Researcher/Writer, Arts & Culture
Steven Tonthat is a researcher and writer for arts and culture at Oregon Public Broadcasting, where he helps produce OPB’s flagship arts programs “Oregon Art Beat,” “Oregon Experience” and “State of Wonder.”
Before moving to Oregon, he was an online producer at the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii’s biggest daily newspaper. He covered breaking news, worked as a videographer and managed the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s social media platforms.
He was also an associate producer at KITV Island News.
Steven graduated from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2009 with a bachelors degree in English and Broadcast Journalism and again in 2012 with a masters degree in Composition and Rhetoric.
He hopes to sample many of Oregon’s most popular breweries and attend as many Blazers games as he can.
The Hillsboro Hops will not be playing baseball at Ron Tonkin Field this year. Major League Baseball announced Tuesday that due to the pandemic, it will not be providing Minor League Baseball affiliates with players for the 2020 season.
For a handful of historic Oregon theater venues, recent financial help from the state will support some needed improvements while their doors are closed.
The State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation today approved a nomination for the Darcelle XV Showcase to be considered for the national historic registry.
Arts | local | Entertainment | NW Life
The Ashland Independent Film Festival is one of Oregon’s biggest events for filmmakers. But this year, because of restrictions on public gatherings due to COVID-19, organizers had to think of a new way to present the event.
Portland’s art galleries remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but many galleries in Oregon’s less densely populated areas are back in business as their communities enter Phase 1 under Gov. Kate Brown’s plan to reopen the state.
It’s been two months since the state of Oregon shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. But now many of Oregon’s coastal cities have slowly opened their businesses after Gov. Kate Brown allowed 31 counties to move to Phase 1 in her framework to reopen the state.
As the days of social distancing become weeks, some have turned to poetry to cope with such strange times. OPB spoke with a few Oregon poets to hear what they are writing about right now.
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That followed Gov. Kate Brown's recent stay-at-home order due to the spread of COVID-19 that forced many of Oregon's local flower shops to temporarily close.
Two weeks ago, the Portland Center Stage 2020 season was in full swing, with productions of "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time" and "9 Parts of Desire" drawing big crowds. Now those theaters sit empty.
Arts | local | Technology | Business | NW Life | Oregon Art Beat
Indie video game creators Steve Gaynor and Karla Zimonja created the critically acclaimed game "Gone Home," which has subverted the definition of what a video game should be through its immersive narrative structure and open-world gameplay.
Arts | local | NW Life | Oregon Art Beat
Junko Iijima is a multiform artist who specializes in using pop culture as a way to show the connections we all have with each other.
Arts | local | Entertainment | Recreation | Economy | Oregon Art Beat
Lake Oswego is home to more than 39,000 residents and some of Oregon’s most striking pieces of public art. They’re part of an ongoing public arts program, Gallery Without Walls.
Arts | local | NW Life | State of Wonder
It’s not all harmonizing around the dinner table. How creativity gets artists and their families through.
Arts | local | State of Wonder
If you’ve been feeling like the lines are blurring between the America you imagined and the America we all live with, take a listen. We found some incredible artists and writer addressing the magical thinking, fantasies, and illusions that shaped our world.
Guest Curator Fabi Reyna | Women Of Color In Music | Esperanza Spalding | Ear Trumpet Labs | Catalinbread
This week we’re handing over the keys for "State of Wonder" to guitarist and publisher, Fabi Reyna. She's the creator of the guitar magazine She Shreds.
Arts | local | Music | NW Life | State of Wonder
How do you get it all done? You’re one person, maybe you have all this desire to do something but none of the knowledge or the connections. This week, we speak with a few artists who got things done their way.
Virtual reality may not quite be the tech that all the kids are doing these day, but there are entire communities interacting in VR worlds.