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Pride: Movie Review

A fop and a miner walk into a leather bar.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Politics make strange bedfellows. That was certainly true of gay activists and mineworkers, who formed an unlikely alliance during a British labor strike 30 years ago. Their story is dramatized    More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Theater Review: The Turn (The Reformers)

A gothic ghost story by way of Kubrick.


Theater
When it comes to tales about sweet-faced children able to commune with ghosts, few are more chilling than Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. But that’s not   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Just Opened: Exiles

A review of Artist Rep's production of Carlos Lacámara's play.

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In 1980, Fidel Castro played something of a mean joke on the United States. He opened one of his country’s harbors for Cubans who wanted to emigrate—and then loaded up those Florida-bound boats with mental-health patients and criminals. In Exiles, Cuban-born playwright Carlos Lacámara dramatizes the Mariel boatlift by homing in on one ship, stranded in the Gulf of Mexico aft...   More
 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Kristine Levine

After 15 years in standup, Portland's doyenne of blue-collar comedy records her first album.

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As Portland's doyenne of blue-collar comedy, Kristine Levine has a way of cracking jokes—whether about her fat kids or about finding dead bodies in the jack shack—that's both brassy and delightful. In 15 years of doing standup, though, she's never recorded an album. That changes this Saturday, Oct. 4, when Levin...   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Barlow: Bar Review

Ceaselessly into the past.


Bar Reviews
The new downtown bar Barlow (737 SW Salmon St., 227-0705, barlowpdx.com)—not to be confused with the no-frills, wood-paneled NoPo dive Barlow Tavern—strives for old Hollywood glamour. This sis   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Piano Lesson (Portland Playhouse)

Blood, sweat and tears—and ghosts.


Theater
August Wilson used to talk about what he called “blood’s memory,” the collective history of American blacks that forever brings the past back into the present. In Wilson’s Pulitzer-win   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

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
 

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