CARS FINALLY BANNED IN VANCOUVER: The Portland-ification of Vancouver hits a crucial stage this summer as residents of the Washington burg will finally be forced to cede their streets to cyclists and pedestrians. According to bikeportland.org, âCouvians will have to leave their SUVs idling in their driveways Aug. 18 as âSunday Streets Alive,â a knockoff of Portlandâs popular Sunday Parkways, disallows cars on a four-mile loop in and around downtown. The event will run from 11 am to 4 pm, when âCouvians will be trapped in their homes with nothing to do but toss Styrofoam in the burn barrel and watch premium cable-television programs.
BALLERINA GOES TO THE âBURBS: Less than a month after being passed over for the artistic-director position at Oregon Ballet Theatre, Anne Mueller has been named managing director of Bag&Baggage Productions. The former principal dancer-, who served as OBTâs interim artistic director after Christopher Stowellâs abrupt departure last December, will begin the new role in August, but sheâs not new to the Hillsboro theater company. She appeared in last summerâs Kabuki Titus, and sheâs known artistic director Scott Palmerâwho is Stowellâs partnerâfor years. Palmer says Muellerâs managerial experience will help the small, 5-year-old company become more financially robust, adding that her reputation within the local arts community should also draw Portland audiences. âAnneâs familiarity with us, her profile in the region and her experience with OBT made her the obvious decision,â Palmer says. âThis lifts the presence of the organization outside of Washington County.â
CHECK IN: Multnomah County libraries, which last year closed on Mondays during a push for a tax levy, have resumed seven-day service. Having asked voters to approve a levy that gives the library system its own voter-approved tax revenue stream, the library cited a âbudget shortfallâ as the reason to cut hours. Coffers recharged, the library has expanded hours, reopening all locations on Mondays, and will be adding both bestsellers and digital content.
TBA MOVES: The Portland Institute for Contemporary Art has announced the lineup for Septemberâs Time-Based Art Festival, and with it confirmation of the long-rumbling rumors that the 10-day fest would leave Southeastâs Washington High School. In a move that fits TBAâs history of transienceâa year at Wonder Ballroom, one at the Leftbank Project, four at Washington Highâthe late-night, social hub of the festival will move to a former Con-Way warehouse in Northwest Portland. Itâs guaranteed to be another one-year stint: By next year, that lot will house a New Seasons Market. The 11th annual festival runs Sept. 12-22, with a lineup especially strong on Latin American theater and North African dance.