Life update: Arts/entertainment news for Monday, March 16
Keeping you informed with arts and entertainment news amid the coronavirus/COVID-19 scare:
• Things took another turn Monday when Gov. Kate Brown set a mandate of no bigger gatherings than 25 people through April 14.
It forces venues to reschedule events they had planned to start after the previous April 8 date.
And, it also makes unknown how events such as Whale Watching Week on the Oregon Coast and the Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival could and would handle crowds.
And, it may also force closure of things like Portland Japanese Garden, The Grotto and Portland Saturday Market. But, we don't have confirmation, yet; as of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Portland Japanese Garden said its outdoor spaces would still be open to the public.
• Parts of the Oregon Zoo had been kept open, until now. It'll close to the public Tuesday through at least April 8.
"Like most of this community, our goal right now is 'flattening the curve' so that our health system doesn't get overwhelmed," said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director.
• Lan Su Chinese Garden is also closing, starting Tuesday and until further notice.
"Closing our doors to the public is a difficult decision, especially as the garden is one of Portland's most beloved, tranquil and beautiful spaces," a statement read. "However, we are confident that is the right choice in this time of uncertainty and need to protect our entire community."
• It appears arts galleries can still operate in some form.
Elizabeth Leach Gallery has announced it will be open by appointment only beginning Tuesday. Russo Lee Gallery has remained open, saying it has ample space for social distancing.
• Doug Fir Lounge announced on Twitter it would be closing Tuesday for four weeks:
"To all of Portland's service industry and music folks that make this city go 'round: Don't worry, you got this. We'll all take a government-mandated breather and when this is all over we'll all be back and better than ever."
• Oregon Symphony has canceled all concerts through May 11 because of crowd restrictions.
• Broadway Rose Theatre Company in Tigard has canceled its upcoming production of musical "Ain't Misbehavin.'" All other Broadway Rose shows are still on as scheduled, starting with "Crazy For You," July 2-26.
• It won't be in public, but the Rose Festival Court princess ceremonies continue — using technology.
With schools closed, the Rose Festival had planned to hold remaining ceremonies at Lloyd Center this week. But, following public health guidelines, the Rose Festival decided to do the announcements virtually; the festival will connect online with each high school court member at the same time — 2 p.m. each day — and announce the winner.
The "e-announcements" will be conducted through video conferencing software coordinated by Rose Festival staff in the festival offices at the Rose Building at Tom McCall Waterfront Park.
Remaining schools to have their princesses named are Grant (Monday, Carmella Thomas), Jefferson (Tuesday), Franklin (Wednesday) and Wilson (Thursday).
For more: www.rosefestival.org.
Princesses named, so far: St. Mary's Academy, Grace Gentner; Central Catholic, Melyssa Okazaki; Lincoln, Anya Anand; Benson, Roserina Chipen; Madison, Wren Louis; Roosevelt, Dyllan Newville; Metro West, Kimberly Huynh, Liberty; Metro East, Jensen Kaelin, Lake Oswego; Parkrose, Brenda Ortegon Briceno; Cleveland, Zoey Weesner; David Douglas, Michelle Le.
• Weekend recap: Portland Saturday Market, The Grotto and Portland Japanese Garden were venues staying open over the past weekend; will they remain open next weekend?
Closures included World Forestry Center, Oregon Coast Aquarium, all Powell's bookstores and The Old Church, as well as ski operations at Timberline and Mt. Hood Meadows.
The new crowd mandate will likely affect when they and other venues reopen.
• People are getting creative to keep the shows going.
The Design Museum will now be offering its events virtually as video webinars. For more: designmuseumfoundation.org.
• The Wooden Shoe Tulip Festival in Woodburn does plan to open its acres of tulip fields, Friday, March 20, but with restrictions and social distancing for people. (We'll update with any changes, per Gov. Kate Brown's mandate to keep crowds at 25 people or less).
"We are taking our lead from many other outdoor activities that remain open, such as Oregon Garden, Oregon Zoo, Portland Saturday Market and Farmer's Market," said Barb Iverson, Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm owner. "As we get updates from the CDC and the governor's office, this is all subject to change."
• Like many companies, Literary Arts has asked employees to work remotely, and all seminars, workshops and events in the next four weeks will either be placed online, or be postponed or canceled.
The organization hasn't made a decision on the status of Verselandia, Oregon Book Awards Ceremony and final installment of Portland Arts & Lectures Series (with Colson Whitehead).
"I invite you all to turn to the books which have been the most important in your life for support," said Andrew Proctor, executive director.
Literary Arts also has a podcast, "The Archive Project."
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