Bits & Pieces
Cirque du Soleil and "Kurios: The Cabinet of Curiosities" just concluded a long run under the Grand Chapiteau big top at the Expo Center.
Now the famed circus company already is planning to return to Portland with "Crystal," its first on-ice production, with five shows April 4-8 at Moda Center. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 27, at www.cirquedusoleil.com or www.rosequarter.com.
It's a brand-new show that features gymnasts and skaters performing acrobatics on the ice and in the air, seamlessly combining multiple disciplines. There'll be synchronized skating, freestyles figures and extreme skating, combined with traditional circus arts such as trapeze, aerial traps and hand-to-hand.
It's Cirque du Soleil's 42nd original production since 1984, many of which have been staged in Portland.
Tickets are $35-$135 for adults, $28-$84 for children (ages 2-12) and $31.50-$94.50 for student/senior/military.
If you need a job, and know how to swim really well, Portland Parks and Recreation is hiring for immediate vacancies in the aquatics division.
The bureau is accepting applications for lifeguards, swim instructors and water fitness instructors.
Parks and rec is promoting equity and inclusion, and encouraging candidates who can speak more than one language fluently to apply.
"As we continue our efforts for 'Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland,' it is important that Portland Parks and Recreation hires the best and most diverse work force to best serve our community," says Amanda Fritz, parks commissioner.
Training and courses are available.
To inquire, contact Portland Parks and Recreation Aquatics at 503-823-5130.
With Halloween on the horizon, the folks at CandyStore.com have compiled a list of the most popular candies in each state. Do Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, M&M's and Tootsie Pops sound familiar? They're the three most popular candies in Oregon, according to the website.
Washington's favorite has changed, from saltwater taffy to Tootsie Pops.
Check out the list: www.candystore.com/blog/facts-trivia/halloween-candy-map-popular. There's also a "worst" Halloween candy survey.
Oregon State University has finished an extensive oral history of the school, which took four years.
The OSU Sesquicentennial Oral History Project consists of more than 400 hours of transcribed video and audio recordings with more than 200 alumni, faculty, staff and current students.
It's available at www.scarc.library.oregonstate.edu/oh150/index.html.
Interviews were conducted all over the state and the rest of the nation by the project team, and they include more than 100 interviews with alumni from every decade beginning in the 1930s.
The project coincides with the 150th anniversary of OSU. For more: oregonstate.edu/150.
Trevor Noah, a popular comedian and host of "The Daily Show" on Comedy Central, will head to Portland, Saturday, March 24. Tickets are on sale at rosequarter.com.
Noah is considered the most successful comedian in Africa — he's from South Africa — and he joined the "The Daily Show" in 2014 as a contributor before succeeding Jon Stewart as host. He put out his ninth comedy special, "Afraid of the Dark," in February 2017 on Netflix.
Saving Movie Madness
It's been well-reported now, but here's another reminder: Hollywood Theatre has started a crowdfunding campaign to purchase and save the iconic video store Movie Madness. Organizers hope to raise $250,000 through Kickstarter to purchase the store; if it succeeds, Hollywood Theatre will incorporate Movie Madness into its nonprofit.
Mike Clark, Movie Madness, plans to retire, and he wants a home for his 80,000-plus movies.
The latest news is the Hollywood Theatre has raised all the money. For more: hollywoodtheatre.org/moviemadness.
A reminder: It's already been a wild 2017 in the weather department: snow, cold, wind, heat (and forest fires) and, of course, rain. What'll happen in the winter?
Meteorologists and enthusiasts gather for the 25th annual Winter Weather Forecast Conference, 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave. It's put on by the Oregon Chapter of the American Meteorological Society.
There'll be free admission and parking for the public. For more: www.ametsoc.org/chapters/oregon.