Portland Opera transforms into a summer festival

Pop the Champagne: Die Fledermaus is opening soon, and Portland Opera's celebrating more than that.

After many months of hints, negotiations, and planning, Portland Opera’s announced what might be the boldest gamble in its half-century history: It’s transforming itself into a summer festival company. (Our friend David Stabler has the story on OregonLive.) The current …



‘Ivy + Bean': It’s musical mayhem

Madison Wray as Ivy and Haley Ward as Bean: suddenly, best friends. Photo: Owen Caret

Ivy and Bean are a phenomenon, although from my scanning of Ivy + Bean and the Ghost That Had To Go, Book 2 in the wildly popular series of chapter-books-with-lots-of-pictures, author Annie Burrows wouldn’t use a word like “phenomenon” for …



ArtsWatch looks ahead to the next Portland International Film Festival

Ruben Östlund's film Force Majeure

Film festivals are complex, multifaceted, logistical nightmares… (almost) as much for the audience as for staff. However, if one distills them down to their essence, an inherent bifurcation is revealed. They are the final bastion for a not insignificant crop …



The Ensemble review: Cooking up a French feast for the ears

Mel Downie Robinson and Catherine van der Salm sang French music with The Ensemble.


Once at the Paris Conservatoire when a professor was late, a young Claude Debussy filled the time by sitting down at the piano in front of class and improvising all manner of colorful music including a generous …



In ‘The Word Hand’ dance leaves its mark

Linda Austin dances while Pam Boas and Linda Hutchins attack the wall./Photo by Chelsea Petrakis

Dancer Linda Austin and visual artists Pat Boas and Linda Hutchins have created a 45-minute collaborative work, titled The Word Hand and performed at Austin’s space Performance Works NW, a dance that lives in the intersection of movement, sound and …



I want my wall back!

Rone's "Every Rose Has Its Thorns"

On the south side of Southwest Washington Avenue between 11th and 12th, and set back from the street, two buildings butt up square to each other. Last year, a local art program, Forest for the Trees, arranged for an …

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