By Eugene Magazine | Published April 2019

The performing arts are once again the star of the weekend. There are ample opportunities to see live performances of all types, so stay dry from the comfort of a local theatre.

Olga Volchkova, Oregon Native Saints

This month, the Karin Clarke gallery is hosting an exhibit of paintings by Olga Volchkova. This local artist created the series just for this gallery show, titled “Oregon Native Saints,” and celebrates local plants as saints, such as St. Camas and St. Rhododendron.

Now until April 27 | Available for viewing during gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | karinclarkegallery.com

Art After Hours

The Arts and Business Alliance of Eugene and the Chamber of Commerce are partnering to host Arts After Hours, an evening dedicated to networking between business and arts professionals and expressing your creativity through many different mediums (including visual art, music, dance, and technology). Meet with one of the featured organizations and get your networking on.

Thursday | 5 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $12-$22 | eugenechamber.com

Ashland Independent Film Festival

Starting this Thursday, head to Ashland for the 14th Annual Ashland Independent Film Festival. Join them for five days of more than 100 independent films across three venues from all genres and mediums. There will also be TalkBacks, parties, and other gatherings to give you the chance to chat with some of these filmmakers.

Thursday-Monday | See website for full schedule | The Varsity Theatre, 166 E Main St., Ashland; Historic Ashland Armory, 208 Oak St., Ashland; Ashland Street Cinema, 1644 Ashland St., Ashland | Prices vary | ashlandfilm.org

“Curator’s Choice: Lane Five”

Maude Kerns presenting their Curator’s Choice exhibit, curated by artist Craig Spilman, featuring five regional artists: sculptor Weltzin Blix and painters, Maraget Coe, Jon Jay Cruson, Analee Fuentes, and Dennis Gould. The exhibit runs until May 10, but you can join them for the opening reception on Friday and a “Curator’s Talk” on Saturday, May 4.

Friday | 6 pm | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave. | Free admission | mkartcenter.org

Shirley Andress performs Bon Soir

Vocalist Shirley Andress is bringing a tribute to Barbara Streisand’s iconic career in Bon Soir. The show takes you through Steisand’s early career, starting with her first audition piece and including songs from her time as a Broadway star.

Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 4 pm | The Shedd Institute, 868 High St. | $10-$34 | theshedd.org

The Peace of Wild Things

Led by artistic director and conductor Diane Retallack, local vocal artists will perform pieces that celebrate the Earth and environment. These include “The Peace of Wild Things” by Joan Syzmko, “Cloudburst” by Eric Whiteacre, “Africa” by Toto, and others.

Friday | 7:30 pm | Beall Concert Hall, 961 E 18th Ave. | $29.50-$34 | eugeneconcertchoir.org

Pride Day at Mt. Hood Meadows

“Ride with Pride” at the first Pride Day at Mt. Hood Meadows! There will be group skiing and snowboarding, social hours, and dance parties, including the Absolut Pride After Party on the Paradise Sun Deck.

Saturday | 9 am | Mt. Hood Meadows, 14040 OR-35, Mt. Hood | Regular lift rates apply | skihood.com

EPL Giant Annual Book Sale

The Eugene Public Library is holding their annual book sale, with profits benefitting the library’s programming and other projects. Most books are $2, with some specialty books individually priced. To get in right when the doors open on Saturday, you’ll need to get a special ticket, available at the gate behind the Lane County Historical Museum starting at 6 am Saturday morning. Otherwise, you can come Saturday afternoon or any time on Sunday. There will also be a silent auction.

Saturday, 9 am; Sunday, 10 am | Lane Event Center Performance Hall, 796 W 13th Ave. | Free admission | friendseugenelibrary.org

1920s Drink Tasting Nights at Jazzy Ladies

Downtown café Jazzy Ladies is hosting a 1920s drink tasting night, giving you the opportunity to taste iconic cocktails and enjoy the speakeasy experience. Register in advance on their website (required). Period attire is encouraged!

Saturday | 6 pm | Jazzy Ladies Café and Coffeehouse, 45 E 8th Ave. | $35 | jazzyladiescafe.com

The Firebird with Eugene Ballet

Bringing back the first ballet performed at the Hult Center in 1982, the Eugene Ballet is performing The Firebird this weekend. Playing homage while creating a new vision, choreographer Suzanne Haag sought to “keep the myth alive” in her retelling. See her vision this weekend.

Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center |$34-$69 | eugeneballet.org

Layers of Pink: “The End is Coming” tour

Soul-pop songstress, Layers of Pink, is bringing her “The End is Coming” tour to Mac’s this weekend. The tour and EP of the same name, described as “apocalyptic,” is all about the color magenta and other shades of pink.

Saturday | 8 pm | Mac’s Nightclub, 1626 Willamette St. |$6 | macsnightclub.com

Chamber Music Amici: “Women Create Music”

Chamber Music Amici is presenting “Women Create Music,” celebrating female performers and musicians. There will be three pieces performed, including Jennifer Higdon’s “Piano Trio,” “Piano Trio in A Minor, Op. 150” by Amy Beach,” and “String Quartet in E-Flat Major” by Fanny Mendelssohn.

Monday | 7:30 pm | Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St., Springfield | $5-$35 | chambermusicamici.org

Staff Restaurant Pick: Novo Modern Latin Table

Opened last year by the owners of Sabai, Novo Modern Latin Table, with is tastes inspired by cuisines from Spain, Mexico, Peru, and others, incorporates local products with Latin flavors curated by Chef Alejandro Cruz. Start your meal with their grilled Anaheim peppers (with queso Oaxaco, olive oil, and sea salt), or their tamale de pollo fritters (with chicken chile verde, masa, spinach, and red mole). Try their tacos, made with fresh, homemade tortillas, or their fire-grilled Argentine skirt steak with cherry tomato chimichurri, black or pinto beans, and chipil rice. Pair with a delicious house margarita or other cocktail or glass of wine.

Novo Modern Latin Table | 105 Oakway Center | Mon-Thurs, 4:30 pm-9 pm; Fri-Sat, 4:30 pm-10 pm; Sun, 4:30 pm-9 pm | novolatintable.com