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A bevy of items include info on Movie Madness University, Magenta Theater, Oregon Humane Society, PGE Foundation, Sock It to Me, Literary Arts and Sing for Hope

COURTESY PHOTO - The Magenta Theater is offering to have your message placed on its marquee for 48 hours.Keeping up with the news of the age of coronavirus/COVID-19, as we forge through the ongoing health and economic crisis:

• Online "university" — The Hollywood Theatre and Movie Madness store have announced a new film appreciation series, the Movie Madness University Online.

It's based out of Movie Madness, 4320 S.E. Belmont St. and online at www.hollywoodtheatre.org and www.hollywoodtheatre.org/mmu, and it's taught by local film experts. The in-person MMU classes were canceled, but now they're back in a virtual form consisting of lectures and group discussions.

"Unfortunately, we chose to launch our education program immediately before the outbeak of a global pandemic (oops!)," said Alison Hallett, Hollywood Theatre education director. "We've taken the opportunity to develop a new series of virtual seminars that are actually more accessible and more affordable than our regular classes were.

"This is very much an experiment, but if these courses go well, we'll likely continue this model even once we're able to re-open for in-person programming."

MMU Online kicks off 7:30 p.m. May 21 with Dan Halsted, Hollywood Theatre head programmer, presenting a seminar on the 1970 Hong Kong action film "The Chinese Boxer." Halsted will discuss filmmaker Wang Yu's career and influences, trends in Hong Kong cinema at the time, stylistic innovations in the movie and more.

Other scheduled courses involve "Suspira," hosted by Anthony Hudson, community programmer, on June 4 and "A Hard Day's Night," hosted by local film critic and author Shawn Levy on June 18.

Tickets are $10 and include a lecture and discussion; participants must watch the movie on their own, through renting it on major VOD services (usually for less than $5).

• "Magenta Marquee" — The Magenta Theater in Vancouver, Washington, has set up a unique way to raise money to sustain its business.

Starting next week, the theater will launch "Magenta Marquee," which will allow community members to pay $50 to write a message on its downtown Vancouver marquee; the message would stay up for 48 hours, and would be limited to all capital letters and a maximum of two lines and 60 letters.

Messages might be an inspirational quote, birthday wish, a profession of love or a congratulations.

If interested, you can email your message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the "Magenta Marquee" subject line. Payments are taken by phone at 360-606-0033.

"Let's have some fun with this!" the theater said.

COURTESY PHOTO: OHS - Mobitz the cat's working-from-home title is "Supervisor" according to his owners. Here, he interrupts the assembly of a puzzle in between napping, bird watching and taking it easy.• Photo contest — The Oregon Humane Society has set up a photo contest that celebrates life at home with our pets.

The categories are Best Dog, Best Cat, Best Other Pet and Best Self-Quarantining Pet.

Submissions are taken through 11 p.m. May 27 at www.gogophotocontest.com/oregonhumanesociety.

One of the winning photos will be on the cover of the OHS magazine; all winners and runners-up will be featured in magazine feature story and there'll be prizes for the winning photos.

There is a $10 donation to enter and $5 donation for five votes. OHS has the goal of raising $18,000 to help create "picture-perfect" happy endings for shelter pets.

• Helping arts/culture — The PGE Foundation, the corporate foundation for Portland General Electric, has announced grants of $235,000 to 20 Oregon arts and culture organizations. The foundation is supporting creative foundation programs for youth and communities hit hard by the pandemic.

This year's awards went to: Arts Council of Pendleton, Confluences, Literary Arts, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, Milagro, NAYA Family Center, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Oregon Children's Theatre, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Symphony, Portland Art Museum and Northwest Film Center, Portland Center Stage, Portland Opera, Portland Playhouse, Right Brain Initiative, Salem Art Association, World Stage Theatre, WorldOregon, Young Audiences of Oregon.

For more: www.pgefoundation.org.

• Socks to masks — Portland-based Sock It to Me, a sock company, is releasing antimicrobial face masks, and for each mask sold a matching mask will be donated to Meals on Wheels People to distribute to its volunteer drivers.

The masks will be available through pre-order at www.sockittome.com, with 10 different designs available. The first masks are expected to ship the week of June 1.

Sock It to Me has applied its signature whimsy to face masks — with Sasquatch, a flying rainbow unicorn and more.

• Book stuff — Literary Arts has announced the author lineup for the 2020-21 season of Portland Arts & Lectures.

Series subscriptions start at $90.

The lectures will presumably be taking place live at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall and not online.

The lineup: Helen Macdonald, Oct. 13; Yaa Gyasi, Dec. 3; Madeline Miller, Jan. 28; Ibram X. Kendi, Feb. 18; Joy Harjo, April 20.

Meanwhile, it's official: The Oregon Books Awards Ceremony, originally scheduled for June 22, will take place as "The Archive Project," 7 p.m. Monday, June 22. It'll celebrate the finalists and announce winners; it'll be hosted by writers Omar El Akkad and Elena Passarello.

For more: www.literary-arts.org.

• Sing for Hope — The national programs "SingForHopeGrams" and "SingForHope Moments," by the group Sing for Hope, features direct singing telegrams by telephone. The company said that Broadway and opera stars and Grammy Awards winners will be involved.

For more: www.singforhope.org.

• More cancelations — Because of Gov. Kate Brown's ban on large crowd gatherings through September, more events have officially been canceled, including Pickathon, July 30-Aug. 2, and Rose City Comic Con, Sept. 11-13.


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