Author Archives: Nora Robertson

William Damiano: “Art Show” in Portland

Burnside Street gallery Nationale hosts the watercolors of  William Damiano through the 27th of this month. While a multitude of pop-cultural and historical figures–Sonic the Hedgehog, Marilyn Monroe and Busby Berkeley among them–appear in or are referenced by Damiano’s broader … Continue reading

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Light Structures

Show preview by Elizabeth Pusack Prisms, projections, and shadow play are among the previously employed strategies of the five artists featured in False Front’s forthcoming show of light installations, curated by Canadian-born Portland artist Laura Hughes. False Front is keeping … Continue reading

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[PANK] Invades Portland

[Pank] Magazine is bringing its national reading series, [PANK] Invasion, to Portland this Friday at E.A.T Chapel with readers Monica Drake, Gigi Little, Ryan Bradley, Marcelle Heath, Rebecca Olson, and Domi Shoemaker.  I caught up with editor M. Bartley Seigel … Continue reading

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Neon Frontier on 107.1 FM: Skatepark Revolution

By the  early 90’s, skateboarding was in a slump again.  The sport had gotten to a new level in California in the 70’s when skaters brought surf-style moves to the empty swimming pools and decaying urban infrastructure that littered the … Continue reading

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Neon Frontier on KZME 107.1 FM: Food Pioneers

The American system for producing food seems pretty broken at this point. In the October food and drink issue of NY Times Magazine, food writer Mark Bittman said that for people to eat well, live well and be healthy, for … Continue reading

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Artist As Activist: Politics + Creativity

Art can either instigate or reflect political movements, but once social change is accomplished, it’s hard to get the toothpaste back in the tube.  This Thursday the 10th at PNCA, New Yorker cartoonist Shannon Wheeler (author of Oil and Water … Continue reading

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The New Oregon Interview Series: Linda K. Johnson

Finding the Forest.  Image: Julia Keefe and John Klicker. Taller than the Other Trees:An Interview with Linda K. Johnson By Nora Robertson In 2008, I sat down with dance artist Linda K. Johnson in her shady Portland bungalow. Johnson moved … Continue reading

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Neon Frontier on KZME 107.1FM: Reading Series Get National

People often have mixed feelings about readings. Readings can be long and boring, Or they can be performances, parties, political rallies, scenes. Portland, like a lot of other cities, has a long history of underground readings through many cultural moments, … Continue reading

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The Father of the Modern Comic Novel: Art Spiegelman and Joe Sacco in Conversation at PNCA

Photo credit: Craig Sietsma “Narrative and pictures are the core of the artistic project these days,” Art Spiegelman told moderator Joe Sacco in front of a hushed crowd at PNCA recently. Part of PNCA’s Focus Week, the evening was held … Continue reading

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Story + Song

An evening of words and music with Emily Chenoweth, Margaret Malone, Gigi Little, Nora Robertson and indie quartet Leaves Russell.  Two cans of food benefits the ASPSU Student Pantry food bank.  Backspace, 5-7:30PM, FREE. — plazm blog has moved to … Continue reading

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