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Arts Hound

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week
Grammy-winning L.A. band Quetzel comes to the UO
Grammy-winning L.A. band Quetzel comes to the UO

Local jazz songbird Halie Loren joins Torrey Newhart on piano, Mark Schneider on bass and Brian West on drum for “I’ll Be Seeing You: Reflecting the women of jazz,” an event featuring songs by Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone and Joni Mitchell 7:30 to 10 pm Thursday, Feb. 25, at The Jazz Station downtown.

UO Fandangueros, a group of students and community members who play and dance to Son Jarocho music, welcomes the Grammy-winning Quetzel, a bilingual activist Chicano rock group from L.A., to host a workshop and jam kicking off at 6 pm Friday, Feb. 26, at The Blair House, 975 W. 5th Ave. Find the “Fandango in Eugene!” Facebook page for more info. Quetzel will also play a concert at 7:30 pm Thursday, Feb. 25, at the UO’s Beall Concert Hall; $12 general, $8 students and seniors. The band will be giving a guest lecture on dance in traditional cultures 2 pm Thursday, Feb. 25, in studio 354 in the UO Gerlinger Annex as well as a public lecture — “Collective Songwriting: Testimonio, Theory and Knowledge Production” — 2 pm Friday, Feb. 26, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art; both lectures are free.

Ballet Fantastique performs its ballet Dragon and The Night Queen: Celtic Stories Feb. 26-28 at the Hult Center with live music from Eliot Grasso and the Gerry Rempel Ensemble. Visit hultcenter.org for tickets.

The UO School of Architecture and Allied Arts announced that professor John Fenn is a new “U.S. Cultural Agent” for the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture (USDAC). Fenn recently hosted USDAC’s People’s State of the Union series at the UO Many Nations Longhouse to gather people’s stories for a national broadcast that aired Feb. 20. The USDAC encourages Cultural Agents to curate “Imaginings,” or “vibrant, art-infused gatherings in which a community envisions its ideal future and identifies creative tactics to get there.”

Shoryuken League wants you to come “play test” some local and yet-to-be-released video games for “Indie Game Play Test Night” kicking off at 8 pm Friday, Feb. 26: FREE. Local game developers and artist will be at the event to discuss their work. 

Feb. 27 is the last Saturday of the month, which means it’s time for Bleepin’ Funny, the monthly stand-up comedy and improv night at Sam Bond’s Garage. The FREE event runs 5 to 7 pm and features some of the best comics in town.

In other campus news, the UO is hosting the “Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon” noon to 5 pm Saturday, March 5, in 200 Lawrence Hall; FREE. The event page states “Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. The reasons for the gender gap are up for debate; suggestions include leisure inequality, how gender socialization shapes public comportment and the sometimes-contentious nature of Wikipedia’s talk pages … Content is skewed by the lack of female participation.” The event will be a “communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism.”

The UO LGBTQA3 group is back with its ever-popular annual drag show. “Queerpocalypse” kicks off at 5: 30 pm Sunday, Feb. 21, in the UO EMU Ballroom; $4-$6.

 Local “Old Blues” master Walker T. Ryan has announced a series of “master classes” in blues guitar work with remaining dates of March 2 and March 9. “My approach is more like a martial arts class than a western school room.” Ryan writes. “We’ll play a lot.” Contact wtryan@gmail.com.