Bits & Pieces
The Portland Children's Museum is putting on its first Building Bridges Family Music Festival, Sept. 21-22, presented by PDX Parent magazine. There'll be live music on indoor and outdoor stages, dancing and hands-on experiences.
Musicians Andy Furgeson of Red Yarn and Aaron Nigel Smith are involved in the organization of the festival.
It's meant to build bridges between generations and cultures to advance peace and compassion in the community, says Ruth Shelly, museum executive director.
For more: www.portlandcm.org.
Portland Art Museum has announced that Maribeth Graybill, the Arlene Schnitzer and Harold Schnitzer curator of Asian art, will retire at the end of October after 12 years with the museum. Her career culminates with the recent "Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles" fall 2018 exhibition that led the museum to receiving a major gift from the Cowles collection.
During her time, Graybill curated and organized more than 20 exhibitions and oversaw the acquisition of nearly 1,300 works of art.
Reminder: The award-winning Broadway show about what happened in the land of Oz, pre-Dorothy, comes to Portland. The story follows a girl with emerald-green skin — smart, fiery, misunderstood and possessing extraordinary talent — who befriends a popular bubbly blonde, until the world decides to call one "good" and the other one "wicked." It stages July 10-28 at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St. Tickets start at $49, www.BroadwayInPortland.com.
The new ESS Gallery has opened at 2516 S.E. Division St., on the ground floor of The Geode building, featuring works by sculptors Martin Eichinger, Chas Martin and Blaise McGettigan, and abstract painter Barry Mack.
"I've always intended to create a hub for creative people to connect and share ideas," says Eichinger, who has operated a Portland studio since 1984, but rarely shows work locally. "My goal is that ESS Gallery will become a space for artists and collectors to exchange ideas and share insights."
The Tribune apologizes for not being quicker about updating readers on the Lake Oswego Fourth of July celebrations, which ended up not featuring drones; the Tribune twice mentioned drones, but Lake Oswego had to change course and use laser lights as their non-fireworks show because of "technical difficulties" involving Great Lakes Drone Company.
From the Lake Oswego Review: (Lake Oswego) Parks & Rec announced it will still have a small 25-drone show booked Aug. 28 following the final Wednesday concert of the summer season at Westlake Park. It will provide an opportunity to see the drones in action.
Great Lakes Drone Company said in a statement that they are committed to resolving the issue with a communication failure between their software and their drones.
"In an effort to maintain the highest safety and quality performance standards, we have issued a safety stand down to our drone light show fleet until further notice," the statement read. "(Recently) we identified a back end communications logic failure with our software and communications equipment. Until our software vendor can thoroughly identify and correct this issue through performance based testing, we will keep our fleet grounded. As hard as this decision is for any company to make, we feel it is the right one and in line with the aviation industry standards of safety."