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Arts Hound

Sniffing out what you shouldn’t miss in the arts this week
Le Misantrope engraving, 1719 edition
Le Misantrope engraving, 1719 edition

The Futureforecast of Stormcloudcomputing — just sit with that for a moment. That’s the name of the UO visiting artist lecture by Chicago-based interface artist Jon Satrom. Satrom manipulates all those zeroes and ones in your smart gadgets to make glitchy electronic and video art like “Windows Rainbows and Dinos.” The lecture, or “desktop performance,” begins at 6 pm Thursday, May 9, at 177 Lawrence Hall, University of Oregon; free.

 

Tired of all these stylish people strutting around town for Eugene Fashion Week? Seams Legit Designer Courtney Wade is hosting FREEK-NITE at Cowfish 9 pm Friday, May 10, to wind down from all the chic-ness. Entry is free with costume, and flamboyant-bizarro-robot-superhero threads are preferred over anything “fashionable.”

 

The Weediculous Comedy Tour will be rolling through Eugene this week. Four comedians (Dan Madonia, Dustin Kaufman, Jessica Michelle Singleton and Omid Singh) have criss-crossed the country in a (smoke-filled) van while filming the journey for a documentary about marijuana and its legalization for just plain ol’ regular folk. Stand-up starts at 10 pm Friday, May 10, at Blairally Vintage Arcade, 245 Blair Blvd.

 

Molière is like the Mel Brooks of the 17th century, but whereas Brooks satirizes cynical theater folk (The Producers) and over-the-top horror flicks (Young Frankenstein), the playwright waxes comedic about the French aristocracy, taking shots at social climbers, hypochondriacs and haters like in 1666’s Le Misanthrope. The OSU Theatre will be presenting The Misanthrope, directed by Tinamarie Ivey, which follows a gentleman (Alceste) who has no use for politesse. Or in the parlance of our times, Molière wants you to find out what happens when people stop being polite and start getting real. The Misanthrope runs May 9-19 at the Withycombe Hall Theater, Corvallis; $5-$12. 

 

Speaking of Young Frankenstein, the Actors Cabaret of Eugene is hosting auditions for the musical comedy at noon Saturday, May 11, at 996 Willamette St. Women and men over the age of 16 should prepare a Broadway-style song (piano accompaniment available). Extra points for neck bolts and rising from the dead — it’s called method acting.

 

The UO Center for the Study of Women in Society recently awarded Adjunct Architecture Instructor Jolie Kerns a $6,000 research grant for her project “Interrogating Public Space: Architecture of Women’s Health Centers.” The project explores concepts like the right to privacy and women’s access to clinics. Perhaps this research will lead to an alternative to those ever-humbling stirrups.