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SATURDAY, FEB. 26

Portland Saturday Market — A week from today, Portland Saturday Market opens its 48th season, Saturday, March 5. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the market located at 2 S.W. Naito Pkwy., just south of the Burnside Bridge.

It'll feature more than 150 local artisans with handmade crafts and an international food court featuring food from Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Greece, Poland and South America.

Hours will continue to be 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each Saturday through Dec. 24.

For more: www.portlandsaturdaymarket.com.

THURSDAY, FEB. 24

Pickathon returns — After a two-year absence because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the popular Pickathon music festival has announced its expected return in 2022.

"One of the questions you've asked most is, 'Will Pickathon be at Pendarvis Farm this year?'" an email to supporters read. "We are happy to tell you … yes! See you at the Treeline!"

It'll be Aug. 4-7 at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley. There'll be new forested stages for day shows, and night-time concerts in the meadows.

Tickets will go on sale soon.

For more: www.pickathon.com.

PMG FILE PHOTO: KIT MACAVOY - Concerts return to the forest stages and meadows at Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, as Pickathon plans its 2022 festival.

Dear Stranger — Oregon Humanities' letter-exchange project, "Dear Stranger," connects writers across the state through mail — yep, real letters, with the intent of creating shared understanding.

This year, people are asked to think "Beyond," as in:

"Write about what lies beyond the here and now. When you think of the future, what do you see? Think about yourself, your life, your surroundings, the world in general: What are your hopes, your dreams? What are your fears? Do you see parts of the past, or something completely new — or perhaps both?"

Letters are swapped anonymously.

For more: www.oregonhumanities.org. Letters should be addressed to Oregon Humanities, Attn: Dear Stranger, 610 S.W. Alder St., Suite 1111, Portland, OR, 97205. Oregon Humanities will exchange letters mailed by Feb. 28.

Rose Festival Court — The Rose Festival Court will be assembled when schools name their princesses Feb. 28 to March 18. The Tribune will post daily updates, which can also be found at www.rosefestival.org.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23

Pickles promotions — The Portland Pickles have announced some of their 2022 promotions for home games at Walker Stadium. The Pickles are the local summer baseball team made up of collegiate players playing in a wooden bat league.

Highlights:

June 10 — Portugal The Man Night. The band members will be appearing, and throwing out the first pitch, and the stadium plays their music all night long.

July 16 — The Dude Night. It's for all things "Big Lebowski" with free rugs to tie the room together.

July 17 — Trail Blazers Night. Appearances are planned by mascots and players.

July 20 — Exploding Whale Night. It commemorates the infamous 1970 event on the Oregon Coast.

For more: www.portlandpicklesbaseball.com.

Suckerpunch — Tabbed Portland's first zero-proof (no alcohol bar), Suckerpunch will be opening this weekend, and reservations are being taken.

It started in 2020 as a zero-proof events and cocktail kits company. But, now it'll be a new brand as an experimental pop-up zero-proof cocktail bar serving sophisticated alcohol-free cocktails in a bar setting.

The Suckerpunch team is working on opening a permanent location this year. For now, it's located at the Goat Blocks, 1030 S.E. Belmont St. It's open 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays.

For reservations: www.resy.com/cities/pdx/suckerpunch.

Another go — Caiden Madzelan, a senior at Reynolds High School, will once again compete in the "American Ninja Warrior" competition, starting with the qualifying round March 20-24 at Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.

It's the obstacle course show that airs on KGW (8). Madzelan's filming date will be March 24, his family said.

Madzelan, 16, has long competed in "American Ninja Warrior" junior events, and moved up to the open level last year.

At Reynolds, he competes in some athletics, including cross country.

New director — Kristi Balzer, formerly executive director of Rock 'n' Roll Camp for Girls, has taken over as new director of development at the Youth Music Project.

A nonprofit, Youth Music Project provides rock, pop and country music education for youth by offering tuition assistance, instrument rentals and performance opportunities.

For more on Youth Music Project, see www.youthmusicproject.org.

Schlapp honored — Tracy Schlapp will receive the Oregon Arts Commission's honorary 2022 Joan Shipley Award, as one of 10 artists awarded 2022 Individual Artists Fellowships.

The others are: Mika Aono, Heather Goodwind, May Maylisa Cat, Laura Camila Medina, Susan Murrell, Hampton Rodriguez, Alejandra Salinas, Pace Taylor and Amiran White.

They each received $5,000 awards. The Individual Artists Fellowships are determined by a panel of arts professionals, based on outstanding talent, demonstrated ability and commitment to creation of new works.

For more: www.oregonartscommission.org.

Schlapp's bio from the commission:

As Cumbersome Multiples founder, she has worked with artists and writers to create limited-edition multiples, artwork and performances. She produces small-batch paper ephemera, including the Fresh Ink letterpress subscription. Her work is immediate, political and (as is the nature of letterpress) laborious. Since 2018, Tracy has developed Folsom50, art and musical experiences for people confined in prison through the nonprofit Bridgeworks Oregon. She has produced concerts statewide and distributed thousands of handmade playbills to imprisoned audience members; run printing and writing workshops; and performed a musical lecture about incarceration. The COVID-19 pandemic closed prison to volunteers, so she focused her work on a writing exchange with a group of lifers at Oregon State Penitentiary (OSP). She curated a film series and wrote a companion workbook for people at OSP to engage them in discussion and writing. In 2022, she will expand this program to four additional prisons. Her studio practice has expanded with "Redemption Prints," type-based portraits that have transformed into drawings and led to sculptural work.

TUESDAY, FEB. 22

Wild Hare returns — You'll see most indoor and outdoor concerts returning in the spring and summer. Included is the Wild Hare Music Festival, which announced its return set for July 15-16 at Clackamas County Fairgrounds in Canby.

Pre-sale of tickets starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, and then tickets go on sale to the general public 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at www.wildharemusicfest.com.

COURTESY PHOTO: JESUIT HIGH SCHOOL - The Nickelodeon show SpongeBob SquarePants comes to life on the stage at Jesuit High School.'SpongeBob' musical — A Nickelodeon show for the young and older alike, "SpongeBob SquarePants" gets the musical treatment at Jesuit High School.

"The SpongeBob Musical" stages Feb. 24-March 6.

The story: The stakes are higher than ever, as SpongeBob and all of Bikini Bottom face total annihilation of their undersea world. Chaos Erupts. Lives hang in the balance. Just when all hope seems lost, a most unexpected hero rises up and takes center stage. The power of optimism really can save the world!

"Even though it was written before the pandemic, the story has an unexpected timeliness, because it's about a community dealing with crisis," said Jeff Hall, who co-directs the Jesuit theater program along with Elaine Kloser. "Everyone has their own way of reacting, but coming together is ultimately the only real solution."

Said Audra Moroney, a Jesuit junior and costume crew lead: "The show requires a lot of creativity and it's been very student-led."

The Broadway hit earned 12 Tony Awards nominations in 2018.

Jesuit shows are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $12 for all ages, and can be purchased at www.jesuitportland.org/theatre.

MONDAY, FEB. 21

Local 'AGT' contestant — "America's Got Talent" is putting on its "Extreme" show to feature extreme acts, and in the first episode David "The Bullet" Smith, a 44-year-old human cannonball, showed off his talent. His hometown is listed as Salem.

"The scariest human cannonball shot I've ever done," he said during Monday's broadcast. He got shot out of a steep-angled cannon and through a ring of fire (90 feet high). He landed safely on the net on the other side.

"I've never trained harder, prepared more mentally or physically. I always wanted to be on the show before I knew there was $500,000 (prize money) on the line."

All three judges — Simon Cowell, Nikki Bella and Travis Pastrana — gave him a "yes" vote to put through Smith to the next round.

Said Pastrana: "I've seen cannon acts, but none that went so high. You flipped when you landed. The whole showmanship, ticked all the boxes for me."

Said Bella: "Entertainment and showmanship, you literally wowed me."

Said Cowell: "Everything about that was what we were hoping for, for this show. You have my absolute respect."

Following in his father's footsteps, Smith is part of a family that held the Guinness World Record for longest and highest human cannonball; David Smith has broken the record six times, and you can see more of David Smith at www.humancannonball.us.

For more on 'AGT': www.nbc.com/americas-got-talent-extreme.

"There always is another level," Smith said Monday, about moving on to the next round.

Events — Here are some events to consider in the next week:

• Funhouse Lounge presents "Pulp Fiction, the Musical Parody," riffing on the Quentin Tarantino cult classic, Feb. 24 to March 26.

For more: www.funhouselounge.com.

• It's time to get outside (or plan to get outside). The Spring Home and Garden Show returns to the Expo Center, Feb. 24-27.

For more: www.homeshowpdx.com.

• Oregon Children's Theatre presents "The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show," based on the books by Eric Carle, Feb. 26 to April 24 at Winningstad Theatre.

For more: www.octc.org.

• Music legend Judy Collins, back on the road touring, performs at Alberta Rose Theatre, 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 28 to March 1. Her rendition of Joni Mitchell's "Both Sides Now" from her landmark 1967 album, "Wildflowers," has been entered into the Grammy Awards Hall of Fame, and her dreamy adaptation of "Send in the Clowns" won Song of the Year in the 1975 Grammys.

For more: www.albertarosetheatre.com.

• And, a couple other things to consider: Studio Ghibli Film Retrospective at OMSI; Rose City Polar Plunge at Willamette Park, Saturday, Feb. 26.

COURTESY PHOTO - CARISSA BURKETTNew director — Third Angle New Music has appointed Carissa Burkett as its new executive director. She succeeds Lisa Volle, who held the position from 2009 to 2021.

She has a background as an arts administrator, community and nonprofit founder. Previously she was director of arts programs for Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg.

With Third Angle, she'll be responsible for strategic planning, fundraising and development, production support, marketing, finance and community outreach.


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