Spring Arts 2017

Spring Forward

The Sun is Returning. Put Down Your Dystopian Literature and Get Out There with Our Guide to Arts and Culture

To the Shire!

Appreciating John Yeon, Portland’s Unsung Hero of Architecture

In The Black, Intisar Abioto Documents Connection, Community, and Place

The Black Portlanders Photographer Traces Black Roots in Portland and Beyond

The Shirley Jackson Project is Like a Collection of Ghost Stories

Portland Comic Artists Share Their Passion for Shirley Jackson, Queen of Gloom

Inside Stream PDX’s Mobile Recording Studio

How an Airstream Trailer on NE MLK is Making Podcasting More Accessible

Rethinking the Canon

Portland Writer/Artist Dao Strom Discusses a New Local Effort to Showcase Authors of Color

Laura E. Hall, Escape Artist

Get Trapped With Portland’s Leading Escape Room Designer

Move Over, Maru. Make Way, Lil Bub!

It’s Oregon Cats’ Time to Shine at a New Cat Video Festival

I don’t know about you, but in November, my capacity to appreciate complex art and culture took a nosedive. I reread A Wrinkle in Time and Matilda and temporarily banned myself from my beloved Sunday New York Times. I watched A LOT of Parks and Recreation. I no longer felt inclined to see live theater or comedy or visual art—and going to see those things are a huge part of my job.

I can only imagine what it’s been like for you.

With that in mind, our spring arts guide is a little different this year. From the architecture of John Yeon to The Black Portlanders creator Intisar Abioto to an Airstream trailer in Northeast that’s making podcasting accessible and affordable, many of the subjects in this guide have an activist bent. That’s absolutely intentional. Forget your platitudes about punk coming back. This stuff has always been important.

And because we know you need it just as much, some subjects featured here are, quite literally, escapist entertainment—from a locally grown cat video festival (not a joke) to a conversation with the city’s leading escape room designer. Put down your dog-eared copy of The Handmaid’s Tale and get out into our city’s world of art and culture. The days are getting longer. Spring is on its way.