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Eugene Weekly : Calendar : 12.27.07





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Perhaps Mozart's The Magic Flute would have been the first scenic production with a preview announcer boasting "In a land where nothing is as it seems …" for it finds the prince Tamino in a quest to rescue The Queen of the Night's daughter, Pamina, from Sarastro. While Tamino readily assumes the queen is good and the captor evil, once he actually meets Sarastro, he kind of likes the dude. Eugene Opera's take on Mozart's beloved fairy tale promises a "completely new production of a timeless masterpiece;" however, we were hard-pressed to find the "new" elements. From the poster, we speculate this means the production will be set in the ancient Mayan jungles, complete with the animal-skin insinuations that should bring to the costumes. We look forward to hearing South Korea native Eun Hee Kim (pictured) sing the soprano Pamina and, as always, seeing the goofy antics of Papageno (played by Andrew Wilkowske) distracting Tamino in his own foppish ways. The Magic Flute plays Saturday, Sunday and Monday (with a special NYE gala to follow) at — where else? — the Hult Center. See Saturday Calendar.



The wind blows a hard bargain these drippy December nights. So, naturally it's the coziness factor that attracts us to the final Last Friday ArtWalk of aught seven. For those of you just tuning in, this is where ten to 20 venues of art (whether they be studios, coffeeshops, clothing stores, hostels or private homes) open their doors and welcome you into their worlds, where art reigns over the rain and sometimes tasty snacks and warm beverages await your consumption. Feel free to visit Kiki Metzler's Polk Street studio to find whimsically-painted eggs (pictured) with creatures of all stars and stripes portrayed. There's travel photos by Tim Giraudier at Wandering Goat and mystical wizard paitings by Charlie Meckel at Art of Glass for your further speculation. And more, oh so much more. See Friday Calendar.


Two gigs at the WOW Hall this weekend showcase the eternal workhorse of the music industry: the electric guitar. Jerry Joseph (pictured top) wields his battle ax on Friday, while hardcore jam-rockers Garaj Mahal (pictured below) push the boundaries of cross-faded guitar solos on Saturday. The Washington Post describes Joseph as "John Mellencamp's older, wiser and psychologically mixed-up sibling," but we like to hope this Portland native has a presence a bit less adult contemporary than Mellencamp. Garaj Mahal, on the other hand, work too well as an ensemble to tromp the solo route, having garnered enough awards (Blueberry Cave, their latest release, won the Independent Music Award's Best Jam Album earlier this year) to merit these globetrotting fusion funkers a certified fan base. Of course, The Floydian Slips' NYE show at the McDonald will also be a garden of guitar delights. See Calendar.







THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27

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.

Invincible Vince's Magic Show, 2pm today at Bethel Library; 2pm tomorrow at Downtown Library. 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.

LECTURE "Freedom from the Food Fight," info. on food & body issues, Donna Stevens, 7pm, 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, The Weiner Kids w/Adam Goldthwaite, 9pm, Sam Bond's. $5.

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

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

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 28

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

ARTS/VISUAL Last Friday Artwalk, self-guided tour through many venues around town, 6pm-9pm. For details and locations go to www.lastfridayartwalk.org6pm openings include paintings by Charlie Meckel, Art of Glass. 7pm openings include photography by Tim Girandier, The Wandering Goat.

FILM Fourth Friday Family Film Fest, 7pm, Spencer Creek Grange, McBeth & Lorane Hwys. 341-1709 for film listing. Don.

FOOD/DRINK Wine tasting: Oregon wines, 5pm-7pm, The Broadway, 200 W Broadway. FREE.

Wine tasting: Champagne, 6:30pm, Midtown Marketplace. FREE.

KIDS/FAMILIES Invincible Vince's Magic Show continues. See Thursday, Dec. 27.

MUSIC Total Hip, Tempting Fate, Mack "Daddy" Singleton, 7pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5 sug. don.

Goodvibes Jazz Duo w/Charles Dowd & Tracy Freeze, 8:30pm today, tomorrow and Dec. 31, Perugino. FREE.

Jerry Joseph Band, Lewi Longmire Band, 9pm, WOW Hall. $12 adv., $15 door.

Dan Jones, The Femurs, 9:30pm, Sam Bond's. 21+. $5.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses the difference between good cars and "lemons," 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

SOCIAL DANCES Baby Boomers Social Club dance, 7:30pm, Vet's Club Ballroom. 461-0319. $8.

Salsa dance w/DJ's Herman & Barb, 9pm, Tango Center, 194 W. Broadway. $5.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 29

Sunrise 7:47am; Sunset 4:42pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33

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

Spanish Family Style Dinner, 6:30pm, Iraila's. www.iraila.com

OWW's wine tasting continues. See Friday.

GATHERINGS "Hypnosis for Childbirth" introductory clinic, 10am, 1850 W. 24th. Register, 514-3042. FREE.

MUSIC Atrium Amateur Hour: Ring Out with Recorders, 2pm, Atrium, 10th & Olive. FREE.

Garaj Mahal, Matt Butler's S.E.E., 9pm, WOW Hall. $14 adv., $16 door.

Jesse Marquez and Mike Denny, 9pm, Luna. 21+. $8.

Benefit concert for the McGinnis Trust, feat. Sik 9, Northwest Royale, Bluntpoint, Pistol Whipped Prophets, Bloodwell, 9pm, Latitude 21. 21+. $6.

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

Goodvibes Jazz Duo continues. See Friday.

OUTDOORS/RECREATIONObsidians trip: Marilyn Lake Loop, X-ski, 4.5 miles. See YMCA board for details/sign-up sheet.

SOCIAL DANCES Traditional Irish Set Dance, lessons & music, 7pm, World Café. 687-4778. Don.

Jose Cruz salsa dance, 9pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

THEATER Eugene Opera presents Mozart's The Magic Flute, 7:30pm today; 2:30pm tomorrow; 7:30pm Dec. 31, Hult Center. 682-5000. $20-$65.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 30

Sunrise 7:48am; Sunset 4:44pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

MUSIC African Children's Choir, 11am, New Life Church, 2080 19th St., Spfd. FREE.

Moon Mountain Ramblers, 7pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

Water Tower String Band, Jasper Mountain, 8:30pm, Sam Bond's. 21+. $3-$5.

OUTDOORS/RECREATION Obsidians trip: Midnight Lake Loop, X-ski, 6 miles. See YMCA board for details/sign-up sheet.

SPIRITUAL Burning Bowl Ceremony, an opportunity for release and renewal, 10:30am, Spiritual Growth Center, 390 Vernal St. 485-0035. FREE.

THEATER Eugene Opera's The Magic Flute continues. See Saturday.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 31

Sunrise: 7:48am; Sunset 4:43pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

GATHERING Eugene Opera's New Year's Eve Gala, following the performance of Magic Flute, 10pm, Hult Center. 682-5000. $60.

MUSIC Americanistan w/Luminessah belly dancers, 6:30pm-9pm, Iraila's. 684-8400. FREE.

Satin Love Orchestra, 8pm, Eugene Hilton. $20 adv., $25 door.

Jesse Marquez and The Mike Denny Quintet, 8:30pm, Luna. 21+. $10 adv., $12 door.

Faerieworlds New Years Masquerade Ball, feat. Woodland, The Wicker Men, Chris Murdoch, 8:30pm, WOW Hall. $18 adv., $20 door.

Floydian Slips, 9pm, McDonald Theatre. $20 adv., $25 door.

Samba Ja, Ala Nar, 9pm, Cozmic Pizza. $8, $6 w/costume.

Hillstomp, Heavenly Oceans, The Whopner County Country All-Stars, 9pm, John Henry's. 21+. $5.

Wetsock, Rhythm Pimps, 9pm, Wetlands Brewpub. 21+. $5.

Los Mex Pistols del Norte, Touch Force, Ed Cole & The Underlings, Tom Heinl, 9:30pm, Sam Bond's. 21+. $5.

Eleven Eyes, Disco Organica, 9:30pm, Luckey's. 21+. $5-$10.

The Johnson Unit, DJ Supa J, 9pm, Diablo's Downtown Lounge. 21+. $6.

Goodvibes Jazz Duo continues. See Friday.

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

SOCIAL DANCE New Year's Eve Milonga, tango dance, 8pm-1am, Tango Center. $5.

SPIRITUAL "Remember, Release and Renew," chant, dance & stillness, 7pm, Unity of the Valley, 39th & Hilyard. 767-0953. Don.

THEATER Eugene Opera's The Magic Flute continues. See Saturday.

 

TUESDAY, JANUARY 1

Sunrise 7:48am; Sunset 4:45pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

GATHERINGS First Tai Chi practice of the new year, w/Machiko Shirai, 1pm, EWEB Reservoir, 26th & Lawrence. 683-8626. FREE.

Compassionate Friends support group, 7pm, PeaceHealth, 1162 Willamette. 689-1626. FREE.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses the path to fitness & recovery from meth addiction, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

"Alternative Radio" presents Stephen Kinzer: "Iran: The 1953 American Coup," 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.

OUTDOORS/RECREATIONObsidians trip: Tahkenitch State Park, hike, 6.5 miles. See YMCA board for details/sign-up sheet.

GEARs sponsors a Polar Bear Ride, 9am, meet at 5th St. Public Market. www.eugenegears.com

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2

Sunrise 7:48am; Sunset 4:46pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

FILM Heckler's Movie Night: Ants, starring Suzanne Somers, 7pm, The Wandering Goat. FREE.

GATHERINGS "Changing the Mental Health System in Lane County," moderated discussion, 5:30pm, 2nd Floor, 454 Willamette. 345-9106. FREE.

MUSIC The Devil Makes Three, The Bad Mitten Orchestre, 9pm, WOW Hall. $10 adv., $12 door.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses the housing loan crisis, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

OUTDOORS/RECREATIONObsidians trip: Kalapuya Talking Stones, hike, 6 miles. See YMCA board for details/sign-up sheet.

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 3

Sunrise 7:48am; Sunset 4:45pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

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

GATHERINGS Paradise RV Show, 10am-7pm today & tomorrow; 10am-8pm Jan. 5; 11am-6pm Jan. 6, Lane County Fairgrounds. FREE.

Presentation on snowshoeing & cross country skiing, 2:30pm, Campbell Center, 155 High St. www.eugene-or.gov/recenrollFREE.

Teen Gaming Afternoon, 1pm-3pm, Downtown Library. 682-8316. FREE.

MUSIC Show tunes with Kaitlyn Sage, 12:15pm, Hult Center lobby. FREE.

ON THE AIR "The Jefferson Exchange" discusses low-budget films w/Ed Polish, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

"New Dimensions" discusses "Practice and Grace: The Oness Blessing," w/Arjuna Ardagh, 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.

 

CORVALLIS EVENTS

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

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 Anne of Green Gables, 7:30pm today, tomorrow and Dec. 31 & Jan. 3-5; 2:30pm Dec. 30 & Jan. 6, Majestic Theatre. www.corvalliscommunitytheatre.org$10, $9 stu., sr. ($30 for Dec. 31 show, benefit for Community Outreach Inc.).

MONDAY, DEC. 31 New Years Eve Hoof 'n Holler Bull Ride & Dance, 7:30pm, Linn Co. Fair & Expo Center, Albany. www.wildwesteventsinc.comNYE Four Course Prix Fixe meal, 6pm & 9pm, FireWorks Restaurant. Reserve, 754-6958.

 

ON THE ROAD

FRIDAY, DEC. 28 The Dimes, Ehren Ebbage, 5pm, Imbibe, PDX. FREE.

Climber, Blue Skies for Black Hearts, The Fast Computers, 9pm, Doug Fir Lounge, PDX. 21+. $7.

Kita Montgomery & The Lb. 4 Lb. Band, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats. FREE.

Collin Raye, 7pm today & tomorrow, Three Rivers Casino, Florence. 21+. www.threeriverscasino.com$17.50-$25.

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 An All-Star PDX tribute to The Cure, 9pm, Doug Fir Lounge, PDX. 21+. $10.

I-Chele & The Circle of Light, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats. FREE.

SUNDAY, DEC. 30 African Children's Choir, 6:30pm, Harrisburg Christian Church, 601 Smith St., Harrisburg. FREE.

MONDAY, DEC. 31 Pink Martini, Jane Powell, 7pm & 10:30pm, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, PDX. 503-224-4400. $27.50+.

Wu Tang Clan, Cool Nutz, Sandpeople, 9pm, Roseland Theater, PDX. www.doubletee.comEl Debarge, Lakeside, 9pm, Crystal Ballroom, PDX. 21+. www.mcmenamins.comCracker, Camper Van Beethoven, 9pm, Doug Fir Lounge, PDX. 21+. www.dougfirlounge.comKevin Selfe & The Tornadoes, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats. FREE.

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 2 African Children's Choir, 7pm, U.S. Basketball Academy, 54705 McKenzie Hwy., Blue River. FREE.

THURSDAY, JAN. 3 Boy Eats Drum Machine, Siberian, Day of Lions, 9pm, Doug Fir Lounge, PDX. 21+. $8.

 

ATTN: OPPORTUNITIES

Lane LGBT asks for volunteers to assist Oregon couples register as domestic partners between 7am-4:30pm on Jan. 2 at the Lane County Public Service Bldg. at 8th and Oak. Contact Becky Flynn at becky@basicrights.org or 513-9012 to sign up for a shift.

Lane County Bus Project invites you to participate in the Rebooting Democracy '08 conference in Portland Jan. 11-13. www.engageoregon.com

Eugene Concert Choir and Vocal Arts Ensemble will hold auditions for new members on Jan. 10 at Grace Lutheran Church. 687-6865 or www.eugeneconcertchoir.org

The Volunteer Tutor Program at LCC seeks Literacy Tutors for Adult Basic Education and ESL students. The next orientation is 4:30pm, Jan. 8 at LCC Downtown Center. 463-5919.

Opportunities to register for the rural outreach program of the Master Recyler program at LCC's Cottage Grove campus are now available. 942-4202. Registration ends Dec. 31.