wednesday 29 – sunday 3
Cinema Pacific Film Festival
Typical U of O—go big or go home. Their annual Cinema Pacific Film Festival features films from countries surrounding the Pacific Ocean. Though that seems a wide net to cast, the focus of this year's event is The Philippines. Films will be shown daily on site, or they can be enjoyed from the comfort of your own couch online. But we recommend the trek to also partake in the Fringe Festival on May 2. From a demonstration of the Philippine-invented first karaoke machine, to a live performance by Filipino filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik to an interactive martial arts photo booth, this is a film festival that will surely keep your attention. Check out the details and schedule at cinemapacific.uoregon.edu.
SCRUMptious Rugby Chef Competition
Everything is more violent these days, even cooking competitions. If you like watching the Portland Pigs Rugby Club on the field, be sure to support them at this fundraiser where local chefs battle to be the best. The best food that Portland can produce from the chefs of Saucebox, NW Elixirs, and more will be paired with Widmer Brothers craft brews, to the tune of live music. The event will also benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Portland Metropolitan Area. Scrum! 5:30-10 pm. Union/Pine. $45.
May Day 2015: Rise Up in Solidarity!
The Portland May Day Coalition strives to keep the workers' equality fires burning in 2015, though much more peacefully than 1886 in Chicago. In what is now dubbed International Workers' Day lies the incident that was most formative to our current standard of an eight-hour workday. The famed "Haymarket affair" began as a peaceful, organized rally in Haymarket Square for the eight-hour work day with the same pay, and escalated into a dynamite bomb being thrown at police in retaliation to several workers reportedly being gunned down. More shooting ensued, killing workers, civilians, and police. Inequalities still exist in the workplace; take a non-violent stand for the working person. 2 pm. South Park Blocks.
Elk Mountain Highland Games and May Day Festival
Before International Workers' Day, there was a much different May Day, complete with flowers, maypoles, and frivolity. The May Day tradition of placing a basket of flowers or sweets on your neighbors' doorsteps, ringing the doorbell, and running away is a more modern practice in North America that has fallen out of vogue in recent years. Maypoles have been around for centuries, and are typically a European celebration of erecting a pole of various heights, decorating it, and dancing around it. Many believe the event has pagan roots and is a type of worship to heathen gods, others say it is a simple, joyful celebration of spring and summer. Either way, Southern Oregon has jazzed it up a bit with some friendly Scottish heavy athletics and an edged weapon competition. 9 am-5 pm. Evans Valley Education and Community Center. $7, adults. $5, youth. Children 10 and under are free.