Blind Pilot
From left: Ian Krist, Ryan Dobrowski, Kati Claborn, Israel Nebeker, Dave Jorgensen, Luke Ydstie

In the April issue of Portland Monthly, culturephiles will:

Get the story behind indie folk band Blind Pilot's collaboration with the Oregon Symphony and watch the band's appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.

◊ Learn how Portland Center Stage designer Michael Olich ages the Clybourne Park stage fifty years in fifteen minutes.

◊ Peer inside a brave new world of video games with The Fullbright Company’s ambitious debut release Gone Home, set in a fictional Oregon town.

◊ Discover how the Kingsmen accidentally created "Louie Louie", Portland's greatest classic rock hit, in less than two takes.

Fill a calendar with the best events around Portland this month, from a Steampunk craft workshop to a one-man show of "the good Star Wars" (a.k.a. George Lucas’s first three films in the series). 

Meet Artists Rep's new artistic director Dámaso Rodriguez, and check out his plans for Portland's longest-running theater company (including his first production, Ten Chimneys).

◊ And read our reviews of Monica Drake's The Stud Book and The Thermals' Desperate Ground.

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