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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, …



Classical Revolution PDX / ARCO-PDX reviews: Recipe for Relevance

ARCO-PDX performed at Portland's Holocene in early August.

Can classical music ever be hip? This month, two of Portland’s major indie classical subversives infiltrated a Portland indie pop haven with a pair of concerts that demonstrated that classical (and we must add, contemporary classical, although that distinction would …



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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