- Suzie Ridgway
- Portland Tribune - Features
The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining fans with their ball-handling skills and on-the-court antics since 1926.
This weekend the 'Ambassadors of Goodwill' are rolling into Portland as part of their 193-city tour, to play a doubleheader against the New York Nationals.
'If you're a Globetrotter, you have to use every part of your body,' says guard Herbert Evans Jr., now in his second season with the team.
'We use our feet, fingers, elbows, biceps, triceps, knees, head. Whatever part of the body you think you can use without hurting yourself, go for it.'
This is his first year as one of four Globetrotter Advance Ambassadors, often referred to as the MVPs of the Globetrotters.
'It's an honor to be put in this position of going out and promoting the team. It's my niche, I love it,' he says.
Evans, 24, is a native of Memphis, Tenn., and a graduate of Troy University in Alabama. He says that he always wanted to play basketball professionally and to give back to the community. The Globetrotters give him that opportunity.
'I have fun doing my job and love to do the things I do with the Globetrotters.'
- Suzie Ridgway
2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. SATURDAY, Feb. 24, Rose Garden Arena, 1 Center Court, 877-789-7673, www.comcasttix.com, $15-$125, subject to service charges
Tet in Portland
The lion dancing to the beat of drums marks the beginning of Tet in Portland, a cultural celebration presented by the Oregon Vietnamese Community Association to usher in the lunar new year, the Year of the Pig.
Tet, short for Tet Nguyen Dan, means 'the first day' in Vietnamese. Mayor Tom Potter and city Commissioner Sam Adams are scheduled to attend the event.
Activities include the lion dance, music, art exhibits, Vietnamese food, a children's fun center and an appearance by Miss Ao Dai of Oregon.
9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. SUNDAY, Feb. 24-25, Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 503-235-7575, www.ovcausa.org, $3 per day or $5 for both days, free for seniors and children under 10
Unique Animal Expo and Pet Fair
Birds, frogs, snakes, chinchillas, miniature pigs, geckos and more are available for view and for purchase at an all-ages event for unconventional pets and the people who love them.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. SATURDAY and SUNDAY, Feb. 24-25, Washington County Fairgrounds, 873 N.E. 34th Ave., Hillsboro, 503-440-4243, www.uniqueanimalexpo.com, $7, $4 seniors, $3 ages 6 to 12, free for kids 5 and under
The museum's popular World Sounds music series concludes this weekend with two shows.
Dragon Art Studio will perform its operatic Chinese rod puppet show, and Western swing band Retta and the Smart Fellas will ensure toe-tapping good times for the whole family.
1 p.m. (puppets) and 3 p.m. (music) SUNDAY, Feb. 25, Portland Children's Museum, 4015 S.W. Canyon Road, 503-223-6500, $6-$7, free for members and children under 1
This musical for those ages 11 and up offers a glimpse into the minds and lives of six dogs left at doggie day care.
The names of the humorous blues, rap, gospel and swing numbers sung by the dogs, like 'Whizzin' on Stuff' and 'I'm in Love With Lassie,' give an idea of the tone of the show.
A percentage of ticket sales will go to the Oregon Humane Society and DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital.
8 p.m. FRIDAY and SATURDAY, 2 p.m. SUNDAY, Feb. 24-March 10 (no show March 4), Artists Repertory Theatre Stage II, 1515 S.W. Morrison St., 503-239-5919, www.tripro.org, $8-$30