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Arts Hound

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

Pedal to public art! Don’t miss the first-ever free Mural Bike Tour Saturday, Aug. 17, brought to you by Lane Arts Council, Last Friday ArtWalk, Arriving By Bike and Cornucopia. Kicking off at 10 am at Kari Johnson’s “Oak Savannah” across from Ninkasi in the Whit, follow Bob Passaro — the man behind eugenebicyclist.com — as he guides you through Eugene’s patchwork of frescos and murals, interviewing artists along the way.

 

After 25 years, it’s time to return to Toontown — you know, where bullets wear cowboy hats, buildings sport smarmy grins and your favorite cartoon characters are homicidal. The Summer in the City program presents Who Framed Roger Rabbit 9 pm Friday, Aug. 16, at Churchill Youth Sports Park. Trade giggles for sniffles (or groans) at the screening of The Notebook 9 pm Aug. 17 at Maurie Jacobs Park.

 

The Roving Park Players present a free family-friendly performance of My Father’s Dragon 6 pm Aug. 15 and 16, at the Peterson Barn Community Center and 6 pm Aug. 17 and 18, at Springfield’s Island Park. See rovingparkplayers.org for details.

 

Imagine a time when the plein-air pastel swirls of Impressionist works like Claude Monet’s water lilies were the pinnacle of radicalism in the art world. Over 150 years later, painting en plein air (outside) is de rigeur for any landscape artist or art student. Dig out those paintbrushes for Create! Eugene’s Plein Air Workshops Aug. 15-25 or watch plein air painters in their natural habitat for the Plein Air Paint Out Competition downtown juried by Portland artist Eric Jacobsen, 8 am to 3:30 pm Wednesday, Aug. 21. Visit createeugene.com for details.