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Schnitzer Museum 2


There already is the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon. Now there’ll be another museum, at Washington State University, to be dedicated Saturday, Oct. 1, named after Schnitzer.

The school’s Musem of Art will undergo a $15 million expansion, scheduled to start in November. A $5 million gift from Schnitzer pays almost half of the private element of the cost.

“Every person, especially young people, must have the opportunity to experience the arts as part of their lives,” Schnitzer says. “What better place to help further that goal than our college campuses.”

For more about the WSU museum: www.museum.wsu.edu.

Meanwhile, the Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation will present an extensive Andy Warhol exhibit at the Portland Art Museum, starting Oct. 8. The Tribune will have more on Schnitzer and the exhibit next week.

New gallery name

The Laura Russo Gallery has a new name. It’s the Russo Lee Gallery, as the gallery prepares for its new openings in October.

The gallery was founded in 1986 by Laura Russo, and it has continued to operate in the same space at 805 N.W. 21st Ave. that included two expansions. Following Russo’s death in 2010, longtime employee Martha Lee purchased the gallery from her estate and continues to operate it with the same commitment to regional artists.

The gallery’s new website: www.russoleegallery.com.

The Polar Express

The Mount Hood Railroad’s Polar Express train will return to the tracks this holiday season with improvements and upgrades to train cars, the North Pole Santa’s workshop set, outdoor tent and more.

Service begins Nov. 12 and goes through Dec. 23, with trains departing Hood River and traveling round-trip to the North Pole.

The ride features music, set to the motion picture soundtrack, dancing chefs, hot chocolate and cookies, and reading of “The Polar Express” by Chris Van Allsburg. Santa and his helpers greet the passengers at the North Pole and then board the train, with each child receiving a Christmas gift — a silver sleigh bell.

For tickets and more: www.mthoodrr.com/the-polar-express-train-ride.

A decade at the Armory

October marks Portland Center Stage’s 10th anniversary of calling the Armory in Northwest Portland home. The historic building was constructed 125 years ago and opened in 2006 as the country’s first building on the National Register of Historic Places. It houses the Gerding Theater, 128 N.W. 11th Ave., home for the PCS productions.

An open house will be held starting at noon Oct. 2 with live music, backstage tours, retrospective displays of costumes and production photos, a free film screening and more, followed in October by many other events.

For more: www.ocs.org/community.

Bull ridin

The Professional Bull Riders circuit is returning to the Moda Center on Jan. 14. Tickets are on sale.

For more: www.rosequarter.com.

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