This week’s crop of wonders finds the fantastic in familiar things, and the inspiration in the extraordinary:

An aerial view of Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (2010)" on view at Portland Art Museum.

An aerial view of Ai Weiwei’s “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads: Gold (2010)” on view at Portland Art Museum.

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  • 1:00 - Karen Karbo is railbound! Of 16,000 applicants, she’s one of 24 to win the first round of Amtrak’s writer’s residencies, and she’ll be filing audio diaries for us from the rails.
  • 3:00 - Walidah Imarisha and Adrienne Marée Brown on editing the sci-fi anthology “Octavia’s Brood.”
  • 10:14 - Oregon Ballet Theatre announces that it’s found a new home: the South Waterfront.
  • 11:44 - What Are You Looking At? Namita Gupta Wiggers reviews work by Ai Weiwei at the Portland Art Museum.
  • 19:19 - We remember Alvin Josephy, who laid the groundwork for Wallowa County’s thriving cultural scene. li>
  • 23:20 - KPAI’s Morning Host Larry Duckworth introduces us to his favorite spins.
  • 28:32 - From the Literary Arts Archives Project: Poet Mark Doty. Listen to his full talk here.
  • 37:36 - opbmusic session with one of Portland’s most dynamic and hypnotic new transplants, Robin Bacior. She’s playing the PDX Pop Now! Compilation Release Party at Holocene on June 3, the Columbia River Maritime Museum’s First Friday Pirate Bash in Astoria on June 5, and has several more summer dates.
  • 44:30 - “Oregon Art Beat” introduces us to painter Gabe Fernandez, who imbues chairs and other furniture with more emotion than seems possible. Watch the Art Beat video, which is up for an Emmy on June 6, here.

Find us this weekend for a trip off the beaten path, Saturday at noon.