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Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including cats/dogs films, International Blues Challenge and 'Thrill the World'

COURTESY PHOTOS - The Elisabeth Jones Art Center has organized an exhibit of beach murals that will be five city blocks long at Northwest Ninth Avenue and Lovejoy Street (the old post office site), Sept. 28-29.Cats and dogs

From The Times newspaper of Tigard-Tualatin-Sherwood:

Want to see some top-rated films where Fido and Mittens are the heroes and heroines?

The NY Cat Film Festival and the NY Dog Film Festival hit Tigard's Regal Bridgeport Village Screen X & IMAX screens at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 24 and Oct. 1, respectively.

"The festivals celebrate our love for cats and dogs, illustrated through film," a news release about the film event stated. "Unlike internet video festivals, these programs are works of art, thoughtfully curated by pet wellness expert Tracie Hotchner."

The two-hour Sept. 24 NY Cat Film Festival explores the lives of felines through a variety of short films ranging in length from 2 to 26 minutes.

The NY Dog Film Festival runs for two hours and promises to "bring dog aficionados together to share a communal experience of watching short films that celebrate the remarkable bond between people and dogs."

Tickets: $12.50 for adults, $9 for children and $9.50 for senior citizens, www.dogfilmfestival.com or www.catfilmfestival.com.

International Blues Challenge

Three music acts will represent the Cascade Blues Association and the Portland area in the International Blues Challenge on famous Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., in January.

They are Johnny Wheels and the Swamp Donkeys (band), Louis Creed and the Geezer (duo), and Generation Headstrong (youth).

Several Northwest acts have made it to the finals, including Portland's Karen Lovely, Ty Curtis and Rae Gordon and Washington's Wired Band (which placed first).

To raise funds, the fourth annual Portland Blues Cruise, organized by Gordon, who originally used it to fund her band's trip to Memphis, takes place at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, aboard the Portland Spirit. The acts headed to Memphis will perform, as will Gordon and Kevin Selfe & the Tornadoes.

For tickets/more: www.raegordon.com/portlandbluescruise.

'Thrill the World'

Local practices for the group dance inspired by Michael Jackson and his album/song "Thriller" have begun. The next two practices are set for Irving Park, Northeast Seventh Avenue and Fremont Street, at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, and 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 29.

The dance takes place Oct. 26. Several cities take part in it. For more: thrilltheworld.com, facebook.com/www.thrilltheworldpdx.

Mural block

There'll be an unveiling of scores of 2x4-foot mural panels from noon-6:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 28-29, as part of the Elisabeth Jones Art Center's five-block, milelong mural project at the old post office site at Northwest Ninth Avenue and Lovejoy Street.

It's called "For the Seventh Generation," dedicated to ocean protection. Each panel reflects the coast and is made by a different artist.

The project is spearheaded by the Elisabeth Jones Arts Center, 516 N.W. 14th Ave. Jones is a lifelong advocate for the arts, environment, social justice and peace. For more: www.elisabethjones.art.

Dating book

Here's a book to try out, for people not interested in online dating:

"The Offline Dating Method" is by Portland dating coach Camille Virginia. It's her first book and is an effort to educate people about dating and getting them off apps and websites and into the real world.

"The modern dating process is a mess — but it hasn't changed your innate desire for love and human connection," says publicity, which also states that Virginia has been asked out by nearly 300 men without every going online or using a dating app. For more: www.masterofflinedating.com.


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