Things to do this week: Aggies vs Ducks, Malala Yousafzai, Wilco
Featured: Oregon Ducks vs. UC Davis Aggies at Autzen Stadium (2700 MLK Jr. Blvd) — Game begins at 2 p.m.
The University of California – Davis Aggies (2-9 in the 2015 season) are facing off with the Oregon Ducks (2015 record: 9-4) at Autzen Stadium this Saturday in the first game of the 2016 football season. This marks a return of Aggies coach Ron Gould – a UO alumnus (class of ’88) and former Ducks defensive back player in the ‘80s, as well as a graduate assistant coach with the Ducks from 1990-’91. Aggies quarterback CJ Spencer will be competing opposite Dakota Prukop, the Montana State graduate transfer student who’s playing his first game as the Oregon starting quarterback. Eugene native and UO freshman Justin Herbert was named Prukop’s backup on Friday. Devon Allen is also returning as junior wide receiver after competing in the Rio Summer Olympics, where he placed fifth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.31 seconds.
This game also follows news that broke Friday that Oregon senior lineback Torrodney Prevot is under investigation for physical assault against a former UO athlete.
Visit GoDucks.com for ticket information. Saturday’s game starts at 2 p.m. It should be a cakewalk.
Monday, August 29 – Tri-City Dust Devils vs. Eugene Emeralds at PK Park (2760 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.) — Tickets start at $8 — Game begins at 7:05 p.m.
This Monday marks the first of a five-game series this week between the Eugene Emeralds (46-19) and the Tri-City Dust Devils (29-36) at PK Park. After a record-setting streak of 15 consecutive wins on August 19, the Emeralds later fell to the Everett Aquasox, winning just one game in the series. This could be the teams comeback. Visit http://www.milb.com/ for more info.
Monday August 29: Eugene Composer’s Big Band at Roaring Rapids Pizza Co. (4006 Franklin Blvd.)
The seventeen-member musician ensemble, under the direction of Jessie Smith, is visiting Roaring Rapids Pizza Company. According to the band’s website, the traditional big-band arrangements will be bolstered with new works written by local composers. The free performance at the riverside pizzeria is bound to be a summer treat, a confluence of masterful jazz and impeccable views of the Willamette River. The show will begin at 6:30 p.m. Visit http://eugenecomposersbigband.weebly.com/ or call Roaring Rapids Pizza Company at (541) 988-9819 for more info.
August 29, 31: Events at the Eugene Public Library (100 W 10th Ave.) — 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This Monday, visit the downtown library for a Back-to-School Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a wide selection of educational materials, including books, CDs and DVDs, all on sale for $1 apiece. Then on Wednesday, visit the library for a free hands-on workshop “3D Print a Keychain” to learn the basic mechanics behind 3D printing and design through the Tinkercad software. A Eugene Public Library card and pre-registration are required. For more information on these events or to register for the workshop, call the library at (541) 682-5450 or visit www.eugene-or.gov/library.
Tuesday, August 30: Malala Yousafzai at Moda Center in Portland — Tickets start at $29 — 7:30 p.m.
“I was a girl in a land where rifles are fired in celebration of a son, while daughters are hidden away behind a curtain, their role in life simply to prepare food and give birth to children,” begins Yousafzai’s book I Am Malala. In Oct. 2012, then 15-year-old Yousafzai, was shot by the Taliban while traveling home from school in northern Pakistan. A long-time advocate on behalf of universal education, she’s since become an internationally renowned activist and was awarded the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize (its youngest-ever recipient). Yousafzai is visiting the Moda Center this Tuesday evening. Visit http://www.rosequarter.com/ for more information.
Friday, Sept. 2: Surface Glitch at White Box in Portland (24 NW 1st Ave.) — 5 p.m. t0 7 p.m.
This weekend, check out the UO’s extension building in Portland, where the White Box space will feature work from artist Bruce Conkle’s solo exhibition Surface Glitch. Conkle’s new body of work tackles visual motifs from natural phenomena such as hurricanes, glacial shifts and volcanic eruptions to illustrate our responses to environmental concerns. “In the present day existential threats are never far from the conscious mind and in the studio I am constantly trying to cope with the realities of present day,” writes Cronkle in a statement on the exhibition. Surface Glitch will be on display from Sept. 1 through Oct. 15. Check out http://whitebox.uoregon.edu/ or call (503) 412-3689 for more information.
Sept. 4: Wilco visit Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in Portland (1111 SW Broadway) — Tickets start at $40 — Show starts at 7:30 p.m.
Last summer, Wilco unceremoniously dropped its ninth studio album, Star Wars. The group, deemed “country music on acid” by UrbanDictionary, is releasing another glibly titled album Schmilco next month. Has the definitive dad-rock group going through a dad-joke phase? This will be Jeff Tweedy’s third show in the Portland area this summer, after two excellent solo acoustic sets at the Pickathon Music Festival in early August, and will doubtlessly be even better, given that master guitarist Nels Cline and company will back him up this time. Visit www.portland5.com for more info.
Sept. 5: Pretty Lights visit the Cuthbert Amphitheater — Tickets start at $40 — Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Show starts at 7 p.m.
The timing here is perfect. Pretty Lights is coming to the Cuthbert just weeks ahead of fall term, which means there’s just enough time for freshmen to discover the electronic music producer Derek Vincent Smith, and feel the desire — the need — to share it with their new roomies. Soon after Pretty Lights’ Cuthbert visit this coming Sunday, the colorful, sample-heavy, proto-dubstep electronic jams will inevitably find its way into a dorm hall bacchanal. Visit www.cuthbert.com/ for more information.
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