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April Baer

April Baer hosts the weekly arts show, State of Wonder, for OPB, covering how art is made and consumed. Prior to this assignment, she worked as a reporter and was the local host of Morning Edition. Before coming to OPB in 2004, she worked as a studio engineer, host, reporter and occasional music host at several stations in Ohio. She earned a BA in Communications from Ohio State. April grew up in the Midwest and now lives in Portland.

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Recent Articles

Arts | NW Life | Entertainment | local

Portland Author Lidia Yuknavitch Examines A Scorching New World

OPB | July 3, 2015 12:47 p.m. | Portland

This week we talked to Portland writer Lidia Yuknavitch about her new novel, which publishes July 7.
She has a reading at Powell's July 8.

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State of Wonder: July 4, 2015

OPB | July 4, 2015 noon

It's a patriotic explosion of arts this weekend: Portlander Dave Depper on joining Death Cab for Cutie, the news that mandolinist Chris Thile might take over for Garrison Keillor, a new modern curator at the art museum, Lidia Yuknavitch's new book, Other Lives' opbmusic session and more!

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Portland Art Museum Taps New Art Curator

OPB | June 30, 2015 2 p.m. | Portland

Sara Krajewski is the museum's next curator of modern and contemporary art.

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State of Wonder: June 27 2015

OPB | June 27, 2015 noon

Everything old is new again — a new vinyl record factory, the Go-Go's reborn, pay phones as art project, and MORE.


Crescent City Legend Allen Toussaint Takes Center Stage

OPB | June 27, 2015 6 a.m.

The High Priest of New Orleans music talks about his life and songs.

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Artist Creates, Lives In Solitude Of Alvord Desert

OPB | June 26, 2015 4:26 p.m. | Portland

With just his dog at his side and Facebook at his fingertips, solitary artist John Simpkins carves out productive time in one of Oregon's most remote landscapes.

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An Artist's Renaissance Post Hurricane Katrina

OPB | June 24, 2015 3:45 p.m. | Portland

After being displaced by Hurricane Katrina, songwriting legend Allen Toussaint discovered a performance awakening.

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Oregon Company Finds Its Groove In Vinyl

OPB | June 19, 2015 3 p.m. | Portland

A trio of entrepreneurs has opened what they believe is Oregon's first vinyl record pressing plant.

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First U.S. Vinyl Record Press In Years Opens In Oregon

OPB | June 18, 2015 7:15 p.m. | Portland

Start-up Cascade Record Pressing is the first new press in the U.S. for years.

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Astoria Music Festival Surrounds Town With Sound

OPB | June 18, 2015 2:40 p.m.

Music and more with audience favorites.

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Where We Make: Astoria's Creative Culture

OPB | June 18, 2015 1:59 p.m.

How Astoria became a destination for artists and creatives. Also: can creatives still afford to live and work there?

Arts | News | Business | local

Historic YMCA In Astoria Bought For Creative Space

OPB | June 16, 2015 3 p.m. | Portland

Boise buyer says it will house business, artists' studios.

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State of Wonder: June 20, 2015 — Astoria Show

OPB | June 20, 2015 noon | Astoria, OR

We visit Astoria to explore how it became a bastion for creatives, with musical performances by Blind Pilot and classical musicians from the Astoria Music Festival.

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Portland Arts Business Nonprofit To Close By End Of Summer

OPB | June 11, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Portland

A Portland-based nonprofit for the arts is shuttering for financial concerns.

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Shakespeare Festival Workers Vote To Form Union

OPB | June 11, 2015 11:14 a.m. | Portland

Stagehands, light, sound techs and others will form a new chapter of IATSE in Ashland.

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State of Wonder: June 13, 2015

OPB | June 13, 2015 noon

Third Angle New Music joins forces with "New Yorker" critic Alex Ross for "Hearing Voices," a tour of the West Coast avante-garde.

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'Goonies' 30th Anniversary Draws Fans in Astoria

OPB | June 8, 2015 10:40 a.m.

The film's durability is hard to argue with.

Union Vote Set For Wednesday At Oregon Shakespeare Festival

OPB | June 7, 2015 midnight

Stagehands and others will decide whether to organize.

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Q&A: Composer Raven Chacon

OPB | June 4, 2015 5:54 p.m.

Experimentalism and noise come together in the work of the respected Native composer. He plays Holocene June 9th.

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Contemporary Native Artists Come Together For The One Flaming Arrow Festival

OPB | June 4, 2015 4:29 p.m. | Portland

Local and national artists gather for an 11-day celebration of contemporary Indian art through music, performance, film, and more.