By Eugene Magazine

It’s the week of the Florence Rhododendron Festival, which is the second-largest flower festival on the West Coast. Get your fill of entertainment such as parades and car shows, and enjoy the beauty of the coast at the same time. There are also theater performances to go to, free Eugene Symphony events, an Asian Night Market to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, and the rescheduled E-Bike Expo.

 

May 18 – June 5

Rolling World Premiere – “Alabaster” by Audrey Cefaly

Join Oregon Contemporary Theatre for 7:30 pm and 2 pm matinee performances of “Alabaster.” It is also available to stream. After a tornado barrels through an Alabama town causing death and destruction, only June and her pet goats live to tell the tale. Alice, a prominent photographer, visits to document June’s scars — while carrying scars of her own. Both women are forced to reconcile the pain of grief and recovery with what it means to truly be seen. 

Oregon Contemporary Theatre

octheatre.org

 

May 18

Eugene Springfield Youth Orchestra: Youth Symphony

The talented musicians of this community’s premier Youth Symphony will astonish you with this concert’s inspiring program. Their dedication and positive energy reminds us of the importance of keeping music alive, especially during difficult times. The program is inspiring! Dr. David Jacobs is the seasoned conductor of the Youth Symphony, the second-oldest youth orchestra west of the Mississippi! The program includes Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Berlioz, and Gershwin. 

Youth Symphony

youthorchestras.com

 

May 19

Eugene Symphony Community / Bolero

To continue the Eugene Symphony’s C3 exploration of how music inspires creativity, connection, and community, they offer two depictions of true friendship — first, in Richard Strauss’s setting of Cervantes’ epic tale of an errant knight and his trusty sidekick, and then in Edward Elgar’s inspiring series of musical portraits honoring his family and friends. They end with one of music’s most enduring and beguiling melodies, Maurice Ravel’s Bolero, complete with a video of Eugene Symphony musicians playing their instruments all across our beloved hometown.

Hult Center 

hultcenter.org

 

May 19

“Faces and Places in the Diaspora”

Lewis Watts gives a visiting lecture. Watts is a photographer, archivist, curator, and Professor Emeritus of Art at UC Santa Cruz. His research and artwork centers around the “cultural landscape” primarily in communities in the African Diaspora in different parts of the world. Will also live stream on the UO College of Design YouTube.

University of Oregon – Lawrence Hall, Room 177

artdesign.uoregon.edu

 

May 20

E-Bike Expo

On Friday night, May 20, 5:30–8:30 p.m. at Campbell Community Center (155 High St., Eugene), come on down and check out a wide variety of e-bike models all in one place! If you would like to experience riding an e-bike, the E-Bike Expo is the perfect chance. You will have the opportunity to meet local e-bike makers and shop owners, test ride e-bikes, talk with Eugeneans using their e-bikes for their commute or to haul their kids to school, learn the rules of the road, and so much more.

This event is hosted by City of Eugene Transportation and is free and open to everyone. 

Campbell Community Center

eugene-or.gov

 

May 20 

Asian Night Market 

In recognition of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, the first-ever Asian Night Market is planned for Friday, May 20 at the Eugene Downtown East Park Block. This colorful downtown event celebrates the cultural diversity and influence of night markets that exist all throughout Asia. Enjoy a delightful evening of cultural performances, savory Asian street foods, a crafts marketplace, and Asian films at the Broadway Metro. The Asian Night Market is made possible with the support of the City of Eugene Cultural Services Downtown Program Fund and produced by the Asian Council of Oregon.

Eugene Downtown East Park Block

asiancouncil.org 

 

May 20

Eugene Concert Choir’s Bravissimo Cabaret Dinner 

If you purchased tickets prior to May 16, enjoy a rooftop social hour with hors d’oeuvres, complimentary wine, a cash bar, a plated sit-down dinner with dessert and coffee by Graduate Hotel Catering, and cabaret entertainment by members of the Eugene Concert Choir & Eugene Vocal Arts.

Eugene Concert Choir

eugeneconcertchoir.org

 

May 20

Work Dance Company: EXPRESS YOURSELF – A Dance Extravaganza

Work Dance Co. uses everything from high-tech video, visual effects, lighting, props, and dozens of costume changes to make their over-the-top production come to life! Using jazz, hip hop, lyrical, flamenco, contemporary, belly dancing, ballet, and modern styles and techniques, there is something for everyone in this show. 

Hult Center

hultcenter.org

 

May 20-21

The Works Student Dance Concert 2022

This is the first student dance concert performed for a live audience since 2019! The Lane Dance Program is thrilled to be able to host concerts again in the beautiful Ragozzino Theater. The Works Student Dance Concert showcases the talent of nine dancers who have been studying choreography and the art of making dances all year. Audiences of all ages are welcome. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Lane Community College at Ragozzino Hall

lanecc.edu

 

May 20 – June 4

University Theatre’s “Hay Fever” by Noël Coward

In “Hay Fever,” the Bliss family is fittingly named for its bohemian-seeming ways. Semi-retired actress Judith applies her stage talents to rural life. Her husband David writes novels. Their adult children, Simon and Sorel, dabble in art and poetry. Each has secretly invited an unsuspecting guest to their country home for the weekend. Let the games begin! Coward’s play premiered in 1925, and it recalls the celebratory mid-1920s with a comical nod to theatre in its content. The audience gets to explore the playwright’s well-known style of witty dialogue along with the play’s parallels to our own time, especially as we shift beyond the isolation and fear of pandemic.

Robinson Theatre (University of Oregon)

tickets.uoregon.edu

 

May 19

Zé Paulo Becker & Nando Duarte

Brazilian composer/guitarists Zé Paulo Becker and Nando Duarte have been brought together by Brazilian guitar aficionado and longstanding Shedd Brazilian music consultant David B. Lippincott for a special day residency culminating with this evening’s very special collaboration. Come early for a pre-show dinner. 

The Shedd

theshedd.org

 

May 19 – 22

Florence Rhododendron Festival

Visit the town of Florence, which comes to life to celebrate its rhododendrons, crown the 2022 Queen Rhododendra and King of the Coast, host a carnival, host a car show and shine, host an Old Town Vendor Faire, enjoy music, and more. Join the fun of the second oldest flower festival on the West Coast for a parade and many fun festivities. 

Florence, Oregon

florencechamber.com

 

May 21

Lord Huron

Known for unpredictable and undeniable live experiences, don’t miss Lord Huron on what promises to be their boldest, biggest, and brightest North American jaunt yet. Lord Huron continues to celebrate the success of his recent album Long Lost, which has garnered nearly 50 million streams and counting.

Hult Center

hultcenter.org

 

May 23

Eugene Symphony Happy Hour

Join Music Director Francesco Lecce-Chong and Composer-in-Residence Matt Browne for Symphony Happy Hour at The Jazz Station! Francesco and Matt will share interesting insights on the composers and pieces featured on the C3: Creativity/Rachmaninov’s Second concert program.

The Jazz Station

thejazzsation.org

 

May 24

David Bromberg Quintet

For Americana godfather David Bromberg, it all began with the blues. His incredible journey spans five-and-a-half decades and includes adventures with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jerry Garcia, and more. Come early for a pre-show dinner.

The Shedd

theshedd.org

 

May 24

Piano Master Class

Watch 2021/22 Eugene Symphony guest artist Daniel Hsu work with three talented local piano students, as part of the Laura Avery Visiting Masters Series. All masterclasses are free and open to the public.

Hult Center

eugenesymphony.org

 

May 25

Stanley Clarke, solo and acoustic

Stanley Clarke returns to Jaqua Concert Hall with Cameron Graves on keyboards and Salar Nadar on tabla. Clarke’s creativity has been recognized and rewarded in every way imaginable. In 2022 Clarke was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as one of its four new Jazz Master honorees. He was Rolling Stone’s very first Jazzman of the Year and bassist winner of Playboy’s Music Award for ten straight years. Clarke was honored with Bass Player Magazine’s Lifetime. Come early for a pre-show dinner.

The Shedd

theshedd.org