Cruise to downtown Springfield for Second Friday Art Walk (5 to 8 pm) and head straight to the Springfield Museum for The Cruz exhibit, showcasing the beauty of the automobile in honor of the 15th Annual Springfield Cruz car show. One piece focuses on the story of the late Eugene Hot Rodder Eric Sanders, who passed away in 2008, and whose friends subsequently spread his ashes across the Bonneville Salt Flats from a 1953 Studebaker. Continue on to Haven (349 Main St.) to see Springfield oil painter Brent Burkett’s summer-themed canvases in all their dappled-light and porch-swing glory.
Take a break from your hard-knock life, plant yourself in the grass at State Street Park (Burnett & Dakota) and watch the hijinks of Miss Hannigan, Daddy Warbucks and, of course, Annie. The 1982 flick starts at 9 pm Friday, July 12 — or when it’s dark enough to see Carol Burnett’s glistening gin bottles on screen; free.
The Oregon Contemporary Theatre has announced its 2013-2014 season and audiences can look forward to a mix of the classic and contemporary. OCT raises the curtain in September with August: Osage County, followed by Who Am I This Time? — adapted from Kurt Vonnegut’s short stories by homegrown Broadway playwright Aaron Posner. Winter and spring will be filled with Tribes, The Great Gatsby and Clybourne Park.
Beer can make any Vinny a Vincent van Gogh. Sharpen your pencils and head to the Ninkasi patio for DIVA’s Drink & Draw event 6 to 8 pm Thursday, July 18. Models provided.