March into spring with a roster of fun and inspiring arts events

Roger Shimomura, “Enemies” detail

Kicking off Women’s History Month in March is a series of lectures on campus, along with a free International Womxn’s Day celebration at the Erb Memorial Union on March 11 that will include authentic international food, cultural performances and more.

The School of Music and Dance is offering an abundance of spring concerts and recitals throughout the month, and attendees of the 15th annual Disorient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon will have difficulty choosing which of the 45 films being offered to attend.

Finally, don’t forget to drop in for this month’s free Quack Chat pub talk on female gamers.


On tap March 2-6 at LaVerne Krause Gallery is “Pretty Ugly,” new work by Kate Liu, A.G. Schukis, Mady Maszk, Madeline Peveto, Baily Thompson, Ari Lenkov, Siggi Bengston, Shanti Bartz and Clara Wolff.

The art exhibition “Roger Shimomura: By Looking Back, We Look Forward” has opened at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. Using his own family’s World War II experiences in a Japanese-American internment camp as a backdrop, the prolific artist employs an irreverent and sometimes inflammatory pop-art style that invites the viewer to examine American and Asian pop cultural icons, ideas about race, self-portraiture and current political affairs. On March 4, museum chief curator Anne Rose Kitagawa will lead a tour of Shimomura’s exhibit.

Katie Delmez, curator at Nashville’s Frist Art Museum, will present “The Usual Suspects,” new work in Carrie Mae Weems’s 2013 traveling retrospective March 11 at the Schnitzer art museum. Weems is known for three decades of photography, text, video and installations focused on American history, social justice and race.


Get out to the EMU Wednesday, March 11, from 6 to 8 p.m. and enjoy the festivities at the International Womxn’s Day Celebration. Authentic international food, education presentations, a keynote speaker and cultural performances from around the globe will delight attendees at this free event.


Zéphyros WindsIn its 25th season, Zéphyros Winds, a group of five talented soloists who perform music for winds with a near-symphonic sound, will perform March 1 at Beall Concert Hall. The group has appeared at numerous prestigious concert venues, including the Library of Congress, Wolf Trap, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, Dumbarton Oaks and Lincoln Center’s Great Performers series.

More concerts and recitals happening at Beall Concert Hall this month include a horn studio recital on March 2; a performance by the School of Music and Dance Campus Orchestra and Repertoire Singers March 3; UO Symphony Orchestra, featuring guest conductor Mark Gibson performing Canzona, Liszt–Totentanz with concerto competition winner Connie Mack, and Schumann’s Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish” on March 5; Chamber Choir and University Singers, March 7; gospel ensembles on March 8; UO Wind Ensemble March 11; and the UO Wind Symphony on March 12.

Hit the Jazz Station in downtown Eugene on March 6 for a performance by the UO’s jazz ensembles.

If you’re looking for something with a bit of experimental flair, check out a music performance on March 7 at Thelma Schnitzer Hall from Future Music Oregon, dedicated to exploring new sound and forms of musical performance through the use of computers and other technologies.


Don’t miss out! Ducks After Dark will present its final movie of the term, “Frozen 2,” on March 5 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium. Free snacks, and your UO student ID gets you in free as well.

DisOrient film festival logoSo many movies to see, so little time. Over the course of four days, March 12-15, attendees of the 15th annual Disorient Asian American Film Festival of Oregon will face the difficult task of deciding which of the 45 films they wish to see. From short and feature narratives to documentaries from acclaimed filmmakers, the films represent authentic Asian Pacific American voices, histories and stories that promote diversity and inclusion and highlight social justice. 


Join School of Music and Dance faculty members Christian Cherry, Sarah Ebert, Brad Garner, Rita Honka, Habib Iddrisu, Shannon Mockli and Margo Van Ummersen for UO Dance in Concert, choreography and dance performances March 5-7 at Dougherty Dance Theatre in Eugene.


Three prospective brides, one of them a frog, are put to the test in the Russian fairy tale “Frog Princess.” Russian Theater: Frog Princess will be presented March 7 at 7:30 p.m. and March 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the Global Scholars Hall. For the last 15 years, the UO Russian Theater has been offering students from various UO departments an opportunity to participate in a live show. Thousands of people have attended the plays, and the show has become a beloved staple on the UO and Eugene artistic scene.


How did sculpture change widsth the advent of new materials and technologies of reproduction? A work by Theo TriantafyllidisFind out in “The Factotum of Industry: Max Klinger and the Fugitive Body,” a lecture presented by University of Southern California professor Megan R. Luke, who explores the works of German printmaker and sculptor Max Klinger on March 2.

Join artist Theo Triantafyllidis March 5 for his Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series talk “Escapism: The Boundaries of Virtual Space.” Triantafyllidis, who has showcased his work all over the world, including the 2017 and 2018 Venice Biennales, will present his recent work, which involves the use of the game engine as an artistic tool and the construction of alternative realities. Also on March 5, Jeannie Kenmotsu, Japan Foundation associate curator of Japanese art and interim head of Asian art at the Portland Art Museum will discuss “Between Painting and Print: An Illustrated Book in Early Modern Japan” at Straub Hall.

Quack Chats

Join UO School of Journalism and Communication professor Amanda Cote for “From Digital to Dungeons: Female Gamers and Dungeons and Dragons’ Inclusive Play” at 6 p.m. March 4 at the Downtown Athletic Club’s Ax Billy Grill & Sports Bar. Quack Chats pub talks are free and open to the public.

UO human physiology professor Andy Karduna will present “Ideas on Tap: Where is My Arm?” a discussion about proprioception, or how we know where our body is in space, on March 4 at Viking Braggot Co.’s Southtowne Pub.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications