Arts & Culture

Events in Eugene and Portland this weekend

In Eugene


Jan. 12, Chamber Music: The London Haydn Quartet with special guest Eric Hoeprich is coming to Beall Concert Hall, giving students the opportunity to de-stress and hear Haydn, Beethoven and Mozart; Beall Concert Hall(961 E. 18th Ave.), tickets range from $17-$39, 3 p.m.


Jan. 10, Chance to Dance: Get down with international music and feel free to bring food to this community dance party; WOW Hall (291 W. Eighth Ave.); tickets $5 at the door, 7:30-10 p.m.

Jan. 11, The Empress Dance of the Tarot: Watch belly dancing while eating some of Eugene’s best pizza; Cozmic Pizza (199 W. Eighth Ave.), tickets $5, 8 p.m.

Jan. 11, Floater and Hell’s Belles: Rock out as Eugene-based progressive rock band Floater and AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Belles join forces; McDonald Theatre (1010 Willamette St.), tickets $20 in advance, $25 day of show, 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m.

Jan. 12, Sam Bond’s Garage: First enjoy free admission to an Irish Jam from 4-7 p.m., then get rowdy with Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, a Honky Tonk band from Michigan, Sam Bond’s Garage (407 Blair Blvd.), tickets $10, 9 p.m.

Jan. 10-11, Oregon Contemporary Theatre presents “Tribes”: Catch the Friday night opening of this play about a deaf boy born into a hearing family and see two University of Oregon students, as well as some sign language; Oregon Contemporary Theatre (194 W. Broadway), tickets $15 for students, 7:30 p.m.

In Portland

Jan. 10, Hovercraft Records Showcase: Eight Portland bands with rad names (more specifically Hornet Leg, Charts, Mythological Horses, Vasas, L.A. Drugz, Sealion and Honey Bucket), signed by Hovercraft Records are featured, and the lucky first 250 attendees will receive a cassette compilation of the bands, Star Theater (13 NW Sixth Ave.), $5, 8 p.m.

Jan. 11, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down with Sonny & The Sunsets: Enjoy these folk-pop garage rock bands at ones of Portland’s best venues; Wonder Ballroom (128 NE Russell St.), 21+, $15-30, 9 p.m.

Jan. 10-11, Pipes: An Improvised Musical: Curious Comedy Theater presents an entire musical completely improvised based on audience suggestions; Curious Comedy Theater (5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.), tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door, 8 p.m.

Jan. 10-12, Contemporary Northwest Art Awards: See Portland Art Museum’s latest installation of the works of award-winning artists from Oregon, Washington, Montana and Wyoming; Portland Art Museum (1219 SW Park Ave.), $12 student admission.

Jan. 11-12, PDX Motorcycle Film Festival: Watch four motorcycle films over the course of two days. The films revs up 6 p.m. Saturday with “Road Warriors” (2013) and “Take it to the Limit” (1979). Sunday features “White Knuckle” and “Why We Ride” (2013); Hollywood Theater (4122 NE Sandy Blvd.), tickets $12/night, 6-9 p.m.

Jan. 12, Global No Pants Day in Portland: Pretty self-explanatory. Ride the MAX and make stops at Skidmore Fountain, Pioneer Square and Jake’s Restaurant for photo-ops. The perfect way to get a feel for Portland; meet at Dixie Tavern (32 NW Third Ave.) at 2 p.m., free.

Are you an acting fanatic? Do you find pleasure in watching people fumble over their words on stage? Does the mere mention of the word “experimentalism” serve as a catalyst for your creative outbursts?

If you said yes to any (or all) of these questions, then you may want to spend your Thursday night with the No Shame Theatre company at the New Zone Gallery. Located on 164 W. Broadway in Eugene, this venue will be brimming with enthusiasm and passion — and quite possibly, laughter — as No Shame Theatre, an improv company, hosts its  free weekly improv workshop at 7:30 p.m.

And by improv, we’re not just talking about “Whose Line is it Anyway” style; we’re talking experimental. You have five minutes to put together (almost) anything you’d like — from singing your latest love song, to dancing the tango, to reciting that poetry you’ve kept in the depths of your closet for the past couple years. The only rules are that the skits are original and under five minutes. Oh, and you’re not allowed to break anything (including the law). But, beside that, anything goes.

What’s more — it’s located in a gallery, filled with local art by the New Zone Artists Collective, a gallery known for developing and fostering passion in the experimental visual arts. So, while you’re supporting local performance artists in Eugene, you’ll also be supporting the visual arts, too. And, even if performing isn’t your thing, one can only expect it to be an interesting, entertaining night — even (or maybe, especially) for the audience.

Plus, if you can’t make it this Thursday, there’s always next week.

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