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Bits & Pieces: The Eagles are coming

It’s usually a big news event when the Eagles announce their tour dates, and it’s not an exception in 2014 as the group continues its “History of the Eagles” tour and it has added a stop in Portland on Aug. 27.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 29 — when you and thousands of others will try to get tickets, when they go on sale to the general public. For tickets: www.LiveNation.com; www.RoseQuarter.com; the Rose Quarter box office, participating Safeway/TicketsWest locations; by phone at 1-877-789-7673. Good luck.

The band will perform its classics on tour, as well as songs featured in its acclaimed documentary “History of the Eagles” (available at eaglesband.com). The tour actually started in July 2013, and includes concerts throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Europe; the 2014 leg opened with six sold-out concerts in Inglewood, Calif. at the revamped Forum.

KISS, Def Leppard

A couple other iconic bands have announced tour dates, and KISS and Def Leppard will play the Sleep Country Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Wash., on June 27. Tickets are on sale at www.LiveNation.com.

KISS, which includes Beaverton native Tommy Thayer on guitar, will be celebrating 40 years in music.

Man about town

Also in music, Alban Gerhardt, internationally acclaimed cellist and classical music ambassador, plans upcoming concerts with the Oregon Symphony, April 5 to 7 — while also spreading the love in the community.

As the Symphony’s Artist in Residence, he plans to play Bach around the metro area: at Ace Hotel Lobby, April 3; at Lan Su Chinese Garden and Mercy Corps International headquarters, April 4; at Chehalem Cultural Center, Newberg, April 5. He’ll also play at schools and a retirement/memory care center.

For more info: www.orsymphony.org.

Callahan memorial?

From our colleagues at Portland Radio Project: Friends and fans are raising funds to build a memorial for the late Portland cartoonist John Callahan. The Legacy-Good Samaritan Foundation has donated land for the memorial on Northwest Marshall Street and 21st Avenue.

Paralyzed for life from a car crash, Callahan authored a stunning biography about his addiction, “He Won’t Get Far on Foot,” along with nine other books, countless cartoons, 200 publications, two animated TV series, and many other creative works. He died in 2010.

For info, check out the “John Callahan Cartoonist” page on Facebook.

Oregon Book Awards

Winners from the recent awards show:

Children’s literature — Graham Salisbury, Lake Oswego, “Calvin Coconut: Extra Famous”

Young adult literature — Kari Luna, Portland, “The Theory of Everything”

General nonfiction — Paul Collins, Portland, “Duel with the Devil”

Creative nonfiction — Jay Ponteri, Portland, “Wedlocked”

Art graphic literature — Barry Deutsch, Portland, “Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite”

Poetry — Mary Szybist, Portland, “Incarnadine”

Fiction — Ursula Le Guin, Portland, “The Unreal and The Real: Collected Stories: Volume 1 and 2”

Readers Choice Award — Amanda Coplin, Portland, “The Orchardist”

Literary Legacy Award — Vince and Patty Wixon, Ashland

Distinguised Writer Award — Vern Rutsala, Portland

Young Readers Literary Legacy Award — Ellen Fader, Portland

Connell recovering

Father Kevin Connell, a priest, English teacher at Jesuit High and popular theater actor, suffered a stroke last week.

According to Bag&Baggage Artistic Director Scott Palmer, colleagues found Connell unconscious in his residence March 17 after he failed to arrive for his morning class at Jesuit. He was transported to Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.

Said Palmer: “There’s no way to know what the long-term implications are. Kevin will have a very, very long road to recovery.”