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Famished (Portland Playhouse)

Eugenia Woods nibbles away at our neuroses.

Given the amount of ink spilled on our other basic desires—sex, love, wealth and power—the number of plays that address hunger is surprisingly small. This is not true of any other art form;    More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: Jan. 9-12

This week in OLCC applications.


Where's the Star Trek shot? Don't worry, I haven't run out. But this week we're celebrating the bizarre news that North Killingsworth chippy The Fish & Chip Shop has opened a Doctor Who-themed bar, the TARDIS Room.
Other big news: B...   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 by BEN WATERHOUSE

Headout: Groundhouse

The Fertile Ground Festival gets dark.

Murder, conspiracy and apocalypse! No, it’s not the latest Ron Paul slogan. As grim as the farcical presidential race has become, it has nothing on some of the bloody, unsettling and bizarre pla   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Collapse (Third Rail)

Things fall apart, but not in the way you’d guess.

It’s a setup for farce: In the wake of America’s financial and emotional collapse of 2007, Hannah (Rebecca Lingafelter), a tightly wound lawyer, desperately tries to stay in control despite a    More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

The North Plan (Portland Center Stage)

A comedy of extraordinary rendition.

It’s a terrifying time: The president of the United States has been granted legal authority to hold anyone deemed a threat to the nation indefinitely, without trial, and even to order the assass   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Torta Reform

Torta-Landia makes bocadillos for gabachos.

Food Reviews & Stories
Run an image search for “torta” and you’ll find many small variations on a single theme: lots of meat, avocado and shredded iceberg lettuce stuffed in an enormous loaf of soft, lightly crust   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Heretical Healing

A guide to alternative medicine for the bewildered.

Culture Features
Why are Portlanders so drawn to therapies outside the medical mainstream? Maybe it’s our general love of deviance, or just because we’re broke, unemployed and can’t afford a trip to Kaiser   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

Hunter Gatherers (Theatre Vertigo)

There will be blood. And cum. And lamb.

The reunion begins with a sacrifice. Milquetoast computer programmer Pam (Kerry Ryan) arrives home to find her metalworker-novelist husband, Richard (Mario Calcagno), preparing a lamb for slaugh   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 BEN WATERHOUSE

50 Portlanders of Some Degree of Influence


The lead feature of the just-released January issue of Portland Monthly is a compendium (edited by former WW staffer Zach Dundas) of "The 50 Most Influential Portlanders." The list includes both former WW intern and columnist Mike Thelin and current...   More
Friday, December 23, 2011 by BEN WATERHOUSE

You Wanna Pizza Me?

Via Tribunali and Oven and Shaker vie for downtown pizza dominance.

Food Reviews & Stories
How’s this for timing: Two Neapolitan pizza places happened to open nearly simultaneously in downtown Portland, both serving authentic thin-crust pizza at affordable prices. Each has been pack   More
Wednesday, December 21, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE
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