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Bits & Pieces: World Cup finale

The FIFA World Cup in Brazil was still doing pool play this week, but there already has been a viewing party scheduled for the championship match July 13 at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

Portland creative agency Roundhouse and Adidas are putting on the party, starting at 10 a.m., with the game shown on a 17-by-23-foot Jumbotron. Widmer Brothers will host a beer garden, and there’ll be a free Adidas photo booth.

Portland everywhere

The “Art Everywhere US” exhibit will hit billboards, buses, airports, transit facilities, malls and movie theaters around the country in August — it’s the largest outdoor art show ever conceived, a collaboration of leading museums and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America, and featuring 58 pieces of great American art.

Three late Portland artists are featured:

Latvian-born abstract impressionist Mark Rothko (1903-1970) attended Lincoln High School; his 1957 creation “White Center” will be part of the exhibit.

Portland native Imogen Cunningham (1883-1976) integrated photography into her chemistry major at the University of Washington; her 1925 “Magnolia Blossom” will be part of the exhibit.

Richard Diebenkorn (1922-1993), born in Portland, studied art in California and New Mexico under the GI Bill and produced an 18-year series of abstractions, “Ocean Park,” named for a section of Santa Monica, Calif.; “Ocean Park No. 29” will be part of the exhibit.

For info on all “Art Everywhere US” pieces: www.arteverywhereus.org.

Top honor

Oregon Public Broadcasting recently won the 2014 Northwest Regional Emmy for Station Excellence among its big haul of awards, becoming the first public broadcasting organization to win the award and only the second Oregon station to win it (KGW, 2004).

For a full list of Emmy regional recipients: www.natasnw.org.

Miss Oregon pageant

Eight young women with ties to the Portland metro area will compete in the Miss Oregon and Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen pageant in Seaside June 25 through 28.

Contestants who will compete for Miss Oregon, with their titles and talent to be performed, include:

Miss Cascade, Rebecca Anderson, an Oregon City resident, vocal; Miss Portland, Allison Burke, a Tigard resident, violin; Miss Metro West, Elizabeth Denny, a student at Portland State University, vocal; Miss Three Rivers, Gabrielle Neilan, a Gresham resident, dance; and Miss Washington County, Twila Tschan, a Newberg resident, vocal.

Contestants in the Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen pageant include:

Clackamas County’s Outstanding Teen Lauren Eaton, a Gladstone resident, tap dance; Washington County’s Outstanding Teen, Kennedy Ho, a Beaverton resident, dance; Lily Moser, Metro West’s Outstanding Teen, a Portland metro area resident, tap dance; and Portland’s Outstanding Teen, Arianna Webb, a Portland resident, hip-hop dance.

Yoga concert?

From music writer Rob Cullivan:

by: COURTESY OF MICHAEL FRANTI - Despite his softer, barefooted vegan sound, Michael Franti is an outspoken advocate of gay rights, peace and feminism. Hell put on a concert for a yoga class June 29 at McMenamins Edgefield.Upbeat singer-songwriter Michael Franti likes to stretch himself musically and physically.

That’s why he’s bringing a massive yoga class to McMenamins Edgefield’s amphitheater 6 p.m. Sunday, June 29. Franti and his band, Spearhead, will play instrumental acoustic music for the 90-minute yoga class, which already has sold out.

Franti says he’s been doing yoga for 13 years and looks forward to hosting the class.

“For people who’ve never done yoga, it’s a great way to learn,” he says, adding that the practice helped him as a performer.

“It’s helped my ability to focus, to stay centered in my heart when things are very stressful,” he says. “I’m 48 years old now, and I still run around every arena we’re playing. I’m in better shape now than I was in my 30s.”

Franti comes to our area on the heels of his latest release, “All People.” Franti’s music combines the latest trends in electronic dance music with older sounds rooted in hip-hop, funk, reggae, jazz, folk and rock. Boil his sound down and it’s conscious party tunes, often featuring uplifting lyrics and easy-on-the-ears melodies.

Race for the Animals

The fifth annual Race for the Animals, starting at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at Mount Tabor Park, aims to generate awareness about a plant-based lifestyle and to raise money for Northwest Veg campaigns.

The 5K and 10K runs are designed around Tabor’s three reservoirs and summit. Entry fee is $35 for adults; $20 for kids under 12. Register online at www.nwveg.org.