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Holiday Happenings

November 17, 2016

Thursday, Nov. 17

The Holiday Night Market, a night of shopping to support local women in small business, fashion, beauty and craft vendors, 5-10pm today, at Venue 252, 252 Lawrence St. FREE.

Friday, Nov. 18

Fern Ridge Holiday Bazaar Weekend, food and crafts by local artisans, 9am-5pm today and Saturday, Nov. 21, 935-8443. FREE. Maps are available in Veneta at City Hall, Ray’s, Veneta-Fern Ridge Chamber of Commerce and most bazaar locations.

November 17, 2016

I can’t think Christmas without a deep chill running up my spine. I smell burning and I forget for a second where I’m standing.

Something bad, way back, deep. But swell things, too.

For Christma-phobes, stepping foot inside the year-round Christmas Treasures gift shop on the winding McKenzie River Highway is liable to send mean pulses of nostalgia through your being, and your heart into convulsive spasms, almost.

November 17, 2016

I’m pretty weary of the usual holiday fare — the warbling moppets, the repentant codgers, the treacle, the tinsel. And after 2016’s punishing slog? Please. I just can’t. 

So thank goodness Oregon Contemporary Theatre offers plenty of light-hearted laughs this season, with The Santaland Diaries and a visit from America’s favorite Dragapella Beauty Shop Quartet, the Kinsey Sicks.

November 19, 2015

Every year, a local conservation group turns an otherwise staid meeting hall into a winter wonderland. It’s not so much the decorations — if there are any, aside from nicely draped tables, I’ve never noticed — but rather the spirit with which the 300 or so attendees show up ready to enjoy themselves and spend money to support Cascadia Wildlands and its work to preserve Oregon’s forests and ecosystems. 

November 19, 2015

Eugene actor David Stuart Bull has been performing Dylan Thomas’ timeless story A Child’s Christmas in Wales for so long, people have forgotten exactly how long it’s been. 

Ib Hamide, owner of Café Soriah where Bull performs the piece, says 27 or 28 years. Bull says it’s been more than 30. “This will be, by my count, the 31st year,” Bull claims. 

What’s not debatable is that his annual performance of the piece is a local tradition.

November 19, 2015

It’s the holiday season, and all across town, stages start to sparkle with gyrating gumdrops, spinning snowflakes and leaping lions. So grab a hot cocoa in the lobby and settle in for a nice break from your to-do list as you take in some of this shimmery season of dance.

This is the biggest time of year for dance recitals for local studios, and these hard-working young dancers are gearing up to strut their stuff.

November 19, 2015

Thursday, Nov. 19

The Roving Park Players present A Christmas Carol, 7:30 pm today at Sheldon Oaks Retirement, 2525 Cal Young Rd.; and 7pm Nov. 20-22 at Good Samaritan Center, 3500 Hilyard, 735-7184. FREE.


Friday, Nov. 20

Fern Ridge & Veneta Annual Holiday Bazaar, food and crafts by local artisans, 9am-5pm today and Saturday, Nov. 21, 935-8443. FREE.

GOD plus nothing tour: An Evening of Inspirational Gospel Soul, 7:30pm, Hult Center. $30-$65.

November 19, 2015

Raising the Barre: Big Dreams, False Starts, & My Midlife Quest to Dance the Nutcracker (Da Capo Press) by local author Lauren Kessler begins with the moment, a little over a year ago, when — in the midst of her middle-aged working-mom life — Kessler gets a bee in her bonnet to dance The Nutcracker with the Eugene Ballet Company.

November 20, 2014

Friday, Nov. 21

Fern Ridge & Veneta Annual Holiday Bazaar, food and crafts by local artisans, 10am-7pm today and 10am-4pm Nov. 22, 541-935-8443.

Maude Kerns presents “Art for All Seasons” exhibit, Nov. 21 - Dec. 19, Opening Reception Nov. 21, 6-8pm, Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E. 15th Ave., 345-1571. FREE.

Annie, 7:30pm, Nov. 21, 22, 28, 29 & Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20; 2pm brunch matinees, Nov. 30 & Dec. 7, Actors Cabaret of Eugene, 996 Willamette St., 683-4368. $16-$42.95.


Saturday, Nov. 22

November 20, 2014

What combines dancing penguins, tightrope-walking snowmen, gravity-defying aerial feats, illusion, acrobatics and some good old-fashioned song and dance?

The answer is Cirque Dreams: Holidaze, featuring 20 such dizzying acts and lighting up the Hult Center stage Nov. 22 and 23.

November 20, 2014

Wanna catch a show? Holiday theater abounds in our suddenly festive town. This year local theaters are offering fun, family-friendly shows that aren’t necessarily Christmas-focused. Your options are as follows:


She Loves Me

Cottage Theatre is producing this sweet musical. She Loves Me is taken from the same story as the 1993 classic, Sleepless in Seattle. Fun music and dancing accompany the tale of corresponding sweethearts. The Cottage Theatre builds on a string of strong musicals, making this play a good bet. Dec. 5-21.

November 20, 2014

The Eugene Ballet Company has steadfastly delivered heartwarming performances of The Nutcracker in every one of its 35 seasons. Usually things go off without a hitch, though over the years there have been a few mishaps. 

“This is live performance,” says Toni Pimble, artistic director for EBC. “And the unexpected is always upon us.” 

November 20, 2014

Whether it’s tamales, suet pudding or even lutefisk, many Eugene families keep memories alive by preparing their favorite holiday foods. 

“We eat mushroom soup every Christmas Eve, in keeping with the Polish tradition of my husband’s family,” says Leigh Christiansen, who co-owns Eugene-based Calypso Fly Fishing Guide Service with her husband, Barrett Christiansen. “We gather chanterelles in the fall, and dry sauté and freeze them for our soup. This ritual is very dear to us.” 

November 20, 2014

There are plenty of traditional holiday sounds available this month, but happily, Eugene music organizations are also providing worthwhile alternatives when the wassail grows stale. 

The seasonal fare starts with the ever-popular University of Oregon holiday choral and gospel concerts Dec. 6-7 at Beall Concert Hall, featuring youthfully exuberant energy and traditional faves.

November 21, 2013

Friday, Nov. 22

Fern Ridge & Veneta Annual Holiday Bazaar, food and crafts by local artisans, 9am-5pm today and Nov. 23, 541-935-8443.

Maude Kerns presents “Art for All Seasons” exhibit, Nov. 22 - Dec. 20, Opening Reception Nov. 22, 6-8pm, FREE.


Saturday, Nov. 23

Holiday Market, hundreds of booths with handcrafted gifts, international food court and live music, 10am-6pm ongoing weekends until Dec. 24, Exhibit Hall, Lane County Fairgrounds, FREE.

November 21, 2013

As any owner of a house cat knows, it’s difficult to get cats to do anything — much less perform for an audience. But award-winning performer Gregory Popovich of The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater thinks he knows the secret: “You cannot push a cat to do something,” says Popovich, whose act has been voted Las Vegas’ Best New Family Show.  “As a trainer I have to see what [the cats] like to do and then create tricks” based on the natural habits of the animal.

November 21, 2013

A few years ago some friends and I were driving around on a cold wintry day and stopped by a popular place for hot cocoa, just for fun. The waiter, with great aplomb, opened a pack of Swiss Miss into a paper cup! We were astonished, and not just because of the flair with which he tore the paper packet, but because my friend spoke at length on the drive about how great the cocoa at this particular place was. How could she have been so wrong? 

November 21, 2013

An ugly holiday sweater is like eggnog and Macaulay Culkin — once a year they reappear and are enjoyed. “Tis the season, Marge! We only get 30 sweet noggy days. Then the government takes it away again,” Homer Simpson once pined, and few can match Homer’s lust for the holiday spirit(s). Except perhaps for one Derek Zinser, the man behind the inaugural Oregon’s Ugliest Sweater Run 5K on Dec. 15.

November 21, 2013

Like fragrant pines, candy canes and twinkle lights, The Nutcracker is a perennial symbol of the holiday season. Toni Pimble, artistic director for the Eugene Ballet Company, agrees. Most people tell her that without the ballet company’s annual performance, Christmas just wouldn’t be complete.

October 17, 2013

Endless overcast days and damp cold just aren’t sexy. And we’ve got how many months of the same to look forward to? 

There is, however, something romantic about soaking in a geothermal spring on the edge of a verdant forest while deer browse in a snow-covered field next to a mountain creek in high spate. It’s almost cliché. And even better after dark in a rock-lined pool with only your partner for company and a private cabin in the woods close by.

November 15, 2012

Thursday, Nov. 15

Vista Framing and Gallery Holiday Art show, jewelry, handcrafted boxes, furniture, paintings and digital photography, 10am-5:30pm today through Dec. 27 (closed Sundays), Vista Framing.

Fair Trade on Main, the 2012 Annual International Holiday Gift event, purchases of handcrafted items, chocolate, coffee and tea go towards helping artisans and farmers across the globe to earn a living wage, 5-7pm today, 11am-7pm Nov.16, 11am-6pm Nov. 17, 1072 Main Street, Springfield. 541-743-0657, FREE.

November 15, 2012

Earlier this year, the royal family of Qatar purchased Paul Cézanne’s painting “The Card Players” for a cool $250 million — the highest price ever paid for a painting. Fortunately, this holiday season, you don’t have to be part of the 1 percent to purchase a one-of-a-kind work of art. Nov. 16 marks the beginning of Maude Kerns’ 20th annual “Art for All Seasons” exhibit, with the majority of art for sale at prices for all budgets.

November 15, 2012

The holidays are a time to visit family, devour sugary treats and wear the ugliest clothes imaginable at social events. In an ironic way, of course. During the next month, Eugeneans will flock to ugly sweater parties, dressing in outlandish vintage apparel in an effort to out-ugly their fellow party-goers.