Bits & Pieces
It's more socially distant and social movement fun: The PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular features films at the Expo Center, starting Thursday, Aug. 13.
The Hollywood Theatre and Love Portland Group have partnered with the Expo Center for the sixth year of the drive-in event. The Hollywood Theatre has stepped up its involvement, and its programmers chose the lineup from some of its signature film series — Queer Horror, OregonMade, Portland Black Film Festival and Ollin: Social Justice Series.
Movies will be shown on a 60-foot screen in the Expo Center parking lot. The number of cars allowed will be capped at 120 to allow for space between each car; people can sit at designated spots next to their vehicles, but must wear a face mask when not in their vehicles.
Entry is $35 per vehicle, and gates open at 6:30 p.m. each night with movies starting at dusk.
The lineup: "Aliens," Thursday, Aug. 13; "Jurassic Park," Friday, Aug. 14; "The Thing," Saturday, Aug. 15; "Raising Arizona," Aug. 20; "Girlfight," Aug. 21; "Destroy All Monsters," Aug. 22; "Beetlejuice," Aug. 27; "Stand By Me," Aug. 28; "Get Out," Aug. 29; "Death Becomes Her," Sept. 3; "The Lost Boys," Sept. 4; "Mad Max: Fury Road," Sept. 5.
For more: www.expomovies.com.
The Oregon Aquarium in Newport was scheduled to open Monday, Aug. 10, after being closed to the public for five months because of the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions. But, visitors can explore outside exhibits only, a one-hour facilitated encounter with vultures, otters, seals and sea lions, seabird aviary and rocky habitat exhibits.
For more: www.aquarium.org.
Voices Reunion Tour
The Voices Lectures, a women empowerment series, had to be shelved because of the pandemic, but the Voices Reunion Tour presents women speakers in a Zoom format. It's $79 to view all the speakers.
It starts Thursday, Aug. 13, with women's rights activist/scholar Lisa Shannon, and continues with Asenath Andrews (Sept. 10), Elaine Sciolino (Oct. 15), Holly Hoffman (Nov. 12) and Annie Griffiths (Jan. 14, 2021).
For more: www.voicesinc.com.
Hiroshima Peace Trees
Nearly 30 Oregon cities and towns have planted Hiroshima Peace Trees, marking the 75th anniversary of the U.S. dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan (Aug. 6), at the close of World War II. Seeds came from trees that survived the blast.
An Oregon Department of Forestry map of the planted Hiroshima Peace Trees can be found at www.oregon.gov/ODF/ForestBenefits/Pages/Hiroshima-peace-trees.aspx.
Portland State University and Hoyt Arboretum are two sites with trees in the metro area.
Montavilla Jazz Festival
Like most festivals, the Montavilla Jazz Festival had to cancel its in-person festival, but there will be livestreamed concerts, Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 15-16, while plans for new projects and expanded educational programming in 2021 are underway.
The "Let's Celebrate Portland Jazz!" concerts will be livestreamed by Left Door Streaming from The 1905 club, 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. (Integer on Saturday and Ron Steen Trio on Sunday, via Facebook).
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