Featured Event: Spring Storm

This Friday, University of Oregon students and art aficionados can enjoy pieces straight from the minds of UO art students. The 2016 Spring Storm will display the work of graduating students of the art, digital arts and product design majors. The reception for the public will be open from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 27.

Nearly 100 students will exhibit their work on the first and second floors of Lawrence Hall, with a wide variety of pieces from the different studies. Media areas include ceramics, digital arts, fibers, jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, product design and sculpture.

The showcase for the fourth annual Spring Storm is free, and for one night only.


Friday, May 27 — Spring Awakening — HiFi Music Hall (44 E. 7th Ave.), 10 p.m., $5

With a lineup featuring Andrew Mataus, Michael Friedman, Chris H. Undermind vs. Nico Bizio and QAMRONparq, the HiFi Music Hall is hosting one of its biggest events of the year. The event is a celebration of “new beginnings, warmer spring weather and music” and emphasizes local artists. All proceeds will be going to local DJ Cesar Morales to help replace the car and lighting gear that was stolen from him; a unique cause for HiFi.

Saturday, May 28 — Scottish Festival — Irving Grange (1011 Irving Dr.), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., $5 and a can of food

The festival this weekend in Eugene is for those of Scottish descent and aficionados of the European nation. Music includes traditional bagpipes, fiddles and harps. Other attractions include a sheep dog demonstration, highland games, a dog parade, horse-drawn wagon rides and dancing. More activities include shopping for Scottish imports and workshops. 

Sunday, May 29 — Honky Tonk at HiFi — HiFi Music Hall (44 E. 7th Ave.), 7 p.m., free, 21+

Every other Sunday is Honky Tonk night at HiFi. Local country/Americana group the Eugene Trailblazers are performing this weekend for free. As “honky tonk” means a type of bar that provides country music for entertainment to its patrons, this event is 21 and over, allowing the HiFi to be turned into a bar. 


Friday, May 27 — Purity Ring — Roseland Theater (8 N.W. 6th Ave.), 9 p.m., $47+

The Canadian electronic music duo is stopping by Portland in support of their most recent album, Another Eternity. The band will be spending all weekend at Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge in Washington, except for their Friday night performance in Oregon. Those who are not attending Sasquatch can still get a similar experience from this chart-topping group, but in a more intimate setting.

Saturday, May 28 — Sir Mix-a-Lot — Tom McCall Waterfront Park (1020 S.W. Naito Pkwy.), 7:30 p.m., $10

For just $10 this weekend, you can see the genius behind “Baby Got Back” perform on the banks of the Willamette River. The artist widely known as a one-hit-wonder will be performing from his six studio albums. He mostly works as a producer now for new hip hop and rap artists trying to break out with similar success and fame.

Sunday, May 29 — It’s Not Me, It’s Me — Alberta Street Pub (1036 N.E. Alberta St.,) 8 p.m., $7, 21+

If you’ve never heard of a “speed-dating podcast,” you have now. Hosted by JoAnn Schinderle (Portland Funniest Person Finalist) and Barbara Holm (SF Sketchfest), the “It’s Not You It’s Me” Live Speed Dating Podcast encourages single people to show up and participate in their speed dating experiment. As the event is hosted by the Alberta Street Pub, only those over 21 can enter and participate. Be ready for laughs and even a possible date.

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