The Oregon Nikkei Endowment turns 25 years old this year, and the Japanese-American advocacy and educational group will start the celebration with a screening of the documentary "Witness — The Legacy of Heart Mountain," a film about a Japanese internment camp in Wyoming. 7 p.m. March 5 at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Tickets are $8, and $5 for students and seniors.

The hourlong film was made by David Ono, an anchor for ABC-7 Eyewitness News in Los Angeles, a 16-time Emmy Award and three-time Edward R. Murrow Award winner. Jeff MacIntyre, an award-winning producer in Southern California, also played a pivotal part in the making of the film.

The internment camp was located just outside Cody, Wyo., and housed 10,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.

"This is a story of passion, despair, anger and rebirth," Ono says. "A story that should never be forgotten." In the film, striking photos by George and Frank C. Hirahara capture the essence of camp life and family milestones.

An exhibit, "Capturing a Generation through the Eye of a Lens: The Photographs of Frank C. Hirahara, 1948-54," is showing at Oregon Nikkei Legacy Center, 121 N.W. Second Ave., through June 15. It's a sanctioned Rose Festival event.

Ono, MacIntyre and Frank C. Hirahara's daughter, Patti, will do a question-and-answer session after the Hollywood Theatre screening.

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MM Kickstarter

Music Millennium stands as an icon in the Portland music scene. Opened in 1969, it is the oldest record store in the Northwest, and will celebrate its 45th birthday by trying to improve itself.

The store and owner Terry Currier has started a Kickstarter campaign to add a coffee, beer and wine bar, as well as to provide repairs to the roof of the building at 3158 E. Burnside St.

Music Millennium, besides being a record store, has been an avid sponsor of local music events and has put on more than 4,000 free shows at its store.

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Aho's 'Big Break'

Lindsay Aho, a Battle Ground, Wash., native and Concordia University grad, has been selected to be part of The Golf Channel's "The Big Break" golf reality show.

The winner of 22nd season of the show in Florida will receive $175,000 and an opportunity to play on the LPGA tour.

Aho had been working as an assistant coach at Concordia. Rather than apply or try out for "The Big Break," she landed on the show by the recommendation of former contestant Maiya Tanaka. She impressed the show's organizers with a video and with a victory in the Northwest Women's Open.

The show was taped in 14 days in Florida. The first episode was to air Feb. 24.

Ng named

Artist Daniel Ng, who calls Portland home, has been named March 2014 featured artist at the Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in Houston. Ng painted a one-of-a-kind piece, "Delight of the City," inspired by Houston's skyline, Memorial Park and Bayou City Art Festival. The festival, March 28-30, is regarded as one of the top three in the country.

Academy Awards

The Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd, will play host to an Oscars viewing party, starting with red carpet coverage at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, March 2. It's free or $25 for a VIP package that includes one reserved seat, two drink tickets and one "predict the winners" ballot. For info:

RACC annual report

The Regional Arts & Cultural Council has released its 2013 annual report. It's available at

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