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The Space Between

I generally don’t plug shows by artists that are still in school unless it is a thesis show but this 2 day pop up exhibition titled The Space Between looks promising. It explores one of my favorite themes of symmetry/asymetry and teaser images look like it is installed in intriguing ways. It is related to an old zen principle of breaking symmetry in order to to give it life (the Japanese garden is full of it). Curated by two OCAC MFA’s Sarah Eaton and Shiloh Gastello itfeatures; Christiana Hedlund, Caylee Hoover, Colin Kippen, Sarah Miller, Jennifer Sindon and Emma Weber.
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Dedication ceremony for artwork at Tilikum Crossing (Photos)

Artwork created by Chinuk artist Greg A. Robinson for the Tilikum Crossing was dedicated today, April 17, 2015 near the juncture of the Eastside Greeenway trail at the end of the bridge. The three-piece artwork titled “We Have Always Lived Here” includes two six-foot-tall basalt sculptures and a bronze medallion. The work was gifted to TriMet by the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde. “Today we honor our ancestors with this gift,” says Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde tribal member Cheryle Kennedy, speaking at the event. She said objects like these pieces of art were once very common along the
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Match Preview: Timbers @ New York City FC

Well, that stunk. On a Sunday afternoon national showcase, the Timbers failed to show up against expansion Orlando City and lost 2-0. The afternoon began with nothing but warm sentiments, and the returning Donovan Ricketts received his deserved hero’s welcome. The plan most certainly wasn’t to hand him a clean sheet as well. Many Timbers supporters (plus neutrals, and even some Orlando supporters) will say that referee Kevin Stott could have (and should have) changed the mood of the game early on. When Aurélien Collin rugby tackled Maxi Urruti, Mr. Stott didn’t give so much as a free kick, let
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Match Preview: Timbers @ New York City FC

Well, that stunk. On a Sunday afternoon national showcase, the Timbers failed to show up against expansion Orlando City and lost 2-0. The afternoon began with nothing but warm sentiments, and the returning Donovan Ricketts received his deserved hero’s welcome. The plan most certainly wasn’t to hand him a clean sheet as well. Many Timbers supporters (plus neutrals, and even some Orlando supporters) will say that referee Kevin Stott could have (and should have) changed the mood of the game early on. When Aurélien Collin rugby tackled Maxi Urruti, Mr. Stott didn’t give so much as a free kick, let
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Storytelling Festival finale features 5 renowned storytellers singing and telling tales

The story ends in Sherwood. The annual Art of the Story: Storytelling Festival — that is. After a week of events at libraries in the Washington County Cooperative Library Services system, five renowned storytellers will take the stage at the new Sherwood Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 18. The festival focuses on oral storytelling. Listening to a story brings in the listener to experience the story, said Jodi Nielsen, senior program educator with WCCLS. “When somebody else tells a story, you visualize it,” Nielsen said. “The audience is just as involved as the teller.” The event begins with a
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The Latest in Portland Arts News—Anthony Bourdain is Portland-Bound!

Anthony Bourdain to Hold Forth for Portland Foodies Bestselling author, TV gadabout, gastronomical tourist and serious foodie Anthony Bourdain is on his way back to Portland, with a Stumptown pitstop in July as part of his ‘Close to the Bone’ food-focused storytelling tour. Fans of this former-chef-turned-gastro-celebrity will be packing out the Schnitz for his July 28 appearance, which promises one of his famed “honest” monologues on food, street cuisine, and his globe-trotting, lip-smacking experiences, followed by an audience QA. Tickets go on sale at 10am on Friday (April 17), among them a limited number of VIP tickets which include
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Top Things to Do This Weekend: Apr 16–19

COMEDY Tommy DavidsonThursday at 8 pm, Friday at 7:30 pm, Saturday at 10 pm, Helium Comedy ClubIn Living Color launched Davidson into the comedy stratosphere, from stand-up to Disney’s The Proud Family and Adult Swim’s current top show, Black Dynamite. Word is he’s even working on a biopic about Sammy Davis Jr., one of the impressions for which he’s famous. (You might also expect “guest appearances” by President Obama and Michael Jackson.) VISUAL ARTS OPENING David Hockney: A Rake’s ProgressSunday from 10 am to 5 pm, Portland Art MuseumIn 1975, superstar Brit painter David Hockney stunned the art, music, and theater worlds with his boldly modern stage
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Missed Connections: How Yasiin Bey and Bad Brains Got Their Happily Ever After

In an apparently random turn of events that will no doubt prove a match made in heaven, hip-hopper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) will be joining forces on stage with hardcore reggae punks Bad Brains in Portland on Friday, April 17, as part of this year’s Soul’d Out music festival. The band’s usual lead singer, H.R., will sit this performance out—and in his stead Bey will be rocking the mic for Bad Brains during their set, (while also doing a solo set of his own). So how did an activist rapper end up in a musical collaboration with
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Inexplicable Art: A Rick Bartow Retrospective

There’s a 1979 drawing by  Oregon artist and Wiyot tribe member Rick Bartow called “Things You Know But Cannot Explain” (see above). It’s a screaming figure, eyes clenched and face marred by sharp zigzags of graphite, leaning out of blackness toward the viewer with its hand raised. This kind of aggressive, engaging, and evocative presence epitomizes Bartow’s capacity to leverage a haunting vocabulary of visual forms and cultural stories.  This month a major retrospective of Bartow’s work opens at the University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene. It bears the same title as that 1979 drawing, and
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Cyrano on Stage: What Nose Around Comes Around

In fifth grade, playwright Aaron Posner wrote letters for his friend to a girl he had a huge crush on himself. His friend was cuter, Posner was crushed, but his writing skills sure came in handy. Decades later, he adapted Cyrano de Bergerac with a retelling that is right on the nose. “It’s a story I have loved as long as I can remember—it always really resonated for me,” says Posner,. “Even though it’s a classic story, the insecurities and impulses I always thought felt contemporary.” In 2011, Eugene-born Posner teamed up with Michael Hollinger to translate the 19th century
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