New Beginnings With Unit Souzou

Aug 23, 2014 Comments Off by

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Artists have their fair share of doors closing on them. But it’s how you open new doors that helps define your strength as an artist. Michelle Fujii was artistic director of Portland Taiko for nine years. Toru Watanabe, her husband, had an artistic staff position for six years. Suddenly this summer, the PT board decided to restructure […]

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Stories From Home

Aug 10, 2014 Comments Off by

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Dmae Roberts talks with Polo Catalani of the Colored Pencils Art and Culture Council about their “Stories From Home” event featuring immigrant and refugee writers and musicians. We’ll be featuring two of the artists at the event–Palestinian American writer Mohammad Bader and a special feature on Bhutanese poet Moti Rizal as part of “Migrations” – […]

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Moh Alileche – Algerian Berber Music

Aug 02, 2014 Comments Off by

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Dmae Roberts presents a special feature on Moh Alileche, master of Algerian Berber music. Berbers are an indigenous ethnicity of Northern Africa. The culture dates back more than 5000 years.  Alileche came to the U.S. in 1990  shortly before the civil war in Algeria started. Now he performs Berber music while educating people about his former homeland and his […]

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More Shakespeare!

Jul 19, 2014 Comments Off by

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Dmae Roberts talks withAnon It Moves and String House Theatre and Original Practice Shakespeare Festival. We’ll hear from directors Elizabeth Watt, Emily Gregory and actor Erica Terpening-Romeo from two young companies collaborating on productions of Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. And in the latter part of the show Brian Allard of OPSfest joins us to talk about an unusual  A Midsummer […]

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JAW 2014

Jul 13, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts has a behind-the-scenes and on-location talk with Rose Riordan, associate artistic director of Portland Center Stage and director of JAW: A Playwright’s Festival 2014. We’ll hear how she started off this 16-year old festival with “a bag of bagels” to grow into a huge weekend of four plays and a multitude of events. Not […]

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Tale of 2 Shakespeare Plays

Jul 06, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts features two backstage interviews at her home studio about two Shakespeare plays about to open in Portland at two different companies: Portland Shakespeare Project and Post 5 Theatre.  First she talks with founding artistic director Michael Mendelson of the Portland Shakespeare Project. They’re producing The Tempest at  Artists Rep’s Alder stage. The production stars veteran actress Linda Alper as […]

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Conduit Celebrates 20 Years

Jun 28, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts welcomes artistic director Tere Mathern of Conduit Dance in downtown Portland. She was part of the collective of contemporary dancers who wanted to create a space for dancers to create new work to perform. She’s been taking ont the day to day operations of Conduit. She’ll tell us about the Dance+ Performance Festival of […]

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PAE Turns 45!

Jun 22, 2014 Comments Off

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Portland abounds with summer Shakespeare but Portland Actors Ensemble has been producing Shakespeare in the Parks for the last 45 years. PAE kick things off a culturally innovative outdoor productions Antony and Cleopatra and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  We’ll hear from director Elizabeth Huffman and actors Andrea White & Matt DiBiasio in Antony and Cleopatra + Artistic Director Michael Godsey tells us […]

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PHAME Turns 30 + Three Sisters Nixtamal

Jun 15, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts talks with PHAME executive director Stephen Marc Beaudoin and artistic director Jessica Dart about the  30th anniversary of the organization. Both are gifted artists who have worked to built PHAME into one of the premiere nonprofit community arts groups in Portland. We’ll hear how PHAME has created arts training and activities for adults with developmental […]

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Lisa See’s China Dolls

Jun 01, 2014 Comments Off

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Dmae Roberts talks with acclaimed author Lisa See whose new book, China Dolls, features the era of the Asian American nightclubs during the 1930s to 50s. Her previous books, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Shanghai Girls and Dreams of Joy focused mainly on characters living in China and some who have emigrated. In China Dolls she focuses on three friends American born […]

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