Weekend Metro Life Update
Mining the news in the arts, entertainment and activity worlds as we battle the health and economic crisis brought on by coronavirus/COVID-19:
The Great Oregon Steam-up, a long-standing Oregon event in Brooks, marks its upcoming 50th year with an Oregon Heritage Tradition designation by the Oregon Heritage Commission.
Other Oregon Heritage Traditions include the Oregon State Fair, Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up, and the Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana.
"The designation recognizes those traditions that have helped define the character of the state," said Chelsea Rose, the commission's chair. "The Great Oregon Steam-Up helps us celebrate Oregon's agricultural history and learn about the early machinery and innovation that modern machines, vehicles, and farm equipment are based on."
The Great Oregon Steam-up began in 1970 by a group of enthusiasts dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and operation of steam-powered equipment and antique farm machinery and implements. The mission is to educate the public about the history and operation of machines. The Great Oregon Steam-up continues to serve as a gathering for "steam fiends" and the public. You can see equipment such as an operating gas engine that ran a dredge on the Snake River in the early 1900s and a steam-powered sawmill that ran in an Oregon mill.
This summer the Great Oregon Steam-up has been canceled, but Powerland Heritage Park in Brooks will present "Rollin' Thru Steam-Up," a drive-through celebration of the innovations, stories, equipment and people that the campus of nonprofits celebrates. Guests can drive through Powerland's 62-acre campus and enjoy the sites and features the independent museums and organizations have to offer.
The gate fee of $20 per vehicle will help ensure the future of the Great Oregon Steam-Up. Remaining event weekends (9 a.m.-5 p.m.): July 25-26, Aug. 1-2 and Aug. 22-23.
For more: www.powerlandheritagepark.com.
There's a big summer event coming. Mostly because people can be socially distant, the Cinema Unbound Drive-In will take place at Zidell Yards, 3030 S. Moody Ave. in South Waterfront, Aug. 6-Sept. 27.
The Northwest Film Center and Portland Art Museum are collaborating on the event, which is a spinoff of the film center's Cinema Unbound artistic vision. There'll be cinema classics, indie favorites, new releases, nonfiction, animation and art movies in different genres and styles — all enjoyed from the comfort of your vehicle.
Movies will start at dusk. The themed lineup (movies subject to change):
"Man Kind" — "Kindergarten Cop," Aug. 6; "John Lewis: Good Trouble," Aug. 7; "Moonlight," Aug. 8.
"Ch, Ch, Changes" — "Milk," Aug. 13; "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," Aug. 14; "Do the Right Thing," Aug. 15.
"Black Lagoons, Bowie & Badass Women" — "Creature From the Black Lagoon," Aug. 20; "Labyrinth," Aug. 21; "Knives and Skin," Aug. 22.
"Living, Loving & Phoning Home" — "Sword of Trust," Aug. 27; "E.T. The Extra Terrestrial," Aug. 28; "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," Aug. 29.
"Suntory and Sports Time" — "Lost in Translation," Sept. 10; "Love and Basketball," Sept. 11; "A League of Their Own," Sept. 12.
"Escape & Roll Bounce" — "The Birds," Sept. 17; "The Great Outdoors," Sept. 18; "Xanadu," Sept. 19.
"There's No Place Like Home" — "House Party," Sept. 24; "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," Sept. 25; "The Shining," Sept. 26.
Tickets are $35 per car and $45 for trucks, vans and RVs and $55 for premium seating.
Justin Bieber has announced rescheduled dates for his 2021 world tour, and it includes a stop at the Moda Center, June 10, 2021.
On his previous tour, Bieber featured Corey Harper, a singer and guitarist from Vancouver, Washington, as one of his opening acts. No word on who would be opening for Bieber in 2021.
Matt Bors, an award-winning political cartoonist who has called Portland home for several years, said that he'll be moving to Ontario, Canada. He'll still run the popular The Nib website, which features political cartoons.
He cites cost of living and daycare for his reasons for moving. He and his wife will be closer to his wife's family.
"I'll still be running The Nib from there and nothing should change with that, but it is a permanent move. While I think we'll move again in a few years time, I don't know that I'll be able to return to Portland, sadly."
The Tribune wrote about Bors and The Nib in the spring. You can read the story here: www.pamplinmedia.com/bvt/17-features/466508-377779-portland-cartoonist-matt-bors-named-2020-pulitzer-prize-finalist.
The Oregon Brewers Guild has announced that Christina LaRue will take on the role as sole executive director of the organization.
Co-director Tony Roberts — a former Pamplin Media Group editor — will leave at the end of the month to take a position at a Portland-based law firm. His position won't be replaced.
Not being eligible for the federal Paycheck Protection Program hurts OBG, necessitating changes, the organization said.
Roberts joined the guild in February 2019 and focused on government affairs, marketing and operations.
"This was a gut-wrenching decision — it's been a true joy to advocate for an iconic industry with so many incredible people," Roberts said. "Under normal circumstances, I would never leave this job. Unfortunately, a global pandemic changes your decision-making process. That said, the guild is in great hands with the board and Christina."
Ryan Niemeller, a handicapped comedian of "America's Got Talent" fame, will be doing standup comedy at Helium Comedy Club, 1510 S.E. Ninth Ave., 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, and 6:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Jan. 24-25. For more: www.heliumcomedy.com.
The next Takeout & A Movie, hosted by Oregon Hospitality Foundation, will feature an interactive livestream YouTube event with bicycle adventure films from Filmed by Bike, 6 p.m. Sunday, July 26. It's $10. Buy tickets at www.Bitly.com/TakeOutAndAMovie.
David Shifrin, outgoing artistic director with Chamber Music Northwest, will be putting on his final concert, which will be posted to www.CMNW.org and the group's YouTube channel 7 p.m. Saturday, July 25. It'll be available to watch through Sunday, July 26.
Portland Youth Philharmonic has unveiled plans for an online music education program through December.
The nation's first and oldest youth orchestra is accepting online applications and video auditions from young local creatives interested in participating in the organization's 97th season. The deadline for applying has been extended to Aug. 24.
"After lots of brainstorming with the PYP staff, board and some of our fellow youth orchestras, we have a plan for the fall," said David Hattner, PYP musical director. "We are current in the process of commissioning new music for our musicians to play. We are asking incredible composers to create new works specifically designed for remote performances. In other words, they will be rehearsed from our musicians' homes and recorded in parts for assembly."
The works will be composed primarily by women and musicians of color. For a list of composers and more, see www.portlandyouthphil.org/season97.
Fall concerts will be held virtually, with plans for weekly in-person rehearsals and concerts in January 2021.
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