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Cinema 21 Meets Kickstarter Goal for New Seats

The 80-year-old movie house hit its goal of $70,000 with 32 hours to go.

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New seats are coming to Cinema 21.The 88-year-old movie house on Northwest 21st Avenue met its Kickstarter goal this afternoon, successfully raising $70,000 to install new seats in the main auditorium. The campaign hit its ...   More
 
Thursday, September 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Boxtrolls: Movie Review

Laika returns with more stop-motion wizardry—and a good deal less fun.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Last summer, Portland animation house Laika turned heads with a trailer full of same-sex couples materializing and evaporating next to a rosy-cheeked toddler. “Sometimes, there’s a mother,��   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort, Germinal

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In most live performance, there’s a tacit contract between performers and audience. There are plenty of ways artists try to bust apart that contract—we’ve all suffered through failures of audience interaction—and play with the rules of the theater.
But Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort's Germinal, currently receiving its U.S. premiere at the    More
 
Friday, September 19, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: SQUART! at the Works

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If nothing else, Wednesday night’s SQUART! show at the Works proved one thing: Artists don’t need fancy residencies and thousands of dollars in grants. Hell no: Give ‘em three hours and a box of sidewalk chalk and—provided they’re willing to eat said chalk, wrestle naked and yank around folding chairs with their teeth—they’re all set.
SQUART!, short for...   More
 
Friday, September 19, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Mammalian Diving Reflex, All the Sex I've Ever Had

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The conceit of All the Sex I’ve Ever Had is simple: A panel of performers, all over the age of 65, give year-by-year accounts of their coital histories. But—as with much sex—it’s hardly that simple in practice. Far more than an inventory of bedpost notches, the performance is testament to the r...   More
 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Portland Stand-Up Comedy Photo Album: Live!

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There’s plenty of humor at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival. A roomful of adults dressed in pastel-colored bedsheets prompts giggles. Cynthia Hopkins, who just closed a two-night run of her one-woman show, A Living ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Wetlands

Not, despite its title, a nature documentary.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Remember that bathroom in Trainspotting? The one with its floor flooded with standing water and a toilet seat smeared with decades of accumulated excrement? A lavatory in the opening scene of    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Test of Time

Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival.


Performance
The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, MATTHEW KORFHAGE, KAITIE TODD

Sans Merci (Badass Theatre Company)

Without mercy, indeed.


Theater
Johnna Adams’ Sans Merci is a test in emotional endurance: Where some dramas prod, this one pummels. For much of the play, directed by Antonio Sonera, the blows come steadily and hit squarel   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Intimate Apparel

Par for the corset.


Theater
If Intimate Apparel were underwear, it would be a pair of pale pink panties, maybe with a modest ruffle or two. This 2003 drama by Lynn Nottage, which opens Artists Rep’s season, is a sensit   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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