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.