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Bob Hicks
Bob Hicks
Bob Hicks
Bob Hicks has been covering arts and culture in the Pacific Northwest since 1978, including 25 years at The Oregonian. Among his art books are Kazuyuki Ohtsu; James B. Thompson: Fragments in Time; and Beth Van Hoesen: Fauna and Flora. His work has appeared in American Theatre, Biblio, Professional Artist, Northwest Passage, Art Scatter, and elsewhere. He also writes the daily art-history series "Today I Am."

News & Notes: A resonating ‘Hallelujah’

A PSU choir’s link to Leonard Cohen’s most famous song; a Covid cancellation; Afro-Topia Pop-Up; remembering Hilary Mantel & Louise Fletcher; Corey Brunish & “The Music Man.”

A Portland ballet star moves on to Hong Kong

Xuan Cheng, principal dancer for Oregon Ballet Theatre, is the new principal dancer and ballet mistress for Hong Kong Ballet. She’ll split the next year between Hong Kong and Oregon.

Tony Fuemmeler and the masks of life

At Historic Alberta House, 60 of the master maskmaker’s artist friends explore hidden and revealed identities – and Fuemmeler unmasks a change of his own.

Salman Rushdie and the dangerous world

The author of “The Satanic Verses,” living under a death threat since 1989, is stabbed onstage in western New York. Grievously injured, he remains a profile in courage.

News & Notes: Singin’ the Covid blues again

A surge in cases causes cancellations and postponements of events. Plus: The NEA looks at artists in the workplace; summer concerts in a barn; at museums, free is a very good price.

Corey Brunish nabs another Tony

The Portland and New York producer wins his fourth Tony Award, for the revival of the Stephen Sondheim musical “Company.”

Lauren Carrera: On beyond Victoriana

The artist’s “Museo du Profundo Mundo” at the Newport Visual Arts Center reimagines the curiosities and collections of natural history museums.

Bang bang, and other dramatic events

On the art of storytelling and the lure of the violent in the telling of the human tale; on book-banning and the glories and bravery of libraries.