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Converge 45’s opening weekend

The biennial features the work of local, national, and international artists at venues across the city. The opening festivities August 24-27 included performances, events, parties, and openings galore. Georgina Ruff reviews.

Stage & Studio: Renegades of the Opera

Renegade Opera’s artistic director, Danielle Jagelski, talks about the company’s beginnings, its approach to opera, and its upcoming production, “Adam’s Run.”

News & Notes: Party in the Pearl

The 27th annual Art in the Pearl festival highlights Portland’s Labor Day Weekend. Plus, art around Oregon in Astoria, Eugene, and The Dalles.

VizArts Monthly: Conversing and converging

Converge 45 brings a suite of compelling shows to Portland-area art spaces and there is plenty to see around the state as well. Jason N. Le has the intel on September’s art events.

Aaron Akers: ‘The Bob Ross of Oregon’

The McMinnville plumber taught himself to paint by watching YouTube tutorials during the pandemic. This fall, he’s teaching classes at Back Door Studio.

September DanceWatch: Summer’s last tangos

As the fall performance season approaches, there’s still time to catch some of the best dance summer has to offer, including performances by Linda Austin, NW Dance Project, B. Movement Project, and more.

DramaWatch: Ted Rooney’s deck of cards

In a tiny Southeast Portland space, a lean and lively actors’ theater is emerging. Up next, “52 Pick-up.” Also: openings and last chances.

Framing the Rothko Pavilion

The Portland Art Museum’s redesigned, glass-ensconced addition, due to open in summer 2025, will make viewing easier and could be a boon to an ailing downtown.

Ka’ila Farrell-Smith’s Ghosts in the Machine

At Russo Lee Gallery, an Indigenous artist’s images suggest a “green colonialism” in which extraction of minerals for new technology once again overrides tribal rights.

‘The Photograph’: Getting Gotts

Book review: K.B. Dixon on the celebrity portraits by a “poor working-class clod from nowhere (who) grows up to be a famous London photographer hobnobbing with cinematic royalty.”

DramaWatch: Where have all the audiences gone?

“The fundamentals of the economy are getting stronger, but people are still skittish” – and theater companies are suffering for it. Plus: Anonymous Theatre plays Pirate.

History, Mystery, Odyssey: An animated tale

Martin Cooper’s new film at Cinema 21 tells the stories of innovative Portland animators Jim Blashfield, Joanna Priestley, Rose Bond, Zak Margolis, Joan C. Gratz and Chel White.

Artists Rep suspends its ’23-24 season

Financial problems stemming in part from the pandemic, an expensive construction project, lack of expected state funding and a national slump in theater attendance force a drastic step.

Taking stock of the body

Using body casts, human hair, and melted aluminum, new work by Kate Simmons at Clackamas Community College’s Alexander Gallery explores ideas about body image and decay.

Cinderella story: Once more, with spirit

Broadway Rose’s production of the Rodgers + Hammerstein musical adds a light touch of depth to some scintillating singing and knockout costumes.

Stage & Studio: Regina Taylor at PassinArt

Dmae Lo Roberts talks with the celebrated actress and playwright, who will be in Portland for PassinArt Theatre’s Pacific NW Multicultural Festival Aug. 17-20.

Social Forms: Art as Global Citizenship

In partnership with CONVERGE 45, The Reser presents art with pointed questions and an international outlook by Jorge Tacla, Karl LeClair, Malia Jensen and Miroslav Lovric.

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