Bits & Pieces
Portland Youth Philharmonic plans to honor one of its alumni, Roger Kaza, during its March 4 Winter Concert.
Kaza is principal horn for the St. Louis Symphony, and was with PYP's junior orchestra from 1968-74.
He'll perform with PYP on Peter Schickele's 1976 composition "Pentangle for Horn and Orchestra."
"His appearance is a rare opportunity to hear a horn soloist and celebrate the consistent greatness of our organization," says David Hattner, musical director.
Kaza will receive the Mary V. Dodge Lifetime Achievement Award, named in honor of the founder of Portland Junior Symphony/Portland Youth Philharmonic, Mary V. Dodge (1876-1954). As Kaza points out, the first recipient of the award, Robert Mann, still teaches at Manhattan School of Music at age 96.
The concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. Tickets are $19, and can be purchased at the door or through www.portlandyouthphil.org.
The Regional Arts & Culture Council is accepting registrations, through April 3, for its second annual Battle of the Bands, which pits eight employee bands against one another. This year's event is May 17 at the Crystal Ballroom and benefits RACC's Work for Art.
Last year, seven bands helped raise $70,000. Top honors went to Pencil Skirt Paula and The Straight Edge Rulers from ZGF Architects (best company band), Members Only from Kaiser Permanente (best showmanship) and Smoke Before Fire from The Standard (audience favorite).
For more: www.workforart.org/bob.
Art Passport PDX
Jennifer Rabin, a local writer and arts activist, has founded Art Passport PDX, a free program aimed at fostering engagement in the visual arts — and helping newcomers with buying art, asking the right questions and fitting in.
Rabin arranged for eight local galleries to help: Blackfish, Blue Sky, Froelick, Jeffrey Thomas Fine Art, Nationale, Stephanie Chefas Project, Upfor and Wolff. Cultural partners include Art Gym, Portland Art Museum, Oregon ArtsWatch, Eutectic Gallery, Eric Mellencamp Design and Artslandia.
A launch reception will be 6 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Blue Sky Gallery, 122 N.W. Eighth Ave., and the program goes through June 15. To participate, you pick up a passport book (at launch party, or from participating gallery), and fill it with stamps from the galleries; one select participant receives a $1,600 credit to purchase art at any of the participating galleries.
It's meant partly to nurture a new generation of art collectors. For more: www.artpassportpdx.com.
Pop-Up magazine returns with a night of multimedia storytelling live on stage by writers, documentary filmmakers, radio producers and artists, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7 at Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St., No. 110.
The storytellers use illustrations, animations, photography, sound, film and an original score performed by collaborators Magik*Magik Orchestra, and topics include politics, food, art, sports, design, business and science.
The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry has joined in the planning for the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse.
OMSI's Total Eclipse Viewing Party will include experts and entertainment at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem. There'll be space science lectures, and Portland Taiko's drums will announce each stage of the eclipse.
The moon will completely cover the sun in Newport, Salem, Madras, Fossil, Baker City and Ontario.
Tickets are $8, $6 for youth and seniors. For more: www.omsi.edu/eclipse-2017.