Be Here Now: Weekend events for Lane County and beyond, June 1-2 – The Register-Guard

Be Here Now: Weekend events for Lane County and beyond, June 1-2 – The Register-Guard

This weekend

Birding at Willamette Confluence Preserve — Join The Nature Conservancy staff and local bird experts to explore multiple habitats at the Willamette Confluence Preserve and learn about the local bird life and TNC’s work to restore six miles of riverfront and dozens of old gravel ponds to functioning floodplain habitat. No birding experience necessary. Bring binoculars. The tour runs from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. Free; More details at 541-343-1010 or

Trail Stewardship — The Yachats Trails Committee and Siuslaw National Forest will celebrate National Trails Day by partnering on a trail stewardship event to clear brush and prepare the Trail of the Restless Waters at Cape Perpetua for repaving. Cleanup runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, meeting at the lower parking area for Devil’s Churn just north of the Cape Perpetua Visitors Center, 2400 Hwy. 101 for orientation. Participants should carpool if possible. Gloves and tools will be provided or participants may bring their own. Information: Joanne Kittel 541-961-8374 or [email protected]

Free Compost Workshop — The Santa Clara Community Garden will present information on hot compost and how to build a lasagna bed at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Matthews Church, 4110 River Rd. No registration required.

Bike for Hope – Looking Glass Community Services is holding a group bike ride fundraiser supporting homeless youth services. Join them for a ride to Clearwater Park, then Plank Town Brewing for lunch. All registrants will receive a voucher for a flight of beer or discount on an entrée at Plank Town, along with a raffle ticket for biking-related prizes. All funds will go towards a matching gift campaign where up to $50,000 will be matched by the Richard P. Haugland Fund. Bike for Hope will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Dorris Ranch, 205 Dorris St., Springfield. Registration $20; 541-246-2257 or

National Trails Day Hike — The Obsidians Outdoor Club invites the public to celebrate National Trails Day with a “Get Acquainted Hike” on the Ribbon Trail. The hike starts at the Obsidian Lodge at 2 p.m. Saturday. Free; directions

Bird Walk — Join naturalists and avian guides Aoki Mieko and Donna Albino on a walking tour through Hendricks Park. Tour guides will expound upon bird song, vocalization, nature lore and more stories. The bird walk begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at the Wilkins Shelter, 2200 Summitt Ave.

Wine Class — A not-so-serious wine tasting adventure is hosted by J. Scott Cellars’s own Eric Braman, amateur wine enthusiast and professional wine admirer. Braman will break down barriers for those new to wine tasting and for those still growing in their understanding of wine. This includes the steps of wine tasting, catch phrases to sound cool while tasting, a series of fun and silly games and prizes paired with wine. Wine class runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at J. Scott Cellars, 520 Commercial St., Unit G. Tickets $35; 541-232-4225 or

Community Market — A Junction City farmer’s market this weekend. Available will be plants, vegetables, flowers, crafts and more. The market will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through September 28 at at the Church of the Nazarene, 1737 W. First Street, Junction City. Information and vendors: 541-250-9470.

Lane County Farmer’s Market — The fresh flavors of the season will be for sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Lane County Farmer’s Market, Eighth Avenue and Oak Street. This free event will be open rain or shine through November 9; 541-431-4923 or

Eugene Saturday Market — Eugene’s Saturday Market is back for its 50th season. Come down to peruse two full city blocks of local, handmade products, an international food court and live music all day. Eugene Saturday Market runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine, Saturday at Eighth Avenue and Oak Street. Free;

Local theater productions — “Sym Fest,” Saturday, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, Seventh Avenue and Willamette Street; 541-682-5000 or “Good People,” through Sunday, Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 194 W. Broadway; 541-465-1506 or “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love And Murder,” through June 8, Actor’s Cabaret Eugene, 996 Willamette St.; 541-563-4368 or “The Home Planet,” through June 8, University Theatre, Miller Theatre Complex, 1109 Old Campus Ln., University of Oregon.

Plan Ahead

Drop-In Support Group — Ophelia’s Place offers this free drop-in support group open to all middle- and high-school aged girls and non-binary youth seeking a safe place to talk about issues in their lives. The group is facilitated by therapists and focuses on empowerment and skill-building from a strengths-based, relational approach. The support group is from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays ongoing at Ophelia’s Place, 1577 Pearl St. Guardians of youth younger than 14 years old must sign a parent consent form prior to first attendance. 541-284-4333 or

Eugene Library Concert — Tap your toes or get up and dance to swing classics played live by the 17-piece Blue Skies Band, the Pacific Northwest’s premier big band. This show will also feature the delightful vocal harmonies of the Jewel Tones, inspired by the great trios of the 1930s and 1940s. The show begins at 6 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. Free; 541-682-5450 or

Star Party —The Eugene Astronomical Society will host a star party as part of their series of “First Quarter Fridays” held each month on the Friday nearest the first quarter Moon. This event draws dozens of people to share the view of the night sky with a variety of telescopes available and astronomers on hand to explain what people are seeing. The party gets underway at 8 p.m. Friday, June 7, at College Hill Reservoir, 24th Avenue and Lawrence Street. Free; If clouded out, the EAS will try again on the next night, Saturday, June 8, same time, same place.

2019 Teas at SMJ — The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House is taking reservations for its upcoming teas, which often fill up quickly. The schedule is June Tea, June 8; Harvest Tea, Sept. 21-22; Halloween Tea, Oct. 19-20; and Holiday Tea, Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22. Tickets go on sale to the public one month before the tea’s date. All Shelton McMurphey Johnson House teas are by prepaid reservation only; to make a reservation, call 541-484-0808 or go to

Butterfly Hunt — Join the North American Butterfly Association of Oregon officers for an educational exploration of Eugene’s nearby wetland areas where butterflies are abundant in the early season. With these experts as guides, beginners and experienced butterfliers alike can have an enriching natural-history experience. NABA’s butterfly exploration begins at noon Wednesday, June 8, in the parking area by West Eugene’s Wetlands office, 751 S. Danebo Ave. (behind the Hertz car sales). Free; register with [email protected]

Annual Spring Open House Celebration Potluck — Join Winter Green Farm for its annual spring open house celebration potluck. Share a potluck lunch (bring a dish to share if you wish to participate), fun activities and games planned for kids of all ages. The potluck runs from noon to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at 89762 Poodle Creek Rd., Noti. Free; 541-935-1920 or

Music in the Garden — The Eugene Symphony Guild hosts “Music in the Garden,” a self-guided tour through five beautiful gardens accompanied by 30 live musical performances. Attached will also be a plant sale, drawings for baskets filled with gifts and gift certificates, vendors and refreshments. “Music in the Garden” runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 9. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 day of and $5 for 10 years and under; 541-914-7441 or All proceeds benefit the Eugene Symphony Association.

Siuslaw Forest Update — The Florence Garden Club will present Vicki Penwell, the Director at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, to address updates to the Siuslaw Forest, including the new hiking guide and the dune restoration project. This presentation will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, at the Presbyterian Church of the Siuslaw, 3996 Hwy. 101, Florence.

Memory and More — Support Group for family, friends and care partners of those with memory loss. The group runs from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 13, at the First Baptist Church of Eugene, Room 127, 3550 Fox Meadow Dr. Free; 541-345-0341, ext 263 or

Bee Benefit —Beyond Toxics kicks off National Pollinator Week with the Sixth Annual Bee Jazzy, a benefit to Save Oregon’s Bees, co-hosted by Mountain Rose Herbs and GloryBee. Listen to great jazz music at one of the Willamette Valley’s most picturesque wineries. There will also be a silent auction with packages that include getaways to some of Oregon’s hidden gems and date night excursions to the opera or the theater. This gala evening takes place from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at lovely Silvan Ridge Winery, 27012 Briggs Hill Rd. Tickets $25 in advance and $30 day of;

Flag Day Celebration — On Flag Day, retired local educator Ray Brown will present a 25-piece flag collection relating to United States history at the top of Skinner Butte. This presentation and exhibition will display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Flag Day, Friday, June 14 at the top of Skinner Butte Park, 155 High St. Free.

Author Talk — New York Times bestselling author Mary Roach, beloved for her hilariously informative explorations of scientific topics, will give a talk and question-and-answer session on everything science at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at the Eugene Public Library, 100 W. 10th Ave. Free; 541-682-5450 or

Performing Artist Retreat — Diane Michelin will be teaching students the art of watercoloring at the McKenzie River Inn. The inn’s 700-square-foot classroom and workshop/studio with a large worktable, benches, leather sewing machines, easels, a remodeled kitchen and its own vegetable garden. Retreats include lodging, breakfast, lunch and dinner. The art of watercoloring runs from Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28, at the McKenzie River Inn, 49164 McKenzie Highway, Vida; 541-658-2000 or

Hula Ho’ike — Eugene’s hula school, Hālau Hula O Nā Pua O Hawai’i Nei, is having its annual ho’ike featuring ‘Love Stories.’ There will be hula, kahiko and ‘auana styles plus live music by JD Puli and his trio from Fremont, CA. The hula begins at 1 p.m. at Cascade Middle School on Saturday, June 29, at 1525 Echo Hollow Rd. Plate lunch available from Everyday Kine Grindz. Tickets $10 day of show, $5 ages 5-9, free ages 4 & under.

Parent-Daughter GirlCon 2019 — Guests can hone their superhero powers and show off their cosplay at the second annual Parent-Daughter GirlCon, giving girls and their parents the opportunity to celebrate and explore “geek culture.” From anime, video games, cosplay, technology to art, GirlCon celebrates fandom of all kinds, with a focus on STEAM themes: science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Springfield-based artist Kelsey Buzzell is keynote speaker. GirlCon runs from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, in the Wheeler Pavilion, Lane Events Center, 796 W. 13th Ave. Free with a $10-$25 suggested donation; 541-284-4333 or

Email upcoming weekend events to [email protected] Events should be submitted by the Tuesday before Saturday publication to be included in the print version, as space allows. Otherwise, complete Be Here Now list of events is posted at

Children’s Theatre apologizes for ‘mistake’ in trying to recover court costs from sex abuse victim – Star Tribune

Children’s Theatre apologizes for ‘mistake’ in trying to recover court costs from sex abuse victim – Star Tribune

Leaders of Children’s Theatre Company issued a public apology Friday to a victim of child sex abuse from whom they were seeking to recover court costs.

“Last week we failed in our commitment to be empathetic and respectful in our handling of our legal obligation,” artistic director Peter Brosius said in a 4½-minute video alongside the Minneapolis theater’s managing director, Kimberly Motes.

“We let a court filing go forward without thinking about how it would feel from your perspective,” Brosius said. “That was our mistake and we want to set it right, starting with this clear and unambiguous promise: Under no circumstances will we seek to recover any costs from you.”

The legal action in the case of Laura Stearns prompted a boycott this week of Children’s Theatre’s shows and classes, and a protest is planned Saturday at the theater, putting the organization under increasing public pressure. The nonprofit also suspended casting for its shows after actors questioned if they could continue to work there.

“It should be a huge lesson to a lot of organizations for a long time,” said Patrick Milan, who leads crisis management at public relations firm Tunheim. “They should have been apologizing all along.”

Stearns is one of 17 plaintiffs who have filed suit against Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) and its instructors since 2015, saying there was widespread sexual abuse at the Minneapolis theater in the 1970s and 1980s. Her case was the first to go to trial. A jury returned a $3.68 million verdict against Jason McLean, a former teacher who Stearns accused of raping ­her in the 1980s. But while the jury found that CTC had been negligent, it wasn’t liable for damages.

At a hearing last week, CTC’s attorneys argued that, because they were the prevailing party in the trial, they should be reimbursed for $283,000 of their court costs.

McLean apparently has fled to Mexico, and Stearns says she is unlikely to recover any money from him. She took to Facebook to urge a boycott.

CTC then responded on Facebook on May 25 in a post that has since been deleted, saying: “We support [Stearns’] desire to have the truth be known and justice done.” But, they added, her legal efforts “impose obligations on the CTC.” The explanation of the legal proceedings drew hundreds of angry comments.

A spokeswoman said none of the CTC leaders were available Friday for an interview or to answer questions about how the boycott has impacted operations, ticket sales or donations. But in the prepared video response, Motes apologized “for the distress we have caused over the last week, for creating anger and division and for forcing people to choose sides when we all agree that victims need our support and empathy and that keeping children safe is paramount.”

The CTC leaders pledged to donate proceeds from a performance of “Matilda” to support survivors and to work to resolve the outstanding cases of abuse brought under the Minnesota Child Victims Act.

“We will continue to work with the survivors who have filed lawsuits and will work toward settlements that will give them the help and healing they need,” Brosius said.

Milan works with local nonprofits and corporations in the wake of controversies. Before the CTC apology, he called the legal action “possibly the worse move they can make.”

“What they would recover in legal fees can’t possibly pay for the path back to restore trust and dignity,” he said. “This is an iconic moment in their timeline, and it’s one they’ll always wish they could erase.”

Lawyers’ advice often conflicts with public relations advice, he said, and the theater should have put more weight in the court of public opinion.

“What happened is horrific; you have to support the victims in every possible way,” he said, adding that the theater’s apology “did it right; it’s heartfelt and real.”

Across Minnesota, nonprofits and arts organizations are becoming increasingly reliant on donors and community support, especially as corporate foundations revamp grant programs, so they can be easily rocked by controversy or backlash.

In 2017, after controversy over a sculpture triggered protests, the Walker Art Center’s executive director resigned and the organization had a drop in revenue, dipping more into its endowment to end with a balanced budget.

Children’s Theatre, which receives most of its revenue for its $13.5 million budget from tickets, grants and contributions, has been dogged by controversy since the 1980s sex abuse scandal.

Playwright John Clark Donahue, who co-founded the company and died earlier this year, pleaded guilty in the 1980s to molesting three boys and admitted to abusing and raping several boys.

Stearns’ attorney, Jeff Anderson, said more than 100 victims were abused by 20 offenders at the theater.

“If that story had fully come out then [in the 1980s], the theater wouldn’t have survived,” Stearns said before CTC’s video apology was released. “It’s an ugly history.”

She declined to comment on the video Friday.

As people arrived for a performance back in April, Erin Nanasi and her husband stood silently outside the Minneapolis theater, holding signs including one that read: “The Children’s Theatre is built on the trauma of children.”

Nanasi, who reported being the victim of an attempted rape in an instructor’s car in 1981, will protest again on Saturday, unmoved by the apology.

“They waited a week. It just seems like they’re trying to minimize the negative PR,” she said, adding that she thinks board members or whoever signed off on the court motion should resign. “There needs to be a shake-up.”

After urging the boycott of Children’s Theatre, Stearns said she heard of people canceling subscriptions or turning down acting jobs.

“I’m sending them a message back that I will not be silenced and they don’t get away with attacking a victim financially,” she said. “This really ignited people because they recognize how inappropriate it was.”

Actor, writer and director Sha Cage, who is directing the Bob Marley musical “Three Little Birds” in January at the theater, said that “a lot of artists are on pause with CTC. They want to find out what’s happening and if the institution is going to walk with integrity.”

Cage, who first worked at the theater a year ago, said she understands the impulse to call for a boycott.

“If you’re a victim and are hurting and also want to see change, how do you create a platform where you’re not standing alone?” she said. “It’s created a huge fire, and now the community is dealing with that fire.”

Community meetings are taking place or planned for artists in the Twin Cities. And the questions that are being raised are big ones: “Is it just about litigation now, are people questioning the leadership there, or do people want CTC to go away?” asked Cage.


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Here’s an update on Lakewood AMC theater cleanup following fire – Tacoma News Tribune

Here’s an update on Lakewood AMC theater cleanup following fire – Tacoma News Tribune

Early morning fire in concession area temporarily closes Lakewood theater

The AMC Lakewood Theatre is temporarily closed due to a fire in the concessions area early Sunday morning, according to officials with West Pierce Fire and Rescue.

The AMC Lakewood Theatre is temporarily closed due to a fire in the concessions area early Sunday morning, according to officials with West Pierce Fire and Rescue.

The fire over Memorial Day weekend at AMC Lakewood Mall 12 has led to nearly a week’s worth of cleanup.

Workers cleaning the site Friday said the theater was hoping to reopen by 2 p.m. Saturday (June 1) but emphasized that was still tentative.

The theater complex was damaged in an early morning fire May 26 that started at two soda machines in the concession area. The fire was contained to the machines, which were destroyed, but there was smoke damage to the interior.

Crews have been working through the week to restore the theater.

Officials with AMC did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

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What Is The New Netflix Series ‘Dark Crystal’ About – Revelist

What Is The New Netflix Series ‘Dark Crystal’ About – Revelist

Netflix just dropped the trailer for a prequel series to the fan favorite The Dark Crystal.

The star-studded cast for the fantasy series includes Nathalie Emmanuel, Taron Egerton, and Anya Taylor-Joy as the lead voices for the puppet characters. The series titled The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance follows the three creatures — Gelflings — on a quest to save their world from evil overlords. 

Netflix has a slew of original content, but this is one of its first original fantasy series to be released. Fans will have to wait until the end of the summer for this series, but from their reactions on Twitter it’s clear they’re ready for it now.

New Bedford Jazz Festival 2019 [Townsquare Sunday] –

New Bedford Jazz Festival 2019 [Townsquare Sunday] –

On June 15, jazz will sweep over a tent-covered pier in the 8th Annual New Bedford JazzFest, featuring national and local musicians and singers from 2 to 7 pm.

The JazzFest features two stages of nonstop diverse music. Beyond the live music performances, there will be a selection of food trucks, a full bar, and an “Artists’ Colony” curated by the New Bedford Art Museum, where patrons can browse and buy the work of local artisans.

JazzFest is produced by and for the benefit of Your Theatre, Inc., New Bedford’s 73-year old community theatre group. YTI has partnered with Waterfront Historic League (WHALE) to purchase, restore and convert 149 William St. (First Baptist Church) into a permanent home and community arts center. Proceeds from this event will assist in this partnership to preserve vital historic architecture and provide a lasting home for NB’s longest-running community theatre.

Click HERE to purchase tickets, or at the following locations:

Your Theatre Box Office (call 508-993-0772)

Symphony Music Shop (North Dartmouth)

Tickets are $20 until June 7 and then $25 after June 7 and at the door.

Townsquare Sunday with Jim Phillips can be heard each Sunday at 6 a.m. on WBSM 1420 and Townsquare Sunday is a weekly public affairs program highlighting non-profits and community organizations in the Greater New Bedford area.

If you have a public event, festival, or neighborhood activity you want to publicize, submit your information here. You can also send an e-mail to Jim Phillips at [email protected] This program can also be heard by downloading the WBSM app.

With additional reporting by James Walker Jr.

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