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2017 Oregon Book Awards: The Nonfiction Nominees

In our Oregon Book Awards special, we dig into the stories of five authors nominated in the nonfiction category: including the fantastical and dangerous love story of two journalists during WWII. 

Solange And Soul'd Out | Chuck Close In Pendleton | Wild Ones | Portland Art Museum

This week's "State of Wonder" has great art, great soul and great authors, all wrapped up in phyllo dough and covered in honey.

Photo: Amy Harris/AP

Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or' At 20 | Slim Moon | Larry Crane | Sean Croghan | Luz Elena Mendoza | Matt Drenik | The Secret Sea | Catherine Feeny

Friends and colleagues of Elliott Smith look back at seminal songs that continue to inspire fans around the world.

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Conor Oberst | Portland Japanese Garden Reopens | YA Stars Laini Taylor And Sunshine Girl | Blitzen Trapper's Rock Opera

This week on "State of Wonder," the Portland Japanese Garden gets a huge expansion, two best-selling fantasy authors build worlds of magic and ghosts, Portland rockers' sci-fi musical, and more.

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In Flux: Vancouver’s North Bank Artists Gallery Sees No Path Forward

OPB | April 14, 2017

Anchor gallery for the downtown Vancouver cultural scene will hold its last show in May.

Chuck Close Portraits Heat Up The Pendleton Art Scene

OPB | April 13, 2017

The Pendleton Center for the Arts features a show by the modern master thanks to a partnership with a big city art wrangler. Plus, the nearby Rivoli Theater restoration plans get approved.

5 Shows To See At Soul'd Out 2017

OPB | April 14, 2017

KMHD DJ Derek Smith tells us his most anticipated acts for Portland's annual Soul'd Out Festival. 

The Meaning Of Food For Award-Winning Author Diana Abu-Jaber

OPB | Broadcast: April 12, 2017

Author and Portland State University Professor Diana Abu-Jaber has a cultural connection to the food she often writes about.

Oregon-Born Play Wins The Pulitzer Prize For Drama

OPB | April 10, 2017

Lynn Nottage’s “Sweat” premiered at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2015 and won the Pulitzer Prize shortly after opening on Broadway.

Portland's Wild Ones Look To Redefine Their Sound

opbmusic | Sept. 25, 2015

The quintet joins us to play songs from their new EP, Heatwave. Also, front woman Danielle Sullivan talks about being stuck with a label she didn't want: A band that's always upbeat, or cute. 

5 Musicians And What They Love About Elliott Smith

OPB | Broadcast: April 5, 2017

With the help of Portland-area musicians, opbmusic presents "Either/Or at 20: Celebrating the Music of Elliott Smith."

Portland Music Producer Larry Crane Revisits Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or'

OPB | April 5, 2017

Back in 1996, Larry Crane recorded the vocals for Elliott Smith's "Pictures of Me" because Smith's personal console was broken. Twenty years later, Crane remembers his legacy. 

Slaying Demons (And Cliches) With Best-Selling Portland Author Laini Taylor

OPB | April 1, 2017

The “Daughter of Smoke and Bone” author releases “Strange the Dreamer” and talks about how fantasy allows us to explore topics like war and prejudice in new ways.

Austin Sessions: Conor Oberst

opbmusic | March 22, 2017

Conor Oberst and his band play songs from his new record, Salutations, at Arlyn Studios in Austin, Texas

Portland Japanese Garden Opens New Cultural Village

OPB | March 31, 2017

The Portland Japanese Garden is opening three new buildings this weekend, known as the Cultural Village, which will house a gallery, cafe and performance spaces.

Portland Choreographer Jayanthi Raman's 'Duality' Hits Political Hurdle

OPB | March 24, 2017

Jayanthi Raman has been staging internationally renowned shows in Portland for nearly 30 years. This one had a small hiccup.

Portland Edit-A-Thon Aims To Close Wikipedia Gender Gap

OPB | March 18, 2017

It's part of a massive editing session to create more diverse voices and content on Wikipedia, with a focus on women artists.

See Art, Win Money, Make A Difference With 2 New Portland Programs

OPB | March 24, 2017

Art Passport PDX and Artists Resist are two new programs from arts writer and activist Jennifer Rabin meant to get you embracing art.

Crossed Swords Lead To 'Classical Crossroads' Concert

OPB | March 25, 2017

Facebook feud gives rise to program of vanguard compositions for 45th Parallel.

March Sadness: The Tournament For The Most Sorrowful Song

OPB | March 17, 2017

March Sadness: the most sorrowful songs you can think of, going head-to-head, tournament style.

Portland Flocks To 'Grimm' Estate Sale For Piece Of TV History

OPB | March 11, 2017

More than 1,500 people lined up in Portland Saturday to take home a piece of television history. The NBC show "Grimm" is selling off a warehouse full of the TV show’s props, furniture and costumes.

Temples: Crystal Ballroom Soundcheck

opbmusic | March 16, 2017

The psych-rock band from Kettering, England plays songs from their sophomore release, Volcano.

VR Is Changing The Game For Portland Architecture

OPB | March 17, 2017

Consumer-grade virtual reality makes it possible to walk through a building that hasn't broken ground yet.

5 Things To See At Massive Ceramics Conference In Portland

OPB | March 17, 2017

For three days Portland will be invaded by more than 5,000 ceramicists. Here's what you don't want to miss. 

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