Creative disruption: As PIELC (the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference) wraps Eugene in a big green hug March 5-8, one of the conference panelists, writer Mary DeMocker, is “condemning” her neighborhood with an interactive public art installation. DeMocker has run a 300-foot faux liquified natural gas pipeline through the yards along the 21st avenue block between Agate and Emerald, which will be up through Sunday, March 8. “I started out just thinking it would be on my front lawn,” DeMocker says, but then neighbors warmed to the idea. “I talked to them one by one.” The installation draws attention to the local and global environmental hazards of the LNG pipeline, as well as highlighting the PIELC panel “Creative Disruption: How Ordinary People are Breaking All the Rules — and Saving Planet Earth” with DeMocker as well as Bill McKibben, Kathleen Dean Moore and Mary C. Wood 4 pm Thursday, March 5, in the EMU Ballroom on the UO campus.
Eugene restaurant The Cannery (345 E. 11th Ave) unveils a new mural by local artist Erik Roggeveen 5:30 pm Friday, March 6. The 112-square-foot mural will hang in a “heavy-duty mounting system” that protects the original piece while allowing other art to rotate in and out.
The March First Friday ArtWalk is a collaboration between Lane Arts Council and the Eugene Opera, which presents Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street March 13 and 15 at the Hult, as well as members of the Downtown Eugene Merchants group who “will have tonsorial, meat pie and related offerings to help turn Willamette St. into Sweeney Todd’s Fleet Street for the evening.” The ArtWalk kicks off at The New Zone Gallery for the non-juried Zone 4 All show at 5:30 pm.
Mall madness: The monthly LGBTQ mixer Made in the USA goes big this month, expanding from its usual digs at The Barn Light to the Broadway Commerce Center atrium 6 to 9:30 pm Friday, March 6. The state theme is Minnesota, so event organizer John O’Malley will recreate a “Mall of America” in the atrium with vendors including Heritage Dry Goods, Oak Street Vintage, Funagain Games, Will Leather Goods and House of Records.