Bits & Pieces
The Oregon Nikkei Endowment has partnered with Portland Community College to present Gamanfest: Reclaiming Identity Through Art and Activism, a festival that serves as a venue for the next generation of artists and activists within the Asian-American community who use heritage and culture as motivation — whether it's song, spoken word, video, music or visual art.
It takes place from 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 11, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the PCC Cascade Campus, Moriarty Auditorium, 705 N. Killingsworth St. It's free and open to the public. Among the highlights: The band The Slants plays on Friday.
For more: www.oregonnikkei.org.
Celebrating 20 years of new play development, the lineup has been announced for the 2018 JAW: A Playwrights Festival. Featured plays are Meghan Brown's "The Tasters," Clarence Coo's "The Birds of Empathy," Emily Feldman's "Pick a Color," and Matthew Paul Olmos' "three girls never learnt the way home." The free staged readings will be presented during JAW Big Weekend, July 27-29; it's called JAW's "Big 2-OH." There'll be a kickoff event at 7 p.m. July 27, followed by public readings of scripts at 4 and 8 p.m. July 28-29 at The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave.
For more: www.pcs.org/jaw.
The August Wilson Monologue Competition Finals were held Monday, May 7, at the August Wilson Theatre on Broadway in New York City.
The two finalists from Portland were Noreena McCleave of Wilson High School and Kai Tomizawa from Grant High. Alyssa Marchant from Putnam High was selected as an alternate.
Students participating were scheduled to see "Once on This Island," starring Tony Award-nominated actress Hailey Kilgore, who, as a Portland-area youth, once took part in the August Wilson Monologue Competition. They also were set to see "Children of a Lesser God," directed by AWMC founder Kenny Leon.
The top three finishers at nationals: Gerardo Navarro, Los Angeles; Nia Sarfo, Chicago; Teslyne Junior, New York City.
The Northwest Film Center, Oregon Arts Commission and The Oregon Community Foundation have announced the winners of the 2018 Oregon Media Arts Fellowship (OMAF), which supports filmmakers: Julia Oldham, Howard Mitchell, Roland Dahwen Wu and Arianna Gazca.
Oldham does live video and animation to create narratives about science and nature; Portland-based Mitchell is a film director (including "Killingsworth"); Wu is a filmmaker whose work explores migration, race and memory; and Gazca is a Portland-based artist and filmmaker.
The application for the 2019 OMAF is Jan. 1, 2019. They're available now at www.nwfilm.org.
The campaign Free Bikes 4 Kidz has started in Portland, with the goal of collecting 1,000 bikes for children in need by May 19.
Volunteers with FB4K will be collecting bikes at 10 different Providence Medical Group clinic locations from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 19.
They will be cleaned, refurbished and distributed through other partner organizations to kids in the community.
For more: www.fb4kportland.org.
It's the first bike donation drive for FB4K in Portland, although it's been around since 2008, having been established in Minnesota and spread to other cities. Last year, the organization collected nearly 10,000 bikes.