Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including 'Ladies and Gentleman ... The Beatles!,' 'Ten Grands on the Diamond' and Pink Phoenix

COURTESY: SHERVIN HESS/OREGON ZOO - It's spring and warm, so it's time to see the animals at Oregon Zoo cool off in the water. Recently, Samson, a 20-year-old male Asian elephant, took a swim in the pool at Elephant Lands. He dove for apples and honeydew melons and splashed with his feet and trunk. Beatles exhibit

Ladies and gentlemen, the Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., welcomes The Beatles — well, sort of.

A new exhibit, "Ladies and Gentlemen ... The Beatles!," opens Friday, May 10, and shows through Nov. 12. It's curated by the Grammy Museum and Fab Four Exhibits and includes more than 100 objects, ephemera and interactive elements. The exhibit spans the time from 1964, when the Fab Four arrived in the country, through mid-1966.

Two notable artifacts are Paul McCartney's jacket from The Beatles' historic 1965 Shea Stadium concert and one of McCartney's bass guitars. McCartney also wore the jacket when the group performed at Memorial Coliseum on Aug. 22, 1965.

Others are: Ringo Starr's black-on-black striped suit he wore in "A Hard Day's Night" and his "Abbey Road" crosswalk jacket; McCartney's handwritten lyric sheet for "What You're Doing"; handwritten set lists from Grosvenor Ballroom (June 1960) and Washington, D.C. (Feb. 11, 1964); gold records of "I Want to Hold Your Hand" and "Rubber Soul"; venue contracts from U.S. stops; mass-produced merchandising; and a virtual drum lesson from Ringo.

This and that

• BodyVox once again hosts the Contact Dance Film Festival that features dance films, May 9-11 at BodyVox Dance Center, 1201 N.W. 17th Ave. For more: Tickets start at $9.

• Trevor Noah of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" will bring his "Loud & Clear" tour to Portland on Dec. 14 at the Moda Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, May 10, at

• The International Youth Silent Film Festival takes place at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11. For more:

• Waterfront Park goes to the dogs 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 11, with Oregon Humane Society's Doggie Dash, an untimed walk/run. For more:

• Disjecta Contemporary Arts Center, 8371 N. Interstate Ave., has Andy Warhol's "Repent and Sin No More!" work on display through Aug. 23. It's on loan from a private collector to share with the Disjecta community. For more:

• The pro wrestling show "WWE Smackdown Live" returns to the Moda Center, June 25. Tickets ($20-$110) are on sale at Newly crowned WWE champion Kofi Kingston, a veteran high-flyer, is expected to be part of the lineup. He's expected to battle Canadian brawler Kevin Owens in Portland. Former champion Roman Reigns will take on WWE superstar Randy Orton.

• Tickets are on sale for "Ten Grands on the Diamond," a piano extravaganza that will be held Aug. 10 at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro. There'll be 10 pianists and 10 pianos; it's hosted by Trail Blazers' broadcasting legend Bill Schonely. The show ends with an American tribute and fireworks. For more:

Hit road for history

The biennial publication "Guide to Oregon Historical Markers & Heritage Trees" has been updated for residents and tourists alike.

The glove box-size 20-page brochure lists all Heritage Tree and Historical Marker sites in Oregon, and each section includes maps by regions (Southern Oregon, Eastern Oregon, North Coast, etc.). A digital version will be available at Travel Information Council's website,

Dragon boating

Portland's Pink Phoenix Dragon Boat Team has opened registration for paddlers and riders in the 2019 Gorman Cup. The 22nd annual race will be held noon June 8 during Rose Festival dragon boat races. Pink Phoenix welcomes guest paddlers and riders who are breast cancer survivors onto their boats to join them on a race across the Willamette River.

The event was established in 1998 in honor of Michele Gorman, the Pink Phoenix founding captain, who lost her battle with breast cancer that year.

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State librarian

Jennifer Patterson has been appointed as Oregon's next state librarian by Gov. Kate Brown. She'll begin her tenure next week.

She most recently served as associate dean of learning resources at Edmonds Community College in Lynnwood, Wash.

Patterson hopes to raise the profile of the State Library of Oregon, among other duties.

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