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Arts Hound

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

• Instead of bringing art to lobbies, bring the lobbying to art. April 25 is Advocacy Day, and arts and culture advocates from around Oregon will be heading to Salem to put pressure on the legislature to renew the Cultural Trust tax that is set to expire. See oregonculture.org to get involved.

• The UO Art History Association hosts its 9th Annual International Student Symposium with a keynote by University of Colorado Art History professor Elissa Auther at 5:30 pm Thursday, April 25, at the Schnitzer’s Ford Hall. This year’s theme is “Experience and Experimentation: An Investigation of Alternative Artistic Practices,” and a reception follows at 8 pm at the UO Laverne Krause Gallery, 101 Lawrence Hall; free.

• A signed urinal may not ruffle any feathers in today’s art world, but in 1917, Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” was so scandalous it was akin to relieving oneself on the “Mona Lisa” — exactly the kind of irreverent anti-art the post-WWI Dadaists celebrated. Eugene Contemporary Art hosts “Duchamp & Dada,” the first lecture of a three-part series at 7 pm Thursday, April 25 at The Wave Gallery, 547 Blair Ave.; $5 suggested donation.

• The April 26 Last Friday ArtWalk features artwork by Marilyn Kent, Claire Flint, Melissa Mankins, Korene Pearson, Jimmy Crow, Alysse Hennessey, Michael DiBetto and Ariel Gorne, and Territorial Vineyards hosts a “Austism Artism” exhibit. Visit lastfridayartwalk.wordpress.com for a map.

• Dirty laundry is no longer just a chore, it’s a jazz dance choreographed by OSU Associate Professor of Dance Carol Soleau, which “portrays a racy view of floundering relationships.” “Dirty Laundry” is part of the Oregon Dance’s 34th Annual Concert, 7:30 pm April 26 and 27, at the Majestic Theatre, Corvallis; $10-$15.

• Forget Sunset Boulevard. The Phoinix Players’ Sunset Park, a “trailer park” musical comedy, is now running at 7 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through June 1. Prepare to sing along and nosh on trailer park-inspired desserts at The Red Cane Theatre, 1077 Chambers St.; $14-$18. Call 556-4524 for reservations.