Bits and Pieces
- Jason Vondersmith
- Portland Tribune - Features
Oregon man on 'Biggest Loser'
Last year, Arthur Wornum and Irene Alvarado of Portland, and one of their parents, took center stage on NBC's hit show 'The Biggest Loser.' For the next season, the 12th, which kicks off at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, an Albany man, Patrick Ferrari, has been selected among the 15 contestants.
The format this year will be 'Battle of the Ages,' grouping contestants by age for the first time, with three teams of five - younger than 30, 30 to 49 and 50 and older.
Former tennis star Anna Kournikova and Dolvett Quince join veteran Bob Harper as trainers.
Ferrari, 26, is a mental health adult foster care worker. He wants to lose weight to pass a physical agility test required to pursue his dream of being a police officer.
Upcoming big-screen releases:
• Sept. 9 - 'Contagion'; 'Higher Ground'; 'Warrior'
• Sept. 16 - 'I Don't Know How She Does It'; 'Straw Dogs'; 'Drive'; 'The Lion King 3D'; 'Life Above All'
• Sept. 23 - 'The Killer Elite'; 'Dolphin Tale'; 'Abduction'
• Sept. 30 - 'What's Your Number?'; '50/50'
Calling all clowns
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus is coming to town Sept. 15 to 18 and organizers are bringing the national search for the next Ringling clown to Portland. It's called 'Clown College,' and it'll happen from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, at the Rose Garden to coincide with the circus 'Boom A Ring.'
Auditoners will show, in a 3 1/2-minute routine, the ability to display exaggerated facial expressions, athleticism or any unique physical skills, an understanding of comedy, as well as a sense of personality and why they wish to become part of 'The Greatest Show on Earth.' They must be 18 years or older to tour, but younger auditioners are welcome.
The Oregon Antique Mall, at 502 Seventh St. in Oregon City, has reopened with new owners. It's a renovated and remodeled 11,000-square-foot space that has retained its 1940s historical features.