The Tribune will highlight some gallery openings and other arts happenings in the first edition of each month to coincide with First Thursday — this month, it's Thursday, June 7:
• Reminders: As featured in a story on late artist Jimmy Mirikitani on portlandtribune.com, "The Art of Mirikitani" will show at Emerson Street House, 1006 N.E. Emerson St., through Sept. 16. Gallery hours are 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Sundays. And the documentary on Mirikitani, "The Cats of Mirikitani," will be shown at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 S.E. Clinton St., 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29. ... With "Shokunin: Five Kyoto Artisans Look to the Future," through July 8, Portland Japanese Garden, 611 S.W. Kingston Ave., presents artists who carry on traditional art forms with tools, techniques, materials and spirit. For more: www.japanesegarden.org.
• Butters Gallery, 157 N.E. Grand Ave., features painter Marlana Stoddard-Hayes and her work "Aequanimitas," about her one year living near the Willamette River. She shows starting First Thursday through June 30. For more: www.buttersgallery.com.
n At Augen Gallery at DeSoto, 716 N.W. Davis St., it's "Face/20th-Century Portraits" with a bevy of renowned artists and their works: Deborah Barrett, Romare Bearden, Chuck Close, Marcel Dzama, Tony Fitzpatrick, Godlis, Red Grooms, David Hockney, Hundertwasser, Alex Katz, Jon Langford, David Levinthal, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Longo, Eva and Franco Mattes, Steve McCurry, Philip Pearlstein, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Tom Wesselman and more. It opens at 5 p.m. First Thursday and shows through June 30. For more: www.augengallery.com.
• The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 N.W. Davis St., is putting on "A Jew Etc., Etc." by R.B. Kitaj, from First Thursday through Sept. 30. For more: www.ojmche.org. It's the first Northwest overview of work by Kitaj, one of the most important post-1960 contemporary artists. The exhibit includes 16 oil paintings and four drawings focusing on his work from 1990 to his death in 2007, reflecting the artist's deep exploration of a rich complexity of ideas and references to art history and Judaism.
• Author Teresa Bergen is holding a book signing for "Easy Portland Outdoors" at the First Thursday Street Gallery artist event, Northwest 13th Avenue/Hoyt Street, 6 p.m. First Thursday. It's for the person who intends to spend more time outdoors, including adventures for almost anybody.
• A different kind of art form: The 54th annual Cannon Beach Sandcastle Contest takes place Saturday, June 9, and features sculptures of castles, dragons and pop culture icons cons-tructed by teams of professional sand sculpture artists, amateur groups and families. For more: www.cannonbeach.org.
• It's not until June 22-24, but make plans for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, which will feature more than 100 booths, a music stage, food court and wine/beer pavilion. For more: www.lakewood-center.org.
• Reminders: Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave., offers free admission on First Thursday, 5-8 p.m., www.portlandartmuseum.org.; Portland Children's Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, offers a free First Friday, 4-8 p.m., www.portlandcm.org.