Theater

Shaking the Tree’s Storytelling Magic

Artistic director Samantha Van Der Merwe on displacement and dismemberment.

10/13/2016 By Jason Buehrer

Theater

How Do You Make Art from an Envelope of Suicides?

Writer Ben Moorad's new performance series explores life and death through the real-life suicides his grandfather studied.

10/11/2016 By Jason Buehrer

Light a Fire 2016: Inspiring Creativity

Artists Repertory Transforms Its Home into an Incubator for the Future of Local Theater

While still producing shows that give you “all the feels.”

10/10/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Performance

Pocahontas to Cher, Anthony Hudson Goes Looking for Tiger Lily

Best known as drag clown Carla Rossi, the Portland performer digs into his experiences as a "faggy little half-white city Indian in a small town."

09/28/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Theater

Little Shop of Horrors Is a Bloody Good Time

Doo-wop girls to man-eating plants, Portland Center Stage’s cult musical revival is totally killer.

09/27/2016 By Kelly Clarke

TBA 2016

Juggling, YouTube Videos, Whispering Children: Notes from TBA 2016

From a spread-eagle performer in a Barbie mask to a newly birthed musical supergroup, here are our highlights from Portland’s high-concept, high-density arts festival.

09/21/2016 By Eden Dawn, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann

Classical Music

The Oregon Symphony Mashes Up Hungarian Opera and Chihuly's Glass Art

Bluebeard's Castle kicks off the new SoundSights series, which mixes classical music with work by Northwest visual artists.

09/20/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

TBA 2016

Critical Mascara in Photos

Portland's drag extravaganza took it to the next level at the Time-Based Art Festival. We've got the pictures to prove it.

09/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

Theater

A Portland Company Airs Ireland’s New Plays—and Dark Past

For years, Irish women toiled in church-run laundries. This October, Corrib Theatre puts the drama onstage.

09/13/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

Theater

What Can This Playwright’s Story Say about Guns in America?

In The Gun Show, Oregonian E. M. Lewis digs into five very personal—and political—tales.

09/07/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

ON THE CATWALK

Sequins, Drama, Gold Nipples, and Gravity-Defying Hair: Welcome to Critical Mascara

At Time-Based Art’s annual competitive drag spectacle, the stakes (and surrealism) run high. Plus: a dive into the fashion behind Portland’s vogue balls.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann and Eden Dawn

Fall Arts 2016

Five Can’t-Miss TBA Shows

From meditative juggling to masked avant-porn, here’s what to see at the annual extravaganza.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

Fall Arts 2016

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art Finally Has a Home of Its Own

The city’s premier avant-garde arts organization prepares for the 14th annual Time-Based Art Festival—and a new era in a new space.

08/15/2016 By Fiona McCann

THEATER

Third Rail Distills the Drama to Two People in a Trailer—Weed Optional

Ahead of the Portland premiere of Annapurna, we talk to director Isaac Lamb about the best of theater, the right weed strain for the show, and how Donald Trump led him back to town.

08/04/2016 By Lisa Dunn

Opera

This Star of Portland Opera’s New Show Is Also the Voice of Mickey Mouse

The Italian Girl in Algiers stars Egypt-born Ashraf Sewailam. He holds forth on opera at the pyramids, playing the macho, and dubbing Disney into Arabic.

07/28/2016 By Fiona McCann

THEATER

What Happens When 7 Black Playwrights Take On Race and Police Violence in America?

In the wake of the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, Hands Up is more important than ever.

07/14/2016 By Regina Winkle-Bryan

ARTS NEWS

Imago Theatre to Sell Longtime Home Just off E Burnside

Another piece of Old Portland gone? The artist duo behind Frogz is ready to sell their Buckman neighborhood stronghold—a building now valued at more than $1 million.

07/12/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

PERFORMANCE

How the Small-But-Mighty Stumptown Improv Festival Powers Up Portland Comedy

In its third year, the fest promises another killer lineup of improv and sketch from Portland and beyond.

07/12/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

THE LONG PLAY

PODCAST: Darcelle and Poison Waters Swap Stories on Portland’s Evolving Drag Scene

For 49 years, Darcelle XV’s has been a haven of fun, acceptance, and feather boas. We talk to the big wigs (literally) about how it all came to pass, and what’s happening next.

06/13/2016 By Eden Dawn

BIG IDEAS

Six Oregon-Hatched Ideas That Could Change the World

Eco-drones to avant-garde aerobics, these projects showcase the best of local innovation.

06/13/2016 By Eden Dawn, Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Fiona McCann