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COURTESY PHOTO - John Smith and Valerie Day have gone on hiatus as the Portland band Nu Shooz to pursue other endeavors.Nu Shooz

The Portland band Nu Shooz, which reached fame in the 1980s with "I Can't Wait," has opted out of touring with fellow 1980s acts. Valerie Day and John Smith had been touring for years.

Nu Shooz celebrated its 42nd anniversary June 21.

"After seven years and over 100 shows, we're stepping away from touring the '80s circuit," the duo wrote in an email "We've made so many friends along the way: The Jets, Expose, Pretty Poison, The Romantics, Wang Chung, The Cutting Crew, Debbie Deb, Animotion, Stevie B … the list goes on and on."

Day has a podcast for and about singers, "Living a Vocal Life." Smith is working on graphic novels; see his website,

"Will we be back? Never say never," they said. "You can never guess what will unfold as time marches on."

COURTESY PHOTO: 'JEOPARDY' - Courtney Shah of Portland stands with 'Jeopardy!' guest host Sanjay Gupta. She earned nearly $100,000 in her six-game winning streak.'Jeopardy!' contestant

Courtney Shah, an instructor at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington, won seven consecutive games on 'Jeopardy!' But, her streak came to an end Wednesday.

The show says she's from Portland.

On Monday, she answered the final Double Jeopardy answer correctly for $2,000 to take the lead and then answered Final Jeopardy correctly, giving her the win. She had a commanding lead in Tuesday's game and still got the Final Jeopardy question correct for winnings of $21,600, pushing her seven-day total to $118,558. Then, she answered correctly on Final Jeopardy on Wednesday — a question about which band with a nicknamed lead singer had No. 1 albums in the 1980s, '90s, 2000s and 2010s (U2 with Bono) — but a competitor also answered correctly, ending Shah's run.

Still, because of her success, she qualified for the future "Jeopardy!" Tournament of Champions.

Local ninja

Teenager Caiden Madzelan, a Reynolds High junior-to-be, advanced on the "American Ninja Warrior" television obstacle course show. In show time (not real time), Madzelan advanced through the city qualifying round and made it to the Los Angeles city finals, which took place in mid-April and will air sometime soon on NBC. The Tribune featured Madzelan before his participation in the city finals in Tacoma, Washington.

"He was the fastest of the 15-to 18-year-old kids that were on that episode, finishing sixth out of 30 that moved on," said his father, Matt Luce.

If he advances through the LA city finals, he'll take part in the national event in Las Vegas (the national actually took place in May, but in TV time, it'll take place at a later date).

'Big Brother'

Whitney Williams, a 30-year-old makeup artist from Portland, is part of the season 23 cast of CBS show "Big Brother." In her show bio, she wrote that "I was named after Whitney Houston, but I can't sing in real life." The show airs starting July 7.

Cinema Unbound

Northwest Film Center's outdoor movies have begun.

There are two series: Rooftop Cinema at Lloyd Center and the Drive-In at OMSI.

The Rooftop Cinema at Lloyd Center in Northeast Portland features "Beetlejuice" (July 10) and "Say Anything" (July 11) the following week. It continues through Sept. 26; tickets are $20 per person and $30 for VIP seating.

The drive-in takes place at the bridge lot at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., Thursdays and Fridays. It starts this week with "The Muppet Movie" (July 8) and "Desperately Seeking Susan" (July 9). Movies continue through July 30. Tickets are $40 per car or $50 for trucks/vans/SUVs and $60 for premium parking.

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Powell's 50th

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Powell's Books has released a curated selection of 50 essential reads ("50 Books for 50 Years"), spanning 1971 through 2021, and seeks to capture the memories of loyal fans and bibliophiles through a crowdsourced archiving campaign on Instagram, #PowellsArchiveProject.

For more, see

OBT leadership

Principal dancer Peter Franc has been named interim artistic director at Oregon Ballet Theatre, replacing Kevin Irving, who resigned after eight years.

"OBT and the OBT School are both in a better place financially and artistically than when I arrived eight years ago," Irving said.

Franc joined OBT in 2015 as a soloist, and became a principal dancer in 2016. He also serves as manager of OBT2, OBT's junior company. "I am honored and enthused to take on this important position," said Franc, who joins Thomas Bruner, the executive director, in leading the organization.

OBT said its OBT School remains robust with 240 students enrolled. Like for most troupes, OBT's live performances had to be canceled since March 2020, but it recently put on six sold-out performances at the outdoor Schnitzer Summer Stage.

Hollywood Theatre

Among the businesses reopening, the Hollywood Theatre presented its first summer screening since March 2020 — "Summer of Soul," a documentary about The Roots' Questlove.

Next up, the summer of the Hollywood Theatre's 95th anniversary continues with special 70mm screenings, starting July 16, of Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey)" and Christopher Nolan's "Tenet."

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Live, in-person events are returning, including McMenamins' annual UFO Festival, Sept. 24-25 in McMinnville.

Tickets have gone on sale at

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