Bits & Pieces: It's Rose Festival time
Portland's annual party, although scaled back again because of the COVID-19 pandemic and government restriction, has started and provides plenty of events through June 18.
The Rose Festival Treasure Hunt continues through June 12, and the Porch Parade goes through June 13.
For details, see www.rosefestival.org. Other upcoming events:
• Portland City Council Proclamation, June 2
• Virtual Fleet Week, June 2-6
• Art show, including unveiling of Queen Anya Anand portrait, June 3-23, www.osartists.org
• Royal Rosarians Rose Garden Contest, June 6 judging; June 21 awards ceremony, www.royalrosarians.com
• Oak Knoll Official Wine Label Unveiling, June 12, www.oakknollwinery.com
• International Youth Silent Film Festival Awards Show, June 12, www.makesilentfilm.com
• Queen's Coronation, virtual, June 18.
Homes and businesses are taking part in this year's Rose Festival Porch Parade. Saturday, June 5, is the final day to register for entry in the parade, during which judges travel around to find the most creatively decorated homes and businesses. Several neighbors at or near Northwest 25th Avenue are joining in the "Off We Go" decorating theme, featuring places they've missed traveling to and are planning to go to soon — such as Paris, Hawaii and Africa. For more: www.rosefestival.org/porchparade.
Dolly Parton Tribute
Siren Nation presents the 15th annual Dolly Parton Tribute concert, virtually, 7 p.m. Saturday, June 5. Performing artists are The Apricots (formerly Pacific Trio), Gerle Haggard, Ezza Rose, Haley Johnsen, Ashleigh Flynn & The Riveters, Tara Velarde. Tickets to stream are $20. For more: www.albertarosetheatre.com, www.sirennation.org.
The sixth annual Vanport Mosaic Festival has started. It's touted as a month of virtual and in-person memory activism — a time to remember, repair, reclaim and reimagine our collective story. It's now part of the city of Portland's Supporting Community Healing with Art Initiative.
The theme is "We, the People" and the festival will feature performances, panels, screenings, a "History is Now" exhibit that activates vacant storefront windows in the North Park Blocks and Zine Machine with memory activism gifts, walking tours and sound walks (through June 30). Some 200 artists, activists, cultural organizers, historians, media makers, grassroots groups and nonprofit organizations are involved in the festival.
It culminates with a "We, The People" gathering in North Park Blocks, June 25-27, with live music by Albina Music Trust.
For complete info: www.vanportmosaic.org/festival2021.
Reminder: Oregon Ballet Theatre, Portland Opera and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry will collaborate on a live performance in June at OMSI, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. OBT and Portland Opera plan shows on what is now called the Jordan Schnitzer CARE Summerstage at OMSI.
And, Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center will host an assortment of OMSI camps.
OBT kicks off the series with "OBT Live," June 6-12, featuring new commissioned work from Jennifer Archibald ("SculptedClouds") and Nicolo Fonte ("Choros"). Portland Opera presents "Frida," June 22-27.
• The Northwest String Summit at Horning's Hideout in North Plains, which was put on virtually last year, will be staged as a four-day, drive-in concert series, July 20-21 and July 27-28. The event, called "Peacock Park'n'Pick," will feature the Yonder Mountain String Band and The Infamous Stringdusters during the first weekend and two evenings with Greensky Bluegrass the second weekend. For more: www.stringsummit.com.
• Art in the Pearl plans to hold its arts and crafts festival in Portland's North Park Blocks, Sept 4-6. For updates and more, see www.artinthepearl.com.
• Sherwood's long-running Robin Hood Festival has been moved to a later date, from July to Sept. 24-25. Last year, the Robin Hood Festival was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only the third cancellation since the festival started in 1954. For more: www.robinhoodfestival.org.
Triangle Productions continues its season of in-person plays with "High Dive," June 3-19, starring Lisamarie Harrison. The story: Leslie turns 50 in three weeks and, while on vacation in Greece, her 11-year-old son says, "Wanna jump off a diving board?" See what happens next. For more: www.trianglepro.org.
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