EVENTS: Native plant sale, metal concert in Salem this weekend

Concerts in Salem this weekend span folk to metalcore, and gardeners will have ample opportunity to stock up for the spring.

Here’s your guide to what’s happening Thursday, March 21, through Sunday, March 24.

Plant sale

On Friday and Saturday, Deepwood Museum & Gardens is having its annual Native Plant Sale with free guided tours of the nature trails. Vendors are selling native plant varieties that are typically hard to come by, according to Friends of Deepwood. There will also be yard decor and pottery to browse.

The sale will be in a large tent from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. There will be free guided tours on the trails at 10 a.m. and noon, and of the historic Formal Gardens at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

“This celebration of spring has been an annual event at Deepwood for decades and offers a unique combination of educational tours, experts to answer questions and treasured native plants to take home to your own garden,” said Yvonne Putze, Executive Director, Friends of Deepwood in a statement.

The museum is located at 1116 Mission St. S.E. at the edge of Bush’s Pasture Park.

The Yard, Garden & Home Show will be at the Oregon State Fairgrounds Friday-Sunday. The event, in the Jackman – Long Building at 2330 17th St. N.E. It will have shopping and demonstrations of outdoor, landscaping and gardening products. It will be Friday from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Parking is free.

Film screenings

On Thursday, “Women’s Adventure Film Tour” will show eight short films about women in adventure sports. Tickets are $7, and the films start at 7:30 p.m at Salem’s Historic Grand, 187 High St. N.E.

“Unlike traditional adventure films focusing solely on extreme feats, this tour aims to inspire everyone to step outside their comfort zone and challenge their boundaries – their personal Everest. It’s a celebration of bravery, perseverance, and the indomitable spirit within us,” an event description said. 

“Monument,” a documentary by local filmmaker Michael Turner, premiers at Salem Cinema Sunday, March 24, at 6 p.m. The film follows Turner on a personal journey as he visits a memorial dedicated to families members who died in the Holocaust. Tickets are $11 in advance or $14 day of.


McKay High School’s orchestra is holding a fundraiser concert Thursday at 7 p.m. with Marilyn de Oliveira and Trevor Fitzpatrick of the Oregon Symphony. The performance features Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto and is in Willamette University’s Smith Auditorium. Tickets are $25 general admission, $5 for students.

Chemeketa Community College presents Ukrainian world music quartet DakhaBrakha on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for seniors and $30 or adults.

On Friday, “Stars of the Voice” will take to the stage at Salem’s Historic Grand, featuring contestants from the NBC singing competition. Singers include Oregon’s Jacquie Roar, BIAS and Nini Iris. Tickets start at $75. Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show.

On Saturday, the Salem Public Library is hosting a Koto performance with storytelling by Masumi Timson, accompanied by cellist Joseph Harchenko.

“This all ages event will dive into the music, stories, and culture of Japan for families to enjoy,” the event description said.

The 2 p.m. show is free, and first come-first seated. The performance is at the Loucks Auditorium , 585 Liberty St. S.E.

Led Zepagain, a Led Zeppelin tribute, will play at the Elsinore Theatre on Saturday. The band has been praised by Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, according to the event description. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets start at $32.50.

Salem Symphonic Winds will perform the world premiere of a new band arrangement of Alan Hovhaness’s “The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyam” on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Rose Auditorium at South Salem High School. The performance will feature accordion soloist Tommy Thompson, and narrator Rebecca Fromherz. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 for seniors and $5 for students.

On Sunday, Mary Flower and the BBQ Boys jazz quartet will play at Salem’s Historic Grand. The Portland-based songwriter is known for her finger picking guitar work. Tickets are $25 online or $30 at the door. The show is at 8 p.m.


It’s the last weekend to see “The Prom” at the Pentacle Theatre. In the musical, four Broadway stars desperate for good publicity decide to support a small town high schooler’s effort to take her girlfriend to the prom, fighting against pressure from local parents.

Friday’s show is at 7:30 p.m. and there are shows at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets range from $22 to $50. Students and Oregon Trail Card holders are eligible for a 50% discount. The theater is located at 324 52nd Ave N.W.

At the Infinity Room on Friday, comedians will tell stories about crimes they’ve committed then sit down at an interrogation table for questioning by “veteran on the force” Korey David. Audience members can text in their own crimes to be read live on stage. “Interrogation: Comedians Tell True Crime Stories” starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The Infinity Room is at 210 Liberty St. S.E.

Eugene metalcore band Alamance will play at the Infinity Room on Saturday, joined by bands What Haunts You and Humaneyes. The show is 21+. Doors are at 7 p.m. for a 7:30 p.m. show. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

On Saturday, the “Men Next Door” will come to Salem’s Historic Grand. The Magic Mike experience includes choreographed costume acts and audience interaction, according to the event description. Tickets start at $19.95, and cash for tips is encouraged. Doors open at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. show.


Cherry City Roller Derby’s junior teams will play against Portland on Saturday. The Comets will play the Rose Petals at 3 p.m. and the Cherry Blossoms will play the Rose Buds All Stars at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 presale and $15 at the door. The bouts will be at 1335 Madison Street N.E.

Coming up

The Oregon State Capitol’s Spring Break Passport to Fun! Event will be Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29. Stamp your “passport” with free or discounted admission to the Willamette Heritage Center, Deepwood Museum and Gardens, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the World Beat Gallery. The Willamette Heritage Center will have a low-sensory day for people with disabilities on Monday, and a Spring Break Family Day with games and fiber arts demonstrations on Wednesday.

March art and culture exhibits

Contact reporter Abbey McDonald: [email protected] or 503-704-0355.

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Abbey McDonald joined the Salem Reporter in 2022. She previously worked as the business reporter at The Astorian, where she covered labor issues, health care and social services. A University of Oregon grad, she has also reported for the Malheur Enterprise, The News-Review and Willamette Week.

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