MUSIC

Willy Vlautin on Richmond Fontaine’s Farewell and the Price of Living Hard

The author and Richmond Fontaine front man talks art rock, playing wasted, and his legendary Portland band’s final days.

04/15/2016 By Casey Jarman

HAPPENINGS

How We Fell for Dita Von Teese

We talked with the enchanting burlesque queen about self-invention, her upcoming Portland shows, and that giant martini glass. Plus, take it from Dita: beauty comes in all sizes.

04/14/2016 By Eden Dawn

DANCE

Cirque Alfonse Comes to Portland

A troupe of Quebecois acrobats reminds us that for a timber town, we could be a bit more strapping.

04/14/2016 By Ramona DeNies

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 14–17

Laura Gibson hits the Old Church, Design Week takes over Rev Hall, 2Cellos rock out, and an economist-turned-comedian promises to make carbon taxes funny. Let the weekend begin.

04/14/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

MUSIC

Take Some Blues, Gospel, and Electronic Music on a Walk through Kenton

A new audio tour guides listeners on a musical ramble through the North Portland neighborhood.

04/13/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

MUSIC

What Can Jazz Teach Us About Inequality?

A new project by the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble takes the stories of three heroic Oregonians to help us look to the future. With added jazz, of course.

04/07/2016 By Jack Rushall

MUSIC

Famously Anonymous Rockers the Residents Train Their Eyeballs on Portland

The avant-garde rockers play the Aladdin, in a show that includes a screening of a documentary mining their 40-plus-year career.

04/07/2016 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

Hammer of the Gods: Murray Perahia’s Epic Portland Challenge

With hand surgeries now behind him, the legendary pianist is back to perform Beethoven’s jaw-dropping masterpiece, Hammerklavier.

04/07/2016 By Thomas Cobb

BOOKS

Happy Birthday, Our Bev! Here’s to Another Century of Ramona and Beezus

As Beverly Cleary turns 100, there are plenty of reasons to keep reading her.

04/06/2016 By Zach Dundas

BALLET

A Spellbinding Short Film Reveals the Magic Behind Every Oregon Ballet Theatre Performance

It takes a lot of pliés, push-ups, primping, and pulleys to make it all happen.

04/05/2016 By Fiona McCann

THE LONG PLAY

PODCAST: Film Editor Kelly Lyon Dishes on Crafting Saturday Night Live Parodies

On this episode of The Long Play, the Portlander describes what it’s like to craft some of SNL’s most viral clips, from the family Thanksgiving saved by Adele to Kristen Wiig’s perfume-ad spoof.

04/04/2016 By Eden Dawn With Sika Stanton

BOOKS & TALKS

Tin House's Rob Spillman Talks East and West Berlin, and the Trials of Communist Laundromats

Spillman’s new memoir, All Tomorrow’s Parties, recounts his early years in bohemian West Berlin and his return to the post-Soviet-era city at age 25.

03/31/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson

POMO PICKS

Top Things to Do This Weekend: March 31–Apr 3

Psych rock sisters, maniacal dance-theater, ninja acrobaticalists, and a loopy stage adaptation of cult classic Road House—hiya, weekend.

03/31/2016 By Rebecca Jacobson, Ramona DeNies, and Sylvia Randall-Muñoz

PHOTOGRAPHY

Shooting Time: An Exhibition of Photos from US Prisons Opens in Portland

Pete Brook’s Prison Obscura turns a lens on incarceration in America.

03/31/2016 By Fiona McCann

MUSIC

April: A Month of Portland Concerts in 20 Songs

From Prince Rama’s ’80s inspired psych rock to Elgar’s 1908 classic Symphony no. 1, the concert scene in Portland this month runs the musical gamut.

03/29/2016 By Claire Colby

Dance

Twenty-Somethings and Sexagenarians Dance Together at Oregon Ballet Theatre

Beautiful Decay is a balletic meditation on the passage of time.

03/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

THE ESSENTIALS

Singer-Songwriter Laura Gibson to Essayist Sally Tisdale: April’s Pop Culture Hot List

The concert, web series, and book you can’t miss this month.

03/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

PORTLAND'S FUTURE

Five Young Portland Artists on the Verge

From a St. Johns rapper to a preteen actor, these are the rising stars to watch.

03/25/2016 By Fiona McCann

PDX INDEX

Are Portlanders Paying the Arts Tax? (Not really.)

And where’s that money going, anyway?

03/25/2016 By Ramona DeNies

BOOKS

A 50-Something, First-Time Novelist Brings Her Million-Dollar Book to Portland

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s career switch from marketing to writing earned her a seven-figure advance. Ahead of her Powell's visit, she talks sibling dramas, creative flashes, and being friends with Amy Poehler.

03/24/2016 By Fiona McCann