Bits & Pieces
Helping to keep Portland weird, the Risk/Reward Festival of New Performance has announced its 2018 lineup.
The festival, June 29-July 1 at Artists Repertory Theatre's Morrison Stage, showcases new work by indie performing artists from around the Pacific Northwest, blurring the boundaries of independent theater, music, dance and performance art in new and surprising ways. It's the 11th year of the festival.
The artists and their shows (less than 20 minutes each):
• Bouton Volonte, Portland, "Planet Pink" (modern dance/vogue/queer art)
• Angel "Moonyeka" Alviar-Langley, Seattle, "In The White Frame" (dance/street styles/digital art)
• Cheryl Delostrinos/AU Collective, Seattle, "Bayanihan: A Collection of Physical Tales" (dance)
• Eli Steffen, Seattle, "War" (participatory performance)
• Britt Karhoff, Seattle, "Wonder Full" (dance/theater)
• John Berendzen, Portland, "Air Objects III" (live sound installation).
It's pay-what-you-will for each performance. For more: www.risk-reward.org.
As part of "The Shape of Speed: Streamlined Automobiles and Motorcycles, 1930-1942" exhibit at the Portland Art Museum that starts in June, former late-night TV host and famed comedian Jay Leno — an avid car collector — will participate in a lively conversation with guest curator Ken Gross, 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 16. There are tickets for a private event with Leno (5:30 p.m) and a lecture only (7:30 p.m.). For both, see www.portlandartmuseum.org.
The Portland Art Museum will celebrate Art Museum Day, May 25, with free admission. It's the ninth annual Art Museum Day, an initiative of the Association of Art Museum Directors.
The theme is "Hyperconnected Museums." There are some 240 art museums in Association of Art Museum Directors.
For more: www.portlandartmuseum.org.
We're in top 10
With May being National Bike Month, Portland rolls in with another citation as a premiere bicycling city.
Portland was ranked among the "Top 10 e-Bike Cities," according to a study by GenZe. The study was conducted to identify which U.S. cities were the best for commuting via electric-powered bicycles.
E-bikes, a GenZe news release states, allow riders to travel "further" (actually farther), and get around town much quicker than conventional bicycles. (GenZe is a Silicon Valley-based electric vehicle manufacturer).
The top-10 e-Bike cities, according to GenZe: San Francisco, Seattle, New York City, San Diego, Los Angeles, Portland, Pittsburgh, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Minneapolis/St. Paul.
For more: www.genze.com.
A new Oregon Public Broadcasting documentary explores the history of Fort Vancouver, exploring the rich history of the national historic site in Clark County/Washington state and its role in shaping the culture of the Pacific Northwest. The half-hour "Oregon Experience" documentary airs on OPB at 9 p.m. Monday, May 21, but it's already available online at www.opg.org/ftvancouver.
The Southeast Portland nonprofit works to connect community members with nourishing food. It kicks off a three-part benefit dinner series with nine all-star Portland chefs participating.
It takes place at Zenger Farm Urban Grange, 11741 S.E. Foster Road, and each dinner includes a wine pairing. Each dinner will be at 6 p.m. on Saturdays — May 19, June 9 and Oct. 20
The chefs: Katy Millard, Kristen Murray, Anh Luu, Peter Cho, Jasper Shen, Carlo Lamagna, Vitaly Paley, Cory Schreiber, Michelle Vernier.
Tickets are $85 per person or $170 per couple. For more: www.zengerfarm.org.
Battle of the Books
Powell's Books is hosting two events to celebrate Oregon Battle of the Books, which acknowledges the end of the 2017-18 school year and excitement for next year's books and battles. Programming includes a panel discussion with coaches and students, a mock battle with students grades 3-5, and a reveal of selected titles for the 2018-19 battles.
Event details: 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, Powell's City of Books, 1005 W. Burnside St.; 1 p.m. Sunday, May 20, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing, 3415 S.W. Cedar Hills Blvd., Beaverton.
For more: www.powells.com.