The quirky television series “Portlandia” has captured the country’s imagination. OREGON ART BEAT caught up some of the big stars and local talent when they were filming the second season of the show here last summer, including comedians Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, January 5 at 8pm for a sneak-peak into the minds of the creative team that brings “Portlandia” to life.

Meet the men (and the bird) behind White Bird, an organization that encourages contemporary dance in Portland. They present dance companies, support local choreographers, and help Portland Public School students learn about dance. 

And for more birds … After studying zoology, Jon Janosik devoted himself to painting birds, many of them vanishing species. His work is so true-to-life it’s been used in National Geographic and Audubon Society field guides. A resident of Hubbard, Oregon, his work has been exhibited as far away as Japan and the British Museum.

A great place to keep up with ART BEAT is on Facebook ( And there’s more arts coverage on OPB’s Arts & Life page (, 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

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