Peyton, right, leads the percussion ensemble in preparation for Thursday’s performance.

Drumroll, please

Jeffrey Peyton to direct PSU Percussion Ensemble Thursday
Who says you need an entire band to put on a good concert? Jeffrey Peyton, director of percussion studies at Portland State, will conduct the PSU Percussion Ensemble Thursday, April 12, in Lincoln Hall as part of the university’s 2011–12 Performance Attendance Recital Series.
Three-stringed serenade: The shamisen is only one of many instruments Abeya will play in Thursday’s performance.

Abeya brings Tsugaru shamisen to PSU

Enjoy a musical extravaganza showcasing Japanese culture and celebrating the US Cherry Blossom Centennial
The Tsugaru shamisen band Abeya will enliven the Portland State campus with a flood of intricate and exciting Japanese music this Thursday in the Lincoln Recital Hall. Abeya will perform on shamisen instruments accompanied by flutes, drums, singing and dancing.
BADBADNOTGOOD jazzes it up before a live audiencae.

Jazz electronically exhumed

Don’t let BADBADNOTGOOD’s name fool you: Album BBNG2 is quite goodgoodnotbad
We live in an age when haircuts and money supersede musical talent. Our country’s youth are enthralled by flashy imagery and the misguided conviction that the coolest people make the coolest music. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the hype-machine these days. How delightful is it, then, when a group of nascent jazz musicians burst onto the scene with incredible force and originality.
Sam Guerrero studies a piñata in his studio.

Aggression masking intimacy

PSU grad student Sam Guerrero examines male interactions in his on-campus exhibition Stop Crying
Sam Guerrero takes guy-time very seriously. An artist and teacher, Guerrero is completing his Master of Fine Arts in studio practice at Portland State with his upcoming exhibition, Stop Crying.
Muffin mania: You won’t believe how tasty these muffins are.

Sweet crumb muffins

This treat will make you go bananas!
Homemade baked goods always kick store-bought boxed mixes out of the park. Quick and easy to make, these muffins are a great use for bananas that have become a tad too ripe to eat on their own. The crumb topping adds an extra crispy crunch that really makes these muffins sing.
Sight reading: The Belden Piano Quartet rehearses for tomorrow’s performance.

France: A musical portrait

Los Angeles-based Belden Piano Quartet to perform in Lincoln Recital Hall
The Portland State Department of Music is focusing on French music this year, and the Los Angeles-based Belden Piano Quartet is taking full advantage during its upcoming visit to Portland.
Horia Boboia loses himself in his studio.

LOST with a trace

Four local artists find art in lost images at Littman, White Galleries
It’s much easier to find something that is lost if you aren’t looking for anything in particular. Four local artists will explore the significance of the word “lost” in today’s society in an art exhibition appropriately titled LOST at the Portland State Littman and White Galleries. The show will take place Thursday, April 5, through Friday, April 27.
Bedevilled Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg share a post-coital moment in Eden.

The church of bad taste

Lars Von Trier’s controversial 2009 film Antichrist was written while the director was under the influence of what he called a “deep depression,” and it shows. The film has been called misogynistic by various reviewers, “a load of balls” (Willamette Week) and “dumb” (The New York Times). It has also been hailed as a challenging, philosophically insightful piece of cinema, among the best of the Danish provocateur’s offerings.
Will Bruno contemplates his creations in the AB Lobby.

The process and product of self-expression

MFA graduate student Will Bruno showcases artwork in AB Lobby and MK Gallery
Will Bruno, a Master’s of Fine Arts candidate, remarked that the AB Lobby Gallery in the Art Building has been transformed into “a place where art production happens.”
Josh Kun is a regular Renaissance man.

Mariachis and globalization

Visiting scholar Josh Kun to lecture at PSU on role of popular music in shaping Tijuana’s culture, economy
Dr. Josh Kun—professor, editor, cultural scholar, nonprofit co-founder, exhibition curator and Latin music TV and radio host—knows his way around popular music from many cultures and its international influence.

What’s wrong with this picture?

Film critic Warren Etheredge to shatter egos, incite laughter, teach filmmaking through criticism
Warren Etheredge is a prolific media critic, writer, director, teacher and interviewer. He’s hosted the Seattle International Film Festival and curated the 1 Reel Film Festival at Bumbershoot. “The High Bar” is Etheredge’s gin-fueled, humorous interview show in which he’s hosted the likes of Moon director Duncan Jones and actress Jodie Foster. The show airs on Tacoma public television.

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