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The Other Place (Portland Playhouse)

Playhouse plays mind games

Portland Playhouse is a seemingly abandoned church with a labyrinthine interior. It’s therefore a perfect home for the company’s latest production, The Other Place, Sharr White’s 2011 pl   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 JAY HORTON

Ruthless! The Musical

A song-studded romp detailing one adorable girl’s murder of another for the lead role in a school play, Ruthless! The Musical explores the sinister glint behind every child star’s manufactured   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 JAY HORTON

Explosions In The Skype

Keep It Like a Secret—a comedy series inside the legendary Jackpot Recording Studios


A grandmother, two rock stars, and a laptop walk into Jackpot! Recording Studio—is Keep It Like A Secret some new kinda joke?P { margin-bottom: 0.08in; }A:link { }Inside the guitar-laden central chamber of a sound-baffled workshop painted a bright shade of honeydew we'll call Weezer Green, a dressed-down cross-section of upper-echelon i...   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by JAY HORTON

Kickstart My Heart: Help Pete Krebs Fund His First EP of Original Music in 13 Years


Two years ago last week, Pete Krebs went into the hospital for exploratory surgery to see whether “an extremely dangerous, very virulent, hyper-agressive form of cancer” had spread throughout his lymphatic system. If the cancer had metastasized, the doctors gave the local songwriting legend just 30 percent chances of lasting even six m...   More
Tuesday, February 17, 2015 by JAY HORTON

Space Camp: Jupiter Ascending Reviewed


Critic's Grade: B
The history of science fiction spectaculars has long been dominated by the warring houses of nerd and hesher – Star Trek vs. Flash Gordon, Phantom Menace vs. Chronicles of Riddick, the scrawny nebbish plotting foundation trilogies versus the overfed reprobate tracing album covers of imaginary metal bands. Borne aloft by the Matrix tr...   More
Friday, February 6, 2015 by JAY HORTON

Live Review: Raffi at Aladdin Theater, Feb. 1


Raffish? Raffable? The Sinatra of the Montessori set, Raffi wields a charisma utterly disarming and impossible to dislike, however much some of us would try. While Sunday's two Aladdin sets filled with the suburban doyennes of weaponized domesticity who'd instantly sold-out both shows, there were still smatterings of the luxe folkies and domesticated rockers ordinarily prowling the ve...   More
Monday, February 2, 2015 by JAY HORTON

Live Review: EJ's Reunion at Hawthorne Theater, Jan. 9-10

bradley shaver

By almost every accounting, last weekend's 20th anniversary of late and sorely lamented foundational Eastside rock-house EJ's succeeded thrilling...   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 by JAY HORTON

Pillars of Portlandia

How a proto-Portlandia based on a WW column turned into the biggest debacle in local TV history.

On Dec. 14, 1983, Portland was poised for TV greatness: America’s first regional soap opera. Portland station KOIN pre-empted regular CBS programming for a locally produced original movie, Pillars   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 JAY HORTON

The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas

Losing battle.

For a few moments after the introductory dance barrage, right when one of Portland’s oldest comedy troupes settles down for a looooong winter’s slapstick, The 3rd Floor’s War on Christmas feel   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 JAY HORTON

An Idiot's Guide to Harry and Lloyd: Dumb & Dumber To Reviewed


Critic's Grade: Fuckin' BTwenty years since Dumb & Dumber entrenched the Brothers Farrelly as keepers of a peculiarly-‘90s frat house/preschool garden of filmic offense, the directors return to their first heroes for the sequel just about nobody demanded. As if there were any doubt, Harry Dunne (Jeff Daniels) and Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) remain resolutely unchanged. In...   More
Friday, November 14, 2014 by JAY HORTON

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