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COURTESY: OREGON COAST AQARIUM - Judge, the beloved sea otter at Oregon Coast Aquarium, has passed away at age 17.Fertile Ground Festival

The Fertile Ground City-Wide Festival of New Works will take place Jan. 18-28, celebrating the city's prolific playwrights, abundant actors, innovative dancers, talented designers and adventurous producers.

There'll be more than 70 events, including theater, dance, circus, sketch comedy, music, animation and multidisciplinary arts — with 44 producers at 32 venues.

Some highlights: Artist Repertory Theatre's "Magellanica"; Milagro Theatre's "Bi-"; other works from the likes of Echo Theatre Company, Lakewood Theatre and Theatre Vertigo; "Polaris Dance Theatre's" "Groovin' Greenhouse"; and PDX Playwrights presenting 12 new works.

For more: www.fertilegroundpdx.org.

Beloved sea otters

The Oregon Zoo has welcomed a rescued sea otter pup, which had been orphaned several weeks ago at Morro Bay Harbor on the California coast. For now, it's known as "805."

He's estimated to be 2 months old and weighs around 14 pounds.

"He's full of spunk, very squeaky and fun to be around," says Sara Morgan, marine life zookeeper. "He also takes a lot of naps — that's when he's at his fluffiest. ... Right now he definitely has a preference for shrimp. He seemed insulted when I tried to offer him squid."

Meanwhile, the Oregon Coast Aquarium is mourning the death of sea otter Judge, 17. He had been rescued from Pacific Grove, Calif., many years ago.

Warren comic

Portland's TidalWave Entertainment plans to produce a comic book sequel detailing Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren's life and career. "Female Force: Elizabeth Warren" will examine more of her background and political acumen.

It's written by Michael Frizell and features art by Pablo Martinena.

The book can be purchased at book stores, via Amazon or on e-readers such as iTunes, Kindle and Nook.

Rob Lowe

The actor brings his hit one-man live show, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends," to Portland to appear at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, May 4. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at www.portland5.com.

The show is inspired by the success of his two New York Times best-selling memoirs, "Stories I Only Tell My Friends" and "Love Life." He talks about Hollywood, fame, fatherhood, marriage and a life lived at the forefront of culture for four decades.

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