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Items include information on Chamber Music Northwest, Powell's Books, Oregon Zoo, Darcelle, Girls Inc., Randy Porter, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Garth Brooks and Green Bean Books and Bunny with a Toolbelt

COURTESY PHOTO: MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - An 8-week-old cougar, rescued by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, made a rehabilitation stop at Oregon Zoo before going to its permanent home at Colorado's Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.Here's an update on arts/entertainment/activity happenings as we battle the health and economic crisis brought on by coronavirus/COVID-19:

Chamber music

Chamber Music Northwest had to cancel its in-person Summer Festival, but the virtual Summer Festival kicks off 7 p.m. Monday, June 22, with performances by three of the world's finest string quartets: Grammy Awards-winning Emerson String Quartet, the late great Guaneri Quartet and rising stars Calidore Quartet.

The second digital concert: 7 p.m. June 25, featuring Opus One Piano Quartet and Rolston String Quartet. Then, at 7 p.m. June 27, it'll be the first of five new "live" performances featuring Paul Neubauer, Ida Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley performing from their homes.

There'll be three digital concerts premiering each week at 7 p.m. Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays, through July 26, on Chamber Music Northwest's website,, and YouTube channel.

Check for the full schedule.

The grand finale will be 7 p.m. July 25-26, featuring outgoing CMNW Artistic Director David Shifrin.

Powell's Books

Powell's Books has taken a big hit, but it's still moving forward, and it has announced the launch of a virtual author event series.

It begins June 30, and they'll host authors for events and conversations in support of their new books, albeit in the virtual realm. Powell's will use Zoom Webinar for its events.

The lineup: Gregory Benford/Larry Niven, "Glorious," 6 p.m. June 30; Eva Holland, "Nerve: Adventures in the Science of Fear," along with writer Ferris Jabr, 6 p.m. July 1; Paige McKenzie/Nancy Ohlin, "B*witch," joined by author E. Latimer, 5 p.m. July 7; Mario Livio, "Galileo: And the Science Deniers," in conversation with author Adam Frank, 5 p.m. July 8; Julia Alvarez, "Afterlife," along with author Samantha Mabry, 5 p.m. July 9; Stephanie Campisi, "Five Sisters," kids' storytime, 11 a.m. July 11.

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Cougar cub

The Oregon Zoo has helped preserve the life of a cougar cub. At 8 weeks old with a fuzzy, spotted coat and baby-blue eyes, the cub was rescued by Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officers after being found on a logging road outside Spokane, Washington.

The cub wouldn't have survived in the wild without its mom; so, Rich Beausoleil, a bear and cougar specialist with WDFW, contacted Oregon Zoo keeper Michelle Schireman, who serves as the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's species coordinator for cougars.

Oregon Zoo treated the cub, before it was sent to its permanent home at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado.

"We would rather they grow up with their moms, but when that's not an option, we want them to have the best lives possible," Schireman said.

Harper's Darcelle

While Walter Cole, aka Darcelle, and others await a decison on National Register of Historic Places designation for Darcelle XV Showplace, the famous drag queen has received a portrait display in Harper's Bazaar.

Darcelle is among the famous drag queens sharing their stories. You can see it at Photos were taken by Harry James Jensen.

Girls Inc.

The nonprofit Girls Inc. presented its Power of the Purse fundraiser virtually on June 5, and it hosted more than 900 virtual attendees and raised more than $395,000 for the organization's STEM, health and life skills programs that benefit girls 6-18.

The Power of the Purse event has raised more than $5 million in 15 years through auction of handcrafted purses by local designers, in partnership with local business leaders and celebrities.

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New album

Grammy Awards-nominated pianist Randy Porter has released a trio recording featuring the music of Dave Frishberg, called "Porter Plays Frishberg — Unsung." It's available via HeavyWood Music.

The album personalizes the Frishberg songbook. Porter worked with bassist John Wiitala and drummer Todd Strait on the album.

Porter moved to Portland from San Diego several years ago, and immediately gravitated to the music of Frishberg at clubs in the city.

Says a news release: Though Frishberg rarely sang publicly at that time in Portland, Frishberg's innate and well-honed songwriting abilities enabled him to play with a tasteful, quirky swinging balance of elements other jazz pianists couldn't match. Though this Northwest piano relationship clearly started with Porter's great admiration for Frishberg, it eventually became an artistic mutual respect between the two.

Porter consulted with Frishberg before recording. The trio of musicians weaved in Frishberg's melodies with a balance of lyricism, inventive harmony, rhythmic styles and a palpable positive collective energy.

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Oregon Ballet Theatre

Oregon Ballet Theatre had its 30th season interrupted by the health/economic crisis, meaning its final show of "Sleeping Beauty" meant the final show for dancer Ansa Capizzi.

The company was going to bid farewell to Capizzi, Adam Hartley, Matthew Pawlicki-Sinclair, Alexa Domenden, Marc Lapierre and Theodore Watler as dancers at the end of the season.

Capizzi left her family in Japan to come to Portland and she has been with OBT for 17 years and performed for Christopher Stowell, the previous artistic director, and Kevin Irving, the current artistic director.

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Garth Brooks

The famous country star Garth Brooks is planning to put on a concert to be screened in movie theaters and drive-ins, including Newberg's 99W Drive-in, on June 27. (More locations could be added).

Tickets ($100 per car) for the event went on sale Friday, June 19 at

Hiding animals

Two Portland companies, Green Bean Books and Bunny with a Toolbelt, have created a free map of 28 animals hiding within the many permanent art works between Northeast 14th and 30th avenues on Alberta Street. The map gives a clue to each animal's location, and it's meant to guide people on a walking tour to learn about the history of the Alberta neighborhood.

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