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Eugene Weekly : Calendar : 12.18.08





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This is the seventh year Eugene’s Kudana marimba ensemble has staged a benefit concert for famine relief for Zimbabwe, but this year’s event is even more critical. With a cholera epidemic claiming victims in rapid succession, a delusional regime that won’t take responsibility and widespread starvation and dehydration, it is a good time to give anything you can at this concert (also featuring Deb Cleveland and the Vipers, pictured), silent auction, craft sale and tabling by the benefiting nonprofits. 7 pm Saturday, Dec. 20, at Cozmic Pizza. $10-$20 sliding scale.



We scoured the interwebs for something new and fresh to say about the Eugene Ballet Company’s production of Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker, but we couldn’t find anything. There’s nothing new or fresh about the dance of the sugarplum fairies or the Nutcracker’s triumphant defeat of the Mouse King, and that’s why we like it. Like the dropping of the ball in Times Square, the holidays wouldn’t be complete without a family outing to the ballet to witness the Russian fairytale. And the music by the Eugene Symphony Orchestra and Oregon Festival Choirs is sure to bring back many nostalgic memories. 7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 19; 2 pm and 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 20, and Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Hult Center. $22+.


It’s easy to be a Scrooge this year: All we think about is money … notably the lack of it. Global warming? Universal health coverage? Alternative energy sources? Snooooooooze. To Scrooges, this world runs on capital, not peace, love and understanding. For scrounging Scrooges and hapless Bob Crachits, there’s never a better reason to check out Actors Cabaret’s Broadway musical version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The Victorian morality tale ramps up the energy with a cast of more than 30 that is sure to be, according to the hyperventilating press release, “nothing short of a Christmas card come to life!” 7:30 pm Friday, Dec. 19; 2 pm & 7:30 pm Saturday, Dec. 20; 2 pm Sunday, Dec. 21, at the Hult Center. $17-$22.







THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18

Sunrise 7:43am; Sunset 4:36pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33, SnarkCast: PROBAIT

Benefit Willamette Jazz Society’s Holiday Party & Fundraiser, feat. wine, food, music, 6:30pm, Jo Federigo’s. $20-$50.

Film Seniors in the Movies: Venus, 2:45pm, Campbell Center. FREE.

Food/drink Wine tasting: Wines for a “Long winter’s nap,” 5pm-9pm, WineStyles. $5.

kids/family December art class w/Kim Jarvis, 3:30pm, Springfield Library. Register at Youth Services Desk. FREE.

literary arts UO Bookstore fiction book group: Hearts of Horses by Molly Gloss, 6pm, Napoli’s. FREE.

Music “A Celtic Holiday,” feat. music by Linda Danielson & Chico Schwall and storytelling w/David Stuart Bull, 9:30pm today and Dec. 22-23; 3pm tomorrow and Dec. 20, Café Soriah. RSVP, 342-4410. $10.

Break As We Fall, 7pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

On the air “New Dimensions” presents “Dreaming Your Way to Higher Consciousness” with Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche, 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.

Social dance Cajun & Zydeco dance, feat. Cedryl Ballou & the Zydeco Trendsetters, 7pm lesson, 8pm dance, Rock ‘n Rodeo, 7th & Willamette. $10 adv., $12 door.

 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19

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

Arts/visual Live drawing session, 7pm, New Zone Gallery. $5.

benefit Miracle Lights Tour, benefits Children’s Miracle Network, 7:15pm today & tomorrow, meet at Shopko parking lot on Coburg Road. RSVP, 688-0454. $4, $3 under age 12.

dance Eugene Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker, 7:30pm today; 2pm & 7:30pm tomorrow & Dec. 21, Hult Center. $22+.

Middle Eastern Dance Guild of Eugene, feat. Raven, 8:30pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5 sug. don.

Food/drink Wine tasting: La Dolce Vita and Namesté, 5pm-7pm, WineStyles. FREE.

Ye Old Christmas Feaste, w/entertainment by Royale Jester, Lords & Ladies, 6:30pm today & tomorrow, Thurston High School cafeteria. 744-5141. $15.

Vegan potluck, 7pm, McNail-Riley House. 341-1690. FREE.

gatherings City Club Friday Forum: “The Opera: Adventures in the Underworld,” w/Eugene Opera Artistic Director Mark Beudert, 11:50am, Downtown Athletic Club. $5.

Kids/family Winter Solstice Celebration, feat. storytelling by Esther Stutzman, dancing by Chinese American Benevolent Association’s Lion Dancers and the Eugene Taiko Drummers, lecture on Roman Saturnalia, crafts and more, 5pm-8pm, Museum of Natural & Cultural History, UO. $3/person, $8 family (FREE UO stu., staff).

music Bobby Six Crows plays “Santa’s Blues,” 4pm today and Dec. 26, Don Kahuna’s, 720 Main St., Spfd. FREE.

“The Christmas Cello,” holiday concert & CD release party w/Dale Bradley, Doc Justice & Friends, 6pm, The Moon Upstairs, 228 Main, Spfd. FREE.

Proven, Monday with a Bullet, New World Sinner, Dark Iron Legacy, 9pm, WOW Hall. $8 adv., $10 door.

“A Celtic Holiday” continues. See Thursday, Dec. 18.

On the air “The Jefferson Exchange” discusses the legitimacy of precognition, telepathy & out-of-body experiences, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

“Latent ‘80s” presents “An ‘80s Christmas” w/John Strieder, 8pm, KWVA 88.1 FM.

Social dance Waltz open dance w/lesson, 8:30pm, StaverDanceSport. $10.

Spiritual “Dr. James Garrison’s The Emerging Planetary Wisdom Culture,” screening, discussion & refreshments, 7pm, Inside Edge Program, CSL, 390 Vernal St. www.InsideEdge-Eugene.org $5-$8.

Theater Actors Cabaret presents A Christmas Carol, Broadway musical version, 7:30pm today; 2pm and 7:30pm tomorrow; 2pm Dec. 21, Hult Center. 682-5000. $17-$22, $14-$18 sr., child under age 12.

Lord Leebrick Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, 7:30pm today & tomorrow; 2pm Dec. 21, Wildish Theater, Spfd. 465-1506. $17, $14 sr., $12 stu.

Nunsense, 8pm today & tomorrow, Cottage Theater, Cottage Grove. www.cottagetheatre.org or 942-8001. $18, $17 stu., sr.

 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 20

Sunrise 7:44am; Sunset 4:37pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33, SnarkCast: JILLY

Benefits Benefit concert for famine relief in Zimbabwe, feat. Deb Cleveland & The Vipers, Kudana, craft sales, silent auction, 7pm, Cozmic Pizza. $10-$20.

Miracle Lights Tour continues. See Friday.

Comedy The Comedy Workout presents “Only 30 Shopping Days Until the Inauguration,” 8pm, Diablo’s. 21+. $5.

dance Eugene Ballet Co.’s The Nutcracker continues. See Friday.

Farmers’ market Holiday farmers’ market, 10am-6pm Saturdays & Sundays through Dec. 21, Lane County Fairgrounds. FREE.

Hideaway farmers’ market, 9am-2pm Saturdays through Dec. 27, 3377 E. Amazon (behind Mazzi’s). FREE.

Film The Met LIVE in HD: Thaïs, starring Renée Fleming, 9am, Cinemark 17. $24, $22 sr., $16 child. 

Food/drink Port tasting & clinic, 2pm, WineStyles. $15.

Ninkasi Holiday Beer Maker’s Dinner, 6pm, Koho Bistro. RSVP, 681-9335.

Olde Christmas Feast continues. See Friday.

gatherings Saturday Market’s Holiday Market, featuring performances by Rich Glauber, 10:30am; Oak Hill Choir, 11:30am; Sacred Harp Singers, 12:30pm; The Traceys, 1:45pm; Adam & Kris, 3:15pm; Gypsy Moon, 4:45pm, 10am-6pm, Lane County Fairgrounds. www.holidaymarket.org FREE.

Veterans Holiday Party: Lane County veterans and veterans’ families invited to attend, 10am-4pm, The Eugene Armory, 2515 Martin Luther King Blvd. FREE.

“Intro to the Internet, part one” computer clinic, 10am, Downtown Library. 682-5450. FREE.

Arc of Lane County’s Holiday Bazaar, 10am-3pm, 4181 E St., Spfd. 343-5256. FREE.

La Posada Navideña, a Latino celebration of the Christmas story, 6pm, old Whiteaker School, 21 N. Grand St. FREE.

Winter Solstice Goddess Celebration, 7pm, WOW Hall. www.eugenewintersolstice.com or 463-0943. $5-$13.

Kids/families Eugene Ballet Company presents “Nutcracker Tea,” noon today & tomorrow, Hult Center. 682-5000. $25.

Drop-in open art studio for youth ages 12 and up, 10am-1pm, Emerald Art Center, Spfd. 726-8595. $5.

Kidical Mass, 3pm, meet at Monroe Park, 10th & Monroe. FREE.

Lgbt Radical Faeries, network of spiritually minded queer folk, meets, 10am, Cozmic Pizza. pippin@planetsong.net FREE.

Rowdy Rainbow River Womyn meets, McMenamins North Bank. 513-1639. FREE.

Music Richard Guy & The Emerald Chamber Players, 2pm, Atrium bldg., 10th & Olive. FREE.

Thomas Mapfumo & the Blacks Unlimited, 8pm, Tsunami Books. $15.

Sweetjuice CD release show, Lewi Longmire, Peter Wilde, 9:30pm, Sam Bond’s. 21+. $5.

“A Celtic Holiday” continues. See Thursday, Dec. 18.

Outdoors/recreation GEARs rides: Veneta breakfast ride, 50 miles (hilly) & 38 miles (flat), 9:30am, Alton Baker Park. www.eugenegears.org

Social dance Barn dance for seniors, feat. Country Club Band, 7pm, Petersen Barn Community Center. 682-5521. $2.

Winter Ball & Showcase, formal attire required, 7:30pm, StaverDanceSport. $15.

Spiritual Winter Solstice Celebration, feat. music by Windsong & Kat Del Rio, Jaya Lakshmi, w/yoga mantra, meditation, 7pm, Far Horizons School. 687-0282. $12 adv., $15 door.

Theater Actors Cabaret’s A Christmas Carol continues. See Friday.

Lord Leebrick’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play continues. See Friday.

Nunsense continues. See Friday.

 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 21

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

Arts/visual Fiber arts open studio, noon-4pm today & Dec. 28, Fox Hollow Farm & Fiber, 30781 Fox Hollow Rd. FREE.

Benefit Pet photos with Santa Paws, fundraiser for non-profits, 11am-3pm, Johnson Brothers Greenhouses, Coburg. $5.

dance Eugene Ballet Co.’s The Nutcracker continues. See Friday.

Farmer’s market Holiday farmers’ market continues. See Saturday.

Gatherings Piccadilly flea market, 10am-4pm, Lane County Fairgrounds. $1.50.

Saturday Market’s Holiday Market, featuring performances by Students of Laura Kemp, 10:30am; Michael Conley, 11:30am; Beth Miriam Rose & Friends, 12:30pm; Laura Kemp, 1:45pm; Sweet Papa Lowdown, 3:15pm; The Streamliners, 4:45pm, 10am-6pm, Lane County Fairgrounds. www.holidaymarket.org FREE.

kids/families Eugene Ballet’s “Nutcracker Tea” continues. See Saturday.

Literary arts Winter Solstice Nature Readings, bring your own nature writings to read, 3pm, Mount Pisgah Arboretum. $5 sug. don.

Music DJ Disston, Ore., 2pm, Wandering Goat. FREE.

Charles Talmadge, organist, 3:30pm, Trinity United Methodist Church, 440 Maxwell Rd. FREE.

Brian Cutean, 5pm, Tsunami Books. Don.

Eugene Sacred Harp Singers’ holiday concert, 7:30pm, Hilyard Community Center. Don.

Ty Connor’s Solstice Pudding Nightmare Festival of Lights, w/Richard Crandell, 8:30pm, Sam Bond’s. $5.

Outdoors/recreation BikeLane Coalition’s Shortest Day Ride to Maitreya Ecovillage, 2:30pm, meet at bike path at 24th and Amazon Parkway. www.bikelanecoalition.org FREE.

Obsidians hike: Tahkenitch Dunes, 7 miles. See YMCA for details/sign-up.

GEARs rides: Deerhorn, 60 miles (foodstop); Walterville, 40 miles (bring food), 9:30am, Alton Baker Park. www.eugenegears.org

Spiritual Meditation & healing circle, 4pm, call 510-2506 for directions. Don.

Interfaith chanting w/Netti Garner, 6pm, Unity of the Valley, 39th & Hilyard. 767-0953. Don.

Hanukkah & Winter Solstice Celebration, 6:30pm, Unitarian Church, 477 E. 40th. $5-$10 sug. don. (nobody turned away).

Theater Actors Cabaret’s A Christmas Carol continues. See Friday.

Lord Leebrick’s It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play continues. See Friday.

 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 22

Sunrise 7:45am; Sunset 4:37pm, Av High 45; Av Low 33, SnarkCast: HOP-ON-POP

Gatherings Saturday Market’s Holiday Market, featuring performances by Mary Ferris & Friends, 10:30am; Eric Nicholson, 11:30am; Janet Naylor & Linda Danielson, 12:30pm; Concret Loveseat, 1:45pm; Tim McLaughlin & Sean Peterson, 3:15pm; Rob & The Blueside, 4:45pm, 10am-6pm, Lane County Fairgrounds. www.holidaymarket.org FREE.

Anime Movie Night for teens: My Neighbor Totoro, 4:30pm, Springfield Library. FREE.

Music “A Celtic Holiday” continues. See Thursday, Dec. 18.

On the air “The Jefferson Exchange” discusses why we sing during the holidays, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

 

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 23

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

Food/drink Wine tasting: “Best Xmas wines,” benefits Cascade Medical Team, 5pm-9pm, WineStyles. $10.

Gatherings Saturday Market’s Holiday Market, featuring performances by Rob Tobias, 10:30am; Steve Goodbar, 11:30am; Janet Bates & Instruments of Change, 12:30pm; Sweet River, 1:45pm; Peter Wilde, 3:15pm; McKenzie Drifters, 4:45pm, 10am-6pm, Lane County Fairgrounds. www.holidaymarket.org FREE.

Writers for a Sustainable Future meets, 6:30pm, Cozmic Pizza. FREE.

Kids/families The Reptile Man visits, 1pm & 3pm, Springfield Library. FREE.

Music “A Celtic Holiday” continues. See Thursday, Dec. 18.

on the air “Alternative Radio” presents Benjamin Barber’s lecture: “Runaway Capitalism,” 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.

“The Jefferson Exchange” talks w/Tomaseen Foley about “A Celtic Christmas,” 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 24

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

Gathering Saturday Market’s Holiday Market, featuring performances by Sharon Rogers, 10:30am; Tom Lemmon, 11:30am; Cigarbox Jerry & Ukulele Adams, 12:30pm; The Rosen Sisters, 1:30pm; Americanistan, 3pm, 10am-4pm, Lane County Fairgrounds. www.holidaymarket.org FREE.

On the air “The Jefferson Exchange” discusses whether poetry is relevant anymore, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

 

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 25

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

gathering Senior Holiday Dinner, 1pm, Eugene Hilton. RSVP by Dec. 19, 682-5318 or 736-4444. $5.

On the air “The Jefferson Exchange” discusses the rituals of the season, 9am & 9pm, KRVM 1280 AM.

“New Dimensions” presents “An Encounter with the Mystics” with Mirabai Starr, 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.

David Gizara hosts “Merry Beatles, A Cool Yule with the Fab Four,” 9pm-midnight, KLCC 89.7 FM.



CORVALLIS EVENTS

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

Thursday, Dec. 18 Miracle on 34th Street, 7:30pm today, tomorrow and Dec. 20, Albany Civic Theater, 111 First Ave. SW. www.albanycivic.org $8-$11.

Friday, Dec. 19 Willamette STAGE Co. presents The Retreat from Moscow, 8pm today, tomorrow and Dec. 26-27; 2:30pm Dec. 21, Corvallis High School. www.willamettestage.org or 368-7092. $19, $16 stu., sr.

Corvallis Community Theater presents The Importance of Being Earnest, 7:30pm today, tomorrow and Dec. 26-27; 2:30pm Dec. 21, 27 & 28, Majestic Theater. www.corvalliscommunitytheatre.org $10.

Saturday, Dec. 20 Corvallis Repertory Singers present “An Evening of Candlelight & Carols,” 7pm, First United Methodist Church, Corvallis. $15. www.repsing.org or 737-4061.

Sunday, Dec. 21 Jubilate! Women’s Choir of Corvallis, 5:30pm & 7:30pm, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2945 NW Circle Blvd. FREE.



ON THE ROAD

Thursday, Dec. 18 Zoolights Festival, 5pm-8pm today through Dec. 28, Oregon Zoo. www.oregonzoo.org

Carolina Liar, The Airborne Toxic Event, 8pm, Crystal Ballroom, PDX. $15.

A Christmas Carol, 7:30pm Tu-Sa & 2pm Su through Dec. 28, Portland Center Stage. www.pcs.org $30+.

Friday, Dec. 19 Storm & The Balls present Winter Wonderball, feat. musical guests, comedy, political satire, silent auction, more, 8pm today & tomorrow, Wonder Ballroom, PDX. 21+. $20.

The Presidents of the U.S.A., Mint Chicks, 8pm, Crystal Ballroom, PDX. $20.

The Virgins, Hockey, 9pm, Doug Fir Lounge, PDX. 21+. $10.

The Streamliners, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats. FREE.

Hanson Family Singers & Jaron & Alyssa Cannon, 7pm, Drain Civic Center, 205 West A St. Two canned food or cash donations.

Saturday, Dec. 20 Wine tasting: Oregon sampler, 1pm-4pm, The Wine Place, Yachats. FREE.

The Summit Underground, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats. FREE.

Heceta Head Lightstation Victorian Christmas, 4pm-7pm today & tomorrow, 92072 Hwy 101, Yachats. $3 per vehicle.

Sunday, Dec. 21 Alan Singley & Pants Machine, Team Evil, Modernstate, 9pm, Doug Fir Lounge, PDX. 21+. $7.



ATTN: OPPORTUNITIES

Young writers are invited to submit a story or poem to the Young Writers Association writing contest. Theme is “Homelands.” Deadline is Feb. 1. www.ywalane.org

McCornack Elementary School 5th grade students will pick up your Christmas tree for a minimum donation of $6 ($10 flocked trees) to fund their trip to Washington, D.C. 654-0250. To schedule your pick up, fill out the form at http://schools.4j.lane.edu/mccornack

The Eugene Concert Choir will hold auditions on Thursday, Jan. 8, at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 1250 W. 18th. 687-6865.