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Bits & Pieces: Mmmmm, Voodoo music

Doughnut moguls Tres Shannon and Kenneth “Cat Daddy” Pogson recently announced that their Voodoo Doughnut will be getting into the music recording business. “The sweetest cuts from the original dough nuts” the promotion goes.

It launches Jan. 30.

Pogson hails from Memphis and Shannon has been a fixture of Portland’s music community since the late 1980s. Voodoo Doughnut Recordings will release many genres of music on big-hole 7-inch vinyl records — 45s — that will look like giant doughnuts, with the songs at least “peripherally” related to doughnuts.

“We aren’t looking for jingles so much as great songs that enhance global doughnut awareness,” a news release says. Such as: “Doughnut Make My Brown Eyes Blue” by Deep Fried Boogie Band and “It Ain’t No Cupcake (Workin’ at Voodoo Doughnut)” by The Doughnut Boys, the latter the label’s first release this month.

Artists will be given 100 copies of the record to give away and sell at shows and some royalties.

For info: voodoodoughnut.com/recordings.

Goodbye Kutai

The Oregon Zoo shared the sad news of the death of 20-year-old Sumatran orangutan Kutai, who died after an illness.

Zoo staff had great admiration for Kutai, saying he used to love to dismantle objects and fashioned them into his own toys and tools.

He was born Dec. 16, 1993, in Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan., and moved to Portland in 2001. He is survived by his grandmother, Inji, 54, the zoo’s oldest resident and one of the oldest orangutans in the world.

Zoo vet Mitch Finnegan says: “I remember very well when Kutai first arrived here. He was this goofy, gangly 8-year-old adolescent, and we watched him grow into a huge, burly full-grown orangutan. He was one of those animals with a strong presence and a big personality.”

More Stafford

by: COURTESY OF THE STAFFORD FAMILY - Oregon poet William Stafford will be celebrated with a number of local events this month.A bevy of statewide events will help celebrate late poet William Stafford’s 100th birthday in 2014.

Go to the Friends of William Stafford website, stafford100.org, for complete information. Here are some listed Portland events:

Jan. 14 — Birthday celebration, 6:30 p.m.-7:45 p.m., Kenton Public Library, 8226 N. Denver Ave.

Jan. 15 — Birthday celebration, 7 p.m., Annie Bloom’s Books, 7834 S.W. Capitol Highway.

Jan. 17 — Birthday celebration, 7 to 9 p.m., Waverly Heights United Church of Christ, 3300 S.E. Woodward St.

Jan. 18 — Centennial celebration, 12:30-5:30 p.m., Portland Community College-Sylvania, 12000 S.W. 49th Ave.

Jan. 22 — Centennial event/Stafford seminar, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Jan. 22 to Feb. 5, Literary Arts, 925 S.W. Washington St.

Jan. 26 — “Stafford Around the World,” a compilation of poems read in English and 13 foreign languages, 2 to 4 p.m., Multnomah Central Library, 801 S.W. 10th Ave.