May is happy, and the UO has the arts events to prove it

It may be a month best known for its spring blooms, but May is also a celebration of Asian, Desi and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and there are plenty of opportunities this month to explore these rich cultures and various.

Join in the festivities at two Asian night markets for crafts, shows and delicious food. Open-air markets, popular around the world, encourage strolling, shopping and dining. And don’t miss the Vietnamese Student Association’s annual cultural show “Ascending to New Heights”.

Or watch an exciting talk by archaeologists from the Museum of Natural Culture and History on the recent discovery of a Chinese restaurant and gift shop excavated in downtown Eugene or go for ” Spirited Away” and “Minari”, two Asian ducks after dark screenings at the Erb Memorial Union.

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Embrace Vietnamese culture through music, dance, theater and cuisine on May 1 in the Erb Memorial Union Ballroom during the Vietnamese Student Association’s 31st “Culture Show: Ascending to New Heights” of the OU.

Join Jade Fox, a comedienne whose motto is and always will be, “It’s a safe space, but you CAN get roasted.” BE YOU, hosted by the BE Series, welcomes Fox as the keynote speaker for the 2022 International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on May 17 in the EMU Ballroom.


The College Theater wraps up its play season with Noel Coward’s classic farce “Hay Fever,” which follows the antics of the eccentric members of the Bliss family and the unsuspecting guests invited to their country home for the weekend. The play will be presented at the Robinson Theater on May 20-21, May 27-29 and June 3-4.

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Film Studies welcomes director Diane Martel as Harlan J. Strauss 2022 Guest Filmmaker. A series of free community events with Martel includes “The Art of Music Video,” featuring screenings and discussions on the 30-year career of the director May 2; “From MTV to YouTube”, screenings and discussion on the history and evolution of music videos with Martel; and on May 6, an interactive workshop “Writing treatments with Diane Martel”. Martel began directing music videos for Def Jam in 1992 and over the course of his career has directed videos for NERD, Pharrell Williams, Pink, Beyonce, J.Lo, Justin Timberlake and others.

Oregon Humanities Center’s 2021-22 Tzedek Lecturer Charles Chavis Jr. will screen “Hidden in Full View: Out of the Archive, Racist Plans are Laid Bare,” a short film he produced and co-wrote on the lynching of Matthew Williams in 1931 by a mob of white men in Salisbury, Maryland. Chavis will be in Portland on May 16 and on the Eugene campus on May 17.

Welcome to all movie buffs! Deepen your knowledge of Francophone culture and cinema during Le Club Cinéma film screenings at McKenzie Hall. Upcoming films include “Nothing to Declare” on May 5, “Petit Pays” on May 19, and “Spectacles de Gad Elmaleh” on June 2.

If you enjoy fun activities and love free movies and snacks, you won’t want to miss this month’s slate of Ducks After Dark presentations in EMU’s Redwood Auditorium. On May 5, Studio Ghilbi’s first animated film, “Spirited Away,” tells the story of a young girl who finds herself trapped in a mysterious world of spirits. A 7-year-old Korean American boy who is uprooted from his West Coast home to rural Arkansas is the subject of “Minari” on May 12. Follow the latest iteration of the Caped Crusader in “The Batman” starring Robert Pattinson on May 19. Finally, the month’s close for May 26 is “Animal House.” Love it or hate it, Johnson Hall, Gerlinger Hall and the EMU Fishbowl at the UO along with other local venues are highlighted in this classic 1978 National Lampoon comedy.


Celebrate Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month on May 20 in downtown Eugene at the Asian Night Market, a gathering of rich cultural diversity through performances, cuisine, stalls and food trucks Asian, crafts and Asian films from the DisOrient Film Festival. The Asian Pacific American Student Union will host a similar event at the Asian Night Market on EMU Green on May 13.

See you at MacArthur Court on May 21 for the 47th annual luau, “Ke Alaula,” The Light of Daybreak, presented by UO Hui ‘O Hawai’i. The first in-person luau to celebrate Asia-Pacific American Heritage Month in two years will feature live music, authentic Hawaiian food and traditional Hawaiian dancing.

Get ready to party, dance, and build community at “Enchanted Forest: A Queer Prom by the LGBTQA3” on May 20 at EMU’s Redwood Auditorium.


The Spring 2022 Lecture Series on Ancient Jewish Art and Architecture will feature several lectures this month. Steven Fine, Dean Pinkhos Churgin Professor of Jewish History at Yeshiva University, will lecture on “Jews, Samaritans, and the Art of the Ancient Synagogue” at a virtual event on May 2. On May 9, Jaś Elsner, Professor of Late Antique Art at Oxford University will present “Dura Europos in its conceptual context between Eurasian fantasy and Mandate archaeology”. Zeev Weiss, Eleazar L. Sukenik Professor of Archeology at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Institute of Archeology will present “The Synagogue in the Shadow of the Temple and After Its Destruction” on May 11.

Book cover Join Kimberly Johnson, vice provost for undergraduate education and student success and author of the young adult novel “This Is My America” ​​on May 4 for “Ideas on Tap: Tell Your Story, Change the World”. Johnson’s lecture will touch on storytelling, literary activism and the expansion of silent voices.

Cultural and architectural historian Sun Young Park will present Haseltine’s lecture, “Architecture of the Senses: Designing for Disability in Nineteenth-Century France,” which focuses on her current research and her first book, “Ideals of the Body: Architecture, Urbanism and Hygiene in Post-Revolutionary Paris The event is May 11.

On the menu for May 13, “Voicing Form in Rock and Pop, 1991-2020”, a lecture by Drew Nobile, a researcher at the faculty of the Oregon Humanities Center, who hopes to finally put an end to the idea that popular music is musically simple.

Lewis Watts, photographer, archivist, curator and professor emeritus of art at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will speak on “Faces and Places in the Diaspora” on May 19 as part of the Visiting Artists Lecture Series of the Spring 2022. Watts will talk about his photography and his interest in the culture, history and migration of people in the African American Diaspora. Elissa Author will present “Queer Maximalism” on May 5. Her talk will focus on the work of artist, costume designer and performer Machine Dazzle.

Recent excavations have revealed an early 20th century Chinese restaurant and gift shop in downtown Eugene. Join Museum of Natural and Cultural History archaeologists Jon Krier, Marlene Jampolsky, and Chris Ruiz on May 19 for their presentation on this fascinating find, “Longevity: The Archeology of a Chinese Company in Eugene’s Market District.” .


scene of The University’s Opera and Orchestral Ensemble joins forces on May 6 at the Beall Concert Hall for “A Little Night Music.” On May 10, Idit Shner will present a saxophone performance as part of the faculty recital series. And don’t miss “Path of Miracles,” performed on May 15 by the voice ensemble of the UO Chamber Choir specializing in a cappella from the 16th to the 21st century.

The UO Campus Band, a concert band open to all students, will perform on May 18. The Oregon Wind Ensemble will showcase the talents of non-major students in wind, brass and percussion on May 19. Join the University of Oregon Symphony Orchestra, the premier orchestra at the OU, for a concert on May 20. Students from the School of Music and Dance will perform “Chamber Music on Campus” on May 27.

Think you have the vocal chops to win? Submit a video audition and enter the third annual UO Pop Voice Contest on May 20. The winner will be chosen by Grammy-winning guest judge Alvin Chea of ​​Take 6.


Enjoy an evening of dancing on May 13 as Dougherty Dance Theater presents the Dema African Dance and Drumming Ensemble, led by Assistant Professor Habib Iddrisu, a traditionally trained musician, dancer and historian from Northern Ghana. On May 26, the Department of Dance presents the 2022 Student Spotlight, featuring the works of nine emerging student choreographers in collaboration with UO dancers.

Streaming Resources

Can’t make it to an event in person? Google Arts & Culture is a great starting point for finding exhibits, collections, audio, video, images and more.

Explore the UO Channel for a variety of live-streamed events, videos from the Art Department’s Guest Artist Lecture Series, guest speakers and more.

—By Sharleen Nelson, University Communications

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