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State of Wonder Oct 18 2014 - Guest Curator Corin Tucker

Corin Tucker from the iconic power punk trio, Sleater-Kinney, looks back at the band's catalog, and what's changing for musicians in S-K's hometown, Portland.

Sleater-Kinney Remastered

OPB | Oct. 21, 2014 10:39 a.m.

The remastered boxset. It’s a rite of passage for nearly every great band.  But what exactly is remastering?

Passages: Paul Revere Dick, Linda Hornbuckle

OPB | Oct. 11, 2014 7:51 a.m.

We remember a Portland blues master and a '60s pop icon.

Oregon Arts Commission Hosts Summit In Central Oregon

OPB | Oct. 10, 2014 2 p.m.

The Commission has made an effort to focus on different communities throughout the state, starting this week with a regional arts summit in Bend.

PAM's Guenther Retires, Search For New Curator Imminent

OPB | Oct. 09, 2014 3:53 p.m.

Guenther's 14-year tenure ushered in new age of Modernism for the Portland Art Museum.


Portland Art Museum: Blue Sky: The Center for the Photographic Arts at 40

Sept. 09, 2014 1:32 p.m.

Major survey exhibition of more than 120 works by artists shown at Blue Sky that demonstrates the role the gallery played in establishing photography as a fine art.

Bend Film Festival Expands To Warm Springs Reservation

OPB | Oct. 09, 2014 3:56 p.m.

The Bend Film Festival is taking place this weekend. The festival has a new executive director at the helm. And for the first time, festival goers will be able to see films on the Warm Springs reservation, including one by a 23 year old tribal member.

Catching Up With Editorial Cartoonist Jack Ohman

OPB | AIRDATE: Sept. 29, 2014 12:45 p.m.

The Oregonian's former editorial cartoonist is now lambasting politicians in California, at the Sacramento Bee.

David Mitchell's Love Of "Beautiful, Shimmering Words"

OPB | Oct. 03, 2014 9:48 a.m.

An extended conversation with David Mitchell, who sat down with us to discuss his new work, his writing influences, parenting a child who has autism, growing up with a stammer, and the spiritual themes that inform his work.

Arts | News

At The Heart Of Washington D.C.'s Newest National Monument Is Oregon Glass

OPB | Oct. 03, 2014 6 a.m.

On Sunday, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial will be dedicated — with the president on hand. The monument features an installation of intricate glass walls made in Oregon. Here's a look inside the Portland studio where the mammoth production unfolded for nearly three years.

Worksound Back Online With "Furniture Porn"

OPB | Oct. 03, 2014 10:34 a.m.

Mark Takiguchi's paintings riffing on glossy home decor catalogs mark the vanguard gallery's revival.

Writers On Design: What Works In Your Town

OPB | Oct. 02, 2014 3:57 p.m.

Three writers talk about design that works in Oregon cities,  and the interplay between urban design and public dialogue.


Review: Project Pabst 2014

opbmusic | Sept. 30, 2014 11:50 a.m.

The new festival played Portland's south waterfront for the first time last weekend.

Darrell Grant's MJ New Onstage This Weekend

OPB | Oct. 02, 2014 5:30 p.m.

Portland and Newport shows re-interpreting the classy, timeless music of the Modern Jazz Quartet.


EDJ instudio at OPB

opbmusic | Sept. 23, 2014 4:13 p.m.

Former Fruit Bats' frontman Eric D. Johnson joins us to play from his new release, EDJ.

Anatomy Of A Fight Scene: Wait Until Dark

OPB | Sept. 25, 2014 midnight

Northwest Classical Theatre is staging a production of a play featuring a blind woman, trapped in her apartment with an assailant. The actors talk about how they staged it.

Hari Kondabolu: Stand-Up and Standing Out

OPB | Sept. 26, 2014 11:26 a.m.

NYC native who launched his career in Seattle flips consciousness about race and class into spot-on observational comedy. 

Reimaginging Shakespeare Through Juliet's Nurse

OPB | Sept. 23, 2014 9:52 a.m.

Portland author Lois Leveen's novel revisits time-honored characters with fresh perspective on gender, class, and loss.


The Donkeys at OPB

opbmusic | Sept. 16, 2014 5:10 p.m.

The San Diego quartet plays summertime jams from their new record, Ride the Black Wave.

Arts | Books | Local | News

Literary Arts Takes Control Of Wordstock Book Festival

OPB | Sept. 19, 2014 5:47 p.m.

The Wordstock book festival will reboot as a one-day event at the Portland Art Museum, and Powell's Books is back on board.

What Ancient Ruins Tell Us About Our Brains And Art

OPB | Sept. 19, 2014 12:11 p.m.

Francisco Fernandez de Miguel is using pre-Columbian art to study the neuroscience of how we perceive art.

Arts | News

Portland Art Museum's Chief Curator To Retire

OPB | Sept. 15, 2014 4:24 p.m.

After 14 years directing exhibitions and acquisitions for the state's largest art museum, Bruce Guenther says he'll step down in October.

Do The Right Thing Revisited

OPB | Sept. 20, 2014 2 a.m.

A whole generation after its premiere, we take a second look at Spike Lee's funny, vibrant, sometimes frightening exploration of racial tension in one corner of '80s Brooklyn.

Dreamscape: Giving Racial Tensions Form On Stage

OPB | Sept. 19, 2014 10:03 a.m.

Rickerby Hinds's Dreamscape dramatizes the events of December 28, 1998, when police shot and killed a nineteen year old black woman in Riverside, California.

Teaching Artists How To Write

OPB | Sept. 19, 2014 11:46 a.m.

Monica Drake is spearheading a Bachelors of Fine Arts in writing at Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Pop-Art Partners: Mike and Laura Allred

OPB | Sept. 12, 2014 3:19 p.m.

Mike and Laura Allred talk about their eye-popping, classic style, and also tell us the story of how they met.

Michael Oeming And Taki Soma's Collaborative Comics

OPB | Sept. 12, 2014 3:36 p.m.

Michael Oeming and Taki Soma are a husband-wife duo that have worked as a team on several comics projects.

Mike Doughty On Coloring Outside Industry Lines

OPB | Sept. 12, 2014 4:57 p.m.

Indie rocker, author, and seeker Mike Doughty talks about blowing up his career in the traditional industry, and remaking his creative output.

Jen Van Meter On Dr. Mirage, Women In Comics, And Hopeless Savages

OPB | Sept. 12, 2014 4:20 p.m.

We talk to Jen Van Meter about her indie and mainstream comics work, including, most recently, The Death-Defying Dr. Mirage.

TBA Performers Past And Present Preview This Year's Festival

OPB | Sept. 05, 2014 3:04 p.m.

We check in with Dropping Gems record label, choreographer Tahni Holt, curator Stephanie Snyder, and performance artist Chanticleer Trü about their plans for the 2014 Time Based Art Festival.

Sub Pop To Release Sleater-Kinney Box Set

OPB | Aug. 28, 2014 2:54 p.m.

The legendary post-punk trio will drop a collection of the entire S-K discography, remastered.

Hanging Out With Designer Aaron Draplin

OPB | Sept. 04, 2014 3:44 p.m.

Draplin's at the Portland Art Museum. We talk about favorite things and universal design principles.

Meet State of Wonder's Cellist-In-Residence Nancy Ives

OPB | Sept. 05, 2014 2:50 p.m.

Why? Because we've always wanted our own cellist. Especially one with such a frisky nose for new music.

James Lavadour Featured At Crystal Bridges Museum Of American Art

OPB | Sept. 05, 2014 2:37 p.m.

The museum's State of the Art exhibit focuses on over 100 cutting-edge contemporary American artists.

Discogs and Crate Diggers: Match Made in Vinyl Heaven

OPB | Aug. 27, 2014 11:46 p.m.

The online record database holds its first-ever record show.

Fond Farewell: Dolorean Posts Final Show

OPB | Aug. 27, 2014 11:15 p.m.

Critic Ned Lannaman and Dolorean's Al James talk about the end of an era.

Opera Exploring Veterans' Journey To Premiere

OPB | Aug. 28, 2014 12:19 a.m.

Composer and U of O grad Ethan Gans-Morse teams up with Tiziana DellaRovere for Canticle of the Black Madonna.

Monica Drake Reads A Bedtime Story For Adults

OPB | Aug. 29, 2014 12:33 p.m.

The Bedtime Stories for Adults series is hosted by some of Portland's literary heavyweights. They truly mean it when they say bedtime stories — audience and hosts all dress up in silk robes and PJs. And they truly mean it when they say it’s for adults.

Arts | Music

One Song: Liz Vice - 'Empty Me Out'

OPB | Aug. 28, 2014 8:45 a.m.

Last year, Liz Vice sang lead vocals on a gospel album that has generated quite a stir in the Portland music scene. Watch her perform "Empty Me Out" from the Bungalo 9 recording studio in Southeast Portland.

Pink Martini Percussionist Derek Rieth Dies At 43

OPB | Aug. 22, 2014 4:28 p.m.

Rieth played for years with Pink Martini. He harbored a passion for Afro-Cuban and Brazilian rhythms.

Springfield Welcomes New Simpsons Mural

OPB | Aug. 21, 2014 4:12 p.m.

The mural is being spearheaded by an Oregon native and University of Oregon alum.

Arts | Books

Mitchell S. Jackson's Novel Focuses On Residue Years In Portland

OPB | AIRDATE: Sept. 12, 2013 12:30 p.m.

Mitchell Jackson's semi-autobiographical debut novel recalls a northeast Portland damaged by drugs and the drug war.


Stagepass: Black Prairie

opbmusic | July 29, 2014 10:45 a.m.

Watch the band's strong performance and beautifully captured video from Stagepass.

Slideshow: ArtsEast Showcases Eastern Oregon Artwork

OPB | Aug. 22, 2014 1:34 p.m.

We caught up with four of the honored artists highlighted at the ArtsEast Biennial 2014.

Physics Lessons From The Science Teacher You Wish You'd Had

OPB | AIRDATE: Aug. 19, 2014 12:30 p.m.

Portland-based mechanical engineer, musician, and author Christine McKinley brings us the laws of physics like you've never heard them before.

Playing Around With Elbowfish

OPB | Aug. 23, 2014 12:23 p.m.

Father-daughter developers David and Leana Galiel talk about putting gaming to work. They have a beautifully illustrated new card game called JUX in the works.

Arts | Music | News

Mural Unveiled Remembering Working Kirk Reeves

OPB | Aug. 14, 2014 4:36 p.m.

The late street musician Kirk Reeves — one of Portland's most recognizable faces — inspires several public projects.

Walidah Imarisha's Poetic Journey

OPB | Aug. 15, 2014 3:16 p.m.

Academic, critic, and prose writer Walidah Imarisha says poetry's power is an important part of the activist toolbox.

Reflecting On Comedy And Mental Health In The Wake Of Robin Williams Passing

OPB | Aug. 15, 2014 12:47 p.m.

The idea that comedians as a population are somehow sadder than the rest of the world is short-sighted.

Comedians Gather For The First Stumptown Improv Festival

OPB | Aug. 15, 2014 12:20 p.m.

The festival brings troupes from Portland and around the country together for a weekend of improvised antics. Plus, we'll remember Robin Williams.

Arts | Local

Laura Larson's 'Hidden Mother': A Photographic Exhibition

OPB | Aug. 07, 2014 4 p.m.

Photographer Laura Larson has curated a collection of 19th-century images of children that explore early photographic techniques. Her exhibition is on display at Portland's Blue Sky Gallery throughout the month of August.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's New Lyndon Johnson Play

OPB | AIRDATE: July 25, 2014 12:25 p.m.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival's The Great Society tells the story of the metastasizing war in Vietnam that largely derailed Lyndon Johnson’s ambitious domestic agenda.

Arts | Local

Textile Artist Sidnee Snell On Quilting, Engineering & The Art Of Hand Dyeing

OPB | Aug. 15, 2014 midnight

Textile artist Sidnee Snell hand dyes the colorful fabrics she uses in her unique art quilts. A former engineer, Snell incorporates the computer into her process as she creates quilts which are in essence fabric paintings. View a video slideshow of Snell's hand dying process.

Music | News

Oregon Symphony, Musicians Extend Contract

OPB | Aug. 08, 2014 5:13 p.m.

Talks have produced a one-year extension. Symphony President Showalter says the deal paves the way for growth.

David Shafer's Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

OPB | Aug. 03, 2014 10:28 p.m.

Shafer's first novel hits the stands just as publisher's parent feuds with Amazon.

Non Finito: "No Artist Worth Their Salt Is Ever Finished"

OPB | Aug. 08, 2014 1:32 p.m.

Acclaimed abstract painter Lucinda Parker curates four of her favorites from around the region.


Photo Review: Pickathon 2014

opbmusic | Aug. 07, 2014 10:10 a.m.

After 3 days of music, sun, dust, music and people, we collected these favorite photos from the festival.

Arts | Local

'Art Of The Wild' Celebrates 50th Anniversary Of The Wilderness Act

OPB | July 24, 2014 midnight

Twenty-one Pacific Northwest artists are coming together to showcase work offering a unique look at wilderness reserves. The new show opens in August at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

Up Close: Victor Maldonado

OPB | Aug. 01, 2014 1:28 p.m.

See works and hear some thoughts on his work. Also, more about his upcoming show, fusing social practice and Instagram photography.

Sean Joseph Patrick Carney's Social Malpractice Art

OPB | July 31, 2014 8:51 p.m.

Pacific Northwest College of Art alum Sean Joseph Patrick Carney will join us to talk pop songs, parodies, and his conflicted relationship with social practice art.

Crow's Shadow Institute Of The Arts Gets A New Executive Director

OPB | Aug. 01, 2014 9:26 a.m.

Karl Davis starts as executive director next week. He arrives at an interesting time for the organization.

Finding Focus: Elizabeth Leon

OPB | Aug. 01, 2014 2:37 p.m.

Recent PNCA grad talks about finding community and the courage to pursue creative work.

Arts | Local

Victor Maldonado Explores Mexican Stereotypes With His Lucha Art

OPB | Aug. 01, 2014 9:15 a.m.

Artist Victor Maldonado journeyed to Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts to work on a new series of prints exploring questions of identity through Mexican lucha wrestling masks.

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 | Local

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 | Local

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 | Local

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.

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