Bits & Pieces
Young Portland drummer Dominick "Domo" Branch continues to find open doors in the jazz world.
Branch, a Grant High School senior, has been selected by Carnegie Hall to be part of the first NYO Jazz, a four-week intensive summer program designed to nurture and showcase young American jazz instrumentalists (ages 16-19). The 22 musicians were selected after a competitive audition process, and they'll have the opportunity to play alongside peers, learn from world-class masters, and perform with celebrated guest artists.
In mid-July Branch and others will train and work under the leadership of trumpeteer/educator Sean Jones. A highlight of the residency will be NYO Jazz's Carnegie Hall debut July 27, led by Jones and featuring special guest artists Dianne Reeves and Wycliffe Gordon.
Then, joined by Reeves, NYO Jazz will embark on an international tour, July 30-Aug. 10, with stops including London, Amsterdam, Edinburgh, Scotland, and Kassel and Berlin, Germany.
CoHo Productions has announced its lineup for Summerfest 2018, shows put on during the theater's off-season to whet fans' appetite.
The seventh annual festival, June 28-July 23, at CoHo Theater, 2257 N.W. Raleigh St., features: "Win the War or Tell Me a Story,"; "Finding Soul: A Constellation of Stories," "#//
Tickets are $20-$60 and available at www.cohoproductions.org.
Portland comic book publisher TidalWave Productions is marking the upcoming royal nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle with a new book.
"The Royals: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle" was written by Michael Frizell and illustrated by Pablo Martinena, Joe Phillips and Justin Currie. It gives context to two perceived fairytales and how a romance flourished despite a fishbowl existence and the ever-present paparazzi.
It's available to order on Amazon in three different formats — a 26-page comic book, a 40-page hardback graphic novel and a wedding edition with a special cover by artist Joey Mason. It's also available on e-readers.
"Fans of the royal couple will love this issue for portraying Harry and Meghan as two well-rounded and grounded individuals," says publisher Darren G. Davis. "But it also has enough pomp and spectacle to match the excitement surrounding the event."
TidalWave has done other royal books: "Royals: Prince William and Kate Middleton," "Tribute: Princess Diana" and "Female Force: Queen of England."
The Rose City Rollers reached out to media this week to plead their case for a new practice and competition venue. They still haven't found one.
Fire code and zoning rules at their current home, The Hangar at Oaks Park, are forcing the roller derby club to find a new home, and "exhaustive searches" haven't identified a solution. They must find a new home by July 1.
"Simply put, we need Portland's help," says Kim Stegeman, Rose City Rollers executive director. "Zoning rules and Portland's fire code have come together in ways that will make it impossible to continue skating at The Hangar past July. I hope someone out there can help us find a new home."
Stegeman says the club needs a 25,000-square-foot building to lease or buy or a two-acre plot near transit to construct a building — with needs being a clear span (no poles/vertical beams), running water and parking.
The Oregon Zoo welcomed new Asian elephant Samson, 19, from Albuquerque, N.M.'s ABQ Bio Park Zoo. Samson will serve as a big brother to the zoo's young male Samudra, and possibly as a mate for Rose-Tu.
His transfer to Portland was recommended by the Species Survival Plan for Asian elephants, a cooperative program aimed at supporting socially stable families and genetically diverse elephant populations.
Scott Yarbrough, founding artistic director, is leaving Third Rail Repertory Theatre after a 15-year tenure and wants to pursue other interests.
Maureen Porter, who has worked closely with Yarbrough for seven years, will continue to lead the company as managing artistic director.
Homebrew Con 208
Homebrewers will be united in Portland, June 28-30, for the American Homebrewers Association 40th annual National Homebrewers Conference, otherwise known as Homebrew Con. The three-day event is open to anyone interested in homebrewing and beer, mead and cider. There'll be interactive sessions, workshops and demonstrations.
It'll take place at Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more: www.Homebrewers Association.org.