Shaping Portland

Here’s a fun walk down memory lane: Urban historians have put together a series of one-minute stories about the people, decisions, inventions, embarrassments and events that shaped Portland, “PDX: DNA — 60 Minutes That Shaped Portland.” It’ll show at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at University of Oregon Portland, 70 N.W. Couch St. There’ll be histories of Waterfront Park, the Willamette Valley wine industry and Portland sustainability included.

It’s free, but you should register for “PDX: DNA” at

New OPB producer

Oregon Public Broadcasting has brought in independent filmmaker Ian McCluskey as its new full-time producer for “Oregon Field Guide.” He previously served as executive director and artistic director of Northwest Documentary, since 2003, and he has won numerous awards, including four Emmys. His credits include “Voyagers Without Trace,” “Eloquent Nude: The Love and Legacy of Edward Weston and Charis Wilson” and “Echo of Water Against Rocks: Remembering Celilo Falls.” The show “Oregon Field Guide,” in its 28th year, features information about outdoor recreation, ecological issues, natural resources and travel destinations.

Portland renovation

The historic “Portland” sign at Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway, will undergo a renovation in 2017.

Metro plans to renovate the 65-foot-high sign with a fresh coat of paint and brighter neon letters, as well as fix/replace corroding sheet metal and aluminum.

The sign was originally installed in 1928 at the Portland Publix Theatre. It was changed to “Paramount” in 1930, supporting a theater that showed Paramount films. The sign was changed back to “Portland” when the theater opened as Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in 1984.

Brewery running

The Oregon Brewery Running Series, which features untimed 5-kilometer running events that start and end at breweries around Oregon, has started its second season (Portland Brewing was scheduled last week). Registration is $30; see There are 16 more events scheduled: Rogue Eastside, Feb. 18; Bridgeport Brewing, Feb. 25; Stormbreaker Brewing, March 4; Portland Cider Co., March 11; Base Camp Brewing, May 20; Laurelwood SE, May 27; The Commons Brewing, June 3; Ecliptic Brewing, June 10; Migration Brewing, July 22; Lucky Labrador on Hawthorne Boulevard, July 29; Hopworks on Powell, Aug. 5; Laurelwood NE, Aug. 12; Baerlic Brewing, Oct. 21; Great Notion Brewing, Oct. 28; Hopworks in Vancouver, Wash., Nov. 4; and Stickmen Brewing, Nov. 11.

Added concerts

The Oregon Symphony has added two more concerts to its season: Indigo Girls, 7:30 p.m. March 16; and “Disney in Concert: A Dream is a Wish,” 7:30 p.m. May 5. For more:

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