Life update, Wednesday, April 8: Entertainment indoors
Life is moving on the arts, entertainment and activity worlds, even with normalcy halted because of coronavirus/COVID-19. Here's some samplings:
• Portland residents are being encouraged to go to their decks and windows to bang on pots and pans each night at 7 p.m. to honor health care workers and others helping battle the pandemic.
Our photographer Jaime Valdez took a night to document some of the folks taking the time to think of others. We hope you enjoy the photos.
• All April and May events at the Portland Art Museum have been cancelled, but the museum continues to add to its online content.
"Museum From Home" is a virtual visit, and featured is "Though There May Be Fury on the Waves: Victor Jorgensen at Sea, 1943-45." It's a collection of Jorgensen's World War II photographs in the museum galleries; the exhibit opened just as the museum closed to the public.
A new video gives a virtual walk-through with curator Julia Dolan on YouTube, and visitors can also view images in an online collections gallery at www.portlandartmuseum.org.
Northwest Film Center, with its "NWFC What to Watch," has also put up content for online entertainment at www.nwfilm.org.
• Visitors can still visit Washington Park — and organizers want them to do it virtually, of course.
Expore Washington Park is bringing the park to you with a video on YouTube. The goal is to encourage the community to safely enjoy the park remotely, and not visit it in person right now, especially during the warmer weather.
"As Oregonians, we love getting outside during these sunny days, especially right now, but it's also increasingly difficult to maintain proper social distancing in the park," said Heather McCarey, Explore Washington Park executive director. "We understand it's not the same, but as a safe alternative we created a way for people to visit online as well as support the park's beloved cultural institutions."
Park grounds do remain open, as do open spaces at other Portland parks.
The park includes Hoyt Arboretum Visitor Center, Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, Portland Japanese Garden and World Forestry Center and Discovery Museum, all of which are closed.
For more: www.explorewashingtonpark.org.
• Although it's not until July 4, the 57th Annual Vancouver Fireworks Spectacular at Fort Vancouver National Site in Vancouver, Washington, has been cancelled because of the pandemic.
It's only the second time the fireworks have been cancelled.
It's put on by The Historic Trust, National Park Service and City of Vancouver. For more: www.thehistorictrust.org
• BodyVox dance company has launched StreamingVox on its website, beautifully edited full shows and individual dances. "Cosmosis" runs until April 12; two more shows will be added soon.
Like most organizations, BodyVox also needs financial help — $150,000 to cover basic payroll for the next six months, and $50,000 to maintain public presence and organizational infrastructure.
For more: www.bodyvox.com.
• Broadway in Portland has announced that its "Book of Mormon" shows, scheduled for May 12-17, have been postponed. Ticket holders are asked to hold on to tickets as producers are working to determine future dates for "Book of Mormon" in Portland.
For more: www.BroadwayinPortland.com.
• Ukulele players take heart — restrictions may have canceled in-person weekly jam sessions, but the online uke community is alive and well.
"I've recently participated in more jams than I usually do, mainly because I can do it from home and not have to drive to different locations in the area," said Claire Ishii, leader of the MC Jammers, a ukulele group based out of the Milwaukie Center.
"It's not the same, of course, because I don't get to visit with my friends. However, I have been able to see live 'windows' of other participants, so I have a chance to see the people I miss."
The Portland Ukulele Association website at www.pdxuke.com soon will have an updated list of online jams and the Tigard Ukulele Group has organized weekly online jams using Zoom at 2 p.m. Sundays. Visit www.tigardukes.com for more information.
Craig Chee and Sarah Maisel will host a free online ukulele fest April 11, Ishii said.
• If Pamplin Media Group readers haven't heard: What would have been Tigard's 36th Festival of Balloons has been canceled this year.
The annual event, which has only been canceled only once before in its history, attracts up to 20 hot air balloons to Cook Park along with more than a dozen food vendors and 100 craft booths. Hundreds of volunteers help with the event as well. Last year's event raised more $50,000, benefitting such groups as Tigard Rotary clubs, Foundation for Tigard-Tualatin School, the American Cancer Society and many more.
The event is expected to return next June.
• Helium Comedy Club, which has a Portland club, is hosting comedian Sinbad for a Q&A via Zoom at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11. It's $10 to take part.
For more: helium-comedy.myshopify.com.
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