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TBA Festival 2013: Body/Head – Kim Gordon & Bill Nace – Live Show Review

Try as I might, it was hard not to see every artistic choice that surrounded the first Portland appearance by Body/Head as a reaction to the divorce of Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore. There was the steadily unrolling video – directed by longtime Sonic Youth collaborator Richard Kern – that accompanied the hour-long performance. The...Read...
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TBA Festival 2012: Cheltfisch – Hot Pepper, Air Conditioner, And The Farewell Speech Performance Review

In a three-part performance full of bizarre gestures and circular wording, a Japanese theatre troupe examines office politics in an off-the-cuff way. Performed completely in Japanese, everything in Cheltfisch is translated via a series of projected subtitles, allowing the subtle social dynamics of Japan to really shine through. Part One: Hot Pepper Three office temps...Read...
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TBA Festival 2012: The Love Song Of R. Buckminster Fuller Live Documentary Performance Review

Imagine the possibilities of world revolution – an upheaval of design, and distribution of resources lighting the path to global peace and (relative) happiness. The largesse of this task is daunting, and has throughout history been commandeered by a few ambitious individuals. Thoughts like these swirled about in a small man with coke-bottle glasses: the...Read...
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TBA Festival 2012: Terrifying Women Live Performance Review

Tuesday’s late night TBA fare began with a bang at Washington High School with Terrifying Women. The ambiguously advertised event promised “a video, comedy, performance, live, streaming, extravaganza” featuring Sarah Johnson, Kathleen Keogh, Angela Fair, Tanya Smith, Wendy Haynes, Diana Joy and Alicia McDaid. SEE FULL PERFORMANCE REVIEW It’s worth including an excerpt from the...Read...
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TBA Festival 2012: Brainstorm + Sahelsounds – Global And Mobile Pop Live Show Review

“Love in the world is very short/ Don’t look back,” sang the Portland-via-Somalia Iftin Band. Their translated message wrapped up the Global and Mobile Pop event at TBA Festival 2012. The crux of the evening was indeed about not looking back, but about looking everywhere, in a celebratory program of global music paired with local...Read...
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