Bits & Pieces
Autumn Moon Festival
Lan Su Chinese Garden celebrates the Mid-Autumn Festival, the second most important event on the Chinese calendar after Chinese New Year, with its own Autumn Moon Festival, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22.
The Mid-Autumn Festival occurs when the moon appears its fullest during autumnal equinox; it's a time for family gatherings, storytelling, moon watching and eating of mooncakes.
There'll be discounted admission, and a community fair from 3-9 p.m in the parking lot next to Lan Su, 239 N.W. Everett St. There'll be lantern making, folk dance, dragon and lion dancing, and paper lanterns, as well as a night market with food and product vendors.
For more: www.lansugarden.org/autumnmoon.
National Cheeseburger Day
Restaurants and businesses galore will be marking the big day, Tuesday, Sept. 18, with freebies and discounts.
Organizers behind National Cheeseburger Day say they conducted a survey of 1,000 American consumers via Google Surveys to find out various things about cheeseburgers. Five Guys came in as the favorite chain (25 percent), followed by Wendy's (21 percent) and McDonald's (20 percent).
Among the local burger joints offering specials are Fuddruckers, Sonic and Wendy's.
McMinnville sibling band We Three fell just short of making the finals on "America's Got Talent" last week. Some judges (see Simon Cowell) weren't fans of their song, but it came down to judge cuts at the end, and the judges went with Daniel Emmet over We Three to make the finals.
Meanwhile, local tattoo artist Austin Rose has advanced to the next round of "Ink Master" on Paramount Network. Through three rounds, he's still inkin'. The next episode airs at 10 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18.
Rose's Twitter handle is @humanslammpig.
Bloody Mary Festival
Fans of the next-morning drink or brunch drink — or anytime drink — gather for the second annual event, 10:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at District East, 2305 S.E. Ninth Ave.
Admission is $45, or $55 VIP. For more: www.thebloodmaryfest.com.
David Carmack Lewis, a North Portland resident and artist, has quite a big display for one of his pieces of art.
Lewis was commissioned by a developer in Boise, Local Construct, to paint a huge mural on the side of the Fowler Building (apartments) in the city. He had contacted the company about another project proposal but didn't get the job, but "this time around they came straight to me. Very flattering," he says.
The mural depicts the houses that originally sat on the land. "Absence and Presence" it's called.
"(The houses) were not destroyed, but moved to new locations in the city before construction (of the building), and are currently being restored," he says.
There'll be a public reception at the Fowler Building on Friday, Sept. 21. For more on Lewis: www.davidcarmacklewis.com.
Due to popular demand, Triangle Productions has extended by three performances the play about former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, "Ann," starring Margie Boulé. It'll now staged through Sept. 29.
Last weekend, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown took in the show.
For more: www.trianglepro.org.
Celebrating 150 years, the Oregon Humane Society helped find the Canine Grand Marshal for the Grand Floral Parade, English mastiff Diesel.
Now, there's a new book out about the Oregon Humane Society, "Pioneering Compassion," and a new exhibit at the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave.
A coffee-table book, "Pioneering Compassion" was co-authored by OHS' Mary Henry and journalist Elizabeth Mehren. The exhibit complements the book and features original documents, photographs, quick facts and the OHS humane education film from the 1940s, "A Home for Butch."