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This week: Miranda July's first novel, Richard Blanco on poetry and identity, Christopher Hitchens from the Archives, and MORE!
We've got some heavy hitters this week. We'll preview huge releases by Sleater-Kinney and the Decemberists, and take a look at the Fertile Ground festival. Plus, we chat with literary giant Michael Chabon.
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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.
OPB | Jan. 23, 2015 2:38 p.m.
July's "The First Bad Man" explores intimacy, motherhood, sex, and self-defense.
OPB | Jan. 22, 2015 12:24 p.m.
Blanco is coming to Bend on Tuesday to speak at Central Oregon Community College as part of its 2015 Season of Nonviolence. He’ll be talking about his path coming to terms with his cultural identity and his sexual identity.
OPB | AIRDATE: Jan. 07, 2015 12:30 p.m.
Brian David Johnson joins us to talk about how he approaches the future.
Entertainment | Local | News
OPB | Jan. 22, 2015 12:46 p.m.
The Pendleton Round-Up is known for being a fast-paced and chaotic rodeo, which is exactly why singer-musician Sufjan Stevens decided to slow down the action in his new documentary.
OPB | Jan. 22, 2015 4:02 p.m.
Reading scores are up at King Elementary, a school at the center of local and federal efforts to boost achievement with arts-based curricula.
OPB | Jan. 15, 2015 1:55 p.m.
A new production imagines where characters in "My Own Private Idaho" would be, 25 years later.
OPB | AIRDATE: Jan. 14, 2015 12:06 p.m.
Ahead of Chabon's appearance at Portland Arts and Lectures, we'll hear about his work writing books, comics, and film.
OPB | Dec. 18, 2014 midnight
The Portland-based artist shares the tradition of Japanese tattooing with his clients. Find out more about the art form, his ongoing apprenticeship, and why he sees himself as a "translator."
OPB | AIRDATE: Jan. 14, 2015 9 p.m.
Episode 11 of Literary Arts: The Archive Project features author Frank McCourt. In a humorous lecture filled with personal anecdotes, McCourt discusses his Catholic upbringing and his teaching career.
Entertainment | Local | News
OPB | Jan. 12, 2015 2:46 p.m.
Another Oregonian's work will appear on the silver screen this week with the nationwide release of "American Sniper," starring Bradley Cooper.
OPB | Jan. 09, 2015 1 p.m.
Painter Jaik Faulk, who studied art in Portland before returning to his hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana, is back — at least temporarily — with a new show that explores what it means to move from one home to another. Find out more about Faulk and see a slideshow of his work.
OPB | Jan. 08, 2015 3:38 p.m.
This year's Accelerator Program prepares five up-and-coming firms to rise to the next level.
OPB | Jan. 09, 2015 9:43 a.m.
Simpkins lives in the ghost town of Andrews, in the shadow of Steens Mountain.
opbmusic | Jan. 06, 2015 5:20 p.m.
We launch a new video series with this premiere of Angel Olsen at the Woods Stage at Pickathon.
OPB | Jan. 02, 2015 10:47 a.m.
Daniel Wilson and Mountain Machine prepare to launch MAYDAY! Deep Space! — a new voice controlled game for mobile.
OPB | Jan. 02, 2015 11:39 a.m.
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Ford reflects on his long career in writing, what keeps him going, and why he keeps returning to his recurring character Frank Bascombe.
OPB | Dec. 29, 2014 2:34 p.m.
Several local theaters say ticket sales have been strong for Sony's film.
OPB | Dec. 19, 2014 9:16 a.m.
We sit down with Mac Smiff of We Out Here Magazine to hear about the top hip-hop artists that came out of Portland in 2014.
OPB | Dec. 17, 2014 midnight
Portland's Independent Police Review finds no evidence of biased enforcement at hip hop shows, but calls out gaps in the regulators' documentation.
Arts | Books | Entertainment | Local | News
OPB | Dec. 08, 2014 2:46 p.m.
The latest major feature film shot in Oregon premiered in Portland Monday night. "Wild" is the film adaptation of Portland writer Cheryl Strayed's 2012 memoir.
OPB | Dec. 11, 2014 2:30 p.m.
The Portland MC engages hip hop artists from four African countries for conversation and shows during a month-long trip.
opbmusic | Dec. 12, 2014 12:06 p.m.
Watch Sallie Ford's new band play a rocking set from their release, Slap Back.
OPB | Dec. 03, 2014 3:10 p.m.
"The Enclave" looks at the lives of those affected by violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
OPB | Nov. 26, 2014 4:38 p.m.
The eclectic chamber group plays some Smith covers, and commissions original music based on fragments of Smith's songs.
OPB | AIRDATE: Dec. 01, 2014 12:30 p.m.
Tom Spanbauer has written fiction about people who live with HIV, but he joins us today to talk about how he's dealt with the disease himself since 1988.
OPB | AIRDATE: Dec. 02, 2014 11:25 a.m.
Episode 8 of Literary Arts: The Archive Project features a talk by the late Saul Bellow. Bellow examines boyhood, nostalgia, the importance of the arts, and the “privileged communication” of the novel.
opbmusic | Nov. 07, 2014 2:56 p.m.
James Mercer, Dangermouse, and the band perform in Portland after in interview with Sound Opinions.
OPB | Nov. 25, 2014 2:29 p.m.
Filmmaker John Waters is coming to Portland to perform his Christmas show. We'll talk to him about the holidays, and hear about his legacy as he approaches 70.
OPB | Nov. 26, 2014 4:09 p.m.
A Reed College project aims to return calligraphy to a place in everyday practice.
OPB | Nov. 18, 2014 11:12 a.m.
The founder of Kill Rock Stars Records moves into Unitarian ministry.
opbmusic | Nov. 21, 2014 3:45 p.m.
The Portland band plays songs from their new release, So It Is With Us.
OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 9:53 a.m.
Oregon writer Ursula K. Le Guin delivered a sharp critique of the publishing industry Nov. 19 at the National Book Awards.
KMHD | Oct. 14, 2014 9:51 a.m.
David Ackerman, the jazz program director for Cornell University in the 1960s, recorded a historic Charles Mingus concert at the University. He held onto the tapes and was directed by Charles Mingus by telegram.
OPB | Nov. 20, 2014 midnight
Local hat designer Faith Jennings has found a new use for her business’s leftover materials. She recently created bedrolls for members of Portland’s homeless community in response to a tarp-and-blanket drive.
OPB | Nov. 14, 2014 9:52 a.m.
Singers and orchestra musicians drink in the news, while company plans for seven-show runs at Newmark.
OPB | Nov. 13, 2014 2:20 p.m.
Earlier this month, prominent Native American artists from around the country gathered at Union/Pine — a gallery in southeast Portland. They were here for a gallery showing of contemporary design curated by Native X.
opbmusic | Oct. 21, 2014 1:09 p.m.
Laura Gibson plays a final concert in Portland before leaving for graduate school in New York.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 04, 2014 12:35 p.m.
"Lowriders In Space" follows the interstellar adventures of mechanic Lupe Impala and her sidekicks El Chavo Flapjack Octopus and Elirio Malaria.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 13, 2014 1 a.m.
Take a look as Damaso Rodriguez and Co. at Artist sRepertory Theatre begin work on a long-term original project, Cuba Libre.
OPB | AIRDATE: Nov. 12, 2014 12:50 p.m.
A new project tries to capture the sound of the iconic Celilo Falls.
OPB | Nov. 12, 2014 midnight
Though the vacuum tube amplifier was originally invented in the 1920s as a way to transmit Morse code, it didn’t take long for guitar players to realize it could be used to amplify their instruments as well. Find out how the amp changed music history.
OPB | Nov. 07, 2014 1:41 p.m.
Jenny Conlee, the accordionist, pianist and keyboard player for the Decemberists and Black Prairie, talks about her experience going through treatment and coming out the other side.
OPB | Nov. 06, 2014 midnight
The Portland Opera marks its 50th season with a production of Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus. General Director Christopher Mattaliano hopes to foster new audiences by encouraging the Opera to think outside the box.
OPB | Nov. 06, 2014 3:03 p.m.
"Every single time he came onstage, he had this way of embodying an emotion that was so magnetic."
OPB | Nov. 07, 2014 midnight
The Siren Nation Festival, now in its eighth year, features art shows, music and theater performances, and more. Find out about the festival's goals and why some of the artists participate year after year.
OPB | Oct. 24, 2014 10:26 a.m.
Last weekend's Portland Retro Gaming Expo showcased Pac-Man and Donkey Kong, of course. But it also featured new "homebrewed" games for decades-old systems.
OPB | Oct. 23, 2014 3:40 p.m.
With platinum-selling R.E.M. records in the rear-view mirror and some gloriously weird vinyl records out on the Mississippi Records imprint, Buck talks about his evolving sound.
OPB | Oct. 21, 2014 10:39 a.m.
The remastered boxset. It’s a rite of passage for nearly every great band. But what exactly is remastering?
OPB | Oct. 11, 2014 7:51 a.m.
We remember a Portland blues master and a '60s pop icon.
OPB | Oct. 10, 2014 2 p.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.
OPB | Oct. 09, 2014 3:53 p.m.
Guenther's 14-year tenure ushered in new age of Modernism for the Portland Art Museum.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Oct. 03, 2014 10:34 a.m.
Mark Takiguchi's paintings riffing on glossy home decor catalogs mark the vanguard gallery's revival.
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.
opbmusic | Sept. 30, 2014 11:50 a.m.
The new festival played Portland's south waterfront for the first time last weekend.
OPB | Oct. 02, 2014 5:30 p.m.
Portland and Newport shows re-interpreting the classy, timeless music of the Modern Jazz Quartet.
opbmusic | Sept. 23, 2014 4:13 p.m.
Former Fruit Bats' frontman Eric D. Johnson joins us to play from his new release, EDJ.
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.
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.
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.
opbmusic | Sept. 16, 2014 5:10 p.m.
The San Diego quartet plays summertime jams from their new record, Ride the Black Wave.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 28, 2014 2:54 p.m.
The legendary post-punk trio will drop a collection of the entire S-K discography, remastered.
OPB | Sept. 04, 2014 3:44 p.m.
Draplin's at the Portland Art Museum. We talk about favorite things and universal design principles.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 27, 2014 11:46 p.m.
The online record database holds its first-ever record show.
OPB | Aug. 27, 2014 11:15 p.m.
Critic Ned Lannaman and Dolorean's Al James talk about the end of an era.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 21, 2014 4:12 p.m.
The mural is being spearheaded by an Oregon native and University of Oregon alum.
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.
opbmusic | July 29, 2014 10:45 a.m.
Watch the band's strong performance and beautifully captured video from Stagepass.
OPB | Aug. 22, 2014 1:34 p.m.
We caught up with four of the honored artists highlighted at the ArtsEast Biennial 2014.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 03, 2014 10:28 p.m.
Shafer's first novel hits the stands just as publisher's parent feuds with Amazon.
OPB | Aug. 08, 2014 1:32 p.m.
Acclaimed abstract painter Lucinda Parker curates four of her favorites from around the region.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
OPB | Aug. 01, 2014 2:37 p.m.
Recent PNCA grad talks about finding community and the courage to pursue creative work.
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.
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.
OPB | 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.
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.
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.
OPB | 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.
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.
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