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COURTESY: MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - Mei Mei the red panda enjoys some grapes and bamboo at the Oregon Zoo.Girls partnership

The Rose City Rollers roller derby league and Rock 'n' Roll Camp For Girls have formed a partnership with the goal of finding a home they can share.

The rockin' girls don't have a permanent venue, and the rollin' girls now have restrictions on use at The Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park and want a bigger venue.

Both nonprofits strive to offer safe, inclusive spaces founded on values of empowering women, girls and Portland's gender-expansive community.

"Think about it — after-school tracks full of youth derby players and practice rooms brimming with aspiring young musicians," says Kim Stegeman, RCR executive director. "Then, on the weekends, the public can take in derby bouts or music showcases. Exciting stuff."

XRAY.FM and Kickstand

The online radio station XRAY.FM and Kickstand Comedy are going to build a podcast and recording studio at Kickstand's new venue at 16 S.W. Broadway, the old Brody Theater space. Kickstand has raised money through crowdfunding.

A broken walk-in freezer will be remodeled for the studio, which will include state-of-the-art equipment.

Zoo panda

The Oregon Zoo is home to a 3-year-old red panda, Mei Mei.

"We're so excited to have Mei Mei here," says keeper Sara Morgan. "She's very outgoing and curious — she poked her nose out and started exploring right away."

The zoo accommodated her by remodeling the Amur leopard habitat. The red panda is a tree dweller and bamboo eater.

"Red pandas are known for their climbing ability, and Mei Mei is no exception," Morgan says. "If you visit her at the zoo and don't spot her right away, be sure to look up — she can often be found lounging in the trees."

Red pandas share a name with giant pandas, but are in a class by themselves. They hail from the montane forests of the Himalayas and mountain ranges of southwestern China and are an endangered species.

New home

Stumptown Stages is moving to Winningstad Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway, for the 2019-20 season. Its shows had been held at nearby Brunish Theatre.

The season includes "West Side Story," Oct. 10-27, "A Christmas Carol, The Musical," Dec. 5-22, and "Mamma Mia!," Jan. 30-Feb. 16, 2020.

For more: www.stumptownstages.org.

Opera season

The current season has just started, but Portland Opera also has announced next season's lineup:

Giacomo Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," Oct. 25-Nov. 2; An American Quartet: Four One-Act Operas ("The Telephone," "A Hand of Bridge," "Gallantry," "Bon Appetit"), Feb. 7-15, 2020; Antonio Vivaldi's "Bajazet," March 20-28, 2020; Big Night Concert, May 9, 2020; Ruggero Leoncavallo's "Pagliacci," June 5-13, 2020; Jake Heggie's "Three Decembers," July 17-25, 2020. For more: www.portlandopera.org.


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