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5 Things To Know About The Project Pabst Music Festival

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016

This weekend, MusicFestNW presents Project Pabst, a celebration of music, art and the Rose City against the backdrop of a fast-dwindling summer.

The Old-Fashioned Romantic Comedy Pops Up On YouTube With 'Single By 30'

NPR | Aug. 25, 2016

It may be a recent arrival in original TV content, but YouTube has rolled out a pleasantly traditional romcom about friends who may or may not (oh, come on) fall in love.

With Arts Central's Shutdown, What's Next For Central Oregon's Arts Leadership?

OPB | Aug. 25, 2016

Arts Central announces complete shutdown; Arts and Culture Alliance digs in.

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Belle Of The Mall: Saving Smithsonian's Jewel-Like Arts And Industries Building

NPR | Aug. 25, 2016 7:27 a.m.

With its spires, rotunda and colorful facade, the Arts and Industries Building is a festive relief compared with its neighbors. But restoring the Smithsonian's first museum hasn't been easy.

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Kids On Bikes: The Sci-Fi Nostalgia Of 'Stranger Things', 'Paper Girls' & 'Super 8'

NPR | Aug. 25, 2016 5:01 a.m.

Three recent properties - a Netflix series, a comic book and a 2011 Hollywood film - borrow key elements from Steven Spielberg and Stephen King to comment on adolescence in very different ways.

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'The Couple Next Door' Ratchets Up Parenting Paranoia

NPR | Aug. 25, 2016 4 a.m.

Shari Lapena's novel about a couple whose baby daughter goes missing while they're at a dinner party next door strikes at the heart of parenting fears — but falls down as a police procedural.

Books | Arts

Texas Bookseller Picks 3 Summer Reads

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 3:23 p.m.

Julia Green of Front Street Books recommends Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig, City of Women by David R. Gillham and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.

Books | Arts

Newly American 'Dreamers' Are Torn Between Love And Disappointment

NPR | Aug. 24, 2016 10:04 a.m.

Imbolo Mbue's debut novel is one of the best books to deal with the financial crisis of 2007-2008. It's the story of a Cameroonian immigrant couple and the rich, troubled Americans they work for.

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'Breath Of Earth' Is A Brisk, Relevant Alt-History Barnstormer

NPR | Aug. 23, 2016 1:53 p.m.

Beth Cato's new book is set in an alternate version of San Francisco where geopolitical intrigue and homegrown unrest complicate a young earth magician's attempt to head off the great quake of 1906.

Entertainment | Arts

Wolverine's Mutton Chops To Hugh Jackman: 'This Ain't Over, Bub'

NPR | Aug. 23, 2016 1:28 p.m.

The Fire Still (Side)Burns: Jackman recently took to social media to shave off the distinctive facial hair he sported for the role of Wolverine. Those mutton chops are not handling the breakup well.


Q&A: How Does The New 'Ben-Hur' Compare With Its Predecessor(s)?

NPR | Aug. 23, 2016 12:47 p.m.

Critic Chris Klimek gets so excited about the various film versions of an epic set in the Roman Empire that he opens a Socratic dialogue with his editor. (Yes, Socrates was Greek, not Roman. We know.)

Arts | Technology

A Samurai's Son Makes Stop-Motion Magic With Music And Origami

NPR | Aug. 23, 2016 10:04 a.m.

Kubo and the Two Strings is a sprawling new fantasy film from Laika animation studios. Filmmaker Travis Knight says it's all about merging brand new technology with age-old art and craft.

Books | Arts

Better To Reign In Hell: Literature's Unpunished Villains

NPR | Aug. 22, 2016 3:17 p.m.

Snidely Whiplash may have been famous for yelling "Curses, foiled again!" But sometimes the bad guys win — from Milton's Satan to X-men foe Magneto, we're taking a look at the ones who get away.

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