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The Art of the Bricks – LEGO bricks, that is.

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OMSI’s new exhibit opened this past weekend, The Art of the Brick by artist Nathan Sawaya. This is said to be the world’s largest display of LEGO art ever and features original pieces from the artist as well as re-imagined versions of some of world’s most famous art masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks.

I went with the mindset that this was a going to be a fun exhibit for my kids (and it was!) not expecting to be equally impressed by his art and story. His reproductions of famous well known paintings and sculptures were entertaining to compare but what I appreciated most was of his original pieces and collaboration with photographer Dean West. In these photographs highly stylized representations of contemporary life are portrayed with pieces of everyday objects, created by Nathan, scattered through them.

At the end of the exhibit there is the obligatory room of LEGOs for the kids to play and build sculptors of their own while as an adult you realize these little bricks are so much more than they seem.

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ASTORIA - Not everything’s about Portland


As an Oregonian transplant from the East coast, my knowledge of Oregon history doesn’t go much further beyond your basic Lewis & Clark required high school history class reading. It was with hesitation I attended the Portland Center Stage’s (aka The Armory) world premiere of ASTORIA, Part 1.

ASTORIA, the play, is an adaptation of the best-selling book by Peter Stark, retelling the harrowing dual journey – one over land, one by sea. I was pleasantly surprised how cohesively they were able retell the two journeys. Even though you obviously know that they will make it to Astoria, the play keeps you on the edge of your seat for the full three hours (yes, 3 hours). The cast of sixteen do a great job with bringing each of the characters to life, that finds you rooting for some and mourning others. Most of all – I learned more than I expected and was left with a rewarding evening out.

Look forward to the conclusion next season with ASTORIA, Part 2.

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