The 36th Portland International Film Festival is coming up, and it’s been announced that “Blancanieves” has been named as the new opening screening at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7 at Newmark Theatre.

The original opening film, “The Sapphires,” has been pushed back to Feb. 8 and Feb. 10.

“Blancanieves” has been submitted by Spain for an Academy Award in Best Foreign Film. It’s a silent-set reworking of the Brothers Grimm fairytale “Snow White,” offset by punchy Flamenco rhythms and full of imagination.

The complete set of films for PIFF, produced by Northwest Film Center, will be announced Thursday, Jan. 24. For complete info, go to

He’s back!

Famed radio deejay Dr. Demento returns for his annual visit to Reed College, his alma mater, speaking and playing for three shows: “Grandpa’s Pornograph,” 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25; “Blues from the Beginning,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26; “Life and Music of Frank Zappa,” 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27. Each event will be at Vollum Lecture Hall at Reed, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd.

Admission is $5, and free to Reed students.

Dr. Demento will also do a live show on KINK 101.9 FM from the Bing Lounge, 4 to 5:30 p.m. each day. KINK was the first Portland radio station to air Dr. Demento in the 1970s.

Navy honor

Portland resident Kerri Scranton, a Personnel Specialist First Class Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, has earned a Navy Recruiting Command national Recruiter of the Year award.

Scranton’s grandfather, father and sister served in the military, and she joined the Navy out of high school in Malone, Fla.

She transferred to Portland in 2010, and has served as an administrative officer. She’s also a wife and a mother of three children.

“Portland Soundcheck

The unique concert, 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25 at Aladdin Theater, 3017 S.E. Milwaukie Ave., features local musicians who have been part of television reality shows — Shawn Lewis of Beat Frequency, “The Voice”; Patrick Hammond, “MTV Real World”; Haley Johnsen, “American Idol”; Enric Sifa, “Rwanda Idol” (winner) — and many more.

For more, go to For tickets ($15), go to

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