News & Notes

Got talent: A toast to Jimmie & Storm

ArtsWatch Weekly: Whole lotta talent goin' on; TBA takes the spotlight; license plates & movie picks & more.

127: License to thrill

Oregon unveils a new license plate with 127 cultural symbols and an interactive key to decode the design.

Eiko, Koma & 9/11; Beaverton rising

ArtsWatch Weekly: Remembering an extraordinary dance after 9/11; Beaverton rising; can't stop the music.

Rising in Beaverton: West Gate

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts, due to open in March 2022, gives Beaverton a stage and sense of place.

To Anne Hughes and Ed Asner

ArtsWatch Weekly: Remembering an iconic Portland cultural figure and a TV star; Art in the Pearl & more.
Davóne Tines performing in 'The Black Clown' in 2018. Photo by Richard Termine.

Backflips: Sudden spring of stories

ArtsWatch Weekly: As Covid ebbs and flows, arts & culture find fresh form – and Oregon stories arrive in a rush.

Venice returns to Portland, virtually

The virtual reality competition of the Venice International Film Festival will be on view in Portland in September.

Remembering Ernie Casciato

ArtsWatch Weekly: In praise of the beloved actor and teacher, dead at 67. Plus: Healing art, stage & screen, more.

Amid crises, creating art to heal

Portland's former Creative Laureate Subashini Ganesan-Forbes leads a city drive to nurture art for healing.

OBT: Change partners and dance

ArtsWatch Weekly: The ballet company reshuffles its season, dropping three Nicolo Fonte pieces.

Letter from Seattle: Theater, again

The Emerald City is tiptoeing back into live performances. It's still spotty – but Shakespeare's in the parks.

Celebrating Ross McKeen

Friends of the beloved Portland arts figure, who died in March, will gather on Thursday at The Armory.

Beach Boys bingo: We get around

ArtsWatch Weekly: As Covid concerns grow again, the arts world moves half-speed ahead. But it IS moving.
Ryan Findley plays the leader of a biker gang in “Lorelei,” a filmed-in-Oregon story about a felon who reconnects with his high school girlfriend, a single mother of three kids.

Ryan Findley: From doing gutters to the set for ‘Lorelei’

The McMinnville actor and construction contractor says he is selective about the roles he accepts.

Sing a song of Dante

ArtsWatch Weekly: A musical trip in a funhouse mirror, talking about "Lorelei," creative laureates & more.

Letters & lunches: About Ursula

A Portland gathering honors the great writer Ursula K. Le Guin. Here's what one of her best friends had to say.

Tim & Samie: A rare partnership

ArtsWatch Weekly: An enduring friendship; new opera leader; Ursula K. Le Guin's stamp of approval; more.

Portland Opera hires new artistic director

Priti Gandhi, who comes from Minnesota Opera, will be one of the few top woman artistic leaders in the opera world.
Seattle artist Brooke Borcherding’s painting of Copalis Beach in Washington is part of For the Seventh Generation’s pano-mural to be displayed in Lincoln City.

Grants totaling $10 million shine a light for Oregon Coast Aquarium

And in Lincoln City, a stretch of U.S. Highway 101 becomes a gallery for landscape paintings.

Live shows & Hunter Biden’s art

ArtsWatch Weekly: Performances all over; a presidential son and the art market; a hoop star's big art gift.