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 | 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 | 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.
OPB | April 10, 2014 midnight
Filmed by Bike is the city's premiere film festival dedicated to movies with themes revolving around bikes. In its 12th year in Portland, the festival presents movies from local filmmakers as well as bicycle-themed films from all over the world.
OPB | AIRDATE: April 05, 2014 noon
State of Wonder digs fertile creative ground on music premiers, spiritually-inspired art, and more.
OPB | April 05, 2014 11:04 a.m.
Portland-area schools have made big strides in arts education, but arts groups are still waiting for critical operating support.
OPB | April 05, 2014 12:43 a.m.
Independent chamber music composers from all over Oregon present new works at twin concerts in Eugene and Portland.
OPB | April 05, 2014 12:10 a.m.
Cappella Romana rediscovers Maximilian Steinberg's Passion Week.
OPB | April 04, 2014 10:43 p.m.
Keith Achepohl's mixed-media prints imagine the backstory behind handmade silvery Catholic devotional objects, ex-votos.
OPB | April 02, 2014 midnight
A collection of mini-comics tells the stories of 10 of Oregon's community organizers. Know Your City brought together a group of writers and artists to create profiles of activists working on a diverse range of causes from homelessness to LGBT rights.
KMHD | Jan. 28, 2014 10:35 a.m.
Kneebody perform "Still Play" live at the Alberta Street Pub.
OPB | AIRDATE: March 29, 2014 12:06 p.m.
Wonder is sprouting: St. Vincent, Lindsay Hill's Sea of Hooks, Eugene visionary Steve LaRiccia, and more!
OPB | March 29, 2014 11:21 a.m.
Portland author Lindsay Hill talks about the writing of his novel, spanning twenty years an 5,000 microchapters.
OPB | March 29, 2014 10:35 a.m.
Not your traditional recital. A select group of teenage musicians get ready to take their performances to the next level.
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: March 25, 2014 12:45 p.m.
Annie Clark has found new ways to shatter pop conventions over the course of four albums as St. Vincent.
opbmusic | March 27, 2014 10:52 a.m.
Matthew Hauck's solo performance of "Song for Zula" at OPB will be on a Record Store Day EP next month.
OPB | March 29, 2014 10:26 a.m.
Frank Janzen is the master printmaker at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts. It's housed in an old, converted schoolhouse on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, Janzen is helping artists look for new creative outlets and new revenue streams through printmaking at Crow's Shadow.
OPB | March 29, 2014 11:12 a.m.
State of Wonder welcomes festival organizers Erica Terpening-Romeo and Caitlin Fisher-Draeger, co-artistic directors of their own Shakespeare company called Anon It Moves, to discuss the monumental two year project to present the complete works of William Shakespeare in Portland.
OPB | AIRDATE: March 17, 2014 12:35 p.m.
Portland-born Harry Smith's influential Anthology of American Folk Music is being reissued by Portland's Mississippi Records.
OPB | AIRDATE: March 26, 2014 4:42 p.m.
This Eugene-based artist updates steampunk, making elaborate designs that actually compute, show movies, and pour a stiff drink. And when he's not building, he's collecting. LaRiccia's home is its very own gallery, and he is the curator of "Les Salon des Refuses," an exhibit of work refused by the Mayor's Art Show in Eugene.
OPB | AIRDATE: March 22, 2014 noon
State of Wonder took a trip to Pendleton and got snowed in. Good thing there was art around every corner!
OPB | March 22, 2014 9:59 a.m.
Players with the Oregon East Symphony talk about the community they find playing in Pendleton.
OPB | March 22, 2014 1:28 p.m.
Luthier Verne Marr is a retired wildlife biologist who now makes beautiful custom banjos for old-time pickers. We visited his shop in Pendleton.
OPB | March 22, 2014 12:08 p.m.
JD Kindle sits down to talk about his latest record with the Eastern Oregon Playboys, and what's up next.
March 22, 2014 10:15 a.m.
Jennifer Morgan is a bank teller but into the wee hours of the morning she cuts paper into beautiful pastoral scenes and wild cityscapes. See some of her creations in this slideshow.
OPB | March 22, 2014 12:24 p.m.
Singer/songwriter Dakota Brown and his band are working on new material, for a summer release. We caught up with Brown at a recent date at Hamley's.
March 22, 2014 11:46 a.m.
Arlen Clark's works of abstract protraiture.
March 22, 2014 10:33 a.m.
Hamley's Steakhouse and Saloon is a popular tourist stop. It's hard not to gawk at everything Hamley's co-owner Parley Pearce has collected.
OPB | March 18, 2014 12:19 p.m.
Father Kevin Connell, who has been playing the role of King Lear in a new adaptation of the play, is recovering in a Portland-area hospital. Performances have been modified in his honor.
OPB | March 14, 2014 3:41 p.m.
Amanda Hunt talks about picking the artists featured in Disjecta's biennial show of regional work.
OPB | March 14, 2014 4:19 p.m.
Film series focuses on cult classics.
OPB | March 11, 2014 midnight
Portland digital artist Zack Dougherty spends hundreds of hours on art that lasts half a second long and loops infinitely. Under the alias Hateplow, his growing body of work has attracted an international audience. But how do you classify it?
OPB | AIRDATE: March 11, 2014 12:20 p.m.
Portland's St. Johns neighborhood is the epicenter of a growing hip-hop scene.
OPB | March 15, 2014 12:41 p.m.
Here's a quick update on this week's OAC meeting in Ashland.
OPB | AIRDATE: March 04, 2014 12:30 p.m.
Portland MCs say police arbitrarily harass people who attend hip-hop shows, but PPB says they are concerned about large crowds of all kinds.
OPB | March 07, 2014 2 p.m.
As a guest of Reed College's student-curated Art Week, musician and artist Amenta Abioto is set to take the stage at Heavy Women, a concert featuring performers currently active in Portland underground music.
OPB | March 07, 2014 5 p.m.
Freddy Ruiz Jr takes us through his world of vinyl art in Salem.
March 26, 2014 11:45 a.m.
From Tarzan to Broadway's Lion King to The Avengers, David Metzger has had a hand in the sound of some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters. We visited him at his home studio in Salem to talk about his work on the Disney blockbuster, Frozen. Amazing guy.
OPB | March 08, 2014 11:45 a.m.
Members of The Cultural Advocacy Coalition of Oregon discuss the upcoming "Big Think" about arts and culture funding in Oregon.
OPB | Feb. 28, 2014 7:45 a.m.
Dave Allen wants to help create a new, more robust music industry, and he thinks it is possible through new streaming service Beats Music.
OPB | Feb. 10, 2014 midnight
This Is Not A Silent Movie, on display at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, showcases four contemporary Alaska native artists. See photos of their art and find out what inspires their work.
OPB | March 01, 2014 9:40 a.m.
Norwegian composer Tord Gustavsen's prayerful compositions place high value on sensuality, negative space.
OPB | Feb. 27, 2014 2 p.m.
Nikki Giovanni's latest book, Chasing Utopia, is "a hybrid" collection of short stories, poetry and prose exploring memories of family, friends and food. See her read her poem "My Dream" and discuss her relationship with other poets and with her work.
OPB | Feb. 13, 2014 midnight
The Awesome Foundation takes root in Portland, delivering $1,000 micro-grants to individuals to help them follow their dreams and make the city a better place. Learn about the foundation and some of the projects it has helped bring to life.
OPB | March 01, 2014 10:06 a.m.
Resumes are being accepted for the administrative job overseeing the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust.
OPB | March 01, 2014 10:36 a.m.
Sallie Ford is ready to step out with an all-female band and new material produced by Chris Funk. She gives us some hints about the group's sound.
OPB | March 01, 2014 10:56 a.m.
Stop by. You get more than the haircut.
OPB | AIRDATE: Feb. 22, 2014 noon
Guest Curator Rebecca Gates is always thinking. She lead us into new ideas about music advocacy, the higher echelons of the art world, and sonic art. We'll also talk her post-Spinanes solo records, and artists she wishes got more attention.
OPB | Feb. 21, 2014 10:15 a.m.
This week on State of Wonder, April Baer will be joined in the OPB studio by singer-songwriter and guitarist Rebecca Gates to explore the latest in music and the arts. Find out more about Gates in our artist Q&A.
OPB | Feb. 22, 2014 9:06 a.m.
Terrence Scott (Cool Nutz), Dave Gulick (Derby, Fremont), and Liz Harris (Grouper) talk about shifting revenue streams and how they cobble together a living in an essentially unpredictable industry.
OPB | Feb. 22, 2014 9:54 a.m.
Gallerists from PDX Contemporary and Upfor, and our guest curator, Rebecca Gates, talk about maintaining a presence at premier art fairs.
OPB | Feb. 22, 2014 10:51 a.m.
Some people complain there's nothing going on in their hometowns. Peter Walters actually did something about it.
OPB | Feb. 24, 2014 5 a.m.
Recruiting is in early stages for executive to guide two agencies.
OPB | Feb. 13, 2014 6 p.m.
After a painful separation with executive Chris D'Arcy and an advisory board exodus, Oregon's arts administrative agency tries to find its next incarnation.
OPB | Feb. 07, 2014 4:35 p.m.
The first family of Portland's Milagro Theater talks about starting from scratch, and maintaining balance.
OPB | Feb. 07, 2014 5:08 p.m.
Joshua Berger and Tiffany Lee Brown are the couple behind the art mag Plazm. They've had -- well, let's call it an interesting couple of years.
OPB | Feb. 07, 2014 4:53 p.m.
Carla and David Fox maintain separate creative careers and work together on Central Oregon's premier fine art & craft fair.
OPB | Jan. 30, 2014 4:45 p.m.
Regional administrators have received $200,000 in revenues to pay out.
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.
KMHD | Jan. 09, 2014 1:58 p.m.
Finding their own voice is one of the greatest challenges for a jazz singer, and the quest usually begins with their inspirations. Cecile McLorin Salvant, though influenced by the singers of the Golden Era, has managed to do more than find her own voice. And though she respects the tradition, she's no copy-cat.
OPB | Feb. 01, 2014 9:34 a.m.
The Eastern Oregon Film Festival gets ready for year five.
Jan. 31, 2014 8:50 a.m.
Heidi Duckler Dance Theater/Northwest prepares for their performance of Ragnarok an old Norse myth about the end of the world and it's rebirth, their version set in a burned out building in Southeast Portland.
OPB | Jan. 31, 2014 midnight
Amidst the flurry of activity commemorating the centennial of poet William Stafford’s birth, another Oregon poet and educator is releasing her first book of poetry. Turiya Autry talks about what inspires her work and reads "Rwanda 1" from her new collection.
OPB | AIRDATE: Jan. 28, 2014 12:06 p.m.
Novelist, filmmaker and Zen Buddhist priest, Ruth Ozeki, shares her thoughts on writing and the moments that make up a life.
OPB | Jan. 24, 2014 11:41 p.m.
Pausing from her day job with Prince's New Power Generation, Warfield surges forward with a muscular, eclectic new record.
OPB | Jan. 25, 2014 1:11 a.m.
Musicologist Christopher Kirkley's love for Saharan guitarists inspired him to take on an homage to Purple Rain, recast in Africa.
OPB | Jan. 25, 2014 1:29 a.m.
Oregon non-profit holding summits to build brand, get feedback for musicians' open-source web platform.
OPB | Jan. 25, 2014 2:37 a.m.
Russell Hornsby and Rodney Hicks discuss August Wilson's rendering of black cab drivers in 1970s Pittsburgh.
OPB | Jan. 16, 2014 10:06 p.m.
Elaine Wynn named as owner of the three paintings, on view through the end of March.
OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 noon
Julie Sabatier, the host of Destination DIY, brings us the story of a DIY.org. It's like Scouting for the digital age.
OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 10:23 a.m.
We skim a few productions onstage this weekend.
OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 11:05 a.m.
Red Door, in the tradition of playwright August Wilson, spent the winter offering tools to theaters interested in diversifying their audiences, staff, and boards.
OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 11:26 a.m.
Seattle Symphony Conductor Laureate Gerard Schwarz talks about his All-Star Orchestra, issues in the industry, and conducting the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
OPB | Jan. 18, 2014 12:17 p.m.
The New York big band leader is playing with his Afro-Cuban Jazz Septet this weekend. Here's a music sample.
OPB | Jan. 10, 2014 4:20 p.m.
Jennifer Boyden, Matthew Dickman, and Vince Wixon share Stafford favorites, and their own poems.
NPR | Jan. 10, 2014 11:48 a.m.
Baraka was one of the key black literary voices of the 1960s. The political and social views that inspired his writing changed over the years, from his bohemian days as a young man in Greenwich Village to his later years as a Marxist. He spoke to Fresh Air's Terry Gross in 1986.
OPB | Jan. 08, 2014 2:15 p.m.
Hong Kong media mogul Run Run Shaw passed away this week. In his honor, Hollywood Theatre's programmer Dan Halsted shares his five essential picks from the Shaw Brothers Studio.
OPB | Jan. 07, 2014 8 a.m.
OPB | Jan. 04, 2014 9:44 a.m.
This week, State of Wonder presents something special - artists trading inspiration.
OPB | Dec. 21, 2013 9:39 a.m.
A fabulously expensive work of modern art ignites a discussion of a museum's role in the high-flying art economy.
OPB | Dec. 21, 2013 9:36 a.m.
The late country great inspired a collection of 30 covers, recorded at the Deer Lodge Bar and recording studio.
OPB | Dec. 21, 2013 10:41 a.m.
On the heels of its 10th anniversary, the festival's board and director disagree on how to move forward.
OPB | Dec. 16, 2013 3:29 p.m.
The much buzzed about Portland quartet joins us to play songs from their new full-length debut, Get Lost, and talk about its recording, as well as touring with Built to Spill this past fall.
OPB | Dec. 21, 2013 10:51 a.m.
An audio postcard from the string quartet's music appreciation clinic.
OPB | Dec. 17, 2013 2:37 p.m.
The beloved Portland quartet says they will amicably go their separate ways, at least some of which will still include music. Their hometown shows at the Doug Fir later this week will be their last.
OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 10:41 a.m.
A project contemplating the labor needed to bring holiday trees to millions of homes across the country.
OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 11:12 a.m.
The new EP, Winter, from the Portland Cello Project, explores the creative possibility of cold, dark days.
KMHD | Dec. 02, 2013 8:31 a.m.
Photographer Chuck Krall visually documented many of the major jazz and blues figures throughout the 60s and 70s. A charismatic storyteller, his photographs were featured in some of the most well-known publications in United States. View a slideshow of his work and listen to his story.
OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 11:38 a.m.
2012 Mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith comes to Backfence PDX to tell the story that ended his campaign.
OPB | Dec. 10, 2013 10:55 p.m.
Eighteen collaborative projects and spaces have received awards in a new philanthropic effort aimed at supporting local artists.
OPB | Dec. 14, 2013 12:18 p.m.
A shop specializing in film-only photo processing celebrates its customers' work.
OPB | AIRDATE: Dec. 10, 2013 12:30 p.m.
Guitarist Marisa Anderson has had a prolific year. We'll hear a few songs and talk with her about her music.
OPB | AIRDATE: Dec. 07, 2013 noon
Coming up on State of Wonder for Saturday December 7th: the Nutcracker in Redmond, and Oregon arts on the worldwide stage.
OPB | Dec. 07, 2013 11:53 a.m.
An offbeat cast of dancers and civilians brings new life to Tchaikovsky's classic holiday tale.
OPB | Dec. 07, 2013 11:40 a.m.
Posters collected on a timely trip to Russia. Photos capturing Soviet citizens in unguarded moments. Curators of a show at Reed's Cooley Gallery tell us about images and icons in Soviet Russia.
OPB | Dec. 07, 2013 12:06 p.m.
Portland artist constructs life-size glass reproduction of an Appalachian Shack.
OPB | Dec. 06, 2013 9:15 a.m.
Since moving to Portland from Memphis, Tennessee, visual artist Intisar Abioto has been using photographs on her blog to document the presence of African-Americans in the city of Portland.
OPB | Dec. 07, 2013 12:20 p.m.
Two sets of musicians and teachers export one of Oregon's great products on trips to Bahrain and Afghanistan
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 30, 2013 12:06 p.m.
Coming up this week: Slater Smith sings in 190 Oregon state parks, art adds a fresh look to rural storefronts, Sherman Alexie invites authors to Small Business Saturday, and much more.
OPB | Nov. 29, 2013 11:13 p.m.
Amid the shaky launch of the Affordable Care Act, musicians and other creatives are seeking new options, in a market that has traditionally shut them out.
OPB | Nov. 29, 2013 10:39 p.m.
Visual artist Rick Bartow has a new collection of works reflecting his recovery struggle, and an enduring creativity.
OPB | Nov. 30, 2013 9 a.m.
Art in Rural Storefronts, curated by the Arts Center in Corvallis brings contemporary art installations to three Oregon towns; Sweet Home, Brownsville and Philomath.
OPB | Nov. 29, 2013 10:11 a.m.
Sherman Alexie says it's time for writers to give back to booksellers who support them throughout the year.
NPR | Nov. 22, 2013 12:24 p.m.
Grammy-winning musician Esperanza Spalding is pushing for the closure of the Guantánamo Bay detention center in a protest music video called "We Are America." She tells guest host Celeste Headlee why it's an important cause for her.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 22, 2013 12:30 p.m.
Portland musician, Slater Smith, sets out to play a song in each of Oregon's state parks. We'll find out what happened.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 23, 2013 12:06 p.m.
Ann Patchett, author of State of Wonder, on what she thinks about our show name. Moscow Times theater critic John Freedman checks in via Skype about his translation of The Natasha Plays that's on-stage in Portland this week. And much more!
OPB | Nov. 22, 2013 9:41 p.m.
This weekend, a local company delivers an English-language translation of The Natasha Plays, a production exploring the perspectives of two Russian teens.
OPB | Nov. 23, 2013 11:39 a.m.
A collection of works at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture explores identity among Columbia Basin artists.
OPB | Nov. 20, 2013 10:55 p.m.
Lewis and Clark professor Mary Szybist won the National Book Award poetry prize for her collection, Incarnadine.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 21, 2013 12:06 p.m.
Ann Patchett, the author of many award-winning novels, joins us to discuss her latest nonfiction book, This Is the Story of a Happy Marriage.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 16, 2013 12:06 p.m.
Joe Sacco's The Great War, love and fate at the symphony, the latest from Fruit Bats, and more.
OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 10:42 a.m.
In an unusual interdisciplinary programming move, The Eugene Symphony's Counterpoint Festival draws diverse arts groups together to explore a common concept.
OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 11 a.m.
More than a year after the last Symphony President departed, the Oregon Symphony is still without a top executive.
OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 11:15 a.m.
OPB Music's Jeremy Peterson fills us in on the Fruit Bats' announcement that tonight's show will be their last.
OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 11:06 a.m.
Joe Sacco's newest work examines in detail one bloody day in World War 1 History.
OPB | Nov. 16, 2013 9:51 a.m.
Alyssa Macy, newest member of the Oregon Arts Commission, drops in to talk about her new(ish) job at the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 09, 2013 12:06 p.m.
Douglas Wolk, Alli Brosh, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Laura Mvula, Jon Steiner, the Northwest Filmmakers' Festival and more.
NW Film Festival celebrates 40 years. See clips of films and meet the filmmakers.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 07, 2013 12:30 p.m.
Bend-based blogger Allie Brosh has turned her popular blog into a book of the same name: Hyperbole and a Half.
OPB | Nov. 09, 2013 9:35 a.m.
A Salem man's global quest to find and preserve graffiti art. Also, an artist who transitions from walls to gallery talks about what's different about the two forms.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 12, 2013 12:06 p.m.
TriMet is soliciting help from the public to name the new bridge over the Willamette River.
OPB | Nov. 08, 2013 3:30 p.m.
The singer-songwriter from the United Kingdom recently made her Portland debut at the Crystal Ballroom. After a day of cat-and-mouse, we finally caught up with Laura Mvula and talked about her musical inspirations, her sense of style and her impressions of the Rose City.
OPB | Nov. 02, 2013 10:45 a.m.
Oregon Public Broadcasting's new radio show focused on arts in the Pacific Northwest launches on November 2. I'll take you behind the scenes to find out what goes into launching a new radio program.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 02, 2013 noon
Ann Hamilton, Ian Karmel, Carlos Kalmar, The Secret Language of Color, 3D printers, and much more.
Statesman Journal | Oct. 31, 2013 3:36 a.m.
The longtime head of the Oregon Arts Commission said she was fired abruptly this week when state officials told her they had a “different vision” for the agency.
OPB | Oct. 31, 2013 11:30 a.m.
Mother-and-daughter duo Joann and Arielle Eckstut have teamed up to help us understand why the sky is blue, a rose is red and the grass is actually greener on the other side. In their new book, they discuss how our perception of color has shaped culture.
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