Link to Owner Dr. Robert B. Pamplin Jr.



Other items include Oregon Cultural Trust, 'Hood River,' Mochica the penguin and 'Dracula'

COURTESY PHOTO - Artistic Director Damaso Rodriguez is departing Artists Repertory Theatre at the end of 2021.Artists Rep

There's a big change happening at Artists Repertory Theatre.

Artistic Director Damaso Rodriguez will step down at the end of 2021, concluding a nine-year tenure at one of Portland's biggest theater companies.

He plans to join the Arts Consulting Group in Portland as vice president, and it's anticipated that Rodriguez will continue as a guest artist at Artists Rep.

Executive Director J.S. May, Managing Director Kisha Jarrett and the company's board are working on a succession plan.

"Periodic, intentional leadership change is best for a regional theater — and, at this point in life, change is good for me and my family," Rodriguez said.

"New leadership is granted a mandate and space to try new things, or to radically change course. My departure will empower them to move forward boldly in the crucial, upcoming years. I'm excited for the next team to lead this vital theater."

Artists Rep is also in the process of revitalizing its property at 1515 S.W. Morrison St.

Trust celebration

Oregon Cultural Trust celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2021, and it marks it with a "Celebrate Oregon!" license plate artwork and more, set to be launched this week. The design involved nominators, artists, jury members and content experts from Gov. Kate Brown's advocacy commissions. The result is a tapestry of Oregon geography into which are woven 127 symbols, each depicting a different aspect of shared culture, the trust said.

Beyond the license plate, the "Celebrate Oregon!" design will be part of full-scale murals at the airports in Eugene, Medford, Portland and Redmond, and it'll be displayed as a 38-foot banner outside Northwest Film Center at the Portland Art Museum.

Oktoberfest on

It appears Mt. Angel Oktoberfest, a very public gathering (i.e. party), is still expected to take place, Sept. 16-19. For more:

Cool concerts

Check out some upcoming outdoor concerts: McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale — Pink Martini, Sept. 18, and Herbie Hancock, Sept. 22; RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington — KISS "End of the Road World Tour," Sept 17; Jason Aldean, Sept. 18.

'Live Wire Radio'

The stage-variety show "Live Wire Radio" has canceled its Sept. 16 show because of the COVID-19 pandemic and will put on a virtual event at 7:30 p.m. on the same day at

'Hood River'

A new documentary is being offered on demand (iTunes) and it's "Hood River" by Steven Cantor and Jonathan Field, based in the Columbia Gorge community. It'll also be shown in select theaters.

The story:

In a small Oregon community, a high school soccer team struggles to overcome class and racial divides in a quest for both individual and team success. While Domingo deals with the deportation of his father to Mexico and Eric painfully learns how to become a captain and command the respect of his Mexican-American teammates, Coach Riviera struggles to keep the team together amidst the pressure of academics and athletics.

It explores the questions: Will Domingo graduate? Will Eric become a leader? Will the Eagles win a state championship?

COURTESY PHOTO: SHERVIN HESS/OREGON ZOO - Mochica, one of the oldest penguins on the planet, has passed away at age 31 at Oregon Zoo.
Mochica passes

The Oregon Zoo mourns the death of Mochica, one of the world's oldest penguins at 31 years old.

"Mochica was the oldest male of his species in any North American zoo or aquarium, maybe the whole world," said Travis Koons, who oversees the zoo's bird populations. "His remarkable longevity says a lot about both his zest for life and the quality of care he received over the years."

More than any penguin in the zoo's large Humboldt colony, he enjoyed spending time with people. "It was pretty common to walk into the keeper kitchen and find Mo 'helping' with the food prep or just hanging out with care staff there," said Koons, who added that Mochica became his colony's "greatest ambassador" with visitors.

'The Moth'

Literary Arts has announced the return of "The Moth" and its mainstage event, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. It's all about true stories by five storytellers, told live and without notes.

Re-Imagined Radio

Bram Stoker's legendary "Dracula" is considered one of the greatest horror novels of all time, and Re-Imagined Radio will be bringing the story to radio audiences at noon Sept. 20.

It'll air on Portland's KXRY (91.1 FM, 107.1 FM), and a rebroadcast will be livestreamed on KUIK (1360 AM) and be available at

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