Up next on Adventures in Artslandia, our fabulous host Susannah Mars chats with Misty Tompoles, Artslandia’s founder and publisher. Though she typically eschews the spotlight, her loyalty, innovation, and passion for our work have so inspired our team that we’ve convinced her to share her signature brand of optimism and perseverance. She is known for her trademark formula of equal parts work and play, and comic timing that can bring levity into the tensest of moments. We are in such a moment.
In the wake of organization-wide changes at the Arts and Culture Council, Executive Director Madison Cario discusses the new vision and priorities, including a deeper focus on reaching underserved communities. The changes, while dramatic, are in the hope of better service for all in our community, including artists and arts administrators. The conversation includes an open invitation to all Portlanders to meet with Cario any time, by emailing ED@racc.org.
JOHN MAVROUDIS is an artist who has created heart-stoppingly brilliant award-winning covers for TIME magazine, The New Yorker, and more. Also, Susannah went to high school with him! If you went to Granada Hills High School or love art, this is a must-listen!
There is so much adventuring this week! First I talk to Amanda Bullock from The Portland Book Festival. Their big day is on November 9th, and you will not want to miss it, there is fun for everyone. Then I chat with Chip Miller who directs the world premiere of Redwood by Brittany K. Allen at Portland Center Stage at The Armory; a play about ancestry.com gone wrong, with dancing, DNA and dark truths.
All Aboard The Mystery Ship! Portland Spirit’s Masquerade Party with Heartbeat Silent Disco will be a floating dance party like no other. Listen here and find out where else to dance in Portland as the unparalleled DJ Jo TAKIMBA shines a light on music as a DJ and host of KBOO’s The Melting Pot.
Dayna McErlean is a founding member of Portland’s restaurant metropolis. She's innovated DOC, Nonna Tavern and Yakuza. McErlean has created inviting and delicious spaces that make guests feel as though they are being transported.
Don't miss this chat with Oregon's own head of The Dept. of Food and Shelter!
For your listening pleasure, Susannah's conversation with the newly announced cover artist for Artslandia's soon-to-be-released, much anticipated [ital]Annual Issue[ital]. Brilliant painter (and thinker) Thérèse Murdza's artistic path began with toddlerhood accordion lessons from her dad, followed by a deep dive into theater.
Were you a part of the Willamette Writers Conference this last week?
If yes, you'll love this interview with Executive Director Kate Ristau and President Gail Pasternack.
If you don't know about Willamette Writers, you'll want to! From online Book Clubs to developing the craft of writing, Willamette Writers has so much to offer.
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Pickathon. What is it? It's a mind blowing three-day music festival that takes place every August at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, near Portland. Phil Lesh, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lucius, Yob, and Our Girl, to name a few, in state of the art venues. Plus, the festival has the best food in town, and promotes an ecologically aware, sustainable ethos. Don't miss it. Family friendly!
Photo: Kjerstin Johnson