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March 20, 2014

Aloha Hawaii! After 32 years in the 50th state, the Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival is coming to Eugene for the first time 7:30 pm Saturday, March 22, at the Hult. Grammy nominee and Na Hoku Hanohano (often called the “Hawaiian Grammys”) award winner Stephen Inglis will demonstrate his fancy fingerstylings, and virtuoso slack key guitarist L.T. Smooth will show how he got his nickname.

February 27, 2014

Golden Girl: With Eugene Opera’s The Girl of the Golden West performances fast approaching (March 14 and 16), several complementary exhibits are throwing the saloon doors open. The White Lotus Gallery is hosting an artists’ reception with Lynda Lanker and Gary Tepher 2 to 5 pm Saturday, March 1, for the show Women of the Gold Rush West, with works on display (and for sale) by Lanker, Tepher, David Butler, Rich Bergeman and Charles Search.

February 20, 2014

At 36, Seattleite and dancer Savannah Fuentes has spent half her life studying flamenco. “Flamenco is a lifelong commitment,” she says. “It’s hard. It’s really hard.” Fuentes brings her show “El Sol de Medianoche, Flamenco en Vivo” to Cozmic 8 pm Monday, Feb. 24; $20 general, $10 students, $7 kids 12 and under. The Spanish dance is unique, Fuentes says, because while other Latin dances — salsa, tango — are social or with a partner, flamenco is mostly for soloists, and the footwork is particularly complex.

February 13, 2014

Just announced: The Bali Arts Festival has invited LCC’s Balinese dance troupe Tirtha Tari to perform in the capital of Denpasar June 21, 2014. The troupe, consisting of six LCC students led by dance instructor Bonnie Simoa, will study the Legong dance form with master teacher Sang Ayu Ketut Muklen. See Tirtha Tari perform for the Asian Celebration 1:30 pm Saturday, Feb. 15, and 10:55 am Sunday, Feb. 16, at the Lane County Fairgrounds.

Erin Elder of Balinese dance group Tirtha Tar  Photo by Michael Brinkerhoff

February 6, 2014

The Oregon Arts Commission, in conjunction with The Ford Family Foundation, announced the names of 23 artists who will receive Career Opportunity Grants with a total of $61,744 awarded. Scottish-born, Portland-based fiber artist Jo Hamilton received $1,500 for the Contemporary Northwest Visions exhibit and accompanying catalog opening April 1 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Although Hamilton paints as well, her crochet “paintings” of people and cityscapes are her signature work. Got grant envy?

January 30, 2014

Oscar prep: Who has two hours for a movie anymore (or three hours, ahem, The Wolf of Wall Street)? Bijou Art Cinemas (on 13th) and the Bijou Metro (downtown) begin screening 2014 Oscar-nominated short films Jan. 31, including animated, live action and documentary films. EW picks: The Lady in Number 6 about Alice Herz Sommer, the world’s oldest pianist and Holocaust survivor at 109 years old; the Steampunk-inspired animated hijinx of Mr.

January 23, 2014

Eugene’s biggest dance event of the year, Dance for a Reason (DFAR), celebrates its 20th year 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 24, at the Hult; $20. This year the nonprofit recital will benefit the School Garden Project and feature more than 20 dance organizations and groups including Kindrid Tribal Belly Dance, Crazy Diamond Hoop Troupe, Kings Krew and Ballet Fantastique.

January 16, 2014

Oregon’s story wouldn’t be complete without Ken Kesey, and OPB took that to heart with “Ken Kesey,” part of its Oregon Experience film series. The one-hour special premieres 7:30 pm Thursday, Jan. 16, at the McDonald Theatre; tickets are free on a first-come, first-served basis at mcdonaldtheatre.com or at the door. OPB TV will air the special on Jan. 20 at 9 pm.


January 9, 2014

“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth,” wrote Walt Whitman in the preface to Leaves of Grass. By this logic, there may be no better truth than art and music, both of which will come to life in “American Luminosity: Our Poets, Our Composers, Our Art” 7:30 pm Friday, Jan. 10, at UO’s Beall Concert Hall.

January 2, 2014

First Friday ArtWalk opens 2014 with bright colors and natural themes. Hosted by arts writer and photographer Bob Keefer, the walk starts at 5:30 pm at The New Zone Gallery, which is hosting Natural Connections featuring the mixed-media art of David Race and Kathleen Howard Piper. Then to Urban Lumber for Wood Turnings Inspired by Nature, with the exquisite wooden bowls and plates of Tom Borener from Muse Woodcraft. The next stop is EW’s top pick: Do not miss the acrylic and oil paintings of Philomath-based artist Carolee Clark at Out On A Limb.

December 26, 2013

He dreams of Eugene in ink: San Diego transplant Thomas Fernandez is the artist behind this week’s cover illustration, bringing to life the slide dream of another local artist, Jud Turner (see cover story). For this illustration, Fernandez drew the outlines in ink, scanned the work and filled in the color digitally. In September, the 23-year-old moved to Eugene, where he says the lower cost of living has allowed him to focus more on art jobs and less on graphic design.

December 19, 2013

World-famous photographer Imogen Cunningham bought her first camera at the age of 18. This wouldn’t be especially special except that the year was 1901 and women in photography were a rarity. Renowned for her unique, black-and-white botanical compositions and portraits, the late Portland-born photographer’s work is now on display at Springfield’s Emerald Art Center through Dec. 28. EAC called the exhibit its “ultimate coup of the year,” but that’s only half true; it’s a cultural gift for the whole community.


December 12, 2013

When Charles Dickens wrote A Christmas Carol, he probably did not foresee it being told via acrobats, stilt dancers and jugglers. But that’s exactly what Portland’s Wanderlust Circus is doing, accompanied by bohemian chamber orchestra 3 Leg Torso, with “A Circus Carol” 8 pm Friday, Dec. 13, at McDonald Theatre. In what other context are you going to see Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future (as well as Hanukkah Past) doing aerial stunts? Humbug? More like hum diddly!


December 5, 2013

Eugene Contemporary Art’s 5th Public Process artist residency is coming to a close: The painter and ceramicist from Georgia, William Ruller, will be giving a free lecture 7 to 8 pm Dec. 5 at the Wave Gallery. The following night, 7 to 9 pm Dec. 6, ECA will host Animula at the Wave, featuring art produced while Ruller was in residency (free).


November 27, 2013

Please resist Black Friday (or Brown Thursday, or whatever the people who camp outside Best Buy call it these days). If you must indulge in retail therapy, try walking off those Thanksgiving calories and buying some local art on Last Friday ArtWalk in the Whit Nov. 29. Pop into Paper Moon Photo Studio, 543 Blair Blvd., for the show Remember the Red featuring art by those in the community affected by HIV in observation of World Aids Day; donations go to the HIV Alliance.

November 21, 2013

Not many captured Sid Vicious in intimate moments like photojournalist Eileen Polk, a friend of the punk icon. See her ’70s-era photography with images of Sid Vicious, Deborah Harry, The Ramones, New York Dolls and more at the Punk Icons: Images of the Original Scene 1974-1979 exhibit now through Jan. 14 at Cowfish, 62 W. Broadway; opening reception 6 to 9 pm Friday, Dec. 6.


November 14, 2013

See new work by Jud Turner like “Navadurga,” a skeleton mandala, at the New Zone Gallery’s “One Night Extravaganza” 7 pm Saturday, Nov. 16, — part of the Life in the Age of Steampunk exhibit; $10 adv., $12 door. Steampunk costumes encouraged. Also on display is the 500-pound steel “mech walker” by Archive Designs. This will be a good warm-up for Turner, who joins the Steampunk Exhibition at the Seoul Arts Center in South Korea March 2014.


November 7, 2013

Grab your flashlights because arts writer and photographer Bob Keefer is leading a flashlight-guided Second Friday Art Walk in Springfield from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Friday, Nov. 8, beginning at the City Hall Gallery, 225 5th St. On the crawl, be sure to pop into Springfield Museum for a show by the Oregon Fiber Artists; photographs of ancient ruins inspire many of the fiber art pieces.


October 31, 2013

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.

October 24, 2013

With Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq on the tips of our tongues, it’s easy to forget or simplify past quagmires — the Vietnam War for one. Vietnam vet and history buff Marc C. Waszkiewicz has made it his life’s work to make sure we don’t forget with his upcoming documentary, Viet Nam: An Inner View, set to premiere in 2014. Catch a sneak preview of Waszkiewicz’s oeuvre 7 pm Thursday, Oct. 24, at Tsunami Books.

October 10, 2013

OSU’s 5th annual International Film Festival runs Oct. 14-20 at the Darkside Cinema in Corvallis. There’s pretty much something for everyone, from Student, a Crime and Punishment adaptation from Kazakhstan, to Parada, a Serbian comedy about a “crime boss who recruits his war buddies to provide protection for a gay pride march.” For show times, see http://wkly.ws/1ky.


October 3, 2013

For one weekend, the Hult Center will be transformed into Never Never Land. Channel your inner child (or fairy or pirate) because Eugene Ballet Company is performing Peter Pan, with choreography by Bruce Steivel, 7:30 pm Oct. 5 and 2 pm Oct. 6. Want to feel like an insider and not a “lost boy?” EBC Director Toni Pimble will give a Ballet Insider talk 45 minutes before each performance in The Studio of Hult’s lower level. 

September 26, 2013

Who doesn’t want to be a National Geographic photographer when they grow up? The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art brings the legendary publications’ images back into the spotlight starting Sept. 28 with National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West exhibit. Rub shoulders with longtime Nat Geo photographer Sam Abell (he was last at the Schnitz for his exhibition Amazonia in 2010) at the free public reception 6 pm Friday, Sept.

September 5, 2013

Sept. 6 marks the first First Friday ArtWalk of the fall season. Hosted by art photographer Karen Rainsong (her work is on display at Goldworks Jewerly Art Studio), the tour kicks off 5:30 pm at MECCA for the 5th Annual Object Afterlife exhibit reception and awards ceremony, where Mayor Kitty Piercy, SLUG Queen Professor Doctor Mildred Slugwak Dresselhaus and others will pick winners. EW’s pick is “Made in China,” by Rogene Manas, an Uncle Sam-meets-technology bricolage.