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KISS Kruise — Perhaps you would like to go for a cruise along with the members of KISS — Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, local man Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer?

Well, you can sign up for the KISS Kruise XI, a Los Angeles-to-Mexico-and back cruise that includes on-board concerts by several performers.

Yes, it's a real thing, and it's set up as the final KISS Kruise, as the band plans to retire after its current "End of the Road" tour and gigs such as the cruise.

Tickets for the first cruise are still available; the second one is sold out.

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Thayer is a Beaverton native and Sunset High grad who has been the band's guitarist for years.

BodyVox season — BodyVox Dance has announced its 2022-23, 25th anniversary season.

It begins with the creativity of "Pearl Dive Live," Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 13-15, with works by collaborators Matt Groening, Poison Waters, Ludovico Einaudi, Lois Greenfield and Yiyun Li.

Next it'll be "Serious Cupcakes" (Jan. 26-28, Feb. 2-4, 2023), "The Spin" (April 6-8, April 13-15, 2023) and CineVox Dance Film Festival (May 11-13, 2023), and the season concludes with Junior Artist Generator (May 19-21).

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OMSI exhibit — Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave., is set to open a major new James Cameron exhibition, "Challenging the Deep," Saturday, June 18.

The exhibit immerses visitors in an underwater environment using cinema-scale projections, artifacts and specimens from the expeditions of Cameron, the Academy Award-winning director and deep-sea explorer.

"James Cameron's passion for the deep oceans and scientific pursuits have placed him at the forefront of underwater exploration. He continues to challenge the deep oceans to unlock their secrets and shines a light on one of the most important and least explored parts of the Earth," said Erin Graham, president and CEO of OMSI. "We're excited to showcase how he has merged creative and technical achievements in deep-ocean science, engineering and exploration."

Cameron has led eight major deep-sea expeditions and many submersible dives, setting world firsts, including the first solo dive to the Challenger Deep in the Mariana Trench, the first exploration of the interior of the wreck of the RMS Titanic, and the first seafloor-to-surface live broadcast. He has also explored deep ocean phenomena such as black smoker hydrothermal vents and discovered new species from the lowest point on earth.

The exhibit shows through Sept. 25.

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Brunish's Tony — Corey Brunish has won his fourth Tony Award.

The Portland/New York producer won for the revival of "Company" by Stephen Sondheim and George Furth. It won in the category of best musical revival, and won five Tony Awards in all.

Brunish has been involved as an investor in many Broadway productions. He has been nominated 12 times for Tony Awards as a producer, and he also received awards for "Porgy and Bess" in 2012, "Pippin" in 2013 and "Once on This Island" in 2018.

Brunish Theatre in Portland was named after the Brunish family upon a big donation by Corey Brunish in honor of his mother.

Shoshana Bean, a Beaverton High School graduate, was a Tony Awards featured actress finalist for "Mr. Saturday Night" by Billy Crystal.

COURTESY PHOTO: JESENIA ROBLES/FRIENDS OF COLUMBIA GORGE - This is the winner of the grand prize for the Friends of the Columbia Gorge photo contest, by Jesenia Robles.

Gorge photos — Friends of the Columbia Gorge has announced that Jesenia Robles of Hood River has been named the grand prize winner of "Our Gorge Connections," the Friends' seventh annual photo contest.

Her winning photo was the first non-landscape shot in the contest's history. She captured a close-up of her father Enrique's hands, laden with just-picked apricots.

Contest winners were:

Grand Prize — Jesenia Robles, Hood River

Community & Culture — John Pfeil, Portland

Scenic Eastern Gorge — Christopher Baker, Portland

Scenic Western Gorge — Christian Platt, Portland

Waterfalls — Daniel Rappaport, Corbett

Wildflowers & Other Flora — Bill Kirkland, Portland

Wildlife — Heidi Cardoza, Hood River

Youth Photographer — Zach Spidell (age 14), Portland

Camera Phone — Robert Meyers, Hood River

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Juneteenth — It's the first year Oregon recognizes Juneteenth as a state holiday, and the Juneteenth Oregon's 50th Celebration, produced by PDX Jazz, kicks off with a parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 18 (starting at Safeway on Northwest Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Ainsworth Street, traveling to MLK/Russell), and includes live music, art, food, educational booths, cultural booths, community resources and a children's area through 7 p.m. at Lillis-Albina Park. The festival also takes place 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 19, and features performances by Mike Phillips and Liv Warfield.

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In addition, saxophonist Eldon T Jones and singer LaRhonda Steele perform in the Juneteenth Celebration Concert, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 18, at Alberta Rose Theatre.

For more, check out the event's Facebook page and

Juneteenth is a federal holiday that marks the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It's June 19, with a public holiday on June 20.

Upcoming events — Some events to consider taking in:

• Reminder: Cirque du Soleil's "Alegria" is being performed under the big top at Portland Expo Center, June 16-July 17.

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• Third Rail Repertory puts on Meredith Wilson's "The Music Man," June 17-July 3 at CoHo Theatre.

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• The Portland Pride Waterfront Festival takes place noon-6 p.m. Saturday, June 18, and 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, June 19, at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

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• Fear No Music concludes its 30th anniversary season by celebrating Black American composers with "Tomorrow is My Turn," featuring ensemble works and live encore performances. The show takes place 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, at The Old Church.

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COURTESY PHOTO: WORLD FORESTRY CENTER - The World Forestry Center's Discovery Museum is set to reopen Wednesday, June 15.

Discovery Museum — The World Forestry Center plans to reopen its 20,000-square-foot Discovery Museum to the public Wednesday, June 15.

There'll be new documentaries playing in the onsite theater, a new art exhibit on wildfires and a free community engagement exhibit on the future of our forests.

The Discovery Museum is located adjacent to Oregon Zoo and Hoyt Arboretum in Washington Park, 4033 S.W. Canyon Road.

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