Golden Girl: With Eugene Opera’s The Girl of the Golden West performances fast approaching (March 14 and 16), several complementary exhibits are throwing the saloon doors open. The White Lotus Gallery is hosting an artists’ reception with Lynda Lanker and Gary Tepher 2 to 5 pm Saturday, March 1, for the show Women of the Gold Rush West, with works on display (and for sale) by Lanker, Tepher, David Butler, Rich Bergeman and Charles Search. The Hult Center lobby will also show photos and objects from the Lane County Historical Museum beginning March 1. To help you get in the Wild West state of mind, the Bijou Metro has an ongoing Spaghetti Western series featuring Johnny Guitar (Feb. 28 to March 5), One Upon a Time in the West (March 7-12), A Fistful of Dollars (March 14-19) and more. Visit eugeneopera.com and bijou-cinemas.com for details.
The UO student-run Emerging Leaders in the Arts Network (ELAN) is hosting its fifth annual Beats & Brushstrokes event and silent auction 7 to 11 pm Saturday, March 1, at the Petersen Barn Community Center; $7 admission includes a drink and hors d’oeuvres. In addition to the repurposed records as art on display, there will be a photo booth, art activities and music by DJ Knack Attack and Natty Flix.
Time to head to the Chuckle Hut: Oregon’s Last Comedian Standing kicks off in Eugene March 6 and 7 at The City/Kowloon’s (2222 Martin Luther King Blvd.). Forty-five homegrown comedians duke it out in events across Oregon for a grand prize of $10,000. Think you’re funny? There’s still time; visit meyermedia.net to enter before March 1.
Don’t miss: The Delicate World of Josefine Allmayer: Papercuts from the Permanent Collection opens March 4 at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.