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PICA turns 20 with celebration of international art stars: May art gallery preview

As the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, the Elizabeth Leach Gallery pays tribute to its two-decade run of bringing avant-garde art and performance to Portland with “PICA: Celebrating 20 Years, Reflecting on the First Decade,” which opens May 7. As the title suggests, the exhibition will focus on the organization’s first 10 years, when it regularly mounted excellent exhibitions in its former space in the Weiden + Kennedy building and had yet to devote itself to the annual TBA Festival. Gathering work by 21 artists who exhibited, performed, or were in residency during the first
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Discussion Links

Christopher Knight pens the much anticipated rebuttal to all the Whitney love. Well, the cries of parochialism are a given though Knight celebrates the exclusion of Greenbergian Color Field painters like Morris Louis and Helen Frankenthaler… but really is it just substituting one parochialism for another. That’s ok you can come to Portland to see Frankenthaler, Anne Truitt and other Greenberg artists here at the Portland Art Museum, wherethecritic’s personal collection now resides. What’s more, the Whitney did just restage a great Robert Irwin last year so I’m not certain they are as guilty as Knight’s still legitimate argument seems
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Review: R&B and Race in Stumptown Stages’ ‘Soul Harmony’

In 1940s Baltimore, a young Jewish woman who wrote songs in search of an audience crossed paths with a group of young black men in search of a song. The rest is rock ‘n’ roll history, now brought to life again on a Portland stage. Deborah Chessler’s collaborative work with The Orioles’s Sonny Til is the metaphorical “harmony” in Soul Harmony, the Stumptown Stages production currently running at the Brunish Theatre. Together, the odd couple pioneered a rhythm and blues sound that became the precursor of rock-n-roll—in the process, producing “Too Soon To Know,” one of the most enduring ballads of
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Italian Style Closes this weekend!

Recent Museum News Italian Style Closes this weekend! April 27, 2015 OPB features NW Film Center’s Gus Van Sant series and class April 24, 2015 Coming in Spring 2016: Capturing Indians April 9, 2015 Last week to see Forbidden Fruit April 14, 2015 Last week to see The Enclave April 7, 2015 News Index Side Menu Exhibitions Current Upcoming Past 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 Crumpacker Family Library Multimedia Conversations About Art Artist Talks 2014 Artist Talks 2013 Artist Talks 2012 Artist Talks 2011 Artist Talks 2010 Artist Talks 2009 Lectures, Talks Workshops Object Stories Film Collections Learn About Collections
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The Circus Project flying higher than ever with new space and school programs (photos)

The path to a Pearl District home and hugely popular curriculum has not always been easy, but Jenn Cohen can succinctly state one lesson learned since starting her non-profit, The Circus Project, in 2008. “Be true to yourself and cheerfully relentless in pursuing your dreams.” She isn’t fazed when parents no longer recognize her as the face of the circus arts school. Instead, she feels gratitude for the community its become and pride when she hears others reference “our space”. This month, The Circus Project enters a new era. After years of renting a gym at a local community center, with limited access and hours, the
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The Circus Project flying higher than ever with new space and school programs (photos/video)

The path to a Pearl District home and hugely popular curriculum has not always been easy, but Jenn Cohen can succinctly state one lesson learned since starting her non-profit, The Circus Project, in 2008. “Be true to yourself and cheerfully relentless in pursuing your dreams.” She isn’t fazed when parents no longer recognize her as the face of the circus arts school. Instead, she feels gratitude for the community its become and pride when she hears others reference “our space”. This month, The Circus Project enters a new era. After years of renting a gym at a local community center, with limited access and hours, the
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Weekend Pick: Laser Gilley

It had to happen, it was inevitable… one of Portland’s favorite artists, Damien Gilley, has harnessed the power of lasers and for one night will turn Carl Sloan Contemporary into laserland. It will also be a book release for his monograph Vibrations. I’ve followed and worked with Damien over the years being the first to review him while he was still in grad school(I normally wait till they graduate). He’s grown a lot from a local favorite to an artist with an international career. Basically, this is chief art event this weekend in one smallish gallery. Damien Gilley | April
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Match Preview: Timbers @ Fishing Village

First, a Recap! Last week, the Timbers needed a break. And they got it. Facing the difficult task of having to rebound from a bad loss on a baseball diamond 3,000 miles from home, Caleb Porter’s men put in a solid team performance and escaped Yankee Stadium with three points. The day began inauspiciously with the news that Rodney Wallace would not even make the bench due to a knee injury, later confirmed by Porter to be an MCL strain. In fact, the Timbers did not have enough healthy bodies available to field a full 18-man roster. The negative was
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OPB features NW Film Center’s Gus Van Sant series and class

OPB’s State of Wonder recently featured the Northwest Film Center’s Essential Gus Van Sant film series (opening April 23) along with a great interview with film writers Mario Falsetto and Shawn Levy. Falsetto, the author of the recently published Conversations with Gus Van Sant and professor emeritus of film at Concordia University, is teaching a School of Film course on Van Sant’s films starting this Saturday, April 25. Listen to the interview: Excerpts from April Baer’s OPB interview: On Van Sant’s influence beyond his own films:Mario Falsetto: He does have a whole history of being a key player in the independent
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The Latest in Portland Arts News—Benefits, Ballet, and Storm Large

Foster the People, Modest Mouse and Beirut to Rock the City MusicfestNW announced its 2015 lineup this week, with Modest Mouse, Beirut, Twin Shadow and Belle and Sebastian all set to convene at TomMcCall Waterfront Park over the festival weekend alongside local acts like Lost Lander and Pure Bathing Culture. The festival, now in its 15th year, has added a Friday night and will run from August 21 to August 23, making more room for acts like Foster The People, who’ll headline the festival’s first night. See the full lineup at musicfestnw.com.  Barndances and Benefits Farm-to-table + dance = dance-to-table? With
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