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Poet Carl Adamshick

A self-taught poet learned to write at the public library and in the aisles of Powell’s Books.

Fall Arts
Hundreds of thousands of words have been written about love. Letters, books, plays, songs, movies and certainly poems have all been patched into shapes that try to tell us how love feels. Some s   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Portland Fall Book Picks

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James Ellroy James Ellroy’s novels inhabit a nostalgic zone, where women are dames and cops throw back whiskey to take the edge off after a day at a grisly crime scene. His “L.A. Quartet”��   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Just Opened: Tick, Tick... Boom!

A review of Jonathan Larson's musical at Triangle Productions.


Jonathan Larson is feeling anxious. He’s about to turn 30 and is still waiting tables in New York while struggling to get his long-slaved-over rock musical produced. Of course, he did ultimately succeed in getting a rock show on Broadway, but not before his untimely death at age 35. You’ve probably heard of it. That show was Rent. But before his work became widely known, Larson wrote   More
Monday, September 8, 2014 by PENELOPE BASS

Diana Gabaldon

Like any good drug offering a temporary escape from the banality of life, serial fiction can quickly become addictive. I speak from the experience of a user. I’ll be clean for months, dutifully    More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Bar Guide 2014: Cheese Bar

Bar Guide
Cheese Bar6031 SE Belmont St., 222-6014, cheese-bar.com, 11 am-11 pm Tuesday-Sunday, closed Monday.Just as the cheese comes before the bar in its name, the Cheese Bar considers itself first and foremo   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Bar Guide 2014: Prost!

Bar Guide
Prost!4237 N Mississippi Ave., 954-2674, prostportland.com. 11:30-2:30 am Monday-Thursday, 11-2:30 am Friday-Sunday.Building more loyalty than the Reichswehr (though less intent on world domination),    More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Bar Guide 2014: The Spare Room

Bar Guide
The Spare Room4830 NE 42nd Ave., 287-5800. 7-2:30 am daily.Like the Room of Requirement that magically appears in Hogwarts Castle offering exactly what its seeker is in need of, so the Spare Room Rest   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

Just Opened: Aida

A review of Stumptown Stages' production of the Elton John-Tim Rice musical.

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Originally optioned by Disney from a children’s storybook—which was itself based on the Verdi opera of the same name—Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida retains all the depth of an animated feature, with the erotic undercurrent of a Danielle Steel novel. Sure, the slave girl may actually be a Nubian princess, but you can still take her roughly in your palace bedchamber.    More
Monday, February 24, 2014 by PENELOPE BASS

Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being

Time and a tapestry of narratives.

Time is a tricky thing. We are all subject to its effect, yet it remains smugly intangible. Writing a novel about the concept of time has the potential to be dangerously abstract or cliché. But R   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 PENELOPE BASS

The Mousetrap

Murder, she wrote.

Thrust eight strangers into an old mansion during a snowstorm and at least one is sure to wind up dead. We all know the setup and the question that inevitably follows: whodunit? But the predicta   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 PENELOPE BASS
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