Bits & Pieces: Portland Opera, others start 'Old Moody Stages'
'Old Moody Stages'
Portland artists are collaborating on a new summer outdoor art series, "Old Moody Stages," using two new stages in the historic Barge Building at South Waterfront. Portland Opera has donated the stages and Portland State University School of Music and Theater the lighting. Profile Theatre, Dance Wire and philanthropist Charlene Zidell have joined the project, and Fuller Events has helped with event infrastructure.
There'll be dance, theater and music designed for everyone, and it begins Thursday, July 21, and goes through Aug. 29.
• Dance Wire will open the series, July 21-24, with a weeklong festival called "Momentum."
• Profile Theatre presents an early play by Pulitzer Prize-winner Paula Vogel, called "The Oldest Profession," Aug. 5-15, about aging sex workers faced with a diminishing clientele, increased competition for their niche market, and aching joints. Portland Opera also will bring its acclaimed Opera a la Cart for a preshow performance Friday, Aug. 6.
• On Aug. 21-22, it'll be Opera in the Park (Portland SummerFest), launching its 20th anniversary year with a rare opportunity to experience music from one of Wagner's legendary Ring cycle operas "Die Walkure" with a stellar cast and orchestra under the baton of Keith Clark.
• Portland Opera, Aug. 27-29, will continue the celebration of live opera at "Old Moody Stages" with free performances.
Stay tuned for programing details and announcements about these free shows, which will be held under summer skies on our outdoor stage.
For more: www.oldmoodystages.com/.
Led by the Beaverton Arts Foundation, the campaign to build The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton has concluded with $12 million successfully raised through gifts and pledges, which exceeded the original goal by $1 million. There were more than 960 donors. Patricia Reser (about $13 million) and the Beaverton Arts Foundation ($12 million) contributed mightily to the $52 million project, which received other sources of funding as well.
It's set to open in spring 2022.
"When we officially embarked on this undertaking several years ago, I could not have imagined the incredible level of support we would receive from our community and beyond," said Reser, who serves as the chair of The Reser effort. "Now, to see the campaign reach its conclusion, I'm so thankful for our volunteers, public officials, community and our executive director, Lani Faith, who served as our North Star in leading our efforts to raise the private funding needed. I'm proud to see this community dream come to life, not just for the arts, but as a place to foster joy and connection for Beaverton and the region."
Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., has opened a new exhibit on former Oregon Sen. Mark O. Hatfield. "The Call of Public Service: The Life and Legacy of Mark O. Hatfield" is a traveling exhibit that features three-sided pop-up kiosks and highlights his work on health care, education, equal rights, the environment and world peace.
It opened July 12 and is on display through Aug. 2. July 12 would have been his 99th birthday.
During his 46-year political career, Hatfield earned a reputation as one of the most respected and influential politicians in Oregon's history. He never lost an election — for representative (starting in 1950), state senator, secretary of state, governor and U.S. senator.
Tigard-based theater company Broadway Rose has returned to the stage with "Analog and Vinyl," about a record store owner who is obsessed with vinyl records and a hip woman known as Rodeo Girl who is obsessed with him. It plays through July 18 at the company's New Stage, which is being expanded, at 12850 S.W. Grant Ave. in Tigard.
The last live performance for Broadway Rose was "Up and Away," which closed in February 2020.
For more: www.broadwayrose.org.
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."
For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.
'Ring of Fire'
Stoller Family Estate and Stumptown Stages will present selections from the Broadway musical "Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash," 7:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday, July 16-18, at Stoller Family Estate Amphitheatre, 16161 N.E. McDougall Road, Dayton.
It'll feature Jarrod Emick, a "Ring of Fire" cast member and Tony Award winner, and fellow Broadway actor (and wife) Sarah Emick.
For tickets ($47) and more: www.stumptownstages.org.
Courtney Shah, a history instructor at Lower Columbia College in Longview, Washington, won seven consecutive games on "Jeopardy!" But, her streak came to an end Wednesday, July 7.
The show says she's from Portland.
On Monday, July 5, 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 the Tuesday, July 6, 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, July 7 — 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.
'Top Chef' Portland
Local chefs Sara Houman and Gabriel Pascuzzi had a good run on the latest season of "Top Chef," which took place in Portland on the Bravo network. In the end, they weren't part of the top three. It was Dawn Burrell, Gabe Erales and Shota Nakajima in the final three, and Erales was declared the winner. (It was just cool seeing the show based in Portland, with all the local food and scenic shots of our beautiful area).
The Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Road, has expanded its hours for the summer and added some programs.
On Fridays and Saturdays, reservations have been extended to 6:30 p.m. and people can stay on the grounds till 8 p.m. And, guests once again can ride the rails on a zoo train and visit the Insect Zoo.
For more: www.oregonzoo.org.
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