Bits & Pieces
Three years ago the Oregon Ballet Theatre drew praise for its rendition of "Napoli," by famed Danish master choreographer August Bournonville.
Now, OBT dancers are planning another "Napoli," set for Oct. 6-13 at the Keller Auditorium, while busily being trained in Danish-style ballet from instructors Frank Andersen, Eva Kloborg and Dinna Bjorn, three experts in Bournonville's work.
Danish style has distinctive characteristics: fleet and devilishy quick footwork, bouyantly light jumps, tight pirouettes and precise landing, all executed with disarming innocence, ease and sincere joy.
"There is a naturalism embedded in Bournonville that is a great fit for Portland," says Kevin Irving, OBT artistic director. "It is pure but not precious, friendly and unfussy, yet demands a rigor to be reckoned with. It shows our dancers as real people with elite capabilities, not gods and goddesses up on a pedestal. ... I feel it is a great tool for illuminating classical ballet for our audiences, too."
For more: www.obt.org.
Powell's and Literary Arts are partnering to put on the Portland Book Festival (formerly known as Wordstock) on Nov. 10 at the Portland Art Museum and other downtown venues.
There'll be more than 100 authors and 80 vendors taking part, as well as eight partner venues and 13 writing workshops.
Among the many authors coming to Portland is Tom Hanks — yes, that Tom Hanks, the famous actor, who has written "Uncommon Type," a collection of 17 short stories.
Admission is $15. For more: www.literary-arts.org.
There'll be a free screening of the documentary "101 Seconds," about the 2012 Clackamas Town Center shooting and gun violence in Oregon, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Portland State University Student Union, 1825 S.W. Broadway.
It kicks off a two-month tour of the film in Oregon, as producers seek to bring awareness about the issue of safe gun storage and a dialogue about guns to communities. State of Safety, a nonprofit, is hosting the series of film screenings.
The PSU event will be moderated by Henry Wessinger, State of Safety executive director, and will include Paul Kemp, who's featured in the documentary and is a brother-in-law of one of the Clackamas Town Center shooting victims.
For more: www.stateofsafety.org.