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Bits & Pieces: Parker's ordeal

by: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Improv star Domeka Parker, shown at her beloved Brody Theater, undergoes surgery this week.Best wishes, and hopes for a speedy recovery, go out to Domeka Parker, the longtime improv star in Portland and director of development and marketing at The Brody Theater (featured in the June 19 Tribune). After rounds of chemotherapy for aggressive breast cancer, she undergoes a double-mastectomy today.

The daughter of theater teachers, Parker wants to get back to work as quickly as possible. She actively publicizes The Brody Theater events, so we'll help her out here.

Upcoming at the theater at 16 N.W. Broadway:

• Summer in Brodavia Sketch Comedy Festival, which attracts sketch writers from around Portland, takes place at 8 p.m. Saturdays, July 12, 19 and 26.

• Naked Comedy Open Mic, which takes place (with clothes, actually) at 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, including July 16-17, July 23-24 and July 30-31

• "You Are Here," a wholly improvised ongoing weekly event, 8 p.m. Fridays, July 25 and Aug. 1

• "Seven on 7," where standup meets improv, 10 p.m. Friday, July 25

• "Fly-Ass Jokes," with standup comedy, 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1

• "Diabolical Experiments," where improvisers perform without second thoughts, at 7 p.m. Sundays.

For more info: www.brodytheater.com. Parker's blog is www.parkerimprov.blogspot.com.

Yoga record?

It's called The Great Namaste, and gathered individuals will try to break the Guinness World Record for Longest Yoga Chain, 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 11, at Pioneer Courthouse Square. It's $15 to be involved.

The world record is 697 yogis in India, and Portland organizers of The World Domination Summit hope to top 700.

The Human Access Project and The World Domination Summit teamed to set the world record for Longest Floating Chain (620 people) on inner tubes on the Willamette River.

Parkrose parties

The good times roll on in Parkrose, where the Summer Nights street fair takes place from 5 to 9 p.m. the second Thursday of each month, starting Thursday, July 10. There'll be live music (Thursday's headline is the Red Pepper Group), kids entertainment, street vendors, games and ethnic food.

Summer Nights takes place on Northeast 106th Avenue, south of Sandy Boulevard next to Neumann's German Bakery, 10534 N.E. Sandy Blvd. For info: www.historicparkrose.com/summer-nights-on-sandy.

PSU students honored

Three Portland State University students — Jea Alford, Katie Holden, Pam Minty — have been named winners of the 2014 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prizes.

The students are part of PSU's Master of Fine Arts program. Each was awarded cash prizes: Alford, $5,500; Holden, $4,000; Minty, $3,000. An exhibition featuring their work will be on display Sept. 30 through Oct. 31 at PSU's Autzen Gallery.

PSU's School of Art & Design created the Schnitzer Prize in 2013 with a gift from the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation to help raise awareness of the quality of art education at the university.

OCT grant

Oregon Children's Theatre has received a $50,000 grant from the Hearst Foundations to support theater education services and community outreach programs to engage disadvantaged youth.