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Portland Comedy Series ‘The Benefits of Gusbandry’ Headed to a Small Screen Near You

“One woman. One man. A lot of weed. A little crying. Indecent adventures in self medication, late blooming and questionable judgment. And absolutely no sexual attraction whatsoever.” If that sounds like your kind of story, then you may be exactly the target audience for The Benefits of Gusbandry, a new web series in production in Portland that tells the story of Jackie and River, a straight woman and her gay best friend, aka her “gusband”. It’s the brainchild of Portland photographer and filmmaker Alicia J Rose, whose work includes music videos for Cake, Laura Gibson, and First Aid Kit and
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Environmental Impact Statement at Surplus Space

It is strange how rare group exhibitions that consider the environment are in Portland. Somehow, most of the institutional curators are unwilling to approach a major thread of discussion here (the 2012 Northwest Biennial at the Tacoma Art Museum did though). In that void… enters Environmental Impact Studies, a group who won a Precipice Fund grant and will be taking over Surplus Space for a week. Lead by Lisa Schonberg, Leif J Lee and my arch nemesis Amy Harwood (long story, she dressed in a bear costume in 2003 and attacked me with her sandwich board… then we co-curated the
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July’s First Tuesday Art Walk in Hillsboro to offer a variety of artistic styles

July’s First Tuesday’s Art Walk in downtown Hillsboro is Tuesday, July 7. In addition to receptions for artists and new exhibit openings at downtown galleries and businesses, watch for shops open on Main Street throughout the evening with specials, live music and wine tastings. The Walters Cultural Arts Center at 527 East Main Street in Hillsboro will host its next First Tuesday gallery and reception from 5-6:30 p.m. July 7 with a new showing of works from Portland artist Kathleen Cosgrove. Cosgrove’s art explores how archetypal symbols and patterns in art have been shared across the globe from early civilizations
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Ethan Rose Entwined at PDX Contemporary

Ethan Rose’s Entwined at PDX Contemporary (all exhibition photos Jeff Jahn) A couple of weeks ago THE great structural philosopher of sound Ornette Coleman died… his sometimes impenetrable writings and music, which were based on something he called “Harmolodics” willfully removing distinctions of harmony and melody, allowing musicians to support each other without obvious roles. He called this “Removing the caste system from sound.” It was the basis of atonal free jazz and interestingly enough, Harmolodics used a lot of visual vocabulary. Coleman even included Jackson Pollock’s White Light painting with its all over composition as part of the cover
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The 52nd Festival of the Arts kicks off at Lake Oswego (Photos)

People flocked to Lake Oswego on Friday not to seek its cool waters, but instead for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. High temperatures pushed many visitors indoors to the this years special exhibit, “On the Fringe – Today’s Twist on Fiber Art.” The centerpiece of the display is the large, multicolored felt piece, ‘Chroma Passage’ by Janice Arnold.  Also on show, is art from local students divided into two galleries on the first floor of the Lakewood Center for the Arts. In addition to touring art exhibits, visitors can purchase food and artwork from vendors in nearby George Rogers
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The Buzzsaw: The Sounders Are Coming to Town

Well, that was a stinker. The Timbers winning streak met an ugly demise on Wednesday night, punctuated with Liam Ridgewell’s sending off. It’s Caleb Porter’s worst loss as Timbers boss and, without digging into Akron archives, likely the heaviest defeat he has suffered in quite a while.  So the streak is dead, and so is the momentum, right? Not one bit. Call this Rose (City) colored glasses, but a loss can be beneficial; it takes focus off the streak itself and recenters the group. Four out of five still sounds good, and (knock on wood) five out of six sounds
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5 Reasons to Catch ‘Summer Splendors’ this Weekend

Temperatures are rising and dance and music are colliding this weekend at Summer Splendors, where Northwest Dance Project is joining forces with Chamber Music Northwest to premier all-new dance performances with some old-school sounds. Here are five reasons you should check it out. 1. The Music It’s Chopin, but not as you know him. Chamber Music Northwest’s pianist Yekwon Sunwoo and cellist Peter Wiley will present the famous Polish composer’s 24 Preludes. According to Northwest Dance Project’s Artistic Director Sarah Slipper, the preludes—which vary in length from 30 seconds to four minutes—each get a difference choreographed interpretation. If it all
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The Latest in Portland Arts News—Tove Lo and Jen Kirkman Ahoy!

Tove Lo, Marina and the Diamonds, Odesza and more! Sure, it’s the height of summer, but what happens when the temperatures cool and you find yourself without tickets to the hottest shows in town? That’s why we’re here for you, distracted summer partiers, to let you know that this Friday (June 26) tickets go on sale for a range of fall concerts that cater to all manner of musical tastes. Swedish pop-rocker Tove Lo hits the Crystal Ballroom on October 5, while later that month Welsh indie popster Marina and the Diamonds play the Roseland (Oct 23). Bluegrass fans should
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: June 25–28

COMEDY Jen KirkmanSaturday at 7 pm, Hollywood TheatreA veteran (she’d apprciate the ageist overtones) of Chelsea Lately, Comedy Central’s @midnight, and Drunk History, Kirkman brings us the tour behind her new Netflix comedy special “I’m Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine).” Local funny lady Bri Pruett opens. Eddie IzzardSunday at 8 pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert HallForce Majeure—the name of Izzard’s current world tour—certainly applies to this cross-dressing, impossibly fabulous comic virtuoso. And not just because of the immense fame the Emmy-winning English monologist now enjoys; the 25-country tour is his biggest yet. Michael MaloneThursday–Saturday at 7:30 pm, Friday Saturday
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The Buzzsaw: Timbers at LA Galaxy

Raise your hand if you saw Norberto Paparatto making Team of the Week. That’s how well things are going.  Hardly a month after taking a brutal 3-1 defeat in Texas, the Timbers rolled over the Houston Dynamo 2-0 at Providence Park on Saturday. Maxi Urruti’s flick on of Jorge Villafana’s perfectly placed free kick gave the Green Gold a first half advantage, from which they would not look back. A Gaston Fernandez penalty (!) doubled Portland’s lead and punctuated a decisive victory. The winning streak is now up to four in the league and five overall. A big part of
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