Bits & Pieces
Fresh off winning a Supreme Court case — who gets to put that on their résumé? — and glad to put a nearly 10-year court fight behind them, The Slants now can focus solely on music.
The Portland band, which the Supreme Court ruled 8-0 in favor of, granting them the right to trademark their name, has some local gigs coming up, including June 25 at the World Beat Festival in Salem.
Then it'll be off to Tulsa, Okla., for two shows, before The Slants play again locally on July 21 at Ash Street Saloon.
The band will then play for the Otakon Matsuri festival, Aug. 10-13, back at the site of their recent court victory, Washington, D.C.
To follow The Slants: www.theslants.com.
The big Waterfront Blues Festival, the 30th, will be June 30-July 4 at Waterfront Park. Daily passes are now on sale.
It used to be a free event; single-day passes are $10 when purchased in advance or $15 at the gate. The festival, benefiting the Oregon Food Bank, will feature 150 musical performances on four stages.
For tickets/info: www.waterfrontbluesfest.com.
Be on the lookout — or cover your eyes, if need be — for the World Naked Bike Ride, which starts with the cyclists gathering at Fernhill Park at Northeast 42nd Avenue/Killingsworth Street, 8 p.m. Saturday, June 24. The ride, meant to raise awareness for bicycle safety, starts at 9 p.m. and continues through Northeast Portland, although the route won't be made public — to prevent gawkers — until the night of the ride.
As featured in the Tribune last year, sculptor Julian Voss-Andreae has created a 3,500-pound modern, stainless steel sculpture for the Portland Community College Southeast campus that has been installed in the quad area. It's called "The Reader," depicting a PCC student from the Philippines, sitting and reading a book.
Voss-Andreae, a former quantum physicist, has created works for other public institutions and entities. He's working on an installation for the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.
Season 2 of the Viceland series "King of the Road" follows three teams of skateboarders as they compete for the the title of "King of the Road." One of the competitors is David Gravette of Portland.
The competition follows the teams across the country as they win points by completing difficult skating tricks and silly tasks. For more: www.viceland.com.