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State of Wonder: May 30, 2015


Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

Certified fresh this week: Karen Karbo's rail odyssey, Namita Wiggers reviews Ai Wei Wei at PAM, Octavia's Brood explores sci fi and social change, and MORE!

Photo: Casey Minter / Oregon Public Broadcasting

State of Wonder: May 23, 2015


Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

Sit down! Stay a while! We never talk anymore! Except this week, we do. Long chats with Philip Glass, Dan Vidmar of Shy Girls, and two shakers in the maker movement.

State of Wonder: May 16, 2015


Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

Slick sounds and fresh ideas: "Grimm" stars Sasha Roiz and Silas Weir Mitchell, 1939 Ensemble, "The Simpsons" goes post-apocalyptic at Portland Playhouse, Likewise Art Bar, Paisley's librarian suggests summer reads, and more!

Photo: Photo by Patrick Weishampel, courtesy of PCS

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State of Wonder: May 30, 2015

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Robin Bacior at OPB

opbmusic | May 06, 2015

Portland transplant Robin Bacior and her trio play from their hypnotic new release Water Dreams.

The Archive Project - May 27, 2015

OPB | May 27, 2015

Episode 30 of Literary Arts: The Archive Project features poet Mark Doty. He reads from his new collection, Deep Lane, and discusses his influences and sources of inspiration.

Portland Makers On The Road

OPB | May 21, 2015

Microenterprise manufacturers show their stuff at fairs on both coasts and question the conventions for business as usual.

Shy Girls Find Inspiration in Interesting Places

opbmusic | May 22, 2015

Dan Vidmar of Shy Girls chats with us about his new mixtape 4WZ and many points of inspiration-- from the bizarre world of Tinder to his relationship with the Portland music scene.

Missing XX Factor: Dearth of Women At Summer Music Fests

opbmusic | May 22, 2015

A look at summer's biggest outdoor music festivals - and the lack of representation by female artists.

The Helio Sequence at OPB

opbmusic | May 18, 2015

With their new self-titled album, The Helio Sequence take a novel, more liberating approach to songwriting.

Likewise: An Art Bar That Mixes Cocktails And Creativity

OPB | May 15, 2015

With bleachers facing the street and a bartender-in-residency program, Likewise is is an art project masquerading as a bar with one of the wildest business plans around.

Portland Playhouse Takes on 'The Simpsons' — And the Apocalypse

OPB | May 15, 2015

In "Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play," by hotshot playwright (and Reed alum) Anne Washburn, 'The Simpsons' has become the stuff of legend.

Thara Memory's Pacific Crest Jazz Orchestra Takes Ellington Prize

OPB | May 14, 2015

Youth orchestra dazzles New York audience; Thara Memory talks to KMHD about the big night.

"Grimm" Stars Holiday At Portland Center Stage

OPB | May 15, 2015

Silas Weir Mitchell and Sasha Roiz chat about their roles in "Three Days of Rain" at PCS – plus a few observations about the "Grimm" season four finale.   chat about their roles in "Three Days of Rain" at PCS – plus a few observations about Grimm's Season Four finale.

1939 Ensemble at OPB

opbmusic | May 12, 2015

It's a set of jazz-flavored melodies over thundering percussion layers from the Portland trio.

The Archive Project - May 13, 2015

OPB | May 13, 2015

Episode 28 of Literary Arts: The Archive Project features author Kazuo Ishiguro who discusses his life, his novels, and his approach to creating characters and telling stories with international appeal.

The Haunting of Sunshine Girl, Oregon's Surprise YouTube Star, Conquers Books and...TV?

OPB | May 09, 2015

Paige McKenzie's YouTube series has wracked up over 140 million views. Now she has a YA book out and a TV deal with the Weinstein Company. And she's accomplished it all with a flipcam from her house.

Portland’s Most Legendary Party: PICA’s Dada Ball

OPB | May 09, 2015

In the late 1990s, the art organization’s over-the-top, annual warehouse parties were the stuff of legends, and now the PICA’s bringing it back on May 16.

9 Groups Awarded Bend Cultural Tourism Funds

OPB | May 04, 2015

Grants designed to encourage more overnight stays in Central Oregon went to BendFilm, Atelier 6000, and more.

Triangle Productions Revisits Portland's Anything-Goes Theater Heyday

OPB | May 01, 2015

Triangle's world premiere tells the story of the infamous local collective Storefront Theater, known for pushing every boundary possible in the '70s and '80s with its nudity-filled, sexually-charged, drug-fueled, over-the-top-fabulous productions.

Marin Alsop On Music's Role Amid Baltimore Turmoil

OPB | April 29, 2015

The BSO Artistic Director — formerly of Eugene — discusses the free concert she conducted in Baltimore.

Ben Percy's "Dead Lands" Retells Lewis and Clark's Journey — With A Post-Apocalyptic Twist

OPB | April 23, 2015

Oregon-raised Ben Percy has a new novel re-imagining the Corps of Discovery as a desperate dystopian mission.

Nancy Ives: A Year Of Music And Conversation

OPB | April 23, 2015

A consummate musician with eclectic tastes, State of Wonder's cellist-in-residence opens up new windows on classical and chamber music.

Road Sessions: The Weather Machine

opbmusic | April 23, 2015

With the Crooked River hundreds of feet below, watch The Weather Machine play at scenic Peter Skene Ogden State Park.


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