Bits & Pieces
It figures that much of the New Year's Eve celebrations will be online, and Oregon Public Broadcasting and Pink Martini have teamed up to put on the "Good Riddance 2020" streaming concert.
The hourlong concert will air at 9:30 p.m. Dec. 31 on OPB-TV.
It was filmed at band leader Thomas Lauderdale's downtown loft ("world headquarters") that includes a 35-foot Christmas tree and will feature new and old holiday classics and Pink Martini songs, with Lauderdale anchoring the concert at the piano and lead singer China Forbes at the microphone. There are appearances by Storm Large, Ari Shapiro, Edna Vazquez, Jimmie Herrod, Sofia von Trapp and Cantor Ida Rae Cahana.
"I love the holidays and all of the music that goes with the season," Lauderdale said. "Our goal has always been to make inclusive holiday music that can be played anywhere in the world. And this year we're bringing that spirit right into your living rooms."
For more: opb.org.
Meanwhile, the Portland City Council has proclaimed Dec. 31 as Pink Martini Day. Mayor Ted Wheeler read proclamations Dec. 16 during a virtual meeting. Pink Martini is "one of Oregon's most important exports, acting as a global ambassador, finding common connections across perceived cultural, political and generational divides," the proclamation stated.
Portland Parks and Recreation's improvements at Gateway Green have been completed, and the 25-acre park at the confluence of Interstate 205 and Interstate 84 has reopened. The park includes new and unpaved trails (including a mountain bike trail), greater accessibility to cyclists of all abilities, restrooms, drinking fountains, habitat improvements, plantings and more. There are new, inclusive features to welcome cyclists of all skill levels and abilities (including an asphalt pump track nearly 600 feet long).
"Gateway Green will serve as the foundation for off-road cycling in Portland," said Juntu Oberg, president of the Northwest Trail Alliance.
The Rose City Rollers, the city's big roller derby club, has set up a skate park at Lloyd Center parking garage. There'll be skates and gear provided; skating availability continues through Jan. 3. Times are 1-3 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m. daily (except Dec. 24-25).
For more: www.rosecityrollers.com.
Mae Lin Plummer has been named new executive director at Leach Botanical Garden, the Portland Parks and Recreation attraction at 6704 S.E. 122nd Ave.
Plummer spent almost 20 years in the corporate financial industry and then served as garden director at the Duke Mansion and filled several roles at the UNC-Charlotte Botanical Gardens, both in North Carolina. She also completed the Longwood Ellis Program at Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania.
David Porter, the former executive director, has retired.
• The "Aaron Meyer Christmas Special," the rock violinist's 20th annual holiday show, will air on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, Thursday-Friday, Dec. 24-25, on FOX 12 (KPTV) and FOX 12+ (KPDX).
Showtimes are 10 p.m. Dec. 24 and 6:30 a.m. and 10 p.m. Dec. 25 on KPTV and 8 p.m. Dec. 25 on KPDX.
It features the rock violinist Meyer, The Brown Sisters, some of Meyer's violin students and more.
For more: www.AaronMeyer.com.
• Alberta Rose Theatre's Portland Music Stream holiday shows include the 14th annual "Storm Large Holiday Ordeal," 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 24. For more: www.albertarosetheatre.com.
• Sunshine Division's Winter Wonderland continues through Jan. 2 at Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd. For more: www.winterwonderlandportland.com.
• The Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W Canyon Road, features ZooLights through Jan. 10 (except Christmas Day). For more: www.oregonzoo.org.
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