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Photo First: An amble through Scare City

K.D. Dixon roams the streets of Portland with his camera in search of the odd, the eerie, the hair-raising, the ghoulish, the spectral, and the skeletal. Saints preserve us, he finds them.

Person with purple hair smelling a bouquet of pink flowers

The many facets of Daphne

In the latest installment in the ‘Gender Deconstruction’ series, Hannah Krafcik talks with Oregon Coast resident Daphne Sprinkle about transfeminine identity and community embrace.

An Aztec celebration in Garden Home

The Sempoashochitl Festival, in honor and celebration of Día de los Muertos and the glories of the marigold, brings a whirl of traditional dance, art, music and remembrance.

A Groaning of Gargoyles and Grotesques

Steeped in the history of good and evil, these nightmare figures of protection and malevolence come out on Halloween. They’re also K.B. Dixon’s office mates.

A human view of a civil rights icon

Historian Jonathan Eig talks to a Portland audience about his intimate portrait of MLK Jr.’s American journey in “King: A Life,” the first biography of the human rights crusader in 40 years.

Let the spooky season begin, Posthaste

As Halloween hastens toward us, Tenebrous Press throws a party for “Posthaste Manor,” Jolie Toomajan and Carson Winter’s “new weird horror” novel about a very haunted house.

‘Speaking Our Truths’: IYF docu-series concludes

In the fifth and final edition of the –Ism Youth Files podcasts, host Mila Kashiwabara and other young artists conclude a two-year journey by talking about the meanings of mental health.

Surviving Trauma: IYF series, Part 4

In the newest edition of the –Ism Youth Files podcasts, host Danica Leung and other young artists talk about the challenges of overcoming traumatic circumstances in their lives.

The Death of Walt Curtis: A Personal Note

“Walt Curtis danced to his words. His hands, his body, his voice, they were all swooping and soaring, loud, rhythmic, theatrical. And his words were setting the beat. I couldn’t believe it.”

The Cultural Landscape: Part 11

K.B. Dixon’s cultural-portrait series continues with visual artist Marie Watt, classical percussionist Niel DePonte, dancer & choreographer Oluyinka Akinjiola, poet & storyteller Brian S. Ellis, and actor & Portland Revels leader Lauren Bloom Hanover.

Opal Creek Wilderness: A story of survival

Decades of battle over a pristine old-growth forest climaxed with the devastating 2020 Beachie Creek fire. But new growth is happening – and photographers are documenting a rebirth.

Caroline Miller in England and Africa

The former Oregon political figure’s new memoir takes her back to the 1950s and life-shaping experiences from teaching in England to seeing apartheid first-hand.

Fertile ground: Pendleton Center for the Arts

Access and opportunity are at the heart of the mission of Pendleton Center for the Arts. The mission is especially fitting given that the center’s brick-and-mortar location was originally a Carnegie library.

Looking at people looking at art

From Portland’s museums and galleries to the Guggenheim and Whitney to Amsterdam, Australia, Berlin and beyond, Angela Allen focuses her camera on people interacting with art.

Aaron Akers: ‘The Bob Ross of Oregon’

The McMinnville plumber taught himself to paint by watching YouTube tutorials during the pandemic. This fall, he’s teaching classes at Back Door Studio.

September DanceWatch: Summer’s last tangos

As the fall performance season approaches, there’s still time to catch some of the best dance summer has to offer, including performances by Linda Austin, NW Dance Project, B. Movement Project, and more.

Framing the Rothko Pavilion

The Portland Art Museum’s redesigned, glass-ensconced addition, due to open in summer 2025, will make viewing easier and could be a boon to an ailing downtown.

‘The Photograph’: Getting Gotts

Book review: K.B. Dixon on the celebrity portraits by a “poor working-class clod from nowhere (who) grows up to be a famous London photographer hobnobbing with cinematic royalty.”

History, Mystery, Odyssey: An animated tale

Martin Cooper’s new film at Cinema 21 tells the stories of innovative Portland animators Jim Blashfield, Joanna Priestley, Rose Bond, Zak Margolis, Joan C. Gratz and Chel White.

Stage & Studio: Regina Taylor at PassinArt

Dmae Lo Roberts talks with the celebrated actress and playwright, who will be in Portland for PassinArt Theatre’s Pacific NW Multicultural Festival Aug. 17-20.

Corrib Theatre From a Hole in the Ground Contemporary Irish Theatre Alberta House Portland Oregon
Kalakendra Indian Classical Instrumental Music First Congregational Church Portland Oregon
Portland Opera Puccini in Concert Keller Auditorium Portland Oregon
Portland Center Stage at the Armory Coriolanus Portland Oregon
Cascadia Composers May the Fourth be with you Bold new music for winds and piano Lincoln Recital Hall PSU Portland Oregon
Chamber Music Northwest Imani Winds and BodyVox Beautiful Everything The Reser Beaverton Oregon
Portland Columbia Symphony Adelante Voices of Tomorrow Beaverton and Gresham Oregon
Newport Visual and Performing Arts Newport Oregon Coast
Kalakendra Indian Classical Instrumental Music First Congregational Church Portland Oregon
Triangle Productions Perfect Arrangement Portland Oregon
NW Dance Project Moving Stories Newmark Theatre Portland Oregon
Oregon Repertory Singers Finding Light 50th Season Portland Oregon
Portland Playhouse Passing Strange Portland Oregon
Imago Theatre Carol Triffle Mission Gibbons Portland Oregon
Maryhill Museum of Art Goldendale Washington
Portland State University College of the Arts
Bonnie Bronson 2024 Fellow Wendy Red Star Reed College Reception Kaul Auditorium Foyer Portland Oregon
PassinArt Theatre and Portland Playhouse present Yohen Brunish Theatre Portland Oregon
Pacific Maritime Heritage Center Prosperity of the Sea Lincoln County Historical Society Newport Oregon Coast
Portland Art Museum Virtual Sneakers to Cutting Edge Kicks Portland Oregon
High Desert Museum Sasquatch Central Oregon
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