Bits & Pieces: Check out programs 'Relative Fiction,' 'Art Interrupted' and 'She's Speaking'
The Rose Festival will be the same in 2021 — meaning not the same as the first 100 or so years before 2020.
Portland's party has shelved any plans for real parades and other outdoor events, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But, plenty of traditional events remain in some form with the theme "Hope Reigns."
A Rose Festival queen will be crowned in June; finalists for each participating school have been named, and princesses will be named soon. There'll be Virtual Fleet Week in June and the Rose Festival Treasure Hunt, Porch Parade and Roses for Hope celebrations will still happen.
With the Porch Parade, which debuted last year, the Rose Festival asks neighbors to decorate homes, yards and porches. It inspired such communities as New Orleans (during Mardi Gras) and Washington, D.C. to put on similar parades.
Organizers said the 2022 Rose Festival will return to normal, kicking off May 27.
"Oregon is not quite ready yet for big outdoor events," said Jeff Curtis, CEO of Portland Rose Festival Foundation. "The health and safety of our community is still our top priority as we plan for a Rose Festival season to engage and inspire the community once again this year."
For more: www.rosefestival.org.
The Pacific Northwest Sportsmen's Show and Portland Boat Show have been combined by organizer O'Loughlin Trade Shows, and they'll be held at the Expo Center, March 24-28. Masks and social distancing will be enforced; tickets will be issued into four-hour segments and there'll be limited entry.
Tickets are $17 and $7 (16 and under). Parking is $12.
For more: www.thesportshows.com.
Reminder: Oregon Public Broadcasting is launching a new podcast series that delves into the heart of one of the most nebulous mysteries of the universe — family.
The six-part "Relative Fiction" starts March 29 on NPR One App and www.opb.org and it's based on writer and illustrator Nicole Georges' award-winning 2013 graphic memoir "Calling Dr. Laura" and blossoms into a much larger story. It's narrated by Georges.
Oregon Children's Theatre is putting on a four-part series "Art Interrupted," in which artists who had their performances canceled in 2020 because of the pandemic will meet virtually and discuss the experience.
Each piece will be tailored for the audiences and be different than the plays themselves; there'll be behind-the-scenes footage, conversations with creative teams and actors, musical numbers, crafting and more.
The project was inspired by Ken Yoshikawa, an actor and poet who portrayed the lead role in the last spring's "The Journal of Ben Uchida: Citizen 13559," which will be one of four productions featured, along with "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show," "Last Stop on Market Street" and the Young Professionals Company's "The K of D."
For more: www.octc.org.
Singer-songwriters Beth Wood, Bre Gregg and Kristen Grainger have formed a new YouTube music channel, "She's Speaking." Some 50 artists have contributed original songs about women and written and performed by women.
Other performers featured are Anna Tivel, Edna Vazquez, Susan Gibson, Mary Flower and LaRhonda Steele.
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