NEWS & NOTES

The race is on. Ready for live events?

ArtsWatch Weekly: Ready or not, things are opening. Plus Lillian Pitt & Friends, opera breaks out, poetry time.

 

In praise of Ramona & ‘Lonesome Dove’

ArtsWatch Weekly: Remembering Beverly Cleary, Larry McMurtry, and composer Stephen Scott; revolutions & the way things change.

 

ARTSWATCH FOCUS

Streamers: Portland theaters’ reopening plans, Oscar-nominated shorts, French ski drama

Ready or not, movie theaters are starting to open again in time for the Oscars and summer blockbusters.

 

Lillian Pitt: 10,000 Years Through Art

Stage & Studio: The noted artist talks about friendships, mentoring, and the Indigenous traditions that shape her art.

 
 

THEATER

The Endurance of The -Ism Project

How a monologue series about race, gender, and sexual identity leapt from stage to screen.

 

Riverbend Players goes to the dogs

Marilyn Karr, here with her border collie Journey, plays two roles in “The Dog Logs”: Savoir Faire, a single-minded greyhound, and Maddie, a golden retriever, who finds life, especially boy dogs, strange. Photo courtesy: Riverbend Players

After a quiet year, the Nehalem theater company is back with a play in which all the characters are canine.

 

MUSIC

MusicWatch Monthly: April is the coolest month

Looking forward to a wild summer where the masks start to come off and the concerts slowly start coming back.

 

New horizons

Madeline Ross in 'Secret Diaries of Pennsylvania Avenue.' Photo courtesy of Renegade Opera.

"... Maddy called me up a year ago, and she was like, let’s start this thing. I have an idea, it’s called Renegade Opera.”

 
 

DANCE

The Year of Living Cautiously, Pt. 2

Dance on screen: It's not the same as watching a live performance, but when theaters are shut down, it's a balm.

 

DanceWatch: Pandemic downs and ups

How have dancers and choreographers negotiated the pandemic? Jamuna Chiarini tells her particular story.

 

VISUAL ART

Women of Art ~ A Visual Life, 1

Pat Rose profiles three of Portland’s most creative photographers. Part 1: Grace Weston.

 

Lisa Brinkman: ‘A collaboration of life with Nature’

“Sophia’s Garden” by Lisa Brinkman (eco-prints of sumac, eucalyptus, and maple on raw silk canvas, cold wax and oils, 30 by 30 inches)

The artist’s eco prints, at the Chehalem Cultural Center, are an earthy mix of abstraction, symbolism, and collage.

 
 

CULTURE

From ashes of the Echo Mountain fire, art

Bruce MacGregor photographed Larry on Sept. 20, after his Otis home was destroyed in the Echo Mountain fire, then looted. Photo by: Bruce MacGregor

The Lincoln City Cultural Center gathers photography and items culled from the rubble of last fall's fire near Otis.

 

Photo Shoot: Six Oregon Poets

Photographer K.B. Dixon focuses on National Poetry Month with portraits of half a dozen leading Oregon voices.

 

OREGON

LitWatch Monthly: It’s National Poetry Month

April marks National Poetry Month – along with eight of the most exciting ways for you to celebrate.

 

Beverly Cleary: Plucky, adventurous kids can be fun!

Beverly Cleary reminded America that adventurous children weren't transgressive—they were fun! Especially on Klickitat Street.