Arts Hound

Globally acclaimed New York City-based Dance Theatre of Harlem makes its only PNW stop 7:30 pm Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Hult. Eugene Ballet Company brings the “foremost African-American ballet company” to Eugene for one performance only: Agon, set to the works of Igor Stravinsky by the renowned Russian choreographer George Balanchine, originally premiered at the New York City Ballet in 1957. Known for its community outreach, Dance Theatre of Harlem will also present an Education Performance at the Hult Nov. 1 for 1,500-plus students from elementary, middle and high schools in the Eugene, Springfield, Junction City, Mapleton, Brownsville and Albany school districts.

photo by Rachel Neville

White Lotus Gallery has curated a knockout collection for the Annual Gallery Artist Show, running through Nov. 16. Check it out on First Friday ArtWalk — the show literally has something for everyone, from Jon Jay Cruson’s cheery and masterful acrylic landscapes to the raw earth pigment triptych of Nancy Pobanz to Mike Van’s realist and comical animal studies, like “Elephants Are Big.” Join Mayors Kitty Piercy and Christine Lundberg for the rest of the crawl, kicking off at Urban Lumber (28 E. Broadway) at 5:30 pm, where the botanical paintings of master gardener Anthony Bernert will be on display.

Don’t miss new works by painter Lillian Almeida and sculptor Randy Ortiz at The Gallery at the Watershed and the large-scale moody oil masterpieces of Adam Grosowsky at Schrager & Clarke Gallery.

Also on First Friday, Nov 1., is the International Art and Gift Show by the Women’s Opportunity Worldwide, where the work of emerging South African artists will be on display and available for purchase at the Broadway Commerce Center. Proceeds from beaded jewelry, silks, natural fibers, baskets and more will go to “local nonprofits working internationally to benefit women and their families.”

David Minor Theatre celebrates five years of “no longer sneaking beers into theaters” with a screening of Pacific Rim, prizes and giveaways 7 and 9:30 pm Nov 2.

Say, “Yes, and!” That’s rule number one of improv. Want to learn more? The Arcade Players, of the Arcade Theater in Cottage Grove, are hosting a 3-week acting improv workshop Monday nights starting Nov. 4; $10. Contact for more info.

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