Bits & Pieces
B-Side Book Club
A Portland-based a cappella group will compete in the International Championship of A Cappella Open in Los Angeles this week.
Varsity Vocals has organized such tournaments for hundreds of a cappella groups throughout the years for college and high school students. "The Open" competition brings together groups of any age, experience and origin to compete for a cash prize of $25,000.
The B-Side Book Club will compete in the tournament's west region semifinals Saturday, July 14, at the Performing Arts Education Centers in Agoura Hills, Calif., and the winning groups move on to the finals at Carnegie Hall. The 13-member group has been rehearsing together since 2015, and they have a variety of styles — folk, funk, barbershop, choral music. They've performed at some events in the Portland area.
For more: www.bsidebookclub.com.
The Oregon Zoo has announced that it has set an all-time attendance record for the fiscal year ending June 30 — more than 1.7 million visitors, the most in its 130-year history.
In 2012-13, there were 1,683,442 visitors.
"People in this part of the country have a stronger connection to animals than anywhere else I've seen," says Don Moore, zoo director and conservation biologist who came to Portland in 2016 from the Smithsonian's National Zoo. "We have a shared vision in this community of creating a better future for wildlife, and that means a lot."
A traveling, interactive mobile unit known as K12 Public School at Home Tour will head to Portland, providing an up-close look at the personalized education options available to students.
The 40-foot vehicle will stop at Pioneer Courthouse Square from 11:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 11. It features a colorful and inviting space with six distinctive areas to introduce parents and students to the programs, curricula and opportunities offered through a virtual, K-12 program.
It'll next stop at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Thursday-Friday, July 12-13, and the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 14-15.
An opera summer
The Portland Opera is offering free, family-friendly events, including:
• Accompanying "La Cenerentola," which opens July 13, there'll be a Cinderella celebration, sing-along and ice cream social, noon July 18 at Director Park.
• A live outdoor simulcast of "La Cenerentola" takes place at 7:30 p.m. July 25 outside the Newmark Theatre on Southwest Main Street.
• The Opera a la Cart series has started, with events scheduled for Argyle Winery in Dundee (July 14), Oregon City Library (July 21), Hampton Opera Center (July 22), Tom Hughes Civic Center Plaza in Hillsboro (July 27), Oregon Garden in Silverton (July 28), Remy Wines in McMinnville (July 29), Ecotrust in Portland (Aug. 2), Junk Refunk Street Market in Canby (Aug. 4), Oregon City Festival of the Arts (Aug. 12), New Seasons Market in Lake Oswego (Aug. 15), Sunday Parkways Outer Northeast (Aug. 19), and the Hillsboro Art and Nature Fair (Aug. 25).
• The Resident Artist Series presents Thomas Cilluffo in recital Aug. 1 at Whitsell Auditorium.
For more: www.portlandopera.org.