Bits & Pieces
A 2-year-old golden retriever aims to spread joy and happiness across the country, going on a road trip ... along with her parents/owners, of course.
Glee, Jared and Jennifer Kasner's golden retriever, has about 300,000 social media followers. They're traveling across country in a decorated SUV, stopping in cities to allow people to cuddle with the social media star, absorb her personality and reflect on how to live more joyfully.
They'll also be promoting a new service, Goldn, which delivers information via text messages to help dog owners live their most joyful lives with their dogs, through challenges, fun activities, wellness and training advice.
Glee and the Kasners will stop in Portland Aug. 28-29. For complete info: www.instagram.com/goldens_glee.
Portland author Bryan Denson will read from his true-crime book for young readers, "The Unabomber," at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.
The book tells the story of the Unabomber, a lone-wolf terrorist who carried out 14 bombings that left three people dead and 23 injured.
A cunning genius, he dodged the FBI for nearly two decades. Agent Kathy Puckett helped track him down, leading authorities to the mountains of western Montana in 1996, where they found Theodore J. Kaczynski. Denson's book documents the FBI investig-ation and Puckett's work to bring Kaczynski to justice.
Powell's Books has announced its "25 Books to Read Before You Die" for the sixth consecutive year.
The 2019 list: "Astoria," Peter Stark; "Beezus and Ramona," Beverly Cleary; "Horizon," Barry Lopez; "The Jump-Off Creek," Molly Gloss; "Cathedral," Raymond Carver; "The Lathe of Heaven," Ursula K. Le Guin; "The Chronology of Water," Lidia Yuknavitch; "Loitering," Charles D'Ambrosio; "Exile and Pride," Eli Clare; "Trask," Don Berry; "Journalism," Joe Sacco; "Mink River," Brian Doyle; "Geek Love," Katherine Dunn; "My Abandonment," Peter Rock; "The Good Rain," Timothy Egan; "The Orchardist," Amanda Coplin; "Heart Berries," Terese Marie Mailhot; "People Like You," Margaret Malone; "The Highest Tide," Jim Lynch; "The Remnants," Robert Hill; "The Sisters Brothers," Patrick deWitt; "Survival Math," Mitchell S. Jackson; "The Man Who Fell in Love With the Moon," Tom Spanbauer; "Sometimes a Great Notion," Ken Kesey; "A Tale for the Time Being," Ruth Ozeki.
Portland Spirit's Bigfoot Adventure Cruise has proven to be popular, and now the touring company plans a shorter version of the trip to find — well, discuss — our elusive furry friend.
The original trip is about 140 miles and passes by several landmarks and goes under 13 bridges to arrive at Cascade Locks. Aboard the 40-foot Explorer jetboat, visitors are entertained by the stories of Cliff Barackman of Animal Planet's "Finding Bigfoot."
The new tour is 3 1/2 hours long and covers 80 miles, including scenic views of Beacon Rock, Vista House, Multnomah Falls and more.
The Bigfoot Adventure Cruise operates daily through the end of September, boarding at Waterfront Park. The long trip is $98, the "bite-size" trip $43. For more: www.bigfootcruise.com.
Hand2Mouth Theatre has launched a new yearlong residency for teens.
The company's members, residents and partnering artists will work with teenagers on devising techniques, and will include a winter showing at the Fertile Ground Festival and will culminate with a full production in the spring. It's open to youth 14-19 years old.
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