The body electric

The body electric

Nightclub fitness class cues up music, lights At first glance, the Saturday morning Zumba...

More to Cinco de Mayo than great food

More to Cinco de Mayo than great food

West Linn couple wants you to know the rest of the story Throughout the United States, grocery...

Storefront Theatre comes back to life

Storefront Theatre comes back to life

Triangle Productions presents 'Storefront Revue: The Babes are Back!' Fitted with fun costumes...

'Varekai' puts new spin on Icarus tale

'Varekai' puts new spin on Icarus tale

It’s always a thrill when the world-class Cirque du Soleil comes to Portland, as it has...

'Show Boat' cruises to stage

'Show Boat' cruises to stage

1927 revolutionary musical of romance, race still resonates Retired Portland teacher Lessie...

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Portland's Features

May 05, 2015

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Last week, May 1 “Avengers: Age of Ultron”; “Adult Beginners” This week, May 8 “Hot Pursuit” (WB), PG-13, 87 minutes About — Chased by crooked cops and killers, a cop tries to protect a drug…
COURTESY OF JUSTIN DYLAN RENNEY - Pat Kearns (middle, glasses), who has collaborated with many performers, says he wants to continue to build an audience for his band, Blue Skies For Black Hearts. They play Secret Society Ballroom, May 2.
April 30, 2015

Live Music

by Rob Cullivan
May 2 Black-hearted man My first reaction when I heard Blue Skies for Black Hearts was simple. Why aren’t these guys more famous? Admittedly, their British-Invasion-influenced sound certainly…
April 30, 2015

Bits & Pieces: Off to NYC

by Jason Vondersmith
“Threesome” by Yussef El Guindi proved to be a big hit as a world premiere at Portland Center Stage earlier this year, and now it’s going to New York City. The play starring Alia Attallah,…
COURTESY OF JOHN DAVIS/CIRQUE - Cirque du Soleil comes to Portland with Varekai, May 6-10 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
April 30, 2015

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
MISC. Ceramic Showcase The Oregon Potters Association’s 33rd annual event has the theme “Welcome Home,” and it’s the largest sale and show of ceramics in the country. There’ll be more than 150…
COURTESY OF PROVIDENCE HOSPITAL - Show up, don a sombrero and be part of history! Providence Hospital and Cinco do Mayo Festival hope to set the Guinness World Records mark for most people wearing sombreros in one place, 5:30 p.m. May 2 at Waterfront Park.
April 28, 2015

Bits & Pieces: Attend, amigos

by Jason Vondersmith
I’m thinking that sombreros and burros wouldn’t have worked ... The folks at Providence Hospital and Cinco de Mayo Festival are going to attempt to break their own Guinness World Record for…
April 28, 2015

Indie bookstores get their own day

by Stephen Alexander
May 2 inaugural event pays homage to smaller retailers We all have our own Sept. 11 story. It was a day so shocking that the memories of where we were and what we did after the towers fell stay…
April 28, 2015

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Last week, April 24 “Little Boy”; “The Age of Adaline”; “The Water Diviner”; “Clouds of Sils Maria”; “Salt of the Earth” This week, May 1 “Avengers: Age of Ultron” (Marvel), PG-13, 141 minutes…
COURTESY OF OASIS PRODUCTIONS - Maria Muldaur promises a very long show April 26 at the Alhambra Theatre. Bring your jammies, she says.
April 23, 2015

Live Music

by Rob Cullivan
April 26 Caravan of sound Best known for her Top 10 1974 hit “Midnight at the Oasis,” Maria Muldaur had an interesting career both before and after she became a best-selling performer. Among her…
COURTESY OF DAVID STRAUB - A young man (played by Joshua J. Weinstein, left) learns much about his 91-year-old grandmother in Amy Herzogs 4000 Miles, April 28-May 24 at Artists Repertory Theatre.
April 23, 2015

The Short List

by Jason Vondersmith
STAGE Post5 Theatre The theater group is putting on Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” and following it with some adult vignettes by Shel Silverstein, who’s normally a children’s writer, 10 p.m.…
TRIBUNE PHOTOS: DAVID BLAIR - Images from last years Oregon Trail Rally show the dust, dirt, mud and water flying, and the isolation of racing outside Dufur and Hood River. This years rally starts at Portland International Raceway on Friday night.
April 23, 2015

Oregon Trail Rally revs up cars, fans at PIR

by Jason Vondersmith
Popular event presents several stages of racing over three days The Oregon Trail Rally comes to the city every year, as Portland International Raceway plays host to the first of three days of…

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COURTESY OF WINDBORNE MUSIC - Randy Jackson sings in front of of many orchestra/band ensembles, and hell join a band and the Oregon Symphony for The Music of Led Zeppelin, April 26 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Apr 23, 2015

Symphony gives Zeppelin a more classic 'classic rock' twist

by Jason Vondersmith
Havens, Jackson channel essence of legendary band It’s unlikely that Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and John Bonham envisioned their music from Led Zeppelin one day being played by a…
REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Girls at Forest Hills Elementary School are among 550 third- through fifth-graders in the Portland area who are participating in Girls on the Run. The international program teaches them how to build endurance, pace themselves and use mental strength to complete a 5K race.
Apr 27, 2015

Runnin' down a dream

by Kelsey O'Halloran
In its ninth Portland metro season, Girls on the Run inspires elementary-age girls to live healthy, confident lives Seated criss-cross-applesauce in a back hallway of their school, a dozen girls…
COURTESY OF SARON KHUT/PORTLAND PARKS - Portlands first-ever Cambodian/Lao/Thai (CLT) New Year in the Park, Saturday, April 25, at Glenhaven Park, will feature colorful cultural costumes such as these from a similar celebration in Long Beach, Calif.
Apr 23, 2015

Bits & Pieces: New Year in the Park

by Jason Vondersmith
Different nationalities unite with Portland’s first-ever Cambodian/Lao/Thai New Year in the Park, put on by community partners and Portland Parks & Recreation. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 6…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: CHASE ALLGOOD - Scott Palmer of Hillsboros Bag&Baggage Productions says hell miss Anne Mueller, who leaves the company to join The Portland Ballet. Were delighted she can get back to her first passion, which is dance, he says.
Apr 21, 2015

Mueller returns to ballet center stage

by Jason Vondersmith
Former OBT dancer takes co-director job at Portland Ballet Anne Mueller lives in Portland’s Cully neighborhood and has commuted daily for the past couple of years to Hillsboro, where she has…
Apr 21, 2015

The Big Screen

by Jason Vondersmith
Last week, April 17 “Monkey Kingdom”; “Salt of the Earth”; “Ex Machina” This week, April 24 “Little Boy” (Open Road), PG-13, 106 minutes About — An 8-year-old boy tries his hardest to make World…
Apr 21, 2015

Bits & Pieces: Strayed appearance

by Jason Vondersmith
A benefit for PlayWrite Inc. will feature famed author Cheryl Strayed (“Wild,” No. 1 New York Times bestselling memoir, basis of motion picture starring Reese Witherspoon), 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,…
JENNIFER ANDERSON  - The poutine at Smokehouse Tavern gets even more sinful with a generous serving of smoky pulled pork.
Apr 20, 2015

Portland gets cheesy with Poutine Week

by Jennifer Anderson
Local restaurants feature their creative takes on the classic Canadian comfort food for cancer Leave it to Portland to borrow a classic Canadian dish and corrupt it with all sorts of hipster…
CHRYSLER LLC - The new, larger grill is the most obvious change to the exterior of the 2015 Dodge Charger.
Apr 17, 2015

2015 Dodge Charger: All American size and power

by Jim Redden
Detroit automakers have six retro cars on the market, but only three are usually described like that — the Chevy Camaro, the Dodge Challenger and the Ford Mustang. They are the current versions…
Apr 16, 2015

Bits & Pieces: KISN Good Guys return

by Jason Vondersmith
Organizers of the new KISN radio station have announced that, as of May 1, the station will hit the airwaves. It’ll return as KISN-LPFM on 95.1 FM. The May 1 date marks 56 years since the…
PHOTOS COURTESY OF BLAINE TRUITT COVERT/OBT - Oregon Ballet Theatre dancers Xuan Cheng and Jordan Kindell rehearsing Nacho Duatos Rassemblement. Kevin Irving, OBTs artistic director, hopes to open all eyes with the Impact show, which features choreographer Darrell Grand Moultrie.
Apr 16, 2015

Dance, diversified

by Jason Vondersmith
Oregon Ballet Theatre explores the racial divide The subject of racial divide is addressed not only through violence, protest and Starbucks coffee sales these days. Dance can also bring race to…