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Made in the Northwest

This month get inspired with Oregon Art Beat's special tribute to northwest artists! From skillful glass artists and literary giants, to makers and shakers in local film and theater – don't miss a diverse lineup of artists making the northwest an even more beautiful place to call home.

Oregon Art Beat is OPB's Emmy Award-winning local arts series, now in its 17th season. Art Beat profiles artists, musicians and artisans from around Oregon and the Northwest. Tune in Thursdays at 8 p.m.

Join us this week on Oregon Art Beat! Cuba Libre: An Oregon Art Beat Special, takes you through the evolution of a musical - from a dance workshop, to national auditions, through an intense seven-week rehearsal to the show's opening at Artist Repertory Theatre. This special, filmed over the span of a year, uncovers why it takes up to five years to develop a major musical.

Cuba Libre premiered in November 2015 with the three-time Grammy-nominated Afro-Caribbean band, Tiempo Libre and a company of 21 actors, dancers and musicians.

Audiences will have another opportunity to hear Tiempo Libre's Latin rhythms performed live at two venues this June:

Portland's Center for the Arts Newmark Theatre
Antoinette Hatfield Hall
1111 SW Broadway Portland, Oregon 97205
Friday, June 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm.
For ticket prices and information visit here.

And for a free concert at the BMC Summer Sunday Concert Series in Bend:
Les Schwab Amphitheater
344 SW Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend, OR 97702
Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2:30 pm.
For more information on this event, visit here.




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Creating A Musical: Cuba Libre (1702)

May 29, 6 p.m. [OPB TV]

More Oregon Art Beat

Ceramic Showcase

OPB | April 28, 2016

Ceramic Showcase, billed as the largest ceramic show and sale in the country, takes place every spring in Portland.

Art Beat Update: Thara Memory

OPB | April 21, 2016

Jazz legend Thara Memory takes his high school jazz orchestra to the prestigious Essentially Ellington completion in New York, hoping to grab first prize.

Jazz Pianist and Composer Darrell Grant

OPB | April 21, 2016

In jazz pianist Darrell Grant's new album, The Territory, he explores the landscape and the ideas that make up the state of Oregon. 

The Portland Ballet

OPB | April 14, 2016

Jim Lane and Nancy Davis, the founders of The Portland Ballet, are in a evolutionary expansion period having brought on artistic director Anne Mueller formerly of the Oregon Ballet Theater.

On View Now: The Plays of Tanya Barfield

OPB | April 14, 2016

Playwright Tanya Barfield came to town because Profile Theatre is producing a season of her plays. She caught up with April Baer on State of Wonder, along with the Art Beat crew.

Painter Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

OPB | April 14, 2016

Irene Hardwicke Olivieri's home in the wilds of central Oregon inspires her painting.

Paper Artist Arnold Drake World

OPB | April 14, 2016

Arnold Drake World is a paper artist who creates intricate, delicate flowers - from napkins.

Discovering Beverly Cleary

OPB | April 07, 2016

How will renowned children's author Beverly Cleary celebrate turning 100 this month? With a celebratory slice of carrot cake!

On View Now: Paige Powell, The Ride at The Portland Art Museum

OPB | Feb. 25, 2016

A look at Paige Powell's exhibit - The Ride at the Portland Art Museum.

Time-Based Arts Festival TBA

OPB | Feb. 25, 2016

Oregon Art Beat goes behind the scenes of the Time Based Arts Festival, a 10 day world-class festival that features visual and performing artists from across the country and around the globe. 

Art Beat Update: Brenda Mallory

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016

We visit with artist Brenda Mallory for an update on her installation exhibits and work.

Nicole Georges

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016

Nicole Georges is a cartoonist, writer, animal lover, and illustrator whose life was changed by a phone call to Dr. Laura Schlessinger.

Multi Media Artist Wendy Red Star

OPB | Feb. 18, 2016

Wendy Red Star is an artist who works to help reclaim and reexamine imagery of Native Americans in a contemporary context.

On View Now: Shaping the Collection: 50 Years of Pacific Northwest Sculpture

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016

An installation highlighting artists, donors, and collections that have contributed to the museum's holdings of Pacific Northwest sculpture over the last fifty years.

Weaver Kayla Mattes

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016

Meet Kayla Mattes, a Portland artist who spins digital references into an ancient art form: loom weaving.

Pebble Mosaic Artist Jeffrey Bale

OPB | Feb. 11, 2016

Jeffrey Bale began traveling the world, finding inspiration in the stunning architecture of Europe and SE Asia. He returned home and began creating elaborate and intricate pebble mosaics from stone he gathers in the wild. Today his work is world renowned.

DanceAbility International

OPB | Feb. 04, 2016

DanceAbility International brings mixed ability dancers together to learn, teach, and perform.

First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare, On Tour From The Folger Shakespeare Library

OPB | Feb. 04, 2016

A very quotable book, on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene is shown by Curator of Western Art Johanna Seasonwein.

Sculptor Tannaz Farsi

OPB | Feb. 04, 2016

Tannaz Farsi uses sculptural forms and a wide variety of materials including both found objects and fabricated parts to create her work. 

Art is All in the Family

OPB | Dec. 17, 2015

Meet artists who make it, share it, and pass it on - Painter Shirley Gittelsohn, artist Yuval Golan's, Lillian Pitt's traditional arts  and Music Together.

Program Funding Provided By:

Kay Kitagawa and Andy Johnson-Laird

Ronni Lacroute

Additional Support Provided By: The Jackson Foundation, The Roundhouse Foundation