Bits and Pieces

by: anni tracy Last year’s

Skin and seats

The Pedalpalooza, which bikes through June 26 with a plethora (239!) of events, reaches its pinnacle with the famous (infamous?) 'World Naked Bike Ride' at 10 p.m. Saturday, June 18. Riders, sans clothes, will gather at 9 p.m. at Southeast Water Avenue and Salmon Street. About 10,000 people, or 20,000 different buttocks, participated last year.

'As bare as you dare,' they promote. For info, go to

A Wilder ride

Former Portlander Harrison Wilder, who used to play online poker in Oregon before moving to Las Vegas, won $205,065 at the sixth event of the World Series of Poker series.

The self-professed college dropout tells 'I used to be able to play two hours a day at my house, now I have to come to the Bellagio for like 10 (hours) at a time.'


Michael Bay's slam-bam entertainment returns to the big screen June 29 with 'Transformers: Dark of the Moon,' the third in the series inspired by little kid's toys.

How will audiences take to Victoria Secret model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the sub for the deposed Megan Fox?

RACC grants

Want more money?

The Regional Arts and Culture Council is inviting nonprofits and individuals in the tri-county area to submit proposals for art projects and events for 2012. Applications must be submitted at by 5 p.m. Aug. 3.

About $530,000 is available this year, with awards ranging from $1,000 to $6,000.

Art film

Carrie Brownstein, of 'Portlandia' fame,' composed the score for '!Women Art Revolution,' an acclaimed film by Lynn Hershman Leeson, which chronicles female artists as they fight to break down barriers within the art world - a project 40 years in the making. It will be shown in Portland at the Northwest Film Center, June 24 to 27.

Familiar ground

James Santos, assistant artistic director of 'Dralion,' the Cirque du Soleil production at the Rose Garden, hadn't returned to Portland since attending Oregon School of Ballet in the early 1990s. 'Portland is one of the most beautiful places on the West Coast,' says Santos, 34.