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Bar Guide 2014: Sloan's Tavern


Bar Guide
Sloan’s Tavern36 N Russell St., 287-2262, sloanstavern.com. 11 am-10 pm Monday-Thursday, 11 am-midnight Friday.Plenty of ink has been given to certain contingents of this floral-carpeted truck-stop    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Bard of Lithia

A trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival revitalizes an exhausted theater critic.


Theater
“Uh-oh! We have a critic!” It’s Friday afternoon at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and I have just been outed. Sitting in the sixth row of the Angus Bowmer Theatre, I feel 600 sets of    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Sidekicks

Holding out for a hero.


Theater
Like the Justice League meets The Office, Sidekicks imagines the everyday drudgery of being a superhero—and the particular travails of playing second fiddle to the big shots. Set in a land calle   More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

The Great Flood

A mesmerizing, wordless trip along the Mississippi.


Movie Reviews & Stories
There’s a moment in The Great Flood, a documentary about the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, when a woman being evacuated wades through knee-deep water. Her hair mussed and her clothes soaked   More
 
Wednesday, April 2, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Q&A: Kimberly Jensen

From 1917 to 1923, Oregon women who tested positive for venereal disease were incarcerated. Jensen, a history and gender studies professor, discusses why.

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When Margaret Sanger tried to open a birth-control clinic in 1916, she was jailed. When Oregon women tested positive for venereal disease at the same time, they also landed themselves in lockup, even as men went free. Oregon was the first state to intern women who tested positive—many were kept at the Cedars Detention Home in Troutdale—and the state’s policies became a model for the rest of ...   More
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

She's Not Busy, She's Just Not That Into You: Aziz Ansari Explains Modern Dating With 7 Undeniable Truths

In his Modern Romance tour, the standup comedian lays out the rules of romance in the digital age.

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He might be best-known as a standup comedian and as an actor on Parks and Recreation, but Aziz Ansari is much more than that: He’s an astute chronicler of this era’s romantic bullshit and the unique challenges of dating in the time of hashtags and push notifications. (   More
 
Thursday, March 27, 2014 by REBECCA JACOBSON

Enemy

Jake Gyllenhaal times two, plus some tarantulas.


Movie Reviews & Stories
Enemy, the latest film from Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, begins with a koanlike epigraph: “Chaos is order yet undeciphered.” As self-serious as that line may be, Villeneuve quickly r   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Hotseat: Aziz Ansari

The whip-smart comedian talks romance in the digital age.


Comedy and Variety
Aziz Ansari has some of the sharpest standup out there right now. Unlike many other comics, the Parks and Recreation star doesn’t just stop at oddball observations, but puts in the necessary bra   More
 
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON, DEBORAH KENNEDY

Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me

Broadway baby.


Movie Reviews & Stories
For someone who made her Broadway debut 68 years ago, Elaine Stritch is still quite the firecracker. Dressed in her trademark white collared shirt and black tights—as Tina Fey notes, the long-le   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Restaurant Guide 2013: Beast

Portland Restaurant Guide 2013: Beast


Restaurant Guide
5425 NE 30th Ave., 841-6968, beastpdx.com [THE INSTITUTION] For years, the only way to experience chef Naomi Pomeroy’s remarkable culinary prowess was to throw down $75 and spend    More
 
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON
 

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