Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-1505-1-.html Thu, 26 Mar 2015 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 Fable Master - Bill Willingham modernized fairy tales before modernizing fairy tales was cool. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20556-fable_master_bill_willingham_modernized_fairy_tales_before_modernizing_fairy_tales_was_cool.html What if the Big Bad Wolf gave up chasing Little Red Riding Hood to take up yoga and become a clocksmith? He has, of course, on NBC’s Portland-filmed TV series, Grimm. Meanwhile, on ABC’s Once ]]> The Best Thing I Heard This Year: Portland Edition - <i>WW</i>’s music staff picks its favorite local albums of 2013. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21668-the_best_thing_i_heard_this_year_portland_edition_wws_music_staff_picks_its_favorite_local_albums_of.html Blitzen Trapper, VII A consistently suggestive blend of robust alt-country and catchy guitar-picking from Portland’s resident kings of genre-roving Americana. (GS) Epp, Chrome Plated Chronicle]]> The Gospel According to Liz - Liz Vice battles stage fright to bring a message of hope to a secular city. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22524-the_gospel_according_to_liz_liz_vice_battles_stage_fright_to_bring_a_message_of_hope_to_a_secular_ci.html 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]]> Headout: Underdeveloped - You will have made a terrible mistake if you go to an <i>Arrested Development</i> party without knowing these references. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20602-headout_underdeveloped_you_will_have_made_a_terrible_mistake_if_you_go_to_an_arrested_development_pa.html After years of rumors and speculation, once-dead Fox sitcom Arrested Development returns via Netflix later this month. To mark the occasion, Holocene is...]]> George Rozwick, Accordion Master - At age 94, Portland’s accordion king is still pushing buttons. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20624-george_rozwick_accordion_master_at_age_94_portlands_accordion_king_is_still_pushing_buttons.html The accordion has 233 buttons, 41 keys and 8,888 chords. George Rozwick won’t claim he knows all the chords off the top of his head. Pretty much everything else, though? He’s got it. Of cour]]> Ries Above - Testing 11 grocery-store-bought Oregon rieslings. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20632-ries_above_testing_11_grocery_store_bought_oregon_rieslings.html Oregon rieslings are not like German rieslings. Grown in the cool climates along the Rhine river, traditional German rieslings are sweet and fruity. Though the Willamette Valley is also known fo]]> A Comedy Dance Party With Kyle Mizono - Jokes, jigs and boozy squirt guns. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22749-a_comedy_dance_party_with_kyle_mizono_jokes_jigs_and_boozy_squirt_guns.html 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]]> Album Review: Ages and Ages - <i>Divisionary</i> (Partisan) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22045-album_review_ages_and_ages_divisionary_%28partisan%29.html [CHORAL POP] On the surface, Ages and Ages’ sophomore release, Divisionary, might appear to shine with as much bright optimism as the band’s debut album, 2011’s Alright You Restless. Bringing ]]> 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. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22140-perfect_pussy_saturday_march_22_if_the_name_makes_you_uncomfortable_dont_worry_this_buzzing_new_york.html 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]]> Augusten Burroughs, <i>This Is How</i> - He ran with scissors and lived to tell the tale. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20547-augusten_burroughs_this_is_how_he_ran_with_scissors_and_lived_to_tell_the_tale.html “Wipe that fucking smile off your face.” So begins the new book by Augusten Burroughs, a darkly comedic and sincere self-help book titled This Is How: Surviving What You Think You Can’t (Picad]]> Lil’ Cooperstown: Hey There, Sport - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20571-lil_cooperstown_hey_there_sport_.html For what is ostensibly a sports bar, Lil’ Cooperstown (1831 SW River Drive, 719-5394, lilcooperstown.com) sure has a large and eccentric cocktail list. Along with bottled Michelob Ultra ($3.50) ]]> <i>The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (Revised)</i> - The Bard gone batty. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22669-the_complete_works_of_william_shakespeare_%28abridged%29_%28revised%29_the_bard_gone_batty.html 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]]> Headout: Mud Rush - What you need to know to watch this weekend’s 100-mile rally race. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20577-headout_mud_rush_what_you_need_to_know_to_watch_this_weekends_100_mile_rally_race.html Logging trucks and mushroom hunters, beware: This weekend, souped-up Subarus will be spinning up gravel and flying over potholes in the Columbia River Gorge.  The Oregon Trail Rally, a se]]> Album Review: Shook Twins - <i>What We Do</i> (Curlypinky) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22384-album_review_shook_twins_what_we_do_%28curlypinky%29.html [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 ]]> Album Review: Fanno Creek - <i>Monuments</i> (SoHiTek) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21591-album_review_fanno_creek_monuments_%28sohitek%29.html [INDIE FOLK POP] If you think you’ll learn all there is to know about the musicians of Fanno Creek by listening to the first few minutes of their debut album, Monuments, you’re wrong.  ]]> Laurie Notaro, <i>The Potty Mouth at the Table</i> - Concerning all those hobos and foodies. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20677-laurie_notaro_the_potty_mouth_at_the_table_concerning_all_those_hobos_and_foodies.html What do you do about the hobos sleeping in the alley behind your house? It’s a very Portland problem, and one Eugene-based essayist Laurie Notaro tackles along with other uncomfortable moments o]]> Book Review: <i>Tai Pei</i>, by Tao Lin - Hit refresh again http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20771-book_review_tai_pei_by_tao_lin_hit_refresh_again.html As you read Tao Lin’s latest novel, Taipei (Vintage Contemporaries, 250 pages, $14.95, ), you will know when a character leaves to go to the bathroom. You will know when a character goes to Ur]]> Pass The Sniff Test - If you’re just looking at the roses, you’re missing half their charm. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20761-pass_the_sniff_test_if_youre_just_looking_at_the_roses_youre_missing_half_their_charm.html All roses look pretty, but not all roses smell pretty. Any schmuck can admire the petals, but those who want to enjoy the sweet smell have to be a little more strategic about things. Portland is]]> The Test of Time - Sex and mythical America in week two of the Time-Based Art Festival. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23096-the_test_of_time_sex_and_mythical_america_in_week_two_of_the_time_based_art_festival.html The first week of the Time-Based Art Festival brought mind-boggling sonic manipulation, walrus imitations, doughnut-themed drag queens, aggressive confrontation of gender expectations and lots a]]> Album Review: Bombs Into You - <i>Shake</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21645-album_review_bombs_into_you_shake_%28self_released%29.html [HOUSE-PARTY ELECTRO-POP] Some music just sounds like it’s meant to be played in a basement. On its previous EPs, Portland three-piece Bombs Into You created grungy, electronic house-party mus]]> Album Review: Musée Mécanique - <i>From Shores of Sleep</i> (Tender Loving Empire) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23005-album_review_mus%C3%A9e_m%C3%A9canique_from_shores_of_sleep_%28tender_loving_empire%29.html [ORCHESTRAL DREAMSCAPES] You’ve heard the saying, “A smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor,” right? This phrase doesn’t seem to apply to the guys of Musée Mécanique, who, on their]]> Album Review: Blue Skies for Black Hearts - <i>Blue Skies for Black Hearts</i> (Velvatonic) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-22770-album_review_blue_skies_for_black_hearts_blue_skies_for_black_hearts_%28velvatonic%29.html [THROWBACK POP] After more than a decade together, Blue Skies for Black Hearts is nothing if not consistent. The band’s newest effort follows closely in the footsteps of its last full-length, ]]> Theater Review: <i>The Lion in Winter</i> - We’ll never be royals. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21630-theater_review_the_lion_in_winter_well_never_be_royals.html Northwest Classical Theatre’s production of The Lion in Winter might as well be called Game of Thrones: Christmas Edition. Director Elizabeth Huffman has given James Goldman’s play modern scen]]> All That Glitters - Allie Hankins channels one of the greatest dancers of the 20th Century. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23375-all_that_glitters_allie_hankins_channels_one_of_the_greatest_dancers_of_the_20th_century.html By the time he was 29, legendary Russian ballet dancer Vaslav Nijinsky was calling it quits. Allie Hankins, on the other hand, didn’t start dancing until college. Now 30, the local dancer-ch]]> <i>Dead Man’s Cell Phone</i> (Profile Theatre) - Put a ring on it. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23925-dead_mans_cell_phone_%28profile_theatre%29_put_a_ring_on_it.html Profile Theatre’s production of Dead Man’s Cell Phone begins with a familiar scene: two strangers sitting separately at a cafe, and neither will turn off their damn cellphone. Our protagonis]]> Album Review: Rocket 3 - <i>Burn</i> (Self-Released) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23493-album_review_rocket_3_burn_%28self_released%29.html [POP ROCK] The fun of Rocket 3’s debut album, Burn, is in its contrasts. Framed by singer Ramune Nagisetty’s crunchy power chords and sweet, hazy vocals, the album leans toward rock-inflecte]]> <i>A-Bout</i> (TopShakeDance) - Dancing themselves black and blue. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23506-a_bout_%28topshakedance%29_dancing_themselves_black_and_blue.html TopShakeDance is about to hit the dance floor hard. Literally: To explore competition and groupthink, the company’s newest work, A-bout, employs wrestling mats, mixed martial arts-inspired choreog]]> Greylag: Album Review - <i>Greylag</i> (Dead Oceans) http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23180-greylag_album_review_greylag_%28dead_oceans%29.html [FOLK ROCK] Greylag’s self-titled album is a perfect introduction to Portland’s impending rainy season. The debut LP from the local three-piece is heavy on moody vocals and blustery instru]]> Show Preview: Lucius, You Won’t - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21969-show_preview_lucius_you_wont_.html [RETRO POP] Haim wasn’t the only group to get attention for its retro-pop sound last year. Lucius, a quintet from Brooklyn, turned heads with its debut LP, Wildewoman, crafting 1960s-inspired tune]]> <i>Firewall</i> (BodyVox) - A dance company reveals the tricks behind the technology. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-23620-firewall_%28bodyvox%29_a_dance_company_reveals_the_tricks_behind_the_technology.html If you saw Inception a few years back, chances are you marveled at the film’s spinning, zero-gravity hallway scene. BodyVox didn’t stop at admiration—the 17-year-old dance company decided ]]>