TBA Diaries: Miguel Gutierrez, Heavens What Have I Done

 Miguel Gutierrez

Arts & Books
If you have plans to see Heavens What Have I Done tonight or tomorrow, Miguel Gutierrez probably wants you to stop reading this. Gutierrez is an advocate of audience members entering performances blindly. He dislikes programs, and he dislikes papers about the “meaning” of his work. Does Gutierrez want to read a graduate student’s analysis of his performance? No. Like everyone else, he says, he’d ...   More
Saturday, September 8, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Nora Chipaumire, Miriam


Arts & Books
Miriam, a world premiere from Zimbabwean choreographer Nora Chipaumire, is dark. Not gloomy or sinister—no, this is a performance genuinely devoid of light. As a result, it can be difficult to make out what exactly is happening onstage, what Chipaumire and fellow dancer Okwui Okpokwasili are wearing, what sorts of props they’re handling. Occasional flashes of light break the darkness—one of the ...   More
Saturday, September 8, 2012 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Ten Tiny Dances


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.

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.

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

offsite dance

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.

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


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