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Bits & Pieces: 'The Elixir of Love'


The Portland Opera is busy getting ready for its new summer festival schedule, which will start in May with “The Magic Flute.”

In the months before then, the opera will be busy with various other things, including family-friendly presentations of the sweet and charming comedy, “The Elixir of Love,” through Portland Opera To Go.

The opera’s touring division of its Education and Outreach Program will put on the Gaetano Donizetti show for students from 49 different schools through March, starting at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and 1 p.m. Jan. 30 at the Hampton Opera Center, 211 S.E. Caruthers St. Tickets are $5 (under 12), $10 for others and $20 for family of four; to purchase tickets, call 503-241-1802.

The opera’s summary of “Elixir”:

Clumsy, shy Nemorino is in love. Unfortunately, the object of his affections Adina doesn’t feel the same way. Enter Dr. Dulcamara with his famous “elixir of love.” Desperate, Nemorino quaffs the quack’s dubious brew, but before it has a chance to “work,” the dashing pilot Belcore arrives to sweep Adina off her feet. To prove his love and prevent the impending marriage, Nemorino enlists in the Air Force and uses his signing bonus to buy another dose of the doctor’s “elixir.” Touched by his gesture, Adina realizes that she has loved Nemorino all along and all ends on a joyful high note (naturally).

It’s adapted and directed by Kristine McIntyre.

COURTESY IMAGE - Mark Andres The Somnambulists, which screens Jan. 6 in Portland, won Best Animated Film at the 2015 Independent Filmmakers Showcase.

‘The Somnambulists

By Mark Andres, the self-described “kinographic novel” combines stylized drawings, inter-titles and music to fashion an intriguing combination of graphic novel and early silent cinema. The story: In the year 2047, a new drug called Somnambula, which does away with the need for sleep, arrives to a city below the moon’s surface. As the residents wander about in a sleepless daze, Bruno, a former circus performer, searches for his missing partner, a boy who has mysteriously disappeared. Bruno’s search leads him to the inventor of Somnambula, who seems to have the power to control others with his mind.

It was the winner of Best Animated Film at the 2015 Independent Filmmakers’ Showcase in Los Angeles.

Andres will be in attendance at the screening, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Whitsell Auditorium, 1219 S.W. Park Ave. ($9, $8 students/seniors, $6 children, www.nwfilm.org).

An exhibition of drawings from the film currently are on display at the Augen Gallery, 716 N.W. Davis St.

No Janet

Janet Jackson has postponed her “Unbreakable” world tour, including her Jan. 12 date at the Moda Center. Tickets will be honored for the rescheduled date to be announced soon, the Rose Quarter says.

The postponement of the 70-city tour, her first in four years, comes after previous issues with concerts and rehearsals (vocal rest, family illness). She wrote on social media recently that she had to have surgery for an undisclosed ailment.