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Arts Hound

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week
See Amber Allen’s ‘Milky Way Rising’ at Ninkasi
See Amber Allen’s ‘Milky Way Rising’ at Ninkasi

Hit up the Whit for Last Friday Artwalk. Catch the impressionist studies of Lester Maurer at Sam Bond’s, the glass “goddess” sculptures (and glass demos) of Jessica Boggs at Cornerstone Glass and the starry, starry night skies of local painter Amber Allen at Ninkasi.


Curtains Up! The Very Little Theatre closes its 84th season with the July 26 opening of The Cripple of Inishmaan, which explores what happens to small-island life off the coast of Ireland when Hollywood comes knocking.


Summer in the City presents Brave, the Pixar film that follows the progressive, fire-haired archer Merida on a quest to save her family, at Washington Park. Bring a blanket and a sweet tooth — a bicycle blender will provide smoothies for all. The flick begins at 9 pm Friday, July 26.


The 9th Northwest World Reggae Festival July 26-28 in Marcola is a great hub to nab arts and crafts while listening to reggae favorites like Prezident Brown, Etana and local groovers Sol Seed.


The “Park Your Art Here” contest — presented by ETHOS magazine, Epark Eugene, Copic Marker and Ninkasi — unveiled this year’s winner during the Sunday Streets event July 21. Canadian Cindy Chen’s pastel illustration of a sort of stairway to heaven will grace the corner of the Parcade (8th and Willamette) for the next year.


UO career instructor in the Department of Art Mike Bray is racking up awards. The recipient of an Oregon Arts Commission fellowship and the Joan Shipley Award has now been named the Hallie Ford Fellow by the Ford Family Foundation. The title comes with an award of $25,000 for Bray to continue his conceptual, multimedia installations that comment on pop culture.


Lane County Cultural Coalition is looking to fill two board member openings in the south Eugene, Springfield and east Lane districts. The coalition distributes grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust. Applications due Aug. 15; for more information visit http://wkly.ws/1in.