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Eugene Weekly : Calendar : 12.31.09

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Hey, listen, there’s more to do than drink yourself senseless on New Year’s Eve … OK, just kidding, but while you’re staggering about town doing things you’ll gleefully regret in 2010, why not make a night of it by traipsing into one or more of the city’s many celebratory offerings on Dec. 31? If getting’ all Steve Rubell is your shtick, you can disco on into Valley River Inn’s “Funkabration” as it recreates the glitteringly debauched atmosphere of a Hollywood nightclub (hopefully not the Viper Room!) with bright lights, red carpets and live music from Satin Love Orchestra. In the somewhat opposite but no less enjoyable direction will be the blues-tinged offerings of Ty Curtis and The Vipers (featuring Deb Cleveland), who will be at the Vet’s Club Ballroom. Diablo’s will feature a tribute to Janis Joplin, with the musical offerings of Bill Shreve (EW’s own marketing/sales director) and Gaye Lee Russell. The greatest band to recently leave Eugene, Floater, returns for a one-night show at McDonald Theater (mad accordionist Jason Webley opens). Samba Ja, Beat Crunchers and more will be partying at Cozmic Pizza, Hobo Soda sparkles at Conway’s, and Americanistan will play while belly dancers dance at Holy Donuts Café. Of course, Medium Troy (Pictured) along with a big huge lineup of opening bands will awe the denizens of WOW Hall, and Luckey’s will host Volifonix and Parti Band. Upstate Trio gets down at Cornucopia Bar & Burgers on 5th Avenue, Axe & Fiddle has Mid Life Crisis and Donald 5 Pennies in Cottage
Grove, The Sugar Beets will sweeten up Sam Bond’s, and Boomchick and Redox heat up The Cooler. The Captain Beefheart vibes of Bad Mitten Orchestre will fill the room at Joe’s Bar, Black Forest will feature There Will Be Robots, New World Sinners and Only Nightmares, and Oak St. Speakeasy is hosting a night of ambient and metal music with The Oath and more. Cheap Truck rolls into Goodfella’s, The Koozies celebrate at Wetlands, The District hosts a dance party with DJ Phoenix, DJ foodstamp spins at The Loft at Turtles, and Davis’ will echo to Brimstone Sounds. And that ain’t the half of it. If dancing is more your focus, you’re in luck: Staver Dance Sport and O Bar & Grill are throwing end-of-2009 dance parties. Hell, you can even roll your ass into 2010 at Springfield Skate World’s late-night skate. For times, prices, locations, details and further utterly worthwhile festivity options, peruse this very calendar as well as our Nightlife section, because you love it, and you love to boogie out on the disco high, yeah. Happy New Year!


ththurs, december 31

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

Food/Drink New Year’s Eve Bubble Tasting, champagne tasting, hors d’oeuvres, 6-8pm; Evening Brunch, 11pm-2am, Nib Dessert & Wine Bar, 769 Monroe St. $7.

Gatherings Voter Power Patient Resource Day, help & advice to Oregon Medical Marijuana Program cardholders, 4-6pm, Voter Power office, 687 River Drive, 844-1220. $10.

Holy Donuts! New Year’s Eve Celebration, feat. music w/Americanistan, bellydancing w/Razia & Dunyah, Middle Eastern dinner, 7pm, Holy Donuts Bakery, 1437 Willamette Alley, RSVP to 510-6635. $30.

New Year’s Eve Late Night Skate, game, prizes, famous Balloon Scramble, 7pm-1am, Springfield Skate World, 3188 Gateway Loop, Spfd. $10.

Mid Life Crisis, Donald 5 Pennies, live music & DJ, 8:30pm, Axe & Fiddle, 657 E. Main St., Cottage Grove. FREE. 

New Year’s Eve Dance Party w/DJ Southey, 9pm, O Bar & Grill, 115 Commons Dr., 349-0707, 21+ FREE.

Satin Love Orchestra New Year’s Eve Celebration, Hollywood nightclub theme, plasma TVs, dancing stage, red carpet, 9pm, Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way, 543-8266. $40 adv., $45 door.

Ninkasi Brewing Co.’s “Fire on the Mountain” Celebration, skiing, lodge party, 9am-midnight, Hoodoo Recreation & Ski Area, Hwy 20, Santiam Pass.

New Year’s Eve Bash, feat. live music w/Redox, dubious, Van Wenda, Boomchick, 9pm, The Cooler. FREE.

New Year’s Eve Party w/Upstate Trio, live music, 11pm, 5th St. Cornucopia. FREE.

Kids/Families “Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp, icy crafts, games, field trips & more, grades K-5, 7:30am-noon today; 7:30am-6pm through Jan. 4; closed Jan. 1, Sheldon Community Center, 2445 Willakenzie Rd. $24 a day; $194 full term.

Preschool Storytime, ages 3-6, picture books, fingerplays, rhyming songs, 11am, Sheldon Library, 1566 Coburg Rd., 682-8316. FREE.

Music Dinner Show w/Moonbox, 6pm, acoustic, FREE; Sugar Beets & special guests, folk rock, 10pm, Sam Bond’s Bond’s. $10.

Eugene Opera presents The Marriage of Figaro, feat. Metropolitan Opera soprano Kelly Kaduce, 7:30pm today and 2:30pm, Saturday and Sunday, Hult Center. $26-$85.

Floater, Jason Webley, rock, psychedelic, 9pm, McDonald Theatre. $20.

Medium Troy w/Sean Ponder & James Green, Twinkle Thizz & The Big Dippers, The T Club w/SolaRay Fire Dancers, Mossy Top, bohemian dub, reggae, bluegrass, 9pm, WOW Hall. $10 adv., $12 door.

New Year’s Eve Bash w/Samba Ja, Beat Crunchers, Tchioub Diwan, 10pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

Outdoors/Recreation First Run, scenic 5K & 10K run/walk along Willamette River bike paths, prize for best cumulative time both races, 11:59pm today & 10am tomorrow, Valley River Inn, 1000 Valley River Way. $15 adv., $20 day of.

Eugene Generals vs. Rogue Valley Wranglers, hockey, 7:35pm, Lane Events Center-Ice, 796 W. 13th Ave. $8, $5 stu. & sen., kids under 5 FREE.

Social Dance New Year’s Eve Party, semi-formal attire, 8pm, Staver Dance Sport, 41 E. 6th Ave. $12.


fri, january 1

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

Music Dan Jones & the Squids, Tom Heinl, 14 Girls, rock, 9:30pm, Sam Bond’s. $5.

Outdoors/Recreation Obsidians: Spencer Butte, hike, 2.2 miles, sign up at Eugene YMCA.

New Year Thai Chi Practice, outdoor exercise, wear warm clothes, noon-1pm, EWEB Reservoir, 25th & Lawrence, 683-8626. FREE.

New Year’s Day Nia Jam, fusion movement, all ages, sizes & abilities welcome, 6-8pm, Reach Center, 2520 Harris St. Don.

First Run continues. See Thursday, Dec. 31.

Spiritual Dances of Universal Peace, celebrating the New Year, all ages, 7pm, Friends Meeting House, 2274 Onyx, 345-4951. FREE.


sat, january 2

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

Farmers’ Markets Farmers’ Market, 9am-2pm, Hideaway Bakery, Hilyard & 30th. FREE.

Lorane Saturday Market, local produce & crafts, 10am-3pm, Common Area, Dew Drop Inn, 80301 Territorial Rd., Lorane. FREE.

Applegate Trail Community Market, crafts & produce, 2-7pm, Curtin, I-5 exit 163. 942-1222. FREE.

Kids/Families “Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp continues. See Thursday, Dec. 31.

Music Hootenanny w/the Conjugal Visitors, bluegrass, country, 7pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5-$10 sug. don.

The Excellent Gentlemen, Sin City, rock, 9:30pm, Sam Bond’s. $5.

The Marriage of Figaro continues. See Thursday, Dec. 31.

Outdoors/Recreation GEARs Bike Ride: Upper Camp Creek Rd., longer distance riders can continue to Walterville and back, 22 miles, 10am, Alton Baker Park, www.eugenegears.org. FREE.


sun, january 3

Sunrise 7:48am; Sunset 4:47pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

Gatherings Rainbow Family Potluck, bring food & utensils, drummers welcome, 1-6pm, Growers Market, 454 Willamette St. FREE.

Kids/Families Kids’ Night Out Screening: The Princess & the Frog, girls only, ages 4-18, dress up, dance, prizes, 6pm, Cozmic Pizza. $3.

“Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp continues. See Thursday, Dec. 31.

Literary Arts Open Conversation Provoked by Daniel Quinn’s Ishmael Books, 2pm, EWEB Community Room, 400 E. 4th Ave., 726-6215. FREE.

Music Stop Forest Biomass Burning Fundraiser, feat. live music w/The Soothsayers, Los Mex Pistoles del Norte, presentation by Cascadia’s Ecosystem Advocates, variety, 8:30pm, Sam Bond’s. $3-$20. 

The Marriage of Figaro continues. See Thursday, Dec. 31.

Outdoors/Recreation Obsidians: Rosary Lakes, cross country ski, 6 miles, sign up at Eugene YMCA.

GEARs Bike Ride: Marcola via McKenzie View, rtn. Sunderman, 48 miles, bring food, 10am, Alton Baker Park, www.eugenegears.org. FREE.

Walking Tour of UO Riverfront Research Park, view proposed building & alternatives, 2pm, Starbucks, 13th & Alder, 343-1926. FREE.

Spiritual Taize’ Service, singing, music & common prayer, 7-8pm, Unity of the Valley Church, 39th & Hilyard. Don.


mon, january 4

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

Kids/Families “Polar Escapes” Winter Break Camp continues. See Thursday, Dec. 31.

Music Amy Goeser Kolb & Julia Brown, oboe & organ recital feat. music by Krebs, Litaize, Mendelssohn & more, 7:30pm, Central Lutheran Church, 1857 Potter St. FREE.

Open Mic w/Uncle T, variety, 8pm, Sam Bond’s. FREE.


tues, january 5

Sunrise 7:48am; Sunset 4:49pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

Film Behind the Lens Seminar feat. films of Roberto Rossellini, Frank Capra & Volker Schlondorff: Rome, Open City by Rossellini, screening & discussion, 7pm, DIVA, 110 W. Broadway, www.divacenter.org $3, $13 all eleven classes.

Music Caen Thomason-Redus, flute, music by Prokofiev, Bach, Doppler & others, 8pm, Beall Hall, UO. $10, $8 sen. & stu.

Bluegrass Jam, 9pm, Sam Bond’s. FREE.


wed, january 6

Sunrise 7:48; Sunset 4:50pm, Av High 46; Av Low 33

Gatherings Mindfreedom Roundtable, topic: “Changing Mental Health Care in Lane County” feat. guest speaker Ron Unger, 5:30pm, Growers Market, 454 Willamette St., 345-9106. FREE.

Compassionate Friends Support Group, for families who have experienced the death of a child, 7-9pm, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 11th & Charnelton, 689-1626. FREE.

Kids/Families Family Night & CD Release Party w/Unkle Bunkle, funny songs & stories, food, beverages, all ages, 6pm, Cozmic Pizza, www.unklebunkle.org FREE.

Lectures/Talks “Reducing Environmental Impacts of Packaging & Products” w/Oregon DEQ’s David Allway, 1:30-3pm, Downtown Library. FREE.

Climate & Energy Action Plan Public Forum: Consumption & Waste, 6-9pm, EWEB Community Meeting Room, 500 E. 4th Ave., info at http://wkly.ws/2i FREE.

“The Elegant Corpse: Toward a complete bottom-to-top restructuring of human civilization” w/host Rob Bolman, presented by Northwest EcoBuilding Guild, 7pm, BRING’s Planet Improvement Center, 4446 Franklin Blvd., Glenwood. FREE.

Music Ape Cave (formerly Church), Baitball, rock, 9pm, Sam Bond’s. FREE.

Outdoors/Recreation GEARs Bike Ride: Average speed 16-18 mph, 50 miles & up, bring food, group sticks together, canceled if 60 or more percent chance of rain, 10:30am, Albertsons, 30th & Hilyard, www.eugenegears.org. FREE.

Spiritual “Do You Really Want God/Enlightenment?” w/Alan Zundel, 7-8:30pm, Tamarack Wellness Center, 3575 Donald St., www.heartawake.org Don.

Theater The Wedding Singer, a musical based on the movie, 7:30pm today & tomorrow, Hult Center, tickets at http://wkly.ws/2g $27.50-$47.50.

thurs, january 7

Sunrise 7:47am; Sunset 4:51pm, Av High 46; Av Low 33

Literary Arts Writing the Life Poetic: An Invitation to Read & Write Poetry w/Sage Cohen, seminar, lecture, book signing, open to public, 6:30pm, Tsunami Books, 2585 Willamette St., 345-8986, http://wkly.ws/2k $10.

New Poetry Series: Joel Bettridge, Kyle Schlesinger & Charles Alexander, poetry reading, 8:30pm, DIVA, 110 W. Broadway. $5 sug. don.

Music Meg Graf, novelty tunes, variety, bring lunch, 11:15am, Hult Center Lobby. FREE.

Faculty Artist Series: “The Well-Tempered Keyboard” Part I, feat. Dean Kramer, piano, 7:30pm, Beall Hall, UO. $10, $8 sen. & stu.

Water Tower Bucket Boys, Mossy Top, acoustic, 9pm, Sam Bond’s. $5.

Maca Rey, Jamie Sterling, rock, acoustic, 8pm, Cozmic Pizza. $3-$5.

Outdoors/Recreation Snowshoe to Gold Lake, 6 miles round trip, 8:30am-5pm, Campbell Community Center, 155 High St., reg. at 682-5318. $30, transportation included.

Theater The Wedding Singer continues. See Wednesday.


corvallis events

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

Monday, Jan. 4 Coin Club, 7-9:30pm, Corvallis Senior Center, 2601 NW Tyler Ave., info at 766-6959. FREE.


attn: opps

Cottage Theatre is holding auditions for Evita 1pm Saturday, Jan. 30, and 6:30pm Sunday, Jan. 31; for further information, visit www.cottagetheatre.org or call 942-8001.

Willamalane Community Recreation Center in Springfield, 250 S. 32nd St., is offering free classes in self-defense for girls in grades 6-12 on Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 4-27; for more information or to register, call 736-4544.

Serenity Lane and PeaceHealth are offering a free, six-week educational series, “A Life Unraveled: Aspects of Addiction & the Plan to Recovery,” beginning  6:30pm, Tuesday, Jan. 5; for more information, call 284-6813.

The Eugene Concert Choir & Eugene Vocal Ensemble will hold auditions for new members on Thursday, Jan. 7, at Emmaus Lutheran Church, 18th & Polk; to arrange an audition time, call 687-6865; for more info, visit http://wkly.ws/2j

The City of Eugene Outdoor Program is offering several ski days for people with physical disabilities, ages 8 and up, during January, February and March; cost is $60 per day and includes adapted ski equipment, transportation, instruction, lift ticket and volunteer support throughout the day; for more information or to register, call 682-5329.

The Very Little Theatre, 2350 Hilyard St., will hold auditions for The Clean House at 3:30pm Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 9-10; for scripts or information, call 914-5170; for more information, visit http://wkly.ws/2l