Metro Life update
Catching up news in our arts, entertainment and activity worlds as we continue to trudge through the health and economic crisis brought on by coronavirus/COVID-19:
• Chalk art — The La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival won't happen in 2020 because of crowd restrictions, but organizers have brought their cool art to people with an "Un-Festival" — video of artists making their art.
Organizer 2D4D worked with Cedar Hills Crossing in Beaverton, which provided space for artists to work on chalked images.
The "Un-Festival" video showcases artists Brittany Resch, Morgan Miller, Susan Charnquist and Shelley Fagin, who created images with the theme "Everyday Heroes and First Responders."
Also, to recreate the popular kids area at the annual festival, 2D4D put out a public call for submissions for community members to submit (via video) heart-touching chalk drawings and sayings drawn out in their neighborhoods and driveways.
To see the drawings, go to www.2D4D.org/la-strada.
The La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival plans to return Aug. 14-15, 2021.
• New exhibit — The Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., is opening a new exhibit focused on our city's long soccer tradition and the cultural context of the game. "We are the Rose City: A History of Soccer in Portland" opens on Friday, July 24.
The old Portland Timbers originally gave the city a national reputation in the 1970s. The University of Portland produced national-level teams. Youth leagues have been huge. And, the Portland Timbers of the MLS and Portland Thorns of the NWSL have been some of the most popular professional teams, and created followings in the city.
For more: www.ohs.org.
• Emotional help — The next Science on Tap lecture, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23 on the Science on Tap Facebook page, tackles emotions with "The Science of Emotions: What are they good for anyway?"
"If you had the choice, would you rather live with the full array of emotions you have now — the good, the bad, and the ugly — or get rid of your emotions entirely?" promotions said.
Michelle "Lani" Shiota, an associate professor of psychology at Arizona State University, and an expert in affective science, shares her research.
Shows are available a couple days after the event on YouTube.
• PTM Foundation — Portugal. The Man, the alternative band that has called Portland home for some time, has officially launched the PTM Foundation, which focuses on universal issues related to human rights, community health and the environment. An emphasis will be on causes directly impacting Indigenous peoples.
It is providing a national grants program.
Band members John Gourley and Zachary Carothers lead the board of directors; Logan Lynn serves as director. There is also a community advisory board.
Portland. The Man has long been popular in Portland, and reached national acclaim with its big hit "Feel It Still."
For more: www.portugaltheman.com.
• New leader — Chip Miller has been named associate artistic director of Portland Center Stage.
He joined the company in 2019 as an associate producer. He has directed "Hedwig and the Angry Inch" and "Redwood," a play he also developed.
"Chip Miller is a visionary director and leader in the American theater. I'm so thrilled that he'll continue to shape the work on and off stage at PCS in this new role of associate artistic director," said Marissa Wolf, artistic director.
• Paris Baguette — If you haven't heard, the international bakery-cafe concept Paris Baguette is coming to Portland. There'll be two locations led by Jay Chun, who has lived in the Portland area for 15 years.
Paris Baguette offers an assortment of cakes, pastries and breads.
"Being from Korea, my partners and I absolutely love the products and offerings from Paris Baguette and we are looking forward to offering the diverse menu variety to the Portland community," Chun said.
• Big cancellation — Most arts organizations have canceled events through 2020 and into next year, and now add White Bird Dance to the list.
Co-founders Walter Jaffe and Paul King said the presenting company won't present dance performances during the October 2020-May 2021 season. They cite Gov. Kate Brown's restrictions on crowd gatherings of no more than 50 people for indoor events.
White Bird will post dance videos and engage in online conversations about how dance addresses systemic racism.
For more: www.whitebird.org.
• Fair leader — There won't be an Oregon State Fair in 2020, but the Oregon State Fair and Exposition Center has promoted Kim Grewe-Powell to chief executive offer. She has been with the fair for 10 years.
Grewe-Powell replaces Mike Paluszak, who retired after more than 40 years in the fair industry.
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