Artwork: “HOME.” by Carson Ellis. Copyright © 2015 Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, MA.

Our early Pacific Northwest spring is here (sorry, rest of the country!), which means one thing if you care about art: New theater, new comedy, and new gallery shows will all be vying for your attention over the next few months. If those things aren't already on your calendar, you'll find them in our listings. But for our spring arts guide, the Mercury's crack team of arts writers ventured off the beaten path (and our usual beats), to profile art makers who don't necessarily appear in print week-to-week, but who are nonetheless primed to leave their marks on Portland's art scene this spring, and beyond. From the world of classical music, to quietly brilliant in-town curators, to our own weird, private obsessions with Twin Peaks and vintage video games, we asked and they answered: We got to know how a virtuoso violinist reimagines an ancient piece of music. We sat down with Portland's leading Tonya Harding scholar. We met a man who's hoping to revive the lost video games of our youth. And we found out how a dance company keeps moving after the floor's been pulled out from under it. Here are the curators, podcasters, writers, classical musicians, dancers—and one drag clown—to have on your arts radar this spring.

Spring Arts & Culture Guide Articles


Clown About Town

Not That Sarah Marshall

Show Runner

Out from Under

Ghosts of Games Past