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The Sprockettes

The glam-punk, all-female minibike troupe turns 10.

Ten years ago, Portland’s bike scene was burgeoning. Zoobombing—speeding down the West Hills on blinged-out minibikes—was a new trend. But a group of lady cyclists felt something was missi   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Co/Mission


The premise of Co/Mission, an experimental show at Conduit Dance this weekend, is that the dancers chose—yes, commissioned—the choreographers for their pieces, rather than the choreographers recruiting dancers. This isn’t unusual. Northwest Dance Project, home to two of the evening’s choreographers, commissions work all the time. B...   More
Saturday, June 14, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Polaris Dance Theatre, Homegrown


Five dancers, ribcages printed on their black tank tops, swing outstretched arms and jolt to a stop. The sound of mechanical clanking and whirring propels them backward, each reaching one leg behind as they hop on one foot. Then they fall and crawl away, panicked. The piece, Post-Op by company dancer Kiera Brinkley, is one of seven dances in ...   More
Thursday, June 12, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Saturday's Dyke March Rescheduled for Earlier in Day

Pride Northwest reschedules the 20-year-old event, per a request from the City of Portland.


Even marches against the Man are subject to his appointment book, apparently. The Dyke March, the annual Portland Pride showing of feminism and all things radically queer, has been rescheduled.
The march will begin at 1:30 pm at the North Park Blocks—not at 6:30 pm at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Pride Northwest, the nonprofit behind...   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Snatch 22

Queens Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano make us choose between experience and charisma, hatefulness and party.

Fans of the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race fall in two camps: #TeamBianca or #TeamAdore. Everyone knew Bianca Del Rio, the hateful and talented insult comic from New Orleans, would ultima   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Northwest Dance Project, Summer Splendors


The annual summer show from Northwest Dance Project, Portland’s standout contemporary chamber company, is a sea of airy turns and dreamlike reflection. The four pieces, two of them world premieres, have notable similarities in style and approach, even though they were created by four different choreographers. The first, How the Light Get...   More
Saturday, June 7, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Create


“I’m a bit of a reality TV show junkie,” says Oregon Ballet Theatre artistic director Kevin Irving, holding a velvet bag tied with gold ropes, à la Project Runway. The dancers, wearing rehearsal clothes, stand in a line behind him. The two dancers whose names are selected from the bag will be the performers in a stunt that ...   More
Friday, May 30, 2014 by AARON SPENCER

Puente (Diego Piñón)

Bridging the gap, with shamanism and seaweed.

On an August afternoon in the high desert of central Mexico more than a decade ago, Portland butoh performer Mizu Desierto found herself blindfolded and tied together with 14 other people. Runni   More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 AARON SPENCER

The Last Dance

Oregon’s premier ballet company is losing its premier ballerina. Alison Roper, after 18 seasons with Oregon Ballet Theatre, is retiring, performing for the final time this weekend. In this Celebrate   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Celebrate


So get this: At the end of this show, people throw roses. Roses! As if this were Europe! Point is, bring roses to this show, because you get to throw them.The show, of course, is Celebrate, Oregon Ballet Theatre's season closer and the last performance for principal dancer Alison Roper, who's retiring after 18 seasons with the company. Roper's bee...   More
Friday, April 18, 2014 by AARON SPENCER
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