At The Standard, they’re doubling up on the giving

Nelson Sandgren, “Evening Rider by the Sea,” 1997, oil on canvas, 25 x 37 in., collection of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Stephan Soihl Art Acquisition Fund, 2000.055.002. Photo by Dale Peterson.

When the Portland-based insurance company,The Standard, was acquired by Tokyo’s Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance Company in March, local schools and non-profits, including arts groups, could have been forgiven for fumbling toward their worry beads. After all, The Standard has traditionally …



‘In the Heights’: Overheated, undercooked

Stumptown Stages' 'In the Heights' closes this weekend at Brunish Theater.

It’s hot in the Heights. It’s summer, and many of the apartments in Nueva York’s working class Washington Heights neighborhood — home to mix of very different Latino cultures: Dominican, Cuban, Puerto Rican, more — lack air conditioning. Neighbors swelter …



Film Watch Weekly: “Sing Street,” “Purple Rain,” and more

The cast of "Sing Street."

It’s a relatively slow week movie-wise, as the big studios take a breath before beginning their summer assault next Friday, and the indie theaters continue to ride hot titles like “Midnight Special,” “Green Room,” “Everybody Wants Some!!,” and “Miles Ahead.” …



Oregon Repertory Singers review: Double treat

Oregon Repertory Singers  performed at Portland's First United Methodist Church.


Although they were contemporaries, British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and Swiss composer Frank Martin make strange musical bedfellows. But for one very enjoyable afternoon at Portland’s First Methodist Church last weekend, they made comfortable companions indeed, thanks …



Dance Weekly: The drag stars have aligned

cherdonna - worth my salt 2 (3 of 29) copy

You are in luck! This week the stars, drag stars that is, have aligned and will be performing right here in Portland. Those stars are Pepper Pepper, aka Kaj-anne Pepper, from Portland, who will be performing D.I.V.A Practice; …



At the gallery, a clue or two might help

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In this month’s group show at PDX Contemporary, I want to do to you what spring does with the cherry trees, a tangled piece of black cord hangs on a wall opposite two white ceramic elephants, …

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