Things to do in Eugene-Springfield: Film festival shines a light on archeology

This week in Eugene-Springfield, it’s hot and the scene is hopping. As well as exploring the civilizations of humanity on the big screen, strings will bloom in rose gardens, art is on view downtown, and queer bluegrass will be broadcast from the Bay Area.

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Archeology Channel International Film Festival

The Archeology Channel International Film Festival, Lane County’s oldest film festival, opened its 18th annual edition on Wednesday. Explore the wonderful human cultures past and present from skilled media producers live and in person, bringing an international flavor to the region’s screens.

“Although we limited the festival to online screenings last year, we don’t want the coronavirus to be headlining this time around,” said festival director and Archeology Legacy Institute director Rick. Pettigrew, in an email.

ALI accepted 101 film admissions from 28 countries to show. Thirty films competing for the festival prizes come from Papua New Guinea to France and across the human timeline from Paleolithic Neanderthals to the horrors of the 20th century. This will include a 5,000-year-old cold box, 4,000-year-old letters written on clay tablets, and centuries-old Amazonian initiation rituals featuring stinging ants.

Pettigrew and ALI are thrilled with how the festival platform is pumping new coverage.

“As we’re looking for premium content to stream, this competition is a perfect testing ground,” said Pettigrew. “This year’s lineup stands out in terms of diversity, innovation and quality filmmaking.”

Wednesday’s main banquet at the Gordon Tavern at the new Gordon Hotel, 555 Oak St., will feature SEARCH archaeologist Dr. Jaime Bach with news and clues about Amelia Earhart’s long-standing research. The keynote takes place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The film festival runs through Sunday with evening shows on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day movies on Saturday and Sunday. The event will be shown on screens across the city including the John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts, 858 High St., the TAC Cultural Heritage Media Conference at Civic Winery, 50 E. 11th Ave .; and a social gathering on Saturdays at WOW Hall, 291 W. Eighth Ave. Full conference tickets $ 130, full day pass $ 50 and single movie pass $ 10; details and information at

Berries at Lane County Farmers Market.

Highlighted events

  • High Step Society’s “The Good Times Can’t Be Denied” 2021 Tour Kicks Off: 8 pm-10pm Wednesday, June 23. Thinking Tree Spirits, 88 Jackson St. $ 10.
  • SymphonyGo! : 4:30 p.m. to 6:50 p.m. on Wednesday June 23 and 30. Among the roses and under the gazebo of the Owen Rose Garden, 300 N. Jefferson St. Free. 541-687-9487 or
  • US Olympic Trials Walk: 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Springfield City Hall Plaza, 225 Fifth St. Reserve a spot on the course and register for events at
  • The Whiteaker Art Walk: 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday. Throughout Pentecost, west of downtown Eugene. Release.
  • “Summer: reflection of the season”: 10 am to 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday until July 31. White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St. Free. 541-345-3276 or
  • Berry season: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Lane County Farmers’ Market, Eighth Avenue and Oak Street.

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