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New director — BodyVox Dance has named Nephi Sanchez as its new executive director. He fills a position made vacant by the passing of longtime General Manager Una Loughran in January.

Sanchez, a board member, had been helping fill the void by stabilizing systems and operations.

"Nephi has been tireless and generous in his stewarding of BodyVox through this difficult time," a news release from Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland, the artistic directors, stated. "As we approach our 25th season, we will engage in performances, touring, collaborations, education, camps, school residencies, JAG, and myriad Dance Center activities.

"With Nephi as executive director, and the full participation of an inspired staff and brilliant dancers and educators, we are poised now to press into the future with assurance and confidence."

Armed Forces Day — The Oregon Military Museum at Camp Withycombe in Clackamas will be opening its Historic Park to the public Saturday, May 21 as part of Armed Forces Day.

Visitors are invited, for the first time in more than a decade, to experience the two historic buildings anchoring the museum's Historic Park, including the Quartermaster Storehouse and Battery-A Field Artillery Horse Barn.

There'll be a Vietnam War-era reenactment featuring military vehicles and display tents.

Admission is free to the Historic Park, 15300 S.E. Minutemen Way at Camp Withycombe, and open to the pubic 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays from Armed Forces Day through Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 12).


Zelensky comic — Portland's TidalWave Comics, whICH produces biographies of famous people, has put out a comic book about Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky in its "Political Power" series.

Zelensky has led his people's defiance in a high-profile way against the invasion of Russia.

COURTESY IMAGE: TIDALWAVE COMICS - TidalWave Comics has produced a comic book biography of Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.It's available in hard copy and digital format. It's being released Wednesday, May 18.

For more: www.tidalwavecomics.

"This was a challenging script to write. The publisher and I wanted to focus on the man beyond the media's current focus —Ukraine's war with Russia and Zelensky's battle of wills with Putin. Who is he? What makes him tick? Why is he the right leader for Ukraine at this moment? Those are the things I was curious about when I started the research," said writer Michael Frizell.

"This book means a lot to me because of my Ukrainian heritage. Both sets of my grandparents emigrated from Ukraine. I wanted to use this medium to not only tell a story but to somehow donate to the cause at the same time," said publisher Darren G. Davis. "It does not hurt that Volodymyr Zelensky has a fascinating story."

A portion of the comic book will be donated to the International Red Cross in honor of the crisis in Ukraine.


Cleanup day — SOLVE's Downtown Portland Cleanup Day is Wednesday, May 18, and interested volunteers should sign up and gather at check-in locations throughout the downtown corridor.

Check-in locations include Providence Park at Sport Oregon, The Benson Hotel, Waterfront Park near the Burnside Bridge and the Salmon Street Fountain and in Goose Hollow near KGW Studios.

Volunteers can sign up at

It's sponsored by CareOregon, Portland Rose Festival and Portland Lodging Alliance.

'Wheel of Fortune' — The game show "Wheel of Fortune" is coming to Portland, 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

Tickets are on sale at


Darcelle update — Walter Cole, aka Darcelle the famous drag queen, reports that he has been doing fairly well through the COVID-19 pandemic. The 91-year-old Cole has been careful when out and about, including at Darcelle XV Showplace in Old Town.

"I've been negative (in tests). Only one person at work tested positive," Cole said. "I had some blood infections and had to go to the hospital."

Darcelle performs on Fridays and Saturdays. "I move around. I use a stick (cane)," Cole said. "Don't dance much. I sell it."

Darcelle XV Showplace has survived thanks to grants, unemployment for cast and crew and help from the landlord; the showplace has been put on the National Register of Historic Places.

The club had to be closed for five months during the pandemic, and restrictions hindered business. Cole was concerned about business, but vowed to keep it going. "Many places didn't unlock their doors again" in Old Town, he said.

PMG PHOTO: JASON VONDERSMITH - Walter Cole, aka Darcelle the famous drag queen, holds his Hall of Honor Award as distinguished alumni from Lincoln High School (class of 1950).

Fleet Week — The Rose Festival expects U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy and other ships for its Fleet Week, which starts Wednesday, June 8.

Details won't be known until shortly before then, perhaps as early as June 3. U.S. Navy vessels will be moored between the Steel and Burnside bridges, and other vessels between the Burnside and Morrison bridges.

Concert canceled — The Oregon Symphony concert Monday, May 16 featuring former Music Director Carlos Kalmar has been canceled due to "unforeseen circumstances." Ticket holders will be contacted by the symphony to discuss their options.

Underwood concert — Carrie Underwood is coming to Portland, March 16, 2023, on her "The Denim & Rhinestones Tour."

Tickets go on sale Friday, May 20 at

'Hadestown' — A winner of eight 2019 Tony Awards, "Hadestown" will be staging at Keller Auditorium, July 19-24.

Tickets go on sale Sunday, May 22 at

Upcoming shows — Some upcoming shows to consider:

• The taiko and dance group Unit Souzou performs "Constant State of Otherness" at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20, and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Portland Opera's Hampton Opera Center.

It's presented by the Risk/Reward Festival.

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• The fourth annual Edgefield Brewfest takes place 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale.

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• Two shows of "Mortified," in which Portlanders share their shame on stage, will be held at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, May 21, at Alberta Rose Theatre.

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• White Bird Dance's We Are One Festival and 24th season conclude with Complexions Contemporary Ballet from New York City, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

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