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Bits & Pieces: Broadway's reach

U.S. Bank Broadway Across America celebrates its 20th year of bringing touring musicals to Portland, a run that started with “Miss Saigon.” Since then, more than 100 musicals have been staged in Portland, and the 2014-15 season lines up as another special one, culminating with two classics.

The lineup: “Kinky Boots,” Oct. 1-5; “Dirty Dancing,” Jan. 13-18, 2015; “Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella,” Feb. 17-22; “Guys and Dolls,” March 10-15; “I Love Lucy Live on Stage,” April 7-12; “The Phantom of the Opera,” May 13-24; “Wicked,” Aug. 5-23.

To subscribe to the season, go to www.BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com/Portland or call 503-241-1802.

Fly, fly away!

Pardon the ode to late Seattle Mariners broadcaster Dave Niehaus, but Portland aviation enthusiasts received some thrilling news this week: The Canadian Forces Snowbirds have recommitted to participating in The Oregon International Air Show, after first cancelling all 2014 U.S. air show appearances because of Canadian military budget constraints.

Now the Sept. 19-21 event will not only take place at Hillsboro Airport, it’ll feature the highly entertaining Snowbirds for the first time since 1993. The Snowbirds fly nine distinctive red and white CT-114 Tutors and do 50 different formations and maneuvers.

A “relieved” and “elated”

Judy Willey, president of the Oregon International Air Show, says that one scenario had organizers ending the event, without a marquee act. Last year, the Air Show went on without involvement from a U.S. military team, because of U.S. military cuts.

For info: www.OregonAirShow.com.

A ‘Portlandia’ kinda crowd

The hit IFC show centered on the quirkiness of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein characters and our fair city has returned for its fourth season, starting last week. It’s not too late to make plans to watch the remaining nine episodes — 10 p.m. each Thursday — at some local watering holes with other residents of our fair city, if you don’t have IFC on your television.

Besides the regulars — Fred, Carrie, Kyle MacLachlan and others — “Portlandia” will include guest appearances by

Olivia Wilde, Kirsten Dunst, Maya Rudolph, Jello Biafra and Paul Allen.

Locations of public viewing: East Burn, 1800 E. Burnside, theeastburn.com; The Goodfoot, 2845 S.E. Stark St., thegoodfoot.com.

For info: www.ifc.com/shows/portlandia.

Bruce talk

Portland author Peter Ames Carlin, who wrote the authorized biography of Bruce Springsteen, “Bruce,” will speak at the Ledding Cultural Forum, 7 p.m. Thursday, March 6 at Milwaukie High School, 11300 S.E. 23rd Ave. in Milwaukie. It’s free admission.

The Tribune wrote about Carlin and “Bruce” last year upon the book’s release, which followed books about Paul McCartney and Brian Wilson and precedes an anticipated work about Paul Simon.

Spending time around musicians and researching them have led his thoughts on “the relationship between eccentricity and creativity,” which could be Thursday’s lecture topic, he tells the Clackamas Review.

“They’re all weirdos at heart,” he says, “but what others might see as a weakness turns out to be their greatest strength, and sometimes their greatest torture.”

For info on Carlin: www.peteramescarlin.com.

Reed Arts Week

And, you thought “daemon” was just part of the error message on email attempts?

“RAW 2014: Daemon” is the title for Reeds Arts Week, with the theme daemon rooted in ancient Greek religion as an invisible presence with an inexplicable will and today as a background computer program.

Featured artists, performances, music, lectures and workshops also are part of the festival. Details: Through March 9, Reed College, 3203 S.E. Woodstock Blvd., www.reed.edu/raw/2014 (see for complete info).