Metro Life Update
Catching up on arts, activity and entertainment news as we battle through coronavirus/COVID-19 and government restrictions:
TidalWave Productions has released its biography comic book "Infamous: Tiger King," inspired by the popular Netflix documentary series "Tiger King."
The 24-page comic book was written by Michael Frizzell and drawn by Joe Paradise.
Print copies are available from Amazon and various comic book retailers. Digital versions are available from iTunes, Kindle, Nook and more.
For more: www.tidalwavecomics.com.
It was a big victory for the LGBTQ community when the State Advisory Committee nominated the Darcelle XV Showplace for the National Register of Historic Places.
The namesake of the famous drag queen Darcelle, aka Walter Cole, has been an Old Town pillar for 53 years.
The club's nomination now must be approved by the National Park Service, which maintains the national register. The process sometimes takes several months.
The National Park Service could return the nomination report to the state for more work if it doesn't pass muster as a nationally significant place.
"We should get motes that will help us make it a stronger nomination, and then we submit," said Don Horn, Cole's friend and a leader in the historic register push. Most likely it'll be taken up by the National Park Service in September or November, he added.
"I wanna know now!" a joyous Horn added.
Sad to see the Bomber restaurant in Milwaukie closing. Owned by Art Lacey, it housed an actual World War II bomber outside the restaurant for many of its 70-plus years in business.
The owners still want to continue operating their catering business.
The Oregon Symphony is continuing its outreach.
"Symphony Storytime" is an entertaining and educational online storybook series for kids that features musicians playing alongside readings and sharing details about the featured instrument. It'll be a 14-episode series, and it premieres Thursday, June 25 at www.orsymphony.org and YouTube in both English and Spanish.
And, the Lullaby Project is a program that pairs musicians from the Oregon Symphony and local singer-songwriters with parents experiencing housing insecurity and other challenging life situations to create personal lullabies. It's a way to strengthen child bonds and improve well-being, and eight original songs have been released. It was conceived by Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute.
"The Lullaby Project has become one of the symphony's most-cherished community programs because we're able to help these parents put into music the incredible nuance of emotions they feel for their children," said Scott Showalter, Oregon Symphony CEO and president.
The Oregon Book Awards has announced its 2020 winners:
Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children's Literature — Cathy Camper, Portland, "Lowriders Blast from the Past"
Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature — Deborah Hopkinson, West Linn, "How I Became A Spy: A Mystery of WWII London"
Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction — David Wolman and Julian Smith, Portland, "Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World's Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West"
Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction — Beth Alvarado, Bend, "Anxious Attachments"
Award for Graphic Literature — Greg Means and MK Reed, Portland, "Penny Nichols"
Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry — Ashley Toliver, Portland, "Spectra"
Ken Kesey Award for Fiction — Kesha Ajose Fisher, Portland, "No God Like the Mother"
Walter Morey Young Readers Literary Legacy Award — Reading Results, Portland
The Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award — Write Around Portland, Portland
Charles Erskine Scott Wood Distinguished Writer Award — Lawson Fusao Inada, Ashland
Young men in custody will share their stories live online, July 9, in a video work by Echo Productions, a collaboration of Open Signal and Morpheus Youth Project at the MacLaren Youth Correctional Facility and others.
It'll livestream on Facebook, Twitch and YouTube at 6 p.m. July 9, followed by a virtual question-and-answer session.
The video will feature 23 young men at MacLaren who will share their new media works, including personal narrative, documentary, a breakdance film, sketch comedy and a cooking show. They've been working on their media pieces since January.
Open Signal's Taylor Neitzke and Jeff Oliver and Morpheus Youth Project's Carlos Chavez organized the project and facilitated training for the youth on filmmaking, animation and acting. They worked, often remotely, through the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown.
Last year, Echo Productions worked with 12 students at MacLaren on the short film "Phoenix Rising," inspired by Joseph M. Marshall III's book "The Lakota Way."
Oregon Brewers Guild's next digital experience for beer fans will be the Drink Beer, Be King Virtual Beerfest, Saturday, June 27, on Zoom and Facebook. It'll include chats with brewers from across Oregon, live music, comedy, axe-throwing and more.
Tickets are $5.
"Beer fans and brewers sent a clear message after our May virtual fest to do it again," said Tony Roberts, OBG co-executive director. "This event can't replace the outdoor festivals we're missing this year, but we can still connect, have a great time and even learn a thing or two."
For more: www.oregoncraftbeer.org.
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