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

Meet Susan Moore, Literary Arts Director of Programs for Writers, and Cheryl Strayed, best-selling author. Strayed will be hosting Literary Arts' 2019 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony on April 22. Her Tiny Beautiful Things is onstage through March 31 at Portland Center Stage at The Armory.

Susannah gathers Lawrence Howard and Lynne Duddy, founders of Portland Story Theater––the premier storytelling organization in the Pacific Northwest––with storyteller Warren McPherson to explore the art of storytelling and its role in community building. Check it out, and then catch McPherson's upcoming show at the Fertile Ground Festival! Catch _You Were Supposed To Be This Great Thing_, February 2, 2019, at The Old Church Concert Hall and visit pdxstorytheater.org for Portland Story Theater's current offerings.

Dive into Portland history at The Pittock Mansion with Jennifer Gritt, who talks about all things Pittock; what a fascinating family. The mansion was built using local and regional materials, Pittocks ideas were state of the art. The mansion is open to visitors. Don't miss it!

What a joy to dive into art making with Samantha Wall. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and now living in Portland, Samantha is represented at Russo Lee Gallery, and is courageously and beautifully expressing her life in her drawings. Don't miss this interview!

Today Susannah chats with acting professor Connie's de Veer. Her new book (co written with Jan Elfline) is Actor For Life. Sean Hayes from Will and Grace says: "Connie's ability to connect with actors on an artistic and personal level that gave me all the tools I needed to succeed in this business."

Winery Director Christine Clair, and Winemaker Joe Ibrahim talk about Willamette Valley Vineyard's wine story, and help me hone my skills in wine tasting! (including tasting some wine!)

Paul Larocque, President and CEO of Arts Umbrella in Vancouver B.C, and don't miss contributing to arts education at SPLASH, coming up on October 13!

So you're a person of color thinking about moving to Portland? I met Aric in LA, and he wanted to know what it's like to be a POC in Portland. I introduced him to artist and Artists Rep marketing guru, Kisha Jarrett to find out.

Cory Philley's passion for theatre conversations, and the work, is palpable as she talks about her full life as an individual artist, the Theatre and Facility Services Coordinator at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts is Burnaby, BC, and the Artistic Director for their live performance season.

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