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Eugene Weekly : Calendar : 12.23.10

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While hardly the stylized stuff of cinema verite, the films of Frank Capra are timeless documents that capture eternal truths about the American character and the society that shapes it. Few directors have possessed such a sharp eye for what lies beneath the American Dream — the hopes, the fears, the hypocrisies, the triumphs — and, in film after film, Capra was able to tear apart and reconstitute our essential myths without cynicism or despair. Which brings us to It’s a Wonderful Life, Capra’s 1946 classic that is essential holiday viewing, and the Christmas movie par excellence. Starring one of the greatest actors of all time, Jimmy Stewart, this seemingly simple parable of good intentions and carpe diem is actually a rather dark and biting critique of capitalism run amok in a country where the uber-wealthy will go to any length to monopolize and amass everything in sight while shamelessly ghettoizing the poor. Is this starting to sound strangely familiar? As George Bailey, Stewart (above) is that legendary good man who is so hard to find, a big-hearted dreamer who sacrifices his grand plans to help everyone around him. When the evil landowner Mr. Potter (Lionel Barrymore) screws him royally, poor George decides to jump off a bridge to save his family from ruin. What prevents his suicide, in the end, is the intervention of a dim-witted angel, but what really saves George is the karma-like kindness of all the folks he’s helped. It sounds corny, but that’s what the holiday season is about: love, fellowship, selflessness and giving. So listen for the sound of that’s chiming bell, and be blessed. It’s a Wonderful Life plays through Dec. 26 at the Bijou; for times, visit www.bijou-cinemas.com


thurs, december 23

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

Gatherings Holiday Market, 10am-6pm, w/entertainment by Anahid Bertrand, 10:30am; Students of Olem Alves, 11:30am; The Rosen Sisers, 12:30pm; Sweet River, 1:45pm; NOW! Trio, 3:15pm; Fiddlin’ Sue Band, 4:45pm, Lane County Fairgrounds, 13th & Jefferson, www.holidaymarket.org FREE.

“A Nightmare Before Christmas” at the old Yoncalla Haunted Mill, 7-11pm today, tomorrow & Saturday, 169 Elkhead Rd., Yoncalla, info at www.hauntedmill.net $10, $8 w/canned food don.

Music Evan Churchill, Jeremy Pruitt, Jesse Meade, singer/songwriters, 7:30pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

Dan Jones & the Golden Motors, rock, 9pm, Sam Bond’s. $5.

On the Air “Merry Beatles: A Cool Yule w/The Fab Four” w/covers by jazz musicians, 9pm-midnight, KLCC 89.7 FM. 

Outdoors/Recreation Walk with Us, weekly self-led neighborhood walking group, ages 50 & up, 9:30-10:30am today & Thursday, Dec. 30, meet at Petersen Barn Community Center, 870 Berntzen Rd. FREE.

Drop-in Kayaking, bring equipment, no instruction provided, ages 12 & up, 8-10pm today & Thursday, Dec. 30, Echo Hollow Pool, 1655 Echo Hollow Rd. $5.

Theater A Child’s Christmas in Wales, read by David Stuart Bull w/Celtic music & song, 9:30pm, Café Soriah, 384 W. 13th Ave., RSVP at 342-4410. $10.

fri, december 24

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

Gatherings Holiday Market, 10am-4pm, w/entertainment by Sharon Rogers, 10:30am; O’Carolan’s Consort, 11:30am; Eugene Recorder Ensemble, 12:30pm; Jerry Zybach, 1:30pm; Americanistan, 3pm, Lane County Fairgrounds, 13th & Jefferson, www.holidaymarket.org FREE.

 “A Nightmare Before Christmas” continues. See Thursday, Dec. 23.

Outdoors/Recreation Bike Riding for Fun & Fitness, weekly seniors bike ride, helmets required, 9:30am-noon, Campbell Community Center, 155 High St. FREE.

sat, december 25

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

Gatherings “A Nightmare Before Christmas” continues. See Thursday, Dec. 23.

sun, december 26

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

Kids/Families Sunday Fun for Kids & Families: “Welcome, Lords & Ladies” w/Society of Creative Anachronism, stories & crafts of Medieval England, 3pm, Downtown Library. FREE.

Music Nutcracker Dance-Along w/Eugene Community Orchestra, dress up & do some ballet to Tchaikovsky, all ages, 6pm, Cozmic Pizza. $5.

Outdoors/Recreation Obsidians: Jack Ridge Meadow, cross-country ski, 6 miles, 1,000 ft., info & sign-up at www.obsidians.org

GEARs Bike Ride: Breakfast Ride to Our Daily Bread, Veneta, 45 miles, restaurant stop, 10am, Alton Baker Park, info at www.eugenegears.org FREE.

Social Dance Cuban Salsa, free beginning lessons, 5-6pm, FREE; Cuban dance, 6-8pm, Courtsports, 2728 Pheasant Blvd., Spfd. $2 sug. don.

Dance Night, 8:30pm, Sam Bond’s. FREE.

Spiritual Gnostic Mass, w/Coph Nia O.T.O., 8pm, 1125 Bailey Hill Rd. FREE.

mon, december 27

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

Gatherings MuseArt Celebration  feat. Brothers and Sisters, string music celebrating paintings of musicians, holiday event, all ages, 6-9pm, 5th St. Beanery, 152 W. 5th St. FREE.

Kids/Families Preschool Fun w/Art, ages 3-6, 10:30-11am, Springfield Library, 225 Fifth St., Spfd. FREE.

Sir ReadAlot for Kids, dramatic storytelling, 1pm & 3pm, Downtown Library. FREE, pick up tickets 30 min. before shows.

On the Air Permaculture Television, interviews w/Eugene permaculture people, 7pm, CTV Cable 29.

Outdoors/Recreation Adapted Game Day for Stroke Survivors, ages 55 & up, card & table games, 3-4:30pm, Hilyard Community Center, 2580 Hilyard St., reg. at 346-2589. FREE.

Spiritual Open Heart Meditation, 5:30-6:30pm, 15 N. Cedar St., www.heartsanctuary.org FREE.

tues, december 28

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

Farmers’ Markets Creswell Farmers’ Market, indoors, 4-6pm, 2nd & D St., Creswell.

Gatherings Teen Yu-Gi-Oh Tournament, Japanese trading card game, 2-4pm, Downtown Library. FREE.

Kids/Families Storytime for Terrific Twos, age 2, 10:15am & 11am, Downtown Library. FREE.

“Reptile Man Returns” w/herpetologist Richard Ritchie, live snakes, lizards & more, all ages, 1pm & 3pm, Springfield Library, 225 Fifth St., Spfd. FREE.

Sir ReadAlot for Kids, dramatic storytelling, 2pm, Bethel Library, 1990 Echo Hollow Rd. FREE.

Music Bluegrass Jam, 9pm, Sam Bond’s. FREE.

Social Dance Eugene Folk Dancers, weekly international folk dancing, 7:45pm, Willamalane Adult Activity Center, 215 W. C St., Spfd., info at 736-4444. $2.



wed, december 29

Sunrise 7:48am; Sunset 4:42pm, Av High 45; Av Low 32

Gatherings Teen Space, 4:30-5:30pm, Springfield Library, 225 Fifth St., Spfd., info at www.wheremindsgrow.org

Screenwriting Group, 6:30pm, CTV Studio, Sheldon High School, 2455 Willakenzie Rd., info at 359-2593. FREE.

Kids/Families Preschool Storytime, ages 3-6 & Lapsit Storytime, ages birth-3, 10am, Springfield Library, 225 Fifth St. FREE.

Sir ReadAlot for Kids, dramatic storytelling, 2pm, 1566 Coburg Rd. FREE.

Music John Prine Sing-Along, tribute, everyone welcome, 9pm, Sam Bond’s. $1-$5.

Spiritual A Course in Miracles, drop-in study group, 10-11:45am, Unity of the Valley, 39th & Hilyard, 914-0431. FREE.

thurs, december 30

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

Gatherings Tween Scene Book Group: London Eye Mystery by Siobhan Dowd, 4-5pm; Teen Scene Book Group: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World by Bryan Lee O’Malley, book talk, movie screening & pizza for middle- and high-school readers, 4-6pm, Downtown Library, info and reg. at 682-8316.

Music Eugene Opera: La Boheme, feat. Metropolitan Opera’s Emily Pulley, Yeghishe Manucharyan & Michael Mayes, 7:30pm today & tomorrow; 2:30pm Sunday, Jan. 2, Hult Center. $20-$89.

Aaron Ward, solo trumpet, 6:30pm, Cozmic Pizza. $3.

Mood Area 52, The Satin Chaps, indie, tango, 9pm, Sam Bond’s. $5.

Outdoors/Recreation Walk with Us continues. See Dec. 23.

Drop-in Kayaking continues. See Dec. 23.

corvallis events

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

Thursday, Dec. 23 A Christmas Carol, 8pm today & 4pm tomorrow, Dec. 24, Majestic Theatre, 115 SW 2nd St., tickets at www.willamettestage.org or 541-368-7092. $19, $16 stu. & sen.

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The Lane County Board of Commissioners is seeking applications from citizens interested in serving on the Lane County Animal Services Advisory Committee, which meets monthly; application deadline is 5pm Friday, Jan. 7, 2011; applications are available on line at www.lanecounty.org; for further information, call 682-4203.

French Conversation gatherings take place 12:30-2:30pm every Wednesday; for details, call 937-2304.

With Oregon coming Jan. 8 to the BCS Championship game in Phoenix, a Ducks fan wants those traveling south for the game to know about a sports bar in Scottsdale that is “100 percent an Oregon bar” called the Well Bar and owned by Ducks alum John Marston; if you have any questions or requests, send an email to gary@cruzwood.com or woody@cruzwood.com, or call 602-751-5180 or 480-766-1221.

The Salem Multicultural Institute is inviting young area artists to design artwork for the 2011 World Beat Festival; the theme is the people and cultures of Mexico; entrants must be students in grades K-12 or home school students; the deadline is March 1, 2011; entry forms available at www.WorldBeatFestival.org

Advance tickets are available for three McDonald Theatre concerts: Drive-By Truckers, scheduled for March 9, 2011; Beats Antique; scheduled for March 31, 2011; and Dark Star Orchestra, scheduled for April 2, 2011; for more information, visit www.mcdonaldtheatre.com or go online at Ticketswest.

Travel Lane County recently released its first edition of the Eugene, Cascades & Coast Adventure Guide; to access the online version or download a PDF of the printable guide, go to www.travellanecounty.org; for further information, call Travel Lane County at 484-5307.

The Divine Cupcake in Eugene will be having a $1,000 giveaway to the non-pro€t organization that brings in the most “votes” at their cafe during the event; this event will take place between Jan. 5 and March 4, 2011; all registered 501(c)3 non-pro€t companies are eligible for this contest; to sign up, visit www.divinecupcake.com/nonprofit; for further information, visit the web site or call 543-5757.

The Oregon State Hospital, where One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed, will be closing  (and demolishing) the old, dilapidated hospital and sending patients to a new one next door. They are in the process of cataloguing artifacts from the old hospital as well as figuring out a way to organize and memorialize more than 2,500 canisters containing the cremains of past patients which had been stored in a shed (many were damaged by water); the Oregon Arts Commission is offering $500,000 to any artist working in any media (sculpture, painting, etc.) to take part in the Oregon State Hospital Replacement Project by creating a memorial project to honor past patients, especially those who died at the hospital, many of whose cremains are still unclaimed; the deadline for art proposals is Monday, Dec. 27; for more information, visit www.oregonartscommission.org