RIVER CITY FOLK, the weekly national radio program, is back on Portland radio. Aired for 27 years, hosted by local folk hero Tom May, creator and host of the annual Winterfolk concerts, RCF is aired Thursdays, 10 am on KZME-FM, 107.1 and features a different songwriter each week in a hourlong mix of performance and interview. Upcoming shows include Steve Smith and Hard Road, Larry Murante and Bev Barnett and Greg Newlon. www.facebook.com/rivercityfolk .
VIA ARTISTICA, a collaborative arts venture at TaborSpace. Artists Kirsten Carpentier, Maggie Maggio, Laurel Swetnam and Pam Jacobs present community through art workshops, open studio time and guided art retreats for all levels of artistic experience. A Kickstarter campaign funded studio renovations and now the former Sunday School classroom is art-oriented, airy and light. Afternoon Art Retreats and Art Workshops begin soon. Visit viaartisticapdx.com for details or email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
THE LOST PRINCESS OF OZ, L. Frank Baum’s classic tale is presented by da Vinci Arts Middle School. Follow Dorothy, the Wizard, Scraps the Patchwork Girl (pictured) and other characters as they survive by their wits and search for Ozma. Performances are Nov. 9 and 16 at 7 pm and Nov. 10 and 17 at 2 pm and 7 pm. The play is suitable for all ages. Tickets are $5 at the door, $10 for reserved seats. Da Vinci School, is at 2508 NE Everett. Call 503.916.5356 for info.
SE PORTLAND POET LOIS LEVEEN, is among seven artists with poems permanently installed at the new Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Hillsboro, opening next Aug. “Poetry displayed permanently in a public place becomes an enduring part of people’s lived experience,” says Leveen. Her debut novel, The Secrets of Mary Bowser, was published in May. Her poem:
Welcome water, purest
wet, what we wander
whole deserts to find…