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Mar. 25: Lyle Ritz RIP, Classical Music Feud, Wendy Red Star, Women on Wikipedia & More

This week we are all about change. From feminist art wikipedia editing parties to a young composer calling for a revitalization of classical music, Portland artists and musicians challenge the canon. March Sadness Update - 00:57 Last week we introduced you to March Sadness: the tournament of heartbreakers, grim reapers, and other incredibly sad songs to get you through the end of winter. We asked you to vote on which tracks you found most gut-wrenching, and we are down to the final two:...

Duration: 00:50:35

Mar. 11 2017: Chicano Batman, Lee Kelly, Choreographer Ihsan Rustem, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down

This week, a transformational garden yields find treasures, a dance company whips a classic into an ebullient, glamorous new form, and we sway with two bands that double-dog-dare you to peg their eclectic styles.

Duration: 00:50:11

Mar. 4: Colum McCann, Thara Memory, Modernizing Shakespeare, Surfer Blood & More

Ever find yourself lost in Shakespeare's flowery prose? A new project helps translate his writing into modern English. We also delve into a devastating scandal in the jazz community and take a trip across America on a bicycle with National Book Award–winning author Colum McCann.

Duration: 00:51:56

Feb. 25: Virtual Reality Art, Last Artful Dodgr, National Museum of African American History

The crocuses are popping up, and this week's show blossoms with new music, new technology, dazzling comics, and so much more! Artists Will Transform Your World with Virtual Reality - 1:20 Imagine a gallery where you can step into a painting, fly through the ceiling to the heaven’s above, or learn a dance from a virtual flamingo. It’s not a world far off. Virtual and augmented reality stand to transform the art world, and the tech incubator Oregon Story Board is on the front lines. We...

Duration: 00:51:51

Feb. 18: Damien Lillard's Rap Career, RAC's Grammy Win, 1939 Ensemble & More

This week on "State of Wonder," the Blazer talks about his side-gig as a rapper, Portland's indie remix pioneer brings home the win, Portland Community Media gets an update and more. Eugene Opera Hits the Pause Button - 1:25 This week the Eugene Opera faced the music with a public meeting about its finances. Taking into account staff and office costs, the Eugene Opera needs $230,000 to stay alive through the end of the fiscal year this summer and has suspended the rest of its season. Trail...

Duration: 00:51:49

Feb. 11: Marvel's Luke Cage, Shy Girls, Eugene Opera, Liz Vice, Portland's Aerial Tram & More

Grab your rain coat and take a ride on the aerial tram, head out to the International Film Festival, support your art-loving neighborhood watering hole, or stay in and listen to Shy Girl's bedroom music — there's something for everyone this week. Marvel to Release New Luke Cage Series by Portland Writer David Walker - 1:23 The Netflix series has thrust the unbreakable superhero Luke Cage into the national spotlight, although he's been around since the early ‘70s as Power Man. Portland...

Duration: 00:52:24

Feb. 4: Hollywood Theatre Opens at PDX Airport, Black Film Fest, Arvo Pärt Fest & Immigrant Artists

This week on State of Wonder, immerse yourself in a sonic wonderland of Arvo Pärt's music, catch a short film at the airport and hear from local artists about their experience as refugees. Iraqi Artist Farooq Hassan On Painting and War - 1:06 President Donald Trump’s new travel ban has implications for scores of artists, whether they’re doing a residency, in contention for an Oscar, or running from a war. For nearly 40 years, the painter Farooq Hassan showed work in museums all over the...

Duration: 00:35:39

Jan. 28: Chloe Eudaly, Portland Winter Lights Festival, Tony Furtado, Sallie Tisdale

Mid-winter blues got you down? We've got the remedy for that. Whether its getting outside in the darkest time of year for a European-style light festival, hearing music from one of Portland's premiere Americana stars, or meeting Portland's brand new city commissioner, Chloe Eudaly, this week's show is guaranteed to warm your soul. Chloe Eudaly on Her Big Step from Indie Bookstore Owner to City Commissioner - 1:23 Chloe Eudaly started work as Portland’s newest commissioner amid a winter...

Duration: 00:51:48

Jan. 21: Roxane Gay, Artists in Protest, South Park's Eliza Jane Schneider & More

There’s been a huge transition on the national stage. The curtain has closed on one act and opened on another. There’s a whole new cast of players, and no one’s sure where this plotline is headed. Not to say that the audience is always sitting still to find out. This hour, we’re going to talk to artists who’re standing up with their art. Trump Inspires a New Era of Protest Music - 1:53 Donald Trump's inauguration party featured musicians like Toby Keith playing the Lincoln Memorial. But...

Duration: 00:51:33

Jan. 14: David Byrne, Typhoon's Kyle Morton, Pander Brothers, Dance Across Cultures & More

State of Wonder will melt your winter blahs down to marshmallowy molten goodness with provocative dance projects, hot new fiction, and music for transformative times (with twirling rifles!). Tahni Holt’s Sensational Disorientation - 1:21 When it comes to women, there are two things American culture doesn’t look so kindly on: age and weight. Portland choreographer Tahni Holt’s newest performance delights in both. “Sensation/Disorientation” runs at Reed College’s Diver Studio Theatre as part...

Duration: 00:51:54

Jan. 7: Year In Review: Can Artists Afford Portland, Art Glass Apocalypse, New Mayor & More

2016 was packed — packed! — with big arts stories, both locally and nationally (we're still mourning you, Bowie and Prince, Cohen and Jones, and all the other dynamos). We decided to spend our first episode of 2017 looking back at some of them and updating them for the new year. Art Glass Meltdown We should have known 2016 was going to be a doozy last January, when one modest Forest Service research project turned the Northwest’s storied art glass industry upside down. Oregon’s two major...

Duration: 00:51:41

Dec. 31: Richard Russo, Nikki McClure, Jonathan Lethem & Karen Russell at Wordstock

We love talking to authors about their books, but do you know what’s almost more fun? Talking to them about other people's books. This year, at the book festival Wordstock, we rounded up some amazing writers and illustrators on the OPB Pop-Up Stage to ask them: was there a book that changed your life? Richard Russo - 1:24 The books of Richard Russo are practically synonymous with small town American life. They tell stories of working-class folks in falling-down mill towns in upstate New...

Duration: 00:52:52

Dec. 24: What Does It Mean To Support The Arts? Going Beyond Year End Giving

Because our mailboxes are flooding with requests for year-end giving, we're listening back to an episode we did last year with philanthropist, instigator, and friend to the arts, Dorie Vollum, who also kindly came aboard as our guest curator. This week, Vollum helps us explore what giving means — not just to the individual giving, but for the arts organizations on the receiving end, and how those relationships work. We look at her family’s deep history in the Portland economy and...

Duration: 00:51:57

Dec. 17: Mark Rothko at PDX Art Museum, Nu Shooz, A Stripper's Opera, Imago's 'La Belle'

This week we take you on a sleigh ride from operatic strippers to poetry by veterans. What Do You Get When You Mix Opera And Stripping? This month a subversive group of classical musicians called the Cult of Orpheus are staging a holiday performance like no other. Viva’s Holiday is a short opera based on the memoirs of Portland's most famous exotic dancer, Viva Las Vegas. Christopher Rothko on Sharing His Father's Art with the Portland Art Museum + The Museum Hires a New NW Curator - 5:38...

Duration: 00:51:56

Dec. 10: Tin House Fiction Contest Winners, Best Jazz of 2016, Brian Doyle and Sabina Haque

Stories of reptile love, seeing your neighbors darkest secrets, a bizarre visit to the dentist — these are just some of the stories from the Plotto flash fiction contest we did with the publisher, Tin House. Plus, we hear some of the top picks of 2016 from KMHD's music director, we explore the art in Portland's eastward expansion, and we talk to one of Oregon's most celebrated writers about what it was like to finally win the Oregon Books Award after being the literary bridesmaid so many...

Duration: 00:52:32

Dec. 3: Fair-Haired Dumbbell, Explode Into Colors, Oregon Symphony Goes Animated & More

What we noticed this week: people throwing off convention to remake a city, reinterpret symphonic music, inspire a new wave of activism, or just bang out a new beat. Take a break from holiday hurly-burly to hear all the latest. You (and You and You) Can Own a Slice of This Building - 1:10 In the middle of one of Portland’s biggest real estate booms, one building stands out. It’s called the Fair-Haired Dumbbell, but it’s not just the name and psychedelic design that make it unique. It's...

Duration: 00:52:11

Nov. 26: Hari Kondabolu, Disjecta's Director Ousted, Roger Hobbs RIP, Julie Keefe & More

What a week! Disjecta's founder gets shown the door, we remember the precocious writer Roger Hobbs, Hari Kondabolu returns to Portland to put some funny back in politics, and we hear about the importance of play, even as an adult. Upheaval at Disjecta - 1:10 Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center is losing its founding executive director at the end of this year, and it’s not a happy split. The organization’s board took the unusual step of asking founding director Bryan Suereth to leave in what...

Duration: 00:51:52

Nov. 19: Maria Semple, Alexander Chee, Rabih Alameddine, Artists Respond to Trump

This week, we bring you the second of two shows we'd recorded live at Wordstock, Portland's book festival. It's sparkling hour with three witty truth-tellers. But first, we wanted to check in: how're you feeling after the election. Artists Respond to Trump Portland hip-hop sensation Aminé hit the stage of "The Tonight Show" Tuesday, adding some politics to his viral song “Caroline”: "You can never make American great again / All you did is make this country hate again." His voice joined...

Duration: 00:51:31

Nov. 12: Wordstock with Lindy West, Paul Simon Bio, Rivka Galchen and Luz Elena Mendoza

The toast of the literary season is Portland’s book festival, Wordstock. This week we bring you the first of several shows we taped: a bang-up time with three exceptional authors, and one song that left us starry-eyed, recorded in front of a packed audience at the Winningstad Theater. Peter Ames Carlin on Paul Simon - 1:00 Peter Ames Carlin has written about some of the most iconic musicians of the 20th century: Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson. His new book...

Duration: 00:50:59

Nov. 5: Live at Eugene's Indie Game Con

Eugene is a surprising hotbed of video games. "Tribes," "Godzilla: Destroy All Monster's Melee," and "Red Baron" are just a few games to be developed in its local studios. While larger studios like Pipeworks tend to employee the most people, there's also an active indie scene that is nowhere more apparent than at the second annual Indie Game Con. Hundreds of people filled Lane Community College in early October to play new titles, from space shooters like "XO" and "Star Mazer" to fantasy...

Duration: 00:50:24

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