Bits & Pieces
The band will be back together Feb. 13, when famed Portland pianist Tom Grant gathers the boys for their first concert together in a decade.
Grant joins original Tom Grant Band members Dan Balmer on guitar, Jeff Leonard on bass and Carlton Jackson on drums, and they'll play a 90-minute show via livestream from Classic Pianos in Southeast Portland. It'll be broadcast live on YouTube and Facebook, and will include songs that marked the band's nearly 10 years together in the 1980s and '90s.
Grant, like many musicians, has taken to livestreaming on YouTube and Facebook during the COVID-19 pandemic, including from Classic Pianos. And, viewers encouraged him to rejoin his bandmates for a concert.
The band came together in 1983, finding regular air play on local radio stations and packed gigs at the likes of Cousins and Cafe Vivo, and it toured across the country. The Tom Grant Band disbanded in the early 1990s, but played a couple shows since then.
"I'm looking forward to playing those songs that I don't get a chance to play too often," Grant said. "I've enjoyed the conversations with the guys about the reunion. These guys are really funny; they make me laugh."
Stoller Family Estate winery and rock violinist Aaron Meyer and wife Renee are also helping sponsor the show.
"I've always been a fan of Tom's," Meyer said, "and truly appreciate the lasting legacy all of these musicians have had on our community."
For more: www.tomgrant.com.
BodyVox Dance has developed its first pop-up art gallery, a video installation set for the Maddox Building at the newly zoned pedestrian street in the Pearl District, 5 p.m. Feb. 4-6. It focuses on how dance is affected by light, technology and perspective, and features dances from the full-length show "Figments," which premieres in February.
The main room of the Maddox Building, 1231 N.W. Hoyt St., will have multiple video projections and music as visitors can be immersed in "Synaesthesia," "Deep Wading" and "Figments."
State guidelines limits capacity to 15 people at a time, and a new program begins every half hour.
The full-length dance film "Figments" will be shown 7:30 p.m. Feb 11-13 as a drive-in event at Zidell Yards, and it'll be available for streaming. It's a reimagining of Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland's most visually enticing dances.
For more: www.bodyvox.com.
The Oregon Zoo recently welcomed the birth of a rare bat — three of them, actually, three Rodrigues flying fox babies.
They are close in size to a flying prairie dog and look like a flying Ewok. They are native only to Rodrigues, a tiny island in the Indian Ocean about 900 miles east of Madagascar. They play an ecological role on the island as a pollinator and seed disperser.
"Each new arrival is significant for this species," said Amy Cutting, who oversees the zoo's bat area. "Forty years ago, Rodrigues flying foxes were at the very brink of extinction. The fact that they're still around shows how people can make a difference for wildlife."
The Oregon Zoo began housing "Rods" in 1994, and has raised more than 50 pups since then, periodically sending bats to other zoos.
Everybody Reads 2021
Multnomah County Library will launch its 19th annual community reading project Everybody Reads with author and poet Ross Gay and his collection of essays, "The Book of Delights." The book includes Gay's observations, reflections and celebration of everyday wonders that often go overlooked — from the natural world to his experience living in America as a Black man.
Multnomah County Library will distribute copies of "The Book of Delights" through libraries and high schools around Multnomah County in February, and Everybody Reads culminates with a virtual author lecture with Gay on April 8.
For more: www.multcolib.org.
Artists Repertory Theatre has made some management changes. Kisha Jarrett has been named managing director as part of a succession plan because of the planned retirement of current Managing Director J.S. May as early as 2023.
May assumes the new title of executive director, while Damaso Rodriguez has taken the new title of executive artistic director.
Jarrett was previously the director of development and marketing, and began her tenure with Artists Rep in 2016. She'll co-report to May and Rodriguez.
Joe and Kamala
Portland's TidalWave Comics has added comic books about President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to its "Political Power" series that features political figures around the world. They were released on Inauguration Day, Jan. 20. Print copies are available on Amazon, and digital versions on iTunes, Kindle and other e-book platforms.
'At Wit's End'
Helen Raptis, well-known as a TV personality, plays the lead role in the Triangle Productions play about beloved humorist Erma Bombeck, "At Wit's End," which will be streamed at fiveohm.tv Jan. 28 to Feb. 13. It's $15 for a 24-hour viewing. For more: trianglepro.org.
It's a one-act play by Margaret Engel and Allison Engel.
'The Story of My Life'
Tigard's Broadway Rose Theatre will mount the two-person intimate musical "The Story of My Life," which weaves songs and stories together to explore the unseen ripples we make in each other's lives. It's $25 per household for a 48-hour rental, and it'll stream Feb. 5-28. For more: www.broadwayrose.org.
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