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THURSDAY, JULY 28
Stevie Nicks — TidalWave Comics has produced a comic book about famed singer Stevie Nicks in its “Female Force” series, which focuses on women making an impact around the world.
It was released this week. It’s written by Michael Frizell with art by Ramon Salas, hard back cover art by Yonami and limited edition cover art by Portland’s Colton Levi Herbert. It’s available digitally and in print.
In addition, the Portland drag queen Summer Seasons is part of the story, as she is a Stevie Nicks impersonator.
Rolling Stone named Nicks the “reigning queen of rock and roll” and named her one of the 100 greatest songwriters of all time. She’s been honored by the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame twice and received eight Grammy nominations and won two as a solo artist and one with her band, Fleetwood Mac.
Said Frizell, an educator at Missouri State University in Springfield, “There’s a popular meme that talks about how Taylor Swift writes sad songs about her exes, but Stevie Nicks makes her exes sing songs she wrote about them explaining how horrible they are, and every time I see it, I laugh. Stevie’s fearlessness makes her a rock legend and explains her staying power and popularity.”
Said Summer Seasons: “I grew up a Stevie Nicks fan because my mom liked her. In my 30s I started listening to her again and realized the power she held in her words and that each of them resonated with me in a deeply personal way. I told my mom I wanted to perform her music and that Christmas she gave me some vintage fabric and we worked together to design the look.As a culmination of our efforts I took my mom to see Stevie while being dressed in one of the Stevie looks We had created together. We laughed and we cried and we sung our hearts out. Performing Stevie has opened up my world to the magic that it has in it.”
The Makers Fair — Hammer & Stitch Brewing Co. and Assemblage (formerly Makers Union PDX) present The Makers Fair, noon-6 pm Saturday, July 30 on Northwest Wilson Street between 23rd and 24th avenues in Slabtown.
The day includes beer, food, live music, art, goods and more than 30 artisans displaying their works.
Concert canceled — The Waterfront Park Concert Series concert on Friday, July 29, in Vancouver, Washington, with Curtis Salgado and Bobby Torres, has been canceled because of extreme heat. It won’t be rescheduled at this time.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 27
Oregon State Fair — After a two-year absence, as the Oregon State Fair dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pavilion events will be back on the schedule for the fair, Aug. 26-Sept. 5.
“We are calling it the ‘Party in the Pavilion,’ and for good reason,” said Kim Grewe-Powell, Oregon State Fair and Expo Center CEO, adding that the fair happily welcomes back the Pavilion and events.
• Hell on Hooves Summer Showdown Final Rodeo, 7 pm Aug. 26-27; Rodeo Lights and Summer Nights Concerts, following the rodeo (Ned LeDoux, Aug. 26; Maddie & Tae, Aug. 27)
• Jaripeo Espectacular, 2 pm Aug. 28 (bull riding, dancing, horses)
• Motor Mania, 2 pm Sept 3-4
• VIP Small Car Demolition Derby, 2 pm Sept 5
There’ll be a Fast Pass for guaranteed entry, as well as “Party Like a Rockstar” parking lot.
For more: www.oregonstatefair.org.
TUESDAY, JULY 26
Madzelan advances — Troutdale teenager Caiden Madzelan qualified for the Las Vegas finals of the “American Ninja Warrior.”
He competed in the Los Angeles city finals on Monday night on KGW (8) TV and advanced to Vegas for the second year in a row.
Madzelan placed fifth on a tough course at Los Angeles.
He’ll be a Reynolds High School senior. He’s a committed performer, setting the goal of being in the Olympics in Los Angeles in 2028, the sport should be added to the LA Games.
We’ll have more on Madzelan soon.
For now, here’s the feature story we ran in the Portland Tribune last week:
MONDAY, JULY 25
Upcoming events — Some events to consider attending:
• The Washington County Fair at Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro continues through Sunday, July 31. A musical lineup on the intimate Main Stage includes country artist Mark Wills on Thursday, July 28.
For more: www.bigfairfun.com.
• The Oregon Historical Society hosts the photography exhibit by photographer Paul Kitagaki Jr., “Gambette! Legacy of an Enduring Spirit,” about individuals and families that endured the Japanese-American internment during World War II, through Aug. 7.
It features photos by the likes of Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams, alongside contemporary images by Kitagaki Jr., a former photographer with The Oregonian.
For more: www.ohs.org.
• After being canceled last year, the Oregon Brewers Festival returns noon-9 pm Thursday-Saturday, July 28-30, at Waterfront Park.
For details: www.oregonbrewfest.com.
• It’s a big weekend for the PDX Live series at Pioneer Courthouse Square:
Friday, July 29 — George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Motet, Fishbone, Pimps of Joytime; Saturday, July 30 — The Roots, Deena Bee; Sunday, July 31 — Punch Brothers and Waterhouse featuring Sarah Jarosz.
There were still tickets available for each show as of Monday, July 25.
For more: www.pdx-live.com.
• Note: Maroon 5’s July 30 concert at Moda Center has been canceled.
For more: www.rosequarter.com.
Centro’s 50th — From Pamplin Media Group’s Troy Shinn:
Centro Cultural de Washington County, the nonprofit organization envisioned by a group of migrant farmworker families in 1972, turned 50 years old this year. The organization will celebrate the progress that it’s made for the Latino community.
The actual 50th Anniversary Celebration — the big “Summer Cincuenta” party celebrating the legacy of Centro — will take place Saturday, July 30 at Shute Park in Hillsboro. It’s free and will feature all the vibrant food, music and dancing that previous Centro events have offered.
The Cincuenta will also feature remarks from Centro leaders both past and present, including some of the original founders.
For more: www.centrocultural.org.
Movie premiere postponed — The movie “Good Morning Miss America” by filmmaker Katie O’Regan, based on the story and life of Portland’s Phyllis Yes, will not be shown at Cinema 21 on Aug. 14 after all, O’Regan said.
It could be shown in Portland in the future, she added.
Yes is an artist and former Lewis & Clark art professor. Her story, adapted by O’Regan, is about a woman helping care for aging parents from afar while in conflict with her sister.
For more about O’Regan’s movie, see www.sacrednoisesociety.org.
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