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Bits & Pieces

“Book of Mormon” lottery

The Broadway Across America has announced a lottery ticket policy for “Book of Mormon,” Jan. 1 to 6 at Keller Auditorium, 222 S.W. Clay St.

A pre-show lottery will be held at the Keller box office, 2 1/2 hours before each show, with tickets set at $25; each person writes his/her name on a provided card, and drawings will determine who gets the tickets. Previous “Book of Mormon” lotteries have attracted as many as 800 entries.

Show times: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, Jan. 1-4; 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5; 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6. For info, go to broadwayacrossamerica.com/portland.

Artists Rep leader

Damaso Rodriguez is well known in Los Angeles for his daring, thrilling and visceral work, and now he’ll bring his talents to Portland as new artistic director of Artists Repertory Theatre. Rodriguez will take over from Allen Nause in the next six months.

“Artists Rep has been built from the humblest beginnings into one of America’s great theatre companies ...,” says Rodriguez, who’s leaving his position as co-artistic director at L.A.’s Furious Theatre Company. He previously worked at Pasadena Playhouse.

“The company’s exquisite facilities with their intimate, yet expansive, performance spaces are among the most exciting in the world for the kind of visceral, immediate, heart-pounding and audience-moving theatre experiences on which Artists Rep has built its reputation — and those are the kinds of bold new plays I intend to keep producing.”

Grammy award?

The Oregon Symphony’s “Music for a Time of War,” a PentaTona-released CD released to commemorate the group’s visit to Carnegie Hall, has been nominated for two Grammy awards: for Best Orchestral Performance and Best Engineered Album, Classical. The Grammy awards will be announced Feb. 10.

CoHo cancels

Citing finances, CoHo Productions has canceled the planned December show “Mars on Life: Holiday Survival Guide,” starring Susannah Mars.

CoHo has returned to a volunteer organization, and couldn’t afford the production. The theater will be dark throughout December and early January, but plans to return with “International Falls,” starting Jan. 25.

Author party

The Oregon Humanities Holiday Party will feature Oregon attending authors from many genres — literary nonfiction, poetry, fiction, historical comics, essays, short stories and novels — among the many being Kim Stafford, Anna Keesey, Brian Doyle and Sarah Mirk.

Info: 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, Cleaners, 403 S.W. 10th Ave., oregonhumanities.org, $5 suggested donation.