Keep the Whit original: The Whiteaker Tattoo Collective opens its door for Last Friday Art Walk from 5 to 9 pm Friday, Jan. 29, at 245 Van Buren St. See new work from Sharden Killmore, the lord of “fly art” (yes, his medium is dead flies) and oil paintings by Erich Scwhartzwald of human-animal hybrids.
Also on Last Friday Art Walk, The Photography at Oregon group will screen the fantastic and mysterious documentary Finding Vivian Maier starting at 7 pm at Jon Meyers’ studio, 385 W. 2nd Ave.; free or by donation.
Hear the Bern: Local fiddler Nick Mcleod hosts Bluegrass for Bernie, “a bluegrass, old-time, folk and jug-band fundraiser for the Bernie Sanders campaign,” 6 pm Saturday, Jan. 30, at Old Nick’s Pub, 211 Washington St.
That same night across town the UO Opera Ensemble will perform a tale of love, resurrection and betrayal with Orfeo ed Euridice (Orpheus and Eurydice) at 7:30 pm, with a second performance 3 pm Sunday, Jan. 31, at LCC’s Ragozzino Concert Hall. Tickets at door or on LCC’s website.
While the boycott of the Oscars is more than legitimate (#OscarsSoWhite), Oscar-nominated shorts are typically more diverse than feature film fare. The Bijou Metro opens its Oscar Shorts program Friday, Jan. 29. Ed Schiessl, owner-operator of the Bijou, says the documentary shorts are particularly good this year, including Body Team 12, about the people tasked with collecting the bodies of victims who succumbed to Ebola, and A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, which explores honor killings as it follows Saba, an 18-year-old Pakistani woman who elopes. Also look for Pixar’s latest, the animated short Sanjay’s Super Team, about a first-generation Indian-American boy who prefers superheroes to his daily prayers until a particularly colorful flight of imagination.
Bitch Media co-founder Andi Zeisler hosts two events Tuesday, Feb. 2, at UO’s Straub Hall Room 156, beginning with the 6:30 pm presentation “Don’t Just Change the Channel: Why Pop Culture Matters to Feminism, Activism and Social Justice,” followed by the 7:30 pm workshop “Talking Back 101: A Workshop on Identifying Bias, Bad Framin and Sexism in Media and Pop Culture, and Responding Strategically.”
The Apprentice: Forget Trump. Seriously, forget him. The Oregon Folklife Network announced that it is accepting applications for the 2016 Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Program, which “honors excellent master traditional artists and culture keepers to apply with apprentices from their own communities, Tribes, cultural, religious or occupational group for $3,000 stipends.” Applications due April 1. Contact Brad McMullen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 346-3820 for more information about eligibility.