DramaWatch: Brain food at ‘Barbecue’

This week at the theater: Chewing over the issues in Portland Playhouse’s prism on race and language; “Mean Girls” and 600 Highwaymen hit town; last chances & more.

MusicWatch Holidays: Naughty and nice

Tony Starlight. Photo by Dave Degroot.

Ho ho ho! Oregon First Winter is fully upon us: the snow and ice and seasonal depression haven’t hit in full force yet, but it’s finally cold and rainy enough to talk about holiday music. Let’s get started with an old favorite: Our wishlist of worthy concerts is twenty-plus items long this week (not counting […]

MusicWatch Weekly: holiday highlights

The winter holiday: a time for rest, reflection, restoration, reconnection. But they too often mean stress: travel, house guests, obligatory cards and gifts. Sometimes by early January, I feel like I need a vacation from my supposed vacation. Which is why it’s so reassuring to know that at the start of each winter, Portlanders can […]