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Bits & Pieces: Calling filmmakers

by: COURTESY OF DAVID COOPER - A heads up: The sixth annual Risk/Reward Festival is coming up, June 21-23 at Artists Repertory Theatre, featuring the likes of dancers Josh Martin and 605 Collective. For info: risk-reward.org.The Northwest Film Center invites regional filmmakers to submit their recent work for consideration in the 40th Northwest Filmmakers’ Festival, Nov. 8-17.

Entries are judged by a prominent filmmaker, curator or critic, and 35 to 40 shorts are screened during the festival; 10 to 15 are selected for the “Best of the Northwest” tour program.

Film must have been made since Aug. 1, 2011. Entries must be postmarked by Monday, Aug. 1. For information, go to www.nwfilm.org.

Fashion and style

Nominations are being accepted for the Portland Fashion and Style Awards, presented by NW College on Oct. 26 at the Ainsworth Event Center (The Scottish Rite).

To nominate in the many awards and info: www.pfsa2013.com.

Vagabond on tour

The eclectic musicians and belly dancers of Vagabond Opera are going on tour, with 14 dates planned and songs in seven languages in the show, “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, of all places, Portland — Friday, July 5 at Alberta Rose Theatre. For info: www.vagabondopera.com.

Portlander awarded

Jeannette Pai-Espinosa, president of The National Crittenton Foundation in Portland, has been honored with The Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps’ “Embracing the Legacy” Award for her contributions in the past 30 years toward making the world a better place for girls, young women and their families. She was feted this week in Boston.

She was nominated by her peers and former Crittenton program participant Lisette Orellana. The National Crittenton Foundation is celebrating 130 years of service; Pai-Espinosa has been the president of the foundation for seven years.

For info: www.rfkchildren.org.

Free movies, concerts

Portland Parks & Recreation’s “Summer Free for All,” a collection of outdoor concerts, movies, playground programs and more, has returned. Highlights are the 46 nights of free “Movies in the Park” and 46 free “Concerts in the Park.”

For a complete listing of events, go to www.PortlandOregon.gov/parks/freesummer.

In addition, PP&R’s outdoor recreation pools will be opening June 18. Lessons are available for all ages and ability levels; most of them include 10 sessions for $52.50. Check the PP&R website or call 503-823-5130 for info.

Movie time

Upcoming big screen releases:

June 14 — “Man of Steel”; “Before Midnight”

June 21 — “World War Z”; “Monsters University”; “Fill The Void”; “Dirty Wars”; “The Bling Ring”

June 28 — “The Heat”; “The Lone Ranger”

July 5 — “Byzantium”

July 12 — “Pacific Rim”

July 17 — “Turbo”

July 19 — “The Conjuring”; “Red 2”

July 26 — “The Wolverine”; “The To Do List”