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A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono

Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns.


Comedy and Variety
Comedian Kyle Mizono wants to dance with you. And she wants to do it in the dim, clown art-filled environs of Funhouse Lounge, with the looming threat of being drenched in booze by comedians wie   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 KAITIE TODD

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)

The Bard gone batty.


Theater
If you don’t like screaming, dancing, ugly wigs, Destiny’s Child, (fake) vomiting, audience participation or poking fun at the world’s most famous playwright, The Complete Works of William   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Love Hurts: The Fault in Our Stars Reviewed

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Critic's Grade: B+ “I believe we have a choice in this world about how to tell sad stories,” says Hazel Grace Lancaster at the beginning of the film adaptation of The Fault in Our Stars. For author John Green—who wrote the book of the same title—he approaches sad stories with wisdom, wit and a heartbreaking blow that, foreseen or not, leaves an emotional impact. This fil...   More
 
Thursday, June 5, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

The Gospel According to Liz

Liz Vice battles stage fright to bring a message of hope to a secular city.


Music Stories
Hope is a common theme when speaking with Liz Vice about her debut album, There’s a Light. Rich with throwback R&B influences, the album features 10 tracks of Vice’s dynamic, soulful vocal   More
 
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: The Last Five Years

A review of Portland Center Stage's production of the contemporary musical.

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The Last Five Years begins at the end of a love story—but also at the beginning. That might sound like a sappy rom-com tagline, but don’t be mistaken: This two-character musical, presented by Portland Center Stage and directed by Nancy Keystone, features separate timelines, one going forward and the other backwards, as our co...   More
 
Monday, May 5, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Saturday, April 19

Alynda Lee Segarra may have settled down, but her music hasn’t.


Music Stories
[FOLK] Alynda Lee Segarra admits she’s gotten soft. Once a teenage vagabond, who left home before she was old enough to vote and spent time hopping freight trains and hitchhiking around the co   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Emio Greco, Rocco

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Upon entering the Newmark Theatre for Rocco, a work choreographed by Emio Greco and Pieter C. Schoten that White Bird is presenting in its U.S. premiere, audiences will find a full-blown boxing ring on the stage. Part of the audience gets to sit ringside, facing two boxers, both dressed in shiny athletic shorts and dragging on cigarettes, wh...   More
 
Friday, April 11, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Shook Twins

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Album Reviews
[INDIE FOLK] Shook Twins’ latest release, What We Do, doesn’t capture the hazy pleasantness between wakefulness and sleep so much as the emotional instability of the dream. It rises and falls    More
 
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Just Opened: Hamlet

A review of Post5 Theatre's production of Shakespeare's tragedy.

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From the opening moments of Post5 Theatre’s abridged Hamlet, it’s evident this isn’t the version you saw in high school. King Claudius and Queen Gertrude resemble the picture-perfect parents from a ’50s sitcom, servants snap photos with smartphones, the guards carry guns, and Ty Boice as Hamlet swaggers into t...   More
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 by KAITIE TODD

Perfect Pussy: Saturday, March 22

If the name makes you uncomfortable, don’t worry: This buzzing New York punk band is already set to self-destruct.


Music Stories
Perfect Pussy is a band with an expiration date. Or so says Ray McAndrew, guitarist for the Syracuse, N.Y., noise-punk band, which, for the past six months, has been gaining national attention f   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 KAITIE TODD
 

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