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Bits & Pieces: Iraqi artist

Samir Khurshid of Portland, who estimates that he painted portraits of deposed Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein more than 300 times when he served compulsory military service, will be presenting a new series of artwork at his artistic home, the Falcon Art Community.

After the fall of Hussein’s government, Khurshid became a celebrated portraitist at an American base in Iraq. Later, feeling threatened in his home country, he fled to Turkey and waited five years on the United Nations refugee list before being granted a move to the United States in 2010.

“Birds of Freedom” debuts at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27, at the Falcon Art Community, 5415 N. Albina St.; Khurshid speaks about his work at 7 p.m.

Photographer feted

Nancy J. Smith, a Gresham nature photographer, has received a national award in the Calendar Marketing Association’s 2013 National and World Calendar Awards competition — for the fifth time.

She has been a professional photographer for 22 years and first entered the calendar competition in 1996. She won that year, and again in 1999, 2005 and 2010. She competes against the likes of the National Geographic Society, Utah Office of Tourism, Road & Track magazine, the Arizona Highways calendar and the Mutual of Omaha Insurance corporate calendar.

“All of my images I’ve taken myself, and I’m self-published,” she says.

Her most recent calendar, “The Majestic Pacific Northwest,” has been distributed through Powell’s Books, among other big retailers. For info: www.NancyJSmith.com.

Lots of funds

Legends, the Pacific University fundraiser hosted by KISS guitarist Tommy Thayer, had its biggest day ever Aug. 25 at Waverley Country Club.

More than 350 people attended, and the event grossed about $500,000, which goes to support the university’s student-athletes and 24 sports. Pacific President Lesley M. Hallick declared it the most successful Legends fundraising event to date, as it will net about $250,000.

First anniversary

The SE Wine Collective, an innovative urban winery and tasting bar, will celebrate its one-year anniversary, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, at the SE Wine Collective, 2425 S.E. 35th Place. There’ll be complimentary pizzas and cecinas from Cibo, as well as cheese, charcuterie, accoutrements and sips of new wine and champagne. It’s part of the Collective’s Harvest Happy Hours, where guests immerse themselves in hands-on wine production, which run through Oct. 18.

For info: www.sewinecollective.com.

Doug Fir celebrates

The log-lined doors opened on East Burnside in 2004, and the restaurant, bar and music have been draws ever since. Rolling Stone magazine named Doug Fir Lounge one of the “Best Clubs in America” in 2013.

The lounge will be celebrating nine years in business with shows each night, Oct. 1 through 8: Red Fang, Aan, WL, Oct. 1; Lee Dewyze, Oct. 2; Tom Odell, Oct. 3; Houses, Amp Live, Jeni Wren, Oct. 4; Laura Veirs, Karl Blau, Oct. 5; Wild Ones, Minden, Paper Brain, Oct. 6; Ha Ha Tonka, Samanta Crain, Oct. 7; Dave Simonett, Ark Life, Oct. 8.

Info: www.dougfirlounge.com.

Major makeover

A major gallery renovation at the Multnomah Arts Center, run by Portland Parks & Recreation, has been completed, thanks to donated work and in-kind support from businesses and partners such as SERA Architects, Mortenson Construction and Cascade Acoustics.

The arts center, 7688 S.W. Capitol Hwy., has been open for 30 years, playing host to more than 300 regional artists and some 100,000 visitors.

The first show in the new gallery, “Ceramics from the Snow Mountain Kiln,” is on display through Oct. 2.

For info: www.MultnomahArtsCenter.org.