A big retirement in Oregon's art world, race discussions on stage and on film, teaching artists to write, the science of how we see art, and so much more.
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Get ready to get down with the Bonnie and Clyde of comics writing. After writing for iconic characters like the Avengers, X-Men, Ironman, and Captain Marvel, the couple has had a breakout year of indie successes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 28, 2014 2:54 p.m.
The legendary post-punk trio will drop a collection of the entire S-K discography, remastered.
OPB | Sept. 04, 2014 3:44 p.m.
Draplin's at the Portland Art Museum. We talk about favorite things and universal design principles.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 27, 2014 11:46 p.m.
The online record database holds its first-ever record show.
OPB | Aug. 27, 2014 11:15 p.m.
Critic Ned Lannaman and Dolorean's Al James talk about the end of an era.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 21, 2014 4:12 p.m.
The mural is being spearheaded by an Oregon native and University of Oregon alum.
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.
opbmusic | July 29, 2014 10:45 a.m.
Watch the band's strong performance and beautifully captured video from Stagepass.
OPB | Aug. 22, 2014 1:34 p.m.
We caught up with four of the honored artists highlighted at the ArtsEast Biennial 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 03, 2014 10:28 p.m.
Shafer's first novel hits the stands just as publisher's parent feuds with Amazon.
OPB | Aug. 08, 2014 1:32 p.m.
Acclaimed abstract painter Lucinda Parker curates four of her favorites from around the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 01, 2014 2:37 p.m.
Recent PNCA grad talks about finding community and the courage to pursue creative work.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | July 03, 2014 3:23 p.m.
A few minutes with poet Kwame Dawes, of Pacific University's Low-Residency MFA for Writing.
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.
OPB | July 04, 2014 12:08 p.m.
A growing chorus of questions facing two white filmmakers' project on historic discrimination against black Oregonians.
OPB | July 04, 2014 11:21 a.m.
Third Angle Ensemble previews next season's program with bite-sized outdoor concerts: Porch Music.
opbmusic | June 24, 2014 11:27 p.m.
Watch video of the band's performance and interview for opbmusic Stagepass.
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.
OPB | July 01, 2014 5 p.m.
Unspecified health problems led headliner Allman to cancel; no word on possible make-up date.
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.
OPB | June 25, 2014 4:18 p.m.
Willy Vlautin's incandescent new side project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | June 20, 2014 11:08 p.m.
Two views of Bend's evolving built environment.
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.
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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 | Local
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 | Local | Technology
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...
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.
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)"
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.
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.
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.
OPB | May 10, 2014 2:07 a.m.
A new Dutch film tells its story with help from viewers cell phones and tablets.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | April 30, 2014 1:25 a.m.
Alt-country gypsy Todd Snider talks about his new book, his mentors, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | April 26, 2014 10:12 a.m.
Difficult art versus easy art: several writers and critics talk about works that challenged them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | April 08, 2014 4:06 p.m.
Some different voices on how hip hop shows are handled by Portland law enforcement.
OPB | April 12, 2014 11:24 a.m.
American-born, Japanese-American artist straddled cultures, grapples with twin poles of faith and artistic vision.
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