Metro Life Update
Here are some new items from the arts, entertainment and activity worlds as we continue to battle the health and economic crisis brought on by coronavirus/COVID-19:
Multnomah County has been cleared to reopen under Phase 1 on Friday, June 19.
Museums and other arts/entertainment places have been planning to reopen, and they include Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.
OMSI will be reopening Saturday, June 20, continuing with the exhibit that it had featured when it closed in March: "Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life."
Among new safety requirements at OMSI will be timed entry admissions, heightened cleaning guidelines and limiting the number of people in the exhibit hall and the USS Blueback submarine.
For more: www.omsi.edu.
The Portland Saturday Market will be reopening 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays (not on Sundays for the time being), beginning June 20. Among the safety precautions will be limiting the number of booths, requiring staff and vendors to wear face coverings, requiring hand sanitizer at every entrance and booths and enforcing 6 feet of social distancing between customers.
Northwest Children's Theater & School is presenting an online version of the musical "Seussical," June 17-30.
The story: Horton the elephant, Gertrude McFuzz and the Cat in the Hat participate in a madcap musical extravaganza that soars through the limitless imagination of Dr. Seuss, from the tiny land of Whoville to the Jungle of Nool.
In addition to a link to stream the show, your ticket gets you Seuss-themed content — crafts, recipes, games, etc.
Tickets range from $1 (digital ticket) to $100 (deluxe family package).
For more: www.nwcts.org.
Featured recently in the Portland Tribune, Reeder Smith, a young Portlander who attends Valley Catholic, finished second in the 9-10-year-old division in the "American Ninja Warrior Junior" competition, which aired on NBC Universal Kids network last Friday. He received $7,500.
The winner in his age division was Nathanael Honvou of South Euclid, Ohio.
A la Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison in 1968, singer/songwriter Danny Wilson spent time performing concerts in Oregon prisons and he and his band Luther's Boots produced an Americana album titled "Darkened Road Ahead."
As publicity states, Wilson developed relationships with adults in custody over the past two years, and his music touches on musical and cultural references that pay homage to folk heroes, the country canon and train rails cutting across the landscape. He tells stories from Cash's biography and people he met on the Oregon Prison Tour, which included Warner Creek Correctional Facility in Lakeview.
The album is part of Wilson's Folsom50 project.
Cumbersome Multiples made an artist book containing a CD, original prints, lyrics and liner notes.
For more: www.dannywilsonmusic.com.
As part of Pride Month, Cinema 21 is offering a virtual cinema screening of the three-part series "Proud," about a French family spanning generations and focusing on crucial moments in the fight for LGBTQ rights.
It opens Friday, June 19 on the Cinema 21 website, www.cinema21.com.
"Essential Sounds" is a seven-episode online tribute to essential workers by Oregon Symphony musicians, honoring the organizations, groups, sectors and individuals holding society together. It was conceived by Oregon Symphony and produced in partnership with composer Holcombe Waller.
The first episode, airing Sunday, was about nurses. New 30-minute episodes will air at 5 p.m. Sundays through July 26 at www.orsymphony.org and the symphony's YouTube channel.
Portland Art Museum has targeted July 16 as its reopening date.
Some galleries will be open with limited visitors. Exhibitions will include "Volcano!" and "Art and Race Matters."
The museum has also rescheduled exhibitions, including "Ansel Adams in Our Time" (Jan. 30-May 30, 2021) and "Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Mexican Modernism" (Feb. 19-June 5, 2022).
For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.
Juneteenth Oregon 2020
Marking Juneteenth, the commemoration of the day of the abolition of slavery happened (June 19, 1865), the Juneteenth Oregon 2020 show takes place online at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 20, streaming live from Jack London Revue.
Produced by PDX Jazz, the event features live musical performances: Saeeda Wright, Alonzo Chadwick, Arietta Ward, Thunderstorm Artis, Chris Brown Quartet, Versi Jean, Noah Simpson, Silent Heroes (Mic Crenshaw, Libretto and Rich Hunter), ThankUSoMuch and Ta'Mara Walker (aka F.I.Y.A.). Nancy Jane will sing the Black National Anthem.
There'll also be special appearances by City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty and others, as well as Miss Juneteenth Oregon Aceia Spade and Little Miss Juneteenth Oregon Rina Tchivandja.
For more: www.juneteenthor.com.
'Science on Tap'
The weekly online lecture series features the story of Frances Glessner Lee, a pioneer in crime forensics, in "The Nutshell Studies and the Mother of Modern Forensics," 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18 on the "Science on Tap" Facebook page.
Bruce Goldfarb will be featured. He's Lee's official biographer, authoring "18 Tiny Deaths: The Untold Story of Frances Glessner Lee and the Invention of Modern Forensics."
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