Bits & Pieces
Big news from the Oregon Zoo: Chendra, the female, 26-year-old Asian elephant, is expecting offspring in late 2020.
Only recently has Chendra exhibited breeding behavior with male elephants, says Bob Lee, who oversees the zoo elephant area. She was nearing the outer age limit for first-time elephant moms.
"We are excited for Chendra," Lee says. "Raising a calf is one of the most enriching things an elephant can experience, and we didn't know whether she would ever have that chance.
"All we can say for sure is that the dad's name is Sam," he adds, meaning it could be Samson or Samudra. "Chendra has spent a lot of time with each of them over the past year. We won't know which Sam until the baby's born and we're able to do some genetic tests."
Maryhill Winery, based in Goldendale, Wash., has found some success with its new satellite tasting room on the Vancouver Waterfront. Now, Pepper Bridge Winery and Amavy Cellars, pioneering Walla Walla, Wash., brands, are set to open a combined tasting room at the waterfront in the fall.
The 17th annual Time-Based Art Festival (TBA), put on by the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, has put tickets on sale. It takes place Sept. 5-15 at several Portland venues and features contemporary performance, music, visual art, film, workshops, lectures, food, drink, conversation and celebration. For more: www.pica.org.
Portland Zine Symposium
Independent and DIY publishers unite for buying and selling zines, as well as for discussions, panels and workshops, at Pacific Northwest College of Art, 511 N.W. Broadway, starting at 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 20-21. It's been held since 2001. For more: www.portlandzinesymposium.org.
Famed documentarian Ken Burns and Julie Dunfey are busy finishing "Country Music." They'll be in Portland at Revolution Hall, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 23. But, it's a sold-out event.
"Country Music" is set to debut Sept. 15-18 on PBS (locally OPB-TV). It's eight parts and 16 hours. It'll re-air Sept. 22-25.
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