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COURTESY: JEFF HAYES - Artists Repertory Theatre has announced its 2017-18 season.Artists Rep season

Single tickets go on sale Tuesday, Aug. 1, for the 35th anniversary season for Artists Repertory Theatre; full season tickets are on sale and from Aug. 1-8 all single tickets will be sold at a discounted $35 per ticket ($15 off).

The main lineup: "An Octoroon," Sept. 3-Oct. 1; "Caught," Oct. 1-29; "The Humans," Nov. 19-Dec. 17; "Magellanica," Jan. 20-Feb. 18, 2018; "Between Riverside and Crazy," March 4-April 1; "The Thanksgiving Play," April 1-29; "I And You," May 20-June 17. "Frontier Series": "They, Themself and Schmerm," Sept. 8-11; "The Holler Sessions," March 8-11; "White Rabbit Red Rabbit," April 12-15.

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Bars and movies

In a unique way of promoting itself, the Portland Film Festival is putting on a "Dive Bar Tour," during which people are invited to visit "dive bars" on Mondays in Portland to meet up with Portland Film Festival folks to discuss movies. Yur's was the first stop July 31. The tour continues: Slammer, Aug. 7; Pink Feather, Aug. 14; Low Brow Lounge, Aug. 21; Joe's Cellar, Aug. 28; Kelly's Olympian, Sept. 4; B-Side Tavern, Sept. 11; The Standard, Sept. 18; Bar of the Gods, Sept. 25; Cheerful Tortoise, Oct. 2; Speakeasy, Oct. 9; Roadside Attraction, Oct. 16; Holman's, Oct. 23.

The Portland Film Festival is scheduled for Oct. 30-Nov. 5.

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Bear birthday

It's Smokey Bear's 73rd birthday Aug. 12, and the U.S. Forest Service, Friends of Fort Vancouver and the National Park Service will celebrate the occasion with a free event at 1 p.m. at Fort Vancouver Visitor Center, 1501 E. Evergreen Blvd., in Vancouver, Wash.

There'll be a short film about the return of life to Mount St. Helens, and Smokey Bear-themed items will be for sale.

The real Smokey Bear was saved in a wildfire in New Mexico, originally named "Hot Foot Teddy," as he clung to a burned-out tree with badly burned paws.


A public service announcement (for burger lovers): Once again the Portland Mercury newspaper presents its Portland Burger Week. For the week of Aug. 7-12, there'll be $5 burgers at many restaurants. For a complete list and info:

Big season

The Oregon Symphony is calling the 2016-17 season "the most successful in history."

Among other things, according to President Scott Showalter, there were all-time records set in number of concerts, audience attendance, subscription revenue, single ticket sales, number of sold-out concerts, percentage of first-time ticket buyers, the amount raised at the annual gala, total number of donors and new donors, and the amount of overall contributions.

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New members

The Regional Arts & Culture Council has elected a couple of new board members.

They are Leslie Heilbrunn, director of Business Customer Group at PGE (and speechwriter for former Gov. John Kitzhaber), and Eduardo Puelma, lead account and program manager at Infinity Images.

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Doc developing

"This is Time: A Musical Life," the documentary about the life of late Portland music man Tim Ellis, is coming along.

Tiffany Ellis, Tim's daughter and the film's producer/director, last week revealed the movie teaser. It will be used for grant applications and fundraising meetings.

To make a donation, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

High honors

The 11th annual Oregon Music Hall of Fame induction and concert will be held Oct. 14 at the Aladdin Theater.

It'll celebrate the inductions of the following: Artists — Floater, Jimmy Boyer, King Black Acid, Mickey Newbury, Quasi, Sean Croghan; Side players — Louis Pain, Peter Boe, Richard Cousins; Industry contributors — Chris Monlux, Lisa Lepine, Tres Shannon; Artist of the Year — case/lang/veirs; Album of the Year — Lisa Mann, "Hard Times, Bad Decisions."

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