


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Small Metal Objects, by Australia's Back to Back Theater and playing through Saturday at TBA, is a bit of anomaly. There is no stage, for one thing, nor a theater. The company, city by city, finds new public spaces in which to hold their performances and makes an effort to relocate the body of the play into that of the city (though, of course--not to be helped--the players still all sport ...   More
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: AMYO/tinyrage, Too


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Amy O'Neal is rightly well known for her kinetic, inventive hip hop dance with locust (read WW's review of their TBA performance this week) and with performance artist Reggie Watts, but in her TBA Fest show with Ellie Sandstrom, Too, there are much different things at stake. The piece begins not with live dance but with film, with a David-Lynch creep up the steps to a house, and what follows ...   More
 
Friday, September 11, 2009 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

TBA Diary: Public Space, Intimate Art


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It's odd…much of the promotional literature and subsequent critical analysis surrounding Back to Back Theatre's small metal objects centers on the play as an exploration of the concept of “other.” Consider, from the TBA:09 catalogue: [Back to Back Theatre] explores how respect is withheld from outsiders—the disabled or unemployed—who society deems “unproductive.” ...   More
 
Friday, September 11, 2009 Jonanna Widner

TBA Diary: Ten Tiny Dances


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For all the big name (in avant-performance circles at least) national and international acts that come to town for TBA, some of my favorite festival moments over the years have come courtesy of the Seattle and Portland performers featured in Ten Tiny Dances, the semi-annual local performance series created and curated by Mike Barber. Nothing in this this year's lineup quite reached the heights ...   More
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diary: Neal Medlyn's Her's a Queen


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Enjoying Neal Medlyn's presentation of Her's a Queen last night at TBA's The Works required patience–a lot of patience. What was supposed to be a 30-minute opening act for Miguel Gutierrez's DEEP Aerobics dance party dragged on for over twice that long, and what many in the audience expected to be a hilarious interpretation of the endlessly entertaining career of Britney Spears turned out to ...   More
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009 Kate Williams

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