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Bits & Pieces: Featheringill memorial

A celebration of life will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., for Jack Featheringill, professor emeritus at Portland State University who died July 3.

Featheringill enjoyed a 15-year run on Broadway under the name Jack Leigh, dancing with Ethel Merman and Judy Garland and being choreographed by George Balanchine. He also worked with the likes of Jerome Robbins and Hal Prince.

After working at his alma mater Indiana University, Featheringill joined the PSU staff in 1970 and remained in the theater arts department for three decades. After retirement, he served as an ombudsman for elder care and a counselor for a substance abuse hot line. He received the Drammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

Providence Bridge Pedal

All aboard your bikes for the 18th annual event, as cyclists journey on routes of 13 of 36 miles through the city, including up to 10 Willamette River bridges. The details: Starting 6 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, throughout Portland (ending Southwest Naito Parkway), www.providencebridgepedal.org. Participants, limited this year to 18,500, get free entry to The Bite of Oregon. An expo precedes the big event, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 at Jeld-Wen Field.

Calling all redheads

Between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Aug. 17, redheads will gather at Pioneer Courthouse Square, where they will attempt to break the Guinness Book of World Records mark for the largest gathering of natural redheads (see www.redheadevent.org for info). The record is more than 1,200 at Breda, Netherlands. The Redhead Event, a spinoff from a documentary movie project by filmmaker Alexia Anastasio, is also a fundraiser for the Skin Cancer Foundation.

Anastasio is finishing up her project, “Ginger Girls: The Secret Lives of Redheads,” which details females’ life as a redhead, following eight powerful women.

Award winners Kudos to the following:

• Susan Kirtley, Portland State University professor, has won the “Best Educational/Academic Work” award at the Comic-Con Will Eisner comic industry awards for her book “Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass.” A Medford native, Kirtley already is working on her next book, about female-created comic strips.

• Local art project “Dekumstruction” has been named to the Public Art Network of the Americans for the Arts’ 2012 Year in Review, which highlights the 50 most outstanding public art projects in the country. “Dekumstruction” is a sculptural artwork — halved oil barrel planters, stenciled with the names of depleted oil fields and painted with an iridescent sheen alluding to the culture of big oil — integrated with a custom bike rack designed by Buster Simpson and Peg Butler, at Northeast Dekum Street and Durham Avenue, adjacent to Breakside Brewery.

Movie time: Upcoming big-screen releases:

Aug. 7 — “Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters”; “We’re The Millers”

Aug. 9 — “Planes”; “Lovelace”

Aug. 16 — “Jobs”; “The Butler”; “Blue Jasmine”

Aug. 21 — “The Mortal Instruments”

Aug. 23 — “You’re Next”; “Grandmaster”; “The Spectacular Now”

Aug. 30 — “Satanic”; “Getaway”

Sept. 6 — “Spark: A Burning Man Story”