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September 22, 2016

Soprano Márcia Guimarães, a native of Campinas, Brazil, earned her master’s degree in voice from Northwestern University and her doctorate in musical education from the State University of Campinas. She was also a winner of the National Opera Contest in Chicago. The opera performer will sing Brazilian art songs at the Concerts At First hosted by First United Methodist Church. The songs, “spanning several centuries,” will be accompanied by Julia Brown on piano. 

September 22, 2016

The city of Eugene Public Art Program is inviting the public to take part in the “Art of the MOOC.” The massive open online course will explore public art and spatial politics in the first of three videos and discussions hosted by Lane Community College downtown. “Art of the MOOC: Public Art and Pedagogy,” created by Creative Time and Duke University, will be facilitated by Vicki Ambrose “to offer enlightening conversation about art.” The entire course is available online at coursera.org/learn/public-art-pedagogy.

September 15, 2016

Legendary indie rock musician Calvin Johnson has a message for us all.

“When punk and new wave were first starting there was this saying,” Johnson explains. “It said: ‘Fuck art. Let’s dance.’ That’s a standard that I’m trying to live up to.”

Johnson is known as the bull-frogged voice from Beat Happening, a pioneering ’80s-era college rock group from Olympia, Washington. He also founded the legendary taste-making indie label K Records. 

September 15, 2016

Before local writer Michael Copperman began to teach writing to low-income, first-generation college students of diverse backgrounds at the University of Oregon, he spent two years in the Mississippi Delta having his illusions shattered. His memoir Teacher: Two Years in the Mississippi Delta chronicles the joys, but mainly the heartbreaks of being sent to teach fourth graders by Teach for American with all the hope in the world but very few of the tools he needed for success.

September 8, 2016

In October 2001 in the wake of Sept. 11 attacks, members of several religious organizations in Eugene met with the intention of helping the public understand different faiths. On the 15th anniversary of 9/11, the community is invited to the annual Interfaith Prayer Service, where religious and community leaders will gather for prayer, song and reflections. Interfaith board member Arun Toké says this year’s theme is love and compassion: “We want to promote harmony and understanding in the community.”

September 8, 2016

Earthquakes, wild fires and rattlesnakes are just a few things that make the West wild, but this year, a ferret competition has been added to the list. The Wild West 2016 Ferret Agility Trials, a benefit for the Lane Area Ferret Shelter and Rescue, invites you to enter your ferret in the toughest ferret test in the West.  If your slender descendent of the European polecat has what it takes to compete in the cup tip or the yawning contests, the tube run or Chariots of Fire, your furry friend could earn a medal.

September 1, 2016

Conservation group Oregon Wild, Mountain Rose Herbs and Territorial Vineyards are hosting a happy hour benefit for Oregon Wild. Oregon Wild staff will be there to answer questions about their work on issues including public forests and wolf recovery. “Oregon Wild’s happy hours at Territorial are a great place to meet other folks who care about the environment, learn more about Oregon Wild in a casual setting and sip on great local wine,” says Chandra LeGue with Oregon Wild. Volunteers and Oregon Wild supporters will also be there to chat and light snacks will be provided.

September 1, 2016

There’s nothing quite like a good hoppy beer, so why not jump in and help pick the hops that make your beer happy? The Agrarian Hop Harvest Festival is hosting its family friendly event and “hop plucking is open to the public and all ages.” The festival includes live music, food and drink specials and tours of the farm and brewery. Enjoy the large open space with plenty of activities all weekend. Agrarian Ales strongly encourages “carpooling and safe travel.” 

August 25, 2016

There’s just something about an airport runway. The vast expanse of tarmac, the giant planes taking off and landing, the people scurrying around amid the huge machines, helping them launch into the air and depart for parts unknown. For those of us who have sat and stared out a plane window, wishing we could run around in the fields and lanes of the airport, there’s the Fifth annual Air Fair and 5K on the Runway this Saturday at Eugene’s Mahlon Sweet Airport.

August 25, 2016

This weekend is Fifth Street Public Market’s 40th Anniversary Celebration weekend. From Aug. 26 to 28th there will by live music, a car show and more. Events kick off Friday with woodwind musicians from the Eugene Symphony. Saturday check out live music all day and a roaming balloon artist and face painter. And Sunday from 12 am to 3 pm there will be the Blues, Brews & Classic Car Show fundraiser for FOOD for Lane County ($3 sug. don. or three cans of food) with guest breweries Plank Town and Claim 52.

August 18, 2016

Tsunami is throwing a party to celebrate four authors and their newest works. Valerie Ihsan, Gina Ochsner, Tanya J. Peterson and Anthony St. Clair will read from their latest books with stories ranging from mental illness, beer brewers and travel to loss and a small town after the fall of the Soviet Union. Stick around to learn more about these authors and their newest releases while enjoying music and light refreshments and you may find your next favorite page-turner. 

August 18, 2016

Trudy Bauchery is bringing her burlesque to Hi-Fi Music Hall, which is now home to her monthly variety shows. Bauchery is known for creating and performing in risqué shows, and she sought performers far and wide throughout the U.S. to join her on stage. This month’s cast includes Angelique Devil, Julia Holtzman, Hattie Hotpants, Noah Mickens, Nani Poonani and Indigo Sky.

Trudy Bauchery Variety Show: Premier Burlesque begins at 8pm Saturday, Aug. 20, Hi-Fi Music Hall, 44 E. 7th Ave.; $12-$60.

August 11, 2016

New Yorker cartoonist Matt Diffee will talk about his work, creativity and his newest book, Hand Drawn Jokes for Smart Attractive People on Saturday. As the editor of the book series The Rejection Collection: Cartoons You Never Saw, and Never Will See, in The New Yorker, Diffee probably spent extended periods of time looking only at rejected cartoons. Lucky man. He’s taken the TEDx stage and you’ve probably seen his work in the New York Times and heard him on NPR. Jim Gaffigan said, “Matt Diffee’s book is so funny.

August 11, 2016

Watch sidewalks come to life as artists create colorful chalk art in Springfield. Over 75 artists will participate in the Springfield Art & Chalk Fest, where participants have up to six hours and a 6 by 6 foot space to construct their chalk creations. The family-friendly event will also feature street performers, jugglers, hula hoopers, DJ Eric Sutton and the Ridgeline Ukulele Extravaganza. Now in its third year, the Art & Chalk fest will award prizes for chalk art in adult and youth categories with prizes ranging from $100 to $600.

August 3, 2016

In April, northwest Ecuador experienced a 7.8 magnitude earthquake, which killed 600 people and left 720,000 people in need of humanitarian aid. This Saturday Oregon for Ecuador, an initiative created by Ecuadorian residents in Eugene, is hosting a benefit for communities in need. DJ Pacheko will spin dance tunes and the event will also showcase Latino American dances and live Ecuadorian music. Sam Bonds will donate one dollar for every beer sold at the benefit.

July 28, 2016

A benefit for the White Bird Clinic and CAHOOTS (Crisis Assistance Helping Out on the Streets) will be held in Kesey Square on Saturday. Stop by the celebration to catch music by Steel Wool, Gumbo Groove and Musekiwa Chingdoza and be sure to sample the special “White Bird” doughnut that will be whipped up by Voodoo Doughnut. CAHOOTS, a crisis intervention unit, is dispatched by the Eugene police, fire and ambulance communications center to assist with urgent psychological and medical needs.

July 28, 2016

The Springfield Farmers Market is now located outdoors, and to mark the move back into the sunshine they’re hosting a summer celebration with crafts, kids activities, food and prizes. Jim Crabb and Friends will play from 5-7pm. Purchases support local farmers who sell meats, local produce and baked goodies, and local art will also be for sale at the market. The market is open year-round so you can pick up fresh produce during any season. 

July 21, 2016

Just when you thought you were wearing your grownup pants, mobile game company Niantic Inc. dropped Pokémon Go in our collective lap. Pokémon Go, an addictive cell phone app, has forced people outdoors to go on a virtual animal hybrid chase, and this week you can bring your friends and your phones and be part of a pubcrawl to trap your favorite animated creatures. Don’t forget to name a designated driver, who should also double as a sober walker to make sure you can safely navigate downtown on foot while launching Poké balls. 

July 21, 2016

When the musicians of Samba Ja fill Kesey Square with Afro-Brazilian percussion, they are welcoming dancers, acrobats, clowns, jugglers, to join them at the Third Thursday Thircus. The band’s practices are open to the public, so if you want to learn their songs, you can join Samba Ja’s performances. The 15-piece plus ensemble brings the beats of Carnival and old-school hip hop around Eugene and at events like the Oregon Country Fair and the Olympic Trials. Bring your dancing shoes or a hula hoop. 

July 14, 2016

It’s a bird, it’s a plane … actually it is a plane, a plane performing aerial acrobatics, aka aerobatics, at the Corvallis Corkscrew this weekend at the Corvallis Municipal Airport. Aerobatics are the sort of maneuvers you might see at an airshow — flying upside down, rolls, turns, spins and tailslides — but the more than 30 pilots coming to show their stuff in Corvallis will be there to compete in precision flying. Think of aerobatics competitions as something like figure skating with competitors judged on symmetry and level of difficulty.

July 14, 2016

Though some hangers-on might still be lost in the woods, Oregon Country Fair is technically over. Before you waste any time showering and getting your life back in order, though, don’t forget The Lane County Fair is set the begin Wednesday. Deep fried sugar, rigged carnival games, braying livestock, washed-up rock bands and bone-rattling carnival rides of dubious integrity: The Lane County Fair is simultaneously the best of times and the worst of times. Life’s pressing responsibilities can wait another week, we hope.

July 7, 2016

Where once there was merely a KISS Army (the name for KISS’ official fanclub), there seems to have grown a KISS Industrial Complex. KISS, now more than 40 years running, is thought to be the most successful band in rock history when it comes to merchandising.

July 7, 2016

The world lost an amazing artist a few months ago, when Newport-born Rick Bartow died at age 69. Bartow relied on graphite, acrylic paints, woodworking tools and more to convey things known, but unexplainable. His creations — hanging in galleries and museums around the country, including the Smithsonian and, for a time, the White House — are sometimes playful and vivid, and other times tormented half animal, half man mutations with flashing white teeth and wild pain in their eyes.

June 30, 2016

Some of the world’s speediest runners, springiest jumpers and throwiest throwers compete this week in Eugene at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials. Beginning Friday at Hayward Field, America’s track stars will give it their sweatiest all to see if they have what it takes to bring home Olympic gold medals from Brazil this summer.

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials: Track and Field run July 1-10 at Hayward Field, at UO; Ticket prices vary, see usatf.org for more information.