PostHeaderIcon Cirque IS Coming to Town: Can't Wait for Kooza!

CLOWIN' AROUND: On Thursday it opens in sunny San Diego. But come the beginning of April it will be ours. What am I talking about? Well, just one of the most impressive theaterical experiences to ever hit this planet. Cirque du Soleil is returning to Portland with its critically acclaimed touring show production KOOZA. The show premieres on Friday, April 9, 2010 for a limited engagement under Cirque's trademark blue-and-yellow" Grand Chapiteau" at the south end of the Marquam Bridge.

And, if it's anything like previous Cirque shows that have hit P-town, prepare to be dazzled, delighted and generally dumbfounded.

KOOZA is a return to the origins of the Canadian-based company that has taken the world (and particulary) Las Vegas by storm and showcases a combination two circus/Cirque traditions - acrobatic performance and the art of clowning.

“KOOZA is about human connection and the world of duality, good and bad”, says the show’s writer and director David Shiner. “The tone is fun and funny, light and open. The show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it’s very much about ideas, too."

According to a New York Times review last spring Shiner (well known for his work on and off the Broadway stage) "introduces some carefully choreographed chaos and old-fashioned sideshow spark to the rock-solid formula" that is Cirque du Soleil's magic.

So as you watch the final days of the spectacle that is currently whooshing its way down the slopes of Vancouver, B.C., its worth remembering that there is another piece of Canada waiting in the wings for its spring fling in Portland. And, frankly, I just can't wait.

Tickets for KOOZA are available at 1-800-450-1480 or online


Last Updated (Monday, 22 February 2010 18:24)


PostHeaderIcon The Stardar Report: Mackenzie Phillips Spotted at Saucebox.

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DINING WITH THE (RE-HAB) STARS:Just heard word from my street peeps that One Day at A Time and Celebrity Rehab star Mackenzie Phillips dined at Saucebox on Saturday night. According to my source Mac was "beautiful, down to earth, sweet and friendly." Wow.

Last Updated (Monday, 22 February 2010 16:15)


PostHeaderIcon Sarah Silverman's Classy Act: Portland Comedy Workshop Includes Celeb Instructor

TO SARAH, WITH LOVE: Just in from in from Livewire host/hottie Courtenay Hameister: "Sarah (Silverman) showed up to our (Saturday) comedy workshop with (Family Guy writers) Alec Sulkin and John Viener. She ended up getting onstage and chatting for a while about her own show. She's incredibly charming." To which Hameister added when she sent me the fuzzy cell photo above, "How fucking adorable is Alec? Jesus H."


PostHeaderIcon The Stardar Report (Late Edition): Sarah Silverman in Portland and at Livewire to Support Her "Boyfriend."

SARAH, TALL & INSANE: Why, yes, that is comic Sarah Silverman sitting right in front of you at the Aladdin Mission Theatre. And, no, she is not about to get onstage to perform on Livewire. At least that is what I've been told. According to my source Silverman is in town to support the dude she is currently dating, Alec Sulkin. He is one of the funny writers behind "The Family Guy" who is scheduled to appear with other writers from that show at a taping of Livewire tonight. Added celeb-sighting bonus: some other random dude named Daniel Stern will also be making his Livewire debut tonight.

Last Updated (Sunday, 21 February 2010 07:53)


PostHeaderIcon The Stardar Report: Quentin Tarantino Is In P-Town!

(Photo of Quentin Tarantino via photo gallery here)

PULP FRICTION: If its on Twitter it must be true. Hearing word from friends—and friends Twitter pages—that famed film director Quentin Tarantino is in Portland. At least he was yesterday, when he was spotted at Portland's Hollywood glam hideout: the Hotel deLuxe. Today, I got word of another sighting, but alas when I went to check it out he wasn't there. So where are you dear Quentin? Inquiring minds (and certain local film directors) want to know.

Last Updated (Friday, 19 February 2010 14:44)

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