Not only do they keep the shelves stocked, Tsunami Books also offers frequent readings, musical performances, lectures and discussions, including a full slate in May

Saturday, May 6

The Rhythm Future Quartet —  2585 Willamette St. 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show.Gypsy jazz band, named for a Django Reinhardt tune, keeps the music alive and yet contemporary. Members are violinist Jason Anick, guitarist Olli Soikkeli, Max O’Rourke on second guitar and Greg Loughman on bass. Video clip at http://bit.ly/2pJidG5.Tickets $16.50, at the store or by reservation at 541-345-8986.

Sunday, May 7

The Actors’ Table of Eugene (T.A.T.E.) — 2585 Willamette St. 3:30 p.m. Matinee performances on the theme, “The Important Things in Life, from Shakespeare to Monty Python,” organized 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); and Monty Python Holy Grail Scene 3 (Bruce Lundy, Blake Beardsley and Brent French) ACT 2: 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 of $5, at the door. 541-345-8986.

Saturday, May 13

Roger Woods on Sax — 2585 Willamette St. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. A platter of sweet “bigly” jazz by a saxophonist extraordinaire warms up the scene before the Eugene All-Ages Poetry Slam Finals. $5 to $15 on a sliding scale also includes entrance to the Slam.

Eugene All-Ages Poetry Slam Finals —  2585 Willamette St. 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., with open mic at 8:15 p.m. and the main feature at 8:30 p.m. Free tea, fun and surprises with emcee Jorah Lafleur. $5 to $15 sliding scale. 541-345-8986.

Sunday, May 14

Alaskan Fiddling Poet — 2585 Willamette St. 3 p.m. Ken Waldman returns to Tsunami Books with a book of sonnets called “Trump Sonnets, Volume 1.” Waldman has six previous poetry collections, a memoir, a kids’ book and nine CDs that combine original poetry with Appalachian-style string band music and Alaska-set storytelling. 541-345-8986.

Wednesday, May 17

Consciousness Living Series — 2585 Willamette St. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Palmo Center for Peace and Education presents Tulku Jigme Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation and philosophy teacher. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is the first of four consecutive Wednesday evening sessions. Suggested donation $10 to $15. 541-345-8986.

Thursday, May 18

An Evening with David Barsamian  — 2585 Willamette St. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Barsamian is a tireless and wide-ranging investigative journalist who hosts the Alternative Radio show and has written books with Noam Chomsky, Eqbal Ahmad, Howard Zinn, Tariq Ali, Richard Wolff, Arundhati Roy and Edward Said. He lectures on world affairs, imperialism, capitalism, propaganda, media, economic crises and global rebellions. 541-345-8986.

Saturday, May 20

Poetry for the People — 2585 Willamette St. 5 p.m. Featured poets are Cecelia Hagen and Laton Carter. An open mic will follow. Free. 541-345-8986.

Wednesday, May 24 — 2585 Willamette St.

Consciousness Living Series — 2585 Willamette St. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Palmo Center for Peace and Education presents Tulku Jigme Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist meditation and philosophy teacher. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This is the second of four consecutive Wednesday evening sessions. Suggested donation $10 to $15. 541-345-8986.

Thursday, May 25

Portents and Parallels Lecture Series — 2585 Willamette St. 6:15 p.m. Sponsored by Indivisible Eugene, the brief monthly lectures host academicians speaking about their specialties as they shed light on the current political climate. May’s lecture is by Luke Hammberstad, associate professor of Chinese literature at the University of Oregon, speaking on “Secretive Rulers and Leaking Officials: The Case of Early Imperial China.” Suggested donation of $3 to $5. 541-345-8986.

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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2 thoughts on “Not only do they keep the shelves stocked, Tsunami Books also offers frequent readings, musical performances, lectures and discussions, including a full slate in May

  • May 5, 2017 at 11:27 am
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    Hello, I am delighted for the information and coverage of Eugene area arts coverage. I would like to suggest more in depth coverage for a wider variety of exhibiting locations and artists. A quick list could include NewZone, Dotsons, LCC Arts Depart, UofO Art Dept, David Joyce Gallery at LCC, Whiteaker Galleries, PRN PeaceHealth Galleries and also places such as Soriah where great artists show. Artists, well gosh that is a long list. I am in touch with so many. We have a wealth and I would love to see the print coverage extend beyond the repeated locations that receive attention and the artists we know and love and who have been featured often. I hope for a wider inclusion. I appreciate your thoughtful consideration. Thank you, Susan

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    • May 5, 2017 at 11:56 am
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      Susan,

      Thanks for your message. More and more coverage is what we’re aiming for at The Eugene Review. We’re hoping to add many more writers, reviewers and artists and venues to cover as we grow. I appreciate your list of possibilities, and if you have contact info for them that you would like to forward, that would be great.

      Thanks,

      Randi

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