Post-omnibus-update omnibus update

It’s a double-decker omnibus! Which means my 2014 has, happily, been busy so far. 

Just today, I have a story in the Oregonian about the IMHO-totally-underrated local band Aan, which finally releases its first proper record next week.

For the Sunday paper, I wrote about another local band, the don’t-call-them-a-Christian-band electronic quartet Kye Kye. Writing this story got me questioning my own preconceived notions about spirituality in music—why is Sufjan Stevens generally not considered a Christian musician?—and I hope the finished product reflects that thoughtfulness (because the band’s new record really is very good). 

Over on the theater desk—all my IKEA desk, really—I previewed, then reviewed Portland Playhouse’s sociologically rich, outstandingly acted production of August Wilson's Jitney for the O. I also penned a Jitney-related piece for the February issue of Portland Monthly about the Portland Equity in the Arts Consortium, a group of local theater organizations (including PDX Playhouse) working to make Portland theater more diverse.

Finally, for Oregon Business’s February issueI profiled Vassar Byrd, the CEO of Milwaukie’s Rose Villa retirement community. She turned out to be a fascinating subject: left brain meets New Age meets Portland progressive, and positioned with an uncommon, valuable perspective in the vanguard of the fast-growing eldercare industry.