Bits&Pieces: Local woman makes 'Jeopardy! final; Blues Fest set
Waterfront Blues Festival
Set for July 2-5 at The Lot at Zidell Yards, the Waterfront Blues Festival has announced its lineup with the theme "Upriver!" Here it is:
July 2 — Samantha Fish, Little Village Foundation: Sonny Green, Tia Carroll & The Greaseland All-Stars, Northwest Women in Rhythm & Blues, Karen Lovely and Ben Rice, River City Riot! Brass Band
July 3 — Marc Broussard, Curley Taylor & Zydeco Trouble, Bayou Boyz / Soul Cookin' Throwdown, Too Loose Cajun Zydeco Band, Northwest Bone Gang
July 4 — MarchFourth, Johnny Rawls, Outer Orbit featuring Sarah Clark with special guests LaRhonda Steele and Arietta Ward, Kevin Selfe, Norman Sylvester, Bloco Alegria
July 5 — Ghost-Note, Jubu Smith, Tony Coleman's Tribute to the Three Kings, Hillstomp, BrassRoots Movement
"It's really important to us to host some version of our festival this year, to help carry us all — fans, crew, artists — forward until we can hopefully reopen at full strength back at Waterfront Park in 2022," said Peter Dammann, artistic director. "This is especially true for our performers. For many of them, this will be the first paid gig since the pandemic began. To see artists back on a big stage, by the river, doing what they love playing for music fans — even socially distanced — will be reason to celebrate."
For more: www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.
Veronica Vichit-Vadakan, a librarian from Portland, had advanced to the semifinals of the "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions. UPDATE: She won her semifinal on Tuesday and advanced to the finals Thursday and Friday against two other competitors. "Jeopardy!" airs at 7 p.m. on KATU (2).
Vichit-Vadakan was on the "Jeopardy!" show last Friday and had the most money heading into Final Jeopardy. But, she had the wrong answer about an American author, and fellow competitor Sam Kavanaugh had the correct answer. Vichit-Vadakan finished with $22,460, which was good enough to allow her to finish among the top four at-large semifinalists. They joined five champions from last week's "Jeopardy!" shows in the semifinals.
In the semifinal, she won $31,400 after answering correctly the Final Jeopardy about a book and author.
The second annual Rose Festival Porch Parade, which takes the place of the Starlight Parade and Grand Floral Parade, will be on display May 31-June 13.
The Porch Parade will include decorated porches at private homes as well as — new this year — decorations at Portland businesses.
"We are happy to partner with Venture Portland, a nonprofit that supports all 50 of Portland's neighborhood business districts in an effort to help small, local businesses all over the city through decorating storefronts in the spirit of Portland's official festival," said Jeff Curtis, Portland Rose Festival CEO.
Registration is free and open at www.rosefestival.org/events/2021/porch-parade. Residents are encouraged to use hashtag #PickmyPorch on social media. There will be judging.
For more: www.RoseFestival.org.
Oregon Public Broadcasting has a new, documentary-style digital series dedicated to stories behind food. It's called "Superabundant," and it answers some of these questions: "Where do these ingredients come from?" "Who grows them?" "What communities do they support?" "What makes them delicious?" "What can they become in the hands of the best chefs in the region?"
The first episode, about truffles, is available now, and episodes can be seen at www.opb.org/show/superabundant and on OPB's YouTube series.
Esperanza Spalding, the Grammy-winning jazz and R&B musician from Portland, has launched a GoFundMe account to build a "BIPOC artist sanctuary" in Portland. She hopes to raise $300,000 by June 3.
Said Spalding: "My intention and prayer with building this sanctuary is to support the creation of restorative art, in a truly restorative environment. The BIPOC artist sanctuary I am building in North Portland will be composed of a half-acre organic garden, two garden studios for short-term artist residency, BIPOC eco-poetics reading room, tea-bar and recording studio. This sanctuary will serve as a long-term artist residency and studio for the development, creation and archive of my own interdisciplinary restoration-themed music projects. The environment most conducive to my wellness and creative productivity is one where other frontline cultural workers are supported and immersed in their own artistic devotions. Hence, my intention for this sanctuary to serve a very real need among my community for BIPOC artist-led space to gather, share ideas, and practice regenerative gardening."
Several museums and cultural attractions have committed to asking visitors to continue to wear masks. They are: Architectural Heritage Center, Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum, Five Oaks Museum, Japanese American Museum of Oregon, Lan Su Chinese Garden, Oregon Coast Aquarium, Oregon Historical Society, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Oregon Zoo, Portland Art Museum, Portland Chinatown Museum, Pittock Mansion, Rice Museum of Rocks and Minerals.
The 115th Multnomah County Fair, although scaled down, will take place from noon-6 p.m. Saturday, May 29, and noon-4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 30, at Oaks Amusement Park.
The fair won't present animals, food booths or vendors, but it will host community-created exhibits by local artists, gardeners, crafters, bakers, etc., on display in the Historic Dance Pavilion at Oaks Park. Admission to the exhibits is free, but there are capacity limits.
There'll also be a virtual talent show online, as well as videos of fair exhibits, visitor interviews and more on YouTube starting May 30. Youth exhibits and competitions in art, floral/garden, crafts, foods, needlecraft and photography will be accepted at the Dance Pavilion from noon-7:30 p.m. Friday.
For more: www.oakspark.com/countyfair.
A local man will be part of the next season of "The Bachelorette" on ABC.
Portland resident Marcus Lathan will join the cast for Season 17 of the show, in which several contestants date a single woman, hoping to find true love.
According to social media, Lathan is a real estate broker with Camas, Washington-based Brantley Christianson Real Estate. He joins 29 other male contestants hoping to win the affections of new Bachelorette Katie Thurston, a Washington native who competed on last year's season of "The Bachelor."
According to promotional materials from ABC, Lathan "is a sweet guy with a calming presence about him. He has built a very successful professional life investing in properties, but now he is ready to shift his focus and invest in himself."
The new season of "The Bachelorette" begins June 7 on ABC.
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