NEWS & NOTES

LitWatch Monthly: Joy Harjo and author conversations

Our movement may still be restricted, but books are still available, along with online events in and around books. Amy Leona Havin's LitWatch has the details.

 

Rebuilding a State of the Arts

ArtsWatch Weekly: All around Oregon, the cultural Covid freeze of 2020 begins to thaw. Will it continue?

 

ARTSWATCH FOCUS

Enter laughing: A world of clowns

In a world of trouble, Clowns Without Borders lightens the load. At the benefit Pandemic Pandemonium, you can pitch in.

 

Building Resiliency with the Arts

Portland's I Am MORE helps traumatized young people heal by sharing their stories

 
 

THEATER

Ashland’s season to shake it up

The Oregon Shakespeare Festival meets the times with a hybrid season of new and old: video now, maybe onstage later.

 

Bard to the bone: A Star (Wars) is born

Ian Doescher has built a mini-empire of modern pop tales retold Shakespeare style. May ye Force be withe hym.

 

MUSIC

Listening back 2020: Oregon recordings from a fraught year

Good music in hard times: We can’t let 2020 slip away without noting some recordings by Oregon musicians, several explicitly in response to crisis.

 

MusicWatch Monthly: Frosty Festive February

Portland Jazz Festival, rewatching Motchisuki, African films, Black composers, Sybarite5 and more.

 
 

DANCE

The Year of Living Cautiously

Dance critic Martha Ullman West looks back on a year of isolation and remembers moments of beauty that broke the spell.

 

‘One drop of water in the deep blue sea’

still from Bodies Apart, Moving Together - Three figures in the middle of a road

Jennifer Rabin was moved to tears by Sophia Wright Emigh and Jaleesa Johnston's project "Bodies Apart, Moving Together." A conversation about the pandemic, art, and finding connection.

 

VISUAL ART

Gigi Little covers the book world

The Portland writer and former clown is in demand for her book-cover designs. Next: Beth Kephart's new memoir.

 

How to make an American quilt

The community quilt includes nearly 50 squares embroidered by people who participated in conversations with Ellen Knutson on what it means to be American. Embroidered details address everything from racism and disenfranchisement to liberty and compassion. Photos by: David Bates

A conversation about the difference between America's ideals and its reality leads to a Newberg fiber arts show.

 
 

CULTURE

Streamers: ‘Nomadland’ and ‘Promising Young Woman’

In a strange Oscar season, virtuoso work by Frances McDormand and Carey Mulligan stands out.

 

Remembrance of Things Past

So near, and so far: K.B. Dixon turns his lens on downtown Portland, before the pandemic and the plywood.

 

OREGON

Pandemic prose and poetry

Among the things Lisa Mayfield’s boyfriend left her after his death were masks he carved from stone. The story she will read in the Cannon Beach Library’s Writers Read Celebration explores the gifts she gained from that difficult relationship. Photo Courtesy: Lisa Mayfield

The Cannon Beach Library hosts a virtual reading Saturday of pieces inspired by life during COVID.

 

McMinnville Short Film Festival: Good things in small packages

Ludovic Houplain’s 2019 animated film, "My Generation," is an eight-minute drive down a freeway where the scenery is a glitzy panorama of capitalism, finance, surveillance, sports, politics, religion, and mindless entertainment.

The 10-day festival starts this week, bringing 127 films, none longer than 20 minutes, to the comfort of your home.

 
 
 
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