Oregon Community Foundation goes for the ‘Heights’

Artists Repertory Theatre will use its OCF grant to fund a new-play development program. Above, Dana Millican and Danielle Purdy star in the world premiere of  Andrea Stolowitz's "Ithaka"/Owen Carey

The Oregon Community Foundation has announced the first set of grants for the Creative Heights Initiative, a major arts component of the $150 million Fred W. Fields Fund. Designed “to help arts and culture organizations take strategic risks in …



INTO THE WOODS in search of happy endings

In OSF's "Into the Woods" Miriam A. Laube tugs  on Royer Bockus's golden hair/Photo  T. Charles Erickson


Shakespeare loved to send characters into the forest. The most obvious examples are As You Like It, where journeys into the forest of Arden result in dramatic transformations of heart, mind, and even gender; and A



Ballet Diary 8-9: Curtain Call



Note: This is the final installment of a multi-part summer series, wherein ArtsWatch writer A.L. Adams bravely broaches beginner ballet classes with Northwest Dance Project and keeps a Ballet Diary for our amusement and edification.

Our ballet teacher Renee …



Preview: Kathleen Supové Explodes the Piano Recital

Kathleen Supové performs Saturday at Brunish Theatre in downtown Portland.


Hungry for wickedly virtuosic pianism and the limitless sounds of electro-acoustic transformations? Gazing enviously at New York City’s contemporary music scene? Well, Oregon, take a look out your front door! fEARnoMUSIC, directed by Portland-native Kenji Bunch …



The ArtsWatch September First Thursday/Friday gallery guide

Ellen Lesperance, Not the Nightmare, Not the Scream, Just the Loving Human Dream -- Of Peace, the Ever-Flowing Stream. Bring the Message Home, 2013, gouache and graphite on tea-stained paper, 29 1/2 x 22 inches.

I hope you all had a happy Labor Day weekend, what with your camping, and beaches, and bbq’s, but now it’s back to the art galleries. There are more than a few significant shows this month so here’s my totally …



Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s Last Gasp


What does it feel like to not be the star in your own story? To sense that you’re a peripheral and ill-informed character in someone else’s much-more-profound mystery?

That’s a circumstance that we all—I mean, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern—face, and …

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