Bits & Pieces
Filmmaker Kyle Eaton adds quite the local flavor to his directorial debut feature film, "Shut Up Anthony," which premiered at Cinequest and screens at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at the Hollywood Theatre, 4122 N.E. Sandy Blvd. For more: www.hollywoodtheatre.org.
"This is truly a Portland film, made by a Portland cast and crew," Eaton writes. IMDB describes it this way: "In the wake of personal and professional failure, Anthony retreats to a vacation home where he encounters an estranged friend from the past."
It's directed by Eaton, produced by David Cress ("Portlandia") and features notable Portland comics Bri Pruett, Katie Michels and Amy Miller. It's scored by local composer Mark Orton ("Nebraska," "People Places Things," "The Good Girl") and features Portland-area musicians Richmond Fontaine, Annalisa Tornfelt, Caleb Klauder and Barna Howard.
The people at CandyStore.com — which actually sells candy, as well as rates fun and not fun — have tabbed Oregon as one of its places in "Rowdiest States for St. Patrick's Day in America Interactive Map." Except it highlights our state as one of the lamest or least fun places to celebrate the holiday (which happens to be Friday, March 17).
The map was released March 6. See it at www.candystore.com/blog/holidays/rowdiest-states-st-patricks-day-parades.
Don't let the sour news about Portland's lameness affect your sweet time on Friday and the rest of the weekend.
It's tabbed as the first-ever Piano Day in the United States, put on by Portland Piano International, from noon to 10 p.m. Wednesday, March 29.
Pianists will celebrate the instrument by performing piano music — all genres — with the goal of playing for 1,000 minutes on pianos at four locations: All Classical Radio, City Hall atrium, Washington Park MAX station platform, and the Alberta Abbey stage.
Each performer will be raising money with the goal of $10 per minute played. All levels of piano players are welcome to join in on the fun and fundraising. Donations will be used to support educational programs at Portland Piano International.
Piano Day, created two years ago by German pianist Nils Frahm, is celebrated on the 88th day of each year, corresponding to 88 keys on the modern piano. There are more than 20 events held worldwide.
For more information: www.portlandpiano.org.
Freya Hoffmeister was the first person to paddle a sea kayak around South America solo. She shares her story with a slide show and presentation 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, at the Alberta Rose Theatre, 3000 N.E. Alberta St. It took 30 months to go 27,000 kilometers along 13 countries, starting and finishing at Buenos Aires, Argentina.
She'll next try to circumnavigate North America.
Admission is $15. For more: www.albertarosetheatre.com.