Mark Roberts is a luthier with a passion for ukuleles. He designs and hand-builds custom instruments that don’t look like a stereotypical ukulele. Each one features his signature side-sound holes. OREGON ART BEAT gets a listen to his ukulele music from two performers. Tune in to the stations of OPB TV on Thursday, April 19 at 8pm.

It’s not easy to make those designs on top of a latte, never mind pour the perfect cup of coffee underneath. Get a quick tour behind the scenes of a coffee operation – roasting, cupping and finally, decorating. It’s a good lesson prior to the U.S. Barista Championships which are being held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland April 19-22.

Adam Kuby has a background in landscape architecture and ecological restoration. He also spent time as an exhibit designer for the Bronx Zoo before finding his way to Portland as a sculptural landscape artist. Adam enjoys bringing together the natural and man-made world through his installations and public art.

What would happen if Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington met Jimmy Hendrix in 1920 and had the ability to use electric instruments? Well, it just might sound a bit like the Shanghai Woolies. The Shanghai Woolies play an eclectic mix of jazz music. They swing, bop, and the band even includes an electric guitar. Started by Gavin Bondy from Pink Martini, with singer Mel Kubik, the band is making its mark on the Portland music scene.

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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

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