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TBA’s Critical Mascara Drag Ball Slide Show

TBA has a new crown jewel, and, girl, does she glisten and sparkle. Returning for a second year, the Critical Mascara Post-Realness Drag Ball proved she has the staying power to be an over-the-top annual event of outrageous outfits, long legs, glitter, full-body clown makeup, crowd surfing, fake blood, and mad vogue skillz. In other words, a show that will steal the fest every time. The Works spilled out into the street to accommodate the screaming crowd, some of whom were literally climbing the walls and neighboring trees to get a better view. While the night went long at three
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Top Things To Do This Weekend: Sept 18-21

TBA festival The annual arts bash is barreling towards its climax this weekend with shows about sex, love, and the beginning of the world. Don’t miss out on the best of the fest with our field guide of regularly updated reviews. This weekend’s picks: Halory Goerger and Antoine Defoort: Germinal  Thursday-Friday, PSU Lincoln Hall Four performers build a civilization from scratch on stage, reinventing language, culture, and the wheel in an absurdly hilarious show that literally deconstructs the theater—and has consequently become one of the most talked about works internationally. “This is a big deal:Read the full article here: Culturephile
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Upfor Gallery Celebrates Its First Year with Art Superstar Ryan Trecartin

Viewers didn’t know how to react to Ryan Trecartin’s film CENTER JENNY at Upfor Gallery at this month’s First Thursday arts walk. The video filled the entire room with a neon cavalcade of body makeuped-millenials, modulated vocals, frenetic editing, glowing contact lenses, drag queens, and seemingly nonsensical plots. It’s loud, confusing, even unpleasant, but viewers couldn’t look away. Folks who thought they’d stop in for a few minutes ended up staying for the entire 53-minute film. Dubbed “the most consequential artist to have emerged from the nineteen-eighties” by the New Yorker, Ryan Trecartin has pushed the YouTube generation center stage inRead the
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OMSI, Portland Art Museum and Oregon Historical Society awarded $600K in federal grants

Three Portland-area museums are set to receive nearly $600,000 in federal funding for projects related to diversity, community and hands-on learning. The Oregon Historical Society, the Portland Art Museum and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry earned a total of $597,000 in grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the institute announced today.  “These federal investments will ultimately help museums deliver enhanced learning experiences, improve collections care and address community needs,” IMLS Director Susan H. Hildreth said in a statement. Details of the Oregon museum programs are below. [Oregon Historical Society] Oregon Historical Society (OHS) will partner with Oregon Black Pioneers, Oregon
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Astoria’s Garden of Surging Waves wins award for its design

The Garden of Surging Waves, a landscape design park in downtown Astoria, won the Oregon Recreation and Parks Association’s Design Award, presented recently at is annual conference in Seaside. The award is presented by ORPA to recognize superior architectural and/or landscape design and design processes for new or renovated parks or facilities, according to a news release from the organization. Designs are for buildings, parks, park components, trails, etc., whose construction was completed in the last five years. The award was presented to Astoria city manager Brett Estes, architect Suenn Ho of Resolve Architecture and Patrick Kruger of Mulvanny G2. City
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Win Tickets to the New Pornographers

Ever since their debut in 2000, Canada’s New Pornographers have steadily gained listeners with their explosive brand of indie-pop. Back then, with only one joint record under their belt, bassist John Collins publically referred to the band as a supergroup. While such a claim undoubtedly elicited blank stares from American rock aficionados, looking at each member in the context of Vancouver’s 90s music scene uncovers some rather illustrious pasts. Singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Dan Bejar is perhaps the obvious example, with a full-time job as the frontman of fellow Vancouver act Destroyer. But then there’s songwriter A.C. Newman, who made
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Mayor Jerry Willey selects Amanda Houston painting for Hillsboro Public Art Collection

Amanda Houston’s pastel painting, “Quintessential Eve,” is Mayor Jerry Willey’s 2014 selection for the City of Hillsboro Public Arts Program. (Photo courtesy of City of Hillsboro Parks and Recreation Department)Hannah Leone | hleone@oregonian.com  Mayor Jerry Willey has selected a pastel painting by Amanda Houston for this year’s entry into the City of Hillsboro Public Art Collection. “Quintessential Eve,” inspired by vistas and sunsets west of Jackson Bottom Wetlands between Hillsboro and Cornelius, was selected from 40 submissions, according to a Public Art Program news release. The call for submissions asked for artwork representative of the city’s landscape, views or landmarks.
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Artist Rep’s ‘Intimate Apparel’ Is a Quiet Triumph

Artist’s Repertory Theatre opens their season with a quiet triumph. Lynn Nottage’s award-winning Intimate Apparelis set in New York in 1905 and follows Esther, an African American seamstress who sews meticulously and ornately designed lingerie for everyone from prostitutes to wealthy married socialites. As she strikes up an unexpected correspondence with a Caribbean man digging the Panama Canal, her dream of marriage and social mobility begin to seem attainable at last. Nottage’s play is an affecting story of the difference between dreams and ambitions, between reality and fantasy. Unlike the undergarments Esther creates, her story is a deceptively simple oneRead
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Artists Rep’s ‘Intimate Apparel’ Is a Quiet Triumph

Artists Repertory Theatre opens their season with a quiet triumph. Lynn Nottage’s award-winning Intimate Apparelis set in New York in 1905 and follows Esther, an African American seamstress who sews meticulously and ornately designed lingerie for everyone from prostitutes to wealthy married socialites. As she strikes up an unexpected correspondence with a Caribbean man digging the Panama Canal, her dream of marriage and social mobility begin to seem attainable at last. Nottage’s play is an affecting story of the difference between dreams and ambitions, between reality and fantasy. Unlike the undergarments Esther creates, her story is a deceptively simple oneRead
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TBA:14 visual arts program ‘As Round as an Apple, as Deep as a Cup’ has a flair for the poetic (review)

According to PICA curator Kristan Kennedy, “As Round as an Apple, as Deep as a Cup,” the title she chose for the visual arts program at this year’s Time-Based Arts Festival, emphasizes the contemporary art world’s sudden interest in “poetics.” And she’s right: poems, readings, artist books, and other literary activities have boomed among artistic practices in recent years. But her riddling title — and that one-two punch of similes, in particular — also comments on the way so many contemporary practices resist an abiding unity, opting instead for interdisciplinary approaches that let an artist circle an idea and attack it
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