Visual Art

Building Five Offers Large-Scale, Low-Stress Artist Residencies

The NW Marine Artworks building gives Portland artists a cavernous 5,000-square-foot canvas to let their imaginations run wild.

08/09/2021 By Andrew Jankowski

Interview

Portland Artist Wins Warhol Grant to Write About Our City’s Challenged Arts Scene

Bean Gilsdorf, artist and writer, poses questions about who is supporting the arts in Portland.

11/20/2020 By Fiona McCann

Black Lives Matter

Some Portland Theaters Are Opening Their Lobbies to Protesters in Need of a Recharge

Demonstrators can use the bathroom, power their phones, and get water and snacks.

06/10/2020 By Julia Silverman

Spring Up

6 New Projects Shaking Up Portland's Arts Scene

From a brick-and-mortar outpost for Baby Ketten Karaoke to the Hollywood Theatre's refurbished pipe organ, here's what to know right now.

02/26/2019 By Rebecca Jacobson and Fiona McCann

Secret City

Hidden Portland

Bizarre museums, secret parks, ghost cinemas: There's so much more to this city than meets the eye.

12/21/2018 Edited by Margaret Seiler

Hidden Portland: Reel Estate

Portland's Forgotten Movie Houses

From downtown's gutted Guild Theatre to NE MLK's Egyptian, what's become of the city's early cinemas?

12/21/2018 By Margaret Seiler

Big Steps

A New Dance Studio Opens Its Doors in St. Johns

FLOOR Center for Dance launched in early November, with ambitious plans for newbies and professional movers alike.

11/29/2018 By Emma Luthy

Music

8 Projects and People Giving Life to Portland Music

An old-school radio mainstay. A record label that gets DIY bands national buzz. An all-local streaming service. Get to know a few vital forces of our sonic scene.

08/14/2018 By Tiara Darnell, Rebecca Jacobson, Fiona McCann, and Sam Pape

Visual Art

A New Portland Gallery Puts Activism on Show

The Elisabeth Jones Art Center opened in June with exhibits on Standing Rock, climate change, and land development.

07/19/2018 By Talullah Plummer-Blanco

Music

Can Black Water Bar Save Portland’s Punk Scene?

With the loss of the Know, the vegan, all-ages, underground music venue steps into the breach.

05/23/2018 With Sam Pape

Visual Art

A Year after a Controversial Art Gallery Coup, Disjecta Focuses on the Positive

New director Blake Shell aims for more diverse representation—and a revival of the nonprofit's art dinners.

03/27/2018 By Sarah Hutchins

Visual Art

A New Exhibit Celebrates Portland Artists of Color

Celeste Noche’s collaborative Portland in Color project at Una Gallery includes photography, workshops, and live performances.

02/26/2018 By Tuck Woodstock

Visual Art

A New North Portland Gallery Gives Space to Queer and Trans Artists of Color

Ori aims to redefine "the white cube."

01/30/2018 By Fiona McCann

Arts News

Can City Council Help Save Portland’s Endangered Arts Spaces?

The council hears 24 recommendations for preserving affordable arts spaces.

01/11/2018 By Fiona McCann

Office Life

Welcome to Portland's New Creative Feminist Workspace

Its motto: "badass broads do it better."

04/04/2017 By Lauren Kershner

VISUAL ART

Don't Fear the Art: A New 'Passport' Beckons First-Timers to Portland Galleries

No, you don't have to be rich. Or an expert. Go ahead. Step inside.

03/16/2017 By Lauren Kershner

Longreads

Portland Monthly's Top Longreads of 2016

A trailblazing AIDS researcher. The future of weed. A hidden gorge. The illegal wildlife trade. A radical theory about Portland's origin story. Here are 12 of our best in-depth stories from the past year.

12/22/2016 By Portland Monthly Staff

Jazz

Jimmy Mak’s Announces Plans to Close Permanently

Now's your chance to own a legendary jazz club!

11/28/2016 By Arlo Voorhees

Arts Spaces

Last Call at the Know You Know

NE Alberta’s iconic rock venue is moving out.

11/23/2016 By Arlo Voorhees

Visual Art

How Do You Make Art from Displacement?

Two Portland artists have used their departure from the Troy Laundry building as inspiration for a new show, and this week marks your last chance to see it.

11/22/2016 By Jason Buehrer