It’s set to be a blistering weekend, so we’re going to do our best to cool things down this hour with classical music in the woods, golden harmonies soaring over the Willamette and a brilliant, new blue pigment.
The pianist Hunter Noack is harking back to the Works Progress Administration era with a concert series called “In A Landscape.” He has invited such musical luminaries as Pink Martini’s Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes to join him in playing classical music in some of the region’s most famous WPA sites. Think Timberline Lodge, Council Crest and the Oneonta Tunnel. Noack has a history of bringing music to unlikely places, which is why he agreed to drag a piano out into the West Hills to play a few of the songs for this audio postcard.
“In A Landscape” begins Aug. 20 at the Vista House on the Columbia River Gorge’s Crown Point and runs through Sept. 1.
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The Portland-filmed “Sista in the Brotherhood” follows a day-in-the-life of a black woman working at the Sellwood Bridge construction site. The film is based on the research of producer Roberta Hunte and the real-life experience of co-writer and director Dawn Jones Redstone, who spent years working construction and training other women in the trade. The film has been screening around the country at festivals and even won the Best Short Film Award at this year’s Portland International Film Festival.
“Sista in the Brotherhood” airs on Aug. 25 on OPB as part of the weeklong Oregon Lens series of independent films or you can catch it at the Portland Film Festival on Sept. 2.
One of our favorite musical discoveries last year was the band Joseph. They’re three sisters from Estacada, Oregon, and their harmonies are like that golden tone the sun casts as it sets on the high desert or the Cascade foothills.
Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner spent the last year on the road, perfecting their harmonies and writing new music. Now they’re back with a highly anticipated follow up, “I’m Alone, No You’re Not,” due out Aug. 26, and the sisters suggested the crazy idea to meet us and opbmusic on the Willamette River’s Eastbank Esplanade to play a couple of songs (watch opbmusic’s videos).
The band is revving up for a national tour, with early September stops in Eugene, Walla Walla, Spokane and Seattle. They’ll also doing an in house concert at Portland’s Music Millennium on Aug. 27.
If you love Joseph as much as we do, have a listen to our session with them last year.
While in Iraq, the marine Maximilian Uriarte, a Corvallis native, started writing a comic strip titled “Terminal Lance.” It quickly became a hit and now runs in the “Marine Corps Times.” Since returning from the war, Uriarte has expanded the strip into the graphic novel “The White Donkey,” the first graphic novel about the war written by a veteran.
You can hear the full interview on Think Out Loud.
Blind Pilot‘s newest album, “And Then Like Lions,” may be their most intimate yet. Lead singer Israel Nebeker told us during a performance at the OPB studio that many of the songs were written in response to the death of his father.
“And then, as an album, it turned into an invitation into a conversation about loss in general,” he said.
You can watch videos of Blind Pilot’s performance at opbmusic or catch them live at the Liberty Theatre in Astoria Aug. 19 and 20 or when they circle back to Portland at the Crystal Ballroom on Oct. 20.
Augen Gallery is currently showing an exhibition of works by Israel’s late father, the highly respected Northwest painter Royal Nebeker, through Aug. 27. We recommend taking along Blind Pilot’s album and some headphones.
Get this: there hasn’t been a new blue pigment created since 1802. Now, we’re not talking about a new color, as every color already exists in the light spectrum. We’re talking about a new pigment — the chemical or substance that gives paint, dye or other objects their color. Pigments have to be derived from nature or made in a lab, which is exactly what happened at Oregon State University in 2009 when researchers were heating up elements in a furnace. Their goal was to create new materials that could be used in electronics — instead they found a brilliant new blue pigment. And it’s finally making it to the market. You can hear the full Think Out Loud conversation with the lead OSU material scientist behind the discovery, Mas Subramanian, here.