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Connecting

Our 'Opinionated Judge' takes on the Oregon Shakespeare festival play 'Water By the Spoon' examining the sometimes messy and beautiful ...

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Black Girl in Suburbia

“Black Girl in Suburbia” is a documentary exploring the tales of women of African descent, some still in school, some ...

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Activate Summer!

Summer is upon us Portland! How do we keep the young people engaged? The Portland Observer found some great opportunities ...

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Please, No Labels

"Etheral" hip hop duo 7hirdwav3 explores the bounds of music, society, and the 'norms' with their debut EP 'Thirdwave'.

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Finding Vivian Maier

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega critiques the film "Finding Vivian Maier''--that probes mysteries about the human experience with a vigorous ...

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Keyboardist Janice Scroggins Remembered

2013 Oregon Music Hall of Fame Inductee, Janice Scroggins passed away May 27; the Grammy nominee was a prominent musician ...

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Ballerina Aspirations

It is not everyday that a 5th grader has the opportunity to dance in front of 400 plus people, a ...

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Beyond an Ugly Past

A long time Portland woman has written an inspirational and dramatic story about how she escaped poverty and life-and-death challenges ...

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Lincoln’s Legacy at History Museum

Following on the heels of its successful "Windows on America" exhibit, which featured some of the nation's most treasured historical ...

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‘Whitelandia’ Film on Oregon Racism Needs Support

A full length documentary exploring the long history of racism and discrimination against black people in Oregon has launched a ...

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Born For This

Talilo's debut album "Born for This" is highlighted by a style of rap he refers to as "chopping" and frequent ...

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Lorraine Hansberry’s Wisdom

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reviews Oregon Shakespeare Festival's production of the late Lorraine Hansberry play "The Sign in Sidney ...

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Rose City Women Tell Their Own Stories

Women of color in the city are telling their own stories using a popular self-publishing artform called zines.

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Navigating character, tradition and fate

Our 'Opinionated Judge' Darleen Ortega reviews "In Bloom", a film that sees teenage friends dealing with the world on their ...

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“16 Bars” Going WorldWide

Rapper/songwriters has amassed a huge following of fans across the states and the world at large following the release of ...