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Eugene Weekly : Calendar : 12.24.08

.This Week's Calendar | Ongoing Calendar | Galleries | Music @ the Clubs

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Some of us march for our causes; others write their congresspeople. But for the artist known as Buckethead, the best way to get his point across is to wear it. The eccentric musician says he wears a chicken bucket over his head during performances to symbolize the slaughter of chickens for the fast-food trade. He might not succeed very well in getting his point across  about animal cruelty — it can be a little hard to take a man seriously when he looks like a Muppet — but he is highly regarded in the rock world for his outlandish performances and hard rock guitar thrashing. He most recently made headlines for the guitar work he did on the disappointing Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy, but he was smart enough to get off that sinking ship fast and stopped touring with GNR in 2002. The Buckethead/Axl show’s ship might have sailed, but you still have a chance to see the controversial musician up close and minus the baggage. 8 pm Saturday, Dec. 27, at the McDonald Theater. $25 adv., $28 door.

Children’s artwork usually never makes it past the front door of the fridge and certainly never gets the critique or audience that it should. But art galleries around town have taken a strong interest in the imaginative creations of adolescents, and children as young as six are proudly displaying their pieces alongside veteran artisans. For a chance to see just what comes out of the minds of babes, visit the Pilgrim’s Way Bookstore during the Last Friday Artwalk and see the work of some talented youth. Featured artists include the Jaquette siblings, Mikaela, 14, Isabel, 8, and Daniel, 6, who have all had their paintings displayed at several shows in the past two years. Their work just might make you think again before you  toss out one of your child’s “doodles.” See www.lastfridayartwalk.org and Friday Calendar.

Whether it’s in your living room behind closed shades, inebriated in a club or on stage in front of thousands, sometimes you just gotta dance. For some of us, the urge to dance starts when we are young and continues on throughout our lives, taking on many forms and purposes. Most of our dancing lacks in style or form, but if you are brave enough you might have taken a class in ballroom or spiced up your life with some salsa or swing dance. Lucky for you, this week offers perfect opportunities to show off your skills or learn some new ones. For a chance to reenact a scene from the movie Swingers, check out The Eugene Swing Dance Club’s Holiday Dance on Saturday, Dec. 27, at Agate Hall, and then swing on by Creswell High School on New Year’s Eve for another chance to do the jive or jitterbug or just sit in awe. If you are more of a solo dancer who scoffs at form and function, the Celebration Studio and Unity of the Valley are both offering spiritual dance on New Year’s Eve. Either way, there are plenty of options to dance your way into the New Year. 


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.


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. SOLD OUT.

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.


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

Arts/visual Last Friday Art Walk, 6pm-9pm, various locations, Eugene. See www.lastfridayartwalk.org for a walking map. FREE.

An opening for work by James Madson, 6pm, Wandering Goat. FREE.

An opening for work by artists from the studio of Stephanie Tsuchida, 6pm, Pilgrim’s Way Bookstore, 304 Blair. FREE.

comedy The Comedy Workout & PotPie Theater present “Post-Holiday Jollies,” 7:30pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

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


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

Farmers’ market Hideaway Farmers’ market, 9am-2pm (final day), 3377 E. Amazon (behind Mazzi’s). FREE.

Food/drink Chocolate tasting clinic, 2pm & 7pm, Nib Dessert & Wine Bar. RSVP, 485-1269. FREE.

gathering Seminar on feral cats & trap-neuter-release, 1pm, Johnson Brothers Greenhouses, Coburg. FREE.

Music Bow & Air-O, 2pm, Atrium bldg., 10th & Olive. FREE.

Buckethead, 8pm, McDonald Theater. $25 adv., $28 door.

Outdoors/recreation GEARs rides: Dale Kuni (bring food), 40 miles; Goshen (bring food), 20 miles, 9:30am, Alton Baker Park. www.eugenegears.org

Social dance Eugene Swing Dance Club Holiday Dance, 7pm lesson, 8pm-midnight dance, Agate Hall, 18th & Agate. 463-8337. $6-$8.

Salsa dance w/Jose Cruz, 8:30pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.


Sunrise 7:47am; Sunset 4:42pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32, SnarkCast: FLUISH

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

Music Greater Eugene Sacred Choir, 10:30am, Valley River Baptist Church, 1145 Willagillespie Rd. Don.

Messiah Sing-through, feat. Robert Thompson on organ, followed by flaming plum pudding reception, 3pm, Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, 3925 Hilyard. Don.

Outdoors/recreation Obsidians hike: Trapper Creek to PCT, s’shoe, 5 miles. See YMCA for details/sign-up.

GEARs breakfast rides: Pleasant Hill/Wheeler, 45 miles; Pleasant Hill, 35 miles, 9:30am, Alton Baker Park. www.eugenegears.org


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


Panel discussion on life and climate, 6:30pm, Cozmic Pizza. FREE.

kids/families “Red Riding Hood & Hunker Jaw the Wolf” puppet show, 11am & 2pm at Downtown Library; 11am Jan. 2 at Sheldon Community Center. Register, 682-8316. FREE.


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

Film Oceans 11 (1960), 6:30pm, Koho Bistro. FREE.

Gatherings “Mental Health Client Voice in 2009” panel and community forum, 2pm, Downtown Library. 607-7020. FREE.

“Manga O Kudasai” workshop for teens, 2pm, Downtown Library. FREE.

Holiday Bowl party, 4:30pm, David Minor Theater. FREE.

Kids/families “Music in Action!” w/Rich Glauber, 11am, Bethel Library. FREE.

on the air “Alternative Radio” presents Kevin Phillips’ lecture: “Swimming with the Sharks,” 6:30pm, KLCC 89.7 FM.


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

food/drink Belgian healthy chocolate & chai happy hour, 7pm, Govinda’s Restaurant, 1030 River Rd. 461-0093. $2 chai w/free chocolate tastings. 

Gatherings NYE Party for Seniors, feat. dancing, games, hors d’oeuvres, 8:30pm, Willamalane Center, Spfd. $7 adv., $10 door.

Orpheus in the Underworld New Year’s Eve Gala, 10:30pm, Hult Center. www.eugeneopera.com

Music Cymbaline, Honey Vizen, I DIED, Hobby Knife, more, 7pm, New Zone Gallery. $2-$5.

Deb Cleveland & The Vipers, The Michael Tracey Band, 8pm, Vet’s Club Ballroom. $20 adv., $25 door.

Samba Ja, Vega, 9pm, Cozmic Pizza. $10.

The Floydian Slips, 9pm, McDonald Theatre. $20.

Eleven Eyes, Disco Organica, 9:30pm, Sam Bond’s. 21+.

Lafa Taylor, Medium Troy, 9:30pm, WOW Hall. $16 adv., $20 door.

Social dance NYE Swing Dance, feat. Creswell High Jazz Band, 8:30pm-midnight, Creswell High School. 895-2728. $20 couple, $10 stu. couple.

Spiritual “Remember, Release and Renew,” an evening of chant, movement & reflection, 7pm, Unity of the Valley, 39th & Hilyard. Don.

theater Eugene Opera presents Orpheus in the Underworld, 7:30pm today & 2:30pm Jan. 3, Hult Center. $25+.


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

Friday, Dec. 26
Willamette STAGE Co. presents The Retreat from Moscow, 8pm today & tomorrow, 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; 2:30pm tomorrow & Dec. 28, Majestic Theater. www.corvalliscommunitytheatre.org $10.

Wednesday, Dec. 31 New Year’s Eve Hoof ‘n Holler Bull Ride & Dance, 7:30pm, Linn Co. Fair & Expo Center, Albany. www.wildwesteventsinc.com


Thursday, Dec. 25 Zoolights Festival, 5pm-8pm today through Dec. 28, Oregon Zoo. www.oregonzoo.org

Friday, Dec. 26 Sol Serenade, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats. FREE.

Saturday, Dec. 27 DeVotchKa, Norfolk & Western, Vagabond Opera, 9pm, Crystal Ballroom, PDX. $23.

Wine tasting: “Red, White and Sparkling,” 1pm-4pm, The Wine Place, Yachats. FREE.

J.R. Sims & Texas Special, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats. FREE.

Monday, Dec. 29 Railroad Earth, 9pm today, tomorrow and Dec. 31, Aladdin Theater, PDX. $30 ($55 Dec. 31).

Pink Martini, Foghorn String Band, 8pm, Crystal Ballroom, PDX. $30.

Wednesday, Dec. 31 Fir Ball ’09, feat. Nick Jaina Band, Bark Hide & Horn, 9pm, Doug Fir Lounge, PDX. 21+. $17.

Nightclubbing vs. Hot Mess, Explode Into Colors, White Fang, 8pm, Holocene, PDX. 21+. $12.

Wine tasting: “All Bubbly,” 1pm-4pm, The Wine Place, Yachats. FREE.

Kolvane, 9pm, The Landmark, Yachats.


Auditions for Trial By Fire TheatreWorks’ premiere of Das Kaspar (The Puppet Theater) will be held 2pm-8pm Jan. 10 & 11 at LCC. trialbyfiretheatre@hotmail.com or 683-1429 to check out a script.

Auditions for Majestic Theater’s live musica benefit production of Chicago will be held 7pm Jan. 8-10. Roles for 22 men and women with attitude. www.majestic.org

Harmony Event Medicine seeks volunteers. www.harmonyeventmedicine.org