Romantic dynamics in modern Iran

Middle East Studies Center to screen Iranian film 20 Fingers

Mania Akbar’s 2004 film, 20 Fingers, is obsessed with motion. In only 72 minutes, viewers are transported along with the main characters via car, boat, train, gondola-style ski lift, moped and yet another car, for good measure.

Love stories for adults

Portland Story Theater keeps oral traditions alive with Valentine’s Day production, Kiss & Tell
Lynne Duddy and Lawrence Howard want to make it clear that they tell stories not just for entertainment, but to foster deeper human connections as well. The goal of Portland Story Theater is, in Duddy’s words, to “give people an opportunity to break down barriers and be completely real with each other.”

9/11 cinematically revisited

Stephen Daldry’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close an emotionally devastating experience
It’s that time of year again. The Academy Award nominations have been announced, and the countdown to the 2012 Oscars, airing on ABC Sunday, Feb. 26, has begun.

The birth of claymation

Oregon Cartoon Institute screens legendary 1920s stop-motion film The Clay Baker
It’s no secret that Portlanders have always been innovators. When you attend 5th Avenue Cinema’s rare screening of The Clay Baker, presented by the Oregon Cartoon Institute Sunday, Feb. 12, you’ll get an earful of history, entertainment and a swelling of pride for the city you call home.

The Oscar race begins

The 84th annual Academy Awards are right around the corner
The nominees have been named, and the red carpet has been unfurled. The Oscars are back, celebrating the 84th annual awards ceremony.

Basil balsamic fennel salad

A salad that thinks outside the box
Most salads start with a bed of lettuce or spinach. Thrill your guests next time you’re dining on greens with this fennel salad recipe!
Couples therapy: Richard Burton, left, and Elizabeth Taylor enjoy their happy, well-adjusted marriage in Mike Nichols’ debut film.

War of the words

Dark comedy Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? showing at 5th Avenue Cinema
As premises go, “Two wobbly drunks holler obscenities, choke each other out and smash glasses” sounds like sweeps season on Basketball Wives. But when said premise features dialogue from Edward Albee, direction from Mike Nichols and knockout performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, it garners five Academy Awards and secures a spot on the American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Films of All Time.

Painting a political statement

Baily Winters: New and Old Work opens at PSU’s Littman Gallery
Portland artist Bailey Winters is showcasing his work of the past and present in a solo show at PSU’s Littman Gallery titled Bailey Winters: New and Old Work. The exhibition will be on view through Wednesday, Feb. 22, and the artist’s reception will take place Thursday.

Broadening horizons through film

Northwest Film Center to host 35th annual Portland International Film Festival
Portland’s Northwest Film Center begins its 35th annual Portland International Film Festival Thursday. The festival, which will screen 140 films from 36 countries, will have something for everyone and present a wide selection of genres.

The sound of cinema

All Classical KQAC to host presentation on importance of the film score
“Imagine the scene in Jaws when the fin of the shark comes out of the water toward the boat with no music,” said Edmund Stone, explaining the importance of the film score to the film industry and to classical music generally. Stone hosts a program about film music called The Score on All Classical KQAC 89.9 FM. “You would still have the same scene, but you wouldn’t have the same element of fear. It wouldn’t be the same film.”

Martin Kippenberger, the German Picasso

Ongoing exhibition at Portland Art Museum shows artist’s unique style of German contemporary art
You wonder what runs through the mind of an artist who draws a Fred the Frog figurine on a cross with a pitcher of beer in its hand and an egg in its armpit. This is one of the many sights to behold when you visit the Martin Kippenberger exhibition at the Portland Art Museum.


Arts & Culture

On-Campus Events Calendar: Dec. 5–11

FEATURED EVENT DANCE Bolero + Billie Dec. 7–9, 7:30 p.m. Lincoln Performance Hall $34–58, all ages NW Dance Project performs Resident Choreographer Ihsan Rustem's Bolero and choreography inspired by the music of Billie Holiday. Tuesday,...


End social injustice with Momentum Alliance: tomorrow’s leaders

Now that hate crimes are on the rise, minorities suffer the most. Although they have affected all minorities, the spike has been obvious against...