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Bits & Pieces: Hip-hop's influence

Hip-hop culture and Warner Pacific College pairing up? It’s going to happen.

The Christian college explores the hip-hop culture with guest scholars in a three-part lecture series, “It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop: Community, Education and Spirituality.”

The second annual Diversity Lecture Series schedule: 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, “Hip-Hop’s Influence on Society”; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, Dr. Christopher Edmin, “Hip-Hop’s Influence on Education”; 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, Rahiel Tesfamariam, “Hip-Hop’s Influence on Spirituality.”

The free, public lectures will be held at the McGuire Auditorium on the college’s Mount Tabor campus, 2219 S.E. 68th Ave. For info, see warnerpacific.edu.

Deen comic

Infamous celebrity chef Paula Deen is the subject of Bluewater Productions’ new line of “Female Force” comic books. Even with the firestorm of publicity about Deen’s racial remarks, the Vancouver, Wash., company hasn’t changed plans to publish its “Female Force” title featuring her.

Publicists says the book, written by Michael Troy with art by Manuel Diaz, aims to frame her story as an entrepreneur who transformed a home-based catering service into a culinary empire. The latest controversy has been added to the final draft, but the majority of the comic book focuses on her success story.

The comic is downloadable where eBooks are sold. For info: bluewaterprod.com.

Here comes Legos!

Boys and girls, bug your parents. Lego KidsFest comes to Portland, Oct. 11 to 13 at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For info: legoskidsfest.com.

‘Fiddler’ extended

Portland Center Stage has announced that its production “Fiddler on the Roof” has been extended through Nov. 3. It’s one of the fastest-selling shows in PCS history. Check pcs.org for additional show info.

— Jason Vondersmith