Portland’s Original Practice Shakespeare has the motto: “Because Shakespeare should be a little dangerous.” Back in Shakespeare’s day, actors had no rehearsals, and performed different scripts every week. OREGON ART BEAT explores how the Original Practice Shakespeare Company is keeping that tradition alive around the city. Tune in to the stations of Oregon Public Broadcasting on Thursday, May 26 at 8pm.

Next, ART BEAT visits with Mike Prigodich who explains how one of the worst things that happened to him – cancer — started one of the best things in his life — a new jazz career.

Teacher, director, comedian … from ”The Greatest Show on Earth” to “Clowns Without Borders,” Michael O’Neill has toured the world entertaining. Michael visits the ART BEAT studio and brings along his alter ego!

You can watch entire ART BEAT broadcasts at watch.opb.org. Video of the stories featured on ART BEAT can be viewed online immediately following the broadcast at opb.org/programs/artbeat.

Check out the ART BEAT blog at blogs.opb.org/artful/ and join us on facebook at facebook.com/OregonArtBeat.


OREGON ART BEAT, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Emmy-Award winning local arts series, is in its 12th 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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