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 …



Review: Vertigo’s ‘Pool (No Water)’

In the pool at Vertigo. Photo: Gary Norman

It would be an understatement to call Mark Ravenhill’s Pool (No Water) “mean-spirited.” In fact, it’s misanthropic to the marrow—a sort of Lord of the Flies for artistic adults, wherein five “friends” cannibalize both the success and the struggles of …



Dance review: In ‘Rocco’ the knockout comes at the end

The dancers in the ring of "Rocco"/ Laurent Ziegler

Emio Greco and Pieter Scholten have erected a boxing ring on stage at the Newmark Theatre for their US premiere of Rocco, which continues through Saturday night. A lucky chunk of the audience can sit ringside, close enough …



Weekend MusicWatch: Happy Homecomings

FearNoMusic plays music of Oregon composer Kenji Bunch Friday.


Holiday celebrations dampen Oregon musical offerings a bit this weekend (but wait till next week!), but we welcome a few happy returns: a terrific Portland native composer and one of the University of Oregon’s most promising recent graduates both …



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.


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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