TBA 2010: There Is Blood On Your iPhone


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I am writing this on a 12 inch Apple MacBook. Its sleek, light aluminum body and bright screen are the last word in cutting-edge product design, it responds to my every whim like some sort of genie and, if monologist Mike Daisey is to be believed, it was likely assembled by a 15-year-old working a 16 hour shift in an unthinkably massive factory in ShenZhen. The writing of The Agony and Ecstasy of ...   More
 
Sunday, September 12, 2010 BEN WATERHOUSE

PICA Announces 2009 Time-Based Art Festival Lineup


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Portland Institute for Contemporary Art announced Friday the lineup for this year's Time-Based Art Festival. The Festival begins one week earlier this year, starting Labor Day weekend and running Sept- 3-13. Notable artists include Young Jean Lee, Amyro and the Slow Food Movement. This is the first year of new guest artistic director Cathy Edwards' tenure, and it has a very different tone from ...   More
 
Monday, April 27, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

TBA Diary: Opening Night at The Works


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It's hyperbole, but I mean it: This year's incarnation of The Works, the late-night venue of the TBA Festival, may be PICA's greatest achievement to date. In previous years The Works has set up shop in venues as diverse as the old Machine Works building on Northwest 15th Avenue (now an office building), a vacant warehouse (now offices), Audiocinema, Wonder Ballroom and the Leftbank project, but this ...   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

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 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: 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: The Shipment, Race, and Modest Mouse


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In the past couple weeks, ever since the intensity surrounding TBA:09 has been ratcheting up, I've been hearing the name Young Jean Lee. Seems like Lee's theater piece The Shipment has been on the tip of every tongue, as one of the premiere works in a festival full of them. Did it live up to the hype? Yep, it did. The Shipment is a strange, abrasive, gut-check--a frank examination of racism ...   More
 
Saturday, September 5, 2009 Jonanna Widner

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: 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

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