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Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Dancing In the Dark

With apologies to Julia Stiles, Oregon Ballet dancers go clubbin’.


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No one is dancing when I arrive at Jones. I’m here to meet Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers Olga Krochik and Lucas Threefoot and their friends, ostensibly for a night on the town. But it’s early    More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 HEATHER WISNER

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Words to the Wolves

What happens when a best-selling author joins an amateur writers’ group?


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I have read Harry Potter erotica. Sometimes, life is like that. One moment, you’re getting ready to read what you think will be a fun short story about a magic girl and boy, and in the next, Gin   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 LAURIE NOTARO

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Different Thursdays

Tom Cramer takes his work from the Pearl to Alberta.


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The Willamette River divides Portland’s art scene. Tony galleries in the Pearl District and Northwest exude First Thursday hauteur, while street artists turn Northeast Alberta Street into a fr   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 RICHARD SPEER

Portland Fall Arts Guide 2012: Pearls After a Lazy Lunch

How will an Oregon Symphony violinist do as a downtown busker?


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It’s just after noon on a gorgeous late summer Friday at Pioneer Courthouse Square, and one of the best and most versatile violinists on the West Coast is getting ready to do some busking. Dre   More
 
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 BRETT CAMPBELL

Rose City Comic-Con

Can Portland build a con to rival the mighty Emerald City?


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Stumptown, Kumoricon, Wonder Northwest, OryCon-—does Portland really need another geek convention?  Ron Brister sure thinks so, and he says he’s got the numbers to prove it. The first Ros   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 RUTH BROWN

Cuppa Things to Consider

Five things you didn’t know about Portland coffee.


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I spent six months traveling the West Coast interviewing coffee roasters for my new book, Left Coast Roast (Timber Press, 296 pages, $16.95). I learned some interesting things. Among them: Stumpto   More
 
Wednesday, August 22, 2012 HANNA NEUSCHWANDER

Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

I can has book deal?


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Dangerous things happen when bloggers get book deals. Yes, there are remarkably talented writers out there offering socially relevant content in blog form. But the blogosphere is a different sort    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Tim Kreider, We Learn Nothing

Unexpected nuance from a firebrand cartoonist.


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Political cartoons are drawn in stark black-and-white, snapshots that leave little room for nuance. As a political cartoonist, Tim Kreider was limited by the speech bubbles, but his collection of    More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH

Karen Thompson Walker, The Age of Miracles

What if the world stopped turning?


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For melodramatic adolescents, every little thing that goes wrong feels like the end of the world. For Julia, the tween protagonist of The Age of Miracles, this actually is the case. The debut no   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Jesse Bering, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That?

Also, why do people eat other people?


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As its provocative title suggests, Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (Scientific American, 320 pages, $16) is a book unafraid of topics most of us don’t typically have the balls to bring up. It   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 KIMBERLY HURSH
 

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