Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture

Films, fragments and figurines

Portland Art Museum presents John Frame’s decidedly unconventional exhibition, Three Fragments of a Lost Tale
In a culture that often demands explicit definitions for what qualifies as “art,” open-ended creative expressions of the human experience can be a breath of fresh air.

The trials of Confucius

Chinese biopic of influential ancient scholar to screen at PSU
Kong Qiu was a Chinese scholar and political figure who predated many of the famous philosophers of classical Greece, including those venerated patriarchs of ancient Western wisdom known as Socrates, Plato and Aristotle. One of the transformational figures of ancient China, Kong Qiu’s teachings continue to shape Chinese culture and thought even today. In the West, however, he goes by a different name: Confucius.

Attack on the clones

Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go a darkly beautiful dystopian fable
Mark Romanek’s quasi-sci-fi drama Never Let Me Go straddles a fine line between creepy, dystopian thriller and understated drama—a line that often goes unexplored but is done deftly by the long-time music-video director.

From Mao to now

University of Oregon’s Richard Kraus to discuss Chinese culture and politics at PSU
Is art at its best when fashioned under heavy political and cultural constraints? Richard Kraus, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of Oregon, will address this popular question in his lecture “China’s Arts: From Mao to Now.” He will discuss the tight bond between current Chinese politics and its culture. The event will be held this Monday in the Smith Memorial Student Union.

Apple spice pork chops

Pig out on this tasty entree!
Pork may be known as “the other white meat,” but it might as well be the only one considering how delicious this dish is! The tender, tart apples really bring out the sweet and savory flavor of pork.

Decaying identities

PSU film studies professor and video artist Julie Perini presents ‘Big Film’
Giant strips of decayed film, blotchy with green spots, hang from the ceiling. On the wall, the same film, a General Electric commercial, plays on a loop, flashing eerie projections about the room.

Bringing Debussy and Prokofiev to PSU

Pianist Janet Guggenheim and PSU cellist Hamilton Cheifetz to play a duet on campus
“Music expresses just about every conceivable emotion: joy, sadness, angst, yearning, remembrance—you name it,” world-class pianist Janet Guggenheim said. “Like in life, one also feels the sense of anticipation, tension and resolution. It is a very dynamic situation, in which the performer can actually feel the audience listening.”

Oscars 2012 recap

84th Academy Awards a mixed bag of dull and delightful
I love the Oscars. I love watching rehearsed presenters try to appear spontaneously funny and then fail miserably. I love watching pretty people wear dresses that cost more than the building I live in.

Crime film specialist

Northwest Film Center presents Driven: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn
Violence, gritty and real, will bludgeon the silver screen this month at the Northwest Film Center. From Sunday, March 8, to Saturday, March 17, the center will present Driven: The Films of Nicolas Winding Refn.

Curried tomato lentils

A savory stew for two
Sometimes it’s nice to have a home-cooked meal that can be whipped up with hardly any effort. If you’re too busy studying to spend time in the kitchen, this recipe is easy to throw together and leave to stew. Curried tomato lentils are a fragrant and savory dish that require little supervision.

Junkyard Empire

An interview with politically savvy PSU student and musician Christopher Cox
As political unrest spreads throughout the U.S., most of our country’s musical resources are tied up in trying to forget. A precious few bands, however, remind music consumers why they should be politically aware


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Kjerstin Johnson: The writer next door

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