Engineering As Art: The Quilts Of Sidnee Snell

Portland artist Sidnee Snell creates intricate, colorful quilts with fabric and a sewing machine. Learn more about her background — she used to be an electrical engineer — and view a slideshow of her work.

Cold Snap Inspires Hat Designer To Join Portland Artists In Outpouring Of Warmth

OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 midnight

Winter weather conditions inspired local entrepreneur Faith Jennings to find a new use for her business’s leftover materials.

Tradition And Innovation On Display At Native(X)

OPB | Nov. 13, 2014 2:20 p.m.

Earlier this month, prominent Native American artists from around the country gathered at Union/Pine — a gallery in southeast Portland. They were here for a gallery showing of contemporary design curated by Native(X).

'Dryland' Filmmakers Explore Challenges Of Rural Farming In Eastern Washington

OPB | Nov. 14, 2014 midnight

Portland filmmakers Sue Arbuthnot and Richard Wilhelm share how a road trip led to the making of their new documentary and what they hope to achieve by telling this story.

Eighth Annual Siren Nation Festival Showcases Local Female Artists

OPB | Nov. 07, 2014 midnight

The Siren Nation Festival, now in its eighth year, features art shows, music and theater performances, and more. Find out why some of the artists participate year after year.

Portland Opera Marks Its 50th Birthday

OPB | Nov. 06, 2014 midnight

The Portland Opera marks its 50th season with a production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. General Director Christopher Mattaliano hopes to foster new audiences by encouraging the Opera to think outside the box.

Beware The 'Babadook,' The Monster Of Your Own Making

NPR |Nov. 27, 2014 3:32 p.m.

The monsters of repression are what terrorize a mother and her son in this independent, Australian, horror movie. "I wanted it to look more low-fi and more handmade," says director Jennifer Kent.

The Holiday Films Are Coming, From 'Moses' To 'Annie'

NPR |Nov. 27, 2014 3:32 p.m.

Bob Mondello offers a selective preview of what Hollywood has in store for the holidays. There are musicals, there are biopics, and the seas will literally part.

In A Weekend Or A Year, Remoteness Is Captured On Film

NPR |Nov. 27, 2014 3:12 p.m.

Documentaries Remote Area Medical, about the operation of a pop-up medical clinic, and Anarctica: A Year On Ice have the extremes of human life in common, but their methods and tone differ vastly.

In 'The Babadook,' A Mother's Sacrifices And A Monster's Roar

NPR |Nov. 27, 2014 2:03 p.m.

Jennifer Kent's genre-bending horror film gives brave voice to the fury of many mothers and continues a tradition of Australian women unafraid of explorations of fear.

British Mystery Novelist P.D. James Dies At 94

NPR |Nov. 27, 2014 8:32 a.m.

The author of such books as The Black Tower was best-known for her series featuring Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

Christmas Bells Are Ringing, And Cable Holiday Movies Are Unrelenting

NPR |Nov. 26, 2014 4:36 p.m.

Christmas cable movies are a genre unto themselves. We take a look at some of the Hallmark (and other) romances that are surprisingly big business this time of year.

Benedict Cumberbatch Lifts Above Biopic Formula In 'Imitation Game'

NPR |Nov. 26, 2014 4:25 p.m.

Cumberbatch stars as British mathematician and World War II code breaker Alan Turing in a film directed by Morten Tyldum and co-staring Keira Knightley as Turing's comrade in arms.

For Native Alaskans, Holiday Menu Looks To The Wild

NPR |Nov. 26, 2014 7:32 a.m.

Thanksgiving menus traditionally celebrate the bounty of late fall. In rural Alaska, that means walrus, moose, fermented fish heads and akutaq, or Eskimo ice cream – salmonberries mixed with Crisco.

Gluten-Free Guests For Thanksgiving? We've Got You Covered

NPR |Nov. 26, 2014 7:20 a.m.

It's like the start of a bad joke: a vegan, a gluten-free and a paleo walk into a bar — except it's your house, and they're gathered around the Thanksgiving table. Don't panic — we've got recipes.

Book News: Despite The Tumult, Ferguson Library Keeps Its Doors Open

NPR |Nov. 26, 2014 7:14 a.m.

Even as public schools in the area closed amid protests, the Ferguson Public Library stayed open for local students and readers. Onlookers have responded with an outpouring of donations.

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