Bits & Pieces
It's the 25th anniversary year of the publication of Dark Horse Comic's "Hellboy: Seed of Destruction," and the Milwaukie company and Gigantic Brewing have teamed up to create 666 cases of "Hellboy" beer. The release will feature new bottle art by Mike Mignola — the original artist — and color by Dave Stewart.
There'll be six "Hellboy" beers released in all, with flavors inspired by fan-favorite characters from the comic books. The first beer, aptly titled "Hellboy," features a maple syrup and pancake profile. It'll be released in March ahead of Hellboy Day on March 23.
(The number 666, of course, is the number of beast, as written about in the Bible's "Revelations.").
For more: www.giganticbrewing.com/pages/hellboy.
The Oregon International Air Show, Sept. 20-22, has attracted the famous Red Arrows Aerobatic Team from the British Royal Air Force. It'll be the Red Arrows' first appearance in Oregon and will be their first tour of U.S. shows since 1993.
The U.S. Air Force's F-35 Lightning II Demo Team also has accepted an invitation. It's the first year the team will perform in air shows.
For more: www.OregonAirShow.com.
The 2019-20 Broadway in Portland season has been announced. The lineup: "Miss Saigon," Nov. 5-10; "Fiddler on the Roof," Jan. 7-12, 2020; "Dear Evan Hansen," Jan. 28-Feb. 8, 2020; Disney's "Frozen," March 5-22, 2020; "Anastasia," June 23-28, 2020; "Mean Girls," Aug. 18-23, 2020; "The Book of Mormon," May 12-17, 2020 (season option).
For more: www.Broadwayin Portland.com.
The west side community theater folks are rallying around one of their own. Actor/playwright Michael Allen of Tualatin is battling with cancer, and it's a tough fight.
Many people, including some from Mask & Mirror Community Theatre in Tigard, will gather on 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17 at the Burnham Street Fire Station 51 to read one of Allen's unproduced plays, "Star-Crossed" — while Allen listens in and participates on Skype. At least 15 people will be involved in the reading.
It's a very nice gesture in honoring Allen, 50, who has participated in many plays for Mask & Mirror, HART Theatre in Hillsboro and Beaverton Civic Theatre, as well as companies in Wilsonville and Canby.
As of Wednesday, he was being treated at Providence Portland Medical Center. His cancer started with what was thought to be a canker sore on his tongue and spread to his cheeks and jaw; a friend of Allen's, Cindy Green, says it has spread to his lungs, as his health has spiraled downward.
Friends want to do the honorary reading of one of Allen's plays "while he's still with us," Green says. "I'd like to see it happen."
Adds Green: "Everybody loves him. He's the kind of person who's there for you when you need him. He's had a really rough life, and this is just devastating."
From his hospital bed, Allen wrote some thoughts and reflections about what theater and his theater friends mean to him:
"I've realized that theater gives you an instant family. Sometimes it's a wonderful and carefree and sharing and laughing one. Sometimes it can be the opposite — but it is still a family. Many people need that 'family,' and live for it. Some people seek it out, just for fun. And some people have all their reasons for doing it; I count myself blessed to be among those.
"Theater brings out things you never knew about yourself. Hidden talents. Hidden confidence. Hidden joy. Getting laughter, tears, compassion, a reaction from your performance, or your contribution to a show on the tech side."
'Coraline in Concert'
The Oregon Symphony has announced it'll perform "Coraline in Concert" to mark the 10th anniversary of Laika's award-winning film. It'll take place at 7:30 p.m. March 22 at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway (where "Coraline" debuted in 2009). Conducted by Norman Huynh, the symphony will perform composer Bruno Coulais' soundtrack while the movie projects in high definition. Tickets are on sale now at www.orsymphony.org.
The 2019-20 season has been announced. Some highlights:
• The "Popcorn Package" includes "Star Wars," "Batman," "Ghostbusters" and "Harry Potter" movies along with live score.
• The "SoundSights Series" features Revuelta's "Night of the Mayas" by Michael Curry, a "Sinfonia"-inspired production by Rose Bond and Sibelius' "The Tempest."
• World-class musicians join the symphony — Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Garrick Ohlsson — as well as artist-in-residence Johannes Moser. For more: www.orsymphony.org.
TidalWave Comics has produced a graphic novel about famed physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking.
"Tribute: Stephen Hawking" was written by Michael Lent, Brian McCarthy and Michael Frizell, with art by Zach Bassett and cover art by Robert Aragon. It's available in print from Amazon and digital formats. For more: www.tidalwavecomics.com.