Photo: Inger Klekacz / OPB

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.

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 | AIRDATE: Oct. 10, 2014 11:07 a.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.

June 21, 2014

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....

Quiet Music Festival Chris Johanson's on Taking It Down, Take It Down

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.

Beats Lyrics Leaders In Production For Native-Influenced Album

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.

Oregon Children's Theatre Prepares To Address Mass Shootings

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.

Arts | Food | Local

Oregon Vineyards: Through The Eyes Of An Artist

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.

Rachel Winchester Choreographs "Girl Pool: An Adaptation", To Be Performed at Kennedy Center

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.

Fashion's Futures: Designers Speak Out On Industry Challenges

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.

Sean Healy's Extroverts: An Intuitive Read On Masculinity

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.

Who Is Brian Rogers? New Executive Chosen To Lead Arts, Culture Agencies

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.

Brian Rogers Tapped To Run Arts, Culture Agencies

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.

Music Business Hacks: What Helps Make Your Band a Business?

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.

Music & Tech: UX, UI, U Got To Be Kidding

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?

Artists, Race and Identity

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

'State of Wonder' Welcomes Guest Curator Simon Tam

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.

Portland Piano Legend Janice Scroggins Dies

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.

What Went Down At The Big Think

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.

Arts | Local

A Tragic End For One Of Portland’s Best Web Comics

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.

Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson Tour of Art Beat Exhibition

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


After Nearly 2 Years, Oregon Symphony Names New Leader

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.

Kishi Bashi Performs In OPB's Studio

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.


Rural Hospital Frustrated With Role As Music Festival's ER

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

May 17, 2014

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...


Washington Attorney General Targets Kickstarter Campaign

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.

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical But Were Afraid to Ask

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)"


Marco Benevento at OPB

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.

Povey Brothers Studio Stained Glass Restoration in Bend

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.

George Saunders Reflects On Writing And Kindness

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.

App Moves Film Narrative Onto Second Screen

OPB | May 10, 2014 2:07 a.m.

A new Dutch film tells its story with help from viewers cell phones and tablets.

The Family Dynamic: Portland's Abioto Sisters

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

8-Time Eisner Winner Dave Stewart On Creating A World Of Color

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.

Live Performances And More At Art Beat Exhibition

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. 

Show Takes On Loss, Desire, And Bernie Madoff

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.

Arts | Local

August Wilson Monologue Competition Inspires Portland Youth

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.

Arts | Local

Bridgetown Comedy Festival: Heavy On The Jokes, Heavier On Community

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.

Oliver Skewers Cover Oregon Ad Campaign

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.

Director Bill Rauch: All the Way and Pirates of Penzance

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.

Mining Uncertainty: Laura Fritz In Focus

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.

Todd Snider: New Book Takes Stories From Stage To Page

OPB | April 30, 2014 1:25 a.m.

Alt-country gypsy Todd Snider talks about his new book, his mentors, and more.

New Documentary Highlights The Carter Family's History and Influence

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.

Arts | News | Local

OSF's All The Way Receives 2 Tony Nominations

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.

April 26, 2014

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.

Arts | News | Local

Peter Sears Named Next Oregon Poet Laureate

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.

Arts | Local

'State of Wonder' Welcomes Guest Curator Jeff Jahn

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.

Living as an Artist in Portland, OR

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.

Portland's Japanese Garden

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.

Blackfish Panel Explores Avant Garde And Kitsch

OPB | April 26, 2014 10:12 a.m.

Difficult art versus easy art: several writers and critics talk about works that challenged them.

Analysis: A Case Study In Public Support For Arts

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.

Portland Band Federale's Spaghetti Western Twang

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.

Ask a Symphony Musician! Classical Up Close

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.

April 19, 2014

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.

15 Years Of Change In Oregon Art

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.

Namita Wiggers

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.

Rene Denfeld's The Enchanted

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.

Kenji Bunch: New Job, New Rules For Chamber Music

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.

Alison Roper Prepares For Final OBT Performances

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.

News | Local

Police Investigating Repertory Singers But The Shows Will Go On

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.

Update: Hip Hop And Law Enforcement

OPB | April 08, 2014 4:06 p.m.

Some different voices on how hip hop shows are handled by Portland law enforcement.

Makoto Fujimura's Golden Sea

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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