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Burkheimer & Antoni

Burkheimer is at Linfield Karl Burkheimer’s ambiguous architecture for “Not It” will be the final show curator Cris Moss curates for the Linfield Gallery… one of the very best spaces in the region so let’s hope his replacement is up to the task (the U of O likely snagged Moss as a way to compete more effectively with PNCA, which now has a vastly enhanced profile with the 511 building). Burkheimer is at his strongest when he’s more of an architectural gadfly and less sculptural, yet still not architecture( he has strayed into both areas lately so I sense this
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Google Cardboard coming to Portland in ‘Dreams Incarnated’ art show

These days it seems like Google has its hands in almost every aspect of our lives, and now the company is going a step further, infiltrating the humble world of cardboard. But Google isn’t looking to reinvent card stock — Google Cardboard is actually a low-cost virtual reality headset. The headset, which is actually made out of cardboard, can be unfolded and constructed easily, with a place to strap in a smartphone behind the lenses. With special apps you can get a low-tech virtual reality experience that can transport you, say, onstage at a Paul McCartney concert or on a
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Why Do We Love Storytelling on Stage?

Live storytelling—where people recount their most embarrassing or significant life moments under a hot spotlight—is enjoying a boom. Portlanders’ hunger for truth and confession supports no fewer than five live local storytelling organizations and, this month, RISK! adds New York sketch comic Kevin Allison’s extreme, often sexually-infused, take on truth-telling to the mix.            These events take the gleeful quirkiness of niche specialization—arguably the backbone of zeitgeist-defining media like Twitter, Netflix, and YouTube—and circuit it through more traditional art-forms like theatre, stand-up comedy, improv, and radio. No big data required; storytelling mines the lives of normal
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Mar 26–29

BOOKS TALKS  Barney FrankSaturday at 4 pm, Powell’s City of BooksIn the 114 Congressional classes since the Constitution’s advent, few members can match the longtime Massachusetts rep’s oratory powers and propensity for throwing the cleverest, most colorful insults. C-Span simply isn’t the same without Frank. So you can bet we’ll be in the front row when he reads from his new autobiography, Frank: A Life in Politics from the Great Society to Same-Sex Marriage. Prep for some Frank talk here with our recent interview. FILM Steampunk Film FestivalSunday from 2 pm to 10 pm, Bob White TheatrePneumatic tubes and goggles! This festival’s
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Portland’s Poet David Biespiel Talks Politics and Going Viral

David Biespiel is one busy poet. In addition to his contributions to The Rumpus and Politico, he is also president and founder of Southeast Portland’s Attic Institute of Arts and Letters, a book-heavy labyrinth of offices and classrooms that works with upwards of 750 writers a year, including the likes of Cheryl Strayed and Jon Raymond. “There’s nothing like us in the city,” says Biespiel. “We’ve been praised as the best place to study creative writing in the country.” Biespiel is intimately familiar with the study of creative writing. From 2003-2013, he wrote the longest-running poetry column in the country
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Portland Playhouse’s The Other Place Offers Heady Drama

On a stage-wide screen behind Sharonlee McLean’s conservatively bobbed head, chromosomes wander, proteins fold. McLean’s character, Dr. Juliana Smithton—the protagonist of The Other Place, which opened this past weekend at Portland Playhouse’s cozy digs—is pitching a drug that promises to combat dementia. Juliana, our narrating neurologist, is no slouch herself; her wit is acute, her observations ascerbic. She interrupts her speechifying periodically, to offer the audience context for a strange mental “episode” that occurred whilst on this Virgin Islands junket. As such we’re not really here; this junket is a memory, as are phone calls with her estranged daughter (Nikki
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Barney Frank on Why Today’s Right-Wingers Are the Worst of All Time

Retired Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass) is on a campaign trail of a different sort these days, talking up his new memoir/manifesto, Frank. We spoke to the ever-feisty first closet-free gay congressman before his March 28 appearance at Powell’s City of Books. What do people want the Frank wisdom about these days? People are asking a lot about coming out and gay issues, and they want to talk about how unpopular government is. And one of my central themes in the book is that even as prejudice against gay and lesbian people has diminished so dramatically, prejudice against any idea or move
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Six must-see art shows in April: 511 Gallery, Carl & Sloan and more

Organized by artist Euan Macdonald, the group show “The Slow Burn” explores the disruptive force of technology in our everyday lives and on the grand sweep of history. The 13 artists include University of Oregon faculty Tannaz Farsi, Colin Ives, and Sylvan Lionni as well as international artists Moyra Davey, Roman Signer, David Shrigely, Michael Snow, and more. 303 S. Fifth Ave. #165, Springfield, Oregon, ditchprojects.com, through April 18 Read the full article here: Oregonlive admin
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Kings of the Keller: The Decemberists Bring it Home

After a solid performance from opening band the Minus 5, the Keller Auditorium falls pitch black. Horns begin blaring as one spotlight shines down on the center of the stage. Singer Colin Meloy slinks his way into the light and grabs hold of his guitar. The audience goes from buzzing to berserk and he battles the roaring crowd attempting to get through an acoustic version of “The Singer Addresses His Audience”.  Slowly the other band members—Jenny Conlee, Nate Query, Chris Funk and John Moen—take to the stage. Portland goes nuts. The resident royalty of this town’s music scene, The Decemberists,
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PNCA’s New 511 Home Part 2

PNCA’smassive new skylight and helix-like cablesystem (all photos Jeff Jahn) So how will PNCA’s new Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design change the school and Portland? That’s what I want to focus on for this second part of my review. Part 1 can be found here. First and foremost it definitely will have an effect because it solidifies PNCA’s relationships, both to the Pearl District galleries as the cultural anchor of the city as well as formalizing it’s own structures into a new cognitive map that is more vertical, historical and at the center of the district
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