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Second Coming: The Book of Mormon Goes on Sale May 2

God is smiling on you (or at least Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Broadway Across America are) because The Book of Mormon is returning to Portland. It has won just about every award in the world and the New York Times called it “the best musical of this century,” but chances are you don’t need any more reason to see it. Last year’s run sold out faster than any Broadway show in Portland history, and no doubt just as many folks will line up for the second coming. The musical will run July 8–20 at the Keller Auditorium (we get
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Cannon Beach celebrates art, food when 13 galleries join for Spring Unveiling Arts Festival (photos)

Beauty at the beach is on display in more ways than one at Cannon Beach, where the scenic backdrop of Haystack Rock vies for attention with the many art galleries in town. The 13-member Cannon Beach Gallery Group bands together next weekend, Friday to Sunday, May 2-4, hoping to turn the gaze of beachgoers away from the famous rock toward the display rooms in their stores. The galleries’ 14th version of Spring Unveiling Arts Festival, coupled in recent years with the Edible Art food extravaganza, makes this one of the busier weekends of the year at Portland’s favorite upscale beach
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John Williams Takes the Symphony to a Galaxy Far, Far Away

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane…Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes…E.T. phone home…You’re a wizard, Harry… We all know the lines. They have become part of our cultural DNA, sparking memories of days spent losing ourselves in the wonders of cinema, where classical heroes save the day, accompanied by grandiose musical scores that stirs the soul into action. Star Wars, Superman, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, Jaws, ET, Harry Potter, Jaws, Jurassic Park—what do they all have in common other thanRead the full article here:
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‘Fashioning Cascadia,’ ‘Fernweh (Farsickness)’ and more: May gallery preview

View full sizeAdam Arnold’s “ASAP Suit and Blouse,” 2013, part of “Fashioning Cascadia” at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. (Christy Klep Vance) The Museum of Contemporary Craft on May 9 opens “Fashioning Cascadia: The Social Life of the Garment,” a comprehensive exhibition exploring clothing’s relationship to craft in the Pacific Northwest. As organized by the museum’s associate curator, Sarah Margolis-Pineo, the show has two focal points: a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the studios of local designers and an investigation into how garments acquire social value once they are consumed and worn. “Fashioning Cascadia” thus follows a garment from its design and
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Creative Play group in Hillsboro brings people together to share the creative process

Washington County’s newest arts organization grew out of conversations between two painters who have been showing their work for years all over America. Christine Martell and Barbara Martin decided they wanted to plant a seed in Hillsboro to see if they could nurture the arts scene sprouting all around them. “Who knows where this will go in the future?” said Martell, 53, the self-described “chief instigator” for Creative Play. The group meets at Primrose and Tumbleweeds restaurant, 248 E. Main, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the first Monday of each month. A related group, called Creative Conversations, meets from
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Clackamas Community College hosts international week celebration

View full sizeCheck out the Peace Corps: 50 Years of Service exhibit at Clackamas Community College.Clackamas Community College Experience France, Ireland, Mexico and other cultures through music, theater, dancing, art and more during the International Week Celebration at Clackamas Community College. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Peace Corps Volunteers.” The annual celebration is hosted by the college’s Foreign Language Department, International Education Committee, Associated Student Government, ESL, and the multicultural ambassadors. The opening celebration is Saturday, April 26, and begins at 10 a.m. in the Niemeyer Center, room 119. The opening celebration runs in conjunction with the opening of an
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Art festival at Lewis and Clark begins Monday, includes workshops, talks and galleries

Art Week begins Monday afternoon at Lewis and Clark College in Southwest Portland. The week-long art festival includes an exhibition on regeneration, talks from artists Mike Bray and Morgan Ritter, and a workshop comparing oil and acrylic paints. A full schedule of gallery openings and events is available on the festival’s website. The festival was organized by seniors Maddie Foy and Rachel Wolfson, who were inspired by a similar festival at Reed College, according to the school’s website. The public is invited to attend at no cost. – Melissa Binder Read the full article here: Oregonlive admin
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Rodrigo Valenzeula at Archer Gallery

Rodrigo Valenzuela at Archer Gallery (photo Jeff Jahn) Chilean born and Washington State based Rodrigo Valenzeula’s work deals in all sorts of labor and his latest show “Help Wanted” at the Archer Gallery looks like it could be one of the best shows on view this April. Dealing in everything from mining to odd jobs and construction Valenzeula interacts with laborers and Clark College students to explore the unofficial labor forms that economies rely upon. Help Wanted | April 8 – May 3 Opening Reception: April 23, 5 – 7PMArcher Gallery | Clark College| Penguin Union Building 1933 Fort Vancouver
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Artist profile: Q&A with clay sculptor Michelle Gallagher before the Ceramic Showcase May 2-4

Michelle Gallagher is a clay sculptor and set artisan in Portland known for her whimsical monkeys and other figures. Her travels to India, Nepal and Hawaii are reflected in her artwork and her garden. “I have my hands in mud, in one way or another,” she says. She prefers groggy sculptural clay to fine porcelain and often used clay to shape forms that were then finished over in papier mache before becoming set pieces, puppets or hand props. Gallagher is among more than 200 ceramic artists participating in the 32nd Annual Ceramic Showcase May 2-4 at the Oregon Convention Center.
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Whatcom Museum in Bellingham features intricate paintings by tribal artist Lyle Wilson (photos)

The Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, Wash., is showing again why it is a strong player among regional museums. Following its well-acclaimed, “Vanishing Ice: Alpine and Polar Landscape Art, 1775-2012,” the city-owned museum is currently featuring an exhibit of magnificent Northwest tribal art by Lyle Wilson and has just opened a featured show from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and his Family Foundation of Portland. Here’s the link to my report on “Vanishing Ice,” with a photo gallery. The exhibit has moved on to a museum in El Paso, Texas. The Schnitzer-owned “Radical Repetition: Albers to Warhol” opened Saturday, April
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