CAFE 541: Matts Picks: Interactive art, games, music and travel all accessible from quarantined homes – The Register-Guard

Posted: April 11, 2020 at 12:48 am


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Its odd to consider weve been in the midst of this crisis for a month now. We all face a multitude of daunting hurdles some much more than others and yet we continue on each day.

Despite a devastating blow, arts and culture in this town continues to produce creative expression and adjust to new platforms. With not even one public gathering scheduled over the next several weeks, CAFE 541 still has multiple local productions to choose from.

We give thanks that closed doors and social distance has done nothing to quiet human expression. (And be sure to hit us up at #CAFE_541 for all of the many great events we didnt mention.)

Travel Oregon at Home

Nothings better in springtime than getting out and about in our endless outdoor playground. With COVID-19 curbing many activities, Travel Oregon provides a "Families Guide To Oregon Activities at Home" to those cooped up inside together.

Surf to traveloregon.com to find the free guide that includes fun coloring activities, writing prompts, Oregon-centric games, Native history, whale watching and much more.

National Poetry Month

Thanks to local poetry slam queen Jorah LaFleur for reminding us that April is National Poetry Month. What better way to while away the day than string together a few lines that reflect the times or read up on the innumerable lyrical declarations at our fingertips.

Whether its reading or writing just one poem, verse brings perspective and opens up the world in ways that we may never have imagined. Check out Jorahs Facebook page for different locals taking part in the challenge and go to poets.org/national-poetry-month to find 30 way to celebrate poetry.

Practice mindfulness

Home seclusion distills down to a choice of few diversions, some of which might be driving us up the wall right now. One positive way to make use of still time is to be still ourselves. Mindfulness practice asks us to filter reality to right now because there is no time like the all-encompassing present.

Mindfulness takes a multitude of forms. Calysta Cheyenne, lead singer of local band Fortunes Folly, offers a free outdoor session on Facebook. And for moms and dads, Parents Magazine goes into the details of suggestions, like listening walks, mindful eating and self-body scans.

The Eugene Insight Meditation Community also now has online discussions. The Greater Good Institute, Berkeley, offers articles, lessons and quizzes on the subject. For a listen, Western philosopher Alan Watts wonderful logical journey through existential thought is a good place to begin.

Online exhibitions

As arts advocates here at CAFE 541, were always excited at a collision of cultural worlds. The Morrison Hotel Gallery offers one of those happy impacts with fine art music photographs. Representing the archives of more than 125 renowned music photographers, MHGs vast catalog of images encompasses several generations of jazz, blues and rock icons.

Search its more than 100,000 images by photographer, music artist, band or concert. Free at morrisonhotelgallery.com.

In addition, we continue our coverage on local and national artists to check out on social media.

Ila Rose instagram.com/ilaroseart

Jerry Ross facebookcom/pittore44

Robert Dandarov instagram.com/robertdandarov

Carla Ciuffo instagram.com/carlaciuffoworks

John St. Christopher instagram.com/christopherst.john

Edward Gorey instagram.com/edwardgorey

Contact reporter Matt Denis at mdenis@registerguard.com or 541-338-2265 and follow him on Instagram @CAFE_541. Want more stories like this? Subscribe to get unlimited access and support local journalism.

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