Seasons change, but UO arts and entertainment march on

Festival of Bands

November means shorter days, crisp fall nights, crunchy leaves, cozy fires and a profusion of art events and activities happening around campus.

November is also Native American Heritage Month, which means many opportunities to celebrate this rich culture, including the BE Series at the Erb Memorial Union featuring a conversation with Joey Montoya, a Lipan Apache multimedia artist and clothing designer. Also, don't miss “The In-Between,” an exhibition showcasing artist, writer, filmmaker and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde member Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History. The 2019 Western Humanities Alliance conference, Nov. 8-9, will feature many tribal arts-inspired events as well.


Celebrate Native American Heritage month at two art workshops in November. Join Dakota MacColl on Nov. 1 for a “Medicine Pouch and Beaded Lanyard Workshop” and Shayleen Eaglespeaker on Nov. 9 for “Rock Your Moc Workshop.” Both events will take place at the Many Nations Longhouse. An RSVP through the Native American Student Union is required.

Silk paintingWhat better way to spend a Friday afternoon than making some cool art? Throughout the month, drop by the EMU stadium stairs between 12:30 and 3 p.m. for Freebie Fridays. On Nov. 1, create painted decorations on silk hoops; on Nov. 8, create a lovely macramé hanging basket to display your pottery and plants; and on Nov. 15, make your own button pins from recycled magazine clippings. Whether you’re an expert or a beginner, come out Nov. 22 and knit something cozy for fall. All materials are provided.

A number of program events centered around the Ralph Steadman exhibition, which opened last month at Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, are planned this month. They include a “Watercolor Creature Creations” workshop Nov. 6 in partnership with the Eugene Public library, and “The Satirical Eye,” an exhibition opening Nov. 23 at the museum’s MacKinnon Gallery that introduces viewers to the history of satire and caricature in 18th and 19th century Western Europe.

On Nov. 9, the museum will host drop-in VSA/Art Access art workshops for children with special needs.

Say thank you to someone special and create a unique greeting at the Way-to-Go and Thank You card-making art session hosted by the EMU. Colored pencils and snacks will be provided. It takes place Nov. 20 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Are you ready for football and some pop-up art? Drop by the Moshofsky Center at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 16, three hours before the football game kicks off and enjoy fun art activities and the pop-up art exhibition “Art of the Athlete.”


The Latinx Scholars Academic Residential Community will present "Judge Torrres," a bilingual performance based on the life of Oregon judge Xiomara Torres, created by Teatro Milagro and written by Milta Ortiz. "Judge Torres" recounts the inspiring story of one of Oregon’s finest judges, woven together with magic realism and Mayan folk tales from El Salvador. The free performance will be held Monday, Nov. 4, at the UO's Berwick Hall.

'Tartuffe' posterUniversity Theatre kicks off its 2019-20 season with “Tartuffe,” the classic French comedic satire by Molière that follows the tale of a scheming scoundrel who weasels his way into a man’s home, nearly tearing his family apart. The first of seven shows is at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8 at Robinson Theatre.

During the 2019 Western Humanities Alliance conference “Engaged Humanities: Partnerships between Academia and Tribal Communities,” UO professor of theatre arts Theresa May and Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde elder Mara Lu Clifford will present a community-based art and performance-as-activism concert reading of “Salmon is Everything.” Presented by the UO Native Theatre Group, the play, which was developed in collaboration with Karuk, Yurok, Hupa and Klamath/Modoc tribal communities, traces a devastating fish kill on the Klamath River in 2001. Audience discussion will follow the performance. It starts at 4:45 p.m. in the Giustina Ballroom of the Ford Alumni Center. See the full conference schedule for more information.


Add the Museum of Natural and Cultural History’s 2019-20 Oregon — Where Past is Present exhibition “The In-Between” to your calendar for Native American Heritage month. Anthony Hudson/Carla Rossi is the featured contemporary artist and member of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. Hudson/Rossi, a self-described “drag clown” interested in “Coyote-style trickery,” is a multidisciplinary artist, writer and filmmaker who tackles topics of white supremacism, complacency and the confusion of living with mixed identities.

Also, Second Saturdays at the Museum offers a chance to dig into activities that will spark your child's curiosity about our past, present and future. On Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., the history and culture museum celebrates National Native American Heritage Month by exploring ancient technologies. Come test your engineering skills while investigating the engineering technologies of Oregon’s first peoples. A drop-in event, Second Saturday is perfect for children ages 3 and up with an accompanying adult. Included with regular admission; free for Museum of Natural and Cultural Histroy members and UO ID card holders. Show your Oregon Trail or other EBT card for an admission discount.

Catch it before its gone for good: The “Saints and Spirits in Early Modern Europe” exhibition ends Nov. 10 at the art museum.


The Department of Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies presents the Muslim & Arab Diasporic Film Festival  in Room 125, McKenzie Hall. The festival will feature three films, including “Ramy” on Nov. 7, “Dalya’s Other Country” Nov. 14 and “Signature Move” Nov. 25.

At the “Engaged Humanities: Partnerships between Academia and Tribal Communities” conference Nov. 9 is a screening of “Promised Land,” a social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest, the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they’ve long been denied. A panel discussion follows the screening.

On Nov. 13, Schnitzer Cinema presents “Queen of Paradis” along with a Skype Q&A with artist Reine Paradis and director Carl Lindstrom. What does it take to make art today? Follow Paradis in this award-winning documentary as she embarks on a road trip across the U.S. to complete her body of photographic work.

Community Rights Lane County and Wisdom of the Elders will present a film screening of “Native Wisdom: The Peoples of Western Oregon” Nov. 19 at the Many Nations Longhouse.


Make Autzen Stadium your destination Nov. 2 for the 37th annual Festival of Bands Northwest Association for Performing Arts championships 2019. Hosted by the Oregon Marching Band, this fun and family-friendly event gives 30 high school marching bands from across the Pacific Northwest an opportunity to compete and perform in a college stadium.

Wesley FerreraWesley Ferreira, a soloist and an orchestral and chamber musician and award-winning recital clarinetist who has performed around the world, will be at Berwick Hall on Nov. 8.

On Nov. 13, performing artist, improviser, chamber musician and educator Kyle Hutchins will be at Beall Concert Hall. His work focuses on the creation and promotion of experimental art music, both as a soloist and in close collaboration with composers, performers and interdisciplinary artists. Hutchins’ playing has been described as “formidable” by The Saxophone Symposium, “masterful” by Signals for Images, “an impressive achievement” by VitaMN, “so much chaos” by I Care If You Listen and “a full-on noise-jazz symphony” by Raised by Gypsies.

Find out what it takes to break into the music business at the Music Industry Fair in Aasen-Hull Hall in the Frohnmayer Music Building on Nov. 15. Students will have an opportunity to learn about the music business from music industry veterans and experts.

Celebrate all things tuba at OcTUBAfest. Come out and enjoy a variety of music ranging from classical to popular, Nov. 15 at Aasen-Hull Hall.

Explore new forms of musical and new media performance through the use of computers and other technologies at Future Music Oregon on Nov. 23 at Thelma Schnitzer Hall in the Frohnmayer Music Building.

For the full event schedule, visit the School of Music and Dance concert and events page.


Don’t miss the first interscholastic Round Dance hosted by the UO and Lane Community College. Try some delicious frybread, win raffle prizes and compete in a singing contest along with drum groups at the LCC Longhouse on Saturday, Nov. 23.


Join cinema studies and 2019-20 Oregon Humanities Center faculty research fellow Sangita Gopal on Nov. 1 for a Work-in-Progress Talk, “Coalition as Possession: Gender, Ecology and the Indian New Wave Cinema.”

Admission is free for “Ballet Outsider: Gender Politics and Power,” a discussion Nov. 6 at Berwick Hall with Eugene Ballet Artistic Director Toni Pimble and UO music professor Brian McWhorter.

The Department of Art Visiting Artist Lecture Series presents Angela Washko discussing “Poking the Hive: Interventions in Unusual Media Environments” on Nov. 14. An artist and activist, Washko will present several strategies for performing, participating in and transforming online environments that are particularly hostile toward women. She will discuss her work, including “The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft” and her newest project, “Workhorse Queen,” a documentary film about drag queen and former “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Mrs. Kasha Davis.

The Native American Student Union, Native American Studies, the Many Nations Longhouse and the Sapsik'wala Teacher education Program will present the BE Series “Phenomenally Indigenous and Urban native Fashion” with Joey Montoya on Nov. 26 at the EMU ballroom. Montoya is a Lipan Apache multimedia artist, clothing designer and entrepreneur.


In parts of Central and South America and U.S. Latinx communities Dia de los Muertos is a celebration of life and death featuring altars with offerings and traditional art, music, dance, food, flowers and poetry to remember and welcome souls journeying to the world of the living. The Nov. 1 event is cosponsored by Oak Hill School in conjunction with the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, MEChA de UO, Adelante Sí, Division of Equity and Inclusion, el Instituto de Cultura de Guanajuato and el Instituto Estatal de Migrante Guanajuatense y sus familias.

Pub talks

Tap into knowledge, and beer, at Viking Braggot Co. in Southtowne Plaza on Nov. 6 for Ideas on Tap, presenting “Town and Gown: A Brief History of the LGBTQ Community on Campus and in Eugene.” Linda Long, Harriet Merrick, Lynn Pinckney and Judith Raiskin of the Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project will lead a discussion about local LGBTQ history with a focus on Eugene’s lesbian community.

On Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. visit the Downtown Athletic Club, Ax Billy Grill and hear Professor Emeritus of biology John Postlethwait’s Quack Chats talk on “Dragons and Icefish: Surviving Frigid Antarctic Seas.” All Quack Chats pub talks are free and open to the public.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications