Updated: Jul 17
COVID-19 is still spreading, placing restrictions on social events and keeping some local venues shuttered. Local artists and businesses are still finding safe ways to participate in live events, however, so we scoured the internet for the safe events happening near you. Until life returns to normal, we are only highlighting events that clearly adhere to safe gathering restrictions and healthy social distancing.
Check out this week’s Social Distancing Roundup for our what’s happening this weekend and be sure to share with the art-lovers in your life. If you or someone you know is an artist in Oregon who’s got upcoming shows or streaming, let us know by reaching out on social media or using the Contact page of curbsidepress.org.
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This week's Editor's Pick of events in Oregon is the Livestreaming Science Comedy event happening on Saturday, July 11 that you can be streamed for $1 (more information below).
Online Willamette Valley Lavender Festival 2020
July 11-12 (Click Here for Time Schedule)
The 16th annual Lavender Festival has been cancelled, and instead will be held online. This format will include the “Plein Air Pandemic Paint Out”, where artists are encouraged to submit their artwork of “The Landscapes Around You”. This event is free and artwork submissions are free for 2020 Paint Out registrants. Deadline for submissions is July 11.
Floater on the Portland Music Stream - $20
Saturday, July 11 - 7 pm to 8 pm
Portland-based band Floater will be performing a livestream event at the Alberta Rose Theatre. This is a livestream and, yes, it costs $20; but, it does come with an on-demand archive of the show. If you’ve never heard of Floater, they are a popular rock band from the Portland area, that have been rocking out since the 90’s with hits like “The Sad Ballad of Danny Boy”, which sports over 1 million plays on Spotify. They are known for their energetic live performances, which should make for a fun stream.
Yoga + Coffee Live Stream - Suggested $5 Donation
Every Saturday - 10 am to 11 am (For the Duration of Summer)
This is a sixty minute, “all levels flow” yoga stream, hosted by the online Yoga + Beer Community. The event is free but a donation of $5 is suggested for those looking to support the event and organizers. Additionally, you can find all of the recordings of the past streams on their Youtube page, which stretch back to March. So grab your yoga mat, a coffee (or beer, we won’t tell) and stream some low-stress yoga sessions.
Livestreaming Science Comedy: Real Experts, Real Funny! - Minimum “Donation” $1
Saturday, July 11 - 7 pm to 8pm
Presented by Science on Tap and Science Riot Outreach & Events, this livestreamed comedy show is a unique blending of science and humor. The participating comedian-scientists are from Portland, Oregon and Colorado Springs, Colorado.The event has a minimum donation of a least $1.
Virtual OMSI Science Pub: Hidden Secrets of Rivers - Free
Tuesday, July 14 - 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Join scientist Sean Fleming at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) , as he explores the math and physics of rivers. This virtual exhibit will explore how science can unlock the secrets of rivers and how they interact with the landscapes, ecosystem and all of us humans. There will be all that and much more-- and it is free. There is a suggested donation of five dollars.
Social Distancing Events
Block Party at Venti's Cafe + Basement Bar
Saturday, July 11 - 4 pm to 7 pm
Venti's Cafe + Basement Bar - 325 Court St. NE, Salem
Join Venti's for a socially distanced block party! The street will be closed off and tables will be distanced for a safe and fun event. Music will be played by Salem-based keyboardist Nathan Olson and friends.
Socially Distanced Paint Party - $45
Sunday, July 12 - 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Stomp Tasting Room - 5475 River Rd. S, Salem
Reserve Space (Only 10 People Per Class) - (503) 586-9495
Imagine yourself sitting out in an orchard, socially distancing, sipping wine and painting a beautiful little succulent on canvas. If that sounds as good to you as it does to us, head on down (after reserving a space) to Croft Vineyards to enjoy wine and paint night. This event is two hours long and includes all the stuff you need to paint your own “Simple Succulent”. No experience needed!
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