Bits & Pieces: Oregon Symphony hosts Waterfront Park festival
The Oregon Symphony, under the direction of first-year Music Director David Danzmayr, will play their first in-person concert in 18 months as part of an all-day festival at Waterfront Park, Saturday, Sept. 4.
Only vaccinated people or people with a negative COVID-19 test will be allowed to attend the outdoor Waterfront Concert and Festival, which starts at 1 p.m. and that will also include an Oregon Ballet Theatre and Portland Opera performances. In addition, there'll be performances by Darrell Grant's PDX Jazz Masters Trio featuring Mel Brown, Portland Taiko, singer-songwriter Saeeda Wright, Black Belt Eagle Scout and Chris Pureka.
For the symphony, Music Director Laureate Carlos Kalmar will guest-conduct.
Masks are required, and there is a capacity limit of about 4,000 people.
For more: www.orsymphony.org.
A coalition of performance venues and companies has been formed, and they'll not welcome unvaccinated people into their performances and/or spaces — some will allow entry of people with proof of a negative COVID-19 test. It's called the Performing Arts Vaccine Coalition. Here's the list:
The Actors Conservatory, Artists Repertory Theatre, Bag&Baggage Productions, Big Mouth Society, BodyVox, Broadway Rose Theatre Company, Cappella Romana, Chamber Music Northwest, CSz Portland (ComedySportz), Hand2Mouth, Imago Theatre, Kickstand Comedy, Literary Arts, Live Wire Radio, Magenta Theater, Newport Performing Arts Center, NW Dance Project …
Oregon Repertory Singers, Oregon Symphony, PHAME, The Portland Ballet, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Portland Center Stage, Portland Columbia Symphony, Portland Opera, Portland Piano International, Portland Youth Philharmonic, Portland Shakespeare Project, Resonance Ensemble, Shaking the Tree, Stumptown Stages, Theater Vertigo, Third Angle New Music, Third Rail Repertory Theatre, Triangle Productions, VOXnorthwest Voice Studio, White Bird, 45th Parallel.
To stay up to date on the list, see www.pdxartsvax.org.
The Portland'5 Centers for the Performing Arts has already announced the same policy. Many smaller venues are also allowing only vaccinated people. You might want to check before you go.
The 29th season of the series that brings interesting women to Portland begins this month. There are virtual and in-person events scheduled.
The VOICES Lectures lineup: Mira Nair, Oscar-nominated director ("Queen of Katwe"), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 22, virtual; Terry Gross, journalist, host of NPR's "Fresh Air," 2 p.m. Oct. 23, virtual; Lisa See, bestselling author ("On Gold Mountain"), 7:30 p.m. Feb. 16, 2022, live; M Jackson, geographer and glaciologist, 7:30 p.m. March 9, 2022, live; and Roxane Gay, author/cultural critic, 7:30 p.m. April 20, 2022.
Subscriptions are $179 general admission, $215 reserved, $315 patron.
For more: www.voicesinc.com.
Caiden Madzelan, a Reynolds High School student, advanced to the national finals of "America Ninja Warrior" at Las Vegas. He was to be competing on the show that aired Monday, Aug. 30, on KGW (8).
Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd., will be presenting a new series of films in September, "Descent into Madness: The Films of Werner Herzog," and it features six of the master director's best films, as well as "Burden of Dreams," a documentary about the making of "Fitzcarraldo."
The lineup: "Aguirre: The Wrath of God" (1972), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 2; "Fitzcarraldo" (1982), 7 p.m. Sept. 5; "Burden of Dreams" (1982), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 6; "Heart of Glass" (1976), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8; "Litter Dieter Needs to Fly" (1997), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12; "Stroszek" (1977), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13; and "Nosferatu the Vampyre" (1979), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18.
For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.
Portland singer Jimmie Herrod was to appear in this week's semifinals of "America's Got Talent" on KGW (8).
Meanwhile, "AGT" fans picked Storm Large as their wild-card performer, and the longtime Portland singer appeared on "AGT" last week, singing a slowed-down version of "Take On Me" by A-Ha. The judges had mixed reviews.
"You look like Jessica Rabbit tonight," Heidi Klum said. "You're a force of nature; you have an incredible voice."
"For me this was not better than your first audition," Sofia Vergara said.
"I really like you, and admire you," Simon Cowell said. "Everything was soft tonight."
"I don't know if it was the best song choice," Howie Mandel said.
In the end, judges had to decide between Storm and UniCircle Flow, a Japanese bicycle act, for the final semifinal spot determined that night. They went with UniCircle Flow, with Mandel saying, "Storm, you have a beautiful voice, but this show is about originality and I'm going with UniCircle Flow."
Oaks Amusement Park has cancelled its Oktoberfest celebration.
Mt. Angel Oktoberfest is still expected to take place, Sept. 16-19. For more: www.oktoberfest.org.
Powell's has switched its upcoming author events to Zoom events because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Included was an appearance by singer Rickie Lee Jones, who gave us "Chuck-E's in Love," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 1 (a day before her show at Aladdin Theater).
For more: www.powells.com/eventsupdate.
Toby Keith and Alabama headline a virtual concert at Newberg's 99W Drive-In on Thursday, Sept. 2. Tickets to the event are $76-plus per car, depending on which package one chooses. For more: www.tixr.com/groups/encore-kickoff/events/country-kickoff-to-ldw-newberg-or-28315.
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