Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including Oregon Ballet Theatre, 'Stars on Ice' and U.S. Wushu Center


In the wake of a successful "Rhapsody in Blue" and with "The Nutcracker" up next, the Oregon Ballet Theatre has solidified its leadership.

Michael R. Greer has taken over as new executive director. He had been executive director of the Portland Ballet in Maine.

And OBT has signed Kevin Irving, artistic director, to a new five-year contract.

Irving started at OBT in 2014.

"I am so excited for this partnership," Irving says. "It's terrific to be working with and have the support of someone with such a strong understanding of the art form. I believe that he and I will be an excellent team to lead the next phase of our growth."

Post-Olympics show

The "Stars on Ice" tour will be in Portland on March 20 at the Moda Center, and it'll feature many of the skaters who'll be competing in the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Feb. 9-25.

Such stars are expected to be Nathan Chen, Ashley Wagner, Maia and Alex Shibutani, Karen Chen, Jason Brown and 2014 Olympic gold medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White.

"Stars on Ice" was founded by Olympic gold medalist Scott Hamilton in 1986, and it has put on more than 1,500 shows.

Tickets (ranging $25-$145) go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, at and, as well as the Rose Quarter box office.

Soul Pose

A reminder: Soul Pose, a national series, is meant to be an inviting, group-oriented yoga event that includes a pre-event block party, vendors, body paint, confetti, dancing and music, and a yoga session under black lights for effect. It takes place Dec. 9 at Expo Center.

The 2:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. sessions still have spots available; both morning sessions have filled up.

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Kung fu fighting

The Portland-based U.S. Wushu Center, featured in a story in the Tribune earlier this year, has brought home 22 medals for the U.S. National Wushu Team from the 2017 World Kung Fu Championships in Emeishan, China.

There were 10 youths and three adults competing from the Portland center. Grandmaster Jiamin Gao of U.S. Wushu Center served as U.S. National Team head coach.

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