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We’re not past Halloween or Thanksgiving, yet it’s time for some Christmas news.


The popular Peacock Lane holiday lights display in Southeast Portland will be more strictly organized this year. The Portland Police Bureau has decided to take a more active role in managing vehicle access to Peacock Lane and surrounding streets in the name of safety and less congestion. Peacock Lane residents will provide updates on weather and traffic via Twitter (@PDXPeacockLn) and Facebook.

Peacock Lane will be open from 6 to 11 p.m. Dec. 15 through Dec. 31.

Honoring icons

Portland’s Bluewater Productions has released a new graphic novel, “Orbit: The Digital Empire,” about the lives of digital icons Bill Gates (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple), Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), and Jack Dorsey (Twitter).

“Some of the most interesting stories don’t come from Hollywood, but from the business world,” Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis says. Bluewater also has released a comic book of the life of Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook chief operating officer, “Female Force: Sheryl Sandberg.”

The books are available for download from iTunes and other sources and in print at www.comicfleamarket.com.

For info: www.bluewaterprod.com.

Seeking money

The Interactive Museum of Gaming and Puzzlery (IMOGAP), a board games museum located in Beaverton, has started its annual crowdfunding campaign via IndieGoGo to raise between $20,000 and $35,000 for operating funds.

IMOGAP features 2,500 games and gaming culture and history exhibits and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8231 S.W. Cirrus Drive in Beaverton. For info: www.imogap.org.

‘Cuff Me!’

“The Fifty Shades of Grey Musical Parody,” unauthorized and performed by the improv group The Pushers from Virginia, will come to Portland in February. It spoofs the “Fifty Shades of Grey” book, while parodying such songs as Britney Spears’ “Hit Me One More Time,” Madonna’s “Like A Virgin” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

It’ll be onstage Feb. 10 through 14 at the Winningstad Theatre. For info: www.portland5.com.

Photo Credit: COURTESY OF JEOPARDY - Portlands Ali Palmer won big on Jeopardy! on Oct. 22, but fell short the next day.

Palmer wins on Jeopardy

Ali Palmer, a Portland analyst, emerged the victor on “Jeopardy!” last Wednesday, Oct. 22 ($16,300), but she lost on Oct. 23 (second place, $2,000).

Pingpong venue

There’s a fairly new pingpong club in Northeast Portland, Ambridge Table Tennis Club, and it’ll have an exhibition night and tournament 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1.

It was started by Jeff Mason, U.S. national coach. “The Ping Pong Man” Scott Preiss will do trick shots and stunts at the opening. His exhibition will be followed by a point-adjusted tournament open to all ages and playing levels.

The club plays at the Ambridge Event Center, 1333 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Entrance is $5. For info: www.jeffmasontabletennis.net.

Movin’ on

In a move to improve its financial health, Oregon Ballet Theatre has signed a sales agreement with Mill Creek Residential Trust to sell its studio building at Southeast Sixth Avenue and Morrison Street. Mill Creek will build residential housing with parking at the site.

“Mill Creek’s proposal allows us the opportunity to eliminate our debt, better capitalize the organization and, with strong new leadership in place, pursue a home that will be important to the next phase of our development,” says Ken Hicks, OBT board chairman.

Led by Kevin Irving, artistic director, and Dennis Buehler, executive director, OBT wants to find a suitable new studio by fall 2015.

Voodoo happenings

Voodoo Doughnut Recordings has backed out of its plan to release two recordings of “the group known as Paul Revere and the Raiders” after finding out Paul Revere did not perform on the recordings. Revere died Oct. 4.

Voodoo Doughnut, however, plans to honor Revere with a tricorn hat-shaped doughnut at its four locations, with a portion of proceeds going to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.

The recording company also has acquired an archive of live 8-channel analog cassette recordings from X-Ray Cafe, the music venue that Voodoo’s Tres Shannon helped operate in the early 1990s. Bands on the tapes include Dead Moon, Quasi, Hazel, the New Bad Things, the Dandy Warhols, Heatmiser and Everclear. Voodoo still needs to vet the recordings for authenticity.

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