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Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week

Ants on a Melon fiber optics
Ants on a Melon fiber optics

Kaleidoscope Music Festival, the fusion music behemoth with 80-plus acts (see music), plants itself at Emerald Meadows Aug. 23-25, but more than just the aural senses will be stimulated. Look for the dubstep Wanderlust Circus, the steampunk-meets-cabaret Vagabond Opera and the multimedia dayglo-a-go-go performance troupe The Jezebelles. Eugene-based fiber optic toy company Ants On A Melon brings more eye candy to the meadow with their LED Jellyfish performance group.

 

Eugene Celebration has its own share of eye candy. MECCA will be exhibiting the fruits of the Object Afterlife Art Challenge Friday (5 to 9 pm), Saturday (noon to 6 pm) and Sunday (noon to 6 pm) at Oregon Contemporary Theatre. Stop by the Jacobs Gallery at the Hult for the annual Mayor’s Art Show and place your vote for the Viewer’s Choice award. Then head to The New Zone Gallery to see the non-juried Salon du Peuple exhibit, which originally began more than two decades ago as the Salon des Refusés to exhibit works rejected by the aforementioned Mayor’s Art Show.

 

Create! Eugene is chugging along through all the festivities. Grandparents, parents and teachers can attend DIVA’s Arts Smarts workshop to “learn a vocabulary to teach children about their art, and a way to talk to them about the merits of their art,” 1 to 4 pm Aug. 24. Oregon poet Toni Hanner will lead burgeoning Maya Angelous and Walt Whitmans through writing exercises for the free poetry workshop Jump-start! 6 pm Aug. 26 at the Eugene Public Library. See createeugene.com for more info.

 

Will they “like” my art? In the Lane Arts Council continuing professional development program for artists, eDev Executive Director Shawn Winkler-Rios will host 10 Keys to Create Fans and Sell Your Art on Facebook 3 to 5 pm Tuesday, Aug. 27; $15-25. Call 541-485-2278 for more info.