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Portland Hip-Hop Reflects Black Life, History and Joy Amid Protests


Portland hip-hop artists Rasheed Jamal, C3 The Guru, Mic Crenshaw and Karma Rivera reflect on the relationship between music and protest. 

Music To Buy On Bandcamp's Fee-Free Friday


Sarah Donofrio's picks for the road trip you're dreaming to take this summer

Oregon's Historic Theaters Get Financial Boost For Preservation


For a handful of historic Oregon theater venues, recent financial help from the state will support some needed improvements while their doors are closed.

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Government Arts Boost 'Does Not Come Close To Meeting The Demand,' Says NEA Head

Nearly a thousand arts organizations across the country are receiving funds from the CARES Act. But the National Endowment for the Arts says the $44 million in grants it announced today is not enough.

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Pitch-Perfect 'Mexican Gothic' Ratchets Up The Dread

Silvia Moreno-Garcia's latest is true Gothic horror; set in 1950s Mexico in a creepy, isolated house where a young bride believes her new husband is poisoning her, and that ghosts walk through walls.


Song Premiere: Phosphene—'The Wave'

The Portland band's catchy and danceable song is from their new album "Lotus Eaters," due out July 7.

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New Oregon Symphony video honors workers in food service

In the second "Essential Sounds" episode, Oregon Symphony musicians play to support food service workers to prevent hunger.

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Monday Mix: Sault, Tunde Adebimpe, Flock Of Dimes

Listen to three new songs debuting this week on the opbmusic broadcast.

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Rudolfo Anaya, A Founding Father Of Chicano Literature, Dies At 82

Anaya's 1972 classic Bless Me, Ultima — about a young Mexican American boy and his curandera mentor in New Mexico in the 1940s — inspired a generation of Chicano writers.


So Much For 'Please Touch,' After COVID-19, Kids' Museums Will Be Less Hands-On

With their emphasis on interactive exhibits, children's museums must balance safety and survival in their decisions to reopen. Several have permanently closed since the onset of the pandemic.

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'Do Right By Us': Black 'Survivor' Alums Say The Reality Was Harmful Stereotypes

Alums of the unscripted CBS hit say the show routinely stereotypes Black contestants. They state its production is hampered by systemic racism that makes it tougher for Black participants to succeed.


The Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences Invites More Women, Minorities

Of the 819 artists and executives invited to join this year, the Academy says 45 percent are women and 36 percent are from underrepresented ethnic and racial communities.


'Artivist' Nikkolas Smith Combines Art And Activism Into A Singular Superpower

For the past seven years, the Los Angeles-based artist has celebrated and mourned Black lives in his work. Smith's portraits are sometimes unfinished — a reflection of Black lives cut short.


Broadway To Remain Closed For The Rest Of The Year

The Broadway League, which represents theater producers and owners, has announced that none of Broadway's 41 theaters will reopen before the end of 2020.


Sufjan Stevens Announces New Solo Album 'The Ascension'

Stevens' eighth solo studio album will be released September 25, with its first single coming on Friday.

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'Hamilton' Comes Home, Just In Time For The Fourth Of July

The very good movie version of Hamilton, filmed with the original cast at the height of the show's popularity, will perk up faithful cast album fans — and new viewers, too.


Carl Reiner, Actor, Director, Writer, Producer And Mensch, Dies At 98

Reiner belonged to a generation of Jewish comics who helped define 20th century American comedy. He created the Dick Van Dyke Show and collaborated often with his longtime friend, Mel Brooks.


Lin-Manuel Miranda Sees The 'Language Of Revolution' In 'Hamilton' And Today

Lin-Manuel Miranda says his musical Hamilton, which starts streaming on Disney+ this week, shows "everything that's past is present."

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Jeremy Okai Davis: Art That Speaks To Racism And Healing

In the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police,  Portland painter Jeremy Okai Davis’ work takes on a new poignancy and power.

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Battle Hymns: From Founders To Today, Protest Music Is American Music

From Yankee Doodle to viral TikTok video remixes, protest music has a deep and rich history in our country. Protest music is American music.

Arts | Books

Kevin Kwan's New 'Sex And Vanity' Is A Summer Romp With A Satirical Sting

For his latest novel, Kevin Kwan decided to update one of his own favorite books, A Room With a View. The result is Sex and Vanity, a fun, decadent whirl that manages to take on some serious subjects.


A Different Kind Of Pride: Perspectives On 50 Years Of Celebration, Part 5

We asked writers in the LGBTQ+ community to reflect on the relationship between celebration, protest, music and LGBTQ+ activism. Sasha Geffen reflects on a Pride that feels "fed up with symbolism."

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HBO's 'I'll Be Gone In The Dark' Brings The Golden State Killer To The Small Screen

Comedian Patton Oswalt helped finish his late wife Michelle McNamara's true-crime book about the Golden State Killer, I'll Be Gone in the Dark. Now, it's being adapted into a six-part series for HBO.


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Savor the conversation. Every other Monday, a roundtable of culinary media insiders discuss today’s hot-button topics in food and beverage culture. Hosted by Katherine Cole.

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Recipes, tips and how-to's from around the Northwest.