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Artslandia Happy Hours and Adventures in Artslandia podcasts provide indisputable proof that artistry retains the power to unite, inspire, and comfort despite the distance we must keep. Let’s have a round of applause for the human spirit! Support Artslandia here.

Up next on Adventures in Artslandia, our fearless host Susannah Mars and friends chat with novelist Omar El Akkad about the writing of his short story Government Slots before the gang (Duffy Epstein, Barbie Wu, Kisha Jarrett, Merideth Kaye Clark, and Susannah) reads the story. You can read along here. El Akkad’s work has appeared in The Guardian and Le Monde among many other esteemed publications. His upcoming novel will hit the shelves in spring 2021.

 

 

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Up next on Adventures in Artslandia, with too much time on her hands and in need of a lift, our fearless host Susannah Mars drops two interviews this week! She chats with Will Eno and Larissa FastHorse  two wonder playwrights, one East Coast and one West, both of whom have produced in Portland. Then, author Kate Ristau and 2009 Librarian of the Year Erin Fitzpatrick Bjorn gather virtually to celebrate the release of Ristau’s new book, “Shadow Queen.” It’s a socially distanced yet audibly intimate party.

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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.

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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.

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Shall we question authority in 2020? What is the case for The Earl of Oxford to have written about the works of Shakespeare? Dive in with Dr. Earl Showerman in 2020's first Adventure in Artslandia!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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