Questions? We’ve got questions: What if you could look inside a building before it is even built? How is it that sad songs actually make you happy? If you could own a haunted armoire, would you stand in line in the rain for eight hours? Would you have liked science class more if it involved bubbles? And what happens when a symphony teams up with a tech company?
The Future of Architecture? It May Be Virtual Reality - 3:31
A collaboration between SERA Architects and Portland Playhouse shows off what’s happening in virtual reality. Instead of using paper blueprints, architects renovating the new theater are making use of VR to test and troubleshoot their designs, and the Playhouse, in turn, is using virtual tours of their new building to raise money to fund the renovation. Portland Playhouse is set to break ground this month with plans to wrap up by the end of the year.
Turn the Springtime Blues into a March Sadness Bracket - 8:36
This is the time of year that Pacific Northwesterners start to really envy the sunny springtime weather hitting the rest of the country. With the basketball brackets getting ramped up this week, we thought it would be nice to bring you March Sadness, a sad music bracket guaranteed to make you happier.
Hear our staff’s heartbreaking selections for March Sadness and cast your vote here.
As music critic David Stabler told OPB’s Think Out Loud, your brain actually craves gloomy music. Stabler is teaching an entire class called “The Music of Grieving” on March 26 at Classic Pianos in southeast Portland.
Portland Flocks To ‘Grimm’ Estate Sale For Piece Of TV History - 20:49
Thousands lined up in Portland last Saturday to take home a piece of television history. The NBC show “Grimm,” now airing its sixth and final season, is selling off a warehouse full of the TV show’s props, furniture and costumes. Treasure hunters and fans of the show waited hours in the rain to get a peek at the inventory. The sale continues through March 19.
Making Science Wonderful - 22:56
Jack Perrin has unconventional ways of getting kids engaged in science. From hacking robots to create carriages for pandas to a whole class devoted to bubbles, Perrin keeps kids on their toes. Perrin runs Gorge Makerspace, a place for kids to come together, wield tools, and learn how to create for themselves. Whether participating in an after-school program or a weekend or summer camp, Perrin gets kids involved in their own learning process.
Ceramic Art Takes over Portland Next Week - 30:35
More than 5,000 people are expected to travel to Portland this week for the National Conference of Ceramic Educators. They’ll go see 85 exhibitions at arts galleries, schools and colleges from Newberg to Salem to Astoria to Seattle. The ceramic art world has always thrived on a certain kind of community. In studios, schools, and home-built garage kilns, artists learn about how clay works, how to make glazes, what temperature’s best for firing, and everything else that goes into ceramic art. Brett Binford is co-owner of three ceramics businesses and Northeast Portland’s Eutectic Gallery, which shows contemporary ceramic art. He’s also one of the local liaisons for the huge conference coming to Portland next weekend.
Here are the five events you won’t want to miss.
opbmusic Session with British Psych-Rock Band Temples - 38:05
Temples looks like the epitome of an English rock band, complete with shaggy hairdos and a penchant for vintage fur collars and fringe. And they’re riding a wave of buzz to our North American shores, currently drawing comparisons at South by Southwest to the likes of Tame Impala for their meteoric rise. Opbmusic’s Dave Christensen caught up with the band before their recent concert at the Crystal Ballroom to talk with bandleader James Bagshaw and record a few tracks of their psychedelic rock. Watch the videos here.
Oregon Symphony Teams Up with Intel to Make Wearable (And Danceable) Music - 44:40
The Oregon Symphony is performing a kids concert called “Castles and Wizards” that’ll whisk you to a world of courts and monsters with music from movies like the “Harry Potter” and the “Lord of the Rings” series. But it’s also going to have a little cutting-edge technological magic. The symphony is partnering with Intel to develop wearable instruments not just for the musicians but for two Bodyvox dancers, as well.
Listen to the full interview with Oregon Symphony president Scott Schowalter; the symphony’s principal percussionist and the music director for the Oregon Ballet Theatre, Neil DuPonte; and Intel engineer Matt Pinner.