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Elliott Smith's 'Either/Or' At 20 | Slim Moon | Larry Crane | Sean Croghan | Luz Elena Mendoza | Matt Drenik | The Secret Sea | Catherine Feeny


Friends and colleagues of Elliott Smith look back at seminal songs that continue to inspire fans around the world.

Photo: opbmusic

Photographer Celeste Noche | Astoria's Fisher Poets | Arte Soleil


Sometimes good stories take a while. This week, long-awaited gems from Astoria’s Fisher Poets and an arts outpost in East Portland. Also, a photographer goes the extra 4,000 miles for the literary story she believes in.

Photo: Celeste Noche/Courtesy of Celeste Noche

John Doe On LA’s Punk Scene | Team Dresch | Chachalu’s Loan From The British Museum


Know your history: Stories from the L.A. punk scene, queer punk in the ‘90s Portland music scene, and a Native museum gets quality time with tribal artifacts.

Photo: Tammy Rae Carland/Courtesy of Jealous Butcher Records

Kiese Laymon | Ted Chiang | Rosanne Parry


Bump up your holiday reads with three spectacular writers, each grappling with human connection.

Photo: Courtesy of Simon and Schuster Books

REBROADCAST: Satirist Andy Borowitz | 'Teenage Dick' At Artists Rep | keyon gaskin And Nadia Buyse


Don’t turn away. Even the most awkward situation can be spun into something wonderful. This week: cringe-worthy national events make for brilliant satire, a new play mines liberal guilt surrounding disability, and the story of the most bizarre art festival ever.

Photo: Courtesy of Nadia Buyse

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REBROADCAST | Abigail DeVille | Leni Zumas | Typhoon | Omar El Akkad

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 16, 2019

If you’ve been feeling like the lines are blurring between the America you imagined and the America we all live with, take a listen. We found some incredible artists and writer addressing the magical thinking, fantasies, and illusions that shaped our world.

Aja Gabel + Oregon Symphony | Classical’s #MeToo Reckoning | The Met Opera Aria Code

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 9, 2019

A soap opera in the string quartet. The #MeToo moment at the conservatory. And opera appreciation for the rest of us. This week, three tales both classical and modern.

Margaret Atwood & Ursula K. Le Guin | Nilufer Yanya | OK Theater’s 100th Anniversary

OPB | Broadcast: Sept. 21, 2019

What gets us through those uncertain moments? The speculative story? The daring album concept? The strenuous film shoot? The risky venture? RESOLVE. This week: square-jawed stories from tenacious creators.

Designer Ruth E. Carter On Creating Oscar-Winning Looks For 'Black Panther'

OPB

Ruth E. Carter comes to Portland Sept. 27 to talk about how costume conveys story.

W.E.B. Du Bois' Depictions Of Black Life In 1900 On Display In Portland

OPB

An exhibit at the 1900 World's Fair in Paris, led by W.E.B. Du Bois, portrayed the first post-slavery generation of black Americans. Today, selected works are on display at the Portland Art Museum.

Portland’s Low Bar Chorale Brings Together Big Crowds For Group Singalongs

OPB

Producer Kate Sokoloff and music director Ben Landsverk bring together musicians to perform live for audiences, coordinate large singalongs and create a feeling of community. 

Listen: OPB's 'Bundyville' Podcast

OPB

From Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting, “Bundyville” returns for a second season to pick up where the first season left off. "Bundyville: The Remnant" is a seven-part series that explores the world beyond the Bundy family and the armed uprisings they inspired.

Roll Hardy: Painting Portland's Impermanent, Industrial Beauty

OPB | Broadcast: Nov. 1, 2018

Landscapes scarred by time and the remnants of transient visitors. Places at the periphery of Portland, filled with existential silence and potential danger. This is the world Roll Hardy paints.

Sahel Sounds Takes On Tuareg Rock Film

OPB

Musicologist Christopher Kirkley's love for Saharan guitarists inspired him to take on an homage to Purple Rain, recast in Africa.

Hop Along Live At Wonder Ballroom

opbmusic

The Philadelphia rock band perform songs from their masterful 2018 album, and lead singer Frances Quinlan chats with opbmusic's Jerad Walker.

Artist Garrick Imatani Reimagines Tomanowos At Chachalu Museum

OPB

Imatani and the Confederates Tribes of Grand Ronde recently premiered a work of art four years in the making, inspired by a unique spiritual entity in Pacific Northwest tribal history.

How Fabi Reyna Re-Tuned The Guitar Industry In 5 Short Years

OPB

She's just your basic industry-changing, magazine-publishing CEO of her own burgeoning media empire.

Bloom Where You’re Planted: Arte Soleil In Southeast Portland

OPB

A bootstrapped arts center fills the gap in a Portland community on the margins.

For Remote Communities In Scotland's Outer Hebrides, Mobile Libraries Are A Lifeline

NPR

Library vans ply lonely roads and deliver books, including works in Gaelic, to hundreds of isolated residents. Seeing the mobile librarian is sometimes the only human contact they will have for days.

Portland Parks Budget Cuts Mean Change For Arts Programs

OPB

The Multnomah Arts Center, the Community Music Center and the Laurelhurst Dance Studio need to develop funding models as the city tries to get the Parks and Recreation Budget under control.

Writer Karen Russell Paints The World Orange

OPB

The Pulitzer finalist short-story champ is back with a new story collection exploring environmental dread, girl heroism and the terrors of parenthood.

bed. Live At Kelly's Olympian

opbmusic

The Portland rock band perform songs from their much-anticipated full-length debut "Replay" and chat with OPB's Jerad Walker.

A Symphony In Burns Seeks Healing, 3 Years After Occupation

OPB

The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge became a household name in 2016, not for its beautiful scenery or because 300 bird species flock there, but because a militant, anti-government group had taken over headquarters for 41 days, leading to a fatal shooting. Three years later, an Oregon symphony offers music as healing.

Shy Girls at Doug Fir

opbmusic

We catch up to the smooth bedroom pop act at soundcheck at Doug Fir Lounge.

2019 Soul'd Out Festival Guide

KMHD

KMHD staff breaks down this year's Soul'd Out Fest schedule day-by-day with our must-see acts and recommendations for any taste. Featuring: Roy Ayers, Makaya McCraven, Theo Croker, Kadhja Bonet, Bernard Purdie and more.  


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