ArtsWatch wishes itself a happy birthday!

ArtsWatch is four!/  Courtesy of Fieldington at English Wikipedia

We posted the first Oregon ArtsWatch story on July 1, 2011, four years ago, with the same enthusiasm and the same naivete that seem to fuel all new ventures. I liked that the date was so close to Independence Day. …



Drammys: ‘Snowstorm,’ ‘Mary Poppins,’ lots of love

Beth Thompson as Bear in best-production winner "The Snowstorm"; mask by Tony Fummeler. Photo: Brud Giles

The 37th annual Drammy Awards, Portland’s celebration of the best and brightest in the year’s theater scene, hit the Newmark Theatre Monday night like a roller coaster of love – for stage managers and dressers and designers, for directors and …



9 reasons to see the 9th annual QDoc film fest

The Year We Thought About Love

QDoc 9 is just around the corner. Every year, Portland’s own queer documentary film fest sets the bar high with a selection of films that do justice to the scope of LGBTQ experiences. Here are nine reasons to celebrate QDoc’s …



Chamber Music Northwest review: “River” flows

Kernis String Quartet No. 3_Jasper Quartet - photo by Jonathan Lange


Chamber Music Northwest thoroughly mixed old and new in its Monday and Tuesday concerts this week. I caught the Tuesday performance, at Portland State University’s Lincoln Performance Hall. Even the old was presented in new guises, and …



Dancing Chopin’s Preludes for fun and (aesthetic) profit

NW Dance Project dancers in the world premiere of Rachel Erdos' "Preludes  19-24"/Blaine Truitt Covert

As I type these words I am listening to Frederic Chopin’s Preludes, a recent recording by Grigory Sokolov. He just concluded the fourth one—somber, beautiful, and recognizable to many of us because it is played so much on sad …



The Portland Art Museum has a new curator of modern and contemporary art

Sara Krajewski is the new curator of modern and contemporary art at the Portland Art Museum.

The Portland Art Museum has a new curator of modern and contemporary art. She’s Sara Krajewski, who has been director of the INOVA (Institute of Visual Arts) galleries at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (where she received her undergraduate degree) since 2012. …

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