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January 2024
MYS Oregon to Iberia

VizArts Monthly: Paying attention

Commitment to New Year’s Resolutions may be waning but February’s art offerings remind us of the benefits of thoughtful attention and contemplation.

Review: ‘What the Constitution Means to Me’

Heidi Schreck’s bracing play at Portland Center Stage dives smartly and entertainingly into the serious issues of the strengths and weaknesses of the U.S. Constitution.

A painting’s long and personal journey

How Beauford Delaney’s “Twilight Street” got from 119 Waverly Place in New York’s Greenwich Village to the studio of art conservator Nina Olsson to the Portland Art Museum’s walls.

DanceWatch Monthly: Back to the future

Jamuna Chiarini looks back on December and January shows and ahead to February’s dance, from BodyVox’s “Flights” to Rejoice!’s “Rites of Passage” to OBT’s “Peter Pan” and more.

Dennis Nyback: The show must go on

Fifteen months after the death of the legendary showman and collector of rare and offbeat films, friends and colleagues are rescuing his films and bringing them back into theaters.

Human bust with hands over chest area, eyes look straight out at viewer with head against a broken mirror circle

Processing through photographs: Ebenezer Galluzzo

The photographer uses self-portraiture to explore trans identity and sacredness. His current exhibition at Blue Sky Gallery is a celebration of self and the journey it took to get here.

Stage & Studio: A Memory of Gerardo Calderon

The vibrant musician, born in Mexico and bringing its sounds and traditions to the Northwest, has died. Dmae Lo Roberts brings back this podcast conversation with him.

DramaWatch: 21ten’s winning ‘Number’

A taut, terrific staging of Caryl Churchill’s speculative drama kicks off Portland theater’s “second season.” Plus: OSF Ashland stars on a new stage; how companies weathered the weather.

Leonard Bernstein in 1955

PuzzleWatch: Maestro – The Bernstein Puzzle

The iconic conductor, composer, and music educator, back in the limelight after getting the biopic treatment, now receives the greatest honor of them all: his own ArtsWatch crossword puzzle.

Chris Chandler at Elizabeth Leach Gallery

The large-scale geometric prints are inspired by 20th-century utopian design movements and offer viewers the chance to relish balance and formal flourish.

Letter from Seattle: 7 winter stage picks

From a Cirque du Soleil hit to updates on Don Quixote and Maxim Gorky to an opera about Malcolm X and more, Seattle’s stages are bringing some heat to the chilly season.

Listen to ‘I Have a Dream’

On Martin Luther King Jr. Day, take seven minutes to watch and hear the eloquence and artistry of the famous speech that helped re-set a nation’s compass.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it slow

Yes, Portland’s in the middle of a rare winter storm, and events are shutting down. Then again, it’s a good time to slow down, take a break, reminisce and recharge.

The North Pole Cello Sextet with drummer Sergio Carreno at Mississippi Studios for 45th Parallel Universe's 2023 Holiday Pub Crawl. Photo by James Shields.

Spontaneity and improvisation: 45 Parallel’s Holiday Pub Crawl featured a pair of singer-songwriters, a jazz trio, klezmer violin and clarinets, a cello sextet, and a warning from the fire marshall

45||’s four-venue evening sprawled across Mississippi Avenue in North Portland, featuring: singer-songwriters Jim Brunberg and Ben Landsverk; clarinetists James Shields, Mark Dubac, and new executive director Lisa Lipton, plus violinist and outgoing ED Ron Blessinger; the all-star jazz trio of John Nastos, Clay Giberson, and Christopher Brown; the North Pole Cello Sextet; and some fancy footwork.

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