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NW Film Center Announces Reel Music Lineup

The opening-night film is Heaven Adores You, a new, Kickstarter-funded documentary about Elliott Smith.

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Reel Music, the NW Film Center's annual celebration of music on film, turns 32 this fall, and the lineup has just been announced. It's a wide-ranging selection that's documentary-heavy, with films about jazz bassists, sax players, punk-rock venues, gospel musicians and—because why not?—Christmas music. The opening-night film is Heaven Ado...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Movie Review: Calvary

Truth will out.


Movie Reviews & Stories
John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary is not a film that shies away from big questions: about life and death, faith and doubt, virtue and sin. It also doesn’t shy away from eccentric personaliti   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Red and Black Cafe Raises $5,000 To Remain in Building

The vegan, worker-owned coffee shop continues to fundraise, with the goal of achieving greater financial sustainability.

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Financial strain isn’t new to the Red and Black Cafe, the vegan, worker-owned coffee shop and restaurant on Southeast 12th Avenue. Still, when it announced it needed $5,000 by Aug. 15 to remain in its building, the call for donations was more urgent than in the past. This morning, it hit its...   More
 
Saturday, August 9, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

North Dakota Lefse: Norway's Answer to the Tortilla

The 50 Plates tour continues with buttery, sugary flatbread from Viking Soul Food.

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Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state. Our 50 Plates tour...   More
 
Saturday, August 9, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

The Sister Trap

With Chekhov’s The Three Sisters, Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble makes ennui feel alive.


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Portland Experimental Theatre Ensemble has never played by anyone else’s rules. In the group’s first production, 2013’s stark and disquieting adaptation of Richard III, actors slid tables    More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

80 Million Paige Views

How an Oregon girl, her mother and a struggling local director turned their YouTube series into a major Hollywood deal.


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It’s a cloudy summer morning in Oregon wine country, and Paige McKenzie is taking a selfie that 18,000 people will see. With a FlipCam trained on herself, McKenzie—in red shorts, a gray zip-up   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Former WW Theater Critic Steffen Silvis: "I'm a Great Fan of Booing"

Silvis, who worked at WW for almost 10 years, sits down with 5 Useless Degrees & A Bottle of Scotch to talk standing ovations and empty criticism.

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It’s been almost 10 years since Steffen Silvis reviewed a play in Portland. But the former Willamette Week theater critic—known for his high standards and unsparing reviews during his decadelong tenure—still has the ability to elicit strong reactions. Mention his name to someone who was working in Portland theater at the time, and you’re likely to get an earful. Since leaving ...   More
 
Friday, July 25, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Video Preview: Finalists in Portland's Funniest Person Contest, Tonight at Helium Comedy Club

Twelve finalists will compete for the title and the $1,000 grand prize.

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Helium Comedy Club's annual Portland's Funniest Person contest is a strange beast.Past winners—including Nathan Brannon, Ian Karmel and Shane Torres—are all solid standup comics, but with early rounds determined by audience vote, it's in some wa...   More
 
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Mississippi Fried Catfish: The Best Bottom Feeder Out There

Our Fifty Plates tour continues with fried catfish from Miss Kate's Southern Kitchen.

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Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state. Our 50 Plates tour</...   More
 
Monday, July 21, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Rhode Island Coffee Milk: Hardly a Gateway Drug

Our 50 Plates tour continues with Rhode Island’s official state beverage, which tastes more of sugar than of coffee.

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Summer is road-trip season, so we're taking a culinary tour of America. But because Portland is a city of immigrants from other states, we don't have to leave town to do it. We're traveling to 50 Portland restaurants to try one distinctive food from each state. Our 50 Plates tour continues with co...   More
 
Monday, July 14, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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