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Yes, artist Richard Prince is stealing our souls

The best thing to come from the Richard Prince Instagram brouhaha is that it reminds us that the Internet is the ultimate facilitator of theft. Remember the late ’90s rallying cry, “Information wants to be free”? That means your personal photos and blog rantings on the Web are free for anyone to grab. And if it’s Prince doing the grabbing, he just might make a lot of money reselling them. Crank you privacy settings to Maximum, slap a copyright symbol on your images, it doesn’t really matter. If it’s on the Internet, it’s essentially public property. In case you missed what’s
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The Latest in Arts News: Kate Nash Surprise Show

Kate Nash Surprise show at Music Millenium If you miss Brit rocker Kate Nash’s panel convo this Saturday at the Hollywood, here’s a more intimate (and free) opportunity: she’ll also swing by Music Millennium later that day. “We just had this performance fall into our laps out of nowhere,” the MM folks wrote last night. Bitchin’ news, guys. We’ll take it. SNEAK PEEK: TIME, A FAIR HUSTLER In late July, Hand2Mouth Theatre is premiering a new play inspired by the seedy, decomposing world of Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho. In a modern Portland filled with glassy condos and gourmet lattes, what has
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: May 28–31

MUSIC Shy GirlsFriday at 9 pm, Wonder BallroomDan Vidmar was on track for med school when his bedroom recording project—completed in the wee hours following night shifts at the emergency room—got picked up by LA label Hit City USA. Since then, the Portland-based singer-songwriter’s unique brand of clubby, downtempo RB gets play everywhere from Lollapalooza to HM stores. We chat with the rising talent before his show.  COMEDY Kids in the HallSaturday at 8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallKids in the Hall has been called many things—subversive, absurdist, underappreciated, Canadian, and simply hilarious. Since the ’90s late-night sketch show went
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Seven Golden Moments with Kids in the Hall

More than 30 years after they first got together, the Canadian comedy quintet of Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Dave Foley, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson bring their latest reunion stage act to the Schnitz. While the live show can’t perfectly match the original television sketch show Kids in the Hall—that early-90s late-night cult classic—it’s still a fine showcase for some timeless KITH characters (and also their convincing collection of women’s wigs, perhaps now with a few more gray ones thrown in). Watch for girl-drink drunks and the Chicken Lady, not to mention scathing zingers from catty bar fly Buddy Cole, who
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Portland Band Shy Girls Opens Up with a New Mixtape

Anyone else, in mining the sugar-sweet sounds of Kenny G, Luther Vandross, and the Backstreet Boys, might give music fans a toothache. How exactly, then, has local band Shy Girls—and its mastermind, Dan Vidmar—managed to elevate easy listening to unabashed art? Just a few short years ago, Shy Girls was swept out of North Portland obscurity when a few random bedroom recordings hit big online. Now, Vidmar, 27, rocks the summer festival circuit, sells tracks to major retailers, and generally enjoys widespread critical acclaim (scroll down for song “Under Attack” on Into the Woods TV). On Friday, May 29, Shy
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Mel Katz: Notable dates in the Portland artist’s career

Mel Katz, the subject of two Oregon retrospectives in June, is an instrumental figure in the region’s contemporary art scene, and one of its more lively personalities. Here’s a look at his life and work.  1932: Born in Brooklyn, New York, to immigrant parents, a tailor and a seamstress, from what is now Belarus.  1953: Graduates from art school at Cooper Union and goes on to attend the Brooklyn Museum Art School in 1954-55. 1964: Moves to Portland and teaches as a visiting professor at the Museum Art School (now Pacific Northwest College of Art). 1965: Joins the faculty at Portland State
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Inside the studio with Mel Katz: 50 years into his career, Portland art luminary still sparkles

By GRACE KOOK-ANDERSON | For The Oregonian/OregonLive A few minutes before visitors arrive at Mel Katz’s Southeast Portland studio for an appointment, the artist is outside, vigorously scrubbing graffiti off his storefront window with acetone. Glimpsing him in action feels strangely like witnessing an extension of his art practice, in which existing lines are as important as the ones that have been erased. An air of preparation fills the studio, too, where plastic-wrapped sculptures are lined up several weeks in advance of their pick-up date for Katz’s upcoming exhibitions at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, opening June 5;
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Richard Hunt & Lee Kelly at PNCA

My favorite Richard Hunt, Slabs of the Sunburnt West (1975) at University of Chicago There is something about heavy existential metal and by that I mean sculpture sited in public spaces. Richard Hunt and Lee Kelly are both synonymous with heavy form art in their respective cities of Chicago and Portland so it should be interesting to hear them compare notes Thursday at PNCA. Both are lyrical but I liken Hunt to being more influenced by the Futurists like Boccioni and Kelly more to language, perhaps even the design of typefaces? Moderated by Pietro Belluschi’s son Tony and his wife
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Greg Rucka’s Stumptown is Still Super Gritty

Dex Parios—the grouchy, addiction-prone P.I. of Greg Rucka’s Stumptown series—may have an acute sense of justice as she gumshoes through our familiar streets (rendered, in new Vol. 3: the Case of the King of Clubs, by artist Justin Greenwood). But when she takes a case, she doesn’t play by the rules. That also true of Stumptown‘s publisher Oni Press, the local indie house that brought us Scott Pilgrim vs. the World and recently made headlines for a $30 million film deal with Fox for Antony Johnson’s 2012 graphic novel The Coldest City (set to star Charlize Theron). Oni describes its output—more than 120
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Match Preview: Timbers vs DC United

The Portland Timbers fell in Toronto on Saturday, as they were unable to overcome a 6’ Sebastian Giovinco beauty. Adam Larsen Kwarasey’s heroics kept Portland in the game, but all of his phenomenal saves couldn’t spur his teammates to put the ball in at the other end. Rooted in 9th place in the West, kept out of the cellar solely by virtue of their three wins to Colorado’s two, Portland returns to the Rose City for a midweek clash with East (and overall) leading D.C. United. With a trip to Oregon sandwiched between two Eastern games, Ben Olson left a number
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