TBA Diaries: Jack Ferver, Mon, Ma, Mes

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Arts & Books
Everyone wants to collaborate with Jack Ferver. Or so says the New York-based performer in his solo work, Mon, Ma, Mes, part of this year’s Time-Based Arts Festival. With huge, animated hand gestures and a grandiose way of talking about himself, Ferver makes himself out to be both a cheerful and pretentious narcissist, spouting off his accomplishments with an excited smile. But this is all for show, ...   More
 
Saturday, September 20, 2014 KAITIE TODD

TBA Diaries: Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort, Germinal

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Arts & Books
In most live performance, there’s a tacit contract between performers and audience. There are plenty of ways artists try to bust apart that contract—we’ve all suffered through failures of audience interaction—and play with the rules of the theater.But Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort's Germinal, currently receiving its U.S. premiere at the Time-Based Art Festival, does something much ...   More
 
Friday, September 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Arca at the Works

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Arts & Books
Underneath Alejandro Ghersi’s neck-couched headphones was a glimmering, faux-diamond collar. Behind the decks as Arca, he had a lot of similarly shining moments that hid in the rough of the Time Based Art Festival’s Works series. Joining Ghersi for a B2B DJ set was Ashland Mines, LA club producer Total Freedom. At times Arca’s industrial hip-hop, hard rave and offbeat reggaeton fused with Total ...   More
 
Friday, September 19, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

TBA Diaries: SQUART! at the Works

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Arts & Books
If nothing else, Wednesday night’s SQUART! show at the Works proved one thing: Artists don’t need fancy residencies and thousands of dollars in grants. Hell no: Give ‘em three hours and a box of sidewalk chalk and—provided they’re willing to eat said chalk, wrestle naked and yank around folding chairs with their teeth—they’re all set.SQUART!, short for Spontaneous Queer Art, is a project ...   More
 
Friday, September 19, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Mammalian Diving Reflex, All the Sex I've Ever Had

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Arts & Books
The conceit of All the Sex I’ve Ever Had is simple: A panel of performers, all over the age of 65, give year-by-year accounts of their coital histories. But—as with much sex—it’s hardly that simple in practice. Far more than an inventory of bedpost notches, the performance is testament to the rawness of emotion, the fullness of life and the power of resiliency. If you see any amount of theater, ...   More
 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Maya Beiser, Uncovered

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Arts & Books
The hook for New York-based “cello goddess” Maya Beiser’s performance at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival was blatant: hear boomer rock and blues classics—played on a cello! So transgressive! So TBA, busting those rigid genre boundaries and gazing at pop culture with an artsy (maybe even, some might have futilely hoped, arch) sensibility.  But though TBA patrons packed PSU's ...   More
 
Thursday, September 18, 2014 BRETT CAMPBELL

TBA Diaries: Portland Stand-Up Comedy Photo Album: Live!

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There’s plenty of humor at PICA's Time-Based Art Festival. A roomful of adults dressed in pastel-colored bedsheets prompts giggles. Cynthia Hopkins, who just closed a two-night run of her one-woman show, A Living Documentary, struck notes of whip-smart hilarity with her motivational-speaker schtick. Tonight, Mammalian Diving Reflex opens All the Sex I’ve Ever Had, in which 60- and 70-somethings ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Luke George, Not About Face

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Arts & Books
I thought all the bedsheets would be white.Instead, as we enter the Conduit dance studio for Luke George’s Time-Based Art Festival performance, volunteers drape us in sheets in shades of lavender, pale pink, taupe, seafoam green. I wear soft yellow. We look less like Klansmen or kids in homemade Halloween ghost costumes than like those pastel-colored marshmallows, blown up to human size and ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Critical Mascara: A Post-Realness Drag Ball

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Arts & Books
At the beginning of the Time Based-Art Festival’s second-annual Critical Mascara drag ball, host Kaj-anne Pepper said it would be “a shitshow of a magic night.”She spoke the truth. Though the only things that actually emerged from rear ends were condoms and bananas (no joke, and the latter was consumed), this “post-realness drag ball” proved it deserves to hold a permanent spot on TBA’s ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

TBA Diaries: Tahni Holt, Duet Love

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Arts & Books
Local choreographer Tahni Holt creates dances meant to make the audience question something—perhaps an audience’s relationship to the performers, or what it means to be “normal.” Duet Love, her newest piece at PICA’s Time-Based Art Festival, is no exception. Featuring four dancers often split up into pairs, the piece moves through several acts of droning piano music, broken electric guitar ...   More
 
Monday, September 15, 2014 KAITIE TODD

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