Live Review: Alchemy, Performance Works NorthWest


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Alchemy, the latest installment of Performance Work NorthWest’s Alembic Artists Showcase, is a prime example of how to piece together three starkly different pieces by four artists-in-residence.This year’s showcase features new work by local contemporary dancers Grace Hwang and Luke Gutsgell, as well as local singer Justin Leon Johnson and out-of-town dancer Blake Beckham, each of whom were given ...   More
Monday, September 29, 2014 KAITIE TODD

Live Review: Phillip Adams BalletLab, Amplification

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Australian Phillip Adams created his signature piece Amplification after visiting a morgue in Melbourne. Two body bags from that morgue were onstage again last night in Portland, for the opening night of a three-night run presented by White Bird.The piece, created in 1998, is a great example of how inspiration for art doesn’t necessarily define the finished work. Adams imaged the choreography by ...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 AARON SPENCER

LIVE REVIEW: Good Girls' Guide: Dominatrix for Dummies


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Leave the kiddos at home—Good Girls’ Guide: Dominatrix for Dummies is not for the prudish or the faint-of-heart. Eleanor O’Brien’s solo show, which details her experiences training (well, attempting to train) to become a professional dominatrix, features semi-nudity, simulated masturbation, graphic descriptions of sordid sexual fetishes and jokes about ropes, whips and nipple clamps. ...   More
Thursday, March 10, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Live Review: Hubbard Street Dance Chicago


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Pitting two choreographers against each other in back-to-back acts may not be a plea for competition, but that’s how the audience will interpret it.That might be why so many were quick to pick a favorite after Hubbard Street Dance Chicago’s one-night appearance in Portland. The show, presented by White Bird, featured two contemporary dance pieces: one by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin (who ...   More
Thursday, February 14, 2013 AARON SPENCER

LIVE REVIEW: Oregon Ballet Theatre's Holiday Revue and Nutcracker

On the last night of Oregon Ballet Theatre's new Holiday Revue, OBT Artistic Director Christopher Stowell made it official: The show was so popular, he announced onstage, that the company was declaring it “a new annual OBT event.” Stowell's gamble—creating and staging an original production in tandem with The Nutcracker, which is a logistical challenge unto itself—seems ...   More
Monday, December 20, 2010 HEATHER WISNER

Live Review: Sera Cahoone, June 1 at Mississippi Studios (with photos)

The quiet shows are always the most vulnerable. Chit-chat at the bar can poison an entire evening, wafting over from clanking glasses to the stage like a toxic cloud. I have seen musicians simply pack up and leave when conditions are too boisterous for their fragile ways. Tuesday night's show was the antithesis of this. Credit to the quiet crowd, so bashful that every musician remarked on it. ...   More
Friday, June 4, 2010 MARK STOCK

Live Review: Wavves, Friday, August 28 @ Bunk Bar

On Saturday afternoon Matt Brown—Bladen County Records founder, man about town, and general bearer of good things—sent out the following email: Subject: Wavves tonite at bunk bar. ?1028 SE Water Ave. ?they play at 10:30. ?8 bucks. ?just one band. As the band would later relay, the show came into being only two days previous, and despite some magnificent screen-printed posters, the ...   More
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 SHANE DANAHER

Live Review: Cirque du Soleil's Kooza

It's back, folks! The Seussy Cirque du Soleil has returned to Portland for just over a month with its disturbingly flexible contortionists (as in a woman breakdancing around her own eerily smiling head), customary hula hoop and trapeze tricks, dramatic background music, endearing (usually) audience abuse, and a vague story line tying it all together. The Canadian alternative circus troupe is ...   More
Monday, April 12, 2010 NATALIE BAKER

Bridgetown Comedy Diaries: Night 1

Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the fastest-growing comedy extravaganza in America, kicked off last night. We were there. 6:16: Show up to pick up tickets at Mt. Tabor theater. See 15 comics walking down Hawthorne and realize that there is no separation between the crowds and the comics here. 6:29: Talk to a couple comics who, excited about Helium comedy club moving to town (they have booths all ...   More
Friday, April 23, 2010 Ben Bateman


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