We paddled our little lifeboat of news out into the stormy sea of online events in order to deliver you this roundup of safe art happening in Oregon this weekend. We’ve got a Vivaldi festival in Corvallis, a ragtime orchestra in Bend and a virtual Fertile Ground Festival in Portland wrapping up this weekend. There’s also a golden-ticket event: A virtual conversation with renowned author Ta-Nehisi Coates at the Deschutes Public Library. Don’t miss out on these great local art events happening in Oregon and be sure to have a safe, fun weekend, Curbsiders.
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Fertile Ground Festival
Remote Performances (Portland, OR)
The Fertile Ground Festival is an annual dramatic showcase of original works by local playwrights, poets, literary artists and performers. This year’s installment has been going on since early January, but this is the last week to catch some of these readings and plays. The works range from under 30 minutes to a full hour or more, so you can pick what to tune into based on what you have time for or what strikes your fancy. This weekend includes Fezziwig’s Fortune, a story that adds onto the classic character from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol; and CHOSEN, a play by Portland-based writer and director Alissa Jessup. Support some local theatre with this virtual festival that kicks off everyday at noon and wraps up on Sunday.
Virtual Artist Talk: Erik Sandgren
Friday, Feb. 5 - 11 am
Karin Clarke Gallery (Eugene, OR)
The Corvallis-born and Portland-based painter Erik Sandgren is pulling the curtain back on his process this Friday. The acclaimed landscape painter, known for his regular showcasing of the Oregon Coast and other spots throughout the Pacific Northwest, will be chatting about his exhibit, Observed, Imagined & Remembered: The Northwest Landscape. The exhibit itself can be found at the Karin Clarke Gallery in Eugene until the end of February. Learn how Sandgren approaches landscapes and how his tradition of open air painting has shaped his art by tuning in via Facebook Live.
Majestic Chamber Music Presents Vivaldi ($10+)
Friday, Feb. 5 - All Day
The Majestic Theatre (Corvallis, OR)
Enjoy some Baroque and Romantic era music from the comfort of your own home, any time for the next couple weeks. This showcase of the music of “il Prete Rosso” (“The Red Priest” in Italian) can be accessed whenever you want once you purchase a ticket. The performance comes to you from the Majestic Theatre in Corvallis, which is over 100 years old. Help support this local institution during the pandemic by buying a ticket and enjoy the concise musical forms of Vivaldi.
Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra - $20
Friday, Feb. 5 - 6 pm
Tower Theatre (Bend, OR)
Go back in time to the Vaudevillian era of the early 1900’s with this musical and visual showcase of ragtime tunes and classic American standards from composers like George Gershwin. During this 70-minute show, you’ll also be treated to renditions of more modern songs from bands like Queen and The Beatles. For a truly one-of-a-kind viewing experience this weekend, this highlight out of Bend is a hot ticket.
Ashland Writer’s Meetup
Sunday, Feb. 7 - 2 pm
Remote (Ashland, OR)
While this event is geared specifically toward the Ashland Writers virtual group, authors are always collaborative and those looking to get in on the action can most likely get access to their recurring workshop if they ask. This virtual conversation space is geared toward letting local authors help local authors with their work. If you’ve got a block to overcome or a project that you’re really proud of, this is the space to show it off and get some feedback.
Author! Author! - Ta-Nehisi Coates & Mitchell S. Jackson - $25
Sunday, Feb. 7 - 4 pm
Deschutes Public Library (Bend, OR)
If you don’t know who Ta-Nehisi Coates is, you’re missing out on one of the defining voices of the 21st Century. He is most famous for books like We Were Eight Years In Power (2017) and Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015. He’s also the current author of The Black Panther and Captain America comics series by Marvel, and he’s a renowned columnist and journalist. He’s sitting down for a virtual conversation with yet another acclaimed author in Portland-born Michael S. Jackson, who wrote a brilliant book called Survival Math: Notes On An All-American Family, which delves into the economics of race and survival in modern America. In short, this conversation will be well worth the ticket and is about a whole lot more than just books.
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