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Bits & Pieces: New works

The Fertile Ground Festival of new works has made an impact in its first five years and continues to grow. The 11-day event will feature more than 75 works in a variety of genres, including theater, dance and multidisciplinary arts from 40 producers at venues around Portland Jan. 23 through Feb. 2. Notably, it’s a showcase for playwrights, actors, dancers, designers and producers.

Single tickets are being sold through individual producing companies; festival passes are $50 and are available at www.fertilegroundpdx.org. Full event listings are available on the website. Key producers are Artists Repertory Theatre, Hand2Mouth Theatre, Theatre Vertigo, Portland Playhouse, Lakewood Theatre and more. Polaris Dance Theatre will again present “Groovin’ Greenhouse” with a variety of choreographers and dance groups, and PDX Playwrights will present more than 15 readings of new works.

Fertile Ground was launched by the Portland Area Theatre Alliance in 2009.

Jazz festival

It’s not too early to make plans for the 2014 U.S. Bank Portland Jazz Festival, presented by Alaska Airlines, which takes place Feb. 20 through March 4 with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny and the Yellowjackets. For info: www.pdxjazz.com.

Holiday party!

You like ugly sweaters, delicious sandwiches, music and ping-pong? Check out the Pips & Bounce party, 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Recreate Fitness, 2001 N.W. 19th Ave. It’s $10 per person.

Nonprofit money

The Oregon Community Foundation recently released its “Giving in Oregon Report,” which found that Oregon nonprofits received more than $1.6 billion in donations in 2011, a slight increase from 2010 giving.

Individual giving in Oregon has surpassed the 2007 mark, which came before the Great Recession. In 2011, Oregon (17th) outranked California (25th) and Washington (38th) in contributions as a percentage of income.

More bars

From the For-What-It’s-Worth department: Infogroup Targeting Solutions, in a study, found that Portland ranked in the top 10 nationally with eight bars per 10,000 residents. Pittsburgh tops the list with nearly 12 bars per 10,000 people, followed by St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, Orlando, Las Vegas, Portland, Omaha and Buffalo.