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Bits & Pieces: New digs for sea lions

Seals and sea lions will have a new home at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, as work on the new The Pinniped Exhibit has begun. It’s expected to take six weeks to complete.

There will be a substantial increase in viewing area, improvements to animal husbandry infrastructure, and the new exhibit will allow the potential for more feeding times and showcasing animal training sessions.

The current exhibit has been in place since 1992, originally designed to look as natural as possible.

A $250,000 tourism grant from the city of Newport and donations will pay for the project. For more, go to aquarium.org.

Laughs aplenty

Two funny men appear in Portland this week: Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live” fame, Feb. 1 (Newmark Theatre), and Lewis Black on his “The Rant Is Due” tour, Feb. 2 (Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall). For info: pcpa.com.

Climbers unite

The Portland Rock Gym, 21 N.E. 12th Ave. (at Sandy Boulevard), will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. Festivities include a slideshow from climber extraordinaire Mark Hudon from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, and climbing challenges and competitions, free day passes and a party, beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

The gym, owned by Gary Rall, was founded in 1988 as the second of its kind in the nation. For info: portlandrockgym.com.

Researching man

Andy Gurevich, an instructor at Mt. Hood Community College, will culminate two years of research and writing about the Chauvet Cave in Southern France, the site of some of the earliest human art ever discovered, with a published story this month in Popular Archaeology magazine (popular-archaeology.com). The article, “Forgotten Wisdom of the Chauvet Cave: The Sacred Feminine and (re)birth of Culture,” will explain mysterious and archaic elements of the art found on the cave’s walls from the perspective of cultural mythology and paleo-religion.

Gurevich says he got his inspiration from the Werner Herzog documentary “Cave of Forgotten Dreams.”

Remembering Price

The first-ever, complete biography of famed Northwest artist C.S. Price has been released — co-written by Price’s 98-year-old niece, Frances Price Cook.

“The Life and Art of C.S. Price, In Pursuit of the One Big Thing” took five years to research and write, as Cook tells the story of her uncle’s life as she remembers him. It was co-authored by Patrick Leach.

Hard copies will be for sale at a book signing, 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Le Meitour Gallery, 7814 S.W. Capitol Highway. It’s also available on Amazon.com.

Rose Garden ranking

The Rose Garden ranks fifth in a survey of sports arenas and stadiums when it comes to food, according to online guide The Daily Meal. The Rose Garden features more than 35 unique concession stands and kiosks and two full-service restaurants. The Daily Meal noted the Pyramid Taproom, including its Wild Sockeye Salmon Fish Tacos and local beer selections.

Museum and food

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has introduced a new dining experience, opening up a 9,100-square-foot eatery, “Theory,” mixing food with its many exhibits and education. It opens Thursday, Jan. 31.

Theory will feature exhibits, demonstrations, classes and events to educate folks on many things, including, for example, how water temperature affects the physiology of a fish or how soil influences the flavor of wine.

Theory, operated by Bon Appetit Management Company, will also champion sustainable practices and healthy eating, with a diverse menu of new and rotating items such as handmade pizzas and pastas, meatloaf, fish, sandwiches and salads and authentic Indian, Latin American, Thai and other global fare.

North Portland memories

Author and columnist Jim Speirs continues his documentation of life in one of the historic parts of our city in the fifth book installment of “Tales of North Portland: Histories, Mysteries and Stories of our Peninsula,” a compilation of articles he has written for the St. Johns Review newspaper. Look for it at local bookstores.