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Downtown bike racing — A major bicycle race is coming to downtown Portland for the first time in a decade.

The Portland Criterium will take place Aug. 20.

"I look forward to welcoming the Portland Criterium Bicycle Race after nearly a 10-year absence from our city," Mayor Ted Wheeler told BikePortland's Jonathan Maus.

"This race is an excellent opportunity for all members of the Portland community and beyond to come together."

Racing starts at 1 p.m. There'll be races in open, women and masters categories.

The course is a six-corner loop circling Northwest Park Blocks, between Flanders and Couch streets.

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'Mockingbird' tickets — Broadway in Portland is bringing "To Kill a Mockingbird" to Keller Auditorium, Oct. 18-23, and tickets go on sale 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

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It's a new play by Aaron Sorkin, based on Harper Lee's classic novel, and it's the first national tour of the production, which stars Richard Thomas as the small-town lawyer Atticus Finch.

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" was first staged in 2018, and was the first Broadway play to ever be performed at Madison Square Garden in 2020.

It's currently being staged at Broadway's Belasco Theater with Greg Kinnear as Atticus Finch.

COURTESY PHOTO: JULIETA CERVANTES - Richard Thomas stars as Atticus Finch in the touring production of "To Kill a Mockingbird," which comes to Portland in October.


'Undiscovered Gems' — A movie series by PAM CUT/Center for an Untold Tomorrow, "Undiscovered Gems," welcomes audiences to discover films from their own backyard or around the world. It takes place Aug. 5-20 at Whitsell Auditorium, and features:

"Sam Now," a documentary about two brothers' 2,000-mile trek to solve a family mystery, from local director Reed Harkness, 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5; "Neptune Frost," about a subversive hacking collective in an e-waste camp of recycled computer parts attempting a takeover of the authoritarian regime, by Saul Williams/Anisia Uzeyman, 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6; "Cryptozoo," as "cryptozookeepers" try to capture the dream-eating hybrid creature Baku, by Dash Shaw (featuring art by local artist Mike Bennett), 7 p.m. Aug. 12; "Kajillionaire," about two con artists training their only daughter to swindle, scam and steal, by Miranda July, 7 p.m. Aug. 19; "Fire of Love," scientists and lovers Katie and Maurice Krafft die in a volcanic explosion while unraveling volcanic mysteries, by Sara Dosa, 2 p.m. Aug. 20.

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Here's more about the opening movie "Sam Now" from PAM CUT:

In this engrossing documentary filmed over an expanse of 25 years, two brothers go on a 2,000-mile road trip to solve a family mystery. Shooting on nearly every camera format imaginable, from hand-developed Super-8 film to Arri 4K, Sam Harkness and his older half-brother Reed use their creative world of fiction filmmaking to dive headfirst into dealing with the issue at hand: Sam's mom is missing. Sam's wetsuit and mask-wearing alter ego, The Blue Panther, bounds into the frame with youthful energy and a heroic spirit of adventure. But can The Blue Panther save the day? And are these fun-loving brothers actually ready for what lies ahead?

COURTESY PHOTO: PAM CUT - "Sam Now" by local filmmaker Reed Harkness.

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

• Here's a show for climate change enthusiasts: A new musical cabaret by The Broken Planetarium, "Live! Prophets! Live!" is based on the myth of Cassandra, the ancient Greek prophet who could not be believed, and the real-life story of Eunice Newton Foote, the 19th century scientist who first discovered putting carbon in the atmosphere causes climate change. Show dates are Aug. 4-14 at Clinton Street Theater.

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• The Washington Park Summer Festival is at the Rose Garden Amphitheater, with the following acts: Friday, Aug. 5, Espacio Flamenco; Saturday, Aug. 6, "Time Sound: Albina's Jazz Reimagined"; Sunday, Aug. 7, Opera in the Park, featuring music from Verdi's masterpiece, "Aida," and the cast includes Met Opera soprano Angela Brown and Portland's Richard Zeller.

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• The Clark County Fair in Ridgefield, Washington, Aug. 5-14, includes all the fair fun and music from Daughtry (Aug. 5), Cheap Trick (Aug. 6), Martina McBride (Aug. 7) and Blood Sweat & Tears (Aug. 8).

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• Two outdoor McMenamins venues have cool concerts coming up: Edgefield in Troutdale — The Decemberists, Saturday, Aug. 6; Mitski, Tuesday, Aug. 9; Grand Lodge in Forest Grove — Amos Lee, Friday, Aug. 5; The Psychedelic Furs, Monday, Aug. 8.

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COURTESY PHOTO: EIRINN LOU RIGGS - Heidi Duckler Dance presents the site-specific "Sin Maiz No Hay Pais," Friday, Aug. 5, at Portland Mercado.• Heidi Duckler Dance Northwest presents "Sin Maiz No Hay Pais," a site-specific performance in partnership with Hacienda CDC, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5 at Portland Mercado, 7238 S.E. Foster Road.

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• Fremont Fest takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, centered at 4020 N.E. Fremont St. There'll be a bike and pet parade, shopping specials, vendor booths, live music, kid-friendly games and a pub crawl.

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• The Grotto's Concert on the Lawn returns, starring Michael Allen Harrison, 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6.

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• Three comedians of note take to the local stage:

Chris Fairbanks, a veteran of Comedy Central, TruTV and more, 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, Alberta Rose Theatre.

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Neal Brennan, a three-time Emmy Award-nominated writer, director, producer and standup comedian, 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, Revolution Hall.

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And, Howie Mandel, longtime standup star and judge on "America's Got Talent," at ilani Resort Casino in Ridgefield, Washington, 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

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'Soundwaves' — From Pamplin Media Group's Sally Segar:

The Patricia Reser Center for the Arts will host eight free, interactive performances during August in partnership with Music Workshop, a local nonprofit music program.

Youth ages 8 and up are invited to check out Music Workshop's free program, "Soundwaves," which will "connect music and life" on Aug. 16, 18, 23 and 24.

The interactive concerts will include performances by Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes of Pink Martini, DJ Prashant, Thunderstorm Artis and the Portland Cello Project.

The concerts are free and open to the public, but reservations are required.

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Ballet auditions — The Portland Ballet is holding auditions Saturday, Aug. 6, for ages 8 and up for the upcoming curriculum year at its studio, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway.

Free ballet classes for ages 6-9 will be held Saturdays, Aug. 13, 20 and 27.

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