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Bits & Pieces: Tempest returns

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND PARKS & REC - Portland Parks & Recreations Dive-In Movies series, which opened Wednesday at Montavilla Pool, continues for the next four nights. The Lorax will be shown on big screens at poolside at 8 p.m. each night at Creston Pool (Aug. 22), Wilson Pool (Aug. 23), Sellwood Pool (Aug. 24) and Grant Pool (Aug. 25). Its $5 for adults, $3 for children ($4 at Wilson). Pools are heated. Burlesque legend Tempest Storm was all the rage back in the day — she performed at the Star Theater in 1953. She left the Star to work at husband John Becker’s Capital Theater. The new owner of the Star brought in Becker’s ex-wife, rival burlesque star Arabelle Andre, as “John’s Other Wife.” This sparked a “burlesque war” that was featured in the Nov. 30, 1953, issue of Life magazine. Sixty years later, Storm returns, leading a show of more than 25 burlesque, cabaret and circus performers.

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Star Theater, 13 N.W. Sixth Ave., www.startheaterportland.com, $20 general admission, $35-$50 VIP.

OBT highlights

Oregon Ballet Theatre has finalized its artistic team, hiring Jeffrey Stanton as ballet master. He joins Lisa Kipp, rehearsal director, and Kevin Irving, artistic director.

Stanton was the principal dancer with Pacific Northwest Ballet (1994-2001) and also works at the PNB School.

Meanwhile, Irving has announced OBT’s 2013-14 season lineup. It includes a first-ever production of a Nacho Duato ballet (“Por Vos Muero,” Oct. 12-19), a show that includes dynamic American choreographer Helen Pickett, the final appearances by principal dancer Alison Roper after 18 years with the company, and principal dancer Artur Sultanov, who is coming out of retirement to perform with Roper in “Bolero” in February.

Irving has staged “Por Vos Muero” at other companies. Duato, highly sought-after, serves as artistic director for companies in St. Petersburg, Russia, and Berlin. Work begins when OBT stages “OBT Exposed,” Aug. 26 through 29 at Director Park (see www.obt.org for info).

Pickett serves as choreographer in residence at Atlanta Ballet. Her “Petal” will be part of OBT’s April performances, as will Duato’s “Cor Perdut.”

Bigfoot!

If you’re into a road trip and Bigfoot, the sixth annual Bigfoot Bash and Bounty in Skamania County, Wash., might be for you.

It starts with a pancake breakfast at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at Home Valley Park, just off Washington State Route 14, after which “bounty hunters” head off in search of the massive beast. Life-size plywood silhouettes of Bigfoot will be strategically placed in Carson and Home Valley, and participants earn prize money for finding them.

A carnival, beer garden, expert stories and live music are part of the day.

Skamania County takes its Bigfoot mystique seriously. There are actually two ordinances in place regarding Bigfoot.

For info: www.bigfootbashandbounty.com.

Make way!

The Hood to Coast Relay, 1,050 teams and 12,600 runners strong, cuts through Portland on Friday, Aug. 23, extending to Seaside on Saturday, Aug. 24 on its 198-mile trek. Watch for runners! Also, the “Hood to Coast Movie” is on sale (see www.hoodtocoast.com).

Big exhibit

The Oregon History Museum, in partnership with Oregon Nikkei Endowment, will be host to a significant exhibit in the next month, hosting the Congressional Gold Medal, awarded in 2011 to Japanese-American Nisei veterans who served our country in World War II — of the 100th Infantry Battalion, 442nd Regimental Combat Team and the Military Intelligence Service (MIS), 

It’s a Smithsonian exhibit, open Aug. 24 and going through Sept. 29 at the museum, 1200 S.W. Park Ave. (ohs.org). Also, the museum will feature another exhibit, “What If Heroes Were Not Welcome Home?” It tells the story of the Nisei soldiers from Hood River who were not treated with respect when they returned to Oregon.

Eric K. Shinseki, U.S. Secretary of Veteran Affairs, plans to attend the opening luncheon Saturday (see www.oregonnikkei.org for info).

Writer uniter

Write Around Portland plans its 42nd book release and public reading, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, at First United Methodist Church, 1838 S.W. Jefferson St. Admission is free, but donations are accepted.

Write Around Portland runs community-building writing workshops in hospitals, schools, homeless youth shelters, senior centers, low-income housing, prisons, treatment facilities and social service agencies.

The group’s latest book is “Concrete/Concreto.” For info: www.writearound.org.

Live Wire! Radio host

The radio variety show Live Wire!, which opens its 10th season in September, has hired Luke Burbank as its full-time host.

Burbank filled in during last season and has a substantial background with NPR. He’s a panelist and fill-in host of “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me” and has appeared on “All Things Considered,” “Morning Edition” and “This American Life.”

Burbank’s first show will be Sept. 7 at the Alberta Rose Theatre.

Save 99W Drive-In

A campaign to help the drive-in theater in Newberg has begun — the theater needs to raise money to convert to digital projection, or else owners could close it. Honda is spearheading a national campaign, “Project Drive-In,” and will fund the digital conversion for the five drive-ins that get the most votes.

For info and to vote for 99W: www.projectdrivein.com.

Oregon’s Toastmaster

Portland has the reigning champion in the World Championship of Public Speaking — Ryan Avery.

This year, during the International Toastmasters Convention in Cincinnati (Aug. 21 to 24), Ronda Holdridge of St. Helens hopes to duplicate Avery’s accomplishment as the District 7 representative in the contest, against 87 other speakers.

Avery, a director of marketing for Special Olympics Oregon, became the youngest champion ever last year, at age 25.

McMenamins special

If you like McMenamins, the distinctively Oregon series of watering holes, check out “Growler Mondays.” You can buy a growler jug and get a fill-up of beer on Mondays for only $7. McMenamins locations offer different beers all summer. See www.mcmenamins.com/BeerToGo for info.