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Other items include Darcelle's birthday, White Bird Dance, 'Foodtastic' and PDX movies.

COURTESY PHOTO: MICHAEL DURHAM/OREGON ZOO - Polar bear Amelia Gray (left) met her half-sister Nora for the first time recently at Oregon Zoo's Polar Passage.Polar pals

The Oregon Zoo happily welcomed a partner for polar bear Nora, and it appears Nora and Amelia Gray, a 5-year-old polar bear, will be getting along just fine. They have been romping around Polar Passage, playfully sparring, chasing one another and splashing into their saltwater pool.

"Polar bear introductions can be very intense so we took it slowly at first," said Amy Cutting, who oversees the zoo's polar bear area. "But they made it very clear they wanted to be together, and their care team listened. Now the two are having a great time playing and hanging out. We'll continue to keep a close eye on their interactions, but things are off to a great start."

Darcelle's birthday

Friends and acquaintances gather for the 91st birthday of famed Portland entertainer Darcelle, aka Walter Cole, 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in front of Darcelle XV Showplace, 208 S.W. Third Ave. It's a bash presented by Regional Arts & Culture Council, City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Triangle Productions.

There'll be an unveiling of a permanent art installation that commemorates the placement of Darcelle XV Showplace in Old Town on the National Register of Historic Places as the oldest drag cabaret in the country. Cole's Northeast Portland home has also been placed on the register.

White Bird

Portland's famous dance presenters are returning to action in 2022. White Bird Dance, which hasn't had live programming since April 2020, returns with Alonzo King Lines Ballet, Feb. 24-26 at Newmark Theatre.

Other companies coming to Portland include Dance Theatre of Harlem and Complexions Contemporary Ballet.

White Bird also helps open the new Patricia Reser Center for the Arts in Beaverton by presenting Versa-Style Dance Company, April 1-3.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, White Bird has been planning a full season of dance beginning in fall 2022.


A Portlander is part of the Disney+ food-sculpting competition show "Foodtastic," a Disney character-inspired show hosted by actress Keke Palmer.

Liz Marek, a cake decorator from Portland, is competing on the show. You can catch her in the episode "Ant-Man and The Wasp: Introducing Micro-Girl"; she'll be competing on Team Baker & The Beasts. In the episode, which airs Dec. 15, the food artists call on Ant-Man and The Wasp to help a lab tech save the day.

Airport movies

Hollywood Theatre has reopened its microcinema at Portland International Airport after a 20-month COVID-19 closure.

The location also changed, as it's now near gate C-13. The theater hosts a bevy of short films by Pacific Northwest filmmakers. The cinema can accommodate 22 guests. So, if you have some time between flights, check out a short flick.

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