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Q&A: Comic book publisher Bluewater Productions, creator of Female Force series, moves to Beaverton

As a child, Darren Davis was a reluctant reader. He couldn’t get into anything – easy readers, choose-your-own-adventure – nothing helped ease the stress that came with the new skill. Then, when he was about 6 years old, his dad threw a comic book in front of him, and Davis was hooked. Now 45, Davis has carried that love of comics into adulthood. After working in Los Angeles for E! Entertainment and DC Comics, as well as an independent representative for top comic book artists, Davis launched his own comic publishing company, Bluewater Productions, in Bellingham, Wash. As the company
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Portland ‘rabble rouser’ Vanessa Renwick provokes viewers with videos on wolves, jellyfish, swifts and, yes, refrigerators

Consider the refrigerator, the appliance of hope and promise. So handy, so tempting. But in Vanessa Renwick‘s installation, refrigerators take on new meaning. Renwick, an innovative Portland filmmaker, wants us to consider that nine times out of 10, wolves fail to catch their prey, according to studies of the gray wolf. To contrast their food challenges with ours, she lines up 10 fridges and asks visitors to open each one, as if they’re looking for a snack or a beer. At nine of the fridges, the doors open to video loops of wolves stalking, but not catching, dinner. At the
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Year of the horse, ‘Jesus Christ Superstar,’ vegetable and flower gardens: Lake Oswego events

Year of the Horse Celebration: Join the students from the Chinese American International School of Lake Oswego as they celebrate the Year of the Horse with dance, songs, poetry and native costumes. Performance includes a fun question-and-answer session, a horse craft, free Chinese calligraphy bookmarks created by artist Jean Ye, and other free cultural gifts for all. Chinese New Year, also known in China as the Spring Festival, ushers in the lunar new year. 11 a.m.-noon Sat, April 19. Lake Oswego Public Library, 706 Fourth St., Lake Oswego; free; www.ci.oswego.or.us/library or 503-636-7628 View full sizeLaRhonda Steele “Jesus Christ Superstar”: The
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Andrea Geyer at PICA

Andrea Geyer, Three Chants Modern It has been obvious that 2014 is the year of heightened attention on women’s representation in the art world and roles in its history. So it is exciting that PICA has tackled the subject head on by presenting the U.S. premiere of Andrea Geyer’s two-channel video installation, Three Chants Modern. Geyer will also speak tomorrow at PSU’s Shattuck Annex, April 16th at 7:00PM. The video was, “Commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art, New York during a research residency at the museum in 2013 and made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in
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Review: PCS’s Othello

Othello is a hard play to produce, even by Shakespearian standards. The mere fact that white actors from Laurence Olivier to Anthony Hopkins donned black face to play the Moor of Venice up through the ‘80s is a lasting testament to both the glacial pace at which social mores evolve and the extent to which the story of noble Othello and his traitorous ensign Iago is so hard to uproot from earlier theatrical tradition. In a way, then, it’s perhaps commendable that the new production from Portland Center Stage and director Chris Coleman doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel—even if it
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‘International Invitational Triennial of Contemporary Wind Chimes’ offers stinging critique of art world

The last thing the art world needs is another biennial. That’s the ostensible message behind the spectacularly named “International Invitational Triennial of Contemporary Wind Chimes” at Rocksbox. Not only has Rocksbox founder and director Patrick Rock dedicated an entire show to an insipid craft object, but he’s installed these “contemporary” wind chimes from more than 60 artists inside the gallery. Removed from wind, they hang in the gallery from an elaborate web of cables that stretches from room to room, suspended in eerie stasis. Like the art in global biennials and art fairs, which cater to moneyed jet-setters and the
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TriMet ready to name new bridge, making your ‘Portland Bridges’ swag — and tattoos –obsolete

When TriMet announces the name of Portland’s newest bridge on Wednesday morning, one of the city’s most recognizable pieces of art will instantly need to be rebuilt. Since being published by architect and Portland native Mike Beard in 1988, the “Portland Bridges” poster has become a stock fixture of local culture, hanging in living rooms, doctor’s offices and City Hall. The black-and-white line art – which also adorns T-shirts, coffee mugs and postcards – has provided tourists a memento of their visit to Portlandia and locals a visual reminder of their steely heritage. “We still sell a healthy number of
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Portland Fashion Week : Spring Edition

In the long storied history of Portland Fashion Week there’s been some great highs (when former producer Tito Chowbury managed to get Time magazine to give it us front and center profiling in its article on nationwide fashion weeks), and some great lows (the now infamous split where Chowbury and owner Tod Foulk came to a head causing Chowbury to form FashioNXT leading to an extended lapse of PFW).  Having returned in the fall under the new leadership of Jessica Kane the same growing pains of a large fashion show continued. For each step forward the new incarnation took with
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Lake Area Artists ready for 2014 show

Steve Ludeman loves hiking, climbing and skiing in the Mount Hood area, and it shows in his paintings. Along with the motorcycles. Mike Frary paints the rivers and bays of the northern Oregon coast where he grew up and returns often to the beautiful scenery. However, he’s also drawn to the backwaters and wetlands. “Swamps,” he said, using the old name for the ecologically important areas. Both men are new members of the Lake Area Artists, a group formed in 1966 to acquaint the public with the work of local artists and to maintain high esthetic standards.  The group, which caps membership at 40, will have its annual
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Finding joy in brokenness: Parkinson’s disease leads two Portland women to art and one another

Beautification often follows disruption. A sheet of glass is cut into shards. Thin paper is repeatedly creased. Two women are diagnosed with a mysterious, progressive disease. The results are a colorful mosaic, a luck-bringing crane, and two strangers whose parallel experiences are a testament to the power of art and hope. Kathy Hartman and Bev Mickelson met recently, curious about one another after receiving the same national honor for their artwork. Their friendship, like an April lupine, is just beginning to bloom. But for one of them, a short meeting was enough to replace fear with hope. Piecing life back
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