Arts & Culture

Watch the film and read an interview with Portland filmmaker Brian Padian

Merriam-Webster defines film noir as: a type of crime film featuring cynical malevolent characters in a sleazy setting and an ominous atmosphere that is conveyed by shadowy photography and forbidding background music. We say, “Just watch Brian Padian’s, ‘The Big Black Dark.’” Shadows in the dark, train sounds in the distance, a man who wakes […]

/ December 8, 2021


A Baker’s Dozen of Q&As with Portland Artist Judy Wise

Mark making is a term used for the creation of different patterns, lines, textures, and shapes using, well, whatever you can get your hands on. Charcoal, ink, scratching things out with something sharp. What you do with these patterns, lines, textures and shapes determines if you have a still life of an apple or chaos. […]

/ December 8, 2021


10 Questions + 1 with Stephanie Strange of Strange and the Familiars

Supporting local artists and small businesses is the absolute best thing you could do with your dollars if you love Portland. Buy the tickets, go to the mom and pop spot, give a dollar or three a month to your favorite artist on Patreon, donate to the radio station and local paper. Put your money […]

/ December 7, 2021


And You Thought You Couldn’t Paint – Wrong!

Do you know that the only thing that keeps you from being a painter is the courage to pick up a paintbrush and start fooling around? It’s true. As Pablo Picasso said: “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.” Of course, those who have spent […]

/ November 23, 2021


10 Questions + 1 with Moon and Bike

We caught up with Portland band Moon and Bike (Boone and Michael, the band’s name is a play on words) and asked them 10 questions +1. The duo started writing together during the pandemic and published their debut album in 2020. Their sophomore venture is currently in the works so we asked them the hard […]

/ November 20, 2021


🎥 Five questions with Filmed By Bike Festival’s Cheryl Green

We interviewed a local Portland documentary filmmaker and one of the many excellent directors featured in this year’s Filmed By Bike Festival, Cheryl Green.

/ May 18, 2021


A Walk through the Weird with artist Cedar Lee

Portland artist Cedar Lee shares the beauty of interweaving the Pacific Northwest’s natural beauty with our city’s desire for sustainability.

/ February 24, 2021


🎁 Bridgeliner’s Very Merry Gift Guide (Extended)

From games to jewelery to sauces, there something with a Portland flair for everybody on this list — and not just for the holiday season.

/ December 7, 2020


Mailbag: ‘Why Are You Shilling for Residential Infill?’

(📸: Mark McClure) “Your constant spewing of YIMBY talking points is too much. The Residential Infill Project was designed by those who will profit off it. The fact that you are shilling it, as though it will actually help with affordable housing, is shameful.” —S.A.  And so the debate begins!  ICYMI, we wrote in Monday’s […]

/ December 17, 2019


How the Alberta Arts District is Trying to Keep its Artists

How do you keep an arts district from losing its artists? That’s an age-old question in gentrifying neighborhoods like the Alberta Arts District, but the nonprofit Alberta Art Works and its executive director Maquette Reeverts think they have an answer — pay artists to do their craft. “That’s how we keep the folks here,” Maquette […]

/ September 18, 2019


Meet the “Minister of Loud Noises” at The Old Church Concert Hall

The Old Church Concert Hall in downtown Portland is known as “a sanctuary of sound” — and organist Michael Barnes is its “minister of loud noises.” Michael is the artistic director behind the Lunchtime Concert Series, which brings local musicians to The Old Church every Wednesday at noon to perform a free concert. The concert […]

/ August 30, 2019


How Hip Hop Soulsation Academy Advanced to the World Dance Championship

The competition dance team from Hip Houl Soulsation Academy has won a “golden ticket” this summer — but they might need a little help to redeem it. At their last competition, the local teens earned a chance to represent Oregon at the World Dance Championships in New Jersey. Now the challenge is getting there. The […]

/ July 25, 2019