The Oregon Ballet Theatre, like many companies having to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic, has begun a reimagined season, titled "OBT Moves," signifying OBT's literal move out of venues and into spaces for pop-up performances, demonstrations and classes.
It began with "OBT Moves/Exposed," a monthlong set of free performances that started at Zidell Yards (Sept. 8-12) and continues Sept. 14-19 at OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Sept. 21-26 at Hacienda Community Development Corp., 6700 N.E. Killingsworth St., and Sept. 28-Oct. 3 at a site to be determined.
See http://www.obt.org/obt-moves for updates.
Oregon Public Broadcasting and Aaron Scott, OPB's science and environmental producer, have developed a seven-part podcast series that looks at the history and consequences of the decades-long fight over Pacific Northwest forests.
"Timber Wars" launches Tuesday, Sept. 22. It tells the story of how a small group of activists and scientists turned the fight over ancient trees and the northern spotted owl into an environmental conflict. It was 30 years ago that the northern spotted owl was listed as an endangered species.
Scott hosts and reports on the podcast, in collaboration with 30 Minutes West and NPR's Story Lab. Laura Gibson, who grew up in the logging town of Coquille, composed original music.
"Timber Wars" will be available via Apple Podcasts, the NPR One app and at http://www.opb.org.
Artist Mike Bennett made news with cartoon plywood cutouts in his Portland neighborhood and his "A to Zoo" figures in his front yard. Now, he has expanded "A to Zoo" with "Crypto-Zoo," which showcases Halloween ABCs in Alberta Arts District through Oct. 31.
Bigfoot, unicorns and the jackalope are some of the creatures made from 100% recycled and hand-painted materials — they're cryptids, or creatures that may or may not exist. Explore the Alberta Arts District to find them.
Follow Bennett on social media at @MikeBennettArt.
Marie Watts, a Portland resident and member of Seneca Nation, has works in a big, contemporary Indigenous art exhibit, "Larger Than Memory," at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, that addresses issues of environment, race, gender, equality and power.
Her large-scale wall hanging, "Companion Species," is among 40 pieces in the show.
For more: http://www.heard.org/larger-than-memory.
At a time when the health and economic crisis has led to closed eateries, a new one has opened up in the Pearl District.
Industry leaders Chef Sarah Schafer and Anna Caporael have opened Cooperativa, a new Italian marketplace, with curbside pickup, takeout pizzas, pasta and more.
It's located in the Tanner Building, 1250 N.W. Ninth Ave., and includes 14-foot windows, a full block of outdoor seating and 5,000 square feet.
"We have been working for months, even before the pandemic, on how to make Cooperativa different, how to break the mold on what food service and hospitality can be," Caporael said.
Guests are encouraged to place orders at http://www.cooperativapdx.com.
Mobile mini boats
The Columbia River Maritime Museum in Astoria works with students to make 5-foot seaworthy boats that they launch on the Oregon Coast, destined for Japan. Now the Miniboat Program has expanded to a Mobile Miniboat Makerspace to deliver hands-on learning to students this fall.
Rather than meet in-class to work with students, Nate Sandel, education director, will visit students directly in Oregon and Southwest Washington with the "makerspace" — outdoor places to design, build, paint and prepare their boats, accompanying weekly virtual visits.
The museum started a GoFundMe page.
Since 2017, the program has worked with 1,200 students on both sides of the Pacific Ocean and launched 27 mini boats.
For more: http://www.crmm.org.
Oregon Humane Society, in partnership with American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) and Wings of Rescue, has worked to find homes for 49 pets from shelters in Louisiana that had been affected by Hurricane Laura.
For details, see http://www.oregonhumane.org/adopt.
If you're going to Central Oregon, you'll want to go see "Daredevils" — a new exhibit at the High Desert Museum in Bend, opening Saturday, Sept. 19. It dives into the world of Evel Knievel, Kitty O'Neil and others.
There'll be objects and memorabilia as part of the exhibit, including Denny "The Flying Irishman" Edwards' Triumph motorcycle to the pink mink coat Knievel gave to Debbie "The Flying Angel" Lawler.
In particular, the exhibit features the daredevils who used the salt flats, former lake beds and canyons of the region for their performances. O'Neil reached an average speed of 512 miles per hour in a three-wheeled rocket car at Southeast Oregon's Alvord Desert in 1976, setting a land-speed record for female drivers that lasted more than 40 years.
For more: http://www.highdesertmuseum.org.
Another out-of-Portland destination, Maryhill Museum, outside of Goldendale, Washington, will reopen Friday, Sept. 18.
It'll be open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays-Mondays. "A Particular Beauty: Romanian Folk Clothing" is a featured exhibit through Nov. 15, 2021.
For more: http://www.maryhillmuseum.org.
Max the sea lion
The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport announced some sad news last week: Max, the oldest sea lion, has died at age 30.
Max was one of the original sea lions when the aquarium opened in 1992, arriving from the Chicago Brookfield Zoo at age 2.
"Max was always eager to please his trainers. One of his favorite behaviors was fetching toys. Without us asking, he would retrieve toys from the pool and bring them to us and then look at us like he just did the best thing ever and deserved a whole bucket full of fish," said Brittany Blades, curator of marine mammals. "He had this look with very sweet brown eyes that felt like he had a deep connection with us staring into our souls.
"Max was loved not just by all his trainers and guests, but also by all of his sea lion pool mates. Our female sea lions, Catalina and Rosa, would argue over who got to be closest to Max during breeding season."
The Clackamas County Fairgrounds and Event Center in Canby now features a drive-in movie theater. It opened in late August.
To buy tickets and for more information, see the Canby Cinema 8 website, http://www.canbycinema8.com.
Alberta Main Street will be hosting "Alberta Eats," a weeklong event series celebrating eclectic tastes from the area's restaurants. It's Sept. 21-26, and there'll be virtual programs, socially distant in-person experiences and local promotions of the local restaurants, food carts and vendors.
The marquee event is the NW Natural Virtual Cook-Off, which will be livestreamed at 6 p.m. Sept. 24, as well as the final Last Thursday event of the 2020 season on the same day.
For more info: http://www.albertamainst.org.
A reminder: The annual Time-Based Art Festival, put on by Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, continues online (and in person for some events) through Sept. 30. For complete info: http://www.pica.org/tba.
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