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Free visits — With the intention of helping educators, several Portland-area cultural attractions will offer free admission for them for two upcoming weeks, July 25-31 and Aug. 8-14.

Educators need to identify themselves as educators for admission.

There'll also be educator-focused events and tours each week; some places might require reservations.

They are (event days in parentheses): Japanese American Museum of Oregon, 411 N.W. Flanders (July 28, Aug. 11); Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St. (July 28, Aug. 11); Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, 724 N.W. Davis St. (July 27, Aug. 11); Oregon Historical Society, 1200 S.W. Park Ave. (July 25, Aug. 9); Portland Art Museum, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. (Aug. 10); Portland Chinatown Museum, 127 N.W. Third Ave. (Aug. 12); Pittock Mansion, 3229 N.W. Pittock Dr. (July 26, Aug. 12).

Photo exhibit — The Oregon Historical Society hosts the photography exhibit by photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr., "Gambette! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit," about individuals and families that endured the Japanese-Americans internment during World War II, through Aug. 7.

It features photos by the likes of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, alongside contemporary images by Kitagaki Jr., a former photographer with The Oregonian.

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'Black in Oregon' — The Oregon Black Pioneers' traveling exhibit "Black in Oregon: 1840-1870" is on view through Nov. 13 at Pittock Mansion.

The mansion is open daily.

The exhibit highlights some of the Black individuals and families who came to Oregon during the years of legalized racial exclusion, when the provisional and territorial governments of Oregon explicitly barred Blacks from residency and all legal protections.

Said Zachary Stocks, Oregon Black Pioneers executive director: "(The exhibit) allows audiences to learn about the courageous individuals who resisted anti-Black racism to make a life for themselves and their families in Oregon. Black men and women were not just witnesses to history. Rather they helped shape the growth and identity of Oregon's first non-Indigenous communities. By seeing their faces, and the documents by which their story is told, Oregonians will recognize these Black pioneers as more than simply names and numbers."

Darrell Millner, professor emeritus of Black Studies at Portland State University, gives a lecture 6 p.m. Thursday, July 21.

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COURTESY PHOTO: PITTOCK MANSION/OREGON HISTORICAL SOCIETY - The "Black in Oregon" exhibit at Pittock Mansion, a traveling exhibit by Oregon Black Pioneers, includes a portrait of Louisa T. Flowers (right) and an unidentified woman from 1890-1900, courtesy of Oregon Historical Society.

Seattle Art Fair — Russo Lee Gallery is among the 85 local, national and international galleries participating in the Seattle Art Fair, Thursday-Sunday, July 21-24 at Lumen Field.

Russo Lee will be exhibiting new work from artists including Julian Gaines, Dan Gluibizzi, Lisa Jarrett, Brenda Mallory, Chris Russell, Samantha Wall and Sherrie Wolf.

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Lizzo in Portland — Lizzo is going out on her "The Special Tour" and she'll now stop in Portland twice.

She'll perform at the Moda Center on Nov. 4, which is sold out; so, she has added a second date at Moda, Nov. 10.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22 at

Upcoming events — Some events to consider attending in the next week:

• On his "Mainstream Sellout Tour," Machine Gun Kelly plays Moda Center, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21. Willow is a special guest for the Portland show.

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• With the Multnomah County Fair behind us (May), the big four fairs are upcoming — Washington, Clark, Clackamas and Oregon State Fair. First up, it's the Washington County Fair at Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, July 22-31. A musical lineup has been put together for the intimate Main Stage, highlighted by country artist Mark Wills on July 28.

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• The Portland Center Stage JAW Festival, Friday-Sunday, July 22-24, at The Armory, highlights new developing plays in staged readings and features new scripts by Tyler Andrew Jones ("Even Faster Than a Blink"), Larry Owens (untitled), Anya Pearson ("Without A Formal Declaration of War"), Leah Nanako Winkler ("The Brightest Thing in the World") and the JAW Teen Playwrights (short plays). They are free to attend.

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• Jerry Mouawad of Imago Theatre is really high on "Voiceover," which uses inner monologues in an extremist fashion to expose the muddled minds of a choreographer and his company of dancers, a la Italian dramatist Luigi Pirandello. "A collage of soliloquy, choreography and theatricality, this innovative work merges postmodern dance with vaudevillian hijinks as one unconventional performance gets warped in a hall of mirrors of self-reflection," promotions says. It stages July 22-30 at Imago.

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• Tabbed the world's longest running Desi dance party, "Andaz" celebrates 20 years, led by DJ Anjali and The Incredible Kid. They and others go full Bhangra, Bollywood and Desi Bass dance at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 23 at Star Theater.

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• The Goo Goo Dolls have returned to the road and play at McMenamin's Edgefield in Troutdale, 6:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24. Their 13th studio LP is "Chaos in Bloom," which features the single "Yeah, I Like You."

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