Arts & Culture

Wknd Calendar: March 7, 2014

On Friday, the electronic band EOTO will play at the McDonald Theatre. EOTO is composed of Michael Travis and Jason Hann, two members of the 1990s progressive bluegrass/psychedelic rock group the String Cheese Incident.

In 2006, Travis and Hann jumped on the electronic bandwagon without abandoning their musical roots. For shows, the pair brings an extensive equipment setup, allowing them to synth, remix and loop live. The craziest aspect of EOTO shows may not even be the sound they create or the cosmic light show that accompanies their performance but rather their entirely improvised set.

It is impossible not to feel a spark of curiosity when looking at EOTO’s cosmically-cool poster. With vibrant rainbow colors and a face with all white eyes, the poster makes the band look like one that aliens would come to Earth to see. Considering that EOTO was originally an acronym for End of Time Observatory, this notion may not be too far off.

Bands Acorn Project and YAMN will open for EOTO. Acorn Project is the product of a Western Washington University garage jam band. The six-person electro-rock group, which includes a saxophone, released its first album in 2006, and since then has been recording and touring mainly their native West Coast.

Denver, Colo. based  YAMN is a band that blends rock and electronic and emphasizes their love of live performances. The band has also been around since 2006 and calls themselves “A Hearty Buffet for the Hungry Ear!”

March 7 EOTO featuring Michael Travis & Jason Hann of String Cheese Incident: McDonald Theatre (1010 Willamette St.), $18 in advance, $22 at the door, 8 p.m.

In Eugene

On Campus

March 7 American English Institute World Fair: Enjoy a celebration of UO’s diverse student body, featuring food and performances. Agate Hall Auditorium (1787 Agate St.), free admission, 6-8 p.m. 

March 8 Future Music Oregon: See a concert from UO’s School of Music program that focuses on the exploration of sound through the use of computers and technology. Frohnmayer Music Building, Thelma Schnitzer Hall (961 E. 18th Ave.), $5 students/seniors, $7 general admission, 7-8:30 p.m.

March 7-8 Ecstasy: A Water Fable: Check out University Theatre’s newest play, which is an abstract representation of the intersection of three characters’ dream worlds. Hope Theatre, (11th Avenue between the intersection of Kincaid and the merge with Franklin Blvd.), free admission with student ID, 8 p.m.

Off Campus

March 7 El Ten Eleven: See this experimental instrumental duo, whose sound is part post-punk, part ambient rock along with the hypnotic, groovy band Gloom. WOW Hall (291 W. Eighth  Ave.), $12 in advance, $14 at the door, 9 p.m.

March 9 Terry Brooks: See this New York Times bestselling author speak about his fantasy books, author of the popular “Shannara” novels, which are currently being made into an MTV series; Eugene Public Library (100 W. 10th Ave.), free admission, 1:30-3 p.m.

In Portland

March 7-9 “The Motherfucker With The Hat”: Not a fan of classical theater? Check out this profane comedy about a recovering addict trying to stay clean, Artists Repertory Theatre (1515 SW Morrison St.), tickets $25 for students, 7:30 p.m. Fri.- Sat., 2 p.m. on Sunday.

March 7 Friday Night Fights: Crack up while watching two improv teams in a battle of comedy, Curious Comedy Theater (5225 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.), tickets $5, 10 p.m.

March 8 All Decades Video Dance Attack: Get your groove on with the best hits from the past 40 years with music videos projected on a giant screen, McMenamin’s Lola’s Room (1332 W. Burnside St.), 21 and over, tickets $6 at the door, 8 p.m.

March 8 Radical ’80s Dance Cruise: Time to scour your closet for mesh and leg warmers. Get on the Portland Spirit for a Willamette River cruise combined with an ’80s dance party. Portland Spirit (110 SE Caruthers St.), 21 and over, tickets $20, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.

March 9 G-Eazy: Check out this hip-hop artist and his recently released album “Almost Famous,” along with rappers Rockie Fresh, Tory Lanez and Kyle, Roseland Theater (8 NW Sixth Ave.), tickets $20 day of show, 9 p.m.

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