Bits & Pieces: Check out Rose Festival's Porch Parade
Maybe in 2022 the Rose Festival can bring back its Starlight Parade and Grand Floral Parade — it's likely, actually — but organizers have worked hard to promote Porch Parade as an alternative.
For the second year in a row, residents have decorated their porches to celebrate the Rose Festival and its theme "Hope Reigns." And, many businesses have joined in the fun.
There'll be judging and prizes (winners announced June 12) and photos galore shared by the Rose Festival at www.rosefestival.org/porchparade and Instagram with the hashtag #PickmyPorch.
• Several neighbors at or near Northeast 25th Avenue are joining in the "Off We Go" theme, featuring places they've missed traveling to or will visit soon, such as Paris, Hawaii and Africa.
• Bike riders, porch decorators and "Friendly Neighborhood Sasquatch(es)" are invited to take part in a parade at Cully Elderplace, Northeast Alberta Street/55th-57th avenues, Friday, June 11.
• Gabriele Ross paid homage to the Portland Timbers last year and this year it's Christine Sinclair, star of the Portland Thorns at the Ross house, 808 N.E. Cesar Chavez Blvd.
• In the Pearl District, led by Pamela Williams, Chown Pella condominiums at 416 N.W. 13th are decorated with artistic umbrellas with the theme "Portland Rains — Hope Reigns."
• "She Flies With Her Own Wings" is a collaboration between the Three Rivese Artist Guild and Clackamas County Heritage Council, and significant historical women displays will be shown at 2818 N.E. 10th Ave. (Abigail Scott Duniway), 2821 N.E. 10th Ave. (Hazel Ying Lee & Rosie the Riveter), 2725 N.E. 27th Ave. (Ruth Bader Ginsburg) and 2643 N.E. 20th Ave. ("Fantastical Woman," 1970s Peace Marches, Marguerite McLoughlin, Marie Equi).
• Some businesses participating: Rose City Vegan Society at The Herbivore Clothing Company Store, 1211 S.E. Stark St.; Shawe's Family Studio at Jazzy's Creation & Design, 824 S.W. Canby St.
There is a complete listing and map for Porch Parade at www.rosefestival.org.
Like many musicians, Curtis Salgado looks forward to returning to the stage after being sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions. And, now we have the specifics: Fresh off releasing "Damage Control," via Alligator Records, Salgado will take part in the Blues Fest Cares Concert on July 1 at Zidell Yards, just before the Waterfront Blues Festival at the same location.
It benefits Meals on Wheels and The Jeremy Wilson Foundation. Tickets are $40-$65. For more: www.waterfrontbluesfest.com/blues-fest-cares.
Portland Center Stage, the city's largest theater company, has named a new diverse board of directors that has a social justice mission, creating a more equitable theater with an "active anti-racist approach." It's headed by Stacey Caldwell Roberts, incoming board chair. PCS welcomes the new board July 1.
For more: www.pcs.org.
Continuing 5 p.m. Friday, June 11, and 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday, June 12, Stumptown Stages presents a student Zoom rendition of "Les Miserables."
Jim Charles, the company's young artist program director and "Les Mis" cast alumni, has worked with students online since December 2020 on perfecting their performances. There are some 60 students taking part from across the United States and Canada.
Tickets for the streaming are $15. For more: www.stumptownstages.org.
As a drive-in experience in 2021, the Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance will feature contemporary performance films, live music preshow, food carts and bar options and audiences all night long. It takes place June 24-26 at Oaks Park Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park, 7805 S.E. Oaks Park Way.
For more: www.risk-reward.org. It's "pay-what-you-will" with $30 suggested for cars and standing/sitting for $20.
Risk/Reward held the first live drive-in performance in Portland during the pandemic, called "Pavement."
The festival will include works by five artists from Portland — up to 20-minute performances created for film. The lineup: Princess Bouton, "First Laugh," dance/movement; Wobbly Dance, "Tidal," performance/multimedia; Morivivi Theatre with Hand2Mouth, "Distancias," documentary film; Kelly Nesbitt, "Penny — The Conduit," performance art film; Olivia Louise, "the myth of Narcissus," poetry/movement film.
Northwest Film Center has announced that filmmakers Masami Kawai and Reed Harkness have been awarded the Oregon Media Arts Fellowship for 2021. It's given every other year to filmmakers who have shown a commitment to the moving image arts and pushing their practice with new and engaging work.
Kawai is a Los Angeles-born filmmaker who now serves as assistant professor of cinema studies at the University of Oregon. Harkness has worked on projects for Laika, p:ear, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Ecotrust, Travel Oregon, Pink Martini and more; his big projects have been "Sam Now," a coming-of-age film that follows his brother from age 11 to 34, and "Forest on Fire," about the 2017 Columbia River Gorge fire.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport has a new exhibit, "Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline," opening June 9. It features the artwork of Alaskan artist Ray Troll and is based on the book of the same name written by Troll and Kirk Johnson, director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. Troll and Johnson logged more than 10,000 miles and 250 days traveling the North American coastline in search of fossils and the stories they tell.
The exhibit includes life-size sculptures, models and images of prehistoric creatures and authentic fossils, as well as paintings, hand-drawn maps and light and audio installations by Troll.
For more: www.aquarium.org.
Marlin Darrah, longtime Portland resident and filmmaker, has produced his second feature film, "Amazon Queen." There'll be test screenings at a local theater.
"Several Portland and Oregon people were involved in the making of this movie, shot entirely in Brazil and the Amazon rainforest eight months ago," Darrah writes in an email. "It's just been invited to and submitted to over 140 film festivals around the world."
The story: A dream vacation of a lifetime quickly turns into a hijacking, endangering passengers and crew, on a boat journey down the Amazon River and into the Brazilian rainforest. Desperate criminals are aboard, pursuing a lost fortune in the jungle. Now under threat, and with food and fuel running low, the once idealistic tourists — now hostages — must confront the darkest corners of their souls, as their Amazon cruise becomes a descent into a desperate struggle for survival.
All Classical Portland
The radio/internet station All Classical Portland has announced recipients (including posthumously) for its inaugural Recording Inclusivity Initiative (RII). It's a collaboration with N M Bodecker Foundation and Naxos Records, and it addresses diversity, equity and inclusion deficits in the classical music industry.
It provides contemporary living composers with recording sessions with leading producers (such as N M Bodecker Foundation's artistic director, Chris Funk of The Decemberists), worldwide distribution of new recordings by Naxos Records, weeklong residencies with All Classical Portland and $2,500 awards.
The living recipients and their projects are Jasmine Barnes ("Taking Names"), Lauren McCall ("A Spark and a Glimmer") and Keyla Orozco ("Souvenirs"). Posthumous recipients are Melanie Bonis (1858-1937, "Women of Legend") and Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson (1932-2004, "Sonata for Flute and Piano").
Oregon Shakespeare Festival
The festival in Ashland returns to in-person shows this summer, beginning July 1 with Cheryl L. West's "Fannie: The Music and Life of Fannie Lou Hamer," staged in OSF's outdoor Allen Elizabethan Theatre.
"Fannie" tells the story of Mississippi-born civil and voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer (1917–77), painting a song-filled, electrifying portrait of courage, humor and grit. Said Artistic Director Nataki Garrett: "'Fannie' is a perfect show with which to reconvene in person at OSF after a year of theater shutdowns, the COVID-19 pandemic, and urgent social uprisings. This music-filled play about a towering figure in the fight for civil rights is an inspiring call to action to continue Hamer's work."
For more: www.osfashland.org.
Florida Georgia Line
The popular country outfit Florida Georgia Line will be in concert on the big screen starting at 9:15 p.m. June 12 at Newberg's 99W Drive-In. It's presented by Encore Drive-In Nights.
It wasn't too long ago — February — that JD Chandler happily talked with the Pamplin Media Group about his most recent Portland/Oregon history book, "Portland Rogues Gallery: A Baker's Dozen Arresting Criminals from Portland History" ($24.99, Fonthill Media).
Chandler has since died at age 60, apparently from a heart attack, according to The Oregonian.
Chandler wrote five books on local crime history, his latest telling the story of 13 notorious criminals, accompanied by their mugshots. Early criminal portraits were held in what police called the Rogues Gallery. His Slabtown Chronicle blog could be found at www.portlandcrime.blogspot.com and his Weird Portland blog at www.weirdportland.blogspot.com. He also had a podcast, Murder By Experts.
His view on Portland:
"Portland is a small city with a fairly low crime rate. That makes it a good city for studying crime, because the amount of information is not overwhelming. Portland has always had a well-earned reputation as a tough and violent town. Portland's history provides a good window into the course of urban development in the Old West as well as a manageable and interesting look at the history of urban violence in America."
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