Portland Playhouse A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Portland Oregon
2019
Detail from “Some However,” presented to the city by Juergen Eckstein in 2005. It is located on the grounds of the Newport Performing Arts Center. Photo by: Karen Pate

Farewell to a free spirit

Newport’s Juergen Eckstein — painter, sculptor, and community presence — died Oct. 31.

Malek Jandali Trio opens Ashland’s The Heart of Humanity series. Photo by Chava Florendo, courtesy Anima Mundi Productions.

Finding hope through music

A new concert series dedicated to bringing world-class musicians and composers to southern Oregon with the purpose of musicially addressing challenging social issues was inaugurated this October when Anima Mundi Productions co-founders, composer Ethan Gans-Morse and poet Tiziana DellaRovere, launched The Heart

MusicWatch Weekly: The magic is in the middle

There are a handful of things that make a city’s musical culture feel complete. You need several symphony orchestras and large choirs, and they all have to be pretty damn good. You also need several smaller choral and instrumental ensembles overlapping with

Jennifer DeCarlo launches jdc Fine Art in San Diego in 2011. She recently moved her gallery, dedicated to content-driven contemporary art by photographers, to the Marketplace at Salishan. Photo courtesy: Jennifer DeCarlo

‘Their art is my work now’

Gallery owner Jennifer DeCarlo talks about moving from artist to art dealer, art fairs, and the place of visual art.

On Paper Wings

As Ilana Sol’s new film about war and reconciliation screens this week, a look back at the Portland filmmaker’s first documentary

From Hate to Healing

FearNoMusic commemorates the Portland murder of immigrant Mulugeta Seraw by white supremacists.

Dancers in Reggie Wilson's Fist and Heel Dance Troupe

Dance review: Reggie Wilson’s got the POWER

The world premiere of POWER in July of 2019 was an evening-length work, yet Reggie Wilson was generous enough with his energy to give a post-show interview after the second performance. When asked how he envisioned the world that the piece so

Oregon Music Players performed Reena Esmail and Kevin Puts, October 2019 in Eugene's Beall Hall. Photo by Torrin Riley.

Claiming culture, marketing emotion

A Mozart Players concert explores music by living composers—and raises questions of preparation and appropriated meaning.

Marilyn Keller with PJCE in 'From Maxville to Vanport.' Photo by Kimmie Fadem.

MusicWatch Weekly: Big and small

What’s up? Big bands, big choirs, chamber classical, and hybrid music from Indonesia and the British Isles.

Luis Chapa as B.F. Pinkerton and Hiromi Omura as Cio-Cio-San in Portland Opera's 2019 production of Puccini's Madama Butterfly. Photo by Cory Weaver/Portland Opera.

The warhorse dilemma

Portland Opera’s “Butterfly” has melody, familiarity, and style. But does it surprise?

Photo First: The Day of Dead

At the Portland Art Museum, a lively and well-adorned crowd celebrates Mexico’s Día de Muertos.

The homesick and the haunted

“The Brothers Paranormal” delivers a masterly blend of social commentary and supernatural horror.

MusicWatch Halloween III: The Unveiling

The world is already a haunted house. Killer clowns, mercenary robots, dystopian surveillance states, wildfires galore–what do you need a haunted house for? Instead, go lurk in the shadows with some dark music and costumed fun. There are dozens of tribute shows

Francisco Bautista loom

Warp, weft, in between and beyond

Artists and scholars talk about the past, present, and future of textile art and culture at the Textile Connections Symposium

‘The Dope Elf’ considers power

Gawdafful National Theater visited Yale Union for ‘The Dope Elf,’ a play about white supremacy that kept the audience in motion.

Women of Will, and vice versa

At Portland Playhouse, Tina Packer and Nigel Gore dive deeply into the world of women in Shakespeare’s plays.

Field of Vision

A conference introduces a national organization to Portland. Tackling of pressing issues in Oregon arts ensues.

How to be a critic? Just do it

A critic’s voice is human, fallible, individual. It will sometimes please you, sometimes amuse you, sometimes infuriate you.

MusicWatch Weekly: Dress up in metal

The present author normally adheres to a strict “no promoting your own shows” policy, but since I spent a month telling you all about band camp in Bali, I feel it’s only fair to let you know that the results of that

Astoria artist Dave Ambrose will talk about how artists can use a lease-to-own program to get art into the hand of would-be customers during the Clatsop County Arts Summit next month. Photo courtesy: Dave Ambrose

Artists talking to artists

The inaugural Clatsop County Arts Summit will cover everything from lease-to-own art to copyright law.

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