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Holiday Happenings

November 20, 2014

What combines dancing penguins, tightrope-walking snowmen, gravity-defying aerial feats, illusion, acrobatics and some good old-fashioned song and dance?

The answer is Cirque Dreams: Holidaze, featuring 20 such dizzying acts and lighting up the Hult Center stage Nov. 22 and 23.

November 20, 2014

Wanna catch a show? Holiday theater abounds in our suddenly festive town. This year local theaters are offering fun, family-friendly shows that aren’t necessarily Christmas-focused. Your options are as follows:

 

She Loves Me

Cottage Theatre is producing this sweet musical. She Loves Me is taken from the same story as the 1993 classic, Sleepless in Seattle. Fun music and dancing accompany the tale of corresponding sweethearts. The Cottage Theatre builds on a string of strong musicals, making this play a good bet. Dec. 5-21.

November 20, 2014

The Eugene Ballet Company has steadfastly delivered heartwarming performances of The Nutcracker in every one of its 35 seasons. Usually things go off without a hitch, though over the years there have been a few mishaps. 

“This is live performance,” says Toni Pimble, artistic director for EBC. “And the unexpected is always upon us.” 

November 20, 2014

Whether it’s tamales, suet pudding or even lutefisk, many Eugene families keep memories alive by preparing their favorite holiday foods. 

“We eat mushroom soup every Christmas Eve, in keeping with the Polish tradition of my husband’s family,” says Leigh Christiansen, who co-owns Eugene-based Calypso Fly Fishing Guide Service with her husband, Barrett Christiansen. “We gather chanterelles in the fall, and dry sauté and freeze them for our soup. This ritual is very dear to us.” 

November 20, 2014

There are plenty of traditional holiday sounds available this month, but happily, Eugene music organizations are also providing worthwhile alternatives when the wassail grows stale. 

The seasonal fare starts with the ever-popular University of Oregon holiday choral and gospel concerts Dec. 6-7 at Beall Concert Hall, featuring youthfully exuberant energy and traditional faves.

November 21, 2013

Friday, Nov. 22

Fern Ridge & Veneta Annual Holiday Bazaar, food and crafts by local artisans, 9am-5pm today and Nov. 23, 541-935-8443.

Maude Kerns presents “Art for All Seasons” exhibit, Nov. 22 - Dec. 20, Opening Reception Nov. 22, 6-8pm, FREE.

 

Saturday, Nov. 23

Holiday Market, hundreds of booths with handcrafted gifts, international food court and live music, 10am-6pm ongoing weekends until Dec. 24, Exhibit Hall, Lane County Fairgrounds, FREE.

November 21, 2013

As any owner of a house cat knows, it’s difficult to get cats to do anything — much less perform for an audience. But award-winning performer Gregory Popovich of The Popovich Comedy Pet Theater thinks he knows the secret: “You cannot push a cat to do something,” says Popovich, whose act has been voted Las Vegas’ Best New Family Show.  “As a trainer I have to see what [the cats] like to do and then create tricks” based on the natural habits of the animal.

November 21, 2013

A few years ago some friends and I were driving around on a cold wintry day and stopped by a popular place for hot cocoa, just for fun. The waiter, with great aplomb, opened a pack of Swiss Miss into a paper cup! We were astonished, and not just because of the flair with which he tore the paper packet, but because my friend spoke at length on the drive about how great the cocoa at this particular place was. How could she have been so wrong? 

November 21, 2013

An ugly holiday sweater is like eggnog and Macaulay Culkin — once a year they reappear and are enjoyed. “Tis the season, Marge! We only get 30 sweet noggy days. Then the government takes it away again,” Homer Simpson once pined, and few can match Homer’s lust for the holiday spirit(s). Except perhaps for one Derek Zinser, the man behind the inaugural Oregon’s Ugliest Sweater Run 5K on Dec. 15.

November 21, 2013

Like fragrant pines, candy canes and twinkle lights, The Nutcracker is a perennial symbol of the holiday season. Toni Pimble, artistic director for the Eugene Ballet Company, agrees. Most people tell her that without the ballet company’s annual performance, Christmas just wouldn’t be complete.

October 17, 2013

Endless overcast days and damp cold just aren’t sexy. And we’ve got how many months of the same to look forward to? 

There is, however, something romantic about soaking in a geothermal spring on the edge of a verdant forest while deer browse in a snow-covered field next to a mountain creek in high spate. It’s almost cliché. And even better after dark in a rock-lined pool with only your partner for company and a private cabin in the woods close by.

November 14, 2012

Thursday, Nov. 15

Vista Framing and Gallery Holiday Art show, jewelry, handcrafted boxes, furniture, paintings and digital photography, 10am-5:30pm today through Dec. 27 (closed Sundays), Vista Framing.

Fair Trade on Main, the 2012 Annual International Holiday Gift event, purchases of handcrafted items, chocolate, coffee and tea go towards helping artisans and farmers across the globe to earn a living wage, 5-7pm today, 11am-7pm Nov.16, 11am-6pm Nov. 17, 1072 Main Street, Springfield. 541-743-0657, FREE.

November 14, 2012

Earlier this year, the royal family of Qatar purchased Paul Cézanne’s painting “The Card Players” for a cool $250 million — the highest price ever paid for a painting. Fortunately, this holiday season, you don’t have to be part of the 1 percent to purchase a one-of-a-kind work of art. Nov. 16 marks the beginning of Maude Kerns’ 20th annual “Art for All Seasons” exhibit, with the majority of art for sale at prices for all budgets.

November 14, 2012

The holidays are a time to visit family, devour sugary treats and wear the ugliest clothes imaginable at social events. In an ironic way, of course. During the next month, Eugeneans will flock to ugly sweater parties, dressing in outlandish vintage apparel in an effort to out-ugly their fellow party-goers. 

November 14, 2012

The holidays always manage to be the busiest time of year, just when our circadian rhythms are trying to get us to slow down a bit. Yet Eugene’s version of “busy” will likely still allow for the enjoyment of a few cultural and seasonal events this year. There are myriad options to fill the seven weeks from now until the New Year — more than we can write about here, so consider this a sampler and nibble away. 

November 14, 2012

Holidays mean curling up by a warm fire, cocoa in hand, cat on your lap, with your stockings hung by the fire with care ... Because hanging your socks by the fire is a great way to dry them after a nice long hike in the rain.

The holidays are upon us, and for Oregonians those couple days off we get for stuff-bread-up-a-turkey’s-butt day and that other holiday when having an old man sneak into your house at night is somehow a good thing don’t have to mean shopping, eating and complaining about shopping and eating — they mean it’s time to put on a warm, dry coat and head outside.