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It’s another whopper of a fall weekend. Don’t forget BendFilm is this weekend (find our preview here on last week’s show).

As for what’s coming up — lots of artists making small adjustments to get big results.

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Movie Madness to Close? Not if Hollywood Theatre Can Help It! - 1:15

HUGE breaking news for Portland-area film fans: Movie Madness, one of Portland’s last and certainly favorite video rental shops — the place where filmmakers like Todd Haynes go to rent rare movies and tourists come to see the knife from “Psycho” — is in threat of closing when the owner retires. But the Hollywood Theatre is stepping up with a Kickstarter campaign, hoping to buy the collection and stage a next act for Movie Madness as a nonprofit. Turns out the movie store as nonprofit is a thing across the country. Aaron Scott has the scoop.

Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon

Writer Michael Chabon Re-Imagines Family History - 7:05

Michael Chabon is coming to Bend this month to kick off Author! Author! — the Deschutes Library foundation’s annual series of lectures by eminent writers. Chabon, who won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Klay,” has a knack for infusing history with fantastic imaginings. His newest novel, “Moonglow,” is the story of a writer who discovers the secret history of his own grandfather as an unsung spy hero in World War II, a pool hustler, a lover, and an unabashed felon. We’re listening to a bit of Chabon’s conversation about the book with NPR’s Scott Simon.

Architectural designer Bryan Lee.

Architectural designer Bryan Lee.

Courtesy of Bryan Lee.

Bryan Lee: Design Centered in Community and Justice - 12:23

Some of the northwest’s cities are changing so fast. Entire neighborhoods are getting completely transformed, often without any input from  the people who actually live there. Architectural designer Bryan Lee says there are ways to keep community at the center of all the change. He’s one of the mainstage speakers at the BendDesign 2017 conference, Oct. 26–27. Lee’s nonprofit, Colloqate, based in New Orleans, specializes in facilitating a design process that suggests a new relationship between purpose and politics.

Wild Ones performs in the OPB studio 9-29-17

Wild Ones performs in the OPB studio 9-29-17


Wild Ones’ Cerebral Dream Pop Sounds - 17:42

When you were little, did you ever do that science experiment where you play different kinds of music for plants to see if it affects their growth? Would Mozart spur a healthier ficus plant, or perhaps it prefers Metallica? We can’t speak for plants, but the Portland band Wild Ones has figured out just the formula to intoxicate the human biology. Their newest album, “Mirror Touch,” plays on ideas drawn from neuroscience as it ignites our craniums. Watch videos of their a recent opbmusic session, and catch them live — they’re back on stage in Portland Nov. 30, opening for Tennis at the Wonder Ballroom.

Christine Toth, at Indivisible Gallery, now showing "Coded Albumen" work by Bukola Koiki and Angelica Millàn.

Christine Toth, at Indivisible Gallery, now showing “Coded Albumen” work by Bukola Koiki and Angelica Millàn.

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On View: Coded Albumen at Indivisible Gallery - 26:27

Indivisible Gallery is one of the DIY art spaces springing up around Portland, offering refuge as gallery space becomes more scarce. We dropped in for installation, as Bukola Koiki and Angelica Millàn were getting ready for a show that makes the most of Indivisible’s homey environment. With paint and constructions, they created art work of, on, and around curtains. “It made sense to us,” Bukola told us. “These seemed like the eyes of the house, the soul. It’s the reveal and hiding thing that curtains bring to a home.” “Coded Albumen” is on view through Oct. 28. Listen later in the month for more on Indivisible.

Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Brent Florendo in "Off the Rails" at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Brent Florendo in “Off the Rails” at Oregon Shakespeare Festival.

Jenny Graham/Courtesy of Shaun Taylor-Corbett, Brent Florendo in "Off the Rails" at

“Off the Rails” With Randy Reinholz - 27:58

In “Measure for Measure,” young lovers do what young lovers have been doing since Shakespeare’s time. The ensuing complications, under a morally repressive regime, make for one of the most challenging comedies in Western theater. A new adaptation of the play is closing in on the end of its world-premiere run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. “Off the Rails” by Randy Reinholz is full of song and dance, in the tradition of bawdy old-West music halls, and is the first OSF production written by a Native American playwright. But like Shakespeare’s Viennese story, this tale of Nebraka’s Indian board schools and bordellos does not pull punches about authoritarian rule. We talked with Reinholz about finding his Pawnee hero and Irish heroine in the pages of “Measure for Measure.”

Remembering Jim Pepper - 32:51

Jim Pepper (Kaw-Muskogee) was one of the most magnetic, meteoric musical talents Oregon every produced. A saxophonist and composer, he blazed bright for a few much-too-brief decades and touched many lives. One of those was David Ornette Cherry, who has put together a lineup of fellow musicians to share music and stories about Pepper in a show called “Comin’ and Goin’” Oct. 17 at Artists Repertory Theatre. We happen to have one such story from the drummer Alan Jones, which was originally recorded as part of KMHD’s ongoing series, A Jazz Life.

If you’re ready for more Jim Pepper stories, tune in to “Think Out Loud” Oct. 16 at noon and 8 p.m., as Cherry previews “Comin’ and Goin’.”

A scene from "Buzz One Four," by Matt McCormick.

A scene from “Buzz One Four,” by Matt McCormick.

Courtesy of Matt McCormick

Eastern Oregon Film Festival Preview: “Buzz One Four” - 37:24

Our team is about to hit the highway for a visit to La Grande next weekend for the Eastern Oregon Film Festival, Oct. 19–21.  One of the features on the festival program concerns a plane crash that was very nearly a national tragedy. Matt McCormick’s documentary “Buzz One Four” tells the story of his pilot grandfather’s experience in a plane crash carrying nuclear missiles (it’s not as rare as you’d like to think). McCormick talked about the film with OPB’s Dave Miller.

Holiday Friends performs in the opbmusic studio

Holiday Friends performs in the opbmusic studio


Holiday Friends at opbmusic - 44:30

The Eastern Oregon Film Fest’s programmers are never satisfied with scheduling good films. They always make sure to invite interesting regional bands to give you something to rock out to after the screens go dark. The power-pop quartet Holiday Friends is making the long road trip out from Astoria this year. Birthed in Moscow, Idaho, Holiday Friends settled at the mouth of the Columbia in 2010. Their third release, “Night Terrors,” is a mix of dancier, electro-pop sounds and the angstier themes that gave the record its name. Holiday Friends dropped in for an opbmusic session in September.

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