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Local Bands Recap PDX Pop Now!

We’d like to think that no matter where in the city you were this past weekend, if you listened closely, you could’ve heard the soundtrack of the city blasting from under the Hawthorne Bridge. That’s where PDX Pop Now, the annual festival focused on local music, was tickling our ear drums with bands we loved and bands we didn’t know we loved until now. As always, the setting was laid-back, the audience members were as friendly as the volunteers, and the bands milled around with fans, instead of hiding backstage—another triumph for a festival that has a lot of success
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Love Art! Gallery in SE Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood closing in August (photos, video)

Ted and Ruby Madrona had no business plans when in 2009 they rented a shop in the heart of the Sellwood neighborhood’s business district. Three months later, the former cheese shop opened as Love Art! Gallery, now an iconic storefront on Southeast 13th Avenue. A giant medal sea horse peers down at passersby, and for five years tiled garden benches have welcomed pedestrians to rest. But the benches are gone and the storage room is empty. Love Art! Gallery is closing Aug. 3. “It is time,” Ruby said. “We cannot run this business and do the things we want to
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Public art in Portland winning awards

RACC just announced that two pieces, Jorge Pardo’s Streetcar Stop for Portland and Inversion +/- by Lead Pencil Studio were cited as two of 37 outstanding public arts projects completed in the United States in 2013. Streetcar Stop for Portland (detail inside at night) photo Jeff Jahn Both projects certainly were site considered works that went far beyond last year’s Nepenthes travesty, also commissioned by RACC for its, “Quirkyness.” I’ve been writing about it for a L O N G time but quirky just isn’t good enough in Portland anymore (yes you too Art Beat) and as PORT’s interview with
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Linda Ronstadt, ‘Cabaret’ composer John Kander among recipients of National Medal of Arts

Singer Linda Ronstadt, dancer-choreographer Bill T. Jones, author Maxine Hong Kingston, Broadway composer John Kander and visual artist James Turrell are among 12 recipients of the National Medal of Arts. President Obama will present the awards in conjunction with the National Humanities Medals on July 28 in an East Room ceremony at the White House. The National Medal of Arts is the highest award given to artists and patrons by the federal government.  The official citations for the 2013 National Medal of Arts recipients are: Julia Alvarez, novelist, poet, and essayist, for her extraordinary storytelling. In poetry and in prose, Ms. Alvarez
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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House: Works of art in a work of art (photos)

People who appreciate inviting, glass-framed living rooms, subtle red concrete floors and custom fretwork see Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House as a piece of art. Wright, however, envisioned the two-story residence as a place for art. The Gordon House in Silverton, the only Wright building in Oregon and the only one of his residences open to the public in the Pacific Northwest, has towering walls and plenty of clean-lined spaces that serve as perfect backgrounds for captivating contemporary art. The concrete-and-wood house, designed by Wright in 1957 for Evelyn and Conrad Gordon, was built from 1963 to 1964 on the Gordons’
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Sara Greenberger Rafferty draws parallels between comedy and art with visual puns at Fourteen30 Contemporary (review)

For nearly a decade, Brooklyn artist Sara Greenberger Rafferty‘s art, which ranges from sculptural installations to performance, has drawn its imagery from the world of comedy. Splattered whipped cream pies, Groucho Marx glasses, a stand-up’s mic and stool, along with images of famous funny men and women, from Bill Cosby to Phyllis Diller, have found their way into Rafferty’s practice. Given the art world’s humorless reputation, where a lost-in-thought chin-stroke is higher praise than a laugh, her choice might seem like a subversive prank. Not so: she draws strong ties between the role of the comedian and the artist, from
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Jordan Wayne Long at 12128 Boatspace

Often, performance comes off as self congratulatory attention mongering… BUT the fact that Jordan Wayne Long’s “Impact Piece #1″ comes with a warning against bringing any children is a good sign. Also, the fact that is is at 12128, everyone’s favorite alt-space crab boat means that just the location alone is worth the trip. JWL’s work comes from his his participation in 12128′s micro residency program funded in part by the groundbreaking Precipice Fund. Show up and see if it is worthy enough to justify using the middle name professionally. Jordan Wayne Long | July 19 2014 Reception : 6:00PM
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Community School registration meeting, kids’ summer art camp and free meals for youth: School Notes

This is part of a series of short posts titled “school notes,” with the goal of sharing updates on education news, events and themes. The posts focus on the Forest Grove, Gaston and Banks school districts and Pacific University. Got an idea or tip? Let me know: kohalloran@oregonian.com or 503-294-4015. Happy Friday, readers. Today I’ve got news for you about a registration meeting at Forest Grove Community School, an art camp for kids and free summer meals for local youth. New Community School students: Forest Grove Community School is holding a new family registration meeting Saturday from 9 a.m. to
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Walmart museum includes Oregon artist James Lavadour in national exhibit

Two paintings by James Lavadour will find their way to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, in Bentonville, Ark. Lavadour is a painter and printmaker who works on the Umatilla reservation near Pendleton and creates brilliant-hued work of monumental landscapes. Walmart heiress Alice Walton founded the Crystal Bridges Museum. Two curators from the museum traveled 100,000 miles crisscrossing the country looking for work for “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,” which opens Sept. 13. According to The New York Times, the show will present “a snapshot of unheralded 21st century American art.”  The museum bought Lavadour’s “Out of Range” and will also exhibit “Tiichum”
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: July 17–20

Ticket Alert Lena Dunham stops in Portland on her book tour for Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s Learned. She’ll talk with Portlandia’s Carrie Brownstein for a night of Girls meets Riot Grrrls, but you’re going to have to call on some major connections to get tickets, because they sold out instantly. Jason Mraz (and Raining Jane) forgoes his usual arena/amphitheater for the slightly smaller Keller Auditorium on October 24. Tickets on sale Friday at 10 am. Interpol hits the Crystal Ballroom onRead the full article here: Culturephile admin
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