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Live Review: MOMIX

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While reading the biographies for the dancers in Botanica, one can’t help but imagine some of them spent years training in classical ballet only to be cut from the company. Maybe the phone call to their parents went something like, “You know what, Mom, forget it! I’m just going to spend my dance career riding giant Triceratops puppets.”
There is indeed a giant Triceratops puppet ...   More
 
Thursday, February 28, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Live Review: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago

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Pitting two choreographers against each other in back-to-back acts may not be a plea for competition, but that’s how the audience will interpret it.

That might be why so many were quick to pick a favorite after Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s one-night appearance in Portland. The show, presented by    More
 
Thursday, February 14, 2013 by AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Jinkx Monsoon

Meet the Pacific Northwest’s first contestant on the American Idol of drag.


Q & A
Snatching a spot on RuPaul’s Drag Race is the quickest way for a drag queen to make it big, and the show’s newest season features its first contestant from the Pacific Northwest: Jinkx Monso   More
 
Wednesday, January 30, 2013 AARON SPENCER

Sexapalooza: Hot (or Not) in the Oregon Convention Center

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The promoter for Sexapalooza, a trade show this past weekend at the Oregon Convention Center, made it very clear this was not a “sleazy” event: “No porn stars,” reads the press release.

I found this perplexing as I walked the barely lit aisles of Sexapalooza. Surrounded by sex toys, a topless woman and a 6-foot-tall poster...   More
 
Monday, November 19, 2012 by AARON SPENCER

What the Religious Right Thinks of Portland: Hump 2012 Reviewed

Amateur porn festival boasts culinary fetishes and packing peanuts

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I imagine the religious right’s idea of Portland looks a lot like the Hump film festival: a crowd of young, drunk liberals gathering to watch amateur porn.
The crowd for the Saturday midnight showing at Cinema 21 was loud and giddy, as usual. They funneled into the theater and swiftly threw their jackets over their ...   More
 
Saturday, November 10, 2012 by AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Julia Sweeney

The actress best known as SNL’s Pat on why atheists should still pray with their parents.


Q & A
Portland is officially the least religious city in the country, according to a recent study. So it’s fitting that the largest atheist organization in the country, the...   More
 
Wednesday, October 10, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Hotseat: Darrin Pufall

Avenue Q’s puppet master lives the plush life.


Performance
A Portland theater company is tackling Avenue Q, the raunchy, Sesame Street-inspired musical about existential twentysomethings. The show’s popularity promises high expectations for Triangle Pro   More
 
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Sorry, Bachelorettes: No More Penis Hats at CC Slaughters

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Portland gay bar CC Slaughters has decided where it stands on the issue of banning bachelorette parties. The new policy is this: it's fine to be a bachelorette. Just don't throw it in our faces.Gay bars in May heard renewed calls from clientele to ban bachelorette parties after popular West Hollywood bar the Abbey    More
 
Friday, August 17, 2012 by AARON SPENCER

The Match.com Monologues (CoHo Productions)

Looking for computer love.


Performance
Forgive me if this review is overly critical. I was pissed when I saw this show because my date flaked. Apparently, 10:30 pm is too late for a show when you have work in the morning. That left m   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 AARON SPENCER

Screaming Ban Shes

Why Portland’s gay bars won’t ban bachelorettes.


Culture Features
It’s the last show at Darcelle XV Showplace on a muggy Friday night. The audience is a mixed bag: a birthday party in the center, friends of a drag queen near the wall, a posse of bros in the    More
 
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 AARON SPENCER
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