Arts & Life

A Tenuous Business: Re-Thinking Support For Theater Artists

OPB | March 20, 2015

Three actors speak frankly about facing down food & housing insecurity, and pressure from medical bills. Also, Damaso Rodriguez talks about a new system of support in development at Artists Rep.

Five Thoughts On Trevor Noah Taking Over 'The Daily Show'

NPR | March 30, 2015

South African comedian Trevor Noah was announced Monday as the next host of The Daily Show. It might not be the most obvious pick, but why make the most obvious pick?

Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

NPR | March 30, 2015

During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.

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Motoya Nakamura Hopes 'Sakura Sakura' Inspires People To Reflect On Their Own Lives

OPB | March 13, 2015 midnight

Photographer Motoya Nakamura's new exhibit features 12 images of cherry trees that are planted at the Japanese American Historical Plaza and Bill of Rights Memorial in downtown Portland's Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

State of Wonder

The Hollywood Theatre Resurrects 70mm Film with “2001: A Space Odyssey”

OPB | March 12, 2015 9:08 p.m.

The nonprofit tracked down lenses and sprockets for the now defunct technology to show the sci-fi epic. Well, almost defunct. Hollywood might just debut Quentin Tarantino's new film with it, too.

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Sculptor Mike Leckie: Giving Life To The Lifeless

OPB | March 5, 2015 midnight

Mike Leckie, who has been a sculptor for nearly 5o years, works in bronze, cast iron, glass, marble and other stones. But he says that his medium is actually the human figure.

Arts | NW Life

Statuary Commission Picks Chief Joseph, Duniway

OPB | March 4, 2015 7 p.m.

Oregon's representation in a national statuary hall will change in the next few years, reflecting a later period of Oregon history.

Arts | local

Italian Art Comes To Portland Through 'Living With Glass' Exhibit

OPB | March 4, 2015 midnight

Living with Glass, an exhibit of Italian art, is currently on display at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. See a slideshow of some of the works of art made available by collector Dane Nelson.

Arts | NW Life | Health

Jock Bradley's Portraits Reflect The Realities Of Life With Cancer

OPB | Feb. 11, 2015 midnight

When photographer Jock Bradley’s sister died from ovarian cancer last year, his grief and experience dealing with her illness led to the birth of a new art project.


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.

Arts | Entertainment

For 'Dexter' Star David Zayas, Acting Was A Long Shot Away

NPR | March 29, 2015 2:43 p.m.

The Bronx native grew up in a blue-collar household; a life in show business seemed far from reality. He spent time in the Air Force and as a cop before he finally gave his childhood dream a chance.

Arts | Entertainment

In The TV Show 'Younger,' You're Only 26 Twice

NPR | March 29, 2015 7:33 a.m.

In the new TV Land show, Sutton Foster plays Liza, a 40-year-old who needs to get back into the job market. So she moves to Brooklyn, gets highlights, learns how tweet, and pretends to be in her 20s.

Arts | Entertainment

For This Puzzle, Watch Your Words

NPR | March 29, 2015 7:33 a.m.

The challenge is a game of categories based on the word "watch." For each category provided, name something starting with each of the letters W-A-T-C-H.

Arts | Books

'The Precious One' Has Love At Its Heart

NPR | March 29, 2015 2:31 a.m.

Marisa de los Santos' newest novel follows a young woman returning to her home town to confront her shattered family. Reviewer Bobbi Dumas says it'll remind you that love can change the world.


The Chinese 'Paper Son' Who Inspired The Look Of Disney's 'Bambi'

NPR | March 28, 2015 8:04 p.m.

Tyrus Wong's expressive paintings caught Walt Disney's eye and became the visual guide for Bambi. Born in China, Wong — now 104 — used forged papers to enter the U.S. under the Chinese Exclusion Act.

Arts | Books

'Night At The Fiestas' Spins Stories Of Faith And Family

NPR | March 28, 2015 2:29 p.m.

Kirstin Valdez Quade's debut book of short fiction is inspired by her family and its long history in the "romanticized" region of northern New Mexico.


Nigerian Artist Continues A Family Tradition With 'Sartorial Anarchy'

NPR | March 28, 2015 11:13 a.m.

In Lagos, Iké Udé's family engaged in a West African tradition: photographing people wearing new clothes. Clothing and portraiture are still at the center of the New York-based photographer's work.

Arts | Music

Influential Guitarist John Renbourn, Co-Founder Of Pentagle, Dies

NPR | March 28, 2015 10:41 a.m.

John Renbourn co-founded the popular folk/jazz group Pentangle and was one of the most respected and influential acoustic guitarists in the world. He was found dead this week at his home in Scotland.

Arts | Music

The Tale Of Mingering Mike, Who Painted Himself A Music Career

NPR | March 28, 2015 10:29 a.m.

A visual artist who longed to make soul records, Mike realized his dreams on paper instead of vinyl.

Arts | Books

Hunting Mythical Monsters 'At The Water's Edge'

NPR | March 28, 2015 7:56 a.m.

Sara Gruen is following her bestselling Water for Elephants with a tale of a young American couple who travel to Scotland during the Second World War in search of the legendary Loch Ness Monster.


Cook It At Home

We visit the homes of some of the Portland-area's most notable chefs and food-industry entrepreneurs and watch how they prepare their favorite dishes.

OPB | Dec. 09, 2013