Bits & Pieces: KISS hit with COVID-19, but tour will resume
Well, COVID-19 caught up to the two elder members of KISS — Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons — but the band that also includes Beaverton native Tommy Thayer at guitar, who the Tribune recently featured in a story, had planned to resume its "End of the Road World Tour" this week. Given full health, KISS still would be stopping at RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington, on Sept. 17.
Thayer told the Tribune the band and crew had been fully vaccinated with plenty of precautions. So, the Stanley and Simmons cases would be considered "breakthrough" cases.
And, which we should expect, the legendary KISS won't be calling it quits once the United States part of the tour and then its Las Vegas residency come to an end. It's recently been announced that KISS will be doing some tour dates in Australia in early 2022.
The Portland singer Jimmie Herrod competed in the semifinals of "America's Got Talent" and impressed the judges and fans, who voted him through to the finals this week with the "instant save vote."
Herrod sang "Glitter in the Air" in the semifinals Aug. 31.
"You are unbelievable," Sofia Vergara said.
"That was a master class. What an amazing, amazing singer you are," Simon Cowell said. "I think you are incredible."
"I'm waiting for your album to drop," Heidi Klum said. "Good thing you were performing last, I don't know who could follow you."
"You are, by far, the best singer in this competition," Howie Mandel said. "What you do is perfection. I could listen to you day and night. You could win this whole thing."
We'll have more in our next edition of the Tribune, but make plans now for the Time-Based Art Festival, which starts Sept. 16. It'll be a hybrid event — events online and in-person at Portland Institute for Contemporary Art and locations throughout Portland. For complete info: pica.org.
Oregon Children's Theater
"Emergence!" is the theme of Oregon Children's Theatre's 2021-22 season, which includes live performances.
Though OCT has moved out of its previous location on Northeast Sandy Boulevard during the pandemic, the company has been searching for a new headquarters.
The lineup: Impulse XV, Oct. 29-Nov. 7, Brunish Hall; "Merry Happy Everything!," Nov. 19-Dec. 19, Brunish Hall; "WROL (Without Rule of Law)," Feb. 18-Mar. 6, 2022, Multnomah Arts Center; "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show," Feb. 26-Apr. 24, 2022, Winningstad Theatre; "Twelfth Night, Apr. 29-May 15, Brunish Hall; "Last Stop on Market Street," May 1-29, 2022, Newmark Theatre.
For more: www.octc.org.
George Manahan, the music director for Portland Opera, has resigned after nine seasons.
Portland Opera will celebrate Manahan late in the 2021-22 season with a concert in his honor with special guests May 14, 2022. A search for a new music director has begun.
"We are so grateful to be shaped and inspired by Maestro Manahan's deep love of opera, and Portland Opera," said Sue Dixon, general director. "His expertise, excellence and dedication led the company to great artistic achievements, and his warmth and spirit made him a beloved colleague. We cannot wait to celebrate him with the May concert." Â
Manahan made his Portland Opera debut in 2006 conducting Verdi's "Macbeth"and was a regular guest artist with the company prior to being named music director in 2012. Throughout his time with Portland Opera, Manahan conducted over 20 productions with the company, most recently Puccini's "Madama Butterfly," Mozart's "La Finta Giardiniera," Rossini's "The Barber of Seville" and Gounod's "Faust."
"The years I've spent with Portland Opera have been some of the most gratifying of my life," Manahan said. "Working with this amazing chorus and wonderful orchestra has been a constant joy, as well as collaborating with the superb administration and board. I want to express my deepest gratitude to Christopher Mattaliano for inviting me to guest conduct in Portland and later appointing me music director. I wish everyone the best in continuing the great tradition of Portland Opera."
'The Golden Girls'
There are plenty of people out there who used to watch the sitcom "The Golden Girls," about older women sharing their golden years and a home, starring Bea Arthur (Dorothy Zbornak), Betty White (Rose Nylund), Rue McClanahan (Blanche Devereaux) and Estelle Getty (Sophia Petrillo).
Fathom Events and ABC Signature brings "The Golden Girls" to the big screen in "Forever Golden! A Celebration of the Golden Girls," Sept. 14 and 21, featuring episodes and more. It'll screen at Cedar Hills Crossing 16 in Beaverton, Regal Evergreen Parkway 13 in Hillsboro and Clackamas Town Center, Century 16 Eastport and Regal Lloyd Center 10 Cinema in Portland.
For tickets, see www.FathomEvents.com.
Theater companies are starting to put on shows. Triangle Productions opens its 32nd season with Eve Ensler's "In the Body of the World," starring Raissa Fleming as Eve, Sept. 9-25 at The Sanctuary at Sandy Plaza, 1785 N.E. Sandy Blvd. It's a one-act play. Ensler, who wrote "The Vagina Monologues," celebrates the strength and joy that connect a single body to the planet.
For more: www.trianglepro.org.
The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at Portland State University has a new exhibit, "Louise Bourgeois: What is the Shape of This Problem," through Dec. 4. It's now available for viewing by PSU students, faculty and staff, and then the general public Sept. 30. It's from the collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation.
The exhibit includes 119 works focusing on prints, textiles and a series of eight holograms, ranging from the 1940s to the early 2000s. It examines the emotional terrains found in her practice, including her feelings of isolation, anger and fear, depicted through images of the body, childhood, family, architecture and the passage of time.
Heads up: Oregon's Hispanic wineries unite for the second annual Celebrating Hispanic Roots event in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15.
Participating wineries are Alumbra Cellars, Atticus Wine, Beacon Hill Winery & Vineyard, Cramoisi Vineyard, Parra Wine Co. and Valcan Cellars.
For complete info: www.celebratinghispanicroots.com.
Mike Mitchell celebration
The original guitarist and co-founder of Portland band The Kingsmen, Mike Mitchell, who helped give us "Louie Louie," passed away in April. The Kingsmen and friends present "A Celebration of Mike Mitchell," a concert which benefits the Oregon Music Hall of Fame's Music In The Schools & Scholarship Program, 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Aladdin Theater. Special guests will be Paul Revere & The Raiders' members Phil "Fang" Volk, Jim "Harpo" Valley and Keith Allison and others, including guitarist Jennifer Batten and Tommy Tutone.
For tickets: www.aladdin-theater.com.
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