Construction of the Oregon Zoo's Primate Forest, a new habitat for chimpanzees and orangutans, is nearing completion. The residents — Chloe, Delilah, Leh and Jackson — have started moving into the habitat to settle into the new digs.
Before coming to the Oregon Zoo in 1975, the oldest resident, Chloe, had been kept as a pet. The zoo's pioneering work with chimpanzees drew the attention of famed conservationist Jane Goodall, who visited Portland regularly, getting to know Chloe, Leah, Delilah and the others.
Primate Forest features climbing structures, complex spaces for family groups, and enhanced opportunities for enrichment and keeper interaction. Gone are the indoor portions of the old chimp habitat, considered state-of-the-art when the zoo first moved to its current site in 1959, but not so great by today's standards.
For more: http://www.oregonzoo.org.
Portland filmmaker Travis Brown has taken on a timely topic for his next documentary. It's called "When in Doubt," and it's a documentary about finding ways to effectively communicate across ideological divides in a way that strengthens relationships, Brown said in an email.
"I've been concerned about rising polarization for a long time and am doing what I can to offer solutions to heal our divide," Brown said.
There has been a teaser and videos made to promote the film. Local subjects will be used in the documentary. For more: http://www.whenindoubtfilm.com.
The Oregon Symphony has been nominated for a 2021 Grammy Award in the Best Orchestral Performance category for the symphony's recording of "Aspects of America: Pulitzer Edition."
It was conducted by Music Director Carlos Kalmar and released in February 2020 on the Pentatone label as the second installment of the acclaimed "Aspects of America" series. It features three Pulitzer Prize-awarded symphonic works: Walter Piston's "Symphony No. 7," Morton Gould's "Stringmusic" and Howard Hanson's "Symphony No. 4, Requiem."
It's the symphony's third Grammy nomination. The Grammys take place Jan. 31.
For more: http://www.orsymphony.org.
SE Wine Collective has started a new virtual wine tasting program.
Winemakers Kate Norris and Tom Monroe, of Division Winemaking, are hosting the wine tastings. You pick up SE Wine Collective wines and book a time to talk with winemakers.
For more: http://www.sewinecollective.com.
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