As Oregon’s vaccine campaign continues to expand -- crossing a crucial milestone of 1 million residents receiving a COVID-19 vaccine last week -- the state is starting to slowly open back up. With a significant percentage of Oregonians at least partially protected from the virus, and with so many of us becoming social distancing pros in the past year, Curbside Press feels comfortable moving our weekly events roundup away from exclusively remote events.
Instead, you’ll start to see some more in-person opportunities featured here, but we still will only show you events that we can confidently say are safe, socially distanced fare. We’ll also always clearly note whether an event is virtual or truly live.
With that recap and disclaimer out of the way, it’s with great pleasure that we serve you this homestyle pancake with sweet, artsy syrup that we call our weekly Events Roundup. It’s Easter weekend, so many families will be getting together and looking for something more than the usual candy hunts and brunches.
The Oregon Shakespeare Festival is back, with its first-ever onstage and virtual season. There’s also a musical showcase out of Willamette University, a Jell-O art show in Eugene, and a couple of exhibits at local galleries and coffee shops to kick off the spring season.
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Oregon Shakespeare Festival: Manhatta (Remote)
March 31 - April 24
After having to scrap its entire 2020 season, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is rebounding from the pandemic with an entire slate of performances that provide both in-person options down in Ashland and streaming options for folks all over the world. Julius Caesar wrapped up in March and now the featured play is Manhatta, a 2018 play by activist Mary Kathryn Nagle about the eradication of the Lenape people. Help support this sterling local dramatic institution by buying a ticket (or even donating) so that OSF survives for many seasons to come.
Friday, April 2 & Saturday, April 3 - 10 p.m.
Helium Comedy Club - Portland, OR (Live)
Best known for his appearance on season 4 of Last Comic Standing, this stand-up comedian is the first in a long string of professional acts rolling through the Helium Comedy Club. These shows are in-person but attendance is limited to ensure social distancing (masks are obviously required). Some of these shows at the Helium this year are rescheduled from cancellations last year, so now’s your chance to secure tickets.
Oui Presse & Nucleus Art Gallery
Saturday, April 3 - 11 am
Oui Presse - 1740 SE Hawthorne Blvd (Portland, Or)
The Nucleus Art Gallery in Portland is featuring the paintings of Lily Seika Jones, who’s based in Washington and utilizes complex watercolor and ink illustrations to capture the woodland landscape of the Pacific Northwest. There’s whimsy but also majesty to her characters.
The Cradle Will Rock - $12
Thursday - Saturday, April 3 - 7:30 pm
Willamette University - Rogers Music Center - Salem, OR (Remote)
A musical that “fuses parodies of Bach and Beethoven with jazz and pop,” this showcase out of Willamette University is about more than just music. It’s also a commentary on “unrestrained capitalism, racism, corruption & bigotry.” Unfortunately, you won’t be able to sit in the beautiful performance halls that Willamette University is known for, as this is an entirely online event. That doesn’t make it any less deserving of a viewing, however, and there are incredibly affordable prices for students, seniors and even general admission tickets.
Spring Eternal Art Exhibit
Saturday, April 3 - 9 am
Elsinore Framing & Art Gallery - 444 Ferry St. SE - Salem, OR (live)
Spring art shows tend to lean into the natural aesthetic that we Oregonians love about this time of year. We’ve got yet another exhibit of local artists, this time all from Oregon. If you find yourself looking for somewhere to pop in while strolling around downtown Salem, this is the spot.
The Jell-O Art Show
Saturday, April 3 - 1 pm to 5 pm
Maude Kerns Art Center - 1910 E 15th Ave. - Eugene, OR
“What’s a Jell-O art show?” you might be asking yourself. Well, this is the weekend to find out. Hilariously titled, “At Least We Still Have Jell-O,” this Zoom performance streamed at the venue will feature local artists displaying a wide range of talents, from dancing to, well… whatever is that they’ll be doing with Jell-O. Expect, “jiggly wiggly artworks made of Jell-O.” There’s a suggested donation of $3-$5 per viewer and this is a one-day-only fundraiser for the longtime gallery and craft center.
Artist Demonstration With Bob Keefer
Saturday, April 3 - noon to 3 pm
Studio 590 - 590 Pearl St. (Eugene, OR)
Die-hard fans of Curbside Press (ones with good memories, anyway) may recognize Bob Keefer’s name from several other Events Roundups over the years. There’s a good reason we keep talking about him. His hand-colored photography and other multi-discipline visual works are known all over the world and tend to feature the Pacific Northwest. He’s giving a live demonstration on how he accomplishes the stunning effects he’s known for, right out of the 5th Street Public Market in downtown Eugene.
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