High Desert Museum Creations of Spirit Bend Oregon
June 2021

Now Hear This: July edition

Now Hear This scours Bandcamp for new work from local artists that would make fine additions to your digital library. Normally, you’d have one of Bandcamp’s Fee Free First Fridays to look forward to….

"She Wrote Nothing At All," by Jamila Clarke (limited edition archival digital print, 10 by 12 inches)

Black art matters

In a Newberg exhibit, Black artists confront racism, as well as speak to the experience of being human.

Portfolio: Seven Violinists

From the symphony to baroque to jazz to Celtic to opera to a legendary luthier, an Oregon all-star team.

Beyond Fridolatry

Brett Campbell talks with the composer of Portland Opera’s “Frida,”
about the artist’s extraordinary life.

Watershed moments

The Oregon Jewish Museum reopens with a deep dive into the story of the fountains that reshaped the city.

Theater: Playing in the park

Making magic in Laurelhurst Park with the family-friendly play “Hannah + the Healing Stone.”

Updating Ansel Adams

Laurel Reed Pavic reviews “Ansel Adams in Our Time” on view at the Portland Art Museum.

Classical Up Close 9: A wet finale

A company of elite musicians closes its festival of outdoor concerts on a high note – and in the rain.

Pride and Prejudice in Keizer

The Oregon city has an LGBTQIA celebration in the park – and then the religious protesters crash the party.

Autopsy for the Arts

William Deresiewicz’s new book “The Death of the Artist” shows why it’s so hard to make a living making art today.

Classical Up Close 8: Emergency

Pianist Cary Lewis has a “critical heart incident” in mid-concert, and undergoes emergency surgery.

Classical Up Close 7: Brass & sass

As the festival enters the home stretch, the brasses come out to play and the tango music does an encore.

What you see & what you get

ArtsWatch Weekly: Photographic tales of Black Portland; picturing Pride; symphony’s new chief; more.

Kim Stafford’s great energy swap

“We’re back to where poetry has escaped the book. It’s not in the zoo of the library where it’s looking out through the bars of its cage.”

Cultivating Creative Community

Tualatin Valley Creates’ Arts & Leadership Incubator helps artists connect their work to the community.

Theater beyond age limits

Bonnie Vorenberg and ArtAge have helped spur a flourishing national scene of theater for older people.

Classical Up Close 6: Noble sounds

The festival soars past its halfway point with a pair of shows – and violist Charles Noble’s in the middle of the mix.

Brown in Black and White

Portland photographer Richard Brown’s new memoir depicts a colorful life of art and activism.

MusicWatch Monthly: Get outside

As vaccination rates rise and infection rates fall, Oregon’s music world starts to take to the great outdoors.

Classical Up Close 4: High on a hill

An open-air concert lifts spirits with the sounds of Brahms and Strauss and contemporary percussionist Andy Akiho.

Classical Up Close 3: Tango Plus

The series of free outdoor concerts spotlights Black and contemporary woman composers, and tango, too.

“Unlike engineering, where having a really good solution is important, in art the process is just as important as the solution,” says Shu-Ju Wang. . “Having a good solution is good, but there may be a hundred different solutions when you’re making art.” Photo by: Sankar Raman/The Immigrant Story

Exploring patterns of identity

Shu-Ju Wang’s art combines her interests in mathematics, her Chinese heritage, and the climate crisis.

Now Hear This: June edition

Now Hear This scours Bandcamp for new work from local artists. This time around, that includes surprisingly polished folk demos, “rock music?”, propulsive punk for smashing stuff, and plenty more–just in time for Bandcamp’s next Fee Free First Friday.

Portland Chamber Orchestra Valentines Day The Reser Beaverton Oregon
Portland Playhouse What I Learned In Paris Portland Oregon
Portland Center Stage Young Americans Portland Oregon
Boom Arts Okinum Hampton Opera Center Portland Oregon
Tualatin Valley Symphony Family Concert Featuring Star Wars NW Christian Church Tigard Oregon
White Bird Dance Trinity Irish The Reser Beaverton Oregon
Portland Piano International Solo Piano Series Portland Oregon
White Bird Dance Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland Oregon
Profile Theatre Welcome to Arroyo's at Imago Theatre Portland Oregon
High Desert Museum Creations of Spirit Bend Oregon
push/FOLD at the Reser Beaverton Oregon
Triangle Productions Me & Tammy Portland Oregon
Eugene Ballet Petrushka with Orchestra Next Hult Center Eugene Oregon
Oregon Children's Theatre Dragons Love Tacos Newmark Theatre Portland Oregon
Northwest Dance Project Portland Oregon
Portland State University College of the Arts
Future Prairie Artist Collective Portland Oregon