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New PICA leader

With its Time-Based Art Festival around the corner, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art has named Angela Mattox as its new artistic director. Mattox was performing arts curator at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

"I'm excited to bring my artistic vision to such a progressive art organization, situated in one of the most vibrant and creative hubs in the country," Mattox says.

She adds, of TBA: "I've eagerly anticipated going to the TBA Festival. It's always an immersive experience full of discovery - a confluence of artistic, intellectual and social engagement."

Going national

Evertt Beidler of Portland has been chosen to showcase her work as part of ArtPrize, a radically open, international competition in Grand Rapids, Mich., Sept. 21-Oct. 9. More than 1,500 artists will have their work shown in 164 Grand Rapids venues. The public will vote, and grand prizes will be awarded to the top 10 favorite works of art, valuing up to $500,000.

Beidler is a multidisciplinary artists, and he'll be displaying a series of three videos that draw heavily upon the creation of sculpture "Progressive Movement(s)."

Symphony rebounds

Despite the recession slowing all arts, paid attendance went up by six percent for the past season Oregon Symphony events, selling 70 percent of capacity. The best-attended events: Yo-Yo Ma (sold out), Johnny Mathis (97 percent), Tony Bennett (96 percent), Lang Lang (92 percent) and Joshua Bell (91 percent). Also, Storm Large played to 98 percent capacity, and Handel's "Messiah" saw 95 percent capacity.

Symphony President Elaine Calder points out that the Oregon Symphony's appearance at Carnegie Hall proved that "audiences here in Portland are being treated to performances by one of the finest orchestras in the country."

The 2011-12 Symphony season begins Sept. 1 with its annual Willamette River waterfront concert.

Year-round markets

Hollywood Farmers Market has acquired the year-round Lloyd Farmers Market, effective Aug. 1, and also plans to go year-round for the first time at the Grocery Outlet parking lot on Northeast Hancock Street - the first and third Saturdays from December to April. Visit hollywoodfarmersmarket.org for details.

Chowin' down

Aspiring Joey Chestnuts and Kobayashis unite: Zach's Shack will hold its 8th Annual Hot Dog Eating Contest at 5 p.m. Aug. 8. A fellow named "Hambone" holds the record of 13 hot dogs consumed in 10 minutes - well short of Chestnut and Kobayashi in the consumption tally, but it's still lots to ingest. Zach's Shack is at 4611 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd.

Grass giveaway

The PDX Bridge Festival is looking to give away 28,000 square feet of fresh, locally grown grass, which will be distributed after the sod gets used on six bridges for "Brunch on the Bridge," Aug. 6. Interested parties should inquire online at pdxbridgefestival.org. It's provided by JB Instant Lawn. About 9,000 square feet is already accounted for, to be installed at Delta Park.

Also during "Brunch on the Bridge," Voodoo Doughnuts will try to set a Guinness World Record with the world's largest box of doughnuts.

Cheap cats

Cat Adoption Team's CATnip Adopt-a-Thon, Aug. 1-14 at 14175 S.W. Galbreath Dr. in Sherwood, will feature slashed adoption fees - $25 for adults, $50 for kittens. The fees include spaying/neutering, pertinent shots and everything else to send the feline home with you. For info, go to catadoptionteam.org.

Movie time

The hits keep coming. Here's more summer movie release dates:

Aug. 26 - "Our Idiot Brother"

Sept. 2 - "Apollo 18"

Meanwhile, free "Movies in the Park" continues into September. Here's the next three week's lineup (party starts at 6:30 p.m.):

July 28 - "Ferris Bueller's Day Off," DeWitt

July 29 - "The King's Speech," Laurelhurst

July 30 - "Free Willy," Holly Farm

July 31 - "The Goonies," Sellwood

Aug. 2 - "Megamind," Earl Boyles; "Tangled," Glenfair

Aug. 3 - "Iron Man 2," Wellington

Aug. 4 - "Despicable Me," Mt. Scott

Aug. 5 - "Wall-E," Alberta

Aug. 6 - "How to Train Your Dragon," King School

Aug. 7 - "Yogi Bear," Sellwood

Aug. 9 - "Yogi Bear," Gateway

Aug. 10 - "Secretariat," Wilkes

Aug. 11 - "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial," Elizabeth Caruthers