Bits and Pieces
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Features
Broadway Rose grant
Tigard's Broadway Rose is celebrating its 20th anniversary, putting on 'Ripper.' And, the musical theater company is blessed after receiving a $30,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. That's a lot of cash for a theater company.
'It is recognition that our work has significant national value, and it's a show of support for 'Ripper' as a well-developed, exciting new musical with great potential,' says Sharon Maroney, company founder and artistic director.
By author/composer Duane Nelsen, 'Ripper' is an original take on the well-known story of 'Jack the Ripper.' It runs through Aug. 20 at Deb Fennell Auditorium, 9000 S.W. Durham Road in Tigard (info at www.broadwayrose.com).
'The many ways that people survive in a climate of fear - for better or worse - is what drives the show and gives it modern relevance,' Nelsen says.
Adds Dan Murphy, Broadway Rose founding general manager: ' 'Ripper' has been in development for over a decade. … I'm very proud of this work.'
Food Network Magazine has named Dove Vivi's pesto pizzas among its pick of the 50 best pies in the country. Editors were swayed by the pesto pizza because of its appealing combination of ricotta and nutty spinach pesto on a crunchy cornmeal crust. The '50 States, 50 Pizzas' story will be released in the September issue (on newsstands Aug. 9) of Food Network Magazine.
The hits keep coming. Here's more summer movie release dates:
• Aug. 12 - 'The Devil's Double'
• Aug. 26 - 'Our Idiot Brother'
• Sept. 2 - 'Apollo 18'
Meanwhile, free 'Movies in the Park' continues into September. Here's the next week's lineup (party starts at 6:30 p.m.):
• 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
To be or not to be?
As one of Center For The Arts Foundation's 'Signature Events,' the Shakespeare Camp 2011 will be for aspiring actors ages 13-18. It's run by Brian Allard and his organization Original Practice Shakespeare Festival, and they'll teach students through Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night,' ending in a free student performance at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13 at Center for the Arts Plaza, 402 N.E. Second St. in Gresham.
Applications and information are available at www.gcfta.org and due by Friday, Aug. 5. The camp runs Aug. 9 to 12.
New big screen
Movie fans are excited about the opening of Cinetopia Theater at Progress Ridge Town Square in Beaverton, a technologically advanced theater with 14 state-of-the-art theaters, including a 70-foot screen - one of the largest in the country. It's Cinetopia's first theater in Oregon; Vancouver, Wash., has had one since 2005.
The rest of the new Progress Ridge TownSquare, off Southwest Barrows Road near the Murrayhill neighborhood in Beaverton, opens in mid-September.