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The One I Love

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Movie Reviews & Stories
The One I Love is the sort of film that prompts critics to fill their reviews with warnings of spoilers and hammy pronouncements that “to reveal more would spoil the fun.” That overstates    More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TeSoAria: Bull’s Blood Supply


Bar Reviews
We arrived at TeSoAria (4003 N Williams Ave., 971-229-0050, tesoaria.com) a half-hour before it was scheduled to close on a Thursday evening. We figured it would be a quick visit. Two hours, 10    More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Interview: The Weird and Wonderful Emo Philips

Oh, The Humanity.


Comedy and Variety
Last May’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival didn’t lack for jaw-dropping moments. But none quite compared to a one-liner—not even a complete sentence—from Emo Philips. On the Doug Fir stage du   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Founders of Inaugural Stumptown Improv Festival Make the Case for Improv Comedy

And swear there won't be any gags about three-armed babies at this weekend's shows.

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Portland loves standup comedy. Mention improv, though, and you'll likely meet a chorus of groans from people imagining family-friendly schlock or scatological juvenilia. There’s no question that the democratic accessibility of the form—it's billed as an outlet for every yahoo who fancies himself a jokester, for every executive who imagines the inane games will catapult her performance in ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

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.

Red and Black

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.


Theater
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.


Cover Story
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
 

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