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Bits & Pieces: 'Ascending Christ'

Noted Troutdale sculptor Rip Caswell, fresh off putting his concentration into a sculpture of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz, has been commissioned to do the third of three works, “Ascending Christ,” for the Diocese of Wichita (Kan.).

It’ll be placed at the Catholic Ascension Cemetery in Wichita.

The previous two works were of Mary and Joseph and the Crucifixion.

“Ascending Christ” will stand 11 1/2 feet and weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

“This third monument completes the circle,” Caswell says. “We began with Mary standing with Joseph, looking across the cathedral and time to her son on the cross. We then portrayed Christ’s decision and sacrifice with the ‘Crucifixion’ — now we’ll demonstrate the victorious Christ ascending triumphantly into heaven.”

Caswell used the Mount Angel Abbey as his model for the new piece, as he did with the “Crucifixion” sculpture. He and his son recently returned from Italy, where they studied the detail work of Renaissance masters Michelangelo and Bernini, among others.

Caswell’s Nimitz sculpture will be unveiled Sept. 2 at Pearl Harbor.

Vagabond on tour

The eclectic musicians and belly dancers of Vagabond Opera are heading out on tour with 14 dates planned and songs in seven languages in a show titled “The Pocket Watch.”

It’s directed by Annie Rosen and Eric Stern and includes the ensemble — Stern (vocals, accordion), Rosen (vocals, violin), Drew Nelson (acoustic bass), Paul Evans (saxophone, winds), Susan Lucia (drums, percussion) — as well as The Sepiatonic Dancers, Karolina Lux (trumpet, vocals, belly dancing) and Bevin Victoria (cabaret and belly dancing).

The tour wraps up in Portland — Friday, July 5, at Alberta Rose Theatre. For info: www.vagabondopera.com.

New race

Gorge Performance introduces the Rose City SUP Classic, a stand-up paddling race on the Willamette River, around Ross Island, Sunday, June 9.

It’s affiliated with the Rose Festival and starts at Oaks Park Amusement Park. Early registration ends June 5. For info: www.rosecitysup.com.

World Oceans Day

The Oregon Aquarium in Newport — what better pace to celebrate the big day, Saturday, June 8?

The aquarium and marine conservation groups have teamed up for activities, including interactive educational presentations, a fish dissection and scuba-diving presentations.

The day’s theme is “Together we have the power to protect the oceans!”

For info: www.worldoceansday.org and aquarium.org.

Field Guide

The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA) will be starting a dance-specific audience engagement initiative, Field Guide, after receiving a $47,000 grant from Dance USA’s Engaging Dance Audiences Program.

Through conversations, movement exercises, lectures, discussions and group performance, the program will frame dance pieces within a larger conversation about body, culture and identity.

The program’s inaugural season takes place in conjunction with Emily Johnson’s performance of “Niicugni” at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 N.W. 17th Ave. ($30 admission, info: pica.org). It’s led by Keith Hennessy.

It’ll be the first of five Field Guide events in the 2013-14 year, including during the Time-Based Art Festival in September.

Music on Main Street

The eighth annual outdoor concert series, put on by the Portland Center for the Performing Arts and ArtBar & Bistro, features free concerts Wednesday evenings in July and August on Southwest Main Street between Southwest Broadway and Park Avenue.

The schedule of events, all at 5 p.m.: Joey Porter’s Tribute to Stevie Wonder, July 10; The Satin Chaps, July 17; Y La Bamba, July 24; Sassparilla, July 31; The Portland Timbre and Boka Marimba, Aug. 7; Steelhead, Aug. 14; Brownish Black, Aug. 21; Caleb Klauder Country Band, Aug. 28.

For info: pcpa.com/music-main-street.