What do comics and opera have in common? When the Portland Opera gives local cartoonists an opportunity to sketch during dress rehearsals, quite a bit! OREGON ART BEAT takes us for a look at who shows up and what the finished products looks like. Tune in Thursday, October 27 at 8pm on the stations of OPB.

It’s hard to define what Portland’s Vagabond Opera really is. The group’s members describe themselves as a performance troupe that happens to be a band. Its multi-faceted style draws much from the city’s 21st-century spirit of experimentation. But as innovative as they are, this band harkens back to the deepest roots of musical tradition to revive a time when communities gathered together to celebrate through dance and song. Vagabond Opera performs with as much as to their audiences.

The Nature of Words is a not-for-profit in Bend dedicated to encouraging writers of all ages. Every November, authors, writers and fans convene there for an annual literary festival. Author Ellen Waterston founded the organization seven years ago, and ART BEAT follows her as she researches and works on her latest book.

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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