Bits & Pieces
Lee goes Opera
Reggie Lee, the likable Sergeant Wu from "Grimm," talked about how he would like to move on from the funny/witty character that he played on the show to something more serious.
"I would love to be in a regular romantic story, that has nothing to do with monsters," he said in November, near the end of "Grimm" taping.
Lee also has played the role of a gang member in a movie and lamented, "I wanted something meaty, that is human. I just want to be a real person."
Well, he now plays Sancho Panza, Don Quixote's sidekick in the upcoming Portland Opera production of "Man of La Mancha," described as a witty and funny role and only somewhat serious. But it's a step in the right direction for the veteran actor. And, it's a singing role.
"Man of La Mancha" will stage in June at Keller Auditorium.
The new season of the Fox TV show "MasterChef" will include an aspiring Portland chef, Mark Togni.
It'll premiere Wednesday, May 31, and is hosted by Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi and Aaron Sanchez. In the first show, the top 40 hopefuls travel to Los Angeles to compete in the "Battle for a White Apron" challenge, after which only 20 move forward to vie for the "MasterChef" title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.
Togni is a graduate of Sprague High School in Salem and attended the University of Dayton. He's an avid horse rider, political junkie, fitness aficionado and sings in a band in his free time. Near Corbett, he was thrown from a horse three days before flying to L.A. for "MasterChef." His Fox bio says that he started cooking five years ago, when his wife, Michelle, an OHSU nurse, wouldn't get home till after 8 p.m.
Smith ice cream
Hand2Mouth plans an Elliott Smith-themed special event in conjunction with fundraising for upcoming new work, "A Fond Farewell." It's not just any special event, it's an offering of three courses of hand-crafted ice cream desserts inspired by stories and songs of the late singer-songwriter who called Portland home for many years. It'll be 5:30 p.m. Sunday, June 4, at Shout House, 210 S.E. Madison St., Suite 11. Tickets are $50; for more: www.hand2mouththeatre.org.
"A Fond Farewell" will be a reimagining, by H2M and Third Angle New Music, of Smith's music as a stage suite of classical art songs by an ensemble and singers. It'll be staged in 2018.
Rock climbers and mountaineers take note: Noted rock climber Tommy Caldwell will be making appearances in Portland, 7:30 p.m. May 30 at Patagonia Portland, 1106 W. Burnside St., and noon May 31 at Planet Granite Portland, 1405 N.W. 14th Ave., in support of his memoir, "The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk and Going Beyond Limits."
The book was released May 16.
Caldwell and partner Kevin Jorgenson became the first people to free-climb (without the assistance of ropes) the nearly vertical 3,000-foot Dawn Wall on El Capitan in Yosemite National Park.
'The Vietnam War'
A reminder that filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick will make an appearance in Portland to promote "The Vietnam War," a 10-part, 18-hour documentary film series.
Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. July 24 conversation with Burns and Novick at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall are available at www.portland5.com. Tickets are selling quickly.
Oregon Public Broadasting and Public Broadcasting Service are presenting the conversation; the series airs on PBS in September.
'Marvel Universe Live!'
A heads-up: Tickets are on sale for the stage show "Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes," Sept. 22-24 at Moda Center. Iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man and The Avengers are joined by the Guardians of the Galaxy — Star-Lord, Gamora, Groot, Rocket and Drax — in a legendary battle to defend the universe from evil. Video projection and special effects enhance the show.
For more: www.rosequarter.com.
From the Forest Grove News-Times:
Travel & Leisure magazine scoured the country for the best Hawaiian food outside the state itself.
Those in search of the most authentic Hawaiian cuisine on the mainland can travel to San Francisco, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego, Seattle and Arlington, Virginia.
Oh, yeah — and they also can find it in Forest Grove.
The magazine named Kama'aina on Main Street (in Forest Grove) one of the best places in the nation to find authentic Hawaiian food. ...
The article in Travel & Leisure named Kama'aina's lomilomi salmon as the signature dish. Kama'aina starts with a salt rub and then the fish is left overnight; the next day, the salmon is mixed with chopped tomatoes, sweet onions and scallions.
(Owner Kevin Yamada says that he's building a food cart that will travel around Washington County for folks who can't make it out to the Forest Grove restaurant).
Miss Oregon USA, Elizabeth Denny, appeared at the Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas last weekend. Denny, a former Portland State student, watched as Kara McCullough, the Miss District of Columbia and a scientist who works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, won the pageant. Chhavi Verg of New Jersey was runner-up.
Three members of the Portland Trail Blazers' 1977 NBA championship team — Bobby Gross, Lloyd Neal and Larry Steele — will represent the title team as grand marshals for the Grand Floral Parade, Saturday, June 10.
"Many of us here at the time remember exactly where we were that today," says Brett Baker, Rose Festival Foundation president, of when the Blazers won the title. "For Oregonians, it was bigger than the moon landing and when that final buzzer sounded the entire state jumped for joy. I am thrilled to relive that moment a little and honor the team as grand marshal on their 40th anniversary."
Bill Walton, the Blazers' star center on the 1977 team, has another commitment at the time of the parade.