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TBA:12

Laurie Anderson lends her voice to city's bright flash of art, film and dance


by: COURTESY OF PICA - Dancer Nina Chipaumire does African interpretive dance with 'Miriam,' part of the highly successful Time-Based Art Festival, Sept. 6 to 15.The Time-Based Art Festival has stood on its own for nine years, but now it’s bolstered by one of Portland’s other pleasures: food.

For the 10th anniversary, TBA:12 features pop-up kitchens, blind tastings and snacks each night, Sept. 6 to 15 at Washington High School, Southeast Stark Street and 13th Avenue, the festival’s headquarters. Chefs from Gruner, Boke Bowl and Woodsman are part of the lineup, and Blind Tasting Bingo events feature chefs from Ned Ludd (Jason French), Chef Naoko’s (Naoko Tamura) and Smallwares (Johanna Ware) — all gathering to provide the palate with the same sensory exploration as art, performance and music have given to the popular event.Miguel Gutierrez, 'Heavens what have I done'

“We know that all good parties wind up in the kitchen,” says Kristan Kennedy, visual art curator of Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, TBA’s organizer. Chefs will “work in the moment to create something new or elevated or sustaining or sculptural or painterly or performative or surprising.”

As far as TBA:12 highlights:

• Big Art Group combines real-time film and pre-recorded video interviews with Portlanders on the subjects of community, democracy and justice — projected on the side of Washington High — with live actors for an extraordinary opening-weekend show (8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 6 to 8, Washington High).

• Zimbabwe-born dancer Nora Chipaumire presents a new work, “Miriam,” about feminism and African identity (8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7 and 8, Lincoln Hall, 1620 S.W. Park Ave.).

• The German/British theater troupe Gob Squad, akin to last year’s Rude Mechs, re-creates Andy Warhol films on stage, recapturing the allure of the swinging ‘60s but making a mess of things (8:30 p.m. Thursday to Saturday, Sept. 13 to 15, Lincoln Hall).

Laurie Anderson, 'Dirtday!'• Vocalist Laurie Anderson, the grand dame of contemporary performance, wraps up a trilogy of works with the third piece in a series that she presented with PICA in 2002 and 2006 (7:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway).

• The collaboration End Things explores the reasons and ways in which artists continue to make objects in an increasingly online world (several artists, each day, mostly at Washington High).

Complete TBA 12 information can be found at pica.org.

Jason Vondersmith

Jherek Bischoff, 'Parenthetical Girls'