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Spring springs upon us: We’ve got one hot read for you imagining an alternative future for American women, plus news from Portland and Central Oregon. Shuck off those gardening gloves and sit a spell!


Artists Repertory Theatre's board chair, Mike Barr (left), and Artistic Director Damaso Rodriguez at the company's downtown headquarters.

Artists Repertory Theatre’s board chair, Mike Barr (left), and Artistic Director Damaso Rodriguez at the company’s downtown headquarters.

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Artists Repertory Theatre’s Windfall — 1:28

News broke in early February about the massive $7 million gift an anonymous donor sent to Artists Repertory Theatre. The gift was cause for celebration within the company, but also adds to the uncertainty for Artist Rep’s tenants — the dozen creative nonprofits who found office, rehearsal and performance space under the ArtsHub roof. The company’s artistic director and board chair released new financial information this week and are ready to talk about how the gift will be spent, and what’s ahead.


Pamela Hulse Andrews (left) with former BendFilm executive director Orit Schwartz.

Pamela Hulse Andrews (left) with former BendFilm executive director Orit Schwartz.

Courtesy of Orit Schwartz

Remembering A Central Oregon Arts Champion — 7:28

Pamela Hulse Andrews’ impact on Central Oregon’s arts scene is hard to overstate. The publisher of several business-oriented newspapers and magazines, her family of publications included the long-running fine art guide Cascade A&E. It was a platform she used to build the profile of Bend’s galleries and institutions. She’s sorely missed, from her passionate advocacy, to the glamorous figure she cut through town at First Fridays.


Leni Zumas is an associate professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Portland State University.

Leni Zumas is an associate professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Portland State University.

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American Dystopia: Leni Zumas’ “Red Clocks” — 12:20

Leni Zumas landed a knockout novel this year with “Red Clocks” — a work of speculative fiction that imagines an American in which the culture wars have moved to the right, birth control is a thing of the past and abortion is illegal. Her deft story construction, weaving together the lives of five compelling women, united by circumstance, brought her to the attention of The New York Times, who selected “Red Clocks” as an Editors’ Choice. Zumas spoke to April on “Think Out Loud” about how political realities simmered with her own questions about motherhood and identity to form the story.

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