Alibi V.20 No.47 • Nov 24-30, 2011 
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Art Review

A Lot With a Little?

Bryce Hample’s Paintings at Winning Coffee

Bryce Hample's collection of six 50-by-50-inch paintings at Winning Coffee is a study in abstract minimalism. He employs vast plateaus of muted tones shifting across large canvas and plywood backdrops. Of the six pieces, the majority are large fields of black, gray, white and ochre rust, some with subtle tone gradations. The paint might have been slathered on with a palette knife in a freeform fury. Three of the pieces are marked with splintery holes. One looks like it was riddled with bullets, another like it was beat and stomped upon by an angry dwarf.

Book Review

Twilightification

Heather Brewer’s First Kill adds to the pool of hormonal vampirism

This whole vampires-with-problems craze has gotten out of hand. The Twilight series is like the British Invasion of pretty-boy bloodsuckers and sexy werewolves. Think of the merchandise alone: key chains, socks, cardboard cutouts. Bookstores should sell books, not Team Edward T-shirts. It's as omnipresent and irritating as Harry Potter was 10 years ago.  For casual readers who sharpen their bedposts any time they see a pale man lurking outside their bedroom window, there is The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill by Heather Brewer.

Culture Shock

Lounge Lizards

Downtown has a lot of live entertainment going on Saturday nights. A vibrant music scene, strip clubs, drunk people throwing cheap hot dogs at each other ... . But what if you want something a little more eclectic? What if you want to laugh? What if you're just doggone lonely and you want to be a part of something? ... While drinking.

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Learn to Work the Sax

Miguel Zenón Quartet

The Grammy Award nominated, Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellow and saxophonist brings his unique voice as a composer and conceptualist, perfecting a mix of Latin American Folkloric music and jazz.
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P.T.SS.D.

DeliKateSSen

The play touches on anti-semitism and friction through the lens of delicatessen owners and their past traumas.
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Fitter, Happier

Portland Cello Project

Portland’s premiere alt.classical group brings a huge, orchestral ensemble including brass, percussion and guest vocals by Patti King, that performs a night in homage to Radiohead.
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