Bits & Pieces
Ballet instructor and teacher Anne Mueller is heading north of the border for her next job.
Mueller is taking a two-month hiatus from the Portland Ballet to serve as choreographic assistant with the National Ballet of Canada as it prepares for its performances of the new multimedia project "Frame by Frame."
Mueller will be an assistant to choreographic associate Guillaume Cote in Toronto. She has been TPB co-artistic director and led the pre-professional Career Track program, and she'll return as resident choreographer this summer.
She previously worked with Alabama Ballet and Oregon Ballet Theatre (for 15 years), where she was a principal dancer, artistic coordinator and interim artistic director. She is co-founder of the Trey McIntyre Project, and she has trained with several notable companies.
A founding member of the Portland Ballet faculty, Zachary Carroll will take over Mueller's roles at the company.
"I'm feeling that I need to refocus my professional world to allow me to spend more time in (family roles)," Mueller says. "Moving forward, I will be involved as resident choreographer, working with the dancers in creation of new works, the staging of existing works and as a guest teacher. ... My role here is changing, but it is by no means going away."
'From Maxville to Vanport'
The Portland part of it doesn't happen until May, but the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble's presentation of original songs and film shorts inspired by the stories of multicultural populations of Maxville and Vanport debuts this week in eastern Oregon.
It's called "From Maxville to Vanport: A Celebration of Oregon's Black History" and it's supported by the Oregon Community Foundation's Creative Heights program.
The collections of songs and short films are produced by composer Ezra Weiss, with writer/speaker S. Renee Mitchell providing lyrics and vocalist Marilyn Keller performing with the Portland Jazz Composers Ensemble. Film shorts are by filmmaker Kalimah Abioto, celebrating the shared history of African-American Oregonians — focusing on two towns that represent distinctive viewpoints of the state's black history, old Vanport in the metro area and Maxville in Wallowa County.
Public events happen April 12 in La Grande and Enterprise, April 13 in Enterprise and Joseph, April 14 in Baker, and May 26 at the Alberta Rose Theatre during Vanport Mosaic.
We'll have more on the Portland event later. For more info: www.pjce.org.
Powell's at PDX
Powell's City of Books has announced an expansion of its Portland International Airport presence. There'll be a new kiosk shopping outlet located past security gates on Concourse B that will carry new and used books, as well as cards, gifts and Powell's logo merchandise. It's open from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Powell's celebrates 30 years as a retailer at PDX this summer.
The Oregon Humane Society and Portland Rose Festival have entered into a partnership. The Humane Society serves as the Rose Festival's official charity in 2018, but the two entities also join forces to find Portland's canine royalty.
The Rose Festival will, for the first time, feature a Canine Grand Marshal in the Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade, Saturday, June 9.
Dogs of all sizes, ages and breeds are invited to apply for the Grand Marshal and Canine Court positions. From 20 finalists honored May 23, five dogs will be chosen as the Canine Court, and one lucky dog earns the title Canine Grand Marshal.
For info: www.oregonhumane.org.
"As OHS marks our 150th anniversary, it's the perfect time to celebrate Portland's love for pets by having a Canine Grand Marshal in the Grand Floral Parade," says Sharon Harmon, president and CEO of the Oregon Humane Society.
Noted crime author Phillip Margolin, who's also a Portland attorney, will read from his gripping new legal thriller "The Third Victim," on April 24 at Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway. The story: In rural Oregon, two women are found dead after being tortured, battered and burned. A third woman escapes with evidence that points overwhelmingly to a local man. When a young lawyer joins the team defending him, she uncovers corruption, lies and secrets that threaten to shake up not only her firm but the entire town.
For more: www.broadwaybooks.net.
The women at Coffee Creek Correctional Facility have helped preserve the endangered checkerspot butterflies, caring for the larvae as part of a collaboration with the Oregon Zoo and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Last week, they transferred 562 of the growing caterpillars to USFWS biologists for release on western Oregon prairies near Corvallis. There currently are only two known populations of the Northwest butterfly.
For more: www.oregonzoo.org.