Bits & Pieces
Reminder: Beaverton native Shoshana Bean, who has performed in Broadway shows such as "Wicked" and currently stars as Jenna in "Waitress," will put on a fundraiser at her alma mater, Beaverton High School, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25.
Michael Allen Harrison, Thomas Lauderdale and Ashley Jayy also perform. For tickets: shoshanabean.com.
Bean hopes to raise $30,000 for Beaverton High performing arts. Last year, the fundraising event raised $23,000.
Bean was the first actor to play Elphaba in "Wicked" on Broadway after Idina Menzel. She also has appeared in "Hairspray."
The newest Laika film hasn't been a hit at the box office. It posted less than $6 million in its first weekend, and then $4.4 million last weekend.
The film centers around Mr. Link, a Sasquatch voiced by comedian Zach Galifianakis, who enlists the help of an explorer Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman) to find the rest of his kind in the Himalayas. They are joined by Adelina Fortnight (voiced by Zoe Saldana).
Meanwhile, Laika's Travis Knight, who recently directed the "Transformers" prequel "Bumblebee," has been tabbed to do the movie version of "The Six Million Dollar Man," updated for the 21st century as "The Six Billion Dollar Man."
'Animal ER Live'
Episodes of the Nat Geo Wild reality series about animal hospitals, "Animal ER Live," which features DoveLewis Veterinary Emergency & Specialty Hospital, will now be available on demand.
Viewers can watch all six episodes on demand on the Nat Geo Wild app, through Hulu and on select cable packages.
For more: www.natgeotv.ocm.
Bag&Baggage Productions of Hillsboro has named Cassie Greer as new artistic director, removing the interim tag from her title. She has been with the company since 2011, and replaces Scott Palmer, who left to become artistic director at Idaho's Company of Fools.
Greer joins Beth Lewis, managing director, as co-leaders of the organization, making them one of the youngest all-female leadership teams of a midsize theater company in the country. For more: www.bagnbaggage.org.
Tiny house expo
The Great American Tiny House Show takes place Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. For more: www.oregoncc.org.
The Oregon Symphony's annual fundraising event, Gala: Landmark, held April 13 at the Portland Art Museum, raised a record $1.2 million.
The gala honored the legacy of Arlene Schnitzer and the late Harold Schnitzer. Native American group the Thunderbird Lodge Singers performed.
The cutting-edge Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance has announced its lineup for its June 28-30 festival at Imago Theatre.
The lineup: Body Home Fat Dance, "Weighted Bodies," dance/movement, Portland; Milton Lim and Patrick Blenkarn, "asses.masses," performance/multimedia, Vancouver, British Columbia; Ilvs Strauss, "dejalo," multimedia/solo theater, Vancouver, B.C.; Landforms, "The Garden of Expectations," dance/theatre/music/sculpture/horticulture, Seattle; Joni Renee Whitworth, "Self Defense," poetry/music/performance, Portland.
For more: www.risk-reward.org.
The Metropolitan Youth Symphony will perform the first symphony by an African American woman ever performed in the United States, "Symphony No. 1 in E minor" by Florence Price, during its "America's Florence" concert May 21 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
For more: www.playmys.org.
A Jesuit High School team won the National High School Ethics Bowl earlier this month at University of North Carolina. It beat out 23 other teams from around the country.
The students were junior Ria Debnath, freshman Jenny Duan, junior Lauren Haines, senior Jack Jensen and junior Shawn Muckle.
Each team was asked to develop and prepare positions for 16 possible cases of ethical dilemmas on a variety of topics.