If you haven’t seen the work of self-taught local artist Larry Hurst, get thee to Corvallis for an opening reception of his solo exhibit, What He Sees, 4 to 8 pm Thursday, July 21, at the ArtWorks Gallery, 408 S.W. Monroe Street; FREE. His swirling landscapes and remarkable use of color could have been born out of the wild expressionism of the early-20th-century Fauves, while a fellow EW writer told me his paintings looked Van Gogh-y. Either way, his work is a breath of fresh air over the mountains. Hurst often shows at the Eugene OSLP Lincoln Gallery, and he also specializes in scale architecture models. While up north, join in the Corvallis Arts Walk 4 to 8 pm the same night; for more info visit

Chuckle City: Comedian Max Brockmann hosts the second Laughing Penguin comedy show featuring longtime comedian Leigh Anne Jasheway 6 pm Friday, July 22, at the Green Room, 710 Willamette Street; $10, seating limited. The laughs keep rolling through the night with other standup funnypeople Mike McGowan, Matt Devereaux, Revka and Cress Bates.

Next up is the return of The Best F#cking Comedy Show in the World 8:30 to 10 pm at The Wayward Lamb, 150 W. Broadway; $5. Portland’s Barbara Holm is the marquee star, a comedian The Stranger has called an “adorable wunderkind,” and the featured guest is Hawaiian-turned-Portlander Jen Tam, who’s landed spots on Portlandia and Grimm. Eugene comedian Seth Milstein hosts and Revka opens.

The mischievous and cheeky art collective that is Tropical Contemporary has another group show, Lollygagger, up its collective sleeve 6 pm Saturday, July 23,  and noon to 6 pm Sunday, July 24, at a pop-up location, 1120 Bailey Hill Road, no. 11. More than 15 emerging young contemporary artists — mostly graduates of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts — will show their work. This is the collective’s fifth show since its founding in November 2015.

Drinking to the arts: ALES (Arts Leaders of Eugene & Springfield) is holding its next networking meetup for artists, arts administrators and creative types 5 to 7 pm Thursday, July 28, at the Hult Plaza during pARTy on the Plaza, the city’s event series. Look for tables marked with ALES signs.

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