By Eugene Magazine | Published January 2019

The arts and food are at the center of this weekend, with the First Friday ArtWalk, live theatre, and the opening of the Winter Farmers Market, among other great events to satisfy your palate.

Loving Vincent at Maude Kerns Art Center

The Maude Kerns Art Center is hosting their inaugural “Movies at Maude’s” evening with Loving Vincent, this Thursday. Loving Vincentanimates Vincent van Gogh’s life through oil paint, the first time this medium has been used for an animated film. The “Movies at Maude’s” series will continue, showing movies on the last Thursday of every month.

Thursday | 7 pm | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15thAve. | Free admission, suggested donation |

Civic Winery Tasting Seminars

Civic Winery and Wines, Eugene’s newest urban winery, is hosting a weekend of wine tasting and tours of their facility. See their methods, including fermentation in handmade terra-cotta vessels, and taste some of their wines. There will also be a seminar on Saturday with Andrew Beckham of Beckham Estate Vineyard. Register on their website to reserve your spot!

Thursday-Saturday | See website for times | Civic Winery and Wines | $30 per night |

First Friday ArtWalk

This month’s First Friday ArtWalk highlights works made with CNC-driven lasers by Callie Beck at 5thStreet Market, “The Candace and Erin Show” by Erin Even and Candace Berra at MECCA, “Winter Light” at 856 Willamette and 1044 Willamette, photos of Ballet Fantastique dancers by Bob Williams at Euphoria Chocolate, and a Valentine’s Day event at Passionflower Design. Follow the guided tour led by John Park and Jeremy Schropp from Harmonic Laboratory, or visit these and other galleries and venues who are hosting art and artists for the ArtWalk. See their website for a full list of venues.

Friday | 5:30 pm | Starting at 5thStreet Market, 296 E 5thAve. | Free |

Romeo and Juliet at Cottage Theatre

Cottage Theatre is opening their production of the classic Romeo and Julietthis weekend. The timeless Shakespeare tale of the two star-crossed lovers, directed and designed by Tony Rust with costume design by Rhonda Turnquist, kicks off Cottage Theatre’s 2019 season. Join them for opening weekend or catch one of their performances between now and February 17.

Friday through February 17 | Thursday-Saturday, 8 pm; Sunday, 2:30 pm | Cottage Theatre, 700 Village Drive, Cottage Grove | $15-$25 |

Winter Farmers Market opening day

The Lane County Farmers Market is opening their Winter Market this Saturday. Come for fresh fruits and vegetables from area farms. Even though it’s winter, there is still a lot of produce that’s in season. Stock up and try something new.

Saturday | 10 am | 8thAve. and Oak St. | Free admission |

Mountain Rose Herbs Tap Takeover at WildCraft Cider Works

Mountain Rose Herbs is taking over at WildCraft Cider Works for an evening of botanical brews, cider and non-alcoholic drinks inspired by Mountain Rose Herbs’ collection, DIY tea blending, an afternoon plant walk, live music by The Hipbillys, The Muddy Souls, and Kingsley Stranglove, and much more. Celebrate World First Cider Day and pick up your own commemorative growlette.

Saturday | 11:30 am | WildCraft Cider Works, 232 Lincoln St. | Free admission |All ages until 9 pm |

Florence Crab Crack

Benefitting FOOD for Lane County and Florence Food Share, head to the coast for the annual Florence Crab Crack. Enjoy fresh Oregon crab paired with pasta, coleslaw, garlic bread, and other sides and drinks (including a no-host bar) while bidding in the silent auction. Buy your tickets in advance because this event tends to sell out. Florence Food Share provides hunger relief as an emergency and supplemental food pantry.

Saturday | 4 pm | Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence | $45 |

Dierks Bentley at Matthew Knight Arena

Country music star Dierks Bentley is coming to the Matt Knight Arena this Saturday as part of his “Burning Man” tour. His chart-topping singles and multiple Grammy nominations guarantee that his show will be memorable. Jon Pardi and Tenille Towns will open.

Saturday | 7 pm | Matthew Knight Arena, 1776 E 13thAve. | $35-$70 |

Experience Oregon Tech

The Technology Association of Oregon is hosting Experience Oregon Tech, with the opportunity to bring together college students and local technology companies. Participants will board the bus at Matt Knight Arena before they head out for tours at Palo Alto Software, Inseego, and Sheer ID. Participants will be able to network at these companies, learning their company culture and seeing how their company structure works. Register on their website! Space is limited.

Tuesday | 3:30 pm | Starting at Matthew Knight Arena, 1776 E 13thAve. | Free |

Staff Restaurant Pick: Bruno’s Chef’s Kitchen

The food at Bruno’s Chef’s Kitchen “is living.” Their menu changes every Monday, featuring locally sourced ingredients and always including a dish that Chef Bruno composes specifically for that week’s menu that he’s never cooked before. No matter what’s on the menu, you know it’s going to be delicious, made with love, and respectful of any food adjustments you need. Their menu for each week is posted to their website or you can just show up and be surprised.

Bruno’s Chef’s Kitchen | 3443 Hilyard St. | Tues-Sat, 5 pm-close |