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Bits & Pieces: Lights fest


It’s going to be a pretty cool — and colorful — event, the first of its kind in Portland: The Portland Winter Light Festival, Feb. 3-6 at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., presented by Portland General Electric.

Similar to other festivals around the world, the Portland Winter Light Festival is a celebration of light, winter and art with large-scale, energy-efficient sculptures and installations, along with projections and performances by light artists and designers.

More than 100 years ago, merchants along Portland’s Third Avenue dreamed up the Great Light Way to revitalize their shopping district — a series of 10 illuminated arches at each intersection between Burnside and Yamhill streets. The Portland Winter Light Festival wants to do the same, enhancing civic life.

For more: www.pdxwlf.com.

Educating youth

The Hollywood Theatre Education Programs have hired two artists-in-residence for spring 2016 to work with underserved youth at Open School North — including Beyonce’s guitarist.

Perry Pfister will teach students about neon fabrication during their science class. He’ll present his work to the school, collaborate with students on a custom neon design and implement the construction of the neon sculpture that will be part of the (aforementioned) Portland Winter Light Festival and permanently installed at Open School North.

In February, Bibi McGill, lead guitarist for Beyonce, will do a six-week residency at Open School North, helping students write lyrics, producing music and teaching environmental concepts. Then there’ll be a public concert on March 18.

For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.

Jackson’s back on

Janet Jackson has rescheduled her postponed concerts, and she’ll be performing at the Moda Center on Sunday, July 3. Tickets for the previously scheduled performance will be honored.

Tickets can be purchased at www.rosequarter.com.