Bits & Pieces
The grand opening of the new Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University is nearing — Nov. 7 — and the museum has named its first director.
Linda Tesner is a veteran art director, curator and lecturer, and she is the interim director, having started Aug. 1.
The 7,500-square-foot museum, named after businessman, philanthropist and art collector Jordan Schnitzer, is located at 724 S.W. Harrison St. It'll be inside the former Neuberger Hall, which reopens to the PSU campus and community this month.
The museum will offer educational and collaborative opportunities and free and accessible art experiences to PSU and the public. The galleries will feature art by Northwest artists, faculty and students, as well as national and international artists.
Tesner served in director positions with the Ronna and Eric Hoffman Gallery of Contemporary Art at Lewis & Clark College, Portland Art Museum and Maryhill Museum of Art in Goldendale, Wash.
The museum was created through a $5 million contribution by Schnitzer through the Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation.
"Many people view museums as someplace for someone else, but I firmly believe art is for everyone. I'm trying to take down those perceived walls. A university campus is just the place to do it," Schnitzer said.
Portland Opera to Go begins with the touring production of Puccini's "La Boheme." It'll be a 50-minute, English-language adaptation that will be shown in schools and community centers throughout Oregon and Southwest Washington.
There'll be a show at Antoinette Hatfield Hall on Oct. 14 and two shows at the opera's Hampton Opera Center, Dec. 7 and 14, among other public performances.
"We know that opera isn't an art form on everyone's radar," said Alexis Hamilton, Portland Opera's manager of education and outreach. "POGO is great because we have the opportunity to give kids a frame of reference for opera before they think they don't like it because of a cartoon spoof of it."
Portland Opera's strategic plan, produced in consultation with The Metropolitan Group, states that the organization plans to return to a September-May schedule, starting in 2020-21, after its ill-fated attempt to develop a spring-summer schedule in recent years.
In a story by OPB's April Baer, the interim general director, Sue Dixon, said the spring-summer change upset patrons.
"Within that first year, we lost half of our subscribers. They've been asking us over and over again to go back to a winter-fall schedule," Dixon told OPB.
OPB is a news partner with the Tribune, which also has written extensively about the Portland Opera's changes. For the full OPB story, see www.opb.org/article/portland-opera-strategic-plan-changes.
Bartenders raise the bar
Local bartenders are competing this week in the North American semfinals for the 13th annual Most Imaginative Bartender Competition in Portland.
Portland mixologists Cameron Holck (Departure Portland), Estanislado Orona (Botanist PDX), Lydia McLuen (Tope at The Hoxton Hotel) and Jamie Socci (Pepe Le Moko) are competing in the MIB West Regional Finals.
The top four in the region advance to the finals in London in February 2020.
The final competiton will be at The Hoxton, 15 N.W. Fourth Ave., from 11 a.m.-noon Tuesday, Sept. 10.
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