Bits & Pieces
The Netflix series shot in Portland will be premiering Friday, June 14.
One of the stars is October Moore, a Portland-based actress and voice actress. The show's description on IMDB.com: "An unexpected friendship forms when three teenage girls meet in Shoplifters Anonymous." Moore plays Vicky Truax, the mother of one of the three teenagers.
It's created by Amy Andelson, Emily Meyer and Kirsten Smith. The three main characters are played by Brianna Hildebrand, Quintessa Swindell and Kiana Madeira; Madeira plays Moe Truax, the daughter of Moore's character.
Moore has quite a résumé, having done voice-over work in national advertising campaigns for McDonald's, 23 and Me, Ford, Kroger and more. She's also been in "Portlandia," "Grimm" and "Leverage."
"It's always exciting when a new project comes to Portland, but there was something that felt special and fresh about joining this cast," Moore says in a news release. "From table read to final shot, it felt like we were creating something different, and there was always a bit of electricity in the air."
She adds, of working with Madeira: "It was truly an honor working closely with Kiana, watching her professionalism, talent and fearlessness. It was easy to fall into playing her mom, as she's pretty damn great, period. Watching all the young actors do their thing with such ease and dedication was inspiring."
Dean Hall, a Portland therapist and record-setting swimmer, has taken on a new challenge recently. He was swimming 30 marathon swim distances (2.6 miles each, a tad over 75 miles total) on the South Fork of the Eel River, near Benbow, Calif., to the point where the river meets the Pacific Ocean. He's doing so to raise awareness for wild and scenic waterway protection and raise money for Friends of the Eel River (FOER), one of the most active environmental protection organizations in Northern California. He's calling "FOERWARD 30."
Hall's daughter has been acting as his safety boater in a kayak. He expects to be done by the end of this week.
He's the first person in history to swim the entire length of the Willamette River (2014) and the River Shannon in Ireland (2017).
He has dedicated the rest of his life to pioneering a new field he calls "adventure environmentalism."
Portland's popular food event, Feast Portland, is set for Sept. 12-15, and tickets have gone on sale at www.feastportland.com.
The eighth annual event features collaborative dinners, intimate classes, thought-provoking panels and more. There'll be 50 events in all.
The daytime grand tasting event is now called "The Big Feast" at Waterfront Park. There is also a first-ever family-friendly event. And there'll be an emphasis on wellness and balance.
Founders Carrie Welch and Mike Thelin are calling it the biggest event ever.
"Team Feast knows how to capture Portland's passion for food," says Adam Rapoport, editor in chief of Bon Appetit, the Feast sponsor. "From intimate dinners and immersive classes hosted by some of the country's best chefs, there truly is something for every food lover."
Waterfront Blues Festival
The lineup for the Waterfront Blues Festival, July 4-7, at Waterfront Park has been set. There'll be more than 100 acts taking the stage, and a four-day pass goes for $50. Single-day tickets are $20 ($25 at gate) and now for sale.
The Thursday, July 4, headliner is Robert Cray, and Curtis Salgado is also in the lineup.
Trombone Shorty and Larkin Poe are also highlights, as are the Zydeco/Cajun dance party and Five Blues Cruises on Portland Spirit.
For more: www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.
Starting June 15 and going through Sept. 30, the Portland Spirit's Ride the Explorer Jet-Boat takes visitors from Portland to Cascade Locks in search of something that has never been found: Bigfoot. The Bigfoot Jet-Boat Adventure stops at landmarks that make Bigfoot famous, while you listen to live and recorded narration by Cliff Barackman, star of Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot."
It's a seven-hour, 140-mile round-trip excursion, and landmarks visited will include Beacon Rock, Bridge of the Gods, Multnomah Falls and Bonneville Dam. It boards at Waterfront Park. The ride starts at $98.
The thing is it's probably going to be very popular and rides might be sold out. Visit www.bigfootcruise.com for info.