Daily Life: Portland Art Museum gives back Native objects
MONDAY, JUNE 20
PAM repatriation — Portland Art Museum has done a cool thing and gave back historic objects, nine of them, to the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. The museum and tribal leaders held a repatriation ceremony recently.
The objects were removed from Wrangell in Southeast Alaska in the 1930s and '40s and have been returned to the Naanya.aayi clan.
The objects include a Killerwhale Hat from the original Chief Shakes House Flotilla of Killerwhale Hats; Killerwhale Flotilla Chilkat Robe; Killerwhale Stranded on a Rock Robe; a Mudshark Hat; three Mudshark Shirts; Killerwhale with a Hole Fin; and the Storm Headdress.
Between 1921 and 1944, Axel Rasmussen, then superintendent of schools of Wrangell and later Skagway, collected Native American art and cultural items from the Tlingit communities and dealers. After his death in 1945, the collection was transferred to an art dealer and purchased by the Portland Art Museum in 1948.
Said Brian Ferriso, Portland Art Museum director: "This is a landmark occasion, too long in the making."
New director — Portland Gay Men's Chorus has hired its next artistic director and conductor, and it's Braeden Ayres, who joins PGMC from Black Hawk College in Moline, Illinois, where he served as part of its vocal faculty.
He previously served as assistant artistic director of Out Loud: The Colorado Springs Men's Chorus.
He starts July 1.
"PGMC is an iconic chorus with a storied history here in the Portland area," said Richard Jung, executive director. "We are extremely fortunate to have attracted someone with Braeden's knowledge of choral arts and musical theatre, and with a proven commitment to his community. His energy and enthusiasm is infectious. I definitely look forward to welcoming him and his husband to the community here in Portland."
"PGMC is an institution with a rich and important history of music-making and social activism. As a conductor and educator, I believe in empowering all people to find and use their voices, and I am honored by the opportunity to lead this fine ensemble to even greater heights. As the new ADC, I am excited to work with our singers and creative teams to create innovative, genre-bending choral performances that will uplift and inspire our audiences in Portland and across the world."
Upcoming events — Some events to considering attending:
• Comedian Bill Burr hits the stage for his standup routine at Moda Center, 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23.
For more: http://www.rosequarter.com.
• With Pride Month still going, host Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi the drag queen presents "Queer Horror," 8:30 p.m. Friday, June 24, with San Francisco drag legend Peaches Christ (aka Joshua Grannell) and the screening of her movie "All About Evil" at Hollywood Theatre.
For more: http://www.queer-horror.com.
• The Outdoor Movies in Oregon State Parks Series starts Saturday, June 25 at Rooster Rock State Park with "Jurassic Park," and continues with "Mars Attacks!" (July 9, Stub Stewart State Park), "Back to the Future Part II" (July 23, Milo McIver State Park) and "Encanto" (Aug. 6, Champoeg State Heritage Area).
For more: http://www.hollywoodtheatre.org.
• Check for ticket availability for "Weird Al" Jankovic, 8 p.m. Sunday, June 26 at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
For more: http://www.portland5.com.
• Shawn Mendes, with special guest Dermot Kennedy, plays Moda Center, 7 p.m. Monday, June 27.
For more: http://www.rosequarter.com.
• Anchor Pictures and Gravitas Ventures are releasing the documentary "Old-Growth Murder," exploring the 1987 cold case murder of Alain Malessard, a French citizen, in a closed U.S. Forest Service campground in Neskowin. He was bicycling across North America to fulfill a lifelong dream.
It's available on Apple iTunes on June 28.
Hillsdale brews — McMenamins presents the 29th year of the McMenamins Hillsdale Brewest, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at Hillsdale Brewery & Public House.
It's usually held in the winter, but organizers wants to hold the brewfest at the brewery and in its parking lot.
It's $25 for a brewfest glass and 10 tokens. There'll be live music 1 p.m.-3 p.m. by High Deductibles and 5 p.m.-7 p.m. by Siamese Twin.
World record? — Ian Mackay will attempt to set a world record for the greatest distance covered in 24 hours in a motorized wheelchair, Tuesday, June 21 on Sauvie Island.
He's the founder and executive director of Ian's Ride, a Washington nonprofit, and an avid cyclist who was left paralyzed from the neck down after a 2008 bicycle crash.
Learn more about Mackay at http://www.iansride.com.
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