THE DARK SUBTEXT in Holly Andres’ photos of everyday scenes is getting noticed by the art world. Andres MFA ’04 is one of six art alumni invited to exhibit their work in the MK Gallery on campus during October and November. With gallery showings around the country, Andres, like the other art alumni, has found success outside the classroom. See their work in the MK Gallery, second floor of the PSU Art Building, 2000 SW 5th Ave., weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A reception for the artists is planned for October 13 during PSU Weekend.
Writing’s unintended consequences
“WHAT HAPPENS WHEN what you’re writing about isn’t what you want to be writing about, but it keeps forcing itself in?” asks new author and PSU Professor Leni Zumas of her students. It’s a dilemma she faced while writing her first novel, The Listeners (Tin House Books, May 2012). Zumas, a former post-punk band drummer, didn’t set out to write a book about music, but music kept finding its way in. Rather than fight the impulse, she used a rock band as a metaphor for family and loss in the book. Zumas teaches in the MFA Creative Writing Program.
The truth behind the hits
THE MONKEES, the Byrds, and even the Beach Boys had a secret that few knew. The real musical power behind their Top 40 hits during the 1960s and early ’70s were their little known, but miracle-working studio musicians, loosely known as the Wrecking Crew. Kent Hartman ’83, former music promoter and PSU marketing instructor, reveals all in The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock And Roll’s Best-Kept Secret, St. Martin’s Press, 2012. Hear the story directly from Hartman during PSU Weekend.
Mixing it up
LOUD GUITARS, booming drums and the clear voice of a single violin. It seems like one of these things doesn’t belong, but violinist Aaron Meyer MEd ’00, manages to merge contemporary progressive rock and classical music into innovative and exciting compositions and performances. Meyer plays around the world, but when he’s home in Portland he teaches children in music education programs. He will give his 12th annual holiday concert in Portland on December 21 and 22.
By Peggy Bird ’76, Crimson Romance, 2012
ESSENTIAL SELF-CARE FOR CAREGIVERS AND HELPERS
By Howard Brockman MSW ’90, Columbia Press LLC, 2012
THE MURDER OF THE CENTURY
By Paul Collins (English faculty), Broadway publishing, 2012
SODOM, GOMORRAH & JONES
By Charles Deemer (English adjunct faculty), Round Bend Press, 2012
By Ruth Tenzer Feldman, PSU’s Ooligan Press, 2012
RESTAURANTS OF PORTLAND, OREGON ALBUM CIRCA 1957-1967
By Joseph Gonzales ’91, e-book, 2011
PORTLAND’S PEARL DISTRICT
By Christopher Gorsek PhD ’04, Arcadia Publishing, 2012
LIVE IN GREECE
CD by Cappella Romana choir, Alexander Lingas ’86 conducts, 2012
MAKE TOONS THAT SELL WITHOUT SELLING OUT
By Bill Plympton ’69, Focal Press, 2012
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