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Bits & Pieces: World-record pace?

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A Portland man, Colin O’Brady, has set out to conquer the mountaineering feat the Explorers Grand Slam, which includes the Seven Summits — climbing the the highest peaks on all seven continents.

After traversing on skis to the South Pole on Jan. 10, he stood on the top of Mount Vinson on Antarctica on Jan. 17, and now is in South America, where he is climbing Aconcagua in Argentina.

He wants to set the world record by climbing the seven peaks and reaching both poles by skis in five months time, while raising awareness for childhood obesity. His charity, Beyond 7/2, has partnered with Alliance for a Healthier Generation to inspire kids to lead healthy and active lives, with the hopes of raising $1 million. O’Brady had a bad accident, burning 25 percent of his body, nine years ago, which threatened to prevent him from walking normally. He would rehabilitate, however, and compete in the 2009 Olympic-distance Chicago Triathlon, finishing as the top amateur, and do many more triathlons.

According to his publicist, only 42 people have completed the Explorers Grand Slam. Richard Parks completed the challenge in six months and 11 days.

O’Brady’s remaining schedule: Aconcagua, South America, February; Carstensz Pyramid, Oceania, Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and Mount Elbrus, Europe, March; North Pole, April; Mount Everest, Asia, May; Denali, North America, June.

For more: beyond72.com, and you can follow him on Twitter.

Portland Winter Light Festival

A reminder: The first Portland festival of art installations, sculptures, projections and performances starts at 5 p.m. and ends around 10 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 3-4, and goes till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 5-6, based at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 S.E. Water Ave.

A highlight will be “Night Lights: Bodies in Motion, Bodies at Rest,” a video-on-wall projection series, 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Regional Arts & Culture Council, 411 N.W. Park Ave. Portland artist Fernanda D’Agostino has curated seven Oregon video artists to explore “Bodies in Motion,

Bodies at Rest” from several sensibilities.

For info: pdxwlf.com.

Seeking leaders

Oregon Humanities seeks conversation leaders from all walks of life and levels of experience for The Conversation Project, which brings people together to talk through issues and ideas.

A local nonprofit, community group or business applies to host a Conversation Project program for a catalog of community interests, and an Oregon Humanities leader goes to that community to faciliate a 90-minute conversation. Past topics have been the evolution of marriage, community in the age of the Internet, and the value of play.

A list of Conversation Project programs is available at

oregonhumanities.org. Prospective leaders should complete an application form at oregon humanities.org by March 18.

The piano man

Music superstar Billy Joel is coming to the Pacific Northwest on May 20 at Safeco Field in Seattle. Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, at LiveNation.com. American Express card members can purchase tickets now through 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at

LiveNation.com.