Coming soon: People who know Tsunami Books know it’s much more than a bookstore. Coming events include prose and poetry readings, musical performances and plays

(Edited by Randi Bjornstad)

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

Friday, Feb. 17

Our Bodies, Our Voices, Our Open Mic, Vol. 2 — 7:30 p.m. sign-up, 8 p.m. show. A show by women for women and men that had its inaugural performance on Jan. 1, in conjunction with Eugene’s version of the Million Woman March. Performance of original poetry, prose, comedy, dance and music, with a five-minute limit. Betty and the Babes and Leigh Anne Jasheway will be there. Hosts are Olive Delsol and Katie Schuessler. Sliding scale $5 to $15, at the door.

Saturday, Feb. 18

Poetry for the People — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Robert Heilman, author of the Oregon blue-collar classic “Overstory Zero: Real Life in the Timber Country of Oregon,” will read from his latest collection of essays, “The World Pool, a Literary Variety,” followed by an open mic. Free.

Friday, Feb. 24

Halie and the Moon — 7:30 p.m. doors open, 8 p.m. show. Halie Loren and her band celebrate their new EP, “A Million Suns, Vol. 1.” Musicians are singer-songwriter and pianist Loren, guitarist and songwriter Daniel Gallo, drummer Beau Eastlund, bassist and vocalist Bobby Stevens and cellist and vocalist Katherine Dudney. Sliding scale $10 to $15; available at the door or by reservation at 541-345-8986. Information at

Saturday, Feb. 25

Songs at Tsunami — 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Singer Laura Wayte hosts a chamber concert series, joined by Brendan Tuohy, whose credits include leading roles with Eugene Opera. Sliding scale $10 to $20, at the door. Information at

Sunday, Feb. 26

Minority Voices Theatre — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The group’s first production is a play by Emily Mann, “Having Our Say,” directed by Stan Coleman. It’s the true story of the Delany sisters, African-American and 101 and 103 years old at the beginning of the play, who tell the story of their lives from the post-Civil War years through Jim Crow and civil rights to contemporary times. Readers will be Arbrella Luvert and Charmaine Coleman. $5 to $50 sliding scale; proceeds above $5 per ticket will benefit the Lane County Chapter of the NAACP. Information at

Joe Craven and the Sometimers — 7 p.m. Craven, who has played with the likes of Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, David Grisman, Jason Marsalis and Alison Brown, will be joined here by bassist Jonathan Stoyanoff and Bruce MacMillan on dobro and vocals. Information at

Tuesday, March 7

Eugene Poetry Slam maven Jorah LaFleur will perform along with with celebrated poetry reader
Eugene Poetry Slam maven Jorah LaFleur will perform along with with celebrated poetry reader Shane Koyczan on March 7

Shane Koyczan and Jorah LaFleur! — 7:30 p.m. Koyczan is winner of the Individual Champion title at the National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Spoken Word Olympics and performed his poem, “We Are More” at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C. LaFleur has been maven of the Eugene Poetry Slam for 10 years. She is a Eugene-grown emcee, writer, actress, performance poet and hip hop star. Tickets are $16.50; call 541-345-8986 or drop by the store to reserve a spot.

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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