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Bits & Pieces: 52-card brews

Portland artist Aaron Trotter, featured in the Feb. 1, 2012 Portland Tribune for his playing cards with distinctive Portland images on them, has produced the Portland Brewery Deck, which features hand-drawn pen and ink illustrations of 52 iconic Portland breweries, brew pubs and bottle shops.

For info: www.illustratedplayingcards.com

Still in court

Portland musical group The Slants wants to trademark its name and, after a long battle and being repeatedly rejected by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, which considered the name disparaging to people of Asian descent, the group, which has Asian-Americans as members, plans to take its case to the federal court system.

“I’m glad to be moving away from the bureaucracy of the trademark office,” says Simon Tam, band manager and an Asian-American.

Met at the movies

Fathom Events teams with various organizations for big-screen productions. One of the current projects is “The Met: Live in HD,” the Metropolitan Opera’s Emmy and Peabody awards winner. It’s the eighth year of “The Met: Live in HD,” which includes 10 live performances — four of them new ones.

Tchaikovsky’s “Eugene Onegin” kicked things off in early October, and the next three will be shown at Portland-area theaters this year: William Kentridge’s “The Nose” (Oct. 26); Puccini’s “Tosca” (Nov. 9); and Verdi’s “Falstaff” (Dec. 14). All performances will be at 9:55 a.m. Pacific time; there also will be encore showings on Wednesdays. Tickets are available at www.fathomevents.com. The three Portland area theaters are Cedar Hills Crossing 16, 3200 S.W. Hocken Ave., Beaverton; Clackamas Town Center with XD, 12000 S.E. 82nd Ave., Happy Valley; Lloyd Center 10 with IMAX, 1510 N.E. Multnomah St.

In 2014, the series continues: “Rusalka” (Feb. 8); “Prince Igor” (March 1); “Werther” (March 15); “La Boheme” (April 5); “Cosi Fan Tutte” (April 26); “La Cenerentola” (May 10).

— Jason Vondersmith