Stagepass: Swahili

Trancelike, electronic and experimental, watch Swahili in performance at Mississippi Studios.

The Arctic Circle's Coolest Accommodations Turn 25 Years Old

The Icehotel in Sweden, built in winter and vanishing in spring, is the original hotel carved from snow and ice bricks. It's also an art project; sculptors compete for the chance to carve out rooms.

Miranda July Novel Embraces Awkward

July's "The First Bad Man" explores intimacy, motherhood, sex, and self-defense.

Arts

'Stronger Than Ever' Sundance Docs Tackle Scientology, Campus Rape

NPR | Jan. 27, 2015 6:59 a.m.

Critic Kenneth Turan says Going Clear and The Hunting Ground are among the films that "blew people away" at this year's Sundance Film Festival.

Arts | Books

After Father's Death, A Writer Learns How 'The Japanese Say Goodbye'

NPR | Jan. 27, 2015 1:34 p.m.

Lost in a deep depression, Marie Mutsuki Mockett visited a temple owned by her mother's family near Fukushima. There, she found traditions and ways of thought that helped her work through her grief.

NW Life | local

Oregon Historical Photo: Outpost Astoria

OPB | Jan. 26, 2015 midnight

Astoria is the oldest U.S. settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, though it remains relatively isolated to this day. Find out how its history has been marked by boom times from exploitation of abundant natural resources such as salmon and timber.

Richard Blanco Reflects On Poetry, Identity, And Cuba

OPB | Jan. 22, 2015 12:24 p.m.

Blanco visited Bend Jan. 27 to speak at Central Oregon Community College as part of its 2015 Season of Nonviolence. He’ll be talking about his path coming to terms with his cultural identity and his sexual identity.

Books

Nicholas Kristof On Combating The Empathy Gap In 'A Path Appears'

OPB | Jan. 23, 2015 9:30 a.m.

The New York Times columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner talks about his new book and documentary which tackles systemic issues of gender oppression like sex trafficking, poverty and domestic abuse in the United States and globally.

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