By Eugene Magazine

It’s a busy week for the arts community! Four different galleries are opening exhibits this week (as well as other art displays that are ongoing), while two organizations are offering cooking classes, and there are two ways to celebrate MLK day on Monday. You can also find out what past Eugene Symphony directors have been up to and learn how close we are to finding life on others planets. All this and more around Lane County this week!

Please attend in-person events responsibly, wear a mask, and follow all proper safety guidelines.

Free Cooking Course: Cooking for One or Two

FOOD for Lane County is hosting a free, virtual cooking course: “Cooking for One or Two.” You’ll learn how to maximize your supplies and make meals that are easily stored as leftovers or in the freezer. Register on their website.

Thursday | 5 pm | Virtual | Free |


LCC Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Celebration

Join Lane Community College for their annual MLK Day celebration on Thursday, with a virtual keynote presentation from Dr. Robert Bullard, the “Father of Environmental Justice.” LCC President Margaret Hamilton, Oregon State Senator James Manning Jr., and Eugene/Springfield NAACP Executive Director Eric Richardson will also speak. the LCC Black Student Union will also present their 2021 Dr. King Service Award. This event also kicks off the Black Student Union’s planned Black History 365 events.

Thursday | 5:30 pm | Virtual | Free |


Eugene Contemporary Art: A Critical Conversation

Opening this Thursday and continuing through March 21, Eugene Contemporary Art is bringing A Critical Conversation, a multi-faceted project focusing on the intersections of art, race, and privilege. The exhibition, which will be both in-person and have virtual options, will feature works by Gregory S. Black, Kathleen Caprario, Mika Aono, Kaitleyn Carr-Kiprotich, Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Perry Johnson, Stormie Loury, William Rutherford, Josh Sands, Kerry Skarbakka, and Yvonne Stubbs. Mika Aono, with Neal Williams, will also be hosting a printmaking workshop this Saturday.

Opening Thursday | Anti-Aesthetic, 245 W 8th Ave. | Reservations Required for in-person viewings |

Eugene Symphony Music Director Virtual Reunion

The Eugene Symphony is bringing back their former music directors, Marin Alsop, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and Giancarlo Guerrero for a virtual reunion this Friday, moderated by current music director, Francesco Lecce-Chong. They will reflect on their time in Eugene, share what they’ve been doing in the last year, and look to the future. Available through the Symphony’s on-demand portal.

Friday | 7:30 pm | Virtual | See website for pricing |


White Lotus Gallery Collection

Opening Friday, White Lotus Gallery is showing a collection of works from their carefully curated collection, gathered through the last 30 years. See works by Katsunori Hamanishi, Kozo Inoue, Yuiji Hiratsuka, Xuesheng He, Huixin Miao, and Morris Graves, among others. Open through March 6.

Opening Friday | Normal gallery hours | White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St. | Free admission |


If not now, when?

Schedule a visit to see “If Not Now, When?” at the Maude Kerns Art Center. See works by Tim Boyden, Ila Rose, Jud Turner, and Michael Whitenack, which include paintings, metalwork, woodwork, and collaborative to express positivity, imagination, and creative synergy.

Opening Friday | Schedule a time | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave. |


Resolve to Remodel: Kitchen Webinar

Have you been itching to completely change up your kitchen? Make it more efficient or just better suited for you and your family? Neil Kelly is offering a webinar this Saturday to go through what it takes for a new cooking space, with expert design knowledge, a showcase of the latest appliances and material trends, and examples of their work! Register on their website.

Saturday | 10 am | Virtual | Free admission | 


MLK Day Tree Planting

Honor Martin Luther King Jr. Day by planting trees throughout the community. This year’s focus is at Mattie Reynolds Park. RSVP in advance and bring your own tools and gloves!

Monday | Staggered times, starting at 9 am | Mattie Reynolds Park, W 13th Ave. and Dani St. | Free |


2021 NAACP Community MLK Drive-by Commemoration

Honor MLK another way at the NAACP Community MLK Drive-by Commemoration on Monday, a socially safe alternative to a parade. Following the theme “Where Do We Go from Here?,” drive by for a t-shirt and mask and then tune-in for a virtual presentation featuring artists and speeches from local leaders.

Monday | 9 am | Serbu Juvenile Center, 2727 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd | Free |


Cook the Book Virtual Class: Falastin

Provisions Market Hall is hosting a virtual Cook the Book class, focusing on the book Falastin by Sami Tamimi and Tara Wigley, which holds an extensive collection of recipes and stories that highlight Palestinian culture. Register in advance to cook along with Joe Randazzo!

Wednesday | 5:30 pm | Virtual |


Nat Geo Live: Life on Other Worlds

The Hult Center is kicking off their Nat Geo Live series (which is virtual this year) with “Life on Other Worlds” with Kevin Peter Hand, planetary scientist and astrobiologist at NASA’s JPL, and Kobie Boykins, principal mechanical engineer at JPL. Learn about how we look to discover life on other planets and how close we are to finding it, followed by a live question and answer portion.

Wednesday | 7 pm | Virtual | $20 |


Erik Sandgen

Opening on Wednesday, the Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by Erik Sandgren, who specializes in paintings and woodcut prints depicting scenery from around the Pacific Northwest.

Opening Wednesday | Normal gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission |



Firewall at New Zone Gallery

Opening this Friday, Alex Daniel’s “Firewall” will be on display at the New Zone Gallery, alongside other images of this summer’s Holiday Farm Fire through the end of January.

Ongoing | Normal Gallery Hours | New Zone Gallery, 22 W 7th Ave. | Free admission |


Springfield Arts Commission: Seasons of Light

Opening Monday, the downtown Springfield will be celebrating the Seasons of Light,” featuring luminarias created by six local artists displayed in the Springfield History Museum. Other Springfield businesses have been encouraged in put up their own displays and you can also get involved by picking up a DIY luminaria kit, giving to the Light Supplies Drive, or participating in the Seasons of Light Winter Reading Challenge.

Now through Mar. 1 | Downtown Springfield |


Sorbet Mimosa Flight

Every Sunday, head to Sweet Cheeks Winery for a sorbet mimosa flight, featuring three sorbet flavors pair with their estate sparking wine. Make your reservation in advance on their website.

Sundays | 12 pm | Sweet Cheeks Winery, 27007 Briggs Hill Rd. | $18 |


Activity Kits for Kids

Every Monday through January, pick up an activity kit for your kid, with each week seeing a new theme. This week: Fortune Tellers

Mondays | All day | All Eugene Public Library locations | Free |


Family Story Time

Every Tuesday in January, Eugene Public Library presents Family Storytime, with literary favorites (and some new finds) told through story, song, puppets, and more. They also have a full collection of their previous readings on their website.

Tuesdays | 11 am | Virtual | Free |


Sleep Squad

Starting this week, join the Hult Center and Story Pirates in helping your little ones (ages four to 12) get to sleep and learn something along the way. Starring Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper, you’ll be guided through three different virtual experiences, adapted from kid-written stories. Each ticket holder will receive a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” to accompany their adventure.

Now through Feb. 21 | Ongoing | Virtual | $35 |


Photo by Dana Vion


19 local artists and groups are committed to lighting up downtown with illuminated window displays, installations, and performances. Check it out all this month!

Ongoing | Downtown Eugene | Free admission |


YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program

Kick off the new year with the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program. Sign up for the new session, which will guide you for the next year to healthier eating, exercising, and living. Register by January 15!

Starting in January | Ongoing |


YMCA 2021 Reset

The Y is offering another way to start the new year on the right foot with their 6-week 2021 Health Reset Challenge. Through this program, you’ll be given the tools to stick to your health and fitness resolutions.

Register until Jan. 18 | Ongoing | Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., and Virtual | $20-$30 |


Have a virtual or socially distant event that’s open to the public? Submit your event for consideration!