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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.

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