Bits & Pieces
It's sold out, but you should know that Quarterflash — Marv and Rindy Ross and the band — is putting on its final show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. At least it's being billed as their final show, as the Rosses want to move on to other projects.
It's the band that gave us "Harden My Heart" and "Find Another Fool" back in the 1980s.
"Harden My Heart" reached No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Chart and No. 3 on the Pop Chart. Quarterflash had eight albums and toured with the likes of Elton John, Linda Rondstadt, Sammy Hagar, Loverboy, The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Pat Benatar, Three Dog Night and Jefferson Starship.
The band was created in 1980 and signed with Geffen Records. It has been inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame.
The Rosses, who live in Sellwood, also retired their Trail Band, which played its final holiday shows in December. Marv Ross told the Sellwood Bee that "40 years of producing large shows" had kind of worn him down.
"While we have a lot of projects going on, we're looking forward to making everything a bit 'smaller' these days," he added. Said Rindy: "I'm looking forward to our music together, continuing for a long time."
For more on Quarterflash: www.quarterflash.net.
Oregon Brewers Festival
For the first time, the Oregon Brewers Festival will feature all Oregon products. The 32nd annual event will include all Oregon craft beers and ciders, with more than 85 of them being first-release products to be debuted during the festival, July 24-27, at Waterfront Park.
There'll be 101 products from 93 breweries and eight cider houses from 34 cities.
"When we originally started this festival in July 1988, there were only six craft breweries making beer in the entire state of Oregon," says Art Larrance, director and founder. Brewers from Alaska, Michigan, California and Montana helped start the event.
"Today, there are close to 300 breweries in our own state, and we felt it was time to really showcase all the regions that make Oregon one of the most successful craft beer hubs in the world."
For more: www.OregonBrewFest.com.
Reminder: Milwaukie's Dark Horse Comics will publish a 25th anniversary, promotional edition of "Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, Issue 1," featuring a new cover by creator Mike Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart. It'll be given away at participating comic book shops and select stores during Hellboy Day, Saturday, March 23.
In the Portland area, the celebration will be at Things From Another World, 2916 N.E. Broadway, from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 23. There'll be Hellboy Day signings with writers and artists — Chris Roberson, Tyler Crook, Michael Avon Oeming — and beer and cake. (Mignola will appear at a Hellboy Day signing at Earth 2 Comics in Sherman Oaks, Calif., on March 23).
There's 50 percent off digital "Hellboy" comics at www.darkhorse.com. In addition, Dark Horse has created a series of Hellboy Day promotional materials for retailers — including a "Hellboy" Tattoo Sheet, a Right Hand of Doom bookmark, a window cling, an open/close sign, a new folded version of the "Hellboy" double-sided poster, and Mignolaverse timeline that debuted at New York Comic Con.
The Oregon Zoo has announced the arrival of the first condor chick of 2019 at the Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation in rural Clackamas County. Condors there have laid nine eggs, so far, with five confirmed to be fertile and three additional eggs arriving from other facilities; one has hatched, and the rest should hatch in coming weeks, the zoo says.
"Each new egg is important to the California condor's comeback," says Kelli Walker, the zoo's lead condor keeper. "Every chick that hatches makes a difference."
The California condor was one of the original animals included on the 1973 Endangered Species Act and is classified as critically endangered. Since 2003, 72 chicks have been hatched at the zoo's Jonsson Center and 56 zoo-reared birds have gone out to field pens for release.
Portland's Natalie Linn, an appraiser for "Antiques Roadshow," who's also a Native American basketry expert, will speak at the Columbia Basin Basketry Guild meeting April 18 at Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Highway. It's free and open to the public. For more: basketryguild.org.
Linn has been a dealer for more than 40 years. Along with "Antiques Roadshow," she also has appeared on "History Detectives."
Columbia Basin Basketry Guild has more than 200 members.
Dana Haynes' eighth thriller/mystery has hit the bookshelves. It's "St. Nicholas Salvage & Wrecking." The story: Michael Patrick Finnigan, an ex-New York cop, and Katalin Fiero Dahar, an ex-soldier, spy and assassin for Spain, work together to track down the worst of the world's worst and to deliver them to the International Criminal Court. It's set in Cyprus, France and Serbia, places Haynes visited for research.
Full disclosure: Dana Haynes is an editor for Pamplin Media Group.
Taco & Tequila Festival
It's Mexican food and drink from 4-10 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Expo Center, 2060 N. Marine Drive.
Admission is $15-$80, and parking is $10. For more: www.expocenter.org.
Powell's Books is bringing in the co-host and executive producer of the popular TV show "Mythbusters." Adam Savage will make an appearance May 22 at Revolution Hall. Tickets go on sale March 21 at powells.com.
He'll share his golden rules of creativity, from finding inspiration to turning an idea into reality. He has a book, "Every Tool's a Hammer."
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