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Frost/Nixon (Portland Center Stage)

A power-hungry, white-guy cage match.

Visual Arts
If you count yourself among the many disappointed by Ron Howard’s Best Picture-nominated film, hear this: Peter Morgan’s 2006 stage play about British playboy and talk show host Peter Fros ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Michelle Goldberg The Means of Reproduction

Visual Arts
After extensive research, writer and journalism professor Michelle Goldberg has come to a big conclusion: The world’s most pressing problems can only be solved when women are finally given the f ...   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 Megan Brescini

Mark Woolley Gallery Says Goodbye

The longtime outsider gallery calls it quits.

Visual Arts
After 15 years in business, the Mark Woolley Gallery will close May 30, becoming the third major PDX gallery to close this year. Woolley says the closure is only partly due to the recession, and that ...   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Matt King Fourteen30 Contemporary

Sizing up contemporary life.

Visual Arts
What’s your IQ? How much money did you make last year? What’s your waist size, your bra cup, your dick length? Richmond, Va.-based artist Matt King wants to know. And while we’re at ...   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Paul Dahlquist at Gallery 114

This 80-year-old photographer shows he’s about more than boobs, butts and schlongs.

Visual Arts
That Paul Dahlquist, spry and feisty and flirty, has just turned 80 years old is the least of his surprises. Among the others: He is known for his sensual male nudes and has been appropriated as a &ld ...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Warlord Sun King, Art Gym

Northwest artists herald the age of “eco-baroque.”

Visual Arts
The trek down to the Marylhurst Art Gym gallery has never been more worth your time and gasoline. Two complementary shows throw into luscious relief the wryly romantic Northwest attitude toward nature ...   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

John Sisley & Jesse Durost At Fourteen30 Contemporary

Think Lincoln Logs in outer space.

Visual Arts
Contemporary art goes through periods when artists frantically search for new ideas, hoping to be proclaimed the aesthetic innovators du jour. Arguably, we are just now coming out of such a period and ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Breedlove The Beautiful Boy

It’s an affair, but is it art?

Visual Arts
Read a much longer version of this story here. In the wake of Sam Adams’ star-crossed affair with hunky Beau Breedlove, a group of arts leaders, including PICA’s Victoria Frey and RACC&rs ...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Evident Laura Fritz At Naau

She always leaves us wanting more—bugs and pretty lights.

Visual Arts
Laura Fritz is a mistress of the arcane. With her creepily clinical work, the Portland artist leaves you disoriented, curious, perhaps even repulsed, and above all scratching your head, saying, &ldquo ...   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 RICHARD SPEER

Visual Arts Best of 2008

Bright spots in a challenging year for the arts.

Visual Arts
No need to mince words: 2008 kicked the Portland art scene in the nuts. The Portland Art Center folded. Affair at the Jupiter Hotel canceled indefinitely. Tilt and Rake galleries closed. At the Portla ...   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2008 RICHARD SPEER
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