Portland-based Japanese-born artist and author Allen Say has won some of the highest honors in his field – The Caldecott Award and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award – for his work illustrating and writing dozens of children’s books. But as you’ll see on OREGON ART BEAT, for Allen, the urge to tell stories – often deeply personal ones – is what drives him. The ART BEAT crew caught him just as he was about to send his latest book to his publisher. Tune in to the stations of OPB TV on Thursday, May 10 at 8pm.

Alex Krebs is one of the best bandoneón players in Oregon. He was introduced to the instrument at a tango dance in San Francisco. He picked one up, fell in love with it, and has been playing it ever since. He introduces viewers to the instrument, and demonstrates how he plays. 

In a world of hip-hop and top-40 pop, Cappella Romana packs houses with a repertoire of music from past centuries. Their a cappella harmonies reverberate through the cathedral rafters like a chorus of angels. Founded in Portland 20 years ago, Cappella Romana enjoys a worldwide following.

Watch OREGON ART BEAT anytime online at watch.opb.org.

A great place to keep up with ART BEAT is on Facebook (facebook.com/OregonArtBeat). And there’s more arts coverage on OPB’s Arts & Life page (opb.org/artsandlife), where new stories on the arts appear daily.


OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 13th season. ART BEAT profiles Northwest artists, musicians and artisans — from an operatic baritone to a bit-and-spur craftsman to everything in between. The program airs Thursdays at 8pm and Sundays at 1am and 6pm. In the Mountain Time Zone of Eastern Oregon, the program airs at 9pm Thursdays and repeats at 7pm on Sundays. Funding for OREGON ART BEAT is provided in part by James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation and the Kinsman Foundation. More information is available online at opb.org/artbeat. 

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