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Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including Corey Brunish, Open Signal and Grand Central Bowl

COURTESY PHOTO - In decorating Pittock Mansion this year, organizers went with a Portland-centric theme, highlighting such things as Darcelle, the city's favorite drag queen. 'A Very Portland Christmas' is exhibited till Dec. 31.Busy man

Corey Brunish, the Broadway producer who lives in Portland, will have a a new musical staged in the upcoming BEAM2018 Festival in London in March.

COURTESY PHOTO - Portland's Corey Brunish and his wife Jessica have several shows staging on Broadway, and they'll put on 'My Marcello' in London in March.Brunish's show, "My Marcello," a comedy about love in a small Italian village, was one of eight musicals to be selected among 300 applications for a 25-minute presentation at the festival, according to Broadway World. He wrote the musical with twins Dina and Rosabella Gregory.

Brunish has won two Tony Awards and been nominated for eight Tonys, among his awards. He's also an investor in plays, two of which have won Grammy Awards.

He and his wife, Jessica, have eight shows running on Broadway, including "Once On This Island," which stars another product of the local theater scene, Hailey Kilgore.

Sold out

It quickly sold out, but it's worth noting the upcoming Portland appearance of Pete Souza, the former chief official White House photographer for President Barack Obama.

The Powell's Books appearance originally was scheduled for the Cedar Hills Crossing location in Beaverton, but had been moved to Revolution Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9.

Souza was with Obama during more crucial moments than anyone else in the president's two terms, and he photographed them all, capturing nearly 2 million photos in moments highly classified and disarmingly candid.

His book, "Obama: An Intimate Portrait," reproduces more than 300 of Souza's most iconic photos with accompanying captions and text.

Said Souza: "My job was to not disturb the moment, and yet to try to capture visually what was taking place. I tried to show President Obama not just as a president but as a human being."

Big numbers

Media arts center Open Signal had "dramatic" results in the fiscal year, July 2016-June 2017.

More than triple the number of people were engaged through public events, classes, community partnerships and equipment reservations from the previous fiscal year, jumping from 1,658 people to 5,244.

There were quadruple the number of equipment certifications awarded, allowing Portlanders to check out equipment (710). Open Signal also renovated public facilities, including a dedicated classroom, a public exhibition/event space and revamped video editing and animation suites.

Open Signal received a $90,000 grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. There also were new programs and partnerships established.

Open Signal has built on the 35-year legacy and facilities of Portland Community Media and is located at 2766 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

10-year anniversary

Grand Central Bowl, 808 S.E. Morrison St., is celebrating 10 years in business, as a cool locale for bowling, games, beer and food. It will mark the anniversary with a fundraiser to benefit the Portland Boys & Girls Club and New Year's Eve Casino Royale party, Dec. 29-31

The bowling fundraiser will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 29, and 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 30. It's $3 for every game.

Doors open for the Casino Royale party at 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 31. There'll be two levels of casino games, bowling, drinks and dancing.

The historic building was first operated as a produce/retail market and was a retail hub in the 1930s.

RACC funding

The Regional Arts & Culture Council has announced awards of $444,861 in project grants to 43 artists and 45 nonprofit organizations.

The money comes from public and private investments, including RACC's workplace giving campaign Work for Art.

Sixty-five percent of individuals and 27 percent of organizations received project grant money for the first time, which is "a great reflection of our ever-evolving community," says Jeff Hawthorne, RACC interim executive director.

A complete list of project grants are available at www.racc.org. The next deadline to apply for a project grant is Feb. 7.

Free lessons

The Portland Ballet has announced another set of free ballet lessons for children ages 6 to 9 at The Portland Ballet studio, 6250 S.W. Capitol Highway.

The classes will be held 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 6-27. They are meant to teach dancers fundamentals and help them decide whether they want to take up ballet.

The company also will hold auditions for new students, ages 11 to 22, at noon Jan. 15 for its 2018 Summer Intensive, Second Semester Curriculum and Career Track programs.

To register: www.theportlandballet.org.

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