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The VLT parody piece, First Friday ArtWalk

Forecasters are predicting fiery weather to subside a bit and just in time for weekend events. The county’s cultural institutions are going all out with outdoor events across the city. COVID-19 conditions encourage social distancing, but with music, food and fun in the sun, there is plenty of space to celebrate during this time.

Below are some highlights that are following a strong civic impetus. For a list of all events, visit

“Ministers of Grace”, a Shakespearean parody of “Ghostbusters”

For its return (outdoors) to its live performances this weekend, the Very Little Theater asks audiences, “Who are you going to call?”

“Ministers of Grace” will parody the classic 1984 film “Ghostbusters” as part of the VLT’s theatrical comeback on stage since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of appearing under rafters, the show will take place under blue skies and green leaves as the venue continues to reshape its historic 70-year-old building. With wider seats, a bigger stage and new lighting rig set to debut in January 2022, “Minister” will be one of the company’s only performances in the sun and possibly the first of 92 years of VLT history.

Following:Eugene’s Very Little Theater is delighted to receive a $ 200,000 building grant

The piece, according to development and marketing coordinator Jessica Ruth Baker, is unique outside of the VLT regular season. The performance will be free in part to thank the community for support during the theater’s extended closure. The cast, Baker said in an email, are delighted to be back in front of live faces.

“Every person in our cast is thrilled,” Baker said. “A lot of us have enjoyed doing virtual theater over the past year and a half, both pre-recorded and live, but it’s hard to match the feeling you get when you’re in the same physical space as members of the public. “

“Minister” characters like Russell Dyball (Peter Venkman) and Kari Welch (Dana Barrett) will fight a spiritual infestation with a twist: Dialogue was adapted into Elizabethan English from the Shakespearean era. The VLT combines the memorable characters and lines from the movie with low-tech effects and silly antics.

“Ministers of Grace” is a work published by playwright Jordan Monsell, who has received readings around the world. VLT will most likely be the play’s first staged performance, Baker said. To support the local arts, Monsell allowed the VLT to perform “Ministers” for free instead of possibly attending the show.

“Ministers of Grace” will take place Saturday and Sunday at 7 pm in the parking lot of the VLT, 2350 Hilyard St. Free and donations welcome; tickets and information at 541-344-7751 or

#instaballet will perform during the First Friday ArtWalk at Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton St.

Strong points

  • United Way of Lane County 75th Anniversary Kicks Off in the Park“will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at Alton Baker Park, 100 Day Island Road. Free ice cream, food trucks, a family magic show, story time and more will accompany the unveiling of the initiatives. Unitedway’s anniversary year of cultivating just and resilient South Willamette communities More information at
  • Lane Arts Council First Friday ArtWalk returns just in time to kick off Eugene Cultural Services Visual Arts Week at the Park Blocks, south of Eighth Avenue, east and west of Oak Street. At 5:30 pm, Mayor Lucy Vinis will deliver an opening address, poet Jorah LaFleur will present his oral piece on the theme “Emergence” and UP UP UP Inc. will follow with a “Crane Truck Circus Show” at 6 pm . Free, with at least 20 additional artistic and creative events running until 8:30 p.m. More information at
  • Eugene’s ballet dancers and live musicians will bring #performance instaballet 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the Lane Arts Council’s first ArtWalk Friday at Capitello Wines, 540 Charnelton St. Free with food and drink to buy at Capitello Wines and Pizzeria DOP food truck. Details at
  • the “Pop-Up Pentecost Block Party 2021” bounces from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday along Third Avenue West. Music and merriment throughout Pentecost will be provided by local traders and neighborhood residents with festivities surrounding the main stage of Ninkasi Brewery, “G-Spot” at 272 Van Buren Street. Groups include Gold Casio, Camp Crush, Laundry, Beat Crunchers, Sam & Courtesy Clerks and many more. Free. Learn more at

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