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The Big Meal (Artists Repertory Theatre)

A deeply satisfying onstage feast.


Performance
How much time do we spend around the dining-room table? What portion of our lives is measured in meals? Can the entire scope of a life—from first dates and holiday gatherings to engagements an   More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Ithaka (Artists Repertory Theatre)

The Herculean task of traveling home.


Performance
When home is a destination in your mind as much as a physical space, it’s an arduous journey to overcome the obstacles that hinder your arrival. After fighting the Trojan War for 10 years, it to   More
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Rebecca Lerner, Dandelion Hunter

Book Review: Rebecca Lerner, Dandelion Hunter


Books
Like any Portlander, you’ve no doubt already planned your survival tactics for the impending zombie apocalypse—weapons, allies, a practical yet fashionable ensemble. But how long would canne   More
 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Beer Guide 2013: Age 'n' Wisdom

Should you age that beer?


Beer Guide
Portland is a beer town surrounded by wine country. That, as much as anything, gives us reason to take suds seriously. And nothing says “sophisticated” like a cellar stocked with rare vin   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Mary Szybist, Incarnadine

To: Donkey Sanctuary. Re: What I want.


Books
Even for avid readers of all genres, poetry can sometimes feel a bit…unapproachable. But the poems of Portland-based writer Mary Szybist read more like a letter from an old friend, familiar an   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 PENELOPE BASS

Christmas on Broadway (Broadway Rose)

Like an eggnog enema.


Performance
Christmas is a divisive holiday. There are those who decorate their lawns in November and revel in each tinsel-strewn moment with the slack-jawed grin and open wallet of a Midwesterner at Disney   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Gift Guide 2012: The Etsy Ideologue


Featured Stories
They turn old bottle caps into jewelry, upcycle clothing and, yes, sometimes put birds on things. They’re your crafty friends, and the gift options are plentiful. Because this is Portland.   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Restaurant Guide 2012: Cutting the Line

Eating well without the wait.


Restaurant Guide
Portlanders wait to eat. We wait for steak. We wait for eggs. We wait for pizza, tacos and noodles. We wait for pickled things. We wait for decadent, gravy-laden brunches. We wait for doughnuts.    More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Jenny Lawson, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

I can has book deal?


Books
Dangerous things happen when bloggers get book deals. Yes, there are remarkably talented writers out there offering socially relevant content in blog form. But the blogosphere is a different sort    More
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 PENELOPE BASS

Scoops' out for Summer: Day 28

Oui Presse

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What do you do when you're trying to eat Portland's best ice cream every day for a month, but one ice cream everyone says is delicious poses a big conflict of interest? Send a freelancer and put in a giant blond disclosure.

Oui Presse
1740 SE Hawthorne Blvd., 384-2160, oui-presse.com.Price per scoop: $3.50 for a t...   More
 
Saturday, July 28, 2012 by PENELOPE BASS
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