Tumbling statues, voices heard

ArtsWatch Weekly: A culture clash over the past; a museum reopens; photos, films, books & sounds.


Romance, an elephant, lots of art

ArtsWatch Weekly: Backstage love, Lynn Nottage by ear, art all over, elk & otters & deep dark woods.



‘Silent Voices’: A movie for Moose

Portland police killed Quanice Hayes. His grandmother's film gives back his voice and 8 other police victims'.


After the statues come down

At least 5 sculptures have been pulled down or removed in Portland in recent months. What should we do with them?



Charles Grant’s Matter at Hand

The Portland actor-writer moves briskly into his tale of Black Americans and the violence they face.


When ‘Daddy Long Legs’ says ‘I Do, I Do’

At Broadway Rose, a musical romantic comedy is streaming – and the stars sign on for the long run.



“Indisputably beautiful”: Taking ‘The Magic Flute’ outdoors

'The Magic Flute' outdoors in St. Paul, OR, September 2020. Photo by Carolina Allen.

The last six months have left us starved for live music, with the country kinda-but-not-really shutting down to handle the pandemic. Luckily for us, a cohort of young singers took it upon themselves to stage the first full opera production in Oregon since March.


Now Hear This: October edition

Digital roundup: powerful electronic pop, future folk birthday celebration, live sounds from one of the city’s best experimental artists.



DanceWatch Monthly: An armchair-travel guide to Oregon’s October dance performances

Dance starts to heat up after a slow pandemic summer. Jamuna Chiarini collects the fall colors for you.


DanceWatch: Let’s do the social-distance dance

DanceWatch discovers that dancers are dancing. Still. They're not likely to stop. We have the calendar to prove it!



In Newport, an art estate sale and Visual Arts Center reopens

Sculptor Sam Briseño fashioned this piece out of an old wagon wheel. The late artist’s friends are selling some of his last pieces; the suggested price on this one is $5,000.

Sculptor Sam Briseño's last works are available, and the city's exhibition space prepares to welcome visitors again.


Horatio Law’s Urban Studies

A Portland artist and his iPhone camera create a complex portrait of a city in flux.



Not your grandmother’s watercolors

“Chrome of Fire II,” by Sandra Wood (38 by 30 inches , watercolor)

The Watercolor Society of Oregon’s show in Newberg debunks stereotypes about the medium.


Chasing the Light

Shining through: Astoria's LightBox Photographic Gallery is a bright beacon in dark times.



Deborah Reed: Jumping into the deep end

The owner of Cloud & Leaf in Manzanita discusses what it’s like running a bookstore during a pandemic.


McMinnville Short Film Festival marches on — pandemic or no

Elnaz Resaei plays Nahal, recipient of a surprise birthday party, in “We Were There,” a film by Saeed Vahidi and a 2020 award-winner at the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Photo courtesy: McMinnville Short Film Festival

Organizers are coming up with two scenarios for February, and a virtual fundraiser this weekend will feature greatest hits.

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