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Bits & Pieces: Art and beer

by: COURTESY OF PORTLAND ART MUSEUM - Five Portland breweries used Jean Baptiste Greuzes The Drunken Cobbler (1780s) as inspiration for new beers. The works interpretation: represents a departure from the idealized and aristocratic subject matter favored by the French Academy; Greuze references the adage that it is always the cobblers children who have no shoes, while warning the viewer of the dangers of overindulgence.A beer and 18th-century painting pairing? Sure, why not?

“Art & Beer: The Drunken Cobbler” is about five Portland-based breweries partnering with artist/teacher Eric Steen and the Portland Art Museum to create beer inspired by an 18th-century work in the museum’s permanent collection, “The Drunken Cobbler,” by French artist Jean-Baptiste Greuze. The breweries and their product:

Breakside — “The Man Who Made Dessert,” 100 percent Brettanomyces fermented ale with apricots

Ecliptic — “Caelum Ale,” a blend of three different beers, some aged in syrah barrels

Humble — “Servitude,” light-bodied saison crafted with on-hand ingredients

Laurelwood — “The Drunken Cobbler,” a French/Belgian Grisette, a blue-collar beer with a sour blend

Widmer Brothers — “The Drunken Cobbler,” biere de garde with French ingredients

Visitors can attend an event at the museum, 1119 S.W. Park Ave., at 6 p.m. June 13, and taste the art-inspired beer, and learn about the painting and the process of creating the beers. Go to www.portlandartmuseum.org for information.

Final guffaws

The folks who run Comics Underground, the live comic book performance series, say the June 12 show at the Jack London Bar will be their last.

The lineup: Matt Fraction, Jeff Parker, Ben Dewey, Joelle Jones and more.

Fraction has won multiple Eisner awards for such titles as Marvel’s “Hawkeye” and “Sex Criminals.” Parker has worked on “X-Men: First Class” and “Aquaman.” Jones is illustrating Cullen Bunn’s series “Helheim.” Dewey has penned the “Tragedy” series, and Paul Tobin the Eisner-winning “Bandette” — and they are now collaborating on “I Was the Cat.” Portland-based illustrator Cat Farris (“Emily and the Strangers”) also appears.

The details: 8 p.m. Thursday, June 12, Jack London Bar, 529 S.W. Fourth Ave. (under the Rialto), www.comicsunderground.com, $5.

Sisters Of The Road

The homeless/poverty activist group will team with internationally acclaimed musician Charmaine Neville and local musicians in support of the

cafe. The other musicians will be Reggie Houston, Shelly Rudolph, Brian Foxworth and Chance Hayden. There’ll be heavy hearts all around because Janice Scroggins had been part of the lineup before her sudden death May 27.

The details: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 5, The Old Church, 1422 S.W. 11th Ave., www.brownpapertickets.com, $50, $75 VIP.

It’s a celebration!

The Rose Festival is not only about celebrating our city. As part of a special naturalization ceremony, 20 local immigrants will take their U.S. citizenship oath aboard the U.S. Coast Guard’s ship Alert (WMEC-630), at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 8. The ship will be moored at Waterfront Park as part of the festival’s Fleet Week.

Evelyn Sahli, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service field office director, will do the swearing in. Dr. Khalil Azar, a former member of the U.S. Navy and a naturalized U.S. citizen, will be the keynote speaker.

Tango and salsa

Portland Parks & Recreation presents a day of dance, the first Tango and Salsa Dance Festival: An Outdoor Multicultural Celebration. There’ll be four live bands and lessons provided at the Rose Festival-sanctioned event. Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz says the city formed the event to engage “traditionally underserved communities ... to embrace, understand and celebrate the different vibrant cultures in Portland.”

The details: 3-9 p.m. Saturday, June 7, Portland International Raceway, 1940 N. Victory Blvd., www.apm.activecommunities.com/portlandparks, $10 at door.

Art and money

The Oregon Community Foundation has issued a $210,000 “Studio-to-School” grant to The Right Brain Initiative, supporting the group’s expanding partnership with Hillsboro School District.

Meanwhile, the Regional Arts & Culture Council has awarded nearly $26,000 in special grants to Portland-based nonprofits, using funds from the city’s Arts Education and Access Fund. The nonprofits have been pegged as serving communities of color, immigrants, refugees, disabled and LGTBQ.