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Bits & Pieces: Cirque du Soleil

The fantastic circus will be returning to Portland with “Totem,” opening March 27, under the blue-and-yellow big top at the Portland Expo Center. Tickets go on sale Nov. 22 at www.cirquedusoleil.com.

The skinny on “Totem”: It’s an athletic/comedic/emotional/surprising journey into the evolution of mankind, and it won Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience at the 2013 Drama Desk Awards, featuring 46 acrobats, actors, musicians and singers.

New commishes

Alyssa Dawamana Macy of Simnasho, Christopher Acebo of Ashland, and Julie Vigeland of Portland have been appointed to the Oregon Arts Commission by Gov. John Kitzhaber.

Vigeland, the chairwoman, has been reappointed to her position for another term. She has wide-ranging volunteer experience with arts and cultural nonprofits and foundations, she’s a member of the Giving in Oregon Council, and she’s been a member of the board of Portland Center Stage since 1995.

Cupcake warrior

Kris Butler, who owns Plane Pastries Food Cart (planepastries.com), says he will appear on the Saturday, Nov. 23, edition of “Cupcake Wars” on The Food Network. The theme of the cupcake competition is Aquarium of the Pacific — should make for some interesting cupcakes. Butler will compete against three cupcake woman.

Movie time

Upcoming big-screen

releases:

Nov. 22 — “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,”

“Delivery Man,” “Blue is the Warmest Color”

Nov. 27 — “Homefront,” “Frozen,” “Philomena,”

“Nebraska,” “The Book Thief”

Second Seinfeld show

Jerry Seinfeld will appear in Portland at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in January, and a second show has been added — the 7 p.m. show on Jan. 24 is sold out, but a 9:30 p.m. show has been added. For tickets: www.portland5.com or 1-800-273-1530.