Bits & Pieces
Don Lucoff has helped build the Portland Jazz Festival as artistic director, but he'll be leaving his post in August.
Lucoff had previously announced he would be working through the 2020 festival, but now says he'll transition out of PDX Jazz effective Aug. 1, which coincides with its partnership event with the city on the Washington Park Summer Festival that features Mike Phillips, Saeeda Wright, King Louie and LaRhonda Steele.
The final PDX Jazz curated show for him is the Oct. 3 event at Winningstad Theatre.
The Portland Jazz Festival has moved from a downtown event to a citywide festival under Lucoff's leadership, and PDX Jazz has expanded to curate about 40 events and work with various organizations throughout the year.
"Don has made significant and lasting contributions to the jazz community of Portland," says Chris Doss, PDX Jazz executive director.
Lucoff says he plans to move to Denver to work on other projects; his marketing firm, DL Media, remains headquartered in Philadelphia.
"I am also looking forward to maintaining a continued presence in the city of Portland, strong relationships with its musicians and the various educational and cultural organizations in Oregon with which I have partnered over the course of the last 10 years," he says.
The Rose City Rowing Club is offering rowing lessons for teenagers from seventh grade to college.
For seventh- and eight-graders, classes are 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 18-July 25. It's $120 for the session and is located out of the Portland Boathouse, 1515 S.E. Water Ave.
For complete info: www.rosecityrowing.org.
The Portland Japanese Garden will welcome artist Noritaka Tatehana and his exhibit "Heel-less Shoes Series."
Tatehana is the fine artist behind heel-less shoes worn by Lady Gaga and Daphne Guinness. The exhibit features the "heel-less shoes," as well as woodblock prints, stainless steel sculptures and wooden platform clogs reminiscent of those worn by "Oiran" (Japanese courtesans) during Japan's Edo period.
The "Noritaka Tatehana: Refashioning Beauty" shows Oct. 5-Dec. 1.
"I am concerned about the preservation of traditional Japanese craft and culture; the succession of critical skills and techniques that are handed down from generation to generation," he says. "But, I am not working to revive obsolete craft items that we no longer use."
Portland geologist and author Kevin Scott has just published a new book, "The Voice of This Stone: Learning from Volcanic Disasters Around the World," which was released June 1 through Carpe Diem Books.
"More than ever, volcanologists and emergency responders around the world have greater insight about how to prevent certain death for those who live near volcanoes — active or 'sleeping,'" the publicity reads. "History has shown that when Mother Earth shrugs, people often die." Scott's book tells of volcanic diasters and how to prevent loss of lives.
For more: www.volcanicdisasters.com.
Harvey's Comedy Club, 436 N.W. Sixth Ave., has plans for a new show, the Portland Comedy Festival. The five-day comedy festival will feature 17 shows with standup, improv and podcasts, Oct. 1-5. For more: www.theportlandcomedyfestival.com.
Vernonia was the location of filming for an upcoming Disney movie produced by Oprah Winfrey, according to various reports. "The Water Man" is a fantasy film about a boy who runs away from home to find the Water Man, a creature with the power to cheat death, in order to cure his ill mother.
It stars Lonnie Chavis ("This Is Us") and David Oyelowo; Oyelowo is also the director.
Reportedly, there also will be filming in the Portland area.
From the Forest Grove News-Times:
Pat Caroline said he was just 22 years old when his love affair with contact lenses began. He found himself asking what wasn't to love about the history, the collectibility and the sheer innovation behind the tiny lenses so many people wear.
"I started collecting old contact lens memorabilia as early as I can remember," Caroline says. "One day you wake up and you have a museum."
And not just any museum, The Contact Lens Museum on 2309 Pacific Ave., across the street from Pacific University's College of Optometry in Forest Grove. Caroline, his wife, Jiah Pack, and fellow curator Craig Norman scooped up the small space, formerly Gene's Barber Shop, with the hopes of sharing the rich history of contact lenses with the world.
The museum currently sports the largest collection of contact lens memorabilia in the country.
Old treasures like ophthalmometers, slit lamps and dozens of lenses made of both glass and other alternative materials can be found in the museum.
For more: www.thecontactlensmuseum.org.
'Music from the Rooftops'
Third Angle Music presents the event, featuring musicians performing on rooftops in the Pearl District, to promote its upcoming season.
Performers include Third Angle musicians Sarah Tiedemann (flute), James Shields (clarinet), Mario Diaz (guitarist), Valdine Mishkin (cellist), Sean Fredenburg (saxophone), Lisa Neher (mezzo-soprano) and Darrell Grant (piano).
The concerts take place at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, on the rooftops at Heartline Apartments, Couch9 and elsewhere. Tickets are $40; for more, see www.thirdangle.org.
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