At Tsunami Books, there’s music, book releases and theater coming up, even a couple of benefit performances to raise money to help the venerable bookstore keep its location

(Edited by Randi Bjornstad)

Coming events at Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St. in Eugene. For information, call 541-345-8986 or go online to

Friday, April 21

Golden Bough: A Celtic Music Sensation — 8 p.m. With more than 30 CDs to date, the trio captures the essence of traditional music. Tickets $14.50, at the store or at 541-345-8986.

Saturday, April 22

Songs@Tsunami — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Tsunami Chamber Concert Series, hosted by Laura Wayte, presents The Tangle Town Trio, featuring mezzo soprano Sarah Mattox, Jo Nardolillo on violin and viola and pianist Judith Cohen. Suggested donation $10.

Sunday, April 23

Benefit for Tsunami — 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Never Ever Band (Barry Burleson, Kathy Burleson, Kriss Crowley, Ralph Novak, David Bersch) and Wild Hogs in the Woods offer a Rent Party in the classic sense. Donations at the door. Video clip:

Saturday, April 29

The Celtic Fiddle Festival — 7 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. show. Features three of the world’s greatest fiddle players plus a dazzling backup guitar, with Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany), Charlie McKerron (Scotland) and Nicolas Quemener (Brittany). Tickets $25.50 at the store or reservation by telephone. Video clip:

Sunday, April 30

The T Sisters — 3 p.m. doors open, 3:30 p.m. show. Erika, Rachel and Chloe ( plus bassist Steve Height, Andrew Allen Fahlander on mandolin and guitar and drummer Marlon Aldana play music from a cappella to indie Americana. Tickets $15.50, at the store or reserved by phone. Video clip:

Friday, May 5

The Eugene Caldera Songwriters Group — 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. This benefit for Tsunami Books features Laura Golden, Eugene Bluegrass, Do Mi Stauber, Kathy Marshall, Ken Zimmerman, Steve Gibson and others. Suggested donation $10. Add $10 more and get a choice of CD from one of the performers, or two CDs for $30, and on and on. Light refreshments.

Saturday, May 6

The Rhythm Future Quartet — 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show. One of the best gypsy bands ever, up close and live, dedicated to keeping the spirit of Gypsy jazz alive in today’s musical universe, with violinist Jason Anick, guitarist Olli Soikkeli, Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass. Tickets are $16.50, at the store or by phone reservation. Video clip:

Sunday, May 7

The Actors’ Table of Eugene (T.A.T.E.) — 3:30 p.m. Matinee performance about “The Important Things in Life,” from William Shakespeare to Monty Python, led by producer Judy McKenzie and director Carol Massahos. Act I: “Rest in Peace” (Bobbye Sorrels); “Pink Doughnuts” (Alisa McLaughlin); “Christmas Carol” (Judy Roberts and Joe Cronin); “MacBeth” (Emily Hart and Matt Bonham); “Conduct of Life” (Mary Weatherbee); “Hostess” (Nancy O’Kief); “Monty Python Holy Grail Scene 3” (Bruce Lundy, Blake Beardsley, Brent French). ACT II: “Hannah and Her Sisters” (Daniel Borson); “Copenhagen” (Emily Hart); “Cat Lady” (Mary Keating); “Year of Magical Thinking” (Janice Rutherford); “Pageant” (Nancy O’Kief); “Inherit the Wind” (Matt Bonham); “Hamlet” (Judy Roberts and Joe Cronin). Suggested donation, $5 at the door.

Thursday, May 11

Book Release — 4 p.m. Eugene author Gordon Lafer presents “The One Percent Solution: How Corporations are Remaking America One State at a Time,” published by Cornell. The book discusses legislation promoted by the nation’s largest corporate lobbies in all 50 state legislatures, affecting labor and economic policy. Free.

Friday, May 12

Book Releases  — 7 p.m. Northwest authors Kathleen Dean Moore and John Daniel have new first novels. Hers is “Piano Tide,” an examination of the threat to endangered species through through vividly drawn, interesting characters. His is “Gifted,” about the emotional tempest of youth, cultures and subcultures of the Pacific Northwest, in particular as they interact in the Coast Range.

Randi Bjornstad

Has more than 30 years' journalism experience after a previous stint as a land-use planner. Got first rejection slip at age 11, but the editor wrote an encouraging note. Lives in Eugene, Ore., with husband-and-photographer Paul Carter, adorable dog Tallulah and quirky cats Pearl, Audrey, Garbo, Harry and Ozma.

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