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Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including Cheryl Strayed, Ponderosa Loung and 'Nine Free Days'

COURTESY PHOTO - CHERYL STRAYEDStrayed on stage

Portland's Cheryl Strayed, the author of "Wild," will take up a new role this winter.

She's cast in the play "The Vagina Monologues," put on by Portland Community College's Women's Resource Centers. A play about obstacles, struggles and successes that women encounter in their everyday lives, it's part of the school's annual V-Day production.

"This year we're especially excited to have Cheryl Strayed," Traci Boyle, of the Women's Resource Centers, tells The Bridge school newspaper.

PCC was the first community college in the country to produce the play, in 1998. This year, auditions have been opened to not only women, but also transgender, nonbinary and AFAB (assigned female at birth).

"The Vagina Monologues" stages Feb. 16-17 at PCC's Sylvania Performing Arts Center.

Ponderosa reopening

After a major renovation, one of the more notable Portland bars, the Ponderosa Lounge & Grill, will reopen with three nights of live country music, Dec. 14-16.

The Ponderosa has been around since 1969. It's Portland's largest country western bar, located at Jubitz Travel Center and Truck Stop in North Portland.

The likes of Miranda Lambert, Kacey Musgraves and Brad Paisley, as well as local favorites Carrie Cunningham and Britnee Kellogg, have performed there.

The seven-month renovation includes a second bar, a larger sound booth, a VIP lounge, bigger bathrooms and more.

For tickets and info: www.PonderosaLounge.com.

'Nine Free Days'

Lan Su Chinese Garden, 239 N.W. Everett St., is partnering with the Oregon Food Bank to present "Nine Free Days," meaning complimentary admission with a donation of two canned or nonperishable food items from Dec. 9-17.

Last year, Lan Su and the Oregon Food Bank gathered more than 3,400 pounds of food during the event.

For more: www.lansugarden.org.

Added concert

The Oregon Symphony has added another concert: jazz great Herbie Hancock, March 2, at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.

He's a 14-time Grammy Awards winner and Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winner. Tickets start at $35. For more: www.orsymphony.org. (The symphony does not perform with Hancock).

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