Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including Rebecca Kilgore, 'Expedition Bigfoot' and Wine Country Thanksgiving

Jazz Master

Singer Rebecca Kilgore has joined a distinguished list as Portland Jazz Master for the Biamp PDX Jazz Festival in February.

She'll be honored at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 27 at The Old Church and will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at Al's Den.

Past recipients include Dave Frishberg (2011), Thara Memory (2012), Nancy King (2013), band Oregon (2014), Wayne Thompson (2015), Charles Gray (2016), Mel Brown (2017), Art Abrams (2018) and Darrell Grant (2019).

Kilgore, a Portland resident since 1980, has performed at jazz festivals and venues around the world and has more than 50 recordings in her discography. She's a member of the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and Jazz Society of the Oregon Hall of Fame.

The Rebecca Kilgore Trio includes Kilgore, pianist Randy Porter and bassist Tom Wakeling. She's also a vocal coach.

COURTESY PHOTO - Steve Taylor of Woodburn is going to take on grizzlies in Discovery Channel show 'Man vs. Bear.''Man vs. Bear'

A Woodburn man, Steve Taylor, 63, will be the oldest competitor in the new Discovery Channel series "Man vs. Bear," which premieres at 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4.

Taylor and others will go up against grizzlies in challenges based off the bears' natural instincts and predatory skills.

Three grizzlies (Bart, Honey Bump and Tank) take on humans in their Utah sanctuary to test limits of strength, speed and stamina. There is a tug-of-war, tree climbing and eating contest involved. (Presumably it won't entail hand-to-claw combat).

"Think of it as 'American Ninja Warrior,' but with bears," publicity said.

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'Expedition Bigfoot'

The Travel Channel takes a look at our favorite mysterious furry creature with "Expedition Bigfoot," an eight-part series that premieres at 10 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8.

Using state-of-the-art tracking equipment, a team of scientists and animal trackers search in a 90,000-acre area in Central Oregon forests for three weeks, and evidence supposedly piles up.

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Wine weekend

For many, it's always a good time to go wine tasting, but Wine Country Thanksgiving draws people to Willamette Valley wineries Nov. 29-Dec. 1. There'll be special events and offers. For more:

Meanwhile, there are now six tasting rooms planned for the Vancouver Waterfront, in Washington, just across the Interstate 5 bridge from Portland.

Maryhill Winery has been open and pouring for several months. It'll be joined by Pepper Bridge Winery, Amavi Cellars and Brian Carter Cellars in another building, and then Airfield Estates and Naked Winery in other locations.

D.B. Cooper

The story by Re-Imagined Radio about the notorious hijacker, "In Flight With D.B. Cooper," returns to a Vancouver, Washington, stage 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. Tickets are $10 at, or $12 at the door.

Wahl Man of Portland

A bearded Portland man, Simon Ryan, is competing to be the Wahl Man of the Year.

Already the Wahl Man of Portland, Ryan is one of 11 delegates competing to be honored as having the best facial hair in the country. The prize is $1,500 and bragging rights. Voting is taking place on Wahl Grooming's Facebook page through Dec. 4.

"I have a weak chin, but a strong beard," Ryan said in a news release. "So, I don't ever plan on shaving, unless I magically grow a stronger chin with age."

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