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COURTESY PHOTO: ROSE FESTIVAL - AWEK DE PIOKDavid Douglas princess — Senior Awek De Piok has been named David Douglas High's princess for the Rose Festival Court.

A bit about Awek: Plans to attend University of Portland School of Nursing. … "I love to do a little bit of everything," including Black Student Union, basketball and community events. … "I love visiting downtown Portland because it is the time my dad and I have to go out." She's the oldest of seven kids; siblings are Anok, Awai, Abeny, Adit, Achan, Achut.


Library conference — The Public Library Association will be holding its annual national conference in Portland, March 23-25. More than 4,000 people will attend the in-person event at Oregon Convention Center, and 100 programs will focus on inspiring and developing the future of U.S. public library services.

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Luvvie Ajayi Jones, a New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and professional troublemaker, will kick off the conference by challenging attendees to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Ajayi Jones thrives at the intersection of comedy, media, and justice. Her debut book, "I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual" hit the New York Times best-sellers list at No. 5 in its first week. Her latest book, "Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual," was an instant hit.

From White Castle to the White House, closing speaker Kal Penn will leave conference attendees charmed with candid stories of Hollywood, politics, and redefining the American Dream. Penn is an actor, writer, producer, and former Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement. He is known for his starring roles in "Designated Survivor," "House," Mira Nair's "The Namesake," and the Harold & Kumar franchise. Penn's first book was "You Can't Be Serious."

In addition to Jones and Penn, the conference will host Big Idea sessions led by author and lawyer Brittany K. Barnett and "Jeopardy!" champion Amy Schneider. Additional authors and audiobook narrators include Clothilde Ewing, Linda Holmes, Brian Selznick, Jordan Ifueko, Sonia Manzano, and Alex Gino.

COURTESY PHOTO: ROSE FESTIVAL - KEHRLISt. Mary's Academy princess — Senior Paige Kehrli has been named St. Mary's Academy princess for the Rose Festival Court.

About Paige: Wants to be a nurse practitioner. … "Singing is a big passion of mine. I also enjoy participating in theater." She's a member of Marian Singers and musical theater. … Likes to visit food carts near her downtown school. … Looks forward to Grand Floral Parade participation in Rose Festival.

'Live Wire' — The stage/radio variety show "Live Wire with Luke Burbank," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 10 at Alberta Rose Theatre, features Emmy Awards-nominated writer and comedian Jamie Loftus, writer/storyteller Jelani Memory and musician Patterson Hood.

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Metro rules — Many arts organizations are relaxing COVID-19 rules as far as mask wearing and vaccine requirements for entry.

Metro announced new safety protocols for venues and offices in which COVID-19 rules will be contingent on some performers and show operators. In other words, unvaccinated folks may still not be welcome at some events.

The Oregon Convention Center, Portland Expo Center and Portland'5 Centers for the Arts will implement masking and proof of vaccination requirements based on each client's specific requests for customers and guests. Masks are no longer required for general Oregon Zoo patrons starting Saturday.

Said Steve Faulstick, general manager of Metro's visitor venues: "As we continue to watch COVID-19 rates fall in Oregon, we're hopeful that we can maintain this flexibility while still protecting public health."

New season — The Oregon Symphony has announced its 2022-23 season, the second under David Danzmayr, music director.

It opens with Danzmayr conducting Renee Fleming, one of the most celebrated singers of our time, in a performance of Kevin Puts' "The Brightness of Light," which captures the passionate marriage of Georgia O'Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, Sept. 24-26.

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Blues Fest — The lineup has been announced for the Waterfront Blues Festival, which returns to Waterfront Park, July 1-4.

It includes Taj Mahal & The Phantom Blues Band, The Wood Brothers, Galactic featuring Anjelika, Jelly Joseph, Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Lettuce, The War and Treaty and many more (including Portland's Curtis Salgado).

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday.

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COURTESY PHOTO: MW8 - The art-centric MW8 student hosuing building downtown near Portland State University is inviting the public to submit ideas for the building's new name. Boaty McBoatface is taken. Artsy building rebrand The MW8 apartment building downtown Portland is asking the Portland community to submit new creative names for the building."The goal of the contest to rename MW8 in a way that adds value and excitement to the brand," managers said in a release Tuesday. MW8 is located at 434 S.W. College St. in downtown Portland. The building is one block away from Portland State University and is commonly known as a student housing building. "The name will also elaborate on the artwork and murals painted inside of MW8. These art installments will be reflected and honored in the naming of the building. MW8 is dedicated to the positive advancement of art in society." The winner will receive $500.

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COURTESY PHOTO: ROSE FESTIVAL - HANNACentral Catholic princess — Senior Rachelle Hanna has been named Central Catholic's princess for the Rose Festival Court.

About Hanna: She wants to be a creative writer, loves volleyball, achieves straight As and "I am proud of the person I have become." … "My favorite place to visit in Portland is Multnomah Falls. One thing that separates Oregon from other states across the nation is its natural beauty, from its beaches, to its gardens, to its natural parks."


PAM CUT — The new name for Northwest Film Center was unveiled Tuesday at the Cinema Unbound Awards.

It's now Portland Art Museum (PAM) Center for an Untold Tomorrow, or PAM CUT.

"A lot has changed since the founding of the organization (1971), but what remains is the spirit of being a place for artists and audiences to experience the magic of immersive cinematic storytelling in all its many forms," a news release said. "Committed to the mission of expanding for whom, and by whom and how cinematic stories in all forms are told, PAM CUT is participatory, vibrant, dimensional, and unbound. By delivering multimedia stories that expand minds and shift perspectives through shared experiences, PAM CUT invites all audiences to 'go beyond together."

Said Amy Dotson, PAM CUT director: "PAM CUT is a place, a space, and a state of mind that welcomes those who aren't content to be contained. Thinking more extensively about how to serve the unbound multidisciplinary artists and storyteller community locally and globally — and the daring audiences and supporters who make it all possible — fuels our reinvention."

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COURTESY PHOTO - Here is the new logo for what once was Northwest Film Center.

Hopscotch opening A new interactive art experience, Hopscotch, is coming to Portland's Goat Blocks next year.

It'll be the second U.S. location for the Texas-based arts entertainment company. It'll be at 23,000 square feet of vacant space at 1020 S.E. 10th Ave., featuring a restaurant and craft cocktails in addition to rotating art exhibitions.

Hopscotch will partner with local artists, organizations, businesses, vendors, food trucks, chefs and mixologists.

"The identity of the city was really important for us as we considered the location of our next gallery," said Nicole Jensen, co-founder of Hopscotch.

'Jeopardy!' contestant — Karson Leperi, an engineer from Beaverton, will appear on "Jeopardy!," 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10 on KATU (2).

COURTESY: JEOPARDY PRODUCTIONS, INC. - Guest host Ken Jennings (left) welcomes Karson Leperi of Beaverton (right) to "Jeopardy!" on Thursday.

McDaniel princess — McDaniel High School's Rose Festival Court princess announcement has been postponed until 12:35 p.m. Wednesday, March 16 because of a scheduling conflict.


COURTESY PHOTO: ROSE FESTIVAL - ARMSTRONGLincoln princess — Bailey Armstrong, a junior, has been named Lincoln High's princess for the Rose Festival Court.

A bit about Bailey: She's interested in foreign affairs, international relations, politics and sociology as a career; interned with Carmen Rubio, Portland city commissioner. … Researched personal genealogy and family heritage. … Loves to visit and walk the park at Council Crest. "It is hard to dislike this little sanctuary from the city."

Oregon Book Awards — Finalists have been named for the Oregon Book Awards, with 35 Oregonians in seven genres chosen.

There were 202 submitted titles, and panels of out-of-state judges chose the finalists.

Winners will be announced April 25 at the 2022 Oregon Book Awards Ceremony at The Armory, the first-in person ceremony since 2019.

Finalists are:


Callum Angus, Portland, "A Natural History of Transition"; Omar El Akkad, West Linn, "What Strange Paradise: A Novel"; Tracey Lange, Bend, "We Are the Brennans: A Novel"; A.E. Osworth, Portland, "We Are Watching Eliza Bright: A Novel"; Chris Struck, Portland, ""Give My Love to the Savages: Stories."


Irene Cooper, Bend, "spare change"; Emily Kendal Frey, Portland, "LOVABILITY"; Jessica (Tyner) Mehta, Hillsboro, "When We Talk of Stolen Sisters: New and Revised Poems"; Zachary Schomburg, Portland, "Fjords vol. 2"; Dao Strom, Portland, "Instrument."


Bryna Goodman, Eugene, "The Suicide of Miss Xi: Democracy and Disenchantment in the Chinese Republic"; Jacob Darwin Hamblin, Corvallis, "The Wretched Atom: America's Global Gamble with Peaceful Nuclear Technology"; Annelise Heinz, Portland, "Mahjong: A Chinese Game and the Making of Modern American Culture"; Kenneth I. Helphand, Eugene, "Hops: Photographs of the Oregon Hopscape"; Kathleen Dean Moore, Corvallis, "Earth's Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World."


David Biespiel, Portland, "A Place of Exodus: Home, Memory, and Texas"; Allison Cobb, Portland, "Plastic: An Autobiography"; Mary Emerick, Joseph, "The Last Layer of the Ocean: Kayaking through Love and Love on Alaska's Wild Coast"; Aaron Gilbreath, Portland, "The Heart of California: Exploring the San Joaquin Valley"; Tina Ontiveros, Hood River, "rough house: a memoir."


J.C. Geiger, Eugene, "The Great Big One"; Courtney Gould, Salem, "The Dead and the Dark"; April Henry, Portland, "Eyes of the Forest"; April Henry, Portland, "Playing with Fire"; Deborah Hopkinson, West Linn, "We Must Not Forget: Holocaust Stories of Survival and Resistance."


Waka T. Brown, West Linn, "While I Was Away"; Cathy Camper, Portland, "Ten Ways to Hear Show"; Jennie Englund, Ashland, "Taylor Before and After"; Gabi Snyder, Corvallis, "Listen"; Tracy Subisak, Portland, "Jenny Mei Is Sad."


Breena Bard, Portland, "Trespassers: A Graphic Novel"; Cat Farris, Portland, "The Ghoul Next Door"; Matt Fraction and Steve Lieber, Portland, "Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen: Who Killed Jimmy Olsen?"; Sarah Mirk, Portland, "Guantanamo Voices: True Accounts from the World's Most Infamous Prison"; Aron Nels Steinke, Portland, "Field Trip: A Graphic Novel (Mr. Wolf's Class #4)."


Cynthia Whitcomb, Wilsonville

Doggie Dash — Nothing says a return to normal more than dogs in a park.

After two years of virtual celebrations, Oregon Humane Society's 35th annual Doggie Dash returns to Waterfront Park, Saturday, May 14.

It's the largest celebration of people and pets on the West Coast and Oregon Humane Society's biggest fundraiser.

Registration is free before April 30, donations are accepted.

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Sunshine Division — The Sunshine Division, a hunger-relief nonprofit, has earned Charity Navigator's prestigious 4-star rating for the 10th consecutive year. The nonprofit evaluator rates 160,000 nonprofits.

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Bieber, Imagine Dragons, Judas Priest — Teens, 20-somethings and many others will unite at Moda Center, 7 p.m. Friday, March 11 when Justin Bieber performs on his "Justice World Tour 2022." Everybody, even Justin's detractors, have to admit: The guy has staying power.

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Imagine Dragons (March 9) and Judas Priest (March 11) also play Moda Center this week.

Maryhill Museum— A popular destination for Portland-area folks, Maryhill Museum of Art outside Goldendale, Washington in the Columbia Gorge will open for the season Tuesday, March 15. It'll feature an expansive survey of contemporary Indigenous art of the past four decades, "Northwest/Southwest: Indigenous Art After 1980," drawn from the museum's own holdings.

The museum will also present the concurrent exhibition "Navajo and Pueblo Jewelry: Silver, Turquoise, Coral, and Shell."

In addition, Maryhill features exhibitions of more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin (one of the largest collections in the United States), artifacts and paintings from the Queen of Romania, a display of more than 75 chess sets from around the world and the renowned Theatre de la Mode that features artist-designed sets and small-scale mannequins attired in haute couture fashions of post-World War II France.

And, the museum itself is housed in a Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River.

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Everybody Reads — The community reading event Everybody Reads, put on by Multnomah County Library, concludes with an appearance by author Mira Jacob, Thursday, March 10, live at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall. She'll talk about her graphic literature memoir "Good Talk," which explores themes of racism, love, belonging, family and conversations we need to heal.

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Downtown Lions — The Portland Downtown Lions Club celebrates its centennial on Saturday, March 12 with a dinner and video documentary presentation (narrated by Paul Linnman). It's called "the mother club," and Lions Club members will be converging from around the state to party at the Sentinel Hotel. The documentary will be released on YouTube, Facebook channel and social media March 14.

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