Stage and Studio

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts.  Aired Live from the KBOO studio.

Each week Dmae Roberts talks with performing, literary and media artists from the Portland Metro area as well as around the Northwest.  As a two-time Peabody award-winning radio producer and writer, Roberts brings national quality to regional arts scene. Dmae often features her national radio work on Stage and Studio.If you have an event please send an email to stagenstudio@aol.com two months before your event.   The earlier the better!

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Julia Alvarez: A Dominican in Haiti

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Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Julia Alvarez

Join guest host,Sarika Mehta for an in-depth talk with  Dominican American writer, Julia Alvarez, author of 19 books. The latest is her memoir, A Wedding in Haiti: The Story of a Friendship, now in paperback. This is the story of an adventure she and her husband took in an effort to attend the wedding of a young Haitian man, Piti, who works on their coffee farm in the Dominican Republic. With only a week's notice, and unprepared with documentation, Alvarez braved the contentious border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti at the time of the devastating Haitian earthquake. 

Anna Sheehan's "A Long, Long Sleep"

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Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Anna Sheehan's "A Long, Long Sleep"

Join Dmae Roberts for an in-depth look at Oregon author Anna Sheehan and her debut novel A Long, Long Sleep. As a mix of young adult and science fiction, this impressive work is a futuristic take on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty picking up AFTER the heroine wakes up. Dmae happened upon this local novel after a friend introduced her to her harpist friend. When she found out that Sheehan taught herself the harp to play at Society for Creative Anachronism gatherings and wrote novels as her passion, she decided to try the book herself and was won over. Hear the story of how the novel comments on mental health issues in children.  
 

Action Adventure's 'Sidekicks'

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Tue, 04/01/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Action Adventure Theatre's serial play 'Sidekicks'

Dmae features Action Adventure Theatre's new serial play in four parts - Sidekicks - a scripted improv comedy about the sidekicks of superheroes. We'll hear from AAT's Pat Moran and writer Emily Gregory about their process to create this novel approach to episodic stage plays. We'll also hear about a staged reading of Philip Kan Gotanda's Yankee Dawg You Die in the Ellyn Bye studio of Portland Center Stage on April 4th at 7pm. 

Will Vinton's 'The Kiss'

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Tue, 03/18/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Will Vinton's 'The Kiss'
 

Well Arts

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Tue, 03/11/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Well Arts Institute's Unexpected Guest

 

A Small Fire

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Tue, 03/04/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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"A Small Fire" at Portland Center Stage & "Tartuffe" at Post 5 Theatre

Dmae Roberts features Portland Center Stage's A Small Fire by  Adam Bock. We'll talk with the two lead actors. Peggy J. Scott and Tom Bloom. in the play to talk about what happens to two people when a partner falls ill.

POWFest

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Tue, 02/25/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland Oregon Women's Film Festival

Dmae Roberts features the 7th annual Portland Oregon Women’s Film Festival (POWFest) which runs  March 6 - 9, 2014 at the Hollywood Theatre. We'll hear from Christine Autrand Mitchell of POWFest and filmmakers Kimberly Warner and special guest Joanna Priestly.  We'll also hear a feature piece on defunkt Theatre's production of Let a Hundred Flowers Bloom

PIFF 37

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Tue, 02/04/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Portland International Film Festival turns 37
Dmae talked to Morgen Ruff, exhibition program assistant and Nick Bruno, pr/marketing assistant both from the Northwest Film Center.

FertileGround14

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Tue, 01/21/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Fertile Ground Festival 2014

Fertile Ground CityWide Festival of New Work is back. Now in it’s sixth year, Portland plays host to hundreds of playwrights, actors, dancers and designers and performing arts producers who bring dozens of new works during winter season. FG14, in association with the Portland Area Theatre Alliance, is located throughout the city during 11 days starting Thursday, Jan. 23rd to Sunday, Feb. 2nd. Dmae talks with festival director Nicole Lane and two of the groups features: Playwrite with executive director/founderBruce Livingston and Passin’ Art Theatre with director Jaye Austin Williams of American King Umps.
 
Fertile Ground Festival of New Work 2014

Chinglish

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Tue, 01/14/2014 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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'Chinglish' at Portland Center Stage
Join Dmae for a special look David Henry Hwang's Chinglish at P

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ZooZoo & Santaland Diaries

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Tue, 12/18/2012

Hear the last December holiday special featuring the final ZooZoo at Imago Theatre and 'Santaland Diaries' at Portland Center Stage. The long-running holiday hit ZooZoo is saying farewell. We'll hear from two performers in the show: Jonathan Godsey and Pratik Motwani. And in the latter part of the show, popular actor Darius Pierce joins us to talk about his solo show at PCS. Plus ticket giveaways to some selling out shows!

 ZOOZOO RETURNS WITH CATS! at Imago Theatre and runs through JAN.1st in Portland.

 This family hit brings to life the antics of our everyday household cats in a not-so-everyday way. The show is joined by audience hit "Cats" who join the entourage of Frogs, Penguins, Hippos and other wild, crazy creatures that make the world of ZooZoo. Tickets $16 for kids, $27 for youth/senior, $31 for adults. They are available at the door or by calling Imago: 503.231.9581. Or TicketsWest.com, 503.224.8499. Find out more at ImagoTheatre.com. _____________________________________________________________________________________ Santaland Diaries By David Sedaris Adapted for the stage by Joe Mantello, directed by Wendy Knox and performed by Darius Pierce. Runs through December 30th at Portland Center Stage.

Based on the true chronicles of David Sedaris’ experience as Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, this cult classic riffs on a few of Sedaris’ truly odd encounters with his fellow man during the height of the holiday crunch. NPR humorist and best-selling author of When You Are Engulfed in Flames, Me Talk Pretty One Day and Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim, David Sedaris has become one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, and this production has become a Portland holiday tradition.

Performance times: Tuesday - Sunday evenings at 7:30 p.m Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Thursday matinees at noon All shows are at Portland Center Stage located at 128 NW Eleventh Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97209. For more info and tickets call 503-445-3700 or visit their site at PCS.org.

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Do Jump Theatre & NW Children's Theatre

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Tue, 12/11/2012

Dmae Roberts talks with two theatre companies featuring professional holiday youth productions: Seeds of Hope at Do Jump! and Peter Pan at Northwest Children's Theatre & School. We'll hear from director Aaron Wheeler-Kay at Do Jump! and co-founder managing director Judy Kafoury at NWCT.

Seeds of Hope at Do Jump! is as a tale of a teenage girl whose carefree summer is rocked by a stunning turn of events. Interwoven is the mythic tale of Pandora opening her box of chaos and unleashing a physical collage of aerial dance, acrobatics & song. Seeds of Hope weaves together our shared experiences to explore themes of change, optimism and hope.

Directed by Aaron Wheeler-Kay, Seeds of Hope introduces an exceptional ensemble of youth artists from across our community, and features live original music by Mike Van Liew, Jack Buddeke & Mike Snyder. Come be a part of this innovative performance!

Audience members age 10 & above will grasp its themes, and the athleticism & artistry of Seeds of Hope are appropriate for all ages.

Seeds of Hope, an innovative project at Do Jump! Directed by Aaron Wheeler-Kay All shows are December 7-23, Fridays & Saturdays, 7 pm. Sundays, 1 & 4:30 pm. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors, $15 for Youth (12 & under)To purchase: Visit www.dojump.org , or call 503.231.1232.

Seeds of Hope photos: Jeffrey Freeman.


For NWCT's 20th anniversary, the theatre and school presents the classic musical Peter Pan, the same production that launched the company.

For NWCT's 20th anniversary, the theatre and school presents the classic musical Peter Pan, the same production that launched the company. The legend of “The Boy Who Wouldn’t Grow Up” began back in 1904 with J.M Barrie’s original stage play. Over the past century, Peter Pan has been adapted into films, books, and graphic novels. It is also the story that gave NW Children’s Theater & School its start back in 1993. For their 20th Anniversary Season, the Children’s Theater has commissioned an original musical adaptation by author Milo Mowery and composer Rodolfo Ortega.

With direction by NWCT Artistic Director Sarah Jane Hardy, Peter Pan marks the return of the creative team behind last year’s El Zorrito: The Legend of the Boy Zorro, which won a drammy for “Outstanding Original Script.” EC. 8 - JAN. 6, 2012-13.

Featured in photos: (Captain Hook) John Ellingson and (Peter Pan) Michael Kepler Meo in NW Children’s Theater &

Dec. 8, 9, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Jan. 1, 5, 6 at 2pm

Dec. 8, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 26, 27, 29, 30, Jan. 5, 6 at 6pm

Dec. 14, 21, 28, Jan. 4 at 7pm

All shows are at the NW Childrens Theatre & School located at 1819 NW Everett Street, Suite 216 in Portland, OR 97209-2189. Call 503-222-4480 or visit online at: www.nwcts.org

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Portland Revels Appalachian Christmas

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Wed, 12/05/2012

Live music, clogging and conversation with Portland Revels Appalachian Christmas. We'll hear about this yearly tradition of presenting the music and dance of traditions around the world. 

Around the country there's a tradition of Revels which is a season celebration of holiday traditions during Christmas. Portland Revels has been bringing a yearly celebratory performance each year set in different countries. This year the Christmas Revels brings music and dance of mid-1800s Appalachia featuring a chorus of more than 70 to reenact an Appalachian village with carols, spirituals and clogging.

Dmae Roberts will talk with singer and dancer Suzannah Park and Betsy Branch of the Blue Mountain String Band. We'll find out more about the Christmas Revels production and hear a live concert. Also in the cast are Portland actors Ithica Tell and Shuhe Hawkins, and local musicians including Betsy Branch, Leela Grace, Gabrielle Macrae, Kevin Sandri, Sophie Vitells and the Portland Brass Quintet. The music includes instrumental traditions of the American 1800s, including shape note carols and Shaker hymns and spirituals.

Directed by Bruce Hostetler with music director Robert Lockwood. Scenic design by Larry Larsen and costumes by Margaret Chapman. Eleven matinee and evening performances at The Scottish Rite Center Theater, SW 15th and Morrison St, Portland, OR. Directed by Bruce Hostetler with music byPortland Brass Quintet & The Blue Mountain String Band.

Schedule: (two one-hour acts with one 15 minute intermission) 7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 7 1:00 pm Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 8 1 pm Sunday, Dec. 9, 7:00 pm Sunday, Dec. 9 7:30 pm Thursday, Dec. 13 7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 14 1 pm Saturday, Dec. 15, 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 15 1 pm Sunday, Dec. 16, 5 pm Sunday, Dec. 16

Adult ticket prices begin at $18. Senior and Student Ticket prices begin at $12. Children ticket prices begin at $7. Box office opens October 24. Tickets available online at www.portlandrevels.org, or call the Revels Box Office at 503-200-1604

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Horatio Law's Open Circles Art Project

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Tue, 11/13/2012

How do you bring together widely different communities through an art-making project? Tune in Nov. 13 at 11am on KBOO 90.7FM for some insights with artist Horatio Law and his Open Circles project. Law is working with communities at Sisters of the Road and Planned Parenthood to create a public installation that will get people thinking and talking about social currency and self-empowerment.

Horatio Hung-Yan Law is a public art and installation artist who is interested in creating collaborative installations with diverse communities, and in exploring how art activates the complex and dynamic relationship between individual and community. As artist-in-resident, he has created installations with Multnomah County Health Department, South Waterfront Development, and families with children adopted from China. He's now working on public art projects with the Oregon State Hospital, Seattle Public Utility % for Art in South Park, and Tri-Met’s Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Line. He is also an assistant professor at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

We'll also hear from Lucilene Lira, Leadership Program Coordinator for Sisters Of The Road: Created and coordinated by artist Horatio Hung-Yan Law, in collaboration with artist Sandy Sampson, the Open Circles project began in early September. Over the following month, Sisters community members painted 60 plates with unique new urban hobo sign decals.  Designed, re-glazed and decorated, the New Urban (Hobo) Signs plates update the hobo signs from the Depression Era, reflecting the experiences of people who are homeless in our city today. The plates captured the imagination of everyone who participated.

And we'll hear about the impact on the project at Planned Parenthood from Susanne Hashim, VP for External Affairs: Open Circles Project Bird’s Nest Building Workshops at Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette (PPCW) on MLK.  To raise awareness around and about Planned Parenthood—the project points out that “Birds make their nests only when they are ready to start a family.”—members of the public are welcome to make nests and decorate them with unique materials that reflect one’s thoughts about home and family. Both the difficult issues and the joy of nurturing a family are equal parts of the reality the project is attempting to explore. The nests will become part of the “Open Circles Project” Installation at Place Gallery, Pioneer Place Mall in November.

Events for public installation: Open Circles collaborative, community art project, opens Saturday, November 17th at the Place Black Gallery. The opening reception will be held 5:00 to 9:00 pm, and will feature artists who participated in the Open Circles project. There will be a second reception December 15th from 5-9 pm.

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Kim Stafford, author of "100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do"

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Tue, 11/06/2012

Dmae Roberts talks with award-winning author Kim Stafford about his new memoir 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: How My Brother Disappeared In poetic and poignant detail, Stafford takes us on a journey of sibling love and departure. We'll hear about his experiences with his brother and the different paths their lives took and hear readings from his new book.  

 More about 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do: Bret and Kim Stafford, the oldest boys of the Poet Laureate and pacifist William Stafford, were close. As children, they never fought and were inseparable, yet each had their own unique place within the family. Bret was the good son, the obedient public servant; Kim the itinerant wanderer. Though their home was full of love, there was a code of silence about hard things: “Why tell what hurts?” 

 

As childhood pleasures ebbed, this reticence took its toll on Bret. Against a backdrop of the 1950s and 60s, Bret—a puritan in the summer of love, a conscientious objector in the Vietnam era—became a casualty of his own interior war and took his life, leaving the family—and Kim—to endure the loss. Taking its title from a pamphlet Bret ordered as a kid, 100 Tricks Every Boy Can Do is a memoir that works its own magic in portraying two brothers bound by love and friendship through boyhood and adolescence, forging their way into adulthood, together and then, ultimately, apart. Through Kim’s devotions, he shares Bret’s life and what it teaches us about the secret nature of depression, the tender ancestry of violence, the quest for harmonious relations, and finally, the trick of joy. 


Kim Stafford Readings:

 

November 8, 7pm at Annie Blooms, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy / Portland OR 97219. For more info call 503-246-0053 or visit www.annieblooms.com

 

November 14, 7pm at Broadway Books, 1714 NE Broadway, Portland OR 97232. For more info call 503-284-1726 www.broadwaybooks.net/event

 

November 18, 1-4pm Book signing, Audubon Society “Wild Arts Festival,” Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn, Portland OR 97210. For more info visit: wildartsfestival.org/about-portland-audubon

 

December 4, 7pm at Elliott Bay Book Co., 1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle WA 98122. More info call 206-624-6600. www.elliottbaybook.com/node/events/current

 

January 16, 2013, 7-8pm Book Launch and reading, Lewis & Clark College. Portland, OR (contact Matsya Siosal 503-768-6222)

 

February 21, 7pm Grass Roots Book Store / Corvallis Public LibraryCorvallis, Or (& a free writing workshop, 2-4pm)

 

March 4-6, time TBA Associated Writing Programs, Boston (Panel: “Writing Beyond the End”) https://www.awpwriter.org/awp_conference/schedule


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kim Stafford has taught since 1979 at Lewis and Clark College, where he is the founding director of the Northwest Writing Institute and co-director of the Documentary Studies program. He also serves as the literary executor for the estate of William Stafford. He has worked as an oral historian, letterpress printer, editor, photographer, teacher, and visiting writer in communities and colleges across the country, and in Italy, Scotland, and Bhutan. Stafford has published a dozen books of poetry and prose, including The Muses Among Us: Eloquent Listening and Other Pleasures of the Writer’s CraftEarly Morning: Remembering My Father, William Stafford; and Having Everything Right: Essays of Place. He has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, the Oregon Governor’s Arts Award, and a Western States Book Award. He lives in Portland, Oregon, with his wife and children. More info on the book: www.tupress.org or Kim Stafford's site: www.kim-stafford.com/  

 

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Crazy Janes Concert + 'Ephemory' by Miriam Feder

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Tue, 10/30/2012

Host Dmae Roberts features music and memory this week. We'll hear from musicians Cynthia Stillman Gerdes and Susan Alexjander about a concert with the women of Cascadia Composers called “Crazy Janes Collaborate!" And playwright Miriam Feder tells us about 'Ephemory' her new play about memories that are ephemeral. 

'Crazy Jane' is the name of an earthy character invented by the Irish poet W. B. Yeats and based on a real person that Yeats admired for her audacity, lust for life and satirical eye. She is a passionate old woman who flies in the face of convention and propriety to speak her mind about love, war, character and freedom.

The women of Cascadia Composers adopted “Crazy Jane” as a muse because her bold spirit and fearlessness in expressing herself can be an inspiration to women composers – a group that has been marginalized throughout Western musical history. Some of the older composers grew up during a time when women were barred from playing in professional orchestras and what few female musicians, and especially composers and conductors, who had existed barely merited a footnote in traditional music education.

Crazy Janes Collaborate! performance of music and dance is Friday, November 9, 7:30 PM at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church, 2828 SE Stevens Street, Portland. Tickets: $5, students; $10, Cascadia members/seniors; $15, working artists; $20, general admission. More info here.

Composers include: Susan Alexjander, Amelia Bierly, Elizabeth Dyson,  Renée Favand-See, Cynthia Gerdes, Lisa Marsh, Bonnie Miksch, Jan Mittlestaedt, Sydney Stevens, and Jennifer Wright with collaborators

Included in the concert are dancers Courtney Allen, Michelle Fujii, Lavinia Magliocco and visual artists Suzy Kitman; Marilyn Maricle; Bonnie Meltzer.  Poets: Claire Sykes, Sherrill Roberts, Zayra Yves.

Musicians include Renee Favand-See, mezzo sop., Bonnie Miksch, voice;  Paloma Griffin, violin; Elizabeth Dyson, Amelia Bierly and Sherill Roberts, cellos, Rosemary Roberts, harp; Jennifer Wright, toy piano;  Sydney Stevens, Connie Titterington and Lisa Marsh, piano; Mitch Iimori, oboe and English horn; Bonnie Miksch, live computer; Susan Alexjander, synthesizer.

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And in the latter part of the show, Dmae talks with Miriam Feder about her new play Ephemory, a new play by Miriam Feder, is a story of aging, caregiving, immigration, war, and love

The story of Ephemory: While packing her mother Carole to an assisted living facility, Ruth begins to hears her mom’s stories. She hears about her mom immigrating to New York in 1938, losing track of her family as war swept the continent, and finding, reuniting. The stories come to life on stage and the play and the daughter seesthe resourcefulness and magnificence of her mother, even as Carole's faculties diminish.

Ephemory opens November 9 at the Headwaters Theatre in Portland and runs November 9, 10, II, 15, 16, 17, 18, 21 (Wednesday,) 23,24 and 25. Shows are at 7:30, except for Sundays, at 2 pm. The Headwaters is located at 55 NE Farragut, 97211.

[DIRECTIONS: From N. Vancouver Ave. turn Rat NE Farragut (3 blocks north of Lombard. Landmark=electric sub-station on N.E Comer.) At end of Farragut (~blocks) turn L into parking lot. Entrance is on the "track" side.]

TICKETS: Tickets are $15, gen. admission. Discount available for groups of 10 or more. For more info visit: https:llwww.boxofficetickets.com/enter Ephemory. (cash or check at the door only.)

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August Wilson, Andrew Jackson & Don Giovanni

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Tue, 10/16/2012

From blues to rock to opera... We explore August Wilson, Andrew Jackson & Don Giovanni today with Artists Repertory Theatre's Seven Guitars by August Wilson, Portland Playhouse's Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson. We'll also hear about  Mozart's Don Giovanni at Portland Opera

(Left photo: Ramona Lisa, Alexander, Lance McQueen, Michael J. Asberry, Victor Mack, Gayle Samuels, Mujahid Abdul-Rashid. Photo Owen Carey.)

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Up first, Dmae Roberts talks with director Kevin Jones & actor Lance McQueen from August Wilson's Seven Guitars at Artists Repertory Theatre's 30th season. The play focuses on seven African-American characters in 1948. Seven Guitars begins and ends after the funeral of one of the main characters, showing events leading to the funeral in flashbacks. Seven Guitars covers 1940s as part of Wilson's Pittsburgh Cycle plays in a decade-by-decade anthology of African-American life during the twentieth century. Kevin Jones is also the co-creator of the August Wilson Red Door Project. We'll learn more about this effort to bring positive change in Portland's racial ecology.

Seven Guitars runs through November 11 on the Morrison Stage, 1515 SW Morrison, Portland. Tickets are $25-$50; Students $20. For more info and reservations, 503.241.1278 or visit www.artistsrep.org

Then Dmae talks with Brian Weaver, artistic director of Portland Playhouse about Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson and another installment of August Wilson's cycle plays which revisits the stories of some of these characters in King Hedley IIset in the 1980s.

Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson is a political emo-rock musical fiercely tackling territorial expansion and Jackson's genocidal policies of Native American removal from homelands leading to a forced 1000-mile march across America called the Trail of Tears. The show runs  through Nov. 11 at Portland Playhouse located at 602 NE Prescott in Portland. For reservations and more info, call 503-488-5822.

We'll also hear about August Wilson's King Hedley II starring acclaimed Oregon Shakespeare Festival actor Peter Macon.King Hedley II, set in the mid-1980s in a Pittsburgh plagued by desperation, blight, and drive-by shootings, tells the story of a man and his community struggling to reconcile with the past and build for the future.

And in the final portion of the show, we'll learn about Mozart’s most powerful opera, Don Giovanni at Portland Opera.  Don Giovanni opens November 2 at Keller Auditorium with additional performances November 4 pm, 8, 10, 2012.  Tickets begin at $25.

The hero of Mozart and Da Ponte’s Don Giovanni has shocked, outraged and fascinated audiences since his first sighting in Prague a couple hundred years ago.  Suave and maniacal, he is a seducer and murderer who answers to nothing but his drives and desires.  Portland Opera’s production, originally created for New York City Opera in 2009 by Christopher Alden, was praised by The New York Times as “dark, erotic and vividly theatrical . . . striking, insightful.”  Alden will restage his popular work here, unearthing the heart of this timeless, disturbing tale in a new production by Portland Opera.

Tune in for a fantastic hour of performing arts and support KBOO's arts programming by calling 503-232-8818 or becoming a member online.

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Two World Premieres & A New Asian American Anthology

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Tue, 10/09/2012

A special extended edition featuring Miracle Theatre's new season and RAÍZ with Artistic Director Olga Sanchez and director Bill Rauch talks about Portland Center Stage's The Body Of An American. We'll also find out what's new for Oregon Shakespeare Festival and hear about Where Are You From?, a new Asian American Anthology.

Dmae Roberts talks about Miracle's World Premiere of RAÍZ with Olga Sanchez and actress Maria Sanchez. Portland's long-running Dia de los muertos celebration features a world premiere play about a cabal of Aztec gods, a young clown and his partner. With music and dance, the play goes back in time and interweaves the roots of pre-Hispanic history and traditions with musings on life and death. We'll also get highlights of the new Miracle Theatre season.

RAÍZ – A Celebration of the Day of the Dead is directed by Arturo Martinini. Performances run Oct. 19-Nov. 11, 2012 Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m., Preview,  Friday, Oct. 19, 8 p.m., Opening Night with complimentary reception catered by La Bonita restaurant.

Showtimes are Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m. All shows are atMilagro Theatre, 525 SE Stark Street, Portland, Oregon 97214.

Tickets: $15 - $30; discounts for students, seniors, groups of 15+ and advance purchases. Tickets can be purchased from www.milagro.org or 503-236-7253 or www.milagro.org

Then at 11:30am we'll hear from Bill Rauch, artistic director of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. We'll hear about the 2013 opening weekend. Dmae talked with Rauch in Portland when he was here to direct the world premiere of The Body Of An American by award-winning playwright Dan O'Brien at Portland Center Stage.

When O'Brien was moved to contact war photographer Paul Watson about his book Where War Lives, the two began a correspondence eventually leading to a dramatic meeting in the Canadian Arctic. Hear this amazing story of a friendship and the war experiences that haunted them.

Portland Center Stage’s world premiere production of The Body of an American by Dan O’Brien runs Tuesday through Sunday through November 11, 2012. Tickets start at $39, with discounts available for students and those under 25.  Rush tickets are $20. In his first production at PCS, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Artistic Director Bill Rauch is directing this riveting world premiere.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sundays and select Saturdays and matinees at noon on Thursdays. See the show calendar at www.pcs.org/body for the complete performance schedule. Tickets can be purchased online at www.pcs.org, by phone at 503.445.3700 or by visiting the box office located at 128 NW Eleventh Avenue.

Byron Wong of the Thymos organization of Oregon will tell us about their new anthology Where Are You From?: An Anthology of Asian American Writing. Co-edited by Valerie Katagiri and Larry Yu, Where Are You From? is a collection of personal essays, fiction, poetry, and visual arts created by established artists and emerging voices in the Asian American community.

Inspired by the all-too-common question asked of Asian Americans from “fresh off the boat” immigrants to multigenerational native born citizens, Where Are You From? explores the diverse geographies of Asian American experience from the personal to the political and all points between.

Contributors include former Oregon Poet Laureate Lawson Inada; writings by documentary filmmaker Curtis Choy and popular authors Andrew Lam and Matthew Salesses; a critical look at the suicide of Iris Chang by Professor Darrell Hamamoto; an interview with Iris Chang's mother, Ying-Ying Chang; poems and stories by Hawaiian "Pidgin Guerrilla" Lee Tonouchi; Dmae Roberts’ personal reflections about her brother and hoarding; Nicholas Hartlep’s autobiographical essay about his experiences as a transracial adoptee in the US; Roberta May Wong’s provocative art installations about identity and belonging; companion essays by Simon Tam and Ben Efsanem debating the politics of “reclaiming” racist epithets.

Thymos will be hosting a launch party for the anthology that is free and open to the public:

Where Are You From?: An Anthology of Asian American Writing
October 22nd at 5:30-8:00 PM located at Dragonwell Bistro, 735 SW First Avenue, Portland, OR 97204. (Located on the corner of SW 1st & Yamhill,  next to Yamhill District Max Station)

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Where Are You From? is available for purchase from Amazon.com as either an eBook ($9.99) or in paperback ($16).

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Making Change Special: Street Roots, Colored Pencils & A Corvallis Mural

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Tue, 10/02/2012

Dmae Roberts presents a Making Change special featuring Portland's Street Roots newspaper and Colored Pencils who are working toward social and cultural change through literary and artistic ways. We'll also hear about a Corvallis man who drew international attention for outdoor mural. Join Dmae Roberts for a half-hour of inspirational stories about people working toward Making Change in their communities.

Up first, producer Tali Singer brings us a feature story aboutStreet Roots, a nonprofit newspaper addressing homelessness and poverty in Portland.

The paper gives opportunities to the unhoused community to write as we well as work as as vendors, preventing homelessness for more than 250 people each year.

Street Roots' mission is to be a catalyst for individual and social change. We'll go out with vendors as they sell the paper  on street corners and we'll hear from Israel Bayer, the executive director of Street Roots.

Then we'll hear a piece from producer Sarika Mehta in her first piece for Stage & Studio. It's about Colored Pencils, a grassroots arts group created by Polo Catalani and Nim Xuto.

Colored Pencils started off as small community events featuring immigrant artists and has grown to be a leader in promoting tolerance, understanding and cultural diversity in Portland through events that draw 100 or more people each month.

We'll experience once recent event in downtown Portland's Director Park and hear from the founders about their efforts to promote diversity.

Mehta also interviewed urban studies scholar Caleb Rosado who talks about the importance of an organization like Colored Pencils and what has made Oregon historically a mostly white state.

And finally, Dmae Roberts reports on an outdoor mural in Corvallis, Oregon that drew international attention in the usually quiet college town of about 55,000 people.

Recently, Corvallis' city government found itself explaining democracy and freedom of speech to Chinese government officials who found the 10 x 100 foot mural disturbing.

On the right side are pastoral scenes of Taiwan. Nearby lanterns float to the sky with messages of independence written in Chinese.  On the left side of the mural, a graphic image of self-immolation by Tibetan monks.

The mural was commissioned by David Lin, a Taiwanese-American businessman who wanted to show his concern for Tibet and Taiwan indendence.  But Chinese diplomats complained and flew to Corvallis to get Mayor Julie Manning to remove the mural.

Hear the feature story that aired on PRI's The World.

 And check out the photos of the mural below.

'Making Change' is a year-long series funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council and individual donors including June Arima & John Schumann Fund of the Equity Foundation.

'Making Change' is a series about the intersection of creativity and social change. These features and specials have been airing throughout the year. Find out how you can support 'Making Change.'

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Schools & Arts Together Ballot Measure

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Tue, 09/25/2012

 Oregon has historically been at the bottom for arts funding, and there's an arts crisis going on throughout Oregon schools. The School & Arts Together initiative aims to provide arts education and access to Portland's school-age children. Dmae Roberts talks with Jessica Jarratt Miller, the executive director of the Creative Advocacy Network (CAN) that has championed a new ballot measure for art education. 

The Creative Advocacy Network is sponsoring Ballot Measure 26-146 in November for an arts tax of $35 per Portland wage earner above the federal poverty line. The plan is to raise $12 million a year to hire arts teachers in Portland elementary schools and to give the Regional Arts and Culture Council funding to disperse for arts access to school-age children.

What is the impact for Portland youth? How will the revenue be administered? What's the affect for low-income and retired or fixed-income individuals? What is the challenge in passing this measure at the time of high unemployment and in competition with libraries and school funding measures? And why have we come to this all-time low point with arts education in the schools?

Background: For the last three years, CAN has conducted research on the steep declines of arts education access for Portland's elementary and secondary school age children. What they've found is that in the last five years,  Parkrose and Centennial School Districts have cut their art and music teaching staff by half. Portland Public Schools has dropped all arts instruction in 22 schools in just two years.

When compared with other major cities in the country, Portland ranks at an all-time low for arts education. A U.S. Department of Education report in April showed :

  • In 2011, 18% of Portland elementary schools provide art instruction compared to 83% nationally.
  • 58% of Portland elementary schools provide music instruction compared to 94% nationally.
  • 28% of all Portland schools provide no arts instruction of any kind including music, drama, dance or visual arts, compared to 3% of schools nationally.
  • 11,596 Portland children attending schools do not have any art, dance, drama, or music instruction.

Jessica Jarratt Miller joined the Creative Advocacy Network with 18 years of experience as a fundraiser and non-profit leader.  Through the years, Jessica has structured and grown non-profit organizations, established successful public/private partnerships and launched vital new programs in Oregon, Washington, California and Washington D.C.  She has also secured more than $35 million in funding for education, arts and culture, the environment, social services and civil rights.

 

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