Bits & Pieces
Could "Darcelle: That's No Lady," the musical about the life of the Portland legendary drag queen, be heading to New York City?
There is valid interest from a Tony Award-winning producer to possibly stage the production in an Off-Broadway theater, perhaps as early as next year, said Donald Horn, founder/director of Triangle Productions, which staged the Darcelle/Walter Cole story at Lincoln Performance Hall recently.
"It's a true story and an underdog story," which would be attractive to an Off-Broadway audience, Horn said. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, Horn, who also wrote a couple books about Darcelle, said that Cole's residence at 89 N.E. Thompson St. has been granted a spot on the National Register of Historic Places. It's also known as The Elmer and Linnie Miller House.
"That was a surprise; we did it in three months," Horn said. By Jan. 1, it should be made official. Horn also is pushing to list Darcelle XV Showplace at 208 N.W. Third Ave. as a national historic place.
And, the Oregon Historical Society exhibit of Darcelle's costumes has been extended to Dec. 9.
Phyllis Yes, the longtime Lewis & Clark art instructor, recently watched as her play, "Good Morning Miss America," was staged in an Off-Broadway theater, Theatre 80 Saint Marks, directed and produced by her friend, Katie O'Regan. It's a story about caring for aging parents, and O'Regan played Jane, a character patterned after Yes.
"I spent three wonderful weeks in New York City. It was an energizing experience. The play opened to a nice crowd and to my delight received a standing ovation (and other nights as well)," Yes said.
Some friends of hers flew to New York to see the play.
"There was a group of friends who served in the Peace Corps with me in the 1960s who attended. They flew in from Seattle, Olympia, Maryland and Washington, D.C.," Yes said. "One night, Lewis & Clark students currently studying in New York and 30 L&C alums attended, and the entire group went for a late-night dinner at a restaurant across the street from the theater.
"I could not have scripted my New York experience any better."
What kind of winter weather are we going to be experiencing — enjoying? — in Portland?
Well, meteorologists and other well-informed folks will share their thoughts at the 27th annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry auditorium, 1945 S.E. Water Ave.
It's put on by the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society. It's free to attend, although seating is limited to 300 people. For more: www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon.
The 70th ski/snowboard film from Warren Miller Entertainment is "Timeless." It'll screen at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, and at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave.
Tickets: $24, $25 day of show for each screening, portland5.com (for Schnitz tickets), aladdin-theater.com.
The movie stars Olympic mogul skier Jaelin Kauf and Canadian World Cup ski racer Erin Mielzynski, alongside industry veterans Glen Plake, Rob DesLauries and Marcus Caston. Locations include the Colorado Rockies, the Alps, the Monashee Mountains and Blue River, British Columbia.
As the featured speaker in the Oseran Family Lecture, Bret Stephens, a Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times columnist, will speak at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 N.W. Flanders St. His topic is"U.S. Foreign Policy and the World." It's free to attend.
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