Bits & Pieces: Rose Festival queen to be named
Rose Festival queen
Fifteen young women have been representing their schools on the Rose Festival Court, and there'll be a Queen's Coronation, 11: 45 a.m. Friday, June 18 in Washington Park.The 2021 Rose Festival Court is:
Aundrea Brazile, St. Mary's Academy, senior; Eliyana Camara, Franklin, senior; Sophia Chin, Benson, senior;
Madison "Madi" Cooper, Central Catholic, senior; Jennifer Dinh, David Douglas, senior; Faith Isibor, McDaniel, junior; Zemzem Hussen, Roosevelt, senior; Jiwon "Jina" Lim, Lincoln, senior; Lucy "Rena" Marthaler, Cleveland, junior; Natalie Mathers, Parkrose, senior; Catalina "Cata" Monteiro, Wells, senior; Jillian North, Metro East/Lakeridge, senior; Kayla Pierce, Jefferson, senior; Lilianna "Lili" Rosebrook, Metro West/Valley Catholic, senior; Beatriz Santiago Perez, Grant, senior.
For more on the Rose Festival Court and its schedule, see www.rosefestival.org. All the princess announcements are still available to watch on the Rose Festival YouTube channel.
A special presentation of the 2021 Queen's Coronation will be broadcast on FOX 12 Oregon, 4 p.m. Sunday June 20.
Oregon Ballet Theatre
OBT has announced its 2021-22 season as the company plans its move back to the stage at Keller Auditorium and Newmark Theatre. The schedule:
"Rhapsody," Oct. 15-16, Keller; George Balanchine's "The Nutcracker," Dec. 11-26, Keller; "Ever After," Feb. 19-26, 2022, Keller; "Beautiful Decay," April 8-10, 2022, Newmark; "The Americans — Take Two," June 3-11, 2022, Newmark; "On Stage," June 11-12, 2022, Newmark.
For more: www.obt.org.
Carrie Brownstein, who found TV fame alongside Fred Armisen in "Portlandia," has a new album out with her band, Sleater-Kinney. The band's 10th album, "Path of Wellness" came out June 11, and includes the new track, "Method," which follows singles "High in the Grass" and "Worry With You." A video for "High in the Grass" was shot in Portland.
Brownstein and Corin Tucker wrote and recorded the album in Portland during 2020's turbulence, and self-produced the 11-track offering.
Next, Sleater-Kinney will go on tour, co-headlining the "It's Time" tour with Wilco, starting Aug. 5 in Spokane, Washington, and hitting major cities and wrapping up Aug. 28 in Chicago. For more: www.sleater-kinney.com.
Summer Action Team
A student-led nonprofit is seeking high schoolers to join group service projects through its Summer Action Team.
The Portland Student Pandemic Response, formed in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, provides space for students to make a lasting impact through community service and social justice work. This year, the goal is for students to work safely online and in person as part of group projects to fight social and environmental justice issues.
Last year, it started with six students and a website. Now, there are 20 students running projects. The project sessions are 1-3 p.m. weekdays, June 21-July 2, and July 12-23. For more: www.pspandemicresponse.com/summer-offerings.
The Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall marquee has been enhanced and completed through a grant from Prosper Portland.
The enhancements retain the historical architectural look and feel of the theater. There is new LED lighting and easy-to-read signage (rather than a manual sign).
For the sixth time, Portland bluesman Curtis Salgado has won Soul Blues Artist of the Year at the Blues Music Awards, which were presented in a virtual event June 6. His newest album is "Damage Control" through Alligator Records.
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