July 19 2014

We revisit our show guest curated by the Portland trumpeter and educator, Farnell Newton.

Waste Not: Refuse Workers Profiled

OPB | July 11, 2014 4:22 p.m.

A multi-media project profiles the workers who sift through what Portland throws away - their lives, and their findings.

GIFs Go Competitive With YIX

OPB | AIRDATE: July 11, 2014 9:05 a.m.

Husband and wife team Benjamin and Jenny Diggles have turned the art of the GIF into a competitive sport.

Kill Rock Stars' Foray Into Comedy

OPB | July 11, 2014 4:44 p.m.

Comedy is the new punk? Kill Rock Stars CEO Portia Sabin on why the label started signing people like Cameron Esposito and Ian Karmel.

Matika Wilbur Photographs America's Tribes

OPB | AIRDATE: May 28, 2014 12:30 p.m.

Matika Wilbur is working on Project 562, a journey to photograph every Native American tribe in the U.S.

What Makes Wes Anderson So Andersonian?

OPB | AIRDATE: July 08, 2014 3:23 p.m.

The NW Film Center is spending July and August showing Wes Anderson's beloved ouvre and the films of the directors who inspired him.

Music | Oregon

One Song: DEAN! - 'Whitest Dove'

OPB | July 08, 2014 7:45 a.m.

Portland husband-and-wife duo Luke and Rachael Price sing one song for OPB's Arts & Life: the nostalgia-laden ballad Whitest Dove live from the Crystal Ballroom in Portland.

Music | Oregon

Star Anna Turns Toxic Year Into Searing Sound

OPB | Sept. 25, 2013 4:35 p.m.

Washington-based singer songwriter Star Anna's new record chronicles personal trials of a very difficult year.

The Minor League Team That Took Portland By Storm

OPB | AIRDATE: July 10, 2014 12:20 p.m.

We'll discuss The Battered Bastards of Baseball, a film that tracks the history of the Portland Mavericks, a former minor league team.

Chelsea Cain's Tips On Surviving Summer Thrillers

OPB | AIRDATE: July 01, 2014 3:54 p.m.

For starters: don't take baths, never drive anywhere alone, and never open the door. Ever.

Kwame Dawes: Form And Structure

OPB | July 03, 2014 3:23 p.m.

A few minutes with poet Kwame Dawes, of Pacific University's Low-Residency MFA for Writing.

Wading Into Smith Henderson's Fourth of July Creek

OPB | AIRDATE: June 30, 2014 12:30 p.m.

We'll talk to the Portland author about his debut novel and the critical acclaim it's received.

Whitelandia At A Crossroads?

OPB | July 04, 2014 12:08 p.m.

A growing chorus of questions facing two white filmmakers' project on historic discrimination against black Oregonians.

Third Angle Brings New Sounds To The Porch

OPB | July 04, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Third Angle Ensemble previews next season's program with bite-sized outdoor concerts: Porch Music.


Stagepass: Modern Kin

opbmusic | June 24, 2014 11:27 p.m.

Watch video of the band's performance and interview for opbmusic Stagepass.

Arts | NW Life | Oregon

Artists Capturing 'Public Displays of Affection' In Downtown Portland

OPB | June 11, 2014 midnight

Two artists are curating a unique exhibition staged at the Portland Building that seeks to explore the many ways love and connection are communicated among people. Learn about the artists and inspiration behind the project.


Salgado To Sub For Allman At Blues Fest

OPB | July 01, 2014 5 p.m.

Unspecified health problems led headliner Allman to cancel; no word on possible make-up date.

Lubbesmeyer Twins Chart A New Path

OPB | June 25, 2014 3:41 p.m.

Bend, Oregon's twin sisters Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer have a successful practice as fabric artists. Then a mystery illness sends them on a path to reinvention.

The Delines: Previewing The OPB Music Studio Session

OPB | June 25, 2014 4:18 p.m.

Willy Vlautin's incandescent new side project.

Author Tom Spanbauer Talks Teaching And Writing

OPB | AIRDATE: April 22, 2014 12:30 p.m.

Author Tom Spanbauer has taught writing in Portland for more than two decades. His latest novel explores the intricacies of love and friendship.

Bouncing Back In Bend

OPB | June 20, 2014 10:08 p.m.

Emily Carr, Pamela Hulse Andrews, and Pat Clark share three views on the post-recession creative economy.

Violinist Kiarra Saito Beckman

OPB | June 20, 2014 2:16 p.m.

15 year old violinist Kiarra Saito-Beckman played live during transitions of our live show is a scholarship and award winner from Bend.

Donald Yatomi Imagines The Fantastic

OPB | June 20, 2014 3:56 p.m.

Donald Yatomi spends his days creating concept art for video games. He also pursues fine art paintings that explore the loneliness of busy places.

The Big Reveal: Lubbesmeyers' Jubelale Commission

OPB | June 20, 2014 11:50 p.m.

Lisa and Lori Lubbesmeyer show us their new work, which will be adapted for Deschutes Brewery's next Jubelale label.

Seeing Bend: Andrew Wachs and Doug La Placa

OPB | June 20, 2014 11:08 p.m.

Two views of Bend's evolving built environment.

On Site at the Armature

OPB | June 21, 2014 12:07 a.m.

Our hosts for the day: The Armature at the Old Iron Works: a haven for emerging artists.

Neighborhood Series: Ural Thomas and the Pain

KMHD | June 02, 2014 2:41 p.m.

Watch Portland's "Pillar of Soul" Ural Thomas perform with his band live at the Doug Fir.

June 21, 2014

OPB | AIRDATE: June 21, 2014 noon

Our show from Bend! Taped Live at Armature, poet Emily Carr, Painter and Concept Artist Donald Yatomi, the metal work of Andrew Wachs, and much more....

Quiet Music Festival Chris Johanson's on Taking It Down, Take It Down

OPB | June 14, 2014 11:36 a.m.

Chris Johanson envisioned the Quiet Music Festival as a way to get folks together and make music and art, to pay attention to the quiet and even possible drift off to sleep.

Beats Lyrics Leaders In Production For Native-Influenced Album

OPB | June 13, 2014 12:47 p.m.

Producers get native youth involved in the production process. Their 16-month process is aimed at producing a full-length record.

Oregon Children's Theatre Prepares To Address Mass Shootings

OPB | June 14, 2014 10:51 a.m.

A staged reading of columbinus took place just five days before tragedy struck Troutdale's Reynolds High School.

Arts | Food | Oregon

Oregon Vineyards: Through The Eyes Of An Artist

OPB | June 13, 2014 midnight

The Oregon Historical Society presents Oregon Vineyards: Through The Eyes Of An Artist. The exhibit showcases 11 Willamette Valley artists, with artwork ranging from abstract to impressionist. The show is held alongside Clink! A Taste of Oregon Wine, which chronicles the rise of Oregon's wine industry to national and international fame.

Rachel Winchester Choreographs "Girl Pool: An Adaptation", To Be Performed at Kennedy Center

OPB | June 07, 2014 11:07 a.m.

Rachel Winchester and the choreography of Girl Pool: An Adaptation. It’s being performed in the biennial American College Dance Festival this weekend at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Fashion's Futures: Designers Speak Out On Industry Challenges

OPB | June 06, 2014 10:08 p.m.

Take a listen to this panel discussion: designers from Oregon and elsewhere talk about their biggest challenges and lessons learned building their brands.

Sean Healy's Extroverts: An Intuitive Read On Masculinity

OPB | June 06, 2014 10:25 p.m.

Healy talks about his new show at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, and about formative experiences in an overwhelmingly male-dominated Irish Catholic family.

Who Is Brian Rogers? New Executive Chosen To Lead Arts, Culture Agencies

OPB | June 06, 2014 10:50 p.m.

We spend a little time with Brian Rogers, the new executive in charge of Oregon's primary state agencies for arts and culture.

Brian Rogers Tapped To Run Arts, Culture Agencies

OPB | June 03, 2014 4:58 p.m.

Rogers, a career arts administrator from Pennsylvania, has an MFA in painting and experience consulting on several leadership changes. He says he looks forward to helping OAC and OCT move forward.

Music Business Hacks: What Helps Make Your Band a Business?

OPB | May 30, 2014 11:06 a.m.

Guest curator Simon Tam explores topics from his book Music Business Hacks about ways musicians can sustain their careers.

Music & Tech: UX, UI, U Got To Be Kidding

OPB | May 31, 2014 9:01 a.m.

Why do some of the interfaces designed for bands, the music industry, and listeners sometimes fall so far afield?

Artists, Race and Identity

OPB | May 31, 2014 9:52 a.m.

Simon Tam is joined by authors Matthew Salesses and Daniel Jose Older to discuss the way race and identity factor into the world of writers and writing.

Entertainment | Music | Oregon

'State of Wonder' Welcomes Guest Curator Simon Tam

OPB | May 29, 2014 11:15 a.m.

The founder and bassist of the Portland-based dance-rock-band The Slants is joining State of Wonder for his guest curator debut. Find out what's in store for this week's program, including information on his latest book, Music Business Hacks.

Portland Piano Legend Janice Scroggins Dies

OPB | May 28, 2014 12:03 a.m.

Scroggins was one of the city's most celebrated side musicians, and a formidable interpreter of stride, blues, and gospel in her own right.

What Went Down At The Big Think

OPB | May 23, 2014 10:48 p.m.

We talk with three people at the table for last week's summit of arts and culture leaders.

Arts | Oregon

A Tragic End For One Of Portland’s Best Web Comics

OPB | May 23, 2014 8:15 a.m.

For over three years, Portland illustrator Benjamin Dewey has been creating the Tragedy Series. With the publication of his 500th comic, and a book deal, he's calling it quits.

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson Tour of Art Beat Exhibition

OPB | May 24, 2014 12:07 p.m.

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum gives a tour of some highlights of the Oregon Art Beat Exhibition


After Nearly 2 Years, Oregon Symphony Names New Leader

OPB | May 22, 2014 11:03 a.m.

Scott Showalter has been named the next President and CEO of the Oregon Symphony. This ends a period of nearly two years without a chief executive in place.

Kishi Bashi Performs In OPB's Studio

OPB | AIRDATE: May 21, 2014 12:30 p.m.

Kishi Bashi brings his solo act to OPB to perform songs from his new album Lighght.


Rural Hospital Frustrated With Role As Music Festival's ER

NWNews | May 21, 2014 8:31 a.m.

On a typical day, maybe 10 people will come through the doors of the rural hospital. But during the 3-day Sasquatch festival? It's more like 60 or 70 per day.

Arts | Entertainment | Music | Oregon | Technology

May 17, 2014

OPB | AIRDATE: May 17, 2014 noon

State of Wonder returns with more arts coverage in Oregon. Marco Beneveto, George Saunders, Classical Up Close and more...


Washington Attorney General Targets Kickstarter Campaign

NWNews | May 11, 2014 9:36 a.m.

Washington’s attorney general has filed what’s believed to be the first government action against a failed crowdfunding campaign.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical But Were Afraid to Ask

OPB | May 16, 2014 11:43 a.m.

April teams up with Niel DePonte to co-host an evening with Oregon Symphony musicians, revealing "Everything You Wanted To Know About Classical Music But Were Afraid To Ask! (Almost)"


Marco Benevento at OPB

opbmusic | May 12, 2014 11:54 a.m.

In a studio session at OPB, the pianist/songwriter plays a couple of new songs. See the video and download the mp3s.

Povey Brothers Studio Stained Glass Restoration in Bend

OPB | May 16, 2014 9:57 a.m.

A Methodist Church in Bend, Oregon is restoring their stained glass windows dating from the 1920's and created by the "Tiffanys of the NW" Portland's Povey Brother's Studio.

George Saunders Reflects On Writing And Kindness

OPB | AIRDATE: May 12, 2014 12:06 p.m.

George Saunders has become one of the most popular writers in America for his short works of fiction and non-fiction.

App Moves Film Narrative Onto Second Screen

OPB | May 10, 2014 2:07 a.m.

A new Dutch film tells its story with help from viewers cell phones and tablets.

The Family Dynamic: Portland's Abioto Sisters

OPB | May 09, 2014 1:39 p.m.

Oregon Art Beat spends time with members of the multi-talented Abioto family: sisters who work in music, visual art and more.

Arts | Books | Entertainment

8-Time Eisner Winner Dave Stewart On Creating A World Of Color

OPB | April 29, 2014 midnight

Colorist Dave Stewart has been nominated for yet another Will Eisner Comic Industry Award. Stewart has been honored with the comic industry's highest accolade eight times in the past 10 years. We talk with Stewart about his craft and profession.

Live Performances And More At Art Beat Exhibition

OPB | May 09, 2014 1:56 p.m.

The Wonder continues at Oregon Art Beat's 15th anniversary exhibition. It's on view now at Portland's Pioneer Place. 

Show Takes On Loss, Desire, And Bernie Madoff

OPB | Feb. 01, 2014 9:05 a.m.

Poet, musician, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins has been thinking about how Bernard Madoff used people's need for security to defraud them of billions of dollars. Her show premiers next week.

Arts | Oregon

August Wilson Monologue Competition Inspires Portland Youth

OPB | May 02, 2014 1:45 p.m.

Portland high school students were invited to compete in the regional August Wilson Monologue Competition, supported by the Red Door Project of Portland. Three finalists will head to New York to compete at the national level.

Arts | Oregon

Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Heavy On The Jokes, Heavier On Community

OPB | May 02, 2014 6:45 a.m.

Each year, thousands flock to Portland's Southeast neighborhood to witness this one-of-a-kind festival featuring comedians and performers from across the world. Now in its seventh year, this "summer camp for comedians" once again descends on the Rose City.

Oliver Skewers Cover Oregon Ad Campaign

OPB | May 03, 2014 11:19 a.m.

HBO comedy series whips out Lisa Loeb parody of Cover Oregon's multi-million dollar ad campaign.

Director Bill Rauch: All the Way and Pirates of Penzance

OPB | May 03, 2014 10:07 a.m.

Bill Rauch talks about taking the play All the Way from Oregon Shakespeare Festival to Broadway. The play highlights a pivotal point in Johnson's presidency, the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He also is directing the Portland Opera's staging of Pirates of Penzance.

Mining Uncertainty: Laura Fritz In Focus

OPB | May 03, 2014 10:09 a.m.

Installation artist Laura Fritz talks about recent work. She's a recent recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship.

Todd Snider: New Book Takes Stories From Stage To Page

OPB | April 30, 2014 1:25 a.m.

Alt-country gypsy Todd Snider talks about his new book, his mentors, and more.

New Documentary Highlights The Carter Family's History and Influence

OPB | AIRDATE: May 02, 2014 12:35 p.m.

Oregon filmmaker Beth Harrington's documentary about the history of the Carter and Cash families and their effect on music — country, Americana, and more — debuts this Saturday in Portland.

Arts | News | Oregon

OSF's All The Way Receives 2 Tony Nominations

OPB | April 29, 2014 3:50 p.m.

A work commissioned by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, now in production on Broadway, is short-listed for Best Play and Best Actor In A Play.

April 26, 2014

OPB | AIRDATE: April 26, 2014 noon

It's another wonderful week in the arts. We welcome as guest curator, art critic Jeff Jahn to talk about contemporary art and architecture in Portland and beyond.

Arts | News | Oregon

Peter Sears Named Next Oregon Poet Laureate

OPB | April 25, 2014 10:26 a.m.

The Corvallis poet and educator has been tapped to fill a two-year term to champion poetry and encourage literacy, and reflect on public life.

Arts | Oregon

'State of Wonder' Welcomes Guest Curator Jeff Jahn

OPB | April 24, 2014 2:30 p.m.

State of Wonder welcomed art curator and critic Jeff Jahn this week as the show's guest curator. Learn more about Jahn in this Q&A.

Living as an Artist in Portland, OR

OPB | April 26, 2014 1:30 p.m.

We explore guest curator Jeff Jahn's theory of Portland as a "Capital of Conscience." Observations from three Portland artists, Sean Healy, Avantika Bawa and Chris Johanson about what it is about Portland that attracts or repels artists at certain times.

Portland's Japanese Garden

OPB | April 26, 2014 11:45 a.m.

Portland's Japanese Garden is considered one of the best public Japanese gardens outside of Japan. It is described by volunteer Polly Lauser as "the slowest form of performance art". Aside from the garden itself they feature art exhibitions organized by curator Diane Durston. We spoke to Diane about their approach to curating shows for the garden and we discuss the garden's proposed expansion with State of Wonder guest curator Jeff Jahn.

Blackfish Panel Explores Avant Garde And Kitsch

OPB | April 26, 2014 10:12 a.m.

Difficult art versus easy art: several writers and critics talk about works that challenged them.

Analysis: A Case Study In Public Support For Arts

OPB | April 26, 2014 9:45 a.m.

A year in, our guest curator Jeff Jahn assesses Portland's arts tax, and the larger structures channeling city money to arts and artists.

Portland Band Federale's Spaghetti Western Twang

OPB | April 19, 2014 9:28 a.m.

Federale makes music in the style of Sergio Leone Westerns, the soundtracks composed by Ennio Morricone, only their movies don't exist. Band members Collin Hegna and Brian Gardiner joined us to discuss ten years of guitar slinging their love of the spaghetti western.

Ask a Symphony Musician! Classical Up Close

OPB | March 22, 2014 10:21 a.m.

We're looking for your questions as we get ready for a special event with the Oregon Symphony Players Association.

April 19, 2014

OPB | AIRDATE: April 19, 2014 noon

Another week of Wonder! Oregon Art Beat and looking back at 15 years of Oregon artists on television! Escaping the reality of prison through magic, with Rene Denfeld's novel Enchanted. The spaghetti western twang of Federale, and poet Primus St. John.

15 Years Of Change In Oregon Art

OPB | April 18, 2014 3:27 p.m.

A massive exhibition straddles fifteen years of art in Oregon and southwest Washington, tracking explosive growth in the creative community.

Namita Wiggers

OPB | April 19, 2014 9:04 a.m.

Namita Wiggers joins us to talk about the regional arts scene since 2000, and her impending departure as director/chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft.

Rene Denfeld's The Enchanted

OPB | April 19, 2014 9:16 a.m.

Rene Denfeld is the author of three non-fiction books. Her latest title is a novel about remorse, redemption, and life on death row.

Kenji Bunch: New Job, New Rules For Chamber Music

OPB | April 12, 2014 10:50 p.m.

Composer and violist Kenji Bunch has just accepted a job as artistic director of Fear No Music. They'll play a program of his works this week to welcome him.

Alison Roper Prepares For Final OBT Performances

OPB | April 09, 2014 1:19 a.m.

Oregon Ballet Theatre's Principal Dancer Alison Roper talks about starting a new role, after 18 celebrated years onstage.

News | Oregon

Police Investigating Repertory Singers But The Shows Will Go On

OPB | April 10, 2014 3:55 p.m.

Oregon Repertory Singers plan to go ahead with their season, despite a police investigation into gaps in the group’s financial records.

Update: Hip Hop And Law Enforcement

OPB | April 08, 2014 4:06 p.m.

Some different voices on how hip hop shows are handled by Portland law enforcement.

Makoto Fujimura's Golden Sea

OPB | April 12, 2014 11:24 a.m.

American-born, Japanese-American artist straddled cultures, grapples with twin poles of faith and artistic vision.

Arts | NW Life | Oregon

'Filmed By Bike' Brings International Bike Cinema To Portland

OPB | April 10, 2014 midnight

Filmed by Bike is the city's premiere film festival dedicated to movies with themes revolving around bikes. In its 12th year in Portland, the festival presents movies from local filmmakers as well as bicycle-themed films from all over the world. 

April 5, 2014

OPB | AIRDATE: April 05, 2014 noon

State of Wonder digs fertile creative ground on music premiers, spiritually-inspired art, and more.

The Wonderful, Horrible Life Of Portland's Arts Tax

OPB | April 05, 2014 11:04 a.m.

Portland-area schools have made big strides in arts education, but arts groups are still waiting for critical operating support.

Cascadia Composers Bring New Work To Eugene, Portland

OPB | April 05, 2014 12:43 a.m.

Independent chamber music composers from all over Oregon present new works at twin concerts in Eugene and Portland.

Lost Russian Choral Work To Premier In Portland

OPB | April 05, 2014 12:10 a.m.

Cappella Romana rediscovers Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week.

Icons of Gratitude: Keith Achepohl's Ex-Votos

OPB | April 04, 2014 10:43 p.m.

Keith Achepohl's mixed-media prints imagine the backstory behind handmade silvery Catholic devotional objects, ex-votos.

Books | NW Life | Oregon

'Comics For Change' Tackles Large Oregon Issues In Mini-Comics

OPB | April 02, 2014 midnight

A collection of mini-comics tells the stories of 10 of Oregon's community organizers. Know Your City brought together a group of writers and artists to create profiles of activists working on a diverse range of causes from homelessness to LGBT rights.


Neighborhood Series: Kneebody

KMHD | Jan. 28, 2014 10:35 a.m.

Kneebody perform "Still Play" live at the Alberta Street Pub.

March 29, 2014

OPB | AIRDATE: March 29, 2014 12:06 p.m.

Wonder is sprouting: St. Vincent, Lindsay Hill's Sea of Hooks, Eugene visionary Steve LaRiccia, and more!

Lindsay Hill's Long Labors: Sea Of Hooks

OPB | March 29, 2014 11:21 a.m.

Portland author Lindsay Hill talks about the writing of his novel, spanning twenty years an 5,000 microchapters.

Young Artists Debut, Raise The Bar

OPB | March 29, 2014 10:35 a.m.

Not your traditional recital. A select group of teenage musicians get ready to take their performances to the next level.

Ask a Symphony Musician! Classical Up Close

OPB | March 22, 2014 10:21 a.m.

We're looking for your questions as we get ready for a special event with the Oregon Symphony Players Association.

St. Vincent Creates The World She Wants To See

OPB | AIRDATE: March 25, 2014 12:45 p.m.

Annie Clark has found new ways to shatter pop conventions over the course of four albums as St. Vincent.

Arts | Music

Phosphorescent Will Release OPB Performance on Record Store Day EP

opbmusic | March 27, 2014 10:52 a.m.

Matthew Hauck's solo performance of "Song for Zula" at OPB will be on a Record Store Day EP next month.

Frank Janzen Master Printmaker at Crow's Shadow Institute

OPB | March 29, 2014 10:26 a.m.

Frank Janzen is the master printmaker at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts. It's housed in an old, converted schoolhouse on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Janzen is helping artists look for new creative outlets and new revenue streams through printmaking at Crow's Shadow.

The Complete Works: the Complete Interview

OPB | March 29, 2014 11:12 a.m.

State of Wonder welcomes festival organizers Erica Terpening-Romeo and Caitlin Fisher-Draeger, co-artistic directors of their own Shakespeare company called Anon It Moves, to discuss the monumental two year project to present the complete works of William Shakespeare in Portland.

Mississippi Records Reissues Anthology of American Folk Music

OPB | AIRDATE: March 17, 2014 12:35 p.m.

Portland-born Harry Smith's influential Anthology of American Folk Music is being reissued by Portland's Mississippi Records.


Steve LaRiccia - Steampunk

OPB | AIRDATE: March 26, 2014 4:42 p.m.

This Eugene-based artist updates steampunk, making elaborate designs that actually compute, show movies, and pour a stiff drink.  And when he's not building, he's collecting.  LaRiccia's home is its very own gallery, and he is the curator of "Les Salon des Refuses," an exhibit of work refused by the Mayor's Art Show in Eugene.

March 22, 2014

OPB | AIRDATE: March 22, 2014 noon

State of Wonder took a trip to Pendleton and got snowed in. Good thing there was art around every corner!


Classical Musicians Cowboy Up In Snow

OPB | March 22, 2014 9:59 a.m.

Players with the Oregon East Symphony talk about the community they find playing in Pendleton.

"Measure Once, Swear Three Times": Verne Marr's Banjos

OPB | March 22, 2014 1:28 p.m.

Luthier Verne Marr is a retired wildlife biologist who now makes beautiful custom banjos for old-time pickers. We visited his shop in Pendleton.

JD Kindle Prepares For Residency

OPB | March 22, 2014 12:08 p.m.

JD Kindle sits down to talk about his latest record with the Eastern Oregon Playboys, and what's up next.

Arts | NW Life | Oregon

Jennifer Morgan Papercut Art in Pendleton

March 22, 2014 10:15 a.m.

Jennifer Morgan is a bank teller but into the wee hours of the morning she cuts paper into beautiful pastoral scenes and wild cityscapes. See some of her creations in this slideshow.

Dakota Brown Developing New Record

OPB | March 22, 2014 12:24 p.m.

Singer/songwriter Dakota Brown and his band are working on new material, for a summer release. We caught up with Brown at a recent date at Hamley's.

Hermiston painter Arlen Clark

March 22, 2014 11:46 a.m.

Arlen Clark's works of abstract protraiture.


The Art of Hamley's

March 22, 2014 10:33 a.m.

Hamley's Steakhouse and Saloon is a popular tourist stop. It's hard not to gawk at everything Hamley's co-owner Parley Pearce has collected.

Actor In Bag&Baggage's 'Lear' Suffers Stroke

OPB | March 18, 2014 12:19 p.m.

Father Kevin Connell, who has been playing the role of King Lear in a new adaptation of the play, is recovering in a Portland-area hospital. Performances have been modified in his honor.


Portland2014 Through LA Curator's Eyes

OPB | March 14, 2014 3:41 p.m.

Amanda Hunt talks about picking the artists featured in Disjecta's biennial show of regional work.

Cinescopio Peels Back The Mask On Lucha Libre

OPB | March 14, 2014 4:19 p.m.

Film series focuses on cult classics.

Arts | Oregon

Why Hateplow, One Of Portland's Coolest Artists, Isn't Making GIF Art

OPB | March 11, 2014 midnight

Portland digital artist Zack Dougherty spends hundreds of hours on art that lasts half a second long and loops infinitely. Under the alias Hateplow, his growing body of work has attracted an international audience. But how do you classify it?


A Dive Into The Hip-Hop Scene In St. Johns

OPB | AIRDATE: March 11, 2014 12:20 p.m.

Portland's St. Johns neighborhood is the epicenter of a growing hip-hop scene.

Oregon Arts Commission Meets In Ashland

OPB | March 15, 2014 12:41 p.m.

Here's a quick update on this week's OAC meeting in Ashland.


Are Hip-Hop Shows Targeted By Portland Police?

OPB | AIRDATE: March 04, 2014 12:30 p.m.

Portland MCs say police arbitrarily harass people who attend hip-hop shows, but PPB says they are concerned about large crowds of all kinds.

Arts | Music | Oregon

Musician Amenta Abioto Is A 'Heavy Woman,' Performing At Reed College Arts Week

OPB | March 07, 2014 2 p.m.

As a guest of Reed College's student-curated Art Week, musician and artist Amenta Abioto is set to take the stage at Heavy Women, a concert featuring performers currently active in Portland underground music.

Freddy Ruiz and Vinyl Art

OPB | March 07, 2014 5 p.m.

Freddy Ruiz Jr takes us through his world of vinyl art in Salem.

David Metzger on shaping the sound of Frozen

March 26, 2014 11:45 a.m.

From Tarzan to Broadway's Lion King to The Avengers, David Metzger has had a hand in the sound of some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. We visited him at his home studio in Salem to talk about his work on the Disney blockbuster, Frozen. Amazing guy.

The Cultural Advocacy Coalition On Arts In Oregon

OPB | March 08, 2014 11:45 a.m.

Members of The Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon discuss the upcoming "Big Think" about arts and culture funding in Oregon.

Arts | Music | Oregon

Q & A With Dave Allen, Ex-Gang Of Four Bassist, On His New Role With Beats Music

OPB | Feb. 28, 2014 7:45 a.m.

Dave Allen wants to help create a new, more robust music industry, and he thinks it is possible through new streaming service Beats Music.

Arts | NW Life | Oregon

Alaska Native Artists Showcase Compelling Work In 'This Is Not A Silent Movie'

OPB | Feb. 10, 2014 midnight

This Is Not A Silent Movie, on display at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, showcases four contemporary Alaska native artists. See photos of their art and find out what inspires their work.

Sacred Strength, Negative Spaces: The Music Of Tord Gustavsen

OPB | March 01, 2014 9:40 a.m.

Norwegian composer Tord Gustavsen's prayerful compositions place high value on sensuality, negative space.

Arts | Books

Poet Nikki Giovanni's 'Chasing Utopia': On Family, Friendship & Food 

OPB | Feb. 27, 2014 2 p.m.

Nikki Giovanni's latest book, Chasing Utopia, is "a hybrid" collection of short stories, poetry and prose exploring memories of family, friends and food. See her read her poem "My Dream" and discuss her relationship with other poets and with her work.

Arts | NW Life | Oregon

The Spirit of 'Awesome' Is Alive In Portland

OPB | Feb. 13, 2014 midnight

The Awesome Foundation takes root in Portland, delivering $1,000 micro-grants to individuals to help them follow their dreams and make the city a better place. Learn about the foundation and some of the projects it has helped bring to life.

Search For New Oregon Arts Chief Moves Forward

OPB | March 01, 2014 10:06 a.m.

Resumes are being accepted for the administrative job overseeing the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

Sallie Ford Ready To Launch New Lineup

OPB | March 01, 2014 10:36 a.m.

Sallie Ford is ready to step out with an all-female band and new material produced by Chris Funk. She gives us some hints about the group's sound.

Barber, Portraitist Adam Baker

OPB | March 01, 2014 10:56 a.m.

Stop by. You get more than the haircut.


February 22, 2014

OPB | AIRDATE: Feb. 22, 2014 noon

Guest Curator Rebecca Gates is always thinking. She lead us into new ideas about music advocacy, the higher echelons of the art world, and sonic art. We'll also talk her post-Spinanes solo records, and artists she wishes got more attention.

Arts | Music | Oregon

'State of Wonder' Welcomes Guest Curator Rebecca Gates

OPB | Feb. 21, 2014 10:15 a.m.

This week on State of Wonder, April Baer will be joined in the OPB studio by singer-songwriter and guitarist Rebecca Gates to explore the latest in music and the arts. Find out more about Gates in our artist Q&A.


Music & Revenue: Artists Piece Together A Living

OPB | Feb. 22, 2014 9:06 a.m.

Terrence Scott (Cool Nutz), Dave Gulick (Derby, Fremont), and Liz Harris (Grouper) talk about shifting revenue streams and how they cobble together a living in an essentially unpredictable industry.

Cruising The Art Fairs With Oregon Gallerists

OPB | Feb. 22, 2014 9:54 a.m.

Gallerists from PDX Contemporary and Upfor, and our guest curator, Rebecca Gates, talk about maintaining a presence at premier art fairs.

Making It Better: Peter Walters In Pendleton

OPB | Feb. 22, 2014 10:51 a.m.

Some people complain there's nothing going on in their hometowns. Peter Walters actually did something about it.

Arts, Culture Boards To Discuss New Hire

OPB | Feb. 24, 2014 5 a.m.

Recruiting is in early stages for executive to guide two agencies.

Arts | Oregon

Oregon Arts Commission Seeks Reboot

OPB | Feb. 13, 2014 6 p.m.

After a painful separation with executive Chris D'Arcy and an advisory board exodus, Oregon's arts administrative agency tries to find its next incarnation.


The "Miracle" Years: José Eduardo González & Dañel Malán

OPB | Feb. 07, 2014 4:35 p.m.

The first family of Portland's Milagro Theater talks about starting from scratch, and maintaining balance.

Berger & Brown: Navigating the Speed Bumps

OPB | Feb. 07, 2014 5:08 p.m.

Joshua Berger and Tiffany Lee Brown are the couple behind the art mag Plazm. They've had -- well, let's call it an interesting couple of years.


Defying Expectations: Carla And David Fox

OPB | Feb. 07, 2014 4:53 p.m.

Carla and David Fox maintain separate creative careers and work together on Central Oregon's premier fine art & craft fair.

Arts | Oregon

Arts Tax Checks In The Mail, Miniaturized

OPB | Jan. 30, 2014 4:45 p.m.

Regional administrators have received $200,000 in revenues to pay out.

Show Takes On Loss, Desire, And Bernie Madoff

OPB | Feb. 01, 2014 9:05 a.m.

Poet, musician, and Torah scholar Alicia Jo Rabins has been thinking about how Bernard Madoff used people's need for security to defraud them of billions of dollars. Her show premiers next week.

Arts | Music

The Girl With the Golden Voice: Grammy nominee Cecile McLorin Salvant’s timeless originality

KMHD | Jan. 09, 2014 1:58 p.m.

Finding their own voice is one of the greatest challenges for a jazz singer, and the quest usually begins with their inspirations. Cecile McLorin Salvant, though influenced by the singers of the Golden Era, has managed to do more than find her own voice. And though she respects the tradition, she's no copy-cat.

Film Festival Ramps Up In La Grande

OPB | Feb. 01, 2014 9:34 a.m.

The Eastern Oregon Film Festival gets ready for year five.

Ragnarok Dance in Burned Out Building

Jan. 31, 2014 8:50 a.m.

Heidi Duckler Dance Theater/Northwest prepares for their performance of Ragnarok an old Norse myth about the end of the world and it's rebirth, their version set in a burned out building in Southeast Portland.

Books | Oregon

Poet Turiya Autry On 'Roots, Reality And Rhyme'

OPB | Jan. 31, 2014 midnight

Amidst the flurry of activity commemorating the centennial of poet William Stafford’s birth, another Oregon poet and educator is releasing her first book of poetry. Turiya Autry talks about what inspires her work and reads "Rwanda 1" from her new collection.

Ruth Ozeki On A Tale For The Time Being

OPB | AIRDATE: Jan. 28, 2014 12:06 p.m.

Novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, Ruth Ozeki, shares her thoughts on writing and the moments that make up a life.


Liv Warfield's 'Unexpected' Feat

OPB | Jan. 24, 2014 11:41 p.m.

Pausing from her day job with Prince's New Power Generation, Warfield surges forward with a muscular, eclectic new record.

Arts | Transportation

Sahel Sounds Takes On Tuareg Rock Film

OPB | Jan. 25, 2014 1:11 a.m.

Musicologist Christopher Kirkley's love for Saharan guitarists inspired him to take on an homage to Purple Rain, recast in Africa.


CASH Music Ready To Hit The Road

OPB | Jan. 25, 2014 1:29 a.m.

Oregon non-profit holding summits to build brand, get feedback for musicians' open-source web platform.

Jitney Taps Into Hard Truths About Race, Gentrification

OPB | Jan. 25, 2014 2:37 a.m.

Russell Hornsby and Rodney Hicks discuss August Wilson's rendering of black cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh.

NY Times Names Buyer Of Bacon Triptych At PAM

OPB | Jan. 16, 2014 10:06 p.m.

Elaine Wynn named as owner of the three paintings, on view through the end of March.

DIY Kids

OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 noon

Julie Sabatier, the host of Destination DIY, brings us the story of a DIY.org. It's like Scouting for the digital age.

On Stage: Three Productions

OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 10:23 a.m.

We skim a few productions onstage this weekend.

Red Door Helps Theaters Diversify

OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 11:05 a.m.

Red Door, in the tradition of playwright August Wilson, spent the winter offering tools to theaters interested in diversifying their audiences, staff, and boards.

Gerard Schwarz: The State Of Wonder Interview

OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 11:26 a.m.

Seattle Symphony Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz talks about his All-Star Orchestra, issues in the industry, and conducting the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Arturo O'Farrill Brings Latin Jazz To Central Oregon

OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 12:17 p.m.

The New York big band leader is playing with his Afro-Cuban Jazz Septet this weekend. Here's a music sample.


Three Poets Talk Stafford And Writing

OPB | Jan. 10, 2014 4:20 p.m.

Jennifer Boyden, Matthew Dickman, and Vince Wixon share Stafford favorites, and their own poems.

Arts | Books

Remembering Activist Poet Amiri Baraka

NPR | Jan. 10, 2014 11:48 a.m.

Baraka was one of the key black literary voices of the 1960s. The political and social views that inspired his writing changed over the years, from his bohemian days as a young man in Greenwich Village to his later years as a Marxist. He spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1986.

Arts | NW Life | Oregon

Portland's 'Kung Fu Theater' Programmer Shares 5 Essential Shaw Brothers Studio Films

OPB | Jan. 08, 2014 2:15 p.m.

Hong Kong media mogul Run Run Shaw passed away this week. In his honor, Hollywood Theatre's programmer Dan Halsted shares his five essential picks from the Shaw Brothers Studio.

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Oregon Experience Explores the Life of Famed Oregon Author Ken Kesey

OPB | Jan. 07, 2014 8 a.m.


Jan. 4 2014 - SEED: Words + Music

OPB | Jan. 04, 2014 9:44 a.m.

This week, State of Wonder presents something special - artists trading inspiration.


Bacon Triptych At PAM: Cost As Context?

OPB | Dec. 21, 2013 9:39 a.m.

A fabulously expensive work of modern art ignites a discussion of a museum's role in the high-flying art economy.


Deer Lodge Records Pays Tribute To George Jones

OPB | Dec. 21, 2013 9:36 a.m.

The late country great inspired a collection of 30 covers, recorded at the Deer Lodge Bar and recording studio.

BendFilm Director Leaves, Board Seeks Two Replacements

OPB | Dec. 21, 2013 10:41 a.m.

On the heels of its 10th anniversary, the festival's board and director disagree on how to move forward.


Genders at OPB

OPB | Dec. 16, 2013 3:29 p.m.

The much buzzed about Portland quartet joins us to play songs from their new full-length debut, Get Lost, and talk about its recording, as well as touring with Built to Spill this past fall.


Pushing Expectations: Mousai Remix At PHAME Academy

OPB | Dec. 21, 2013 10:51 a.m.

An audio postcard from the string quartet's music appreciation clinic.


What the Holly Was That????

OPB | Dec. 21, 2013 11:27 a.m.

Our end-of-show stocking stuffer.

Sallie Ford & the Sound Outside Announce Split

OPB | Dec. 17, 2013 2:37 p.m.

The beloved Portland quartet says they will amicably go their separate ways, at least some of which will still include music. Their hometown shows at the Doug Fir later this week will be their last.


Artist Marin Offers Tribute To Pineros

OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 10:41 a.m.

A project contemplating the labor needed to bring holiday trees to millions of homes across the country.


Portland Cello Project Release Takes Edge Off Winter

OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 11:12 a.m.

The new EP, Winter, from the Portland Cello Project, explores the creative possibility of cold, dark days.

Chuck Krall: Jazz in Images

KMHD | Dec. 02, 2013 8:31 a.m.

Photographer Chuck Krall visually documented many of the major jazz and blues figures throughout the 60s and 70s. A charismatic storyteller, his photographs were featured in some of the most well-known publications in United States. View a slideshow of his work and listen to his story.


Smith Takes The Stage At Backfence

OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 11:38 a.m.

2012 Mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith comes to Backfence PDX to tell the story that ended his campaign.


PICA, Warhol Foundation Award Precipice Fund Grants

OPB | Dec. 10, 2013 10:55 p.m.

Eighteen collaborative projects and spaces have received awards in a new philanthropic effort aimed at supporting local artists.

Blue Moon Camera Puts Customer Snaps On View

OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 12:18 p.m.

A shop specializing in film-only photo processing celebrates its customers' work.

Live In Studio With Portland Guitarist Marisa Anderson

OPB | AIRDATE: Dec. 10, 2013 12:30 p.m.

Guitarist Marisa Anderson has had a prolific year. We'll hear a few songs and talk with her about her music.

December 7 2013

OPB | AIRDATE: Dec. 07, 2013 noon

Coming up on State of Wonder for Saturday December 7th: the Nutcracker in Redmond, and Oregon arts on the worldwide stage.

Arts | Oregon

Onstage In Redmond: The High Desert Nutcracker

OPB | Dec. 07, 2013 11:53 a.m.

An offbeat cast of dancers and civilians brings new life to Tchaikovsky's classic holiday tale.


Soviet-Era Imagery On View At Reed

OPB | Dec. 07, 2013 11:40 a.m.

Posters collected on a timely trip to Russia. Photos capturing Soviet citizens in unguarded moments. Curators of a show at Reed's Cooley Gallery tell us about images and icons in Soviet Russia.

Shelter: Crystal Schenk's Glass House

OPB | Dec. 07, 2013 12:06 p.m.

Portland artist constructs life-size glass reproduction of an Appalachian Shack.

Arts | NW Life | Oregon

Photographer Intisar Abioto Approaches 'The Black Portlanders' By The Numbers

OPB | Dec. 06, 2013 9:15 a.m.

Since moving to Portland from Memphis, Tennessee, visual artist Intisar Abioto has been using photographs on her blog to document the presence of African-Americans in the city of Portland.


Oregon Rock Abroad: Two Views From Overseas

OPB | Dec. 07, 2013 12:20 p.m.

Two sets of musicians and teachers export one of Oregon's great products on trips to Bahrain and Afghanistan


November 30 2013

OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 30, 2013 12:06 p.m.

Coming up this week: Slater Smith sings in 190 Oregon state parks, art adds a fresh look to rural storefronts, Sherman Alexie invites authors to Small Business Saturday, and much more.


Musicians Consider Options Under New Health Care Law

OPB | Nov. 29, 2013 11:13 p.m.

Amid the shaky launch of the Affordable Care Act, musicians and other creatives are seeking new options, in a market that has traditionally shut them out.


Newport's Bartow Shows Works Created Before, After Stroke

OPB | Nov. 29, 2013 10:39 p.m.

Visual artist Rick Bartow has a new collection of works reflecting his recovery struggle, and an enduring creativity.


Art in Rural Storefronts

OPB | Nov. 30, 2013 9 a.m.

Art in Rural Storefronts, curated by the Arts Center in Corvallis brings contemporary art installations to three Oregon towns; Sweet Home, Brownsville and Philomath.

Arts | Books | Business

Author Calls On Writers To Staff Indie Bookstores This Weekend

OPB | Nov. 29, 2013 10:11 a.m.

Sherman Alexie says it's time for writers to give back to booksellers who support them throughout the year.

Music | Nation | Elections | Arts | World

Esperanza Spalding: Guantanamo Doesn't Represent 'Our America'

NPR | Nov. 22, 2013 12:24 p.m.

Grammy-winning musician Esperanza Spalding is pushing for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention center in a protest music video called "We Are America." She tells guest host Celeste Headlee why it's an important cause for her.

Music | Oregon

Slater Smith's Quest To Visit All Of Oregon's State Parks

OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 22, 2013 12:30 p.m.

Portland musician, Slater Smith, sets out to play a song in each of Oregon's state parks. We'll find out what happened.

November 23 2013

OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 23, 2013 12:06 p.m.

Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, on what she thinks about our show name. Moscow Times theater critic John Freedman checks in via Skype about his translation of The Natasha Plays that's on-stage in Portland this week. And much more!



The Natasha Plays Bridge Moscow, Portland

OPB | Nov. 22, 2013 9:41 p.m.

This weekend, a local company delivers an English-language translation of The Natasha Plays, a production exploring the perspectives of two Russian teens.


Native American Artists On View In Joseph

OPB | Nov. 23, 2013 11:39 a.m.

A collection of works at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture explores identity among Columbia Basin artists.


Portland Poet Mary Szybist Wins National Book Award

OPB | Nov. 20, 2013 10:55 p.m.

Lewis and Clark professor Mary Szybist won the National Book Award poetry prize for her collection, Incarnadine.

Ann Patchett Talks About Writing And Life

OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 21, 2013 12:06 p.m.

Ann Patchett, the author of many award-winning novels, joins us to discuss her latest nonfiction book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.

November 16 2013

OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 16, 2013 12:06 p.m.

Joe Sacco's The Great War, love and fate at the symphony, the latest from Fruit Bats, and more.


Love And Fate In Eugene: Banding Together for Counterpoint Festival

OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 10:42 a.m.

In an unusual interdisciplinary programming move, The Eugene Symphony's Counterpoint Festival draws diverse arts groups together to explore a common concept.


Oregon Symphony Still Looking For Top Executive

OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 11 a.m.

More than a year after the last Symphony President departed, the Oregon Symphony is still without a top executive.

Fruit Bats Prepare For Final Show

OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 11:15 a.m.

OPB Music's Jeremy Peterson fills us in on the Fruit Bats' announcement that tonight's show will be their last.


Joe Sacco's Great War

OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 11:06 a.m.

Joe Sacco's newest work examines in detail one bloody day in World War 1 History.

Arts | Oregon

Alyssa Macy: Art, Economics, and Indigenous Communities

OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 9:51 a.m.

Alyssa Macy, newest member of the Oregon Arts Commission, drops in to talk about her new(ish) job at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.

November 9 2013

OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 09, 2013 12:06 p.m.

Douglas Wolk, Alli Brosh, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Laura Mvula, Jon Steiner, the Northwest Filmmakers' Festival and more.


NW Film Festival 40th Anniversary

NW Film Festival celebrates 40 years. See clips of films and meet the filmmakers.

Allie Brosh And Her Hyperbole And A Half

OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 07, 2013 12:30 p.m.

Bend-based blogger Allie Brosh has turned her popular blog into a book of the same name: Hyperbole and a Half.

Arts | Oregon

Graffiti Art: From Street To Gallery

OPB | Nov. 09, 2013 9:35 a.m.

A Salem man's global quest to find and preserve graffiti art. Also, an artist who transitions from walls to gallery talks about what's different about the two forms.

Name That Bridge

OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 12, 2013 12:06 p.m.

TriMet is soliciting help from the public to name the new bridge over the Willamette River.

Arts | Music

A Conversation With UK Singer-Songwriter Laura Mvula

OPB | Nov. 08, 2013 3:30 p.m.

The singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom recently made her Portland debut at the Crystal Ballroom. After a day of cat-and-mouse, we finally caught up with Laura Mvula and talked about her musical inspirations, her sense of style and her impressions of the Rose City.

Arts | NW Life

Creating a 'State of Wonder'

OPB | Nov. 02, 2013 10:45 a.m.

Oregon Public Broadcasting's new radio show focused on arts in the Pacific Northwest launches on November 2. I'll take you behind the scenes to find out what goes into launching a new radio program.


November 2 2013

OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 02, 2013 noon

Ann Hamilton, Ian Karmel, Carlos Kalmar, The Secret Language of Color, 3D printers, and much more.

Arts | News | Oregon

Statesman Journal: Oregon Arts Commission Head Fired

Statesman Journal | Oct. 31, 2013 3:36 a.m.

The longtime head of the Oregon Arts Commission said she was fired abruptly this week when state officials told her they had a “different vision” for the agency.


Mother-Daughter Duo Decode 'The Secret Language of Color' In Their New Book

OPB | Oct. 31, 2013 11:30 a.m.

Mother-and-daughter duo Joann and Arielle Eckstut have teamed up to help us understand why the sky is blue, a rose is red and the grass is actually greener on the other side. In their new book, they discuss how our perception of color has shaped culture.

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