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Bits & Pieces: Off to London

It’ll be an exciting summer for three Portland-area youths who have been chosen to perform in a production of “West Side Story” in London.

The students are Kyle Fulton and Amber Kiara Mitchell, both 15, and 9-year-old Alexa Shaheen from StageCoach Theatre Arts in Lake Oswego, a franchise of the StageCoach Theatre Arts musical school. The three were chosen for the play from a pool of 900 applicants.

They will rehearse six times a week for three weeks before performing with Easy Stages London at the Leatherhead Theatre Aug. 15 through 17.

Lisa Mitchell, principal of the Lake Oswego franchise, trained in England and at Easy Stages London.

StageCoach students attend three hours of classes every Saturday to learn acting, singing and dancing, skills necessary for musical theater. The Lake Oswego franchise, which opened in 2009, also provides summer camps for children ages 5 through 18. For info: StageCoachSchools.com.

Filmed by Bike

The annual showcase of short films will be held at Clinton Street Theater, 2516, S.E. Clinton St., April 20 to 23 ($10 per show, $25 for festival pass, for info go to filmedbybike.org). About 40 percent of the film submissions come from Portland; a debut this year will be “Bare As You Dare,” a 17-minute documentary on the Portland “World Naked Bike Ride.”

‘Oregonology’

As part of Earth Day celebrations, science-based works by 30 Portland artists will be featured in”Oregonology,” guest curated by Peoples Art of Portland gallery manager Ali Schlicting, with the concept by Schlicting and Erin Cathcart. Opening reception will be 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, April 20, with the show running through May 12 at Peoples Art of Portland Gallery, 700 S.W. Fifth Ave., Suite 4005 (Pioneer Place mall). Works will interpret such topics as salmon, the Oregon Coast, local geology, old growth forests, Oregon’s prehistory, Native American culture and more.

The gallery also features a different artist each month. For April, it’ll be New York-based David Welker, whose two-decade career has ranged from large-scale murals to posters for rock band Phish.

For info: peoplesartofportland.com.

He’s back

John Collins, aka “The Paper Airplane Guy,” will make another appearance at Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville to show off tricks and promote his new book, “The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book,” 8 a.m. Saturday, April 20.

Collins set the world record for longest flight of a paper airplane — 226 feet, 10 inches — on Feb. 26, 2012.

Admission is regular price at the museum, 500 N.E. Captain Michael King Smith Way in McMinnville. For info: evergreenmuseum.org.

Blue Angels cancel

The Oregon International Air Show in Hillsboro won’t include the U.S. Navy Blue Angels this year. The crowd favorites have canceled all of their 2013 appearances because of federal budget sequestration. The show, July 26 through 28 at Hillsboro Airport, will feature the Patriots Jet Team, known around the world as the premier civilian-owned jet aerobatic team with six distinctive high-performance Aero Vodochody L-39 Albatrosses. They are the only jet demonstration team to perform the “Tail Slide,” where the aircraft slides backward toward the ground.

For info: oregonairshow.com.