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"State of Wonder" will melt your winter blahs down to marshmallowy molten goodness with provocative dance projects, hot new fiction, and music for transformative times — with twirling rifles!

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'State Of Wonder' Year In Review: Can Artists Afford Portland? | Art Glass Apocalypse | Oregon Jewish Museum Takes Craft Museum's Home


OPB's arts and culture show looks back at some of the biggest stories of 2016 and updates them for the new year.

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"State of Wonder" talks with some of Wordstock's top authors about the books that most influenced their writing.

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Portland Choreographers Strive To Make Traditional Dance Contemporary

OPB | Jan. 15, 2017

Subashini Ganesan and Oluyinka Akinjiola discuss their new work, identity, and what it means to stand and face 2017.

Pander Brothers Revive Tech Thriller 'The Dissident'

OPB | Jan. 14, 2017

What began as a futuristic treatise on corporate use of data becomes spookily prescient in 2017.

Desert Rain: Bend Home Meets Living Building Challenge

OPB | Jan. 14, 2017

Tom Elliott and Barbara Scott have constructed the first single-family home to meet the Living Building Challenge.

Portland Choreographer Tahni Holt Revels In the Forbidden

OPB | Jan. 13, 2017

When it comes to women, there are two things American culture doesn’t look so kindly on: age and weight. Tahni Holt’s show revels in both.

Kyle Morton's Quiet New Solo Session

opbmusic | Jan. 04, 2017

Known for cathartic and grandiose music with Portland collective Typhoon, Morton plays from his beautifully intimate new solo record in our studio.

The Oregon Jewish Museum Has A New Home And Big Dreams

OPB | Jan. 11, 2017

The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education is taking over the former Museum of Contemporary Craft’s space in downtown Portland with plans for national-level exhibitions.

A Fragile Year: Portland Art Glass Maker Uroboros' Founder On Selling His Business

OPB | Jan. 07, 2017

Amid regulatory crackdown on Northwest glass makers, Eric Lovell transfers the business to California-based Oceanside GlassTile.

Design, Planning And New Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler

OPB | Jan. 07, 2017

We listen back to what Ted Wheeler said as a candidate about his arts agenda for Portland, and learn about what design, architecture and planning challenges lie ahead during Wheeler's tenure.

Portland's Toxic Air Problem

Portland's air is dirtier than we thought. A study conducted by researchers at the U.S. Forest Service revealed dangerously high levels of heavy metals in Portland, sparking an investigation into the sources and causing regulators and officials to question why the pollution was left unchecked for so long.

Not Your Standard Armory: The Oregon National Guard Nesmith Readiness Center

OPB | Dec. 21, 2016

An innovator in military construction revives a Cold-War-era design innovation program, with spectacular results for a new Willamette Valley armory.

Portland Art Museum Announces Major New Building

OPB | Oct. 06, 2016

The museum will bridge its existing buildings with a modern pavilion and partner with Mark Rothko's children to bring major works by the iconic, Portland-raised painter over the next 20 years.

Sara Jackson-Holman's Romantic Piano Pop

opbmusic | Dec. 08, 2016

The Portland artist plays songs from her lush new album Didn't Go to the Party.

NE Portland American Legion Post Gets Lit

OPB | Dec. 16, 2016

Readings and more breathe new life into a Northeast Portland American Legion hall.

Portland Art Museum Hires New Northwest Curator

OPB | Dec. 08, 2016

A Bay-Area native, Grace Kook-Anderson has experience in regional and contemporary curation.

The Holidays, An Opera And A Celebrated Portland Exotic Dancer

OPB | Dec. 09, 2016

A one-act opera based on "Magic Garden: The Memoirs of Viva Las Vegas" explores stage life and family drama.

5 Stories To Fill You With Joy And Wonder

OPB | Dec. 09, 2016

State of Wonder remixes the five winners of publisher Tin House's Plotto flash fiction contest for your aural enjoyment — and phones up the grand-prize winner.

Positively 4th Avenue: Steve Novick's Tribute To Dylan's Nobel Prize

OPB | Dec. 02, 2016

Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick temporarily renamed the street bordering City Hall in honor of Dylan's literary prize.

Explode Into Colors: Art-Rock Reunion

opbmusic | Nov. 09, 2016

Reunited for a pair of benefit shows last month, Explode Into Colors plays a set of dark, funky, danceable music in our studio.

Portland Artists And Activists Ask, 'What Now?'

OPB | Nov. 22, 2016

More than 800 people packed Portland’s Revolution Hall on Monday night to talk about where to turn their political energy. 


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