World championship

Here’s a reminder that the Wheels of Justice, the all-star team of the Rose City Rollers roller derby club, seeks to defend its title this weekend in the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association championship.

Matches are held Friday through Sunday, Nov. 4-6, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Wheels of Justice received a first-round bye, and will play the winner of the Texas Rollergirls-Rat City Rollergirls match at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Other first-seeded teams are Victorian Roller Derby League (Australia), London Rollergirls (U.K.) and Gotham City Roller Derby (New York).

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Another reminder: Wordstock, the popular Literary Arts event, takes place 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Portland Art Museum and other venues. There are ancillary events before and after the big day Saturday. The Tribune will have more on Wordstock in Thursday’s paper.

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Nora meets Tasul

The young polar bear Nora has finally met the elder polar bear, Tasul ,at the Oregon Zoo.

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Nora has completed the 30-day quarantine period, and the 11-month-old cub met the 31-year-old Tasul, who zoo keepers hope can mentor the youngster.

New releases

Voodoo Doughnut Recordings plans to release records by historic Portland artists in November, holiday music by John “Elvis” Schroder, and Smegma.

Schroder is an Elvis impersonator who performs most weekends at Saturday Market or at Dante’s with Karaoke From Hell. Voodoo will release a 7-inch record with “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” on side A and an original song with Schroder and the Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor and Peter Holmstrom on the B side.

Next year, there’ll be “57 Elvis Fans Can’t Be Wrong,” greatest hits.

The Smegma album was recorded on Feb. 13, 1993, and Feb. 17, 1994, at the X-Ray Cafe. It showcases the longtime experimental band traversing unique fertile ground, journeying between abstract loop-based soundscapes, surf rock, Krautrock and brutal noise.

New exhibit

“Cranes, Dragons and Teddy Bears,” an exhibit of childen’s kimonos from the collection of Marita and David Paly, has opened at the Portland Art Museum.

Seven of the 20 works in the garmet exhibition are miyamairi kimono, spectacular works with hand-painted designs made for a toddler’s first visit to a Shinto shrine. Others show a dazzling variety of patterns and dyeing techniques, including kasuri (threads are tie-dyed before being strung on the loom) and tsutsugaki (a resist technique where designs are drawn on cloth with rice paste), as well as omoshirogara (“novelty designs” from the 1910s-30s).

Big honor

Music Millennium’s Terry Currier has been awarded the Independent Spirit Award, which will be given to him at the Music Biz 2016 Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, May 17.

“Terry exemplifies the best qualities of independent music retail and has played a massive role in advocating for its health and vitality,” says James Donio, president of Music Biz. “Over the course of his four-plus decades in the industry, Terry has proven himself to be a true music business innovator as a pioneer for the concept of live in-store performances, helping spearhead the creation of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS) more than 20 years ago, founding the Oregon Music Hall of Fame, and establishing Music Millennium as one of the finest independent record stores in the world.”

Okamoto lauded

Portland resident Nadya Okamoto, a Catlin Gabel School graduate and Harvard University freshman, has been lauded in a national contest, named as one of the 2016 Women of Worth Honorees by L’Oreal Paris for her work with the nonprofit organization she founded, Camions of Care.

Camions of Care works to help homeless and impoverished women by providing education, advocacy and service, primarily through distributing packages of menstrual hygiene supplies. The organization serves women in nine states and in Kenya and Guatemala. L’Oreal Paris provides each of the Women of Worth Honorees national recognition through connections, marketing support, a platform to tell her story, and $10,000 to support her charitable cause.

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