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PMG FILE PHOTO: KIT MACAVOY - Walter Cole, aka Darcelle (left), and theater director/author Don Horn (left) worked on two books and a musical last year. They'll do book signings at Powell's on March 8.Darcelle books

There'll be a book signing and meet-and-greet at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 8 at Powell's Books in downtown Portland for the two new books on Portland's star drag queen Darcelle, aka Walter Cole.

Don Horn, executive director of Triangle Productions, not only put on a musical about Darcelle's life last year, he finished two books about her: "Looking From My Mirror," a biography about Darcelle/Cole, and "The Many Shades of Being Darcelle," a coffee table book about the 50 years of Darcelle/Cole being a female impersonator and a costumer in Portland.

Jackson coming

On her "Black Diamond World Tour 2020," Janet Jackson will perform at the Moda Center on Aug. 20.

Tickets go on sale at noon Thursday, Feb. 13 at www.ticketmaster.com and www.rosequarter.com. They range from $46.95 to $496.95.

Pee-wee!

Reminder: The 35th anniversary of "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" tour, featuring star Paul Reubens, begins in Portland, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14 at Newmark Theatre.

There'll be a special screening of the cult classic movie, followed by stories about the film by Reubens, aka Pee-wee Herman himself.

Tickets ($49.50-$65) still appear to be available at www.ticketmaster.com.

Huggett leaving

Monica Huggett, artistic director of Portland Baroque Orchestra for 26 years, plans to retire after the 2020-21 season. She'll continue as artistic director emeritus.

The orchestra puts on more than 25 concerts each year, including holiday performances of Handel's "Messiah," making it one of the largest period performance orchestras in the country.

"Her incredible talent and leadership has brought limitless beauty to Portland, and her musicianship truly has shaped the world of baroque performance," said Abigail McGee, PBO executive director. "While this transition is bittersweet, we are so excited to see what she does next."

Blues finalist

Johnny Wheels and The Swamp Donkeys of Salem had a fine showing at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, making the final eight in the band competition. The band is led by Wheels, aka Johnny Kennicott, who defies his paralyzation from a childhood accident by singing and playing harmonica. The Tribune recently featured Wheels in a story.

Singing valentines

Yes, singing valentines are still a thing in Portland, thanks to the Rose City Timberliners Chorus and Bridge Town Sound Chorus and other groups who will send out their barbershop quartets to serenade lovers on Valentine's Day, Friday, Feb. 14.

They are part of the national nonprofit Barbershop Harmony Society. A singing valentine generally costs $50. For more: www.singingvalentines.com.

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