ArtsWatch Weekly: Cuba Libre, love-dance of Italy, Open Studios

Michael T. Hensley, The Bluffs, mixed media on wood panel, 32 x 36 inches. Hensley is a community and featured artist at Portland Open Studios.

Saturday’s official opening night of Cuba Libre (it’s already in preview performances) will do the downbeat on one of the most eagerly anticipated shows of Portland’s theater season, and if ticket sales are your measure, it’s already a hit: it’s …



A tightly sprung turn of the screw

Chris Harder and Dana Millican at Portland Shakespeare Project: the alpha and omega of The Turn of the Screw. Photo: Russell J Young

A great ghost story answers few questions. It seeps in and slithers out, raising the hair on you neck and revealing almost nothing but impressions of what may or may not have taken place.

That’s why The Turn of the



Hurricane-Force fiction: Ellen Urbani’s ‘Landfall’

Ellen Urbani's "Landfall" arrives on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina./Forest Avenue Press


It’s been a long time since I’ve had to tear my eyes off a page simply to catch my breath, but Ellen Urbani’s Landfall is that kind of a saga, a potent mixture of dread and elation, …



Portland Piano International: Locavore’s delight

Justin Bartlett led off Portland Piano International's new Rising Star series.

The Portland metro area’s presenters of traditional classical music are slowly starting to notice the locavores in their audiences. So far, mostly the new are trying out the new – it’s been some years since the venerable Oregon Symphony programmed …



OBT in Napoli: a hit and a miss

Guest Artist Amy Watson (left) and Candace Bouchard (right) in the company premiere of August Bournonville's "Napoli." Photo: James McGrew

Oregon Ballet Theatre opened its 2015-16 season at the Keller Auditorium on Saturday night with excellent dancing and a bill that was mixed, to say the least.

Violinist Aaron Meyer and his five-piece band set the Italian tone, sort of, …



Painting nature, tame and wild

Thomas Moran (American, born England, 1837–1926), "Grand Canyon of Arizona at Sunset ," 1909. Oil on canvas, 30 × 40 inches. Courtesy of the Paul G. Allen Family Collection.

A playfully busy, Where’s Waldo-ish set of five paintings by Jan Brueghel the Younger celebrating the five senses. Evocations of Venice by Canaletto, Turner, Manet, and Thomas Moran. A shimmer of Klimt in a birch forest. Vesuvius blowing its top. …

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