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COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS - Portland Open Studios has transitioned to include a professional development component, and now has its first paid employee, Executive Director Kirista Trask.New leader

Portland Open Studios has announced its first hire, a paid employee, in Executive Director Kirista Trask, the current president of the board of directors.

It's a hire supported by the Murdock Trust.

The move heralds a new era for the previously volunteer-run organization, which has organized the area's largest and oldest free citywide art studio tour for 23 years. It's held every second and third weekends of October.

Portland Open Studios has transitioned in recent years from an event-only nonprofit to offering professional development services to help artists navigate the digital age.

Movie Madness

The iconic video store Movie Madness, 4320 S.E. Belmont St., which Hollywood Theatre purchased in recent years, has been celebrating 30 years in business. And, it marks the 30 years with the book "Movie Madness: 30 Years Behind the Counter at Portland's Iconic Video Store," a collection of interviews, articles, photographs, original art and more.

It includes an essay from store regular (and acclaimed director) Todd Haynes, who explains how the store's collection has helped inform his work, as well as an in-depth interview with Movie Madness founder Mike Clark.

The book ($15) was released Dec. 8 and it's available at Movie Madness, Powell's Books and Floating World Comics, as well as online at moviemadness.org/book.

Movie Madness has a collection of 80,000 movies and videos.

New book

A great resource given to almost 140,000 kids who have lost a parent or guardian to COVID-19, the print version of "A Kids Book About Grief" will be available (tentatively) Jan. 18, 2022.

It was written in collaboration between A Kids Company About and Brennan Wood, executive director of the Dougy Center. There were five other kids books released in their eighth collection that launched in November, with other subjects being Alzheimer's, anger, confidence, incarceration and life online.

Dougy Center, founded in 1982, supports children and families who are grieving before and after a death.

For more: www.akidsco.com.

'Shining City'

Imago Theatre, 17 S.E. Eighth St., continues its staging of Conor McPherson's "Shining City," 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Dec. 16-18. It's a play about psychological possession and inner demons that trouble a former priest, widowed philanderer and a jilted mother. "(It) showcases what happens when we're betrayed by our very selves," publicity says.

McPherson wrote the hit "The Birds," staged recently at Imago.

WWE postponed

If you planned to attend "WWE Monday Night Raw" at Moda Center, change your plans to the new date of the event, Sept. 12, 2022. It was originally scheduled for Feb. 7, 2022.

'Hamilton' tickets

If they remain, tickets have gone on sale for the second staging in Portland of "Hamilton," the acclaimed Broadway hit and hip-hop version of the story of Alexander Hamilton and America's founding fathers. See www.BroadwayInPortland.com. "Hamilton" will be in Portland April 13-May 1, 2022.

New venue

If you haven't heard, there's another music venue in the Portland-metro area.

McMenamins has developed Concerts in the Grove at Grand Lodge in Forest Grove, and it's an outdoor venue that seats 3,000. Concerts in the Grove debuts in summer 2022.

So, McMenamins now has music venues in Troutdale (Edgefield Concerts on the Lawn), Portland (Crystal Ballroom) and Forest Grove.

Return to rollin'

Reminder: The Rose City Rollers, Portland's preeminent roller derby club, will return to action at The Hangar at Oaks Amusement Park with bouts starting at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18 — 652 day after they closed doors because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The club hopes to put on a full season of rollers derby in 2022.

Prior to the pandemic, the Rose City Rollers sported 17 programs with 500 skaters and 800 volunteers.


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