Among the more fascinating writers to be refining their stuff and recording in Portland studios.
Hope the hip simmers down & keeps improving enough to let me get out to see them at an early Sunday night set in the wonderful old converted church that is PORTLAND PLAYHOUSE, scene of the last few years phenomenal August Wilson cycle of plays of the 20th C. Pittsburgh 'hood, The Hill.
It's Vikesh Kapoor's turn on the boards at Portland Playhouse to premiere the material he's
recorded at Adam Selzer's Type Foundry.
By the way, there's no reason to expect song journalism this good in any weekly anymore, so this Mercury piece of a length not usually accorded to the folkies among us is especially appreciated. KBOO's Lark In The Morning take heed...
As is the Portland Playhouse theatrical production also insightfully reviewed
in today's edition, and if ya took in any of the August Wilson cycle of last few years, No Po's deepest stage presence, Victor Mack co-stars in the current production that appears to work a similar "transitional" 'hood in post-Depression Detroit: http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/am…
Sharing the goods from Portland town
Yay, Anthony Lopez and his TMNT bit killed me when first I heard it. He's the bee's knees.
Go see Sean Jordan and hope that he tells his rollerblading story.
Follow Portland comics on Twitter. https://twitter.com/danieltweber/lists/por…
Don't forget about Gresham's hottest Bi-monthly comedy showcase, Grand Slam Comedy Show brought to you by ChileShits ComedyZone, hosted by The Drip every 8th Wednesday at 2pm at Draggles strip club. $4 cover, unlimited chicken fingers on the buffet and the best acts in town, regularly featuring fat midget puppeteer The Big Little Shy Guy and the quirky impressions of Todd Rimlicker, the 2010 Limerick King of Portland East of 121st.
The article does indeed only scratch the surface: not one mention of the Brody Theater, a fixture in Portland for 18 years and home of three different standup shows: the twice-monthly Fly-Ass Jokes, (which the Mercury has called one of the city's most reliably good showcases, and was co-founded by Ian Karmel, who made his final Portland appearance there last week); also Comedy Bull and 7 on 7, both produced by Anatoli Brant at the Brody.
"his popular Portland as Fuck column"
There is also a documentary in the works on the stand up scene here and The Bridgetown Comedy Festival.
The comedy scene in Portland is ballin'
There was a Comedy Is Ok at Valentine's in June. It's a fun show, and worth a mention.
For a complete and regularly updated calendar for purt-near all comedic activity in Portland, see:
Balinda is my stripper name.
Comedy is OK has not been an active show since 2011. Both of the comics mentioned no longer live in Portland.
Also please note the spelling of Belinda's name in the photo caption.
The Future Tense reading was great! Simmons started by reading a short piece of Kirk/Spock slash-fic so this is even more synergistic a post.
In the slash-fic there was a problem with the transporter, and Kirk and Spock were beamed down "as a patchwork of each other's body parts" and then felt the ecstasy "as they touch each other with each other's fingers." Here's a link to the story: http://www.nealpollack.com/cgi-bin/fanfict…
As he started laughing at his own fan-fic (or possibly at the fact of reading it out loud in a public park), someone ribbed him with a shout of "You wrote this!" Simmons giggled and said, "I know I did. Good for me."
Don't dare knock tribbles. I made fun of the guy who wrote that episode and it sparked a multi-day flame war across several social media sites. It's probably still going on but I've stopped checking in.
"the entire first half of the show is dedicated to giving us the information we need to understand the second half, and the payoff isn't worth the slog."
Perhaps, but while it can seem passe the core story of the love that Genly and Estraven eventually discover is all the more worthwhile because it blossoms not only on the cold glacier, but on a planet that is just as petty, small-minded, reactionary and self-serving as our own. Without building that world, this just becomes a fun adventure in a tent. Are the social themes addressed in the first act too distant to care about? I didn't think so. I thought there was a lot of subtle observations definitely worthy of my attention.
He's gonna - he's saying on as a member of Artists Rep's resident company after stepping down as Artistic Director. Awesome, huh!
Allen Nause is such a treasure, I really hope he continues to act in town!
An "exposé" seems to imply some sort of conspiracy. Whom do you imagine are the perpetrators and the beneficiaries of a secret plot to start new theater companies? (Especially out around 82nd Avenue, where up to now "lingerie modeling" had been the main theatrical competition?)
I definitely see Boice as a polarizing figure whom people would be inclined to give undue credit—and flack—based on just his image. I tried to reflect that humorously in my writing because I think it's a big part of people's first impression of the guy. But I wouldn't have profiled him if I didn't think he was doing decent work. I do agree that for most artistic directors it might be weird to take a starring role, but there's an exception to every rule.
As long as you're speculating, can I posit a theory about your beef? I'm going to guess that a project/person you love is feeling sidelined by some of the new theater companies, and I don't know what to tell you. Send press releases, do good work, and try not to hate. There's no New Theater Company Conspiracy.
I love a young energetic startup theater company as much as the next person, but this seems a bit much; I fear Miss Adams may have quite the crush going! I propose an exposé on why so many people keep starting new theater companies in a city already saturated with them, particularly when their creators, ie: "Artistic Directors" put themselves in leading roles in so many of their shows rather than pulling from the established and talented acting pool Portland is blessed with.
After hearing about this I am dissapointed that I missed Roadhouse: The Play!
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