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Carmen at Portland Opera: Review

Portland Opera puts on a cathartic, passionate, bravura production of Carmen.


Performance
Portland Opera’s impassioned take on Georges Bizet’s Carmen is the most electrifying production the company has staged since 2010’s sad-clown-fest, Pagliacci. Like that opera, Carmen centers   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Jeremy Rotsztain, Electric Fields

Now in 3-D!


Visual Arts
With Microsoft’s new HoloLens upping the ante on virtual reality just as Google Glass sunsets, Portland artist Jeremy Rotsztain finds his exhibition, Electric Fields, at the crossroads of te   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

Diana Markosian, Inventing My Father

Traveling to Armenia to reconnect with an absentee father.


Visual Arts
Diana Markosian’s father would fit well in an Everclear song. During her childhood, he would vanish without explanation for months at a time, then return as if nothing had happened. His stor   More
 
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 RICHARD SPEER

The Best Visual Art Of 2014


Visual Arts
As winemakers say about extraordinary vintages, “It was a very good year.” 2014 gave us a mother lode of materially and thematically engaging visual-arts shows. Month to month, the most re   More
 
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Art Review: Francine Fleischer, Swim

Off the beach, into the cenote.


Visual Arts
The landscape of Mexico, wrote D.H. Lawrence in The Plumed Serpent, “seems to emit a deep purring sound, too deep for the ear to hear, and yet audible on the blood.” Lawrence’s musings hin   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Gregory Grenon, Truth Is a Lie and Anger Follows

Lust or critique?


Visual Arts
The sexually ambiguous relationship between portraitists and their subjects has generated no small measure of purple prose through the centuries. What was going on between Leonardo da Vinci and    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Carol Yarrow, One Mahogany Left Standing

Seven years of life in a Mayan village.


Visual Arts
From 1995 through 2002, photographer Carol Yarrow spent long stretches of time in Chiapas, Mexico, living among Lacandon Mayan villagers in a town called Nahá. There, deep within mahogany fores   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Lisa Radon, Infinity Increaser at TBA

In the white room…


Visual Arts
Typically we think of poetry as a collection of words—as concrete experience made abstract. But in her installation Infinity Increaser, writer-artist Lisa Radon depicts poetry the opposite way��   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Duct-Tape Artist Mona Superhero

A duct-tape artist with southern swagger and punk-rock style.


Fall Arts
Mona Superhero is a case study in up-by-the-bootstraps success. The duct-tape artist was born in Abilene, Texas, raised in Austin and made a living as a stripper in Portland before turning to art full-time.   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 RICHARD SPEER

Portland Fall Visual Arts Picks


Fall Arts
Christopher Russell How would you photograph the end of the world? Christopher Russell takes up that question in a new series of altered photographs, Dissonance, Coincidence & Errant Gradations   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 RICHARD SPEER
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