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COURTESY: KATE ROTHKO PRIZEL AND CHRISTOPHER ROTHKO - The famed late painter Mark Rothko is the subject of a new Oregon Art Beat program, 'Rothko: Life Beyond the Abstract.'Rothko doc

Abstract painter Mark Rothko, who had strong roots in Oregon, is the subject of a new Oregon Public Broadcasting "Oregon Art Beat" special, "Rothko: Life Beyond the Abstract," which details his impact on the art world.

It's available at and will air on OPB TV at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 3.

Rothko's famous painting was "Orange, Red, Yellow," which sold for $86 million at a 2012 Christie's auction.

His paintings featured floating, hazy rectangles on a luminous background and are noted for evoking powerful emotional reactions in viewers.

The documentary follows Rothko's life, with interviews with son Christopher, art historian Bruce Guenther, relatives Dorothy Reiter and Joy Rabin, and more. Born in Latvia, Rothko emigrated from Russia to Portland in 1913 at age 10 and sold newspapers as a kid.

Rothko graduated from Lincoln High School and attended Yale University before establishing himself in New York City among peers Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning. He died in 1970.

There'll also be a screening of the program at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave.

Deaf arts

Hip-hop artist Sean Forbes and a variety of musicians, dancers and poets are part of the first Northwest Deaf Arts Festival, an inclusive and innovative experience for deaf and hearing concert-goers that takes place June 16 at Mississippi Studios.

It'll bring together top national deaf artists. Forbes complements his lyrics with American Sign Language. He's created a series of popular music videos with deaf actress Marlee Matlin and percussionist Evelyn Glennie.

From a news release: Performances are backed by the latest sound visualization and open captioning technologies. By leveraging the science of cymatics and sensory substitution, smart-light displays and tactile technology create an immersive and unique experience that make sound visible and felt.

It's put on by CymaSpace, a Portland nonprofit arts and technology incubator, founded by deaf artist/designer Myles de Bastion.

Also participating are Antoine Hunter of the Urban Jazz Dance Company and renowned deaf poet Raymond Luczak.

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Laika's fifth

Hugh Jackman, Zoe Saldana and Zach Galifianakis are set to star in the fifth film by Laika, the Hillsboro animation studio. It'll be a globetrotting comedy adventure with messages of acceptance and finding one's place — yet unnamed — and put out by Annapurna Pictures. It'll be directed by Chris Butler ("ParaNorman"); production already has started.

"Our next film represents an evolutionary shift for Laika," says Travis Knight, Laika president and CEO. "It's an exciting bridge to our future. (Butler) and the wizards at Laika have crafted a moving work of art, layered with wit and imagination and soul. Plus, it's really, really funny."

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