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Here are some notes on this and that and the other thing - including Shoshana Bean, 'Welcome to Night Vale' and James Baldwin

COURTESY: ROSE FESTIVAL - 'Sun Shower' is the official rose of the 2019 Rose Festival, May 24-June 9.Rose Festival rose

The Rose Festival has named its official rose, and it's "Sun Shower," a disease-resistant bushy floribunda that will bloom abundantly and continuously all summer with apricot, yellow and pink fade-resistant petals.

It's available exclusively at Portland Nursery locations for $29.99. For each "Sun Shower" rose bush purchased, Portland Nursery will donate $2 to the Portland Rose Festival Foundation.

Portland Nursery is located at 5050 S.E. Stark St. and 9000 S.E. Division St.

A heritage

Portland Rose Festival, which celebrates its 112th year in 2019, has been designated as an Oregon Heritage Tradition by the Oregon Heritage Commission.

Other "traditions" include the Oregon State Fair, Medford's Pear Blossom Festival, the Pendleton Round-Up and Woodburn Fiesta Mexicana.

For more: www.rosefestival.org.

Bean on Broadway

Beaverton native Shoshana Bean, who has performed in Broadway shows such as "Wicked," will return to Broadway in "Waitress." She'll play the role of Jenna.

The play starts March 18 and goes through May 12.

She'll put on a fundraiser at her alma mater, Beaverton High School, on April 25. Bean was the first actor to play Elphaba in "Wicked" on Broadway after Idina Menzel. She also has appeared in "Hairspray."

Popular podcast

There'll be a live performance of popular podcast "Welcome to Night Vale" and its new show, "A Spy in the Desert," 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 13, at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, 1037 S.W. Broadway. It stars Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor and is patterned after a community radio show.

"A Spy in the Desert" is all about secrets, drawing influences from the Cold War and includes the audience in ways previous shows have not.

Tickets: $27.50-$32.50, www.portland5.com.

Feting Baldwin

Broadway Books, 1714 N.E. Broadway, will feature the works of James Baldwin throughout 2019, following the lead of the National Book Foundation and its Author in Focus program.

The first event will be the next Broadway Books Book Club meeting on April 7, where they'll discuss incarceration in America with "An American Marriage" by Tayari Jones and "If Beale Street Could Talk" by Baldwin. For more: www.broadwaybooks.net.

National Theatre Live

Third Rail Repertory Theatre presents screenings of "The Tragedy of King Richard the Second" and "Antony & Cleopatra" at the World Trade Center, 25 S.W. Salmon St., starting at noon Saturday, March 9. The performances were live-captured at London's National Theatre. Tickets are $25-$45. For more: www.thirdrailrep.org.

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