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Summer Guide 2014: Park Life

A metaphorical blueprint of Portland parks as rooms.


Summer Guide
Everybody knows Pioneer Courthouse Square is Portland’s living room. But this city’s  public space is a mansion, with dozens of rooms, extensive grounds and extravagant amenities. Here’   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Risk/Reward Festival

Ladies night.


Theater
This weekend’s Risk/Reward Festival is all about the women. Every year since 2008, the micro-fest has presented six 20-minute performances: all new, all devised by West Coast artists and all p   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

We Are the Best!

Friends like these.


Movie Reviews & Stories
With a title so cocksure, We Are the Best! couldn’t be about anything other than early adolescence, those years of impetuous declarations and unshakable convictions. Swedish director Lukas Moo   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Lizzie (Portland Center Stage)

Took an ax, gave her mother 40 whacks.


Theater
Like Gwen Stefani circa “Just a Girl”—only homicidal and clad in Victorian dress—the Lizzie Borden of rock opera Lizzie is a foot-stomping, hair-flinging rebel who can rock out with the best   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Portland Playhouse, Oregon Children's Theatre Win Big at Drammy Awards

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Portland Playhouse won big at Monday’s Drammy Awards, Portland’s answer to the Tonys. The seven-year-old theater company, which operates out of a converted church in Northeast Portland, picked up eight awards, including best musical (The Light in the Piaz...   More
 
Monday, June 9, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Worth a Dam

In Night Moves, her fourth film set in Oregon, director Kelly Reichardt travels south for some ecoterrorism.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Kelly Reichardt isn’t from Oregon. The filmmaker was born in Florida and now lives in upstate New York, where she teaches at Bard College. But despite her geographical remove, Reichardt has beco   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Buried Child (Profile Theatre)

There’s no place like home.


Theater
In the 1960s, Sam Shepard was making his name in Greenwich Village’s experimental scene with fractured, restless one-acts. In a 1965 Village Voice review of one of these works, playwright Edwa   More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Beauty Queen of Leenane

Feckin’ family.


Theater
The Irish have invaded Portland. Between Artists Rep’s The Playboy of the Western World, Corrib’s forthcoming The Hen Night Epiphany and this Third Rail production of The Beauty Queen of Leenane,    More
 
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Nominations Announced for the Drammys, Portland's Theater Awards

For the first time since 1999, the Drammys have announced their nominees in advance of the ceremony.

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Broadway has the Tony Awards; Portland has the Drammys. But for the last 15 years, not only did we lack Neil Patrick Harris and $275 tickets (the ceremony is free), we didn’t have nominees—the Drammy committee would just dole out awards, sometimes up to four in a category, at the annual Crystal Ballroom ceremony. That’s changed this year, presumably to gin up interest, and the    More
 
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Cold in July

Lone Star State of mind.


Movie Reviews & Stories
The actor Michael C. Hall knows death. He had his breakout role in Six Feet Under as the closeted son David and then went on to play the titular serial killer in Dexter. In his newest role, in Jim Mic   More
 
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
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