Metro Life Update
Catching up on arts, entertainment and activity news as we battle coronavirus/COVID-19 and the economic crisis:
• Bean concert — An in-person appearance had to be canceled, but Beaverton High alum and Broadway singer Shoshana Bean has rescheduled a fundraiser for her alma mater for online.
Bean, who sang in "Wicked" and more, returns for her third Beaverton High performing arts department fundraiser, putting on a virtual concert 6 p.m. June 1, livestreamed on YouTube.
You can tune into "Shoshana Bean and Friends: An Evening of Broadway" at www.YouTube.com/ShoshanaBean. It'll feature Bean, Beaverton students (picked from a special Instagram video contest) and some special guests that include film actor Jeremy Jordan and Grammy Award-winning Cynthia Erivo.
The concerts have raised more than $50,000 for Beaverton performing arts.
• Raising chicks — The Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation has enjoyed a good year of hatching and raising California condor chicks. The seventh and final chick of the season hatched late in the evening May 14, and it's being raised by experienced condor mom Malibu.
"We had more mating pairs than ever this year, which is great news for the future of the condor recovery program," said Kelli Walker, the zoo's lead condor keeper. "All seven chicks appear to be healthy and thriving, which should mark a significant step forward in the recovery of this critically endangered species."
The chicks stay with their parents for at least eight months before moving to the Jonsson Center's pre-release pens for about another year. Eventually, they will travel to a wild release site to join free-flying condors in California, Arizona or Baja Mexico.
There are about 500 California condors in the world. "If you think about it, the seven chicks being raised here right now make up more than 1% of all the California condors on the planet," Walker said.
For more: www.oregonzoo.org.
• Student doc — Some Portland students participated in the recent 2020 C-SPAN StudentCam competition with the documentary project "Renewable Resolutions: Solar 2020."
Dorothy Swanson Blaker, Malia Lee and Ania Leonardo, all students at Access Academy in Portland, placed third among middle schoolers.
The contest has taken place since 2006. This year, students addressed the theme "What's Your Vision in 2020?," as they explore issues of national importance in the 2020 presidential campaign.
Nearly 5,400 students from 44 states and Washington, D.C., participated and C-SPAN received more than 2,500 submissions on a variety of topics — environment, equality/discrimination, guns, health care and immigration.
Winning videos can be seen at www.studentcam.org.
• CMNW concerts — All Classical Portland will broadcast a five-part radio series highlighting dynamic performances from Chamber Music Northwest's past summer seasons.
Concerts will be aired on All Classical 89.9 FM as well as www.allclassical.org.
It kicks off 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21 with works by Faure and Glazunov and John Leiszczynksi's "They Might be Gods."
Shows will air at 7 p.m. Thursdays and be re-aired at 4 p.m. Sundays. In addition to performances, there'll be interviews with the likes of longtime CMNW Artistic Director David Shifrin.
Chamber Music Northwest's 50th Summer Festival had to be canceled; it would have been Shifrin's 40th and last Summer Festival as artistic director.
• Thunderstorm Artis — NBC's "The Voice" finale airs this week, with the winner crowned Tuesday night, and it involves a performer who has been doing his virtual performances from Portland.
Thunderstorm Artis, a native of Hawaii and brother of noted musician Ron Artis II, has been taping performances remotely — rather than live, as is the norm for "The Voice" finale. Each time, the performances have been designated with "Portland, Oregon" as the location.
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