Portland Center Stage Rent Portland Oregon

September 2018

DramaWatch: the Mary Mac Monitor

Mary McDonald-Lewis, one of Portland theater’s most influential voices, directs “The Tempest,” supports the union and much more.

MusicWatch Weekly: voicing identity

When making the transition to align their bodily appearance with their true identities, transgender women must learn to deal with the fact that their old voices don’t transition biologically, even with hormone treatment. One of them, New York composer Sarah Hennies, turned

DanceWatch Weekly: The street dances inside

I LOVE watching freestyle street dancers perform/improvise. It’s like all of their pent-up emotional stuff is forcing its way out of their bodies and they are fighting to control it, to redirect it, and shape it into something beautiful and meaningful. I

America, from inside out

In 1974, nearly a year after Sacheen Littlefeather spoke at the Oscars on behalf of indigenous people, the German Conceptual artist Joseph Beuys flew into New York City and was met at the airport by assistants who wrapped him in felt and

In Newport, 30 and going strong

I discovered Newport in 1993, a fluke visit on our way home from Portland to the southern reaches of the state. I stayed in Nye Beach at a hotel that no longer exists, just a few steps from the Performing Arts Center,

Chamber Music Northwest: music of defiance and transcendence

Chamber Music Northwest celebrated Bastille Day 2018 with music by two of France’s greatest composers and two of the myriad composers they inspired. The first program featured mostly music by Stravinsky, who spent many of his most creative years in Paris, with a

Checking the Percussive Pulse of Eugene

Story and photos by DANIEL HEILA Percussion music and world music rose to prominence in America around the same time at the end of the last century. Recent concerts by the Eugene-based Beta Percussion International Institute (featured in this article by Gary

PHAME: The Dignity of Risk

“I used to voice a tentative I’d like; now it is a firm I want.” This statement, told to me by Anne-Marie Plass during a conversation about the challenges of living with developmental or intellectual disabilities, registered deeply. The difference in wording

Tripping on Memory Lane

A visit to Balanchine’s grave (and my mother’s). The departure of Eric Skinner for a new life in Chicago. A reunion of Pacific Ballet Theatre’s dancers. The death of Paul Taylor. These are the happenings of the past five weeks that have

High Tide in Astoria

Tidal Rock—a green space in Astoria, Oregon, formerly overgrown and obscured from the public eye—has received a makeover courtesy of three artists, Agnes Field, Brenda Harper, and Jessica Schleif, who have rallied their community to create a space for public art in

Nokuthula Ngwenyama: in the middle of things

Primal Message is “based on the idea of communicating the things we learn to communicate with each other: our intelligence, our emotions, our goodness,” its composer, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, told the audience at its Chamber Music Northwest premiere in July. A meditation on communication

DramaWatch: Season’s greetings!

Portland’s 2018-’19 theater season kicks into gear at Artists Rep, CoHo and elsewhere; and it’s time to experiment with TBA.

MusicWatch Weekly: female gaze

Women: bad, deceptive, must be tamed. Seeking knowledge: bad, dangerous to entrenched power. Blind obedience: good. That’s how a certain sexist serial Twit might regard the Adam & Eve myth, which describes original sin, all right — by a misogynistic patriarchy against

Moving a mountain of American mythos

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s “The Way the Mountain Moved” pushes us to rethink images and ideas of how the West was “won.”

DanceWatch Weekly: The beginning of the beginning

Welcome, to a shiny, glittery, brand new season of dance! Listed below are 85 dance performances that will take place throughout Oregon from now through June 2019. The list will grow of course as new performances pop up, so check back often.

VizArts Monthly: The past lingers, the future beckons

September is upon us, with programs for TBA descending like early, unusually chunky autumn leaves. This year’s lineup looks as exciting as ever, but don’t forget the visual arts, whether they’ve snuck into TBA or not. Of note this month, new independent

Caballito Negro: embracing the void

I almost don’t want to tell you about Abbie Weisenbloom House in southeast Portland, where Ms. Weisenbloom has been hosting living room potluck shows for most of a decade. Like surfers and brunch enthusiasts, I don’t want to give up a sweet

Antonio Sonera’s Badass Hospitality

Antonio Sonera is the maverick of the Portland theater scene: a wild card, an enigma, complicated and controversial, undoubtedly gifted, knowledgeable and hard-working. He’s been a vital part of the Portland theater scene for 30-odd years, yet in many ways, he’s on