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Bits & Pieces: Geena Davis, bounty hunter


Another TV series could be landing in Portland. Oscar winner Geena Davis has been cast in a bounty hunter pilot by TNT and director/producer Dean Devlin of “Leverage.”

Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has filmed “Leverage” in Portland for the past four years, and the bounty hunter drama will be a dramatic and quirky project casting Davis as an unconventional bail bondswoman and bounty hunter. The show is inspired by the real-life story of Mackenzie Green.

The pilot was written by Scott Prendergast and Amy Berg.

New Profile home

Artists Repertory Theatre has been undergoing a leadership change, with Damaso Rodriguez taking over as artistic director with Allen Nause’s pending retirement.

And, now Artists Rep has a new tenant for its auditoriums at 1515 S.W. Morrison St. It’s Profile Theatre, which plans to move to the location in January 2014 with its “Sam Shepard Season.” Profile will move its offices from Theater! Theatre! (which is closing) to Artists Rep soon.

Profile Theatre is celebrating its 16th season, with Adriana Baer as new artistic director. Founding artistic director Jane Unger retired in 2012.

Symphony lineup

The Oregon Symphony has announced its 2013-14 season, the 11th with Carlos Kalmar as music director and 118th overall.

The highlights: visiting violinists Joshua Bell and Hilary Hahn and pianists Lang Lang and Emanuel Ax; debuts by violinist Christian Tetzlaff and sister/cellist Tanja Tetzlaff, as well as violinist Augustin Hadelich, cellist Johannes Moser, pianist Bertrand Chamayou and several vocalists; debuting conductors Andres Orozco-Estrada, Justin Brown, Thierry Fischer, Mark Wigglesworth and Andrew Grams; concertmaster Sarah Kwak’s concerto debut with Wieniawski’s “Violin Concerto No. 2.”; several crowd-pleasing programs and 17 Symphony premieres. For complete info, go to orsymphony.org.

Shamrock Run

Organizers are expecting 35,000 runners for the Shamrock Run, which starts at 6:30 a.m. Sunday, March 17 in downtown Portland.

The Fitness Fair will be Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Info: shamrockrunportland.com

Idol Top 10

Aubrey Cleland, 19 and from West Linn, made the Top 10 of “American Idol.” She wowed the audience and judges last week with “Sweet Dreams” by Beyonce.


Chuck Par-Due and Cheryl Morris, husband and wife, will put on a Harry James and Frank Sinatra tribute concert with a 17-piece band, 7 p.m. Sunday, March 10 at Bossanova Ballroom, 722 E. Burnside. As the story goes, Par-Due used to travel to James’ shows and get-togethers, including in 1979 in St. Louis when James had just hired a young singer named ... Cheryl Morris.

The two finally met in 2009 through the “Harry James Appreciation Group” on Facebook. They corresponded and then met in person, and five days later they were engaged.

They perform at retirement centers, nursing homes and private parties. For “1945,” they want to re-create a night in that year with dancing and original arrangements.

It’s $15 to get in ($25 day of show). For info: www.bossanovaballroom.com.

Movie time

Upcoming big-screen releases:

March 8 — “Oz The Great and Powerful”; “Dead Man Down”

March 15 — “The Call”; “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone”; “The Gatekeepers”

March 22 — “Olympus Has Fallen”; “The Croods”

March 29 — “G.I. Joe: Retaliation”; “The Host”; “Ginger & Rosa”

April 5 — “Evil Dead”; “Beyond the Hills”