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Bits & Pieces: Rushdie coming

Literary Arts has announced its 2013-14 arts and lectures season. The lineup: Salman Rushdie, Oct. 8; Ann Patchett, Nov. 20; Lawrence Wright, Jan. 14, 2014; Chris Ware (in conversation with Chip Kidd), Feb. 18, 2014; Julia Alvarez, April 3, 2014. Full subscriptions and info are available at www.literary-arts.org or by calling 503-227-2583.

Portland in Cincinnati

The 10th annual Cincinnati Fringe Festival, which runs from May 28 to June 8, will feature 36 productions, including “Loon” by Wonderheads from Portland.

The festival is produced by Know Theatre of Cincinnati, and it’s geared toward artists who are “willing to take a risk,” pushing the boundaries of the norm and continually experimenting with style and content.

The creators of “Loon” have been to the festival before. The production is a love story, in which a man is whisked to the moon and back, and features Wonderheads’ life masks, fantastical puppetry, and style described as “live-action Pixar.” It won the 2012 Edmonton Critics Choice Award and Best of Fest Edmonton and Vancouver 2012.

For info: www.cincyfringe.com.

Slabtown book

Tracy J. Prince, author of a 2011 book on Goose Hollow, has co-authored — along with Mike Ryerson and Norm Gholston — a similar book on the Slabtown neighborhood.

Prince says the book delves into Slabtown history, revealing details on its large Johnson Creek Gulch, nearly a century of Native Americans in Portland, and Chinese vegetable gardens. She says the authors have accumulated many photos, including some of the piles of slabwood, which gave the area its name. Another photo shows Olympian Jesse Owens, owner of the Portland Roses in the West Coast Negro Baseball Association, and there are images of Slabtown women who worked in the war industry during World War II.

There’ll be a slideshow presentation at 7:30 p.m. July 10 at Powell’s City of Books.

Band camp

A heads-up for parents: The Joy Now Arts Project will host its annual summer camp for youth ages 12 through 18 in June, with members of the MarchFourth Marching Band. Registrations are being taken. Details: June 23-28, St. David of Wales Church, 2800 S.E. Harrison St., www.joynowproject.org/summer-camp, $425.