NEWS & NOTES

Oregon Arts Commission adds members, extends ED search

New Oregon Arts Commission commissioner Lawrence Fong  is on the board of the Morris Graves Foundation./Courtesy Morris Graves Foundation

The Oregon Arts Commission added two new commissioners to its roster, bringing the number up to eight, which is one short of a full complement.The resignations of five commissioners over the firing of former executive director Christine D’Arcy last fall …

 

THEATER

No hallucination: it’s a high ‘Life’

Mars, Mendelson, Alper: laughing against the pain. Photo: Owen Carey

When Jeannette offers a hit of pot, her straitlaced cousin Dinah doesn’t know what to expect. “Will I hallucinate?,” she asks innocently.

“It’s a gentle, inquisitive experience,” Neil, Jeannette’s husband, reassures her. The same can be said for The Quality

 
 

DANCE

Review: OBT’s farewell to Alison

Jordan Kindell and Alison Roper in Nacho Duato's "Cor Perdut." Photo: Blaine Truitt Covert

Mostly polished, partly sophisticated, and slickly crafted, Oregon Ballet Theatre’s Celebrate program, which opened at the Newmark Theatre on Thursday night, could have used more depth. Because there is huge depth and intelligence, musicality, wit and dramatic power in the …

 

MUSIC

Concert review: Trio Con Brio Copenhagen offers pleasant surprises

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen performed at Portland State University.

by JEFF WINSLOW
Even though March went out like a lamb, the Lincoln Hall audience at Portland State University on the month’s final evening might have felt some trepidation before Trio con Brio Copenhagen strode on stage. True, the composer …

 
 

VISUAL ART

Namita Gupta Wiggers: The timing was right to leave the museum

Namita Gupta Wiggers brought Ai Weiwei's "Dropping the Urn" to Portland in 2010.

Late last week Pacific Northwest College of Art and the Museum of Contemporary Craft announced that MoCC executive director and chief curator Namita Gupta Wiggers was leaving both posts. The timing seemed odd. Since she was hired in 2004, …

 

March Music Moderne

March Music Moderne review: Arnica Quartet plays Britten

Arnica Quartet performed at March Music Moderne.

By JEFF WINSLOW

If the Arnica Quartet‘s March 14 overview of British 20th century master Benjamin Britten’s three string quartets at Portland’s Community Music Center was any indication, their April 5 reprise of his last quartet, largely written in …

 
 
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