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

BEST OF THE CITY 2016

Best of the City 2016: Seven Curators and Creators Share Top Picks from Portland’s Arts Scene

From in-your-face theater to a bold magazine for women guitarists, here are some of Portland’s best things to watch, hear, and read.

06/13/2016 By Fiona McCann and Rebecca Jacobson

FREE STUFF

20 Totally FREE Ways to Make This Your Best Portland Summer Ever

Leaving town this summer? Well, OK. But you're gonna miss all this free stuff—from a Nu Shooz show to JAW's three new plays to an actual screening of Jaws (plus so much more).

05/17/2016 By Ramona DeNies, Rebecca Jacobson, and Molly Woodstock

THEATER

In a New Play, a Noirish Detective Battles Anxiety—and Shady Portland Real Estate Deals

Action/Adventure's Hawthorne follows a sleuth as she traces a missing-person case through present-day Portland.

05/12/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

THEATER

Why Are Portland Millennials So Theater-Averse?

Portland theater has an age problem. But some of the city's most established companies are looking for ways to bring in younger audiences.

05/05/2016 By Jack Rushall

THEATER

From a Sexy Jewel Thief to a Sexy Ghost, Imago Theatre Mines Japanese Pulp

The Lady Aoi is a spooky, steamy ghost story set in a hospital.

03/10/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

THEATER

What Happens When a Teenage Couple’s Sex Tape Goes Viral—in a Conservative Indian City?

That’s the question at the heart of Free Outgoing, playing in Portland this weekend.

03/01/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

THEATER

Oregon-Born Playwright Aaron Posner Gives Chekhov the Bird

In Stupid Fucking Bird, playing through March 27 at Portland Center Stage, the Eugene-raised Posner serves up an irreverent riff on The Seagull.

02/24/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson