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Let's hear it for the Golden Ratio and the Fibonacci Spiral!

The City of Portland has a small money problem, a few million or so a year, depending on how you look at it. Maybe you heard about it earlier in the week, and maybe the press made it sound like …



Star bright: Claire Willett’s ‘Galileo’

Chris Porter and Kate Mura as Galileo and daughter. Photo: Steve Patterson

One of the things I like about Claire Willett’s new play Dear Galileo, the Playwrights West show that’s been a breakout summer hit at CoHo Theatre (it closes Saturday night), is the way it unabashedly reclaims the territory of …



Hurricane-Force fiction: Ellen Urbani’s ‘Landfall’

Ellen Urbani's "Landfall" arrives on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina./Forest Avenue Press


It’s been a long time since I’ve had to tear my eyes off a page simply to catch my breath, but Ellen Urbani’s Landfall is that kind of a saga, a potent mixture of dread and elation, …



William Byrd Festival review: They’ve done it all, but they’re not done yet

Mark Williams led Cantores in Ecclesia at the William Byrd Festival. Photo: Sarah Wright.


“We are all done,” announced Dr. William Mahrt from the stage at Portland’s St. Stephen’s church before the closing concert of this summer’s William Byrd Festival. The Stanford University scholar didn’t mean that the Festival’s 17 …



Dance weekend: Between the ‘Forest’ and the city

Jesse Berdine and Estelle Olivares in "Forest" by Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre/Northwest. Photo by Nick Shepard

Summer is winding down, and though it’s not quite time to pack it all up and go indoors, this week/weekend shows that we are starting to make the transition. The last three dance offerings of August come from vastly different …



Santa Fe ups the Wattage

Marie Watt's blankets at SITE Santa Fe. Eric Swanson Photograsphy

SANTA FE, New Mexico – Marie Watt’s blankets march down the expanse of a large gallery at SITE Santa Fe, hanging like somebody’s spectacular wash from a row of receding clotheslines. The Portland artist, who comes from Wyoming ranchers

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