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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 26-Nov 30

Theater Mamma Mia! Wednesday–Sunday, Keller AuditoriumNo one should really be surprised that Abba’s songs have been turned into an internationally adored musical: that’s pretty much the only way those unapologetically cheesy late-’70s chart-toppers could age gracefully—and by graceful, we mean in overly ridiculous costumes that still fit.  Blithe Spirit Thursday–Sunday, Artists Repertory Theatre There’s more than one play about ghosts that theaters can produce during the holidays: in this spectral 1941 comedy by Noël Coward, a famous author invites an eccentric clairvoyant to his house only for the woman to summon the ghost of his irritable first wife. The runRead the full article
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Nov 26-Nov 30

Theater Mamma Mia! Wednesday–Sunday, Keller AuditoriumNo one should really be surprised that Abba’s songs have been turned into an internationally adored musical: that’s pretty much the only way those unapologetically cheesy late-’70s chart-toppers could age gracefully—and by graceful, we mean in overly ridiculous costumes that still fit.  Blithe Spirit Thursday–Sunday, Artists Repertory Theatre There’s more than one play about ghosts that theaters can produce during the holidays: in this spectral 1941 comedy by Noël Coward, a famous author invites an eccentric clairvoyant to his house only for the woman to summon the ghost of his irritable first wife. The runRead the full article
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Insider Secrets on <i>The Princess Bride</i> As Told to Us By Westley Himself

In 1987 The Princess Bride quietly made its way onto theater screens. With the studio’s marketing department unaware of how to sell the multigenre film (Was it an action flick with sword fights? A comedy? A great love story?), the movie never found its home and bowed out of theaters a middling success. As VHS tapes grew in popularity, slowly The Princess Bride found its fan base—truly a fanatical one—that over time saw the movie creep into our everyday lexicon, whether it be an ROUS (Rodent of Unusual Size) reference casually tossed around a Portland Monthly headline meeting or that
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Insider Secrets on <i>The Princess Bride</i> As Told to Us By Westley Himself

In 1987 The Princess Bride quietly made its way onto theater screens. With the studio’s marketing department unaware of how to sell the multigenre film (Was it an action flick with sword fights? A comedy? A great love story?), the movie never found its home and bowed out of theaters a middling success. As VHS tapes grew in popularity, slowly The Princess Bride found its fan base—truly a fanatical one—that over time saw the movie creep into our everyday lexicon, whether it be an ROUS (Rodent of Unusual Size) reference casually tossed around a Portland Monthly headline meeting or that
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Remember Larry Kangas, prolific Oregon mural artist, with a walking tour

On the first anniversary of Larry Kangas‘ passing, family and friends invite the public to take a self-guided tour of the prolific Oregon artist’s murals in the Portland area. Kangas, dubbed the “fastest brush in the West,” painted 1,000 murals or more. He died Nov. 25, 2013. Over 40 years, Kangas worked for commercial clients, homeowners and in schools, and is remembered for, among others, his Northwest 23rd Avenue “Vespa” mural and the Parkrose High School Community Center mural “Horses Through History World Cultures.” The map lists 15 of his Portland-area murals.  A map shows the locations of 15 murals in the Portland area by Larry
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Remember Larry Kangas, prolific Oregon mural artist, with a walking tour

On the first anniversary of Larry Kangas‘ passing, family and friends invite the public to take a self-guided tour of the prolific Oregon artist’s murals in the Portland area. Kangas, dubbed the “fastest brush in the West,” painted 1,000 murals or more. He died Nov. 25, 2013. Over 40 years, Kangas worked for commercial clients, homeowners and in schools, and is remembered for, among others, his Northwest 23rd Avenue “Vespa” mural and the Parkrose High School Community Center mural “Horses Through History World Cultures.” The map lists 15 of his Portland-area murals.  A map shows the locations of 15 murals in the Portland area by Larry
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The Alluring Electronics of Magic Fades

When it comes to the indie city of Portland, there’s not much in the way of RB. And for synth-minded electro-based RB, there’s even less. Some find the absence discouraging, but for the duo behind Magic Fades, it’s encouraging—auspicious, even. “We’re lucky because, even though there’s hardly anyone in our pool, we’re versatile in some of the right ways,” says Mike Grabarek, one half of Magic Fades. And one glance at their resume—opened for the TDE-affiliated SZA; collaborated with honeyed crooner Shy Girls; produced for local word slinger Stewart Villain; named one of Portland’s Best New Bands in Willamette Week‘s poll
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Tacoma Art Museum adds wing housing Haub Family Collection, region’s largest Western art exhibit

Tacoma’s Museum District has opened another attraction that further cements it as one of the top visual arts destinations in Pacific Northwest. With the Nov. 15 debut of the Haub Family Collection, Tacoma Art Museum takes its place among the top exhibitors of the Western genre of American art: from the early explorations of the western half of the North American continent, to the modern visually stunning art the West continues to inspire. The museum has joined a consortium of 13 other members in Museums West, which includes two Western art icons well known to Northwest travelers: the Buffalo Bill Center
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Tacoma Art Museum joins Museums West, group with best Western art collections

View full sizeA painting by Charlie Russell in the Charles M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Mont.Terry Richard/The Oregonian/2010  Want to see more great Western art? Plan your trips to include these places, members of Museums West (museumswest.org). Fort Worth, Texas: Amon Carter Museum, created by the namesake to house his Remington and Russell collection; cartermuseum.org. Los Angeles: Autry National Center of the American West, founded by actor/businessman, theautry.org. Cartersville, Ga.: Booth Western Art Museum, anonymous founders, boothmuseum.org. Cody, Wyo.: Buffalo Bill Center of the West, founded in 1917 to preserve the memory of William Cody, centerofthewest.org. Denver: Denver Art
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Win Tickets to the Moth Live

Over the last decade and a half, what began as a humble New York City–based non-profit with a passion for telling true stories has grown into the world’s most illustrious storytelling event, with a weekly podcast, a public radio show, and a best-selling book, The Moth: 50 True Stories, to boot.  The illustrious series is returning to Portland, and we have a pair of tickets. The December stop features host Adam Gopnik, a frequent storyteller and longtime staff writer at The New Yorker. Gopnik even penned the preface to the The Moth: 50 True Stories.   Along with Gopnik, the Moth welcomes
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