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One fine show: It’s ‘Beautiful’

Broadway Rose Theatre Company’s smart and sharply choreographed “Beautiful” tells the inspiring story of singer and songwriter Carole King’s musical journey.

A giant falls: Sam Mowry, 1959-2024

The beloved Portland actor, known over his 40-plus year career for his distinctive voice and his devotion to family, friends, the stage, and radio theater, leaves a giant legacy.

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Aufführungspraxis: Makrokosmos Project turns X

The one-day modernist music festival continues to justify the words of George Crumb, performing music that “depends for its very existence on a type of pioneer performer” by Juri Seo, Steve Reich, Terry Longshore, and Crumb’s “Makrokosmos” in its four-part entirety.

Listening Place on the Hill

Celebrating International Listening Day, recalling the evocative soundscape of a pastoral Oregon childhood

A home for Hawaiians in the Pacific NW

With a population of more than 40,000 stretching from Forest Grove to Beaverton to Hillsboro to Clark County and beyond, greater Portland is a hub for native Hawaiian culture and arts.

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Waves of meaning in PAM’s French modernism shows

Lloyd DeWitt’s first shows as curator of European and American Art Pre-1930 at the Portland Art Museum offer crowd-pleasing beauty and deep questions about what museums and audiences look for in art.

‘Fists & Flowers’: The tumultuous 1960s

Richard Hertzberg’s book brings back the fervor and flavor of the political upheavals of a decade that divided the nation – and the handout leaflets that spread the word of cultural dissent.

OBT’s Michael Linsmeier dances off the stage

After 13 sterling years with Oregon Ballet Theatre, the 38-year-old character dancer finishes his career to a shower of bouquets, balloons, and cheering applause. He earned every bit of it.

John Luther Adams: Become Nature

Chamber Music Northwest and the Oregon Bach Festival present the world premiere of a new work for percussion ensemble by one of the most lauded living American composers

Waterfront Blues Fest: That’s a wrap

Portland’s four-day blues bash at Tom McCall Waterfront Park beats the heat — and photographer Joe Cantrell catches the sights and sounds and free-flowing joy of it all.

A blues explosion on the 4th of July

On the opening day of the Waterfront Blues Festival, photographer Joe Cantrell captures the sights and sounds from the stages to the crowd to the fireworks.

Ashland on the big stage: light yet bright

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s outdoor-theater “Jane Eyre” and “Much Ado About Nothing” don’t plumb all the depths, but both succeed as sparkling entertainment.

‘Seagull’: PETE’s exuberant Chekhov riff

Review: Rejecting the playwright’s doom and gloom, “a seagull” swings audaciously between faithfully exploring Chekhovian themes of art and life and blowing the questions up.

VizArts Monthly: Slowing Down

As we head into July, art offerings around Oregon offer opportunities to slow down and contemplate memories, ancestors, and landscapes (among other things). Raylee Heiden rounds up some strong options.

National Camera Day: It’s a snap

All right, much more than a snap. Photography is history and documentation, truth and illusion, high art and a creative tool for everyone. Celebrate its day on June 29.

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