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.

Making A Change To Keep A Constant Consonant

NPR |Nov. 23, 2014 8:56 a.m.

Given two words, change the first consonant sound in each word to the same new consonant sound and you'll phonetically name two things in the same category.

Reviving 'Allegro': Even Rodgers And Hammerstein Had Flops

NPR |Nov. 23, 2014 8:56 a.m.

Allegro arrived on Broadway with a cast of close to 100 and the biggest advance ticket sales in Broadway history at the time. But reviews were mixed and the musical only lasted a season.

These Tales Of Transformation Are Both 'Rich And Strange'

NPR |Nov. 23, 2014 4:03 a.m.

Ron Rash's latest collects 34 of his best short stories; critic Alan Cheuse says they're searingly beautiful, "as if someone has taken a stick from a blazing fire and pressed it into your hand."

In Bowling Alleys And In Rock Clubs, The Dude Abides

NPR |Nov. 22, 2014 4:06 p.m.

"Whenever I'm working, I'll have my guitar with me," Jeff Bridges says.

Remembering 'Comic Meteor' Mike Nichols

NPR |Nov. 22, 2014 12:24 p.m.

NPR's Scott Simon remembers actor, director, and comedian Mike Nichols. Critics sometimes carped that they couldn't find a unifying theme to his work, but Nichols had fun doing different things.

Not My Job: We Ask 'Real Housewives' Producer Andy Cohen About House Flies

NPR |Nov. 22, 2014 8:58 a.m.

Andy Cohen is host of Watch What Happens Live and also the Bravo producer responsible for the Real Housewives franchise. He'll play a game called "Bzzz ... bzzz ... bzzz."

In 'The Homesman,' Wind Is The Sound Of Insanity

NPR |Nov. 22, 2014 8:21 a.m.

"We both knew what the movie sounded like," Tommy Lee Jones says. "We just had to find it."

'Recasting' India's Economic Policy For The Free Market

NPR |Nov. 22, 2014 4:03 a.m.

Fortune India editor-at-large Hindol Sengupta's new book chronicles India's lurching progress away from a state-controlled economy to a more open system that encourages business and investment.

These 'True Tales' Add Nuance To The Immigration Discussion

NPR |Nov. 21, 2014 3:36 p.m.

President Obama announced an executive action on immigration this week. For an in-depth look at the issue, author Gustavo Arellano recommends two nonfiction collections about Mexican immigrants.

Benedict Cumberbatch: Code-Breaker Alan Turing Was A Puzzle Himself

NPR |Nov. 21, 2014 1:23 p.m.

Cumberbatch stars in The Imitation Game, as the British mathematician who helped break German codes. "It's a war thriller, it's a love story and a tragic testament to a genius wronged," he says.

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