Archive for April, 2011

What wedding? — on Chekhov, string quartets, bridges, drums and locavores

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

The royal whatzis
The Cherry Orchard at Artists Repertory Theatre
Noble Viola on Opus at Portland Center Stage
Brian Libby on the failed Columbia River Crossing
Portland Taiko tells a tale
James E. McWilliams on eating locally and globally

Portland Taiko. Rich Iwasaki/2009
By Bob Hicks
We’re given to understand some sort of white-tie wedding is taking place [...]

R.I.P.: Janet Bradley, Harold Schnitzer

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Two significant figures in Portland arts and culture have died, and we express our appreciation to them and our condolences to their friends and families.
Harold Schnitzer, the prominent businessman who was a major supporter of the Portland Art Museum and many other organizations, died early this morning at age 87. In the past several years [...]

Ballet in do-si-do; Mueller flies high

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Anne Mueller in Eyes on You. Photo: Blaine Truitt Covert
By Bob Hicks
“Oh, look!” Mr. Scatter said, glancing up from his program. “The music is by Wiwaldi and Corelli. You’ll like that.”
The Small Large Smelly Boy snickered. “Why do you always say ‘Wiwaldi’ for ‘Vivaldi‘?” he asked.
“Because sometimes you need to do things just for the [...]

Nan Curtis? Pick up the phone, please

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Portland interdisciplinary artist Nan Curtis is the 20th recipient of the annual Bonnie Bronson Fellowship Award. There’ll be a free public reception for her from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 25, in the Gray Lounge of Kaul Auditorium at Reed College.
“My Mom’s Cigarette Wrapper,” 2009
By Bob Hicks
Don’t call them. They’ll call you. But you [...]

Balls, burritos and blasts from the past

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

By Laura Grimes
Dear Mr. Scatter,
I finished dusting my balls, recurating them, and I added an avocado pit to the collection. Can you guess which one it is?*
I know you think I just lobbed you a big fat softball (I have two in my collection) so you can make a smartass comeback, but then I would [...]

Caution: Blogjacking in progress

Saturday, April 16th, 2011

By Laura Grimes
Quick. Mr. Scatter is on the road, so let’s post while he’s not looking.
Some people call. Some people text. I believe in the more sneaky form of communication — surprise blog posts broadcast to the world. Consider them entertainment and information all scrolled into one.
Dear Mr. Scatter,
What’s news since you left this morning?
Holy [...]

Portland Photo Month, all over town

Friday, April 15th, 2011

Kerry Davis/12×16 Gallery
By Bob Hicks
Quit fooling around with Photo Booth stretchy faces on your new iPad: time to get serious about this shutterbug thing. April is Portland Photo Month, aligning itself with the biannual Photolucida portfolio extravaganza, and high-quality photo shows are all over town.
On Saturday, a big handful of Pearl District galleries will be [...]

Jacques d’Amboise, dancing and talking

Sunday, April 10th, 2011

Groundbreaking ballet dancer Jacques d’Amboise, who created memorable roles in works by Balanchine and other stars of ballet’s American golden age, will be in Portland on Thursday, April 14, to talk about his new book I Was a Dancer. D’Amboise also choreographed for Balanchine’s New York City Ballet, and appeared in dancing roles in the [...]

First Thursday: better than the movies?

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

Allen Ginsberg/Elizabeth Leach Gallery
By Bob Hicks
Tonight is First Thursday, the monthly gallery walk when spaces across town (but mostly downtown and in the Pearl) throw their doors open and hope at least a few party-hoppers will drop back soon to actually buy something. There are lots of other openings as well, of course, but First [...]

Le Carré for kids: Parry at the Berlin Wall

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

By Bob Hicks
“Tuesday, May 22, 1990,” Rosanne Parry heads the first chapter of her newest novel. “West Berlin.”
Like a lot of writers, Parry just picks her scene and throws you right into the middle of it. Ah. Berlin. Nineteen-Ninety. Scant months after the jubilant tearing-down of the Wall.
Feels like yesterday — except that for the [...]

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