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Items include Fertile Ground, KMHD, Portland Opera, PCS commissions and BodyVox events.

COURTESY PHOTO: HOGLE ZOO - The Oregon Zoo will welcome back polar bear Nora in March. She's been living at Utah's Hogle Zoo while work was being done on the Oregon Zoo's Polar Passage habitat. Fertile Ground

A reminder that the Fertile Ground Festival of New Works continues to post premier shows on Facebook and YouTube through Feb. 7, and all shows can be watched for free on demand through Feb. 15.

For complete info: www.fertilegroundpdx.org.

Some highlights: "Acting Counsel," Lakewood Theatre Company, noon Feb. 3; "Hot Mess — a Zombie Musical," Spectre Productions, 7 p.m. Feb. 4; "Experimental Plays," PDX Playwrights, noon Feb. 5; "Fezziwig's Fortune," LineStorm Playwrights, noon Feb. 6; "Tales of Sex Magic and Healing," Charla Hathaway/Naked at My Age, 9 p.m. Feb. 6; "Madonna of the Cat," 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

'Bachelor' update

Beaverton resident Abigail Heringer, 25, is vying for Matt James' heart on the dating and relationship reality television series "The Bachelor." Pieper James, 23, a graduate student from Happy Valley, also is in the mix.

"The Bachelor" airs at 8 p.m. Mondays on KATU (2).

KMHD selected

KMHD Jazz Radio has been selected as one of five radio stations in the country to receive a grant to participate in a major nonprofit radio initiative, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's Jazz Media Lab program.

It's designed to strengthen jazz radio and its engagement with artists and diverse audiences. KMHD will receive a grant from the foundation of up to $275,000 over three years.

KMHD is an Oregon Public Broadcasting member-supported jazz radio station operated by OPB in partnership with Mt. Hood Community College. Showcasing jazz without boundaries, it has been a staple of the Northwest music scene for 37 years.

"The incredible resources and support we'll receive from the Jazz Media Lab program can help us build upon KMHD's strong public service," said Matt Fleeger, KMHD program director.

Portland Opera

There's another round of changes in the Portland Opera's 2020-21 season, as the company continues to navigate COVID-19 pandemic safety, travel and assembly restrictions in Multnomah County.

The company hopes to present the postponed "Frida" as a live, in-person event this summer; it had been set to premiere via the Portland Opera On Screen digital channel. The production of "Il Trovatore" has been canceled; it had been scheduled for May 7 on the opera's digital channel and possibly outdoors.

Resident artist recitals will continue on Portland Opera's YouTube and Vimeo channels, Feb. 11 and Feb. 25. And, "Journeys to Justice," an evening of art song, opera and pieces about love, justice and experiences of being a Black American, premieres April 16 on its digital channel.

For more: www.portlandopera.org.

Nora returning

The Oregon Zoo is welcoming back Nora the polar bear, as the zoo puts finishing touches on its new Polar Passage habitat. Nora has spent the past few years at Utah's Hogle Zoo and is set to return some time in March. She's now 5 years old.

"She's kind of like the kid who goes off to college and comes home all grown up," said Amy Cutting, who oversees the zoo's marine life area. "We can't wait to get reacquainted and introduce her to the new Polar Passage habitat."

At Hogle Zoo, "Nora learned more about how to interact with another bear," Cutting said. "This was so important for her development."

PCS commissions

Portland Center Stage has commissioned four new plays from writers Brittany K. Allen, Christina Anderson, Christopher Chen and Anya Pearson, as part of its PCS Remix program to lift American theater voices while theaters themselves remain closed.

Portland-based artist Pearson is familiar to PCS audiences through her short play, "Three Love Songs," which was commissioned by PCS at the beginning of the pandemic for the national Play at Home series.

"I am beyond honored to receive this commission from Portland Center Stage — and to be part of this amazing and formidable lineup of BIPOC playwrights," Pearson said. "We need theater now more than ever. The collective breath, the joy, the vulnerability, the investigation of the soul, and the reimagining of what it means to gather, to hold space, and to dream of a better world for all of us."

For more: www.pcs.org.

BodyVox events

Reminder: 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, for 5 p.m. Feb. 4-6. It focuses on how dance is affected by light, technology and perspective, and feature dances from the full-length show "Figments," which premieres later this month.

The main room of the Maddox Building, 1231 N.W. Hoyt St., will have multiple video projections and music as visitors are immersed in "Synaesthesia," "Deep Wading" and "Figments."

State guidelines limit capacity to 15 people at a time, and a new program begins every half-hour.

The full-length dance film "Figments" will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Feb 11-13 as a drive-in event at Zidell Yards, and also will be available for streaming. It's a reimagining of Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland's most visually enticing dances.


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