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Eugene Weekly : Calendar : 12.20.07

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The Nutcracker was Tchaikovsky's final ballet, and he wasn't thrilled to do it. But you can't walk into a grocery store this month without hearing it, such is its omnipresence. Hey, if you haven't already (What? Do you live under a rock? Are you buried in a book?), why not see the ballet this weekend, produced by our very own Eugene Ballet Company? And no, this is not the Nutcracker Suite; this is the whole dish, served up with rat kings, sugar plum fairies and leaping lifesize Russian nutcrackers. The "recorded music" version on Thursday may be cheaper (and a better deal for large groups), but we recommend the live orchestra accompaniment Friday through Sunday. It would make Tchaikovsky oh-so-much happier. See Thursday, Dec. 20 Calendar.

If you passed on both Actors Cabaret of Eugene's and Willamette Rep's A Christmas Carol this year out of sheer exhaustion from the subject matter (you too!), we can assure you the one-night, one-man show A Christmas Carol Solo, showing at the Eugene Garden Club, will not stick to the script. Englishman and amateur thespian Thomas Hutchinson (pictured below, as played by Al LePage) will usher you into a world where history, story and improv commingle in a refreshingly interactive evening, with proceeds benefitting the Lane County Historical Society & Museum. As Hutchinson plays all the roles (and may even wax historical on Eugene Skinner, among other things), come prepared for tangents and corners of Dickens' tale you may not be all too familiar with. See Thursday, Dec. 20 Calendar.

The Man Show invades Diablo's Downtown Lounge, and this is news? Well, it is if you're being weighed down by the pressure to perform this holiday season (with the gifts and cheer, you pervs!) and need to let off some hearty guffaws. With comedians Andy Andrist, Richard Bain and Kristine Lavine rocking the mic with their Christmas cheerleading and Kevin Kimmel (pictured left) following in his father's boxer shorts as host, this is one hilarious holiday salve for your funny bones. See Thursday, Dec. 20 Calendar.


Sunrise 7:44am; Sunset 4:36pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33

BENEFIT Jazz Station Holiday Party & Benefit Jazz Jam, feat. Gus Russell, Olem Alves, Chris Orsinger and many more, 7pm, The Jazz Station. $10-$50 sug. don.

COMEDY Christmas Comedy Showcase, feat. Richard Bain, Kevin Kimmel and Andy Andrist, 8pm, Diablo's Downtown Lounge. 21+. $5.

DANCE Eugene Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker, 7pm today (recorded music); 8pm tomorrow & Dec. 22; 2:30pm Dec. 22 & 23, Hult Center. $18-$45; $12-$27 today only.

FOOD/DRINK Wine tasting: Warm, bold wines, 5pm-9pm, WineStyles. $5.

GATHERINGS Democratic Party of Lane County meeting, 6:30pm, Council Chambers, 680 Greenwood St., Junction City. FREE.

KIDS/FAMILIES "Landscape painting" art clinic w/Kim Jarvis, for grades 1-5, 3pm, Springfield Library. Register at Youth Services Desk. FREE.

MUSIC The Memory Tones, 12:15pm, Hult Center lobby. FREE.

Third Thursday Minimal Techno Night, 8pm-11pm, Wandering Goat. FREE.

Devon Williams, 8pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

David Jacobs-Strain, 9pm, Sam Bond's. $7.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses the alchemy of chocolate, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

"New Dimensions" discusses "Finding Courage When Your Life Turns Upside Down," w/Jan Yanehiro, 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.

"Merry Beatles, A Cool Yule w/the Fab Four," jazz musicians cover Beatles songs, 10pm-1am, KLCC 89.7 FM.

THEATER "A Celtic Holiday," feat. music by Linda Danielson & Chico Schwall and storytelling w/David Stuart Bull, 9:30pm today; 3pm tomorrow & Dec. 22, Café Soriah. 342-4410. $10.

"A Christmas Carol Solo," 1856 Victorian-style w/Al LePage, proceeds benefit Lane County Historical Society, 7pm, Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St. $8.



Sunrise 7:45am; Sunset 4:37pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33

DANCE Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene, 9pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

EBC's The Nutcracker continues. See Thursday, Dec. 20.

FOOD/DRINK Wine tasting: Patricia Green Cellars (pinot noir), 3pm-10pm today & tomorrow, Oregon Wine Warehouse. $15+.

Wine tasting: Port and champagne, 5pm-7pm, The Broadway, 200 W Broadway. FREE.

Wine tasting: Yarra Ridge (Australia) wines, 4pm-6pm, WineStyles. FREE.

Wine tasting: German & Italian small vineyards, 6:30pm-8:30pm, Midtown Marketplace. FREE.

Vegan potluck & White Elephant gift exchange, 7pm, McNail-Riley House. 341-1690. Bring utensils & plates.

GATHERINGS Rally to Save Old Growth Trees from the W.O.P.R., noon-1:30pm at the new federal courthouse, 405 E. 8th; 2:30pm-3:30pm at BLM bldg., 2890 Chad Dr. FREE.

Individuating Humans open meeting, topic: one's own virgin birth, 7pm, EWEB. 726-6215. FREE.

Winter Solstice Goddess Celebration, song, dance, ritual & more, 7pm, WOW Hall. www.eugenewintersolstice.com or 463-0943. $5-$13, $2 under age 15, FREE under 8.

MUSIC Wordless Guitar Solstice Celebration w/Brian Cutean, 5:30pm, Tsunami Books. FREE.

Hot Club of Eugene, 9:30pm, Sam Bond's. 21+. $5.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses the solstice w/Richard Moeschl, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

SOCIAL DANCES Salsa dance, 9pm, Tango Center, 194 W. Broadway. $5.

THEATER A Christmas Carol, Broadway musical version, 7:30pm today & tomorrow, Actors Cabaret. 683-4368. $14-$17, $30.95-$32.95 (dinner seating).

The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever, 7:30pm today & tomorrow; 2pm tomorrow, Actors Cabaret Youth Stage, 39 W. 10th Ave. 683-4368. $11, $8 under age 12.

"A Celtic Holiday" continues. See Thursday, Dec. 20.



Sunrise 7:45am; Sunset 4:37pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33

BENEFIT Solstice Kundalini Yoga, benefit for FOOD for Lane County, 8:30am-noon, Yoga West, 3635 Hilyard. 344-8332. $7-$14.

DANCE EBC's The Nutcracker continues. See Thursday, Dec. 20.

FOOD/DRINK Saturday Samplers: Spiced & mulled wines, noon, Wine Styles. FREE.

OWW's wine tasting continues. See Friday.

GATHERINGS Saturday Market's Holiday Market, 10am-6pm, featuring hundreds of booths, international food court and performances by Mary Ferris & Friends, 10:30am; Janet Naylor, 11:30am; Kef, 12:30pm; Eugene Recorder Ensemble, 1:30pm; Halie Loren & Matt Treder, 2:30pm; Craig Einhorn Trio, 3:30pm; David Bowers Colony, 4:45pm. In the Holiday Hall: Laurie McCloskey, noon; Eagle Park Slim, 2pm; Brian Cutean, 4pm, Lane County Fairgrounds.    www.holidaymarket.orgFREE.

Holiday Farmers' Market, 10am-6pm today & tomorrow, Lane County Fairgrounds. 431-4923. FREE.

Winter Solstice at Dorris Ranch, feat. lighting of yule log, short hike, ceremony, potluck, 4:30pm-6:30pm, Dorris Ranch, S. 2nd and Dorris St., Spfd. 736-4544. $3 sug. don.

Miracle Lights Tour of Outdoor Holiday Decorations, 7:30pm today & tomorrow, departing from ShopKo, off Coburg Rd. Register, 688-0454. $4, $3 under age 12.

KIDS/FAMILIES Eugene Ballet Company presents "Nutcracker Tea," 12:30pm today & tomorrow, Studio at the Hult Center. 682-5000. $20-$25.

LITERARY ARTS Winter Solstice Nature Readings, bring your own writings & stories, or just come to listen, 6pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum. $5 sug. don.

MUSIC Atrium Amateur Hour: Eugene Highlander's Bagpipe Band, 2pm, Atrium, 10th & Olive. FREE.

TRIM presents a "Carols & Songs Across Cultures & Faiths" sing-along, 6:30pm, Eugene Hotel. 344-5693. FREE.

Improvised instrumental music by Sabrina Siegel & Jeff Kaiser, 8pm, DIVA. $3-$5.

Cabinessence, Celilo, 9:30pm, Sam Bond's. 21+. $5.

Sonny & The Moonlighters, 10pm, Cozmic Pizza. $3-$5.

OUTDOORS/RECREATION Obsidians trip: Odell overlook, snowshoe, 3 miles. See YMCA board for details/sign-up sheet.

SPIRITUAL Essene Gosphel of Peace discussion group, noon, call 942-9898 for directions. FREE.

THEATER "A Celtic Holiday" continues. See Thursday, Dec. 20.

ACE's A Christmas Carol continues. See Friday.

The Best Christmas Pagaent Ever continues. See Friday.



Sunrise 7:46am; Sunset 4:38pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33

DANCE EBC's The Nutcracker continues. See Thursday, Dec. 20.

FILM Mr. Sean's Cartoon Club Winter Special, 12:45pm, Bijou Cinemas. $4.

GATHERINGS Saturday Market's Holiday Market, 10am-6pm, featuring hundreds of booths, international food court and performances by Invincible Vincent, 10:30am; Shades of Blue, 11:30am; Ken Silverman, 12:30pm; Sweet River, 1:45pm; Gus Russell Trio, 3:15pm; Dave's Not Here, 4:45pm. In the Holiday Hall: Glenn Falkenberg, noon; David Rogers, 2pm; Semisweet, 4pm, Lane County Fairgrounds. www.holidaymarket.orgFREE.

KIDS/FAMILIES EBC's "Nutcracker Tea" continues. See Saturday.

MUSIC Eddie Bodine, 8pm, Cozmic Pizza. $2.

Ehren Ebbage, 8:30pm, Sam Bond's. 21+. $3-$5.



Sunrise: 7:46am; Sunset 4:38pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33

GATHERINGS Saturday Market's Holiday Market, 10am-4pm, featuring hundreds of booths, international food court and performances by Sharon Rogers, 10:30am; The Rosen Sisters, 11:30am; Linda Danielson/Sharon Rogers/Chico Schwall, 12:30pm; Cigarbox Jerry & Ukulele Adams, 1:30pm; Americanistan, 3pm. In the Holiday Hall: Eagle Park Slim, noon; Karen Stingle, 2pm, Lane County Fairgrounds. www.holidaymarket.orgFREE.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses rebuilding watersheds & forest environments w/David Milarch, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

SPIRITUAL Spiritual Growth Center's Christmas Eve candlelighting & music program, 6pm, SGC, 390 Vernal St. 485-0035. FREE.



Sunrise 7:46am; Sunset 4:39pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" presents a special holiday program, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

"Alternative Radio" presents Jeremy Scahill: "Blackwater: Mercenary Army," 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.



Sunrise 7:47am; Sunset 4:40pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

FILM Heckler's Movie Night: Tango & Cash, 7pm, Wandering Goat. FREE.

KIDS/FAMILIES Invincible Vince's Magic Show, 2pm today at Sheldon Community Center; 2pm tomorrow at Bethel Library; 2pm Dec. 28 at Downtown Library. FREE.

MUSIC John Prine sing-along, 9pm, Sam Bond's. 21+. $3-$5.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses Slow Food movement w/Catarina Moore, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.



Sunrise 7:47am; Sunset 4:41pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

FOOD/DRINK Wine tasting: sparkling wines, 5pm-9pm, WineStyles. $5.

GATHERINGS Weapon of Choice: VOICE, open mic, 7pm, Morning Glory Café, 450 Willamette. FREE.

KIDS/FAMILIES The Reptile Man (Richard Ritchie) visits with his snakes, tortoises, lizards & more, 1pm and 3pm, Springfield Library. 726-2287. FREE.

Book Buddies book grouup (for grades 2-3): Tippy Lemmey by Patricia C. McKissack, 4pm, Downtown Library. 682-8316. FREE.

Tween Scene book group (for grades 4-6): Shakespeare's Secret by Elise Broach, 4pm, Downtown Library. 682-8316. FREE.

Invincible Vince's Magic Show continues. See Wednesday.

LECTURE "Freedom from the Food Fight," info. on food & body issues, Donna Stevens, 7pm-9pm, Unity of the Valley Church. 434-6607 x2. FREE.

MUSIC Preview of Eugene Opera's The Magic Flute, 12:15pm, Hult Center. FREE.

Messiah sing-through, followed by flaming plum pudding, 7pm, Church of the Resurrection. 686-8462. FREE.

Mood Area 52, 9pm, Sam Bond's. $5.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses the power of herbs in treating cancers, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

"New Dimensions" discusses "Finding Your Inner Compass," w/Joan Borysenko, 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.



Note - Continuation dates for out-of-town events are listed under the first day of the event.

THURSDAY, DEC. 20 Procrastinator's Night Out, holiday gift show, 5:30pm-8pm, The ArtsCenter, 700 SW Madison. 754-1551. FREE.

FRIDAY, DEC. 21 Jubilate! women's choir winter concerts, 6pm & 8pm, Unitarian Universalist Church, 2945 NW Circle. FREE.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22 A Holiday Evening with soprano Janet Hackett and Friends, 7pm, First Congregational United Church of Christ. FREE.

MONDAY, DEC. 24 Celtic Christmas Eve, w/four course prix fixe meal, 5pm-8pm, Fireworks Restaurant. 754-6958.

Christmas Caroling, 7pm, Whitespires Church, 510 5th Ave SW. FREE.

TUESDAY, DEC. 25 Holiday Dinner, 2pm, Corvallis Senior Center. RSVP, 766-6959. $8.



THURSDAY, DEC. 20 Nick Jaina, The Builders & The Butchers, The Golden Bears, 9pm, Doug Fir Lounge, PDX. 21+. $8.

FRIDAY, DEC. 21 Third Friday Céilí, feat. Eddie Parente, 8pm, PPAA Building, 618 SE Alder St., PDX. $10, $8 stu.

"A Soulful Christmas" w/Brian Culbertson, Gerald Albright, Howard Hewett, Nick Colionne and Victoria White, 8pm, Crystal Ballroom, PDX. www.asoulfulxmas.comStephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Blitzen Trapper, 9pm, Doug Fir Lounge, PDX. 21+. $15.

Kevin Selfe & The Tornadoes, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats. FREE.

SATURDAY, DEC. 22 One Horse Shy, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats. FREE.



Lane County Board of Commissioners seeks community members to serve on the Community Health Council. Term is four years. Application deadline is Jan. 4.

The Embrace of Warmth blanket drive seeks donations. Drop off at Cozmic Pizza. hutchhaven@comcast.net or 541-915-0902.

McCornack Elementary 5th graders will pick up your used Christmas tree on Dec. 29-30 and Jan. 5-6 or 12-13. $6 green trees, $10 flocked trees. http://schools.4j.lane.edu/mccornackor 543-5510 to schedule pick-up.