Bits & Pieces: Portugal The Man announces tour dates
Portugal The Man
The band that calls Portland home has announced its 2021 tour. Portugal The Man will kick off the tour July 25 and it concludes Oct. 23, and the tour includes stops at McMenamins Edgefield (Oct. 15) and Eugene's Cuthbert Auditorium (Oct. 16).
Led by Alaskan natives John Gourley and Zach Carothers, the band will also play the Alaska State Fair, as well as festivals such as Cleveland's Wonderstruck Festival on July 25.
Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, June 18.
The band celebrates the four-year anniversary of gold-certified album "Woodstock," which included the hits "Feel It Still" and "Live in the Moment," with the release of "Ulu Selects Vol. #1."
And, fans might notice that the band doesn't use the period in its name anymore, according to a publicist — it used to be Portugal. The Man.
For more: www.portugaltheman.com.
La Strada Pastelli
The La Strada dei Pastelli Chalk Art Festival returns in August, collaborating with Beaverton Night Market.
As it has done in the past, the festival has planned community chalk pop-up events (called buzz-builders), and the first ones will be in Portland at Khunamokwst Park (11 a.m. June 24), Woodland Park (11 a.m. June 26) and Gateway Discovery Park (11 a.m. June 27). It's an interactive drawing collaboration with Boom Arts and artist Morgan Miller.
Then, the pop-ups happen July 17-Aug. 5 at locations in Beaverton.
For more: www.2d4d.org.
With Washington Park celebrating 150 years, organizers have invited visitors to explore Discovery Points, a park-wide interactive experience throughout the summer.
Discover Points includes featured locations throughout the park to connect visitors to stories and culture from the past 150 years, including: International Rose Test Garden and its first female curator in a century; the influence of war in the creation of the Portland Japanese Garden; how a 60-foot piece of art from Oregon Zoo's past lives on; a glance at Hoyt Arboretum through the decades.
Signs are marked with QR codes to link visitors to audio and written stories. A downloadable map is available at www.washingtonpark150.org, or a list of locations and park-wide map can be picked up at Explore Washington Park Visitor Information booths.
Storm Large is a popular Portland entertainer, having performed for years as singer for Pink Martini and also solo in the stage show "Crazy Enough." She's also been on a reality singing show, "Rock Star: Supernova."
So, it was quite surprising to see her appear on "America's Got Talent," a variety show on NBC usually reserved for people who haven't accomplished much in their careers and want their big break.
Large told The Oregonian that "AGT" contacted her, and despite informing producers that she had already appeared on a reality show, she still got the invitation to audition, which happened Tuesday, June 15. Large said she hadn't been working because of the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions, and was curious about being on the show.
"This is an enormous, terrifying opportunity," she told judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara and Howie Mandel. "It's my very first time coming and it's a huge honor to come cartwheeling into this massive arena. It's food for the soul."
She sang "I Got You Under My Skin," made famous by Frank Sinatra, in her own unique way. Judges gave her a standing ovation.
Said Klum: "That was insane, you were like possessed on that stage."
Said Mandel: "You made it your own. You made me love that song. Well done, young lady," to wit Large responded, "thanks for the 'young.'" (She turns 52 this month).
Said Vergara: "Super sexy and powerful."
Said Cowell: "You have an amazing voice, amazing personality, amazing energy. Naturally amazing voice. That was a really, really, really good audition."
She moves on to the next round after receiving four "yes" votes.
UPDATE: On Tuesday, June 22, fellow Portland and Pink Martini singer Jimmie Herrod appeared on "AGT," singing "Tomorrow" from the musical "Annie."
The judges were moved and Vergara gave him the "Golden Buzzer," meaning Herrod advanced automatically to the live shows this summer.
"I had to," Vergara told Herrod, who has a master's in jazz studies from Portland State University. "You deserve it."
Herrod told KGW (8): "You realize at this moment that I actually have a chance. It gives me so much motivation to give it my all. The whole reason I perform is to express myself and share my songs with others."
Herrod said that Large and he "were shocked to learn we are on the show (together). Super excited to support each other through the process."
Corrib Theatre has produced an audio play, "Whose Child Am I Anyway?," available to stream June 18-July 18. There'll be a Zoom launch party on June 18.
The story: "A Nigerian-Irish family has a long-held secret — where are they really from?" It tells the story of Nigerian experiences in Ireland.
It's the second of three specially commissioned Irish audio plays to be released this spring/summer. Playwright Bisi Adigiun is originally from Nigeria.
For more: www.corribtheatre.org.
The 41st Cathedral Park Jazz Festival returns, live, July 16-18. For more: www.jazzoregon.org. Like many things in 2020, it was held virtually.
The former Disjecta Contemporary Art Center is now called Oregon Center for Contemporary Art, located at 8371 N.E. Interstate Ave. Its new symbol is an "O" (symbolizing Oregon and Oregon Contemporary's large, bowl-like gallery space) raised to the power of "x," (inspired by John Cage's advice to break all rules and "leaving plenty of room for 'x' quantities").
It has been a nonprofit organization since 2005.
First-place winners of the Rose Festival's Porch Parade contest win round-trip tickets from Alaska Airlines.
Winners were judged on how well they fit themes representing the Rose Festival's three storied parades: Grand Floral, Starlight, Junior. Additional awards were given out for Portlandia spirit and Clown Prince Award for "being so darn cute."
First, "Janec Family Roses," Samantha Janec
Second, "A Garden and a Library," Lauren Frank
Third, "Peony Pool Party," Ashley Sider
Clown Prince, "Play Ball!," Julie Miner
First, "Purple Rain," Jennifer Dawkins
Second, "A rose by any other name," Kevin and Karen Blodgett
Third, "Reign-beau Revolution!," Eloise Bates
Clown Prince, "Jellyfish in Bloom," Ingrid Parmeter
Grand Floral Parade
First, "Off We Go to The Philippines!," The Acelar Family
Second, "This Is Paris (Reprise)/Musee des Mollusques," Kelsey Kavanagh
Third, "Aurora — A Story of Hope," Jennifer Burns
Clown Prince, "Chinese Rose Princess & Queen," Kerry You; "Sea of Roses," Joyce Smith-McGee
Portlandia Award, "3 Parades Gordon Family," Sharon Gordon.
For more: www.rosefestival.org.
The Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education presents its first exhibit in more than a year, "Lawrence Halprin, Fountains," June 23-Sept. 26. It's a celebration of the innovative Portland work of the renowned landscape architect, exploring the city's first urban renewal project at south Portland that displaced an immigrant neighborhood of Eastern Europeans, Jews, Italians and Roma.
It's open 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays at 724 N.W. Davis St.
For more: www.ojmche.org.
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