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A giant falls: Sam Mowry, 1959-2024

The beloved Portland actor, known over his 40-plus year career for his distinctive voice and his devotion to family, friends, the stage, and radio theater, leaves a giant legacy.

Waterfront Blues Fest: That’s a wrap

Portland’s four-day blues bash at Tom McCall Waterfront Park beats the heat — and photographer Joe Cantrell catches the sights and sounds and free-flowing joy of it all.

National Camera Day: It’s a snap

All right, much more than a snap. Photography is history and documentation, truth and illusion, high art and a creative tool for everyone. Celebrate its day on June 29.

Photo First: Milk Carton Boat Race

K.B. Dixon and his camera take in the wetness and the glory of Sunday’s splashy race, a Rose Festival favorite since 1973.

News & Notes: Lake Oswego’s big arts bash

The 61st annual Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts brings a feast of art and music to town. Plus: Portland’s 18th Dolly Parton Hoot Night celebrates the pop icon and defies the naysayers.

Hillsboro Pride Party: A rainbow rises

During Pride Month, Oregon’s fifth largest city celebrates openness and diversity amid recognition that the quest to overcome fear and repression is far from over.

Letter from New York: So many good shows, so little time

As Broadway revs up for this year’s Tony Awards, Misha Berson takes in the tales of “Stereophonic,” “The Outsiders,” “Water for Elephants,” “Uncle Vanya” and “Patriots” – and wishes for more.

News & Notes: Open house at The Reser

The Beaverton arts center is throwing a free party. Plus: Grants make the cultural world go ’round; new leadership in the Oregon Legislature’s Arts and Culture Caucus.

Vanport Mosaic’s flood of events

The ninth annual festival remembers the flood that wiped out the city of Vanport on Memorial Day 1948 and carries the vanished city’s history and vital cultural significance into the present.

News & Notes: Warm Springs museum to reopen

The tribal museum, closed since December for upgrades, reopens May 14. Plus: Indigenous artists at High Desert Museum, “Matrilineal Memory” & Cherokee art in Portland.

High Desert Museum scores $500,000 grant

The award from the National Endowment for the Humanites will help the Bend museum revitalize its permanent collection dedicated to Indigenous peoples of the region.

News & Notes: Arvie Smith gets a Guggenheim

The Portland artist’s paintings are steeped in American pop-cultural images and deal satirically with race relations. Plus: Hannah Krafcik’s “Gender Deconstruction”; Portland arts tax due.

Bobby Bermea: Six picks from Fertile Ground

As Portland’s sprawling 10-day festival of new performance prepares to hit the stage running, the creators of half a dozen fresh shows talk about what they’re doing and why.

News & Notes: Reshaping the arts plan

Our Creative Future, which is shaping the Portland metro area’s public approach to arts policies, will have a Virtual Town Meeting April 9. And the City of Portland shifts its cultural lineup.

Jordan Schnitzer gives $10 million to PSU’s school of art

The gift, which continues the Schnitzer family’s longtime support of Portland State University, will help fund a new home for the School of Art, support PSU’s Schnitzer Art Museum, and provide outdoor art and other enhancements on campus.

News & Notes: Seattle’s new art museum

A $300 million gift of more than 200 artworks jump-starts the Seattle University Museum of Art. Plus: Maryhill Museum season begins, Asian American writers, Andrew Proctor returns, jazz at Milagro, Billie Holiday tribute night.

News & Notes: Libraries turn the page

As Central Library reopens in downtown Portland, The Library Foundation takes on new leadership. Plus: A new leader for the Parks Foundation; talking Nevelson and Neel at PNCA.

Eugene Weekly fighting for its life

The paper, whose journalism includes vital arts and cultural coverage, is fighting a financial crisis allegedly caused by embezzlement, and is turning to the public for help.

Coty Raven Morris singing at an All Classical event. Photo by Phillip Pasteris.

Music News & Notes: Good Tidings

Recent moves and kudos about 45th Parallel Universe, Third Angle New Music, Friends of Chamber Music, Cappella Romana, Tomas Cotik, and other figures in Oregon classical and jazz music.

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