Arts News

Will Omicron Set Portland’s Arts Venues Back to Spring 2020?

Canceled performances, postponed productions, ever-evolving protocols: how live events are weathering the latest COVID surge.

01/12/2022 By Conner Reed

Pop Culture Deep Dive

2021 Was the Year of Millennial Ambivalence

What ‘Solar Power’ and ‘Beautiful World, Where Are You’ taught me about processing the mess of 2021

12/31/2021 By Conner Reed

Visual Art

Inside the Portland Art Museum’s Aux/Mute Gallery

DJ Ambush of the Numberz has transformed part of PAM’s fourth floor into a platform for BIPOC artists.

12/20/2021 By Conner Reed

Art

Come On In at PICA Is a Disorienting Trip inside Our Own Bodies

Choreographer Faye Driscoll’s intimate audio-based exhibition turns visitors into private performers.

12/10/2021 By Rebecca Jacobson

Year in Review

The Best Oregon-Made Movies, Books, Music & Art of 2021

From Shrill’s finale to Third Angle's Sanctuaries to Nicolas Cage's Pig, it was quite a year.

12/08/2021 By Conner Reed, Julia Silverman, and Fiona McCann

Interview

Drag Race Star Ginger Minj Brings Her New Holiday Show to Portland

‘Ginger Minj's Winter Wonderland’ comes to the Aladdin on December 9.

12/07/2021 By Conner Reed

In Memoriam

Remembering Ray Tillotson, Founder of Ray’s Ragtime

The business owner, actor, and community figure was an early figurehead of Portland secondhand and vintage shopping.

12/01/2021 By Andrew Jankowski

Drag

Darcelle Turns 91 with a Plaque from the National Park Service

Darcelle’s 52-year-old Old Town nightclub first joined the National Register of Historic Places last year.

11/16/2021 By Conner Reed

Labor

Workers at Image Comics Want to Form the First Ever Comics Union

The organized labor movement is coming for the land of superheroes and ink-stained wretches in the form of a proposed Image Comics union.

11/11/2021 By Karly Quadros

Books

The Coolest In-Person Events at the 2021 Portland Book Festival

After a five-day virtual fest, PBF will gather downtown for the first time in two years on November 13. Expect nerdy bacchanalia.

11/11/2021 By Conner Reed

Design

Portlander Shawna X Is Painting Mini Cooper Rooftops for Public Consumption

Shawna X was selected to participate in MINI’s National Immigrants Day initiative.

11/10/2021 By Cami Hughes

Books

Staying Home This Year? Check Out These Virtual Portland Book Festival Events

From Brandon Taylor to Maggie Nelson, these are the must-hit items you can stream from the comfort of your home.

11/08/2021 By Conner Reed

Design

Design Week Portland Calls It Quits

After eight years and thousands of events, the org is closing its doors to make way for a new generation of thinkers.

11/04/2021 By Cami Hughes

Arts & Crafts

Let The Great (Oregon) Pottery Throwdown Commence

Radius, Morning Ceramics, and more Portland studios that will teach you how to throw clay.

10/28/2021 By Cami Hughes

Events

Queer Horror Returns to the Hollywood Theatre (with a New Webseries to Boot)

Carla Rossi’s beloved LGBTQ+ scare series is back with a new ‘Tales from the Crypt’-style supplement.

10/27/2021 By Conner Reed

Culture

Prominent Portland Artists Name Their Favorite Local Creators

We asked some of the Rose City's brightest which Portlanders have helped them through the pandemic.

10/11/2021 By Conner Reed

TBA

A Public Procession High-Steps Through Boise-Eliot

In ‘Let ’im Move You: Intervention,’ jumatatu m. poe and Jermone ‘Donte’ Beacham bring Black queer performance to historically Black neighborhoods.

10/01/2021 By Rebecca Jacobson

TBA

At TBA 2021, Holland Andrews Gives Tender Micro-Concerts Over the Phone

At TBA 2021, erstwhile Portlander Holland Andrews performs one-on-one micro-concerts.

09/27/2021 By Rebecca Jacobson

Books

The Portland Book Festival Announces Star-Studded 2021 Lineup

National names like Brandon Taylor and Maggie Nelson will join local heavy-hitters like Willy Vlautin and Emilly Prado for a hybrid virtual/in-person bonanza.

09/22/2021 By Conner Reed

Culture

On This Day in Portland Art History...

Autumn is a fruitful time for the arts. Here are some key fall-month high points in Stumptown's history.

09/20/2021 By Conner Reed Illustrations by James Heimer