Bits & Pieces: Rose Festival returns as 'Rose City Reunion'
As the Tribune reported recently, the traditional Rose Festival will be back in 2022 after two years of most events in the festival — including parades — being canceled or altered because of COVID-19.
It's tabbed as the "Rose City Reunion," a theme meant to capture the spirit of Oregonians coming back together to celebrate and reinvigorate our sense of community pride and togetherness.
Applications are open for parade entries including floats, marching units, bands and special entries from the community.
The festival opens May 27 with CityFair, RoZone Concerts and more. All three parades are slated to return — CareOregon Starlight Parade (June 4), Fred Meyer Junior Parade (June 8), Spirit Mountain Casino Grand Floral Parade (June 11). It's nice to see all the regular events and attractions listed as being planned to happen; check them out at RoseFestival.org.
The Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave., has a new exhibit featuring the works of Frances Stilwell, who paints native Oregon plants. "Frances Stilwell: Oregon's Botanical Landscape" features 81 illustrations donated by Stilwell in 2019 to the museum's collection.
"The collection is a time capsule of Oregon's indigenous plants and landscapes, which have been and will continue to be affected by climate change along with cultural and population shifts in Oregon," said Nicole Yasuhara, deputy museum director. "In addition to being beautiful, the illustrations are important historically."
Stilwell, who moved to Oregon in 1969, worked as an environmental scientist but left the field to pursue art in 1981. She traveled around the state, painting in pastels to depict Oregon plants in their native habitats.
Betty White recently passed away, just short of her 100th birthday on Jan. 17, and TidalWave Comics celebrates her life with a "Tribute" comic book.
It's available digitally and in print and can be found on Amazon and other platforms. See http://www.tidalwavecomics.com.
The book follows her life as an actress, writer, witty spokesperson, humanitarian and more, from her early days in television through "Golden Girls" and into more recent social media fame.
"In a culture where getting old is often the death knell of a Hollywood career, Betty White was as popular as ever before her death," writer Michael Frizell said. "Why? What you saw is what you got, and her wit and charm shone through."
CoHo Productions and members of the theater community have been moving on after the death of longtime CoHo producing artistic director Philip Cuomo.
"He was my uncle, but really my friend and colleague," said Isaac Lamb, a local actor and director. Lamb said Cuomo had long been sick, and doctors discovered he had cancer.
"It wasn't until the very end that they determined (lymphoma) was the likely source of everything," Lamb said. "It was a really sad, difficult final two years of his life.
"But he had a personal motto, 'Stop and find joy.' That was something he learned. He was a trained professional clown. … He had an incredible heart and bravery and love of life."
Meanwhile, BodyVox Dance announced that Una Loughran, its general manager for 20 years, recently died after a brief but intense battle with cancer.
"It is impossible to overstate the important role Una has played in the success, and in fact the identity, of BodyVox," said co-artistic directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland in an email. "For two decades she has been unfailingly committed to facilitating the vision of our endeavors, at home in Portland and across the world. For those who came to our performances at the dance center, she was the face of the company, greeting audience members with a warmth and familiarity that sprang naturally from her Irish heritage."
The lobby of BodyVox Dance at 1201 N.W. 17th Ave., has been named The Una Loughran Lobby.
At the Sunshine Mill Winery drive-in in the The Dalles, they'll be holding the Oregon Documentary Film Festival on Saturday, Jan. 22. Topics include interesting people, historical events, political awareness, behind-the-scenes insights, thought provoking events and more.
Tickets are $37.50 per car.
For more/tickets: filmfreeway.com/OregonDocumentaryFilmFestival/tickets.
We'll have a big spread on it next week, but for now make plans for the 13th annual Fertile Ground Festival of New Works, a program of the Portland Area Theatre Alliance (PATA) and that features 38 projects, Jan. 27-Feb. 6.
Works include theater, dance, puppetry, circus, animation, multidisciplinary arts, improv, spoken word, and musical and devised theater.
Most events will be online, some will be in-person.
For more: fertilegroundpdx.org.
The basketball tricksters are coming back to Portland for two shows, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22 at Moda Center. It's their "Spread Game" tour.
For more: rosequarter.com.
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