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Have whiskey, will swim

Martin Strel’s insane swim down the Amazon in Big River Man
Filling this year’s slot in SPACE Gallery’s annual “Outlandishly Entertaining Documentary” hole is Big River Man , John Maringouin’s take on the greatest adventure yet embarked upon by Martin Strel.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 14, 2010

Deer Tick

Music Seen
At SPACE Gallery, April 4
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  April 08, 2010


Reality bites again

Getting a jump on the year in documentaries at True/False
At the tail end of February, for the second consecutive year, I (barely) escaped a late-winter hurricane to enter a Midwestern oasis of grass-fed beef, cheap cigarettes, Johnny Depp impersonators, and some of the finest documentaries you might just see this year.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 31, 2010


Ghosts of upstate New York

October Country screens at SPACE Gallery
An alumnus of both True/False ’09 and last fall’s Camden International Film Festival, Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher’s evocative October Country screens at SPACE Gallery on April 8, as the first installment of an occasional CIFF Selects series, which seeks to expand the Midcoast film festival’s reach into Portland.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 31, 2010


Nervous guy

Rhett Miller’s anxious and irresistible pop songs
In his better solo songs and the majority of the material he’s made with the alt-country band Old 97’s, Rhett Miller is a big-mouthed wannabe playboy on the verge of collapse.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 24, 2010

Review: 48 Hour Music Festival

Music Seen
At SPACE Gallery, March 6
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 10, 2010


Random rules

25 more local musicians meet, greet, and rock at the second 48 Hour Music Festival
25 more local musicians meet, greet, and rock at the second 48 Hour Music Festival
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 03, 2010


True grit

A feisty, inspiring group of women combat child abuse in South Africa in Rough Aunties
Operation Bobbi Bear is a non-governmental organization in Durban, South Africa, devoted to finding care and foster homes for children who are abused and abandoned.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  March 03, 2010


From deli to concert hall

Crossing, and expanding, boundaries with Brooklyn Rider
If you're a young (or youngish) music fan looking to become a little bit more engaged with classical music, there is truly no better time than right now, particularly if you'll find yourself in Portland this weekend.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 24, 2010

Review: SPACE's annual Dead of Winter

Music Seen
February 13, SPACE Gallery
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 17, 2010


Review: A Town Called Panic (2010)

Chaos reigns in a Belgian Town Called Panic
It is, indeed, a golden age for animation, where silent montages can wrenchingly portray a lifelong bond (in Pete Docter's Up ), or a band of stop-motion foxes can act out complex and angsty family dynamics (Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox ), or a child's imaginary world is realized with vivid detail (Henry Selick's Coraline ).
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 10, 2010


An idyll examined

Frederick Wiseman's four-hour, 1999 documentary about Belfast, Maine
After 36 films and more than 40 years of filmmaking, Frederick Wiseman has probably come as close as any director to capturing this American life in all its breadth and nuance.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 27, 2010

Portland Symphony Orchestra

Music Seen
At January 24, Merrill Auditorium
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 27, 2010


Love among the ruins

Eternal Otter documents make-ups, breakups, and shake-ups
To Will Ethridge, who runs the small Portland-based label Eternal Otter Records, any song or album is just one crucial piece of a larger puzzle.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 20, 2010


Review: Until the Light Takes Us

Metal, terrorism, and gossip
Norwegian black metal in Until the Light Takes Us
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 10, 2010


Walk hard

Joshua Ferris abandons the office and hits The Road
In Joshua Ferris's unsparing second novel, Tim Farnsworth doesn't know why he walks, but nothing but exhaustion can stop him.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 13, 2010


Is 2010 the Year of the Girl?

Music of the Future
Many have argued that the descriptor "indie music" means nothing more or less than "bands Pitchfork reviews" these days, and the claim was never more true than last year
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  January 06, 2010

2010 preview

Music Seen
What’s coming to the clubs
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 30, 2009


Two turtle doves

Sometimes the best gifts come in pairs
Like a mug of hot cocoa after an afternoon of sledding, sometimes a good Christmas gift isn't quite complete without a second one that enhances the pleasures of the first.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 09, 2009

Treble Treble release party

Music Seen
Treble Treble release party at SPACE Gallery, November 27
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 02, 2009


Days of plenty

A man in a bunker outlines our forthcoming Collapse
In Collapse , the latest documentary by Chris Smith ( American Movie , The Yes Men ), the director condenses a two-day, March 2009 interview with a little-known investigator named Michael Ruppert into a bleak harbinger of the world's seemingly inevitable ruin.
By: CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 02, 2009

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