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Opera award

National Opera Week's Operagasm Award has named the Portland Opera as 'The Opera Company in America Working Hardest to Take Opera to the Streets,' for its 'Big Night' concert, street fair and free simulcast.

The Portland Opera beat out the likes of the Met's HB broadcasts, San Francisco Opera and others for the honor.

Show No. 300

Aaron Ross celebrates a milestone Nov. 29 as he and his alter ego put on the 300th edition of 'The Ed Forman Show.'

Ross, a Wilson High grad featured in the March 10 Tribune, has been putting on the 'Tonight Show'-style show virtually every Tuesday night at Dante's for 3 1/2 years.

In December, Ross leaves his hometown for Los Angeles, where he'll do his show at the El Cid.

The 300th show is 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Dante's, 350 W. Burnside St. Admission is $3.

Waller's project

Portland musician Holcombe Waller has a new music theater show premiering Dec. 2 and 3 at BodyVox Theater, 1201 N.W. 17th Ave. The new work is called 'Surfacing,' and it is an hour-long interdisciplinary music performance - 'metatheatrical, singspiel-style pop opera' Waller calls it, incorporating a lot of video projection. It follows in the footsteps of Waller's 'Patty Heart Townes' in 2007 and 'Into the Dark Unknown: The Hope Chest' in 2009.

Astronomy

David Haworth, Rose City Astronomers member, will talk stars in 'Observing the Small White Dots - The Analysis of Starlight,' 7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. Visitors are welcome.

Haworth started in astrophotography 15 years ago, and he has used a variety of cameras to image the sky; some of his images have appeared in publications.

For info on Rose City Astronomers, go to www.rosecityastronomers.org.

- Jason Vondersmith