With temperate winter hanging on, there’s plenty of art, strings and streaming productions cooking in Lane County to make up for the moderate chill.
Check out the highlights here and catch up on the rest at registerguard.com/calendar.
‘Soundwaves IV,’ Eugene Symphony
The “centerpiece” to Eugene Symphony’s pivot to online pandemic programming has been its “Soundwaves” virtual concert series. Today, the symphony releases the first of three newly recorded “Soundwaves” streaming shows.
Since being allowed to return to the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in February, the Eugene Symphony and music director and conductor Francesco Lecce-Chong have taken advantage of its new high-definition video and audio system to perform and record this premiere show.
In a press release, Lecce-Chong broke down this concert set’s purpose.
“My intention for these programs is to continue to find ways to showcase our talented string players and to highlight living and lesser-known composers whose repertoire lends itself well to smaller ensembles,” Lecce-Chong said.
The performance features Dmitri Shostakovich, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Florence Price.
Eugene Symphony’s “Soundwaves IV” begins streaming at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 1 at eugenesymphony.org. Free with a suggested household donation of $15.
‘At Least We Still Have Jello,’ Maude Kerns Art Center
This Saturday, the Maude Kerns Art Center will present its annual Jello Art Show, “At Least We Still Have Jello.” Celebrating 32 years of the state’s wackiest funky food show will happen live and online.
Join in a foolhardy spring filled with jiggly, Jelloed artworks with Eugene’s zany Radar Angels and the Slug Queen in “At Least We Still Have Jello,” a prerecorded Zoom performance.
Artists are invited to bring Jello artworks into the art center from 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 3. The Jello art show will run from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. the same day at the Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E. 15th Ave. $3 display fee for each submitted work. Free to visit. $3 to $5 suggested donation.
All State of Oregon and Oregon Health Authority guidelines will be in effect with limited visitors inside the gallery. Artists are requested to take home their Jello creations after the show; 541-345-1571 or mkartcenter.org.
Dorothy Velasco’s ‘With Her Own Wings,’ Very Little Theatre
“With Her Own Wings,” created by Springfield playwright Dorothy Velasco and directed by Victoria Quintanilla, is a 12-minute play inspired by Abigail Scott Duniway’s life that follows the final years of her 42-year crusade to gain the vote for Oregon women. Adding to the drama, Oregon’s leading suffragist had no idea this purpose would pit her in a fierce yet witty combat with her brother, Harvey Scott, longtime editor of The Oregonian.
This virtual production will stream free of charge beginning at Very Little Theatre’s YouTube channel. Velasco’s “With Her Own Wings” script will be included in the international online playwriting project, “365 Women a Year.” For more information, visit minorityvoicestheatre.org.
First Friday Art Week, Lane Arts Council
To reduce crowding and to allow for safe social distancing, Lane Arts Council’s monthly art walk will expand a full week, from this Friday to next.
In addition to the Galleria at the Smith, this art week exhibitions and events include Richard Knox’s “A Touch of Rust” at Bennett Vineyards & Wine Co. and Blunt Graffix’s newest show at Epic Seconds.
In a press release, Knox describes his metalworking process as, “Grab some rusted sheet stock, bend it, cut it, clear it. Weld it, grind it, glue it, sand it, light it, hang it. Add something else that’s laying around in my collection.”
With high ceilings and two floors dense with rock and cultural imagery, Epic Seconds aims to be a Sistine Chapel of popular iconography. Blunt Graffix adds to the oeuvre with screen prints as the shop’s current Michelangelo. Eugene artist Matt Dey birthed Blunt with street art that pops all around town.
Knox will be on display at Bennett Vineyards & Wine Co. through April 4 at 199 E. Fifth Ave. #11. Blunt Graffix will show through April 29 at Epic Seconds, 30 E. 11th Ave. More info at bennettvineyardsor.com, facebook.com/epicsecondseugene and lanearts.org.
Bonus Pick: ‘Relative Fiction,’ an OPB podcast
On the airwaves from Portland now, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s newest podcast, “Relative Fiction,” takes a deep dive into a buried family bombshell. Over the series, Georges investigates a buried family secret in a quest for truth and identity.
The six-part series, hosted by Oregon writer and illustrator Nicole Georges, is based on her graphic memoir, “Calling Dr. Laura.” Georges grew up believing that her father was dead, which is what her family told her. In her 20s, though, a palm reader revealed something different, something that turned out to be true: Her father was alive. Sent into a tailspin, Georges turns into an amateur sleuth, piecing together the pieces that show why her father disappeared.
Listen and get more details at opb.org/show/relativefiction.