Bag & Baggage Danny and the Deep Blue Sea The Vault Theatre Hillsboro Oregon
February 2021

Gigi Little covers the book world

The Portland writer and former clown is in demand for her book-cover designs. Next: Beth Kephart’s new memoir.

Rebuilding a State of the Arts

ArtsWatch Weekly: All around Oregon, the cultural Covid freeze of 2020 begins to thaw. Will it continue?

Ashland’s season to shake it up

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets the times with a hybrid season of new and old: video now, maybe onstage later.

Remembrance of Things Past

So near, and so far: K.B. Dixon turns his lens on downtown Portland, before the pandemic and the plywood.

The community quilt includes nearly 50 squares embroidered by people who participated in conversations with Ellen Knutson on what it means to be American. Embroidered details address everything from racism and disenfranchisement to liberty and compassion. Photos by: David Bates

How to make an American quilt

A conversation about the difference between America’s ideals and its reality leads to a Newberg fiber arts show.

Enter laughing: A world of clowns

In a world of trouble, Clowns Without Borders lightens the load. At the benefit Pandemic Pandemonium, you can pitch in.

The Year of Living Cautiously

Dance critic Martha Ullman West looks back on a year of isolation and remembers moments of beauty that broke the spell.

No news like good news

ArtsWatch Weekly: I Am MORE, Broadway Rose’s ‘Story of My Life,’ PDX Jazz Fest, art around Oregon.

still from Bodies Apart, Moving Together - Three figures in the middle of a road

‘One drop of water in the deep blue sea’

Jennifer Rabin was moved to tears by Sophia Wright Emigh and Jaleesa Johnston’s project “Bodies Apart, Moving Together.” A conversation about the pandemic, art, and finding connection.

Among the things Lisa Mayfield’s boyfriend left her after his death were masks he carved from stone. The story she will read in the Cannon Beach Library’s Writers Read Celebration explores the gifts she gained from that difficult relationship. Photo Courtesy: Lisa Mayfield

Pandemic prose and poetry

The Cannon Beach Library hosts a virtual reading Saturday of pieces inspired by life during COVID.

Artists on the snooze of reason

What’s the nation’s current mess mean? We asked a few literary and artistic experts. You might be surprised.

Visions of work

Blake Andrews on how labor plays a starring role in Dan Nelken and Edward Pabor’s photo shows in Springfield and Eugene.

Making music, symphonic & Black

ArtsWatch Weekly: Oregon Symphony picks a new leader; we begin a Black-music column; finale for Fertile Ground.

Fertile Ground 2021: The Aftermath

Covid changed the game for the new-performance festival. But going virtual was a renaissance, not a retreat.

Belling Shakespeare’s cat

Fertile Ground 2021: Sue Mach’s “Madonna of the Cat” fills in the 16-year gap in Shakespeare’s “Winter’s Tale.”

Days of Fezziwig past

Fertile Ground 2021: An overlooked character from “A Christmas Carol” gets his close-up in “Fezziwig’s Fortune.”

A room with a redemptive view

Fertile Ground 2021: “The November Project,” which takes place in a bathroom, has roots in a life-turning crisis.

Now Hear This: February edition

Now Hear This scours Bandcamp for new work from local artists. This time around: Quadraphonnes and quarantined overdubs, delicate synths and deconstructed metal, moody rap and all-ages kids music.

LitWatch Monthly: Love and literature

February on the literary arts front is looking warm and cozy, surrounded by cups of hot chocolate and coffee, and seated in comfortable chairs.

VizArts Monthly: Invigorate with art

The vibrancy of Portland’s art scene is the perfect antidote to a gloomy February. Lindsay Costello gives a run down of the many options.

Chamber Music Northwest Lincoln Recital Hall Portland State University Portland Oregon
Dianne Jean Erickson Donald Dahlke Gallery 114 Portland Oregon
Cascadia Composers Music Concert Portland State University Lincoln Hall Portland Oregon
Imago Theatre ZooZoo Portland Oregon
Open Space Dance Royal Durst Theatre Vancouver Washington
Enlightened Theatrics Seussical the Musical Salem Oregon
Bag & Baggage Danny and the Deep Blue Sea The Vault Theatre Hillsboro Oregon
Portland Playhouse A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens Portland Oregon
Corrib Contemporary Irish Theatre Portland Oregon Metaverse
Portland Revels Midwinter Revels Andalusian Night Portland Oregon
Hallie Ford Museum of Art Willamette University Salem Oregon
Eugene Ballet The Nutcracker with Orchestra Next Hult Center Eugene Oregon
Oregon Repertory Singers Glory of Christmas Portland Oregon
Triangle Productions Erma Bombeck At Wit's End Helen Raptis Portland Oregon
Northwest Dance Project Portland Oregon
Portland State University College of the Arts
Future Prairie Artist Collective Portland Oregon
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