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Things to do this week: May 18-24: JSMA book sale, Nike wear test, National Geographic photo exhibit, Chris Orsinger Trio, Bark in the Park

Friday, May 19: Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Book Sale at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Museum Store, (1430 Johnson Lane), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., free.

The JSMA is holding its annual book sale this weekend. It runs during museum hours Friday through Sunday and will feature books related to exhibits and collections from the past year. May is also Member Appreciation Month at the museum, so museum members will get a free gift with any purchase. Exhibits at the JSMA this year have included an American Quran exhibit and another exploring Ta-Nehisi Coates’s “Between the World and Me.” Take some time to view the art before summer rolls around and pick up a book or two.

Friday, May 19: Tactics X Nike SB Community Wear Test at Washington-Jefferson Skate Park (Washington Street and Jefferson Street), 4 to 6 p.m., free

A wear test is exactly what it sounds like: Skateboarders are invited to stop by, try on a pair of shoes and test them out for comfort and style. Tactics and Nike SB will be providing the new FC Classic and Koston Hypervulc models for people to try on, and a wide variety of sizes will be available. In order to keep the event organized and flowing smoothly, there will be a sign up sheet for 10-15 minute increments, ensuring that everyone who wants to test the shoes will receive a chance.

There will also be mini contests with Nike SB shoe vouchers from Tactics as the prize, and pizza will be provided while you wait to test shoes. Skate footage and other highlights from the evening’s activities will be collected for a short recap video following the event.

Watch highlights from last year’s event below:

Friday, May 19: Rarely Seen – Photographs of the Extraordinary Exhibit at The Museum of Natural and Cultural History (1680 E. 15th Ave.) 11 a.m., general admission $5, youth $3

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s new National Geographic photography exhibition features images of some of the world’s most beautiful offerings. The Rarely Seen exhibit showcases images of places, events, natural phenomena and cultural materials shot by several of the world’s finest photographers. Photographs of a desert flower that only blooms once a year and an Egyptian artifact that was buried in King Tut’s tomb will be on display.

The exhibit will be open Tuesdays through Sundays until September 24. Tickets for families (up to two adults and four children) cost $10.

Saturday, May 20: Willamette Valley Music Festival at the EMU (1395 University St) 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., free

The Willamette Valley Music Festival is an annual celebration put on by University of Oregon students to showcase the musical and artistic talent of the Eugene community. This family-friendly event will feature a wide array of musical genres from hip-hop to house, to rock and more. There will be 20 groups performing on different stages at the EMU, such as the outside amphitheater and indoors in the Crater Lake conference room. Performing student groups include the UO Hip-Hop Ensemble (The Illaquips) and the Stand Up Society.

Select vendors from the UO Street Faire will be returning for the day to provide food and drink to festival goers. There will be no designated parking for the event, so attendees should plan accordingly.

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Saturday, May 20: Chris Orsinger Trio at The Jazz Station (124 W. Broadway), 7:30 p.m., $10

Local jazz pianist Torrey Newhart is teaming up with bassist Chris Orsinger to bring soul-infused jazz to Eugene’s premier Jazz lounge, The Jazz Station. The trio, complete with Dave O’Toole on the alto saxophone, are motivated in style by the soulful endeavors of Wayne Shorter, Stevie Wonder and others. The Jazz Station, co-founded by Chris Orsinger himself, has a cool charm to it and features local art on its lively red walls. Pairing the atmosphere with the satisfying sounds of the trio makes for a sophisticated night downtown.

Sunday, May 21: Bark in the Park 5K and 10K race at Alton Baker Park (632 Day Island Rd.), Day-of Registration and check-in begin at 7 a.m., Pre-registration is $25, Day-of, $30

If you love to run or walk with your dog, check out Greenhill Humane Society’s 24th Annual “Bark in the Park” event this Sunday. Running participants can enter with their canine companion in either the 5k or 10k race, which both begin at 8:30 a.m. If you or your dog are past your running days, a 2k walk will start after the running at 9:45 a.m.

In addition to the races, the event will also feature canine activities, local vendor booths and demonstrations. Attendees who pre-register for the event will receive a free doggy bandana, and for an extra $12 will receive a tech T-shirt. Day-of registrants will also receive the bandana, and will still have the $12 t-shirt option.

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Sararosa Davies

Sararosa Davies

Sararosa Davies is the senior A&C editor at the Emerald. A former editor at the youth-run music blog Garage Music News, her written work has been featured in City Pages in Minneapolis, Eugene Weekly and Sirius XM's music blog. She's one of many Minnesotan transplants in Oregon.

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