Bits & Pieces: TidalWave Comics gives Dolly Parton comic book treatment
TidalWave Comics has produced a comic book in its "Female Force" series about famed country singer Dolly Parton.
It's written by Michael Frizell with art by Ramon Salas and is 22 pages. A hard-cover edition will be offered with cover by comic book artist Dave Ryan.
"Writing about Dolly was a joy," Frizell said. "I'm thrilled with the expressive way the artist visualized the pages. The book feels timeless. (Dolly's) creativity, philanthropy and humanity are legendary."
It's available digitally and in comic book form. For more: www.tidalwavecomics.com.
Portland Opera has a new, "rearticulated" vision, and it's manifested in the 2021-22 season.
"The core of our work is to share stories through song," said Sue Dixon, general director. "Some may be through rose-tinted lenses, and others based on truths that give us an honest portrayal of our current struggles as a society."
Its mission statement: "We gather and inspire audiences, artists and collaborators to share opera experiences that enliven and connect us all, enhancing the cultural landscape of the beautiful Pacific Northwest."
The opera presents the classic "Tosca" by Giacomo Puccini, Oct. 29-Nov. 6 (or May 13-21, 2022, if COVID-19 restrictions don't change).
Then it's Leslie Uyeda's "When the Sun Comes Out," Jan. 28-Feb. 12, 2022. The opera's description: "The piece, set in a fictitious dystopian country, challenges the criminalization of people who are lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender or queer — an injustice endured in dozens of countries around the world today."
Finally, it's Anthony Davis' "The Central Park Five," March 18-26, 2022. The opera's description: Based on the true story of an incident in New York City in the late 1980s, when five Black and Latino teenagers were illegally coerced into a confession that led to them being falsely accused and convicted of rape and assault. After serving their sentences, the five people were exonerated through DNA evidence. The work speaks to the injustices and experiences they endured, and racial injustices that impact BIPOC communities today.
Portland Opera also will offer digital programs.
For more: www.portlandopera.org.
Registration for the Rose City Rollers junior summer camps has opened. It's for roller skating and roller derby enthusiasts and will be held in late July and early August, split between age groups of 7-12 and 13-18 years old. Sessions will be 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
Rental skates and protective gear are provided.
For more: www.rosecityrollers.com.
One Barrel Challenge
Seven wineries are collaborating on the One Barrel Challenge, a collective dream of making Oregon's wine industry more accessible and inclusive. Each participant has donated the equivalent of one barrel of wine (25 cases) to the cause, and 100% of proceeds go to access and education in breaking down barriers in the industry through the Maurice Lucas Foundation (founded by the late Trail Blazers star).
Included in the founding class is former Blazers player Channing Frye, creator of Chosen Family Wines.
He said: "As we together commemorate Oregon Wine Month this May, my partners in the One Barrel Challenge and I seek to leverage this (social justice) moment — and this movement — to incite change and increase diversity among those seeking careers in our beloved craft, and our commonality in giving back is wine."
CJ McCollum, a current Blazers star, also is part of the founding class with his McCollum Heritage 91.
Other wineries involved: Granville Wine Co., Hazelfern, Division Winemaking Company, Adelsheim Vineyard and L'Angolo Estate.
One Barrel Challenge wines will be available to purchase May 1. For more: www.onebarrelchallenge.com.
Southeast Wine Collective and Division Winemaking Company, owned by Kate Norris and Thomas Monroe, soon will have a new home. The final day of its urban winery and tasting room Oui! at its current location, 2425 S.E. 35th Place, will be April 17. Private tastings are available until then.
The winery and crew will move into a temporary home in Southeast Portland with a patio looking toward downtown (address not announced, yet).
The Oregon Humane Society's beloved event is being reimagined for 2021, going for 30 days (April 16-May 15) with games, prizes and more. It's organized online for dogs and their humans and will include a walking route, shelter pets, puzzles and more.
For more: www.oregonhumane.org/doggiedash.
Nora, the 5-year-old polar bear, has moved into her new home at the Oregon Zoo, Polar Passage.
The habitat's public walkways were opened April 1, and it'll officially open later this spring. Nora is exploring, splashing in pools and taking naps.
Nora is typically active and out and about in the habitat before 11 a.m.
Selections for the Rose Festival Court continue for the next week and a half, many of them being shown on the Rose Festival YouTube channel.
The schedule: Lincoln, April 7 (YouTube); Cleveland, April 8 (in person); Franklin, April 9 (YouTube); Grant, April 12 (YouTube); Jefferson, April 13 (YouTube); Benson, April 14 (YouTube); Wells, April 15 (YouTube); St. Mary's Academy, April 16 (YouTube).
For more: www.rosefestival.org.
Reminder: The next Voices Lectures event will be April 7, and features Liz Forkin Bohannon, founder of Sseko Design, a footwear and accessory brand that employs young women seeking to finance their higher education. It starts at 7:30 p.m. For more: www.voicesinc.com.
Another reminder: The 19th annual community reading project, featuring Ross Gay's "The Book of Delights," welcomes Gay in a virtual author lecture in conversation with Portland author Lidia Yuknavitch at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 8, to conclude Everybody Reads. It's presented by Literary Arts. See www.literary-arts.org for tickets.
For more Everybody Reads, see www.multcolib.org/everybody-reads.
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