Bits & Pieces
Artists Repertory Theatre has been working on projects — including audio plays through its PPP-funded new Mercury Company — and now has a new logo and rebranding, thanks to a partnership with Portland marketing agency Grady Britton.
Artists Rep received a $25,000 grant from the agency for rebranding.
"The partnership between Grady Britton and Artists Rep focused on building a cohesive vision for an organization doing so much for Portland's diverse community of artists. So Artists Rep's new logo, color palette, messaging and tagline tells the story of the longest-running professional theater company in Portland, and its commitment to produce intimate, provocative theater — a mission more critical to our city than ever before," according to a news release.
Portland Center Stage plans a virtual play reading of Shakespeare's "The Comedy of Errors," at 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26. It's part of the PCS Remix programming and will include reading of scenes and conversations with artists.
Directed by Desdemona Chiang, the cast includes Portland-based Cycerli Ash and Jimmy Garcia, and New York-based actors Cindy Im, Benjamin Bonenfant, Jamie Ann Romero and Patrick Truhler.
For tickets ($5-$30): www.pcs.org.
The recently launched Artists Sundays is a nationwide alliance of artists and economic development organizations, and it includes the Oregon Arts Commission. It turns the Sunday of Thankgiving weekend into Artists Sunday, and encourages people to buy local artwork — a la Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday.
There are 650 individual artisans and 125 organizations involved.
For more: www.ArtistsSunday.com.
Portland Book Festival
The author lineup for the Portland Book Festival has been announced. The festival will be virtual, Nov. 5-21.
There'll be more than 100 authors from Oregon and around the world participating — representing fiction, nonfiction, poetry, young adult, middle grade and picture books. Most events will be free via a custom streaming site.
There are three events that require a book purchase: Jess Walter in conversation with Andrew Proctor, 6 p.m. Nov. 5; Margaret Atwood in conversation with Karen Russell, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 17; Isabel Wilkerson in conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen, 5:30 p.m. Nov. 19.
In addition, Literary Arts has moved its "The Archive Project" to a new day and time on OPB Radio — 7 p.m. every Sunday. "The Archive Project" features recordings from Literary Arts author events.
For more: www.literary-arts.org.
Portland Open Studios
Not surprisingly, Portland Open Studios has set up a virtual festival for 2020, scheduled for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 10-11 and Oct. 17-18. Portland Open Studios, in normal times, offers the opportunity for people to visit artists and their studios in person.
This year, 51 artists will offer a live talk on Instagram during the two weekends, and 90 artists will post on their websites with special Portland Open Studios sales.
For more: www.portlandopenstudios.com.
The Portland Japanese Garden has received the Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects for its Cultural Crossing Project.
Portland Japanese Garden, led by curator Sadafumi Uchiyama and architecture firm Walker Macy, worked together with a multicultural/multidisciplinary team that included Kengo Kuma Associates. The garden was expanded, and the redesign was inspired by the forested and hilltop setting in Washington Park. The project emphasized indoor-outdoor relationships and a feeling of interconnectedness.
The Portland-based band Blitzen Trapper recently put on a concert via in.Live, a new streaming service designed for fans, artists and people who work in the music industry. Blitzen Trapper's concert was meant to raise money for firefighters and first responders.
The in.Live team has toured many famous venues, which sit empty, to film live concerts in an attempt to put people back to work. Live applause, song requests, tipping and private virtual box appearances by artists are part of the streaming program.
Recent wildfires stressed out and devastated the lives of many people — as well as animals.
The 44 critically endangered California condors housed at the Oregon Zoo's Jonsson Center for Wildlife Conservation in Clackamas County had to be evacuated, and Oregon Zoo officials don't know if they will be returned to the facility.
"The best news is all our condors and staff members are healthy, uninjured and accounted for," said Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo's condor program.
Koons and keeper Marti Jenkins took 26 of the condors to the Peregrine Fund's World Center for Birds of Prey in Boise, Idaho. The remaining 18 condors were taken to temporary housing at the Oregon Zoo.
Following successful showings of Blake Shelton, Garth Brooks and Metallica, the Encore Drive-In Nights series will feature country music star Kane Brown at Newberg's 99W Drive-In, Sept. 26.
For tickets, see www.ticketmaster.com/encore-kanebrown.
The 63rd Monterey Jazz Festival in California has gone virtual on its YouTube channel. It will feature scores of concerts from 5-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Sept. 25-27.
Among the highlights: Friday — Herbie Hancock, Dianne Reeves; Saturday — Diana Krall, Tribute to Dave Brubeck; Sunday — Tribute to Quincy Jones "The A&M Years," Sonny Rollins Tribute.
For more: www.montereyjazzfestival.org.
Portland kids musician Red Yarn, aka Andy Furgeson, launched a new series of videos on YouTube for at-home learning and fun, titled "Red Yarn's Backyard." He plans to post new episodes on YouTube every other week, featuring songs, stories and activity ideas from Red Yarn, Jessie and all the puppet critters from Red Yarn's live show.
Red Yarn's most recent album is "Backyard Bop," a rockabilly celebration of family life and nature.
For more: www.redyardproductions.
Governor's Arts Awards
The 2020 Governor's Arts Awards were postponed Sept. 12 because of wildfires. Be on the lookout for the new time and date at www.oregonartscommission.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 details: www.pica.org/tba.
Science on Tap
The next Science on Tap lecture series is "Understanding Bird Behavior: An Illustrated Guide to What Birds Do and Why," 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, on the Science on Tap Facebook page.
Biologist and author Wenfei Tong describes the scientific research and vignettes about the private lives of birds, from finding food and family life to coping with climate and other threats, drawing information from her two books.
For more: www.scienceontapporwa.org.
The ABC private investigator show "Stumptown," which is set in Portland (but filmed in Los Angeles), reportedly has been canceled. Deadline first reported the news. It was based on a series of comics by Portland's Greg Rucka and starred Cobie Smulders.
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