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Will Vinton Launches Kickstarter to Fund New Broadway Musical

The Oscar-winning animator and lifelong Oregonian seeks $85,000 to bring his Frog Prince riff to the stage.

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Ten years ago, Will Vinton was fired from his own animation company by Phil Knight. That studio would go on to become Laika. Vinton has spent a decade dabbling in graphic novels, other animated film projects and plastics. Now, the Academy Award-winning animator is planning a Broadway musical.
Last week, Vinton and songwriter David Pomeranz    More
 
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Q&A: Playwright Craig Jessen

The Portland-born playwright of The End of Sex talks lab rabbits, nymphomania and sci-fi.

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Chalk it up to a wandering mind: Several years ago, playwright Craig Jessen was at a lecture about sodomy laws in the U.S., and he got to thinking about lab animals. Rabbits, specifically. And rabbits that—contrary to what you’d expect—weren’t having sex. From there, it took him just a few days to develop the idea for his new play The ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

God Loves Uganda

Preaching an anti-gay sermon in East Africa.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In 1907, Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as “the Pearl of Africa.” More than a century later, the International House of Prayer—a Missouri-based megachurch that calls itself, yes, IHOP�   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Headout: The Great Carpet-Matching Game

Can you identify Portland’s most iconic rugs?


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Portland is losing a legend: The Portland International Airport plans to tear out its carpet. That much-beloved teal upholstery, with its distinctive violet, cobalt and red cross marks, has    More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Aika & Rose (Outworld Theater)

A supernatural rock opera from a flock of indie musicians.


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At first peek, you might think Aika & Rose could be rebranded Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Rock Opera. The new musical, a project from a legion of Portland musicians, bills itself as a super   More
 
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

August: Osage County

Claws out.


Movie Reviews & Stories
In August: Osage County, Meryl Streep is a pill-popping Tyrannosaurus rex in a black bouffant wig. Julia Roberts is a weather-parched velociraptor in mom jeans. And when these mother-daughter di   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Wilder: Test the Waters


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The intersection of Northeast Killingsworth Street and 30th Avenue hardly needs another culinary contender: That corner is already home to Cocotte, Beast, Expatriate, DOC and Yakuza. But now com   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

#Headout: #Trollfood

Comedian Kyle Kinane humiliated himself trolling Pace Salsa. He now tries again.


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It began as an innocent test. When standup comic Kyle Kinane noticed that his tweets rebuking Pace Picante Salsa’s misogynistic advertising had been favorited by the company’s very own Twitt   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Drank: Isarweizen (Heater Allen)


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American-made wheat beers tend to be dry, hoppy and, far too often, bland. The New World cousins of traditional German hefeweizens typically tone down the yeast’s tutti-frutti punch while ampi   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

That’s A Wrap

2013 was a good year at the cinema.


Movie Reviews & Stories
We live in a time of tyranny. Our oppressor? Choice. You think all those Netflix options are improving your quality of life? Think again. That’s why our brains love lists. Not only are they easi   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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