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Things to do this week: May 11-17: Spring Student Dance Concert, Zepparella at Hi-Fi and Dogs at the Duck Nest



Thursday, May 11, through Saturday, May 13: Spring Student Dance Concert (1484 University St.), 8 p.m., students/seniors $8, general admission $12

The University of Oregon’s dance program will present a spring performance in the Gerlinger Annex’s Dougherty Dance Theatre as a culmination of the year’s work from multiple advanced student dancers. Each dance will be choreographed and performed by students. The concert itself is produced entirely by students from the program. The show will highlight a range of diverse works from these advanced dancers.

The performance is open to all students, faculty and the general public. Tickets to the concert are available in advance from the UO Ticket Office in the EMU or can be purchased at the door.

Friday, May 12: Zepparella at Hi-Fi Music Hall (44 East 7th Avenue), doors open at 7 p.m., tickets $16 advance, $20 at the door, 21 +

Paying tribute to a band as sacred to rock as Led Zeppelin is harder than it sounds. Zepparella, an all-female Led Zeppelin tribute band, has what it takes. Formed in the 2000s by the drummer, known simply as Clementine, the group brings relentless musicality to every one of their shows, capturing Zeppelin’s spirit while making the music their own. Fellow members Anna Kristina (vocals), Gretchen Menn (guitar) and Nila Minnerok (bass) exhibit enough onstage chemistry to make their performances endlessly entertaining.

Armed with “the desire to incorporate the vocabulary of their heroes into their own,” Zepparella continues to tour across the U.S. and abroad, using Zeppelin’s mythic style of metal to bring audiences to their feet. With hundreds of shows and two live albums under its belt, this band is sure to entertain Zeppelin fans of all ages. 

Tickets are available here.

Dazed and Confused by Zepparella from Ms Zepparella on Vimeo.

Saturday, May 13: Dogs at the Duck Nest (EMU, Duck Nest, Rm 041), 11 a.m.

It is quite difficult to find someone who doesn’t like cuddling with lovable puppies. PAAWS, a Eugene-based support and networking organization, partners with the University of Oregon to bring therapy dogs to campus. For multiple Saturdays during spring term, students will be able to unwind by wrestling with a playful pup or enjoying the positivity that radiates from the loyal animals. Therapy dogs can be incredibly helpful for anxiety, so getting unconditional love and comfort from some furry friends will be a refreshing and energizing outlet for UO students. These dogs will vary in breed, size and age, but all share the ability to bring peace to a hectic end of the term.

Cooper the dog at the Duck Nest. (Courtesy of PAAWs)

Sunday, May 14: Mother’s Day 5K (100 Day Island Road) 9 a.m., $25 with pre-registration, $30 the day of the event

One of the drawbacks of the quarter system at the University of Oregon is not being home in time for Mother’s Day like many of our semester system friends. However, one option is to invite your mom up to Eugene this weekend for a Mother’s Day 5k at Alton Baker Park. The race is sponsored by Parenting Now!, which provides parenting education and support to families with young children in the local Eugene-Springfield area. The event starts near the Duck Pond, passes by Autzen Stadium and the Willamette River before ending back near the Duck Pond. It starts at 9 a.m. and refreshments can be enjoyed at the finish line. It’s a family-friendly event, so dads and siblings are also welcome to join in on the fun-filled morning.

Monday, May 15: Professor C.W. Anderson lecture on Data Journalism  (Allen Hall room 141), 6 p.m.

College of Staten Island Assistant Professor of media and culture, W.C. Anderson, will discuss the history of data journalism for the School of Journalism and Communication’s Demystifying Media seminar series. The talk will mostly focus on his soon-to-be-released research findings titled “The Apostles of Certainty: Data Journalism and the Politics of Doubt.”

Anderson, who considers himself an ethnographer and historian, studies how the rapid pace of technological advancements affect the economy, the news, journalism and culture. He is currently making stops at several universities on the West Coast to speak about his studies and findings. Along with teaching, researching and presenting lectures, Anderson is also a published author. He has either authored or helped contribute to four books, which all focus on the ever-changing landscape of journalism.


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