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Katie Harman, Miss America 2002 from Gresham, will be a guest soloist with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra in early October

She'll sing favorite songs and arias from Giacomo Puccini, Antonin Dvorak, George Gershwin and Jerome Kern in two shows, 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1 and 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2.

Tickets are available at www.vancouversymphony.org. The symphony performs at Skyview Concert Hall, 1300 N.W. 139th St., Vancouver, Wash.

Fond farewell

Jeff Douglas has produced and reported and been host for 'Oregon Art Beat' on Oregon Public Broadcasting. At 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, Douglas will be host for 'Oregon Art Beat' for the final time, as he plans to retire. He'll share some of his favorite 'Art Beat' stories and talk about his career in broadcasting, and colleagues will share their own stories. In addition, he'll introduce the new host for the show, which enters season 13 at 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6.

Douglas started at OPB in 1990, after a 12-year run as executive producer, assignment editor and producer at KGW-TV. He also helped found KINK-FM radio station.

Moving movie

Advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy is curating an event for the premiere of the movie 'Archie's Movie Project,' the winner of more than 20 film festival awards, including 'Best Picture' at the Berlin International Film Festival. It's known for its exhilarating use of stock footage, animations, reenactments and other audiovisual tricks.

A question-and-answer session with lead actor Gabriel Sunday follows the screening at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29 at Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Tickets are $10 and available at www.hollywoodtheatre.org.

Sunday plays a 17-year-old geek who has suddenly found himself the most talked-about kid in school. He announces on film that he's going to kill himself on camera for a class project - while some people try to save him, imitate him or push him over the brink.

Touring the past

Want a peek into the state's history? The Oregon State Archives is holding an open house, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 as part of Oregon Archives Month. Among the archives on the behind-the-scenes tour will be the original Oregon Constitution.

The Oregon State Archives is located at 800 Summer St. N.E. in Salem.

Opera festivities

Portland Opera's 47th season begins with a company first, a concert of the opera's greatest hits, 'Big Night,' beginning with a street fair at 5 p.m. and concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. The concert will be simulcast live and free on a 20-by-40-foot screen on the front of Keller Auditorium as part of the street fair, which will include food carts, a beer and wine garden, entertainment and the Marx Brothers movie 'A Night at the Opera.'

Are you a musician?

Portland Parks and Recreation is calling all adult amateur musicians to join a band and put on a concert for music scholarships in Portland. It's put on by the city's Community Music Center and Make Music PDX.

Groups meet weekly at various city community centers and schools for two hours, starting in mid-October, culminating with a concert Dec. 17. The program repeats in the winter and spring.

Fees range from $85.50 to $100. Register and find more information at the Portland Parks and Recreation website (www.portlandonline.com/parks), or by calling 503-823-7529.