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State of Wonder: Aug. 22, 2015


Saturday at 12:00 a.m.

An hour of hellos and goodbyes with Frank McCourt, PHAME, Papi Fimbres, Divers, Ellen Urbani, 11: Dance Co. and more

Photo: Courtesy 11:Dance Co.

State of Wonder: Aug. 15, 2015 - Arts And Small Towns, A Love Story


Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

What happens when small towns try to jump-start their economies with arts centers and cultural offerings? We find out with a road trip to Joseph, Burns, and Mighty Tieton, Washington.

Photo: Aaron Scott / OPB

State of Wonder: Aug. 8, 2015


Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

Seekers + savants: Kamasi Washington, Jason Isbell, painter Christos Koutsouras, Pickathon recap, fun and games with Jumpdrive Studios, and more.

Photo: Dave Christensen / opbmusic

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How Black Reporters Report On Black Death

NPR | Aug. 28, 2015

As calls for newsroom diversity get louder, we might do well to consider that black reporters covering race and policing literally have skin in the game.

Mic Crenshaw's Afrikan Hip-Hop Caravan

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The Portland MC engages hip-hop artists from African countries for conversation and shows.

Reset Time: Arts, Business Interface In Metro Portland

OPB | Aug. 27, 2015

The demise of Business for Culture and Arts presents an opportunity for new ideas.

Composer To Create Music Inspired By Crater Lake

OPB | Aug. 26, 2015

The Britt Music and Arts Festival has commissioned composer Michael Gordon to create a piece of music evoking Oregon's iconic national park.

'You Say Latino' Comic Spells It Out

OPB | Aug. 25, 2015

Portland comics artist Terry Blas publishes a mini-comic called "You Say Latino," that takes on racial, national and linguistic identity with an artistic flare.  

PHAME Partners With Laura Gibson For World Premiere Musical

OPB | Aug. 21, 2015

PHAME's "Up The Fall" features an integrated cast of actors with and without disabilities and music by one of Portland's favorite singer-songwriters.

Former PICA Curator Tapped To Run Portland Art Series

OPB | Aug. 20, 2015

Former PICA director will shape events to be held in 2016.

New Book Tells The Story Of The Aftermath Of Huricane Katrina

OPB | Aug. 19, 2015

Portland author Ellen Urbani puts her training in trauma therapy to use in her debut novel about two mothers and two daughters surviving Katrina's aftermath.

Joseph: From Economic Depression To Arts Powerhouse

OPB | Aug. 15, 2015

Once just a pit stop on the way to Wallowa Lake, Joseph, Oregon, is now a destination of its own thanks to a bustling arts, culture and tourism scene.

Could An Arts Center Be Harney County's Salvation?

OPB | Aug. 15, 2015

The region, once rich in timber, is asking if building a $16 million performance center might jump start its economy.

How This Tiny Washington Town Became An Arts Titan

OPB | Aug. 13, 2015

A single entrepreneur plugs in the arts for Central Washington town.

An Inspiring Renovation Comes To Life In Joseph

OPB | Aug. 12, 2015

Entrepreneur Greg Hennes surpassed his Kickstarter goal by $27,000 to fix up the historic Jennings Hotel in Joseph, Oregon.

Greek Sailor, Turned Artist, Paints Astoria Blue

OPB | Aug. 08, 2015

Christos Koutsouras has lived a life ripped from a classic adventure novel. He ran away from his home on the Greek island of Samos at 18 to sail the world, before becoming a painter and then settling in Astoria. His biggest local show yet runs through Sept. 8.

Portland's Jumpdrive Uses Crowdsourcing To Shape New Game

OPB | Aug. 05, 2015

A new title goes through a crowdsourced evolution.

Jason Isbell Has Conquered Fear, But He's Still Learning About Himself

NPR | July 30, 2015

The country artist's new album, Something More Than Free, comes at a turning point in his life.

Festival Life At Pickathon 2015

opbmusic | Aug. 03, 2015

opbmusic's Jerad Walker recaps festival life from Pickathon, the three day music event held at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon.

Across The Country In A Covered Wagon

OPB | July 29, 2015

Several years ago, author Rinker Buck left his job, bought a covered wagon and some mules, and rode the length of the Oregon Trail with his brother.

Pickathon Musicians Share Songs For Summer

OPB | Aug. 02, 2015

Portland's Pickathon Independent Music Festival is known as an event musicians love to attend as much as fans. So what's on their turntables, tape decks and iPods this summer? We took advantage of the proliferation of artists at the Pendarvis farm to ask a range of musicians about what sounds are turning them on.

Oregon Shakespeare Festival Sweats America's De-Industrialization With New Play

OPB | July 30, 2015

The Ashland theater premieres Pulitzer-winner Lynn Nottage's play "Sweat" — about steel workers on strike — just as Oregon Shakespeare Festival's own crews vote to unionize.

Astoria Music Festival Board Resigns Amid Dispute

OPB | July 22, 2015

Citing fears that the artistic director, Keith Clark, would start a separate festival over an unresolved difference, the board steps aside to clear the way for new leadership.


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