Bike Brigade, Banned Books and The Very Little Theatre

20 10 2011

Eugene, Oregon is packed with fun things to do and – with less than two weeks left in this beautiful town – we’re taking advantage of as many as we can!  Here are three recent highlights:

The Eugene Bike Brigade (click to see a short video that Yair took) is a renegade group of 30-100 cyclists that meet a few times each month to take over the town by bicycle.  There is a different theme each week, many participants show up in costume, and some of the bikes are totally tricked out and reminiscent of Burning Man art cars. It’s a pretty rowdy group, but traffic laws are for the most part obeyed and I love being part of a (friendly) biker gang that takes the streets of Eugene!

Bike Brigade Folks REALLY Like Circling Statues - Round and Round and...

Bike Brigade Folks REALLY Like Circling Statues - Round and Round and...

Taking a Short Break to Hang at a Local Park

Taking a Short Break to Hang at a Local Park

Second, the Eugene public library recently hosted a “Banned Books Read Out” event to bring awareness to freedom of speech issues and highlight pieces of literature that have been challenged or banned in U.S. schools, counties and in countries around the world.  It was interesting to see books like Harry Potter top the list (for magic and wizardry), and also surprising to see that a favorite author of mine from childhood (Shel Silverstein) had been blacklisted.  Here is a Silverstein poem that made me smile:

Pie Problem

If I eat one more piece of pie, I’ll die!

If I can’t have one more piece of pie, I’ll die!

So since it’s all decided I must die,

I might as well have one more piece of pie.

MMMM-OOOH-MY!

Chomp-Gulp-’Bye.

Banned Books Readout Poster

Banned Books Read Out Poster

Third and last, there are tons of live theater shows and performances in Eugene.  Last Saturday night, Yair took me to see a very cute and well-done show called Communicating Doors at The Very Little Theatre.  The show itself was wonderful and I enjoyed learning about the history of the theater.  Here’s a quick fun fact:  The Very Little Theatre has been open and running shows continuously since 1929.  The theater was closed for just one night during WWII, at which point theater management decided that people needed entertainment and that it was their duty to re-open.  I’m sure glad that they did!

The fun continues over the coming two weeks with museum visits, hockey games, Rocky Horror and of course more volunteering.  Can’t wait!

posted by ayo

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