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The places to be in the next week in Portland and beyond for local and national music acts - including Portland Dining Month and Columbia River Maritime Museum's Miniboat Program

COURTESY PHOTO: MATTHEW MURPHY - 'Cats' is part of the 2020-2021 Broadway in Portland series.

Broadway in Portland

A movie version of "Hamilton" comes out in October 2021 — but not before another visit by the wildly popular "Hamilton" stage show, part of the 2020-21 Broadway in Portland lineup at Keller Auditorium.

"Hamilton" returns to Portland, March 16-April 11, 2021, after being staged before sold-out crowds two years ago.

The 2020-21 Broadway in Portland lineup: "The Band's Visit," Sept. 29-Oct. 4, 2020; "Cats," Dec. 29, 2020-Jan. 3, 2021; "Ain't Too Proud — The Life and Times of The Temptations," Jan. 26-31, 2021; "Hamilton," March 16-April 11, 2021; "Jesus Christ Superstar," April 20-25, 2021; "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," May 18-23, 2021; "Pretty Woman: The Musical," July 28-Aug. 1, 2021.

Subscription renewals are available now at www.BroadwayinPortland.com. New subscriptions will be available in the spring, followed by single tickets.

Dine out

If you're yearning to try a different Portland restaurant, it's time.

Portland Dining Month returns in March with more than 130 local restaurants serving up dinners for just $33 every night of the week. Each restaurant offers a three-course, pre-fixe menu, allowing diners to sample many varieties of food.

Do the math: Try 10 restaurants, pay $330 (before tip).

Participants include Aviary, Bar West, Bullard, Canard, Flying Fish Company, Kachka and Revelry. A complete list can be found at www.PortlandDiningMonth.com.

Travel Portland, which promotes the event, has partnered with OpenTable again. A donation will be made to the Oregon Food Bank for each reservation made through the website. Portland Dining Month has raised more than $29,000 for the Oregon Food Bank since 2011, roughly the equivalent of 87,790 meals, according to the hunger relief agency.

Floating boat

The Tribune recently featured the Columbia River Maritime Museum's Miniboat Program in Astoria, in which school kids built small boats and launched them from the Oregon Coast destined for Japan. They are tracked using GPS.

And some boats have been taken to Japan and launched, destined for Oregon.

None of them have reached their target shore — yet. A boat made by Richmond Elementary School students went aground in Kiribati, and later was relaunched.

Program officials now say that a boat built by students at Wy'east Middle School in Vancouver, Washington, launched in November 2019 from Japan, has crossed the International Date Line. GPS tracking indicates the Kizuna Gou has traveled 3,023 miles, marking the farthest a boat launched in Japan has traveled in the program's history.

The public can monitor the boats at www.educationalpassages.org/events/crmmatsea.

The Tribune's story can be read at pamplinmedia.com/pt/11-features/449086-365454-oceans-away.


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