Bits & Pieces: Drag queen event stages at Clackamas Town Center
The Drive 'N Drag Saves 2021 outdoor concert tour stops at Clackamas Town Center on May 11-12. It will include "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 13 finalists Gottmik and Rose. Gottmik made history by becoming the first trans man to appear on "RuPaul's Drag Race."
The tour had allowed people to watch the show from the comfort and safety of their vehicles, and now fans can use a socially distanced party patio.
Prices start at $75 per car for two people. For more: www.VossEvents.com.
A famous actor is joining a Portland-based Dungeons & Dragons podcast called "Dark Dice" — Jeff Goldblum.
"We are proud to announce that Jeff Goldblum will be joining the cast of 'Dark Dice,' starting May 12, as an elven sorcerer named Balmur," The "Dark Dice" podcast account announced on Twitter.
Goldblum will voice one of the five player characters. The season, called "Long March," follows the team's hunt for revenge after a failed attempt to save the world. They're stalked by a creature known as The Silent One, who steals the face and voice of creatures.
"Dark Dice" was created by Portland-based Fool & Scholar Productions and husband/wife team of Travis Vengroff and Kaitlin Statz.
The NBA 2K League will begin Wednesday, May 19. Blazer5 Gaming will play remote games from The Biofreeze Performance Center at Rose Quarter.
The Blazer5 Gaming schedule begins with The Tipoff Tournament, May 19-22. They then play Jazz Gaming on May 26 in the first game of a 16-week schedule.
The Turn Tournament takes place July 12-13 and July 16-17; The Ticket Tournament is Aug. 19-21, followed by playoffs Aug. 26-28.
It's Blazer5 Gaming's fourth season. The roster: GOOFY757, BreadwinnerLA, Bash, Scretty, Randomz and Lav.
For more: www.blazer5gaming.nba.com.
'The Music Man'
Portland Center Stage's PCS Remix: Staged Reading series presents live readings of "The Music Man," at 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 7-8 at www.pcs.org. Marissa Wolf directs and Vin Shambry plays ne'er-do-well traveling salesman Harold Hill; Leah Yorkston plays town librarian and music teacher Marian Paroo; and Eric Little provides music direction and piano accompaniment.
Literary Arts hosted an online poetry competition for Portland-area high school students called #Virtualandia 2021 on April 29, hosted by Oregon Poet Laureate Anis Mojgani. It featured 10 poets, who had their poems professionally recorded, aired and scored by judges. And, the winner was … Jordan Wolmut of Benson High School.
Portland band Blitzen Trapper plans a performance to release album "Holy Demos Future Demos" as a Bandcamp exclusive during a "Live in the Living Room" streaming event, 8 p.m. Friday, May 7. It offers an inside look at the songwriting and demo process. A demo version of their 2020 Yep Roc debut, "Holy Smokes Future Jokes," a digital-only album, will be available May 14.
The National Endowment for the Arts is recommending an award of $803,500 to the Oregon Arts Commission in the NEA's first distribution of funds from the American Rescue Plan. It is designed to support the arts sector as it recovers from the impact of COVID-19. It is part of the $135 million allocated to the Arts Endowment, which represents a significant commitment to the arts and a recognition of the value of the arts and culture sector to the nation's economy and recovery.
For more: www.oregonartscommission.org.
Oregon and Washington anglers, here's something for you: The International Fly Fishing Film Festival, featuring 10 films up to 16 minutes in length, begins May 6. The films come from around the world and celebrate the passion, lifestyle and culture of fly fishing. Admission is $25; movies begin at 7 p.m. For more, see www.flyfilmfest.com.
Pearl Dive Project
Drag queen Poison Waters' episode "Too" is the next premiere May 6 of BodyVox's Pearl Dive Project, which combines dance with nondance artistic collaborators.
"Working on the Pearl Dive Project and the amazing dancers at BodyVox was at the same time scary, challenging, fascinating and inspiring," said Waters, aka Kevin Cook. "What a gift to have been given this once in a lifetime opportunity. I'm super excited to share the piece with the world."
For more: www.bodyvox.com.
There'll be two new radio plays, "The Immortal Sherlock Holmes" on May 10 and "Exuberance Is Beauty" on May 17 by Re-Imagined Radio. They'll air on KXRY (91.1 FM, 107.1 FM) and rebroadcast on KUIK (1360 AM).
Dear Stranger, Oregon Humanities' annual letter-exchange project, has begun.
First launched in 2014, Dear Stranger was formulated to create a better understanding among Oregonians with vastly different backgrounds, experiences and beliefs. More than 250 people from 29 states participated in 2020 and the process could not be simpler: write a letter, get a letter, make a new connection.
In past years the effort also assigned a theme to the letters accepted. This year's theme is about possession: "What is an object, trait, knowledge or belief you possess that has value to you? How did you determine its value? Why did you begin to recognize its value?"
Letters are anonymous, and each person receives a letter from the person they wrote to via the organization. The program continues through the end of May.
Instructions on participating in the effort are available on the Oregon Humanities website at www.oregonhumanities.org. Send letters to Oregon Humanities, Attn: Dear Stranger, 921 S.W. Washington St., Suite 150, Portland, OR 97205.
Oregon Book Awards
Literary Arts has announced winners of the 2021 Oregon Book Awards. They are:
Ken Kesey Award for Fiction — "The Great Offshore Grounds," Vanessa Veselka
Stafford/Hall Award for Poetry — "Hope of Stones," Anna Elkins
Frances Fuller Victor Award for General Nonfiction — "The Fire is Upon Us: James Baldwin, William F. Buckley Jr. and the Debate Over Race in America," Nicholas Buccola
Sarah Winnemucca Award for Creative Nonfiction — "Yellow Bird: Oil, Murder, and a Woman's Search for Justice in Indian Country," Sierra Crane Murdoch
Eloise Jarvis McGraw Award for Children's Literature — "A Game of Fox and Squirrels," Jenn Reese
Leslie Bradshaw Award for Young Adult Literature — "The Sullivan Sisters," Kathryn Ormsbee
Angus Bowmer Award for Drama — "You Cannot Undo This Action," Connor Eiffler
For more: www.literary-arts.org.
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