Bits & Pieces
The comedians and organizers at Kickstand Comedy have high hopes for their new space at 16 N.W. Broadway — yes, it's the old location for the Brody Theater.
They see it as a comedy hub for stand-ups, improv, classes, rental space, podcasts and more. It'll be a nonprofit model.
"The idea is to remodel the entire theater. It is going to be completely different," says Chris Williams, Kickstand board president and improv comedian. A lease has been signed and crowdfunding effort has been in the works. "They want to make it accessible to the whole community."
Kickstand has put on shows in a small attic room at Siren Theater in recent years. The group started out in the basement at Velo Cult Bike Shop, hence the name.
"This opportunity popped up for them when Tom Johnson decided to close the Brody," Williams adds. "I'm excited to see what they'll do with it."
Kickstand will put on big shows May 17-18 at the end of the fundraising campaign and plans a grand opening in July.
The Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, has partnered with KultureCity to make its grounds and all of its programs and events sensory-inclusive.
As part of KultureCity's certification process, zoo staff received training on how to recognize guests with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory-overload situation. To help with overstimulation and noise, bags equipped with noise canceling headphones, fidget tools, verbal cue cards and weighted lap pads will be available to guests — people with autism, dementia, PTSD and other conditions.
For more: www.oregonzoo.org.
Don Lucoff, artistic director of the Portland Jazz Festival, has been honored with a Jazz Hero award by the Jazz Journalists Association. It recognizes a lifetime of service and commitment to jazz.
There'll be a ceremony for Lucoff on May 6 at the Jack London Revue. Blue Note artist Kendrick Scott and his band Oracle perform.
For more: www.jjajazzawards.org.
Lynne and friends
If you watch "America's Got Talent," you'll know Darci Lynne, who won the talent show at age 12, displaying superb singing and ventriloquist talent. She also received 21 million views on YouTube.
Lynne is coming to Portland to perform at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, April 26, along with puppet friends Petunia, Oscar and Edna.
She finished second in the recent "America's Got Talent: Champions" show.
NBC broadcast "Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas," which attracted 6.5 million viewers. Lynne also has partnered with Mattel as a role model for Barbie's "Be Anything Tour" in celebration of Barbie's 60th anniversary.
River City Singers, a singing group from Scappoose, has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for a third time, May 27. They will sing devotional music by classical composers, as part of a massed chorus of more than 150 voices and part of MidAmerica Productions' 36th season.
International composer John Rutter is the conductor, and Alice Boyer is the director of the Scappoose group. The choir will sing works by Bach, Mendelssohn, Haydn, Brahms, Handel and Schubert, as well as Mozart.
There are a couple of changes for the Starlight Run, which serves as the warmup act for the Starlight Parade during the Rose Festival.
It'll start and finish at CityFair at Waterfront Park, rather than Lincoln High School, because of construction at the school. And, it'll start earlier at 7 p.m. June 1, with the traditional costume contest to be held at 5:45 p.m.
For more: www.motivrunning.com/starlight-run.
Reminder: Commissioned by Portland Center Stage for its Northwest Stories series and by playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle, it's a play that weaves in Sacajawea's story (from a Native American point of view) with the contemporary fight to protect the Mnisose (Missouri River) from the Dakota Access Pipeline. Details: 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, 2 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays, through May 5, The Armory, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., www.pcs.org, $25-$87.