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State Of Wonder: Nov. 21, 2015

Conversations from Wordstock with literary stars about their works, whether LAIKA is going to make a “Wildwood” animated movie and much more.

Photo: Reuben Unrau/OPB

State Of Wonder: Nov. 14, 2015

George Takei, Andy Warhol, the Lipinski Stradivarius — it's a star-studded travelogue around the country, from Amazon's new Seattle store to the Oregon Territory to the bright lights of Broadway.

Photo: Paige Powell/Portland Art Museum

State of Wonder: Nov. 7, 2015 — Live From Wordstock

Broadcast live from Wordstock with Ursula Le Guin, Patrick DeWitt, Patterson Hood and Willie Vlautin.

Photo: Reuben Unrau/OPB

State of Wonder: Oct. 31, 2015

We talk with five authors who will appear at the Wordstock book festival Nov. 7.

State Of Wonder: Oct. 24, 2015

We spend a day in Eugene's surprising hotbed of video games, playing and talking with upstart developers of all stripes.

Photo: Sam Gehrke

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Marc Acito Pledges 'Allegience'

OPB | Nov. 14, 2015

A longtime Portlander returns to Broadway, writing for a show starring George Takei.

Jazz Pianist Darrell Grant Explores More 'Territory'

OPB | Nov. 13, 2015

CD release show scheduled for Grant's love letter to Oregon.

Florence And The Machine’s Show Borders On Spiritual

OPB | Oct. 26, 2015

British singer Florence Welch whipped the Memorial Coliseum into an ecstatic frenzy with her exultant voice, boundless energy and unadulterated charisma.

New Portland Art Museum Show Captures New York in the '80s

OPB | Nov. 13, 2015

Paige Powell's multi-media installation shares never-before-seen photos of the now legendary '80s art scene from her time working at Interview Magazine.

Salem Chamber Orchestra Could Dissolve

OPB | Oct. 22, 2015

The Salem Chamber Orchestra is made up of Willamette University music
 faculty, student musicians and some professionals hired from around
 Western Oregon.

Portland Hip-Hop Leader, MC Leaving For California

OPB | Oct. 20, 2015

For Glenn Waco, a primary force in North Portland hip-hop, 2015 brought a record release, increased activism, and now, a move to Santa Barbara.

City Council To Consider Portland Building Renovation

OPB | Oct. 16, 2015

An iconic building in the cityscape is badly in need of repairs.

Portland Hip-Hop Day Takes Step Toward Healing

OPB | Oct. 16, 2015

After a turbulent year between hip-hop artists and law enforcement, Mayor Charlie Hales proclaimed Oct. 15 "Portland Hip-Hop Day."

On View: 'Book Of Scores' At Disjecta

OPB | Oct. 16, 2015

Curator-in-residence Chiara Giovando on sound and motion.

Photo Pioneer's Images Challenge Modern Viewers

OPB | Oct. 03, 2015

Edward Curtis’ portraits of Native Americans are a popular subject among Western museums and other presenters.

Petition For PPS Choirs At Grotto Draws 1,000 Signatures

OPB | Oct. 09, 2015

Online fans are asking Portland Public Schools to reconsider the decision prohibiting choirs from performing at the east-side shrine.

The Confessions of Jessica Jackson Hutchins

OPB | Oct. 03, 2015

A broad swath of Hutchins' paintings, ceramics, and constructed works on view across two galleries.

Blitzen Trapper Live at OPB

opbmusic | Oct. 08, 2015

The Portland band joins us to play songs from their 8th release, All Across This Land.

Filmmaker Laura Heit Experiments With 'Animated Installations'

OPB | Oct. 08, 2015

Filmmaker and performance artist Laura Heit gave up a job as co-director of the Experimental Animation Program at Cal Arts to move to Portland, and she's glad she did. 

Vinnie Dewayne Takes Us To Portland's Hip-Hop High School

opbmusic | Oct. 02, 2015

Roosevelt High School is located in St. Johns, a neighborhood that has produced a slew of Portland hip-hop talent. Roosevelt grad Vinnie Dewayne takes us on a tour through the halls of his old stomping ground.

If The Floor's A-Rockin', Just Keep A-Bouncin'

NPR | Sept. 29, 2015

In a town known for "keeping it weird," the Crystal Ballroom in Portland doesn't immediately stand out. But it's got plenty of character below the surface.

The Archive Project - September 30, 2015

OPB | Sept. 30, 2015

Episode 48 of Literary Arts: The Archive Project features Toni Morrison. She discusses how her work—specifically in her novels Beloved and Jazz—examines the evolution of racial self-regard in African Americans. 

Catherine Coulson Of OSF And Twin Peaks Dead at 71

OPB | Sept. 29, 2015

Coulson acted in in dozens of productions in Ashland, and drew devoted followers for her work in David Lynch's productions.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival To Modernize The Bard's Plays

OPB | Sept. 28, 2015

The famed company will commission 36 playwrights to translate the Bard's entire canon into contemporary English over the next three years.

Elizabeth Gilbert Gets Creative

OPB | Sept. 24, 2015

Elizabeth Gilbert's book explores the nature of creativity.

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