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Three Men in Paris Stole Kate Mura's Priceless Masks


Elaborate, custom masks have been the highlight of Portland actor Kate Mura's Suburban Tribe show for years. But the priceless props were stolen in the Paris airport when Mura took Tribe to the largest French arts festival, Avignon Festival, this July.  "While checking into a hotel in the Paris airport, three men in business suits stole our most importan...   More
Monday, August 24, 2015 by ENID SPITZ

Kaleidoscopic Vision

Virtual Reality Film Festival premieres in Portland.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Portland cinephiles may be spoiled with beer taps in theaters and rare screenings of Vertigo in 70 mm, but the best movie experience includes motion-sensing earbuds and what look like Samsung ski gogg   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Book Review: Parnaz Foroutan's The Girl From the Garden

“Paradise is a Farsi word.”

Eden is rife with thorns in Parnaz Foroutan’s The Girl From the Garden (Ecco, 271 pages, $26.99), a lush debut novel about the pangs and triumphs of an Iranian family. Foroutan is a modern-day Scheh   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 ENID SPITZ

What Makes the Third Annual Portland Film Festival So Portland?

PDXFF Just Announced its Lineup for September 1-7


Festival director Josh Leake has said he wants the Portland Film Festival to be the Rose City's Sundance. Looking at its newly-announced lineup—with features like "a quirky comedy about following your dreams" and "a musical journey into the forgotten corners of Jamaican reggae,"   More
Thursday, August 13, 2015 by ENID SPITZ

Jeff Lipsky on His New Film Mad Women

No lip service for director’s Mad Women.

Movie Reviews & Stories
Jeff Lipsky has known both the warm embrace of critical acclaim and the lash of critics’ scorn. His 2006 film, Flannel Pajamas, was a Sundance darling and lauded by The New York Times as “one of   More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Katy Simpson Smith, The Story of Land and Sea

Oh, the vapors!

Any novelist hailed as “an heir apparent to Michael Ondaatje” by author Paul Yoon and lauded as writing “a luminous debut” by Oprah’s magazine is probably doomed. Nothing can reach a   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Time, A Fair Hustler

Hand2Mouth’s reimagining is a rare cine-stage wonder.

You’d be forgiven for gagging at the mention of “Van Sant” given Portland’s recent binge on the director’s work. The Essential Gus Van Sant series ran at the Northwest Film Center from   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Much Ado About Nothing (Post5)

Tired Shakespeare, turned inside out.

Love him or hate him, Shakespeare had one damn good formula for a hit.  The same premise and plot barrel through practically all his comedies: Factions clash, mistaken identiti   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 ENID SPITZ

Twelfth Night (Portland Shakespeare Project)

Three hours of Shakespeare is no picnic, but Nause keeps it cool.

So far this summer, Portland theater has given us Richard III in a park, The Merry Wives of Windsor in a park and Macbeth in a cemetery. Post5 Theatre mixed things up by staging Much Ado About Nothi   More
Wednesday, July 15, 2015 ENID SPITZ

The Hollywood Theatre is Having Work Done


Like any aging starlet, Portland's Hollywood Theatre is getting a facelift. The 89-year-old theater will have its clay roof re-tiled, water leaks repaired and facade deep-cleaned (think architectural microdermabrasion) by local construction companies D&R Masonry and Anderson Roofing. Footing the $265,000 bill are a slew of grants from local foundations like ...   More
Thursday, July 9, 2015 by ENID SPITZ

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