Stage and Studio

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts.  Aired Live from the KBOO studio.

Each week Dmae Roberts talks with performing, literary and media artists from the Portland Metro area as well as around the Northwest.  As a two-time Peabody award-winning radio producer and writer, Roberts brings national quality to regional arts scene. Dmae often features her national radio work on Stage and Studio.If you have an event please send an email to stagenstudio@aol.com two months before your event.   The earlier the better!

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Stage and Studio on 06/08/10

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Tue, 06/08/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Sarah Slipper & James Canfield of NW Dance Project

Dmae Roberts talks with Sarah Slipper, founding artistic director  of Northwest Dance Project and Choreographer James Canfield, founding artistic director of the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Opening June 17th, Northwest Dance Project premieres four original dance works to celebrate their first anniversary in their beautiful studio and performance center in the heart of the Mississippi district over two weekends in June.  

Stage and Studio on 06/01/10

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Tue, 06/01/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Author Molly Gloss & Heroines of the American West

Host Dmae Roberts talks with one of Portland’s beloved authors, Molly Gloss at her home. Molly Gloss was a finalist the Pen/Faulkner award for American fiction foThe Jump-Off Creek about a woman who homesteads in Oregon in 1895 and won the James Tiptree Jr.

Stage and Studio on 05/25/10

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Tue, 05/25/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Dmae Roberts presents her 1990 Peabody award-winning documentary "Mei Mei, A Daughter's Song"

As a special program for Asian Pacific American Heritage month, Dmae Roberts presents her 1990 Peabody award-winning documentary"Mei Mei, A Daughter's Song" This memoir docu-theatre piece is the personal story of cross-cultural and cross-generational conflict produced by Dmae Roberts.  "Mei Mei"chronicles Dmae and her mother, Chu-Yin, as they travel to Taiwan together. Interviews and dramatizations weave in and out to tell the story of a conflicted daughter and a mother who suffered abuse, starvation and the horrors of World War Two.

Stage and Studio on 05/18/10

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Tue, 05/18/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Two women making their own kind of performance

Dmae Roberts talks with two women producers who are doing their own kind of performance productions: Katie Tayler of Opera Theatre Oregon and Eleanor O'Brien of Dance Naked Productions. Both are artistic directors of independent companies producing their forms of non-traditional performance. They'll talk about the challenges and advantages of forming your own company to do work that might otherwise not be produced. Opera Theatre Oregon just opened "Hercules vs. Vampires" - a technicolor opera of a cult classic. Dance Naked Productions also opened "Inviting Desire" - an original work of erotic art based on a survey of hundreds of women. 

Stage and Studio on 05/11/10

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Tue, 05/11/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Henry Winkler & Putnam County Spelling Bee

 Host Dmae Roberts features an exclusive interview with Henry Winkler about his new young adult book "Hank Zipzer: A Brand New Life." Also featured are Director  Rose Riordan and Actor Gavin Gregory from "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"- the hit musical debuting soon at Portland Center Stage.

In this special membership drive edition, we'll be offering tickets to the musical production and two autographed and inscribed copies of Henry Winkler's book as thank you gifts for your memberships!

Stage and Studio on 05/04/10

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Tue, 05/04/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Join Host Dmae Roberts for special one-hour membership drive edition of Stage and Studio.

Join Host Dmae Roberts for special one-hour membership drive edition of Stage and Studio featuring McKinley's "Gracie and the Atom" at Artists Repertory Theatre at 11am and Aaron Meyer's new debut CD "Warming" at 11:30am.

Membership Drive thank you gifts include....

--tickets to the ""Gracie and the Atom"' musical

--copies of the "Gracie and the Atom"  CD 

--copies of Aaron Meyer's new debut CD "Warming"

--copies of damali ayo's "Obamistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America"

 

Stage and Studio on 04/27/10

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Tue, 04/27/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Lime Tree Bower" at Coho Productions & damali ayo's new book "Obamaistan! Land Without Racism"

Host Dmae Roberts features Devon Allen director of "This Lime Tree Bower" by Irish playwright Conor McPherson at Coho Productions and author damali ayo's new book "Obamaistan! Land Without Racism: Your Guide to the New America"- a fun satire on state of race in this country. Plus giveaways!

The Lime Tree Bower Photo credit: Anni Becker

Stage and Studio on 04/20/10

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Tue, 04/20/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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The Mystery of Opal Whiteley of a half-hour documentary on Opal Whiteley,

Talking With The Wind: The Mystery of Opal Whiteley of a half-hour documentary on Opal Whiteley, a young woman from Cottage Grove, Oregon. In 1920 she published a childhood diary about her time in the woods and her love of nature. It became wildly popular and then was later condemned as a hoax. This diary created an international controversy that led to her eventual in mental health.

Dmae Roberts co-produced this with Playwright Dorothy Velasco in 1988 with music by John Doan.

Stage and Studio on 04/13/10

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Tue, 04/13/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Imago Theatre's "Frogz" & Oregon Children's Theatre's "Small Steps"-

Host Dmae Roberts features Imago Theatre's "Frogz" which is making its return to Portland stages. Two performers will talk about what it's like to play strange and wild creatures. And in the second half of the show, we'll talk to Stan Foote of the Oregon Children's Theater about their new show "Small Steps"--a sequel to the hit book by are Louis Sachar and movie "Holes." Plus some ticket giveaways!

Stage and Studio on 04/06/10

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Tue, 04/06/2010 - 11:00am - 11:30am
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Hearing Voices, a storytelling festiva

Host Dmae Roberts  features Hearing Voices, a storytelling festival with the Brody Theater (Portland), Oregon Shadow Puppet Theater (Portland) and Nuestro Canto (Beaverton).  from April 11-18,  the Washington County Cooperative Library Services hosts this sixth annual storytelling Festival as part of National Library Week. Also, a preview of Cirque du Soleil's new show Kooza  and a round up of events.

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Author Dale E. Basye of the "Heck" books

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Tue, 06/14/2011

 Dmae Roberts talks with author Dale E. Basye about his book series for young readers, Heck.The fourth book in the series, Fibble, was released last month. Basye also sings songs that he wrote for the series and read passages from the books.

Heck follows Milton and Marlo Fauster, a brother and sister who get sent to Heck after a fatal marshmallow bear explosion. The books follow them as they make their way through the otherwordly reform school that is Heck. InFibble: The Fourth Circle of Hell, Milton and Marlo find that they've switched places.

 

Dale Basye

 

Basye got the idea for writing the Heckseries when a friend of his was working on a mockumentary about the devil, and Basye decided he wanted to write about hell for children. As a kid, Basye hated school. But he found a deep love for writing, and was encouraged by teachers who helped him foster his imagination.

Highlights from the Show

On Milton & Marlo

"Milton and Marlo are kind of my two selves. Milton is the overly cautious, almost crippled with, “oh, is this the right thing to do?”, kind of afraid to really engage life. And Marlo is the impulse-challenged goth who maybe talks faster than she thinks. If you fuse them both together—well, that would be really be messy. But if you psychologically fuse them together, then they’d probably be me."

On Getting Published

"I had this idea. I thought, I’ll go to this conference [the Willamette Writers Conference] where you can actually pitch your idea to a real live New York editor, and then once she turns me down I can take that experience and work with that, because I have kind of poor self-esteem. But I went there, and much to my surprise she was really interested. And then I had to actually do the work of following through with my pitch, my trailer for Heck."

On Lessons from Heck

Like many kids, when they go to school, feel like they’ve been wronged in some way. And a lot of the kids turn against each other because they are sort of confused by what’s going on. So I’m hoping that not only as Milton and Marlo make their way through the circles of Heck, they not only learn about themselves, but they also learn that other kids are not the enemy, that the enemy is a bureaucracy that doesn’t really hear them or serve them.

You can hear Stage & Studio  live at the KBOO.FM or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website.

Filmmaker Lawrence Johnson and Poet Leanne Grabel

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Tue, 06/07/2011

 Host/Producer Dmae Roberts talks with Portland filmmaker Lawrence Johnson about his new film Stuff. Johnson tells about Stuff and his experiences covering Native American and Oregon history projects through the years. He shares some clips as well. Later in the show, Poet, author and musician Leanne Grabel in Portland is featured in the eighth segment of the Writers Read series.

Lawrence Johnson 

When Lawrence Johnson's dad died, he inherited his dad's stuff--a garage-sized storage unit's worth of stuff. As his filmStuff unfolds, Johnson explores his relationship with his father through as he sorts through the things his father left behind.

At the same time, Johnson's friend Phil is also dealing with the death of his father. The film follows Phil's journey to Iowa to bury his father's ashes. As both men evaluate their relationships with their fathers, they also turn inward to evaluate themselves.

Animation from "Stuff"

Stuff combines live action documentary with inventive animation to tell the story of the complex and often difficult relationships between fathers and sons.

See a clip from Stuff and read more about the film at Stuffthefilm.com.

Johnson's film is showing at Living Room Theaters starting June 17th.

 

Leanne Grabel
Leanne Grabel

 

Leanne Grabel is a poet, author, columnist, and spoken-word artist. Grabel combines her original music with her poetry performances and presents one of her works for Stage & Studio.

Her new memoir, Brontosaurus, is coming out this summer.

Grabel is also a teacher at the Rosemont Rehabilitation Center and School, and she's currently working on a performance piece called "24 badgirls" based on her time at Rosemont.

 

Lawrence Johnson's father

You can hear Stage & Studio  live at the KBOO.FM or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

And tune into re-broadcasts of Stage & Studio at Portland's Cascade Community Radio at  Radio23.org.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website.

 

 

 

Refugee Dreams Revisited

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Tue, 05/31/2011

 Dmae Roberts and MediaRites present Refugee Dreams Revisted as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This special is hosted by Margaret Cho and focuses on the experiences of Southeast Asian refugees in Portland, and features Cambodian musician Daran Kravanh.

The refugees who came to America were Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian and the ethnic minorities from Laos—the Mien and Hmong.  Most had fought on the same side and helped the US military in the war in Vietnam.  The Mien and Hmong— the rural people in Laos—were particularly vulnerable for helping the CIA with covert operations.  Staying in Laos was not an option. By 1979, there were almost 62,000 Vietnamese in refugee camps.  More than 140-thousand people displaced from Cambodia and Laos joined them. Oregon and Washington State had the fifth largest population of South East Asian refugees in the country.  The Portland School district was one of the first to figure out how work with South East Asian youth coming to their schools.  The 1.5 generation—those who came to this country at a young age—learned quickly, mastering language and writing skills before their first generation parents.  Now they own businesses and are community leaders in Portland.

This half-hour documentary is an excerpt  from the Peabody-award-winning Crossing East series hosted by Margaret Cho. The eight-hour series was broadcast on more than 230 stations across the country. To hear the complete one-hour documentary on refugees or to purchase downloads and CDs of the entire Crossing East series, visit the MediaRites Store.

Acknowledgements:

The Van Lang Vietnamese School in Portland, Quy and Tien Nguyen, Ly Chheng Tang, Long San Tzeo, Farm Yoon Lee, Lee Po Cha, Khanthaly Thammavong, Sokhum Tauch, Kilong Ung, Kim Nguyen, Daran Kravanh.

Produced by Dmae Roberts with interviews by Anne Morrin and Associate Producer Sara Casswell Kolbet, Editor: Catherine Stifter, Engineer: Clark Salisbury.

Made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, Oregon Arts Commission, Collins Foundation, Templeton Foudnation and the Autzen Foundation.

Visit CrossingEast.org for more information on the series.

You can hear Stage & Studio  live at the KBOO.FM or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website.

My Soul Grown Deep and Writers Read 7

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Tue, 05/24/2011

 

My Soul Grown Deep

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts features director Bobby Bermea and actors Brenda Phillips, James Dixon and Anya Pearson of BaseRoots Theatre Company and their new show My Soul Grown Deep --a collaboration with Eric Hull of VOX.  We'll also have Writers Read #7 with Michelle Rae Anderson who reads an excerpt from her forthcoming book, The Miracle in July.

 

BaseRoots Theatre, talks about their show, My Soul Grown Deep which explores 300 years of African-American poetry, from Phyllis Wheatley to Saul Williams to local poets. The title of their show comes from Hughes' poem, The Negro Speaks of Rivers.

My Soul Grown Deep is filled to the brim with 26 different poems performed by the actors. Choosing poems was a challenge, according to director Bobby Bermea. The group had to "throw out gold."

 

 

Speaking about the experience of performing African-American poetry, Brenda Phillips says, "it's important that people know that this by us, from us, and we are doing it."

Still, My Soul Grown Deep has something for all communities. "This is just the pallete that we choose to work with to inspire and excite the greater community as a whole," explains Bermea. "We want everybody to come see it. We want everyone to be touched and moved," he adds.

 

The actors also treat us to performances of two poems: one  written by Brenda Phillips, and one by famed poet Nikki Giovanni.

Performances are May 26 - June 4. For more info visit BaseRootsTheatre.org.

Then we hear a two-minute reading by Michelle Rae Anderson. She calls herself a "experiential author, media ecologist, and pie-maker."

Michelle Rae Anderson

 

Since July 2009, Anderson has been unraveling her semi-autobiographical book, The Miracle in July, as a "first draft" web serial. In this week's show, Anderson will read an excerpt from the series. The book is due to be published later this year, and Anderson's future plans include a "making-of" series, movie script, podcast with dramatic readings from the book, and more.

This segment features music by Portland composer David Ornette Cherry. His music can be heard at DavidOrnetteCherry.com.

Record and send us your own 1-2 minute Writers Read OR see our archive of Northwest Writers reading their own work.

You can hear Stage & Studio  live at the KBOO.FM or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website.

 

'Doc' Ing Hay: Frontier Herbalist in John Day

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Tue, 05/17/2011

Dmae Roberts and MediaRites presents Ing 'Doc' Hay-Frontier Herbalist as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  In in the dry sagebrush hills of Eastern Oregon, a thriving Chinatown emerged, thanks in large part to an unusual doctor named Ing Hay. His medical practice was located in a general store named the Kam Wah Chung in John Day, Oregon. This half-hour documentary is an excerpt  from the Peabody-award-winning Crossing East series. The eight-hour series was broadcast on more than 230 stations across the country. To hear the complete one-hour documentary on Doc Hay or to purchase downloads and CDs of the entire Crossing East series, visit the MediaRites Store.

Ing 'Doc' Hay-Frontier Herbalist documentary tells the unusual and significant story of Doc Hay and his business partner and friend Lung On who ran the Kam Wah Chung store and medical practice in a small Eastern Oregon town shortly after the Gold Rush and into the 1950's. Unlike other parts of the country where lynchings and massacres of Chinese immigrants were the norm, these two men were respected members of the community and are still remembered by John Day residents. For more information on the Kam Wah Chung, visit the Oregon State Parks Trust.

Acknowledgements: Professor Jeffrey Barlow, Professor Judy Yung, Ronald Takaki, Caretaker Carolyn Micnheimer, descendent Ed Wah, resident Thelma Kite.

Actors: Sam A Mowry, Andres Alcala, Chung So &  Jim Chan. Music by Cantonese Folk Music Society of San Francisco and  by Wong On Yuen.

Produced by Dmae Roberts Associate Producer Sara Casswell Kolbet, Editor: Catherine Stifter, Engineer: Clark Salisbury.

Ing 'Doc' Hay-Frontier Herbalisty was funded by the Oregon Council for the Humanities, the Regional Arts and Culture Council and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Visit CrossingEast.org for more information on the series.

You can hear Stage & Studio  live at the KBOO.FM or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website.

 

Hand2Mouth, Cirque du Soleil, and Writers Read 6

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Tue, 05/10/2011

Dmae Roberts presents a membership drive edition of Stage & Studio. This week: a Pushing Boundaries feature story on"Uncanny Valley" from Hand2Mouth Theatre, backstage thoughts on "Dralion"from Cirque du Soleil, and the latest installment of Writers Read with poet Laurence Overmire.

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Hand2Mouth in Rehearsal

First up, a new feature in the year long Pushing Boundaries series. Dmae profiles Hand2Mouth and their new show "Uncanny Valley". We sit in on one of their rehearsals, and hear from director Jonathan Walters, performer Faith Helma and dramaturg Alex Huebsch. They tell us about how they created a play from scratch during a year of rehearsals and creation, from hours and hours of improv at the beginning, to the finished show they have now. And they talk about how they make memories come alive.

Dralion 

Next, we chat backstage with Esther Daack, a former  Portlander who's now touring with Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion",which will be coming to Portland next month. The show mixes dragon and lion, East and West. The shows includes Chinese acrobatics, along with their usual multidisciplinary style.

Laurence Overmire 

Finally, we have the latest installment of Writers Read. Laurence Overmire reads "An Actor Prepared", a poem from his new book, "Gone Hollywood". He's a former professional actor and now poet. Overmire's book will be released Saturday, May 14 at 6 pm the Singer Hill Cafe.  This segment also features music by Todd Barton, resident composer for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Barton composed the music for OSF's Language Archive.

Pushing Boundaries is a year-long project that explores artists and arts groups pushing physical, emotional and artistic boundaries in their work and it's made possible with funding by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

You can hear Stage & Studio  live at the KBOO.FM or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website.

A Wrinkle in Time / BodyVox

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Tue, 05/03/2011

 

Dmae Roberts presents a membership drive edition with "A Wrinkle In Time" at Oregon Children's Theatre and A Thousand Little Cities at BodyVox Dance. The classic book by Madeleine L'Engle comes alive with a fantasy and sci-fi adventure. Director Marcella Crowson and actor Madeleine Rogers join host Dmae Roberts to talk about bringing this beloved book to the stage. And we also check in with co-Artistic Director Ashley Rowland at rehearsal for A Thousand Little Cities.

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"A Wrinkle In Time" at Oregon Children's Theatre

The story of "A Wrinkle In Time" begins on a stormy night as three brave children venture through time and space on an urgent rescue mission. In the spirit of the Narnia  and Harry Potter books, this children's classic also features sci-fi concepts.

Madeleine Rogers & MarcellaCrowson/ Oregon Children's Theatre

The production at Oregon Children's Theatre runs May 14-June 5 at the Newmark Theatre, 1111 SW Broadway in Portland.

And Dmae checks in withh Ashley Rowland with a "Fly On The Wall" chat during a A Thousand Little Cities. Bodyvox calls it their "most distinctly American work." The company just returned from a four-city European tour and presenting this work with visual images by Tad Savinar and music ranging from Bono/The Edge to John Adams and Aphex Twin.

BodyVox

 

A Thousand Little Cities May 5-21 The BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 NW 17th Ave. in Portland.

You can hear Stage & Studio  live at the KBOO.FM or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website.

 

 

 

Rethinking Art With Social Practice

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Tue, 04/26/2011

 How do you  push the boundaries and rethink the essence of art? Host/ProducerDmae Roberts talks with Harrell Fletcher and Jen Delos Reyes from Portland State University's  Art and Social Practice MFA Program where students create socially engaging art projects.  Co-hosting is Producer Macon Reed who's been examining several "social practice" projects.

Harrell Fletcher, Macon Reed & Jen Delos Reyesprojects.

We hear about the upcoming Open Engagement conference at PSU which will feature dozens of artists tackling subjects like democracy, group work and crossing disciplines. The conference takes place May 13-15 and is free.

Macon Reed brings us sounds of social practice throughout the show.  Artist  Lexa Walsh takes us to local food cart vendors and asks them to create a song with her. Walsh will present these songs at the Open Engagement Conference.

Lexa Walsh and her food cart songs project

 

Macon also talks with Walsh and Jillian Punksa of thePortland Art Museum about the annual Shine a Light program. One night a year, Social Practice students present interactive programming aimed at engaging visitors who wouldn't typically go to the art museum.

Also students in the Social Practice program recording and asking their parents to define social practice.

Finally, Macon visits a Portland Stock Dinner. These dinners provide artists with a unique way to get funding. Diners pay $10 to attend and each votes for his or her favorite project among a competing group.

Listen to this engaging talk about how the very definition of art is changing with Social Practice to become more interractive, community-oriented and multidisciplinary. And find out more about a name for an artform that creates a home for a lot of genres and ways to create art.

'Shine A Light' at Portland Art Museum

Pushing Boundaries is a year-long project that explores artists and arts groups pushing physical, emotional and artistic boundaries in their work and it's made possible with funding by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

Macon Reed has been a production mentee with Dmae Roberts for four months. She is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where she studied radio documentary production. She recently came back to Oregon after traveling throughout the country with her students as a documentary instructor at the Brown Ledge Gap Year Program.

You can hear Stage & Studio  live at the KBOO.FM or on 90.7FM live at 11am Tuesdays.

Or you can subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you don’t have to miss a show.

And always browse our archive of shows at the official Stage and Studio website

Author Jane Kirkpatrick and The Daughter's Walk

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Tue, 04/19/2011

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts talks with Oregon author Jane Kirkpatrick. She's authored more than 20 books and is an Oregon Book award finalist for "A Flickering Light." Her latest is "The Daughter's Walk" which is based on the true story of a mother and daughter in 1896 who both walked from Spokane, Washington to New York City to save the family farm.  

Kirkpatrick talks about the research and process of writing an historic novel and reads an excerpt from her book. She lives in Central Oregon and considers herself a writer inspired by the landscape. She tells us about how she approached the real life events in "The Daughter's Walk" to focus on Clara Etsby who journeyed with her mother on the 3600-mile trek only to come to a 20-year estrangement from her family. The young woman goes on to become a successful business woman and carves out an early feminist path for herself. 

Dmae talked with Kirkpatrick at Warner Pacific College before she spoke at the Women's Tea. To find out where you might hear her read, visit her website.  Kirkpatrick became a published writer later in life after a career in mental health work. Listen to her inspiring words and her approach to writing. 

Exerpt from "The Daughter's Walk" by Jane Kirkpatrick:

"It began on an April morning in 1896, inside our Mica Creek farmhouse in the rolling Palouse Hills of eastern Washington State, when my mother informed me that we would be walking from Spokane to New York City. Walking, mind you, when there were perfectly good trains a person could take. Walking—nearly four thousand miles to earn ten thousand dollars that would save our farm from foreclosure. Also to prove that a woman had stamina.

Also to wear the new reform dress and show the freedom such garments offered busy, active, sturdy women.

Freedom. The only merit I saw in the shorter skirts and absence of corsets was that we could run faster from people chasing us for being foolish enough to embark on such a trek across the country, two women, alone.

We were also making this journey to keep me “from making a terrible mistake,” Mama told me. I was nineteen years old and able to make my own decisions, or so I thought. But not this one.

Mama stood stiff as a wagon tongue, her back to my father and me, drinking a cup of coffee that steamed the window. I could see my brother Olaf outside, moving the sheep to another field with the help of Sailor, our dog, dots of white like swirling cotton fluffs bounding over an ocean of green. Such a bucolic scene about to reveal hidden rocks beneath it.

“We are going to walk to New York City, Clara, you and I.”

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Pendulum, Cymbeline, and WR 5

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Tue, 04/12/2011

Host/Producer Dmae Roberts reflects on the theme of  "Beauty" with the second Pushing Boundaries piece, this time featuring Pendulum Aerial Artswith artistic director Suzanne Kenney. Founded in 2000, Pendulum's innovative performances blend dance, drama, and storytelling with a circus flair. We'll also find out about NW Classical Theatre Company's production of Shakespeare's 'Cymbeline' and we'll have another Writers Read, this time a poem by Sandra de Helen with music by Cynthia Stillman Gerdes.

Suzanne Kenney

 

Producer Macon Reed with Dmae Roberts presents a sound collage profile on Pendulum Aerial Arts. Pendulum is both a performance company and a school. The company is made up of a core members, guest artists, and apprentices whose work crosses a variety of styles, from vaudeville to contemporary. .

"Pure Space"

They have several shows in April including hands-on at their Second Annual Community Day and Student Showcase on Sunday April 17. Pendulum presents a full show, "In the Studio",  on Saturday April 22 and 23. It features new works by company members. Both events are at the French American International School. Learn more at the Pendulum website.

Photo: Julia GazdagDavid Burnett, Dave Bodin, Melissa Whitney &Nathan Gale in CYMBELINE /NWCTC

 

Later in the show, Dmae talks with Grant Turner, the executive director of the Northwest Classical Theatre Company about the upcoming performance of Shakespeare's Cymbeline. We'll also find out what happening next season at NWCTC. Cymbeline tells the story of Imogen, the daughter of King Cymbeline. It's a fairy tale complete with an evil stepmother, a kidnapped princess, disguises, and a poisoned vial. Cymbeline runs April 22 - May 15 at the Shoe Box Theater, 2110 SE 10th Ave. For more information, check out the NWCTC website or call 971-244-3740.

Sandra de Helen, Photo: Gabriel Darlin

Finally, writer  Sandra de Helen reads a poem titled "Beautiful" for the fifth installment of Writer's Read. She lives and writes in Portland, Oregon. See her current work in Mom Egg, Stillwater Review,  Lavender Review: Night Issue, and “pay attention: A River of Stones.”

Also featured is music by Portland Pianist and Cynthia Stillman Gerdes from her new CD "Solo and Chamber Music" which debuts in a concert  on April 22ND AT 7:30 PM at the Reedwood Friends Church located at 2901 Steele St. in Portland.

Pushing Boundaries is funded by the Regional Arts and Culture Council.

 

Macon Reed

 

Macon Reed is a graduate of the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies, where she studied radio documentary production. She recently came back to Oregon after traveling throughout the country with her students as a documentary instructor at the Brown Ledge Gap Year Program.

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