By Eugene Magazine

It’s the first week of the month and that means First Friday ArtWalk! There are also a lot of other art exhibits that are opening and on display  through the month of February. Eugene Symphony’s Cello Concerto by Dvořák promises to be a great evening with a world premier. There are some great events happening at the Hult Center, like “Sanibonani,” which highlights African theater, and at the Shedd, like the Blind Boys of Alabama. Find your fun this week!

February 1
Eugene Symphony’s Cello Concerto by Dvořák
| One of the greatest artistic achievements of the Romantic era, Antonin Dvořák’s Cello Concerto is both exhilarating and profound, and showcases the cello in ways previously not thought possible when it was composed. Gioachino Rossini’s Overture to William Tell may be best known in this country for its use in The Lone Ranger and is a masterpiece through and through. In between, witness the world premiere of composer Michael Djupstrom’s First Symphony, as the final work in Eugene Symphony’s four-year project investing in the future of orchestral music. Hult Center, eugenesymphony.org

February 2
Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood: The Scared Scriptless Tour
| Armed with nothing but their sharp wit, comedians Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood take to the live stage to create hilarious and original scenes in their two-man show. Known by TV audiences for their work on “Whose Line is it Anyway?,” Colin and Brad improvise new material every night from audience suggestions and participation! Hult Center, hultcenter.org

February 2
Sanibonani
| Sanibonani (Hello, How Are You?) is a show of innovative, global, Afro-theater. A masterful team of internationally renowned artists, led by Cirque du Soleil alum Tumelo Michael Moloi, use song, dance, and poetry to take us on a historical journey through the forests and mines of Africa. This unique collaboration of artists explores themes that remind the audience of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and the contemporary Black Lives Matter Movement. With humor even in the wake of dark topics, the show features performers from around the world with acts melding musical instruments from the African diaspora, traditional Gumboot dance, and modern Pantsula dance. This interactive, collaborative, and educational show will resonate with audiences today and for generations to come. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

February 2
First Friday ArtWalk
| Join Lane Arts Council for the First Friday ArtWalk in Downtown Eugene! See their website for your ArtWalk guide and take a self-guided tour of galleries and art venues to discover the latest in Eugene’s art scene and work by local artists. ArtWalk is always free! The ArtWalk includes live music and the Artist Marketplace, a pop-up market featuring artists working across a variety of mediums, at the Farmers Market Pavilion (85 E 8th Ave). The Feb. 2 ArtWalk will feature live music from pianist and cellist Ariel Wightman at 6 – 8 p.m. Viking Brewing will be serving beverages. The physical version of the ArtWalk guide will be available to pick up at the Farmers Market Pavilion, as well. Downtown Eugene, lanearts.org

February 2
Lisa James
| Friday nights at Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge means great live music and a perfect dinner night out with friends, family, or a special date! A variety of music performances will be showcased on Friday evenings, with some outdoors, weather permitting, though most will be inside the Lounge’s beautiful indoor space. Explore the complete lineup of gifted musicians on the Lounge’s online calendar. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge, heartoforegonwine.com

February 2 – 18
Pegasus Playhouse’s “Steel Magnolias”
| Pegasus Playhouse (Scott Frazier-Maskiell, artistic director) announces their production of the beloved comedy “Steel Magnolias”, written by Robert Harling and directed by Scott Frazier-Maskiell. The play explores the power of multigenerational relationships within the walls of Truvy’s salon, where the play’s women laugh, grieve, and share their stories. Pegasus Playhouse, pegasusplayhouse.com.

February 2 & 3
Themed Wine Tastings at Sundance Wine Cellars
| Sundance Wine Cellars’ free themed wine tastings highlight various wine regions on Fridays, and on Saturdays, they host local and regional wineries. Apart from the weekends, their tasting bar is always open and has free samples of their featured wines. Sundance Wine Cellars has Oregon’s largest selection of wine and is one of the oldest wine retailers in the Willamette Valley. Since 1983, Sundance Wine Cellars has provided an unparalleled selection of wine from Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Sundance Wine Cellars, orwines.com

February 2 – 4
Eugene Boat and Sportsmen’s Show
| The 51st Annual KVAL Eugene Boat and Sportsmen’s Show is Lane County’s largest boat show and sale, presented by Bi-Mart. The show is jam-packed with hundreds of exhibits, displays and attractions representing several types of outdoor recreation, including boating, camping, fishing, hunting, RV’ing, ATV’ing, paddling, biking, climbing and hiking. Meet tour guides and government agencies specializing in the best of outdoor recreation all over the country and world. Lane Events Center, laneeventscenter.org

February 3
Winter Farmers Market
| The Lane County Farmers Market returns to 8th and Oak on Saturday, February 3 for the opening day of the Winter Farmers Market! Shop for fresh winter produce, meats, seafood, mushrooms, eggs, honey, breads and pastries, sauces, salsas, and much more locally produced food from 30+ farmers and food artisans! The Winter Farmers Market runs every Saturday through the end of March. Fresh produce available this Saturday includes kale, kalettes (a fun cross between kale and Brussels sprouts!), celery, leeks, tatsoi, beets, carrots, potatoes, onions, shallots, winter squash, arugula, red, white and purple daikon, mustard greens, parsley, parsnips, celery, turnips, and sweet potatoes. Market hours: 10am to 2pm, Farmers Market Pavilion & Plaza, 85 E 8th Ave, lanecountyfarmersmarket.org/

February 3 & 4
The Love in Lane County Wedding Show
| The Love in Lane County Wedding Show is excited to bring the formal wedding trade show back to Eugene in 2024! Organized by local wedding professionals, Love in Lane County will connect couples with the best wedding vendors in the area to help you plan and create your perfect wedding vision. Discover photographers, videographers, beauty professionals, caterers, venues, décor and attire for your special day. Lane Events Center, laneeventscenter.org/calendar

February 5
The Blind Boys of Alabama
| The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as true living legends of Gospel music. Since the beginning at the Alabama School for the Negro Blind in the late 1930s, the band has persevered through seven decades to become one of the most recognized and decorated roots music groups in the world. Celebrated by both The Grammy Foundation and The National Endowment for the Arts with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy Awards, they have attained the highest levels of recognition. The Shedd, theshedd.org

February 6
Falling Sky’s Bugs & Brews Night
| Bugs & Brews brings anglers together over pints and fishing. All flyfishing enthusiasts are welcome to share their favorite stories, show off their gear, learn from others, and be part of the camaraderie. Falling Sky Brewpub, FallingSkyBrewing

February 6
Mark Hummel’s Blues Harmonica Blowout
| Grammy nominated and two-time Blues Music Award winner Mark Hummel returns to with the 31st annual edition of his always excellent Blues Harmonica Blowout. This year’s stellar lineup includes Magic Dick, Sugar Ray Norcia, Anson Funderburgh, Bob Welsh, John Nemeth, Aki Kumar, Randy Bermudes, and Wes Starr. Definitely not to be missed! The Shedd, https://theshedd.org/divp/series.aspx?event=6301 

February 7
SpringFilm: “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner”
| Join the Springfield Public Library for a free showing of the timeless classic “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” at the Wildish Theater. “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” unfolds against the backdrop of social upheaval in the 1960s. The plot revolves around an engaged couple, Joanna Drayton and John Prentice, who must confront and challenge deeply ingrained racial prejudices when they announce their intention to marry. The film navigates the complexities of love and relationships, offering a timeless exploration of tolerance and understanding. Wildish Theater, springfield-or.libcal.com

February 7
Run Hub Northwest – Wednesday Running Group
| Every Wednesday join a low-key fun run with fellow community members to scope out the Eugene running scene. Runners and walkers will go either 3 to 7 miles at a range of speeds. Start with a dynamic warm-up and finish with stretching and core work. In the darker months, the route follows the river path which is somewhat lit. All are welcome! Run Hub Northwest is committed to supporting everyone’s running and walking goals. Small persons in strollers and four-legged friends are welcome as well. unhubnw.com

Month of February
Fire, Water, Earth, Air: Elemental Fiber Arts
| The elements have an intrinsic and primal place in our lives. Whether we think about them or not, Fire, Water, Earth, and Air shape our lives from the most intimate to the most grand. Those elements are woven into stories daily and into the art on display. This collection of art quilts was created with those elements front and center by the Fiber Arts Group, Valley South. New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org

Month of February
Rebecca LaMothe – “One Woman’s View”
| Paintings by Rebecca LaMothe are a personal dive, visually portrayed, into her inner life. “Inspiration for my paintings comes from deep within, as well as from the outer world, compelling me to express,” Rebecca states. New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org

Through March 1
Karin Clarke’s The Northwest Landscape
| Karin Clarke Gallery presents a large invitational exhibit featuring some of the Pacific Northwest’s most dynamic contemporary and historical landscape painters. Each artist’s very distinctive  work captures and celebrates the Northwest landscape in ways that deepen both our perception and  appreciation of it. First Friday Artwalks and Receptions take place February 2 and March 1 from 5:30-7:30 pm. Featured artists are Mark Clarke, Margaret Coe, Bets Cole, Carl Hall, Hart James, David McCosh, and Erik Sandgren. Karin Clarke Gallery, karinclarkegallery.com

Through February 4
Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s “Every Brilliant Thing”
| “Every Brilliant Thing” opens OCT’s performances for the year. A seven-year-old tries to help his Mom’s sadness by making a list of everything that’s brilliant about the world. Everything that’s worth living for. As he journeys into adulthood, the list evolves alongside him. Hilarious and heart-wrenching, this critically-acclaimed play is a unique theatrical experience you will never forget. Oregon Contemporary Theatre, octheatre.org

Through February 4
Very Little Theatre’s “Grand Horizons”
| The Very Little Theatre continues its 2023-2024 season with “Grand Horizons.” Bess Wohl’s Tony-nominated comedic masterpiece delves into the intricacies of marriage, family dynamics, and the unpredictable nature of wisdom that accompanies aging — or sometimes doesn’t! Over a quiet breakfast, Bill and Nancy French serenely decide to divorce after 50 years of marriage. While Nancy appears liberated, and Bill seems unfazed, their adult sons Brian and Ben are forced to reevaluate their assumptions about their parents’ outwardly successful marriage. As the children descend on the Grand Horizons senior living community to navigate the impending separation, they confront a new reality, their own imperfect histories, and discover how love can manifest in unexpected and unconventional ways. Very Little Theatre, thevlt.com

Through February 9
In the Realm of the Spirit: Work by Maude I. Kerns
| The Maude Kerns Art Center is presenting the 2024 season opener, “In the Realm of the Spirit: Work by Maude I. Kerns,” an exhibit of non-objective artwork by Maude Kerns, opening with a reception on Friday, January 12, from 5-7 pm. The exhibit includes work from the center’s own collection as well as private collections, and artwork that has never been exhibited before on loan from the Lane County History Museum archives. Maude Kerns Art Center, mkartcenter.org

Through February 29
“”Distinct Visions curated by Emerald Art Center”
| Don Dexter Gallery hosts a collection of artwork from seven artists who represent Emerald Art Center with their mature vision and consistent technique in their respective craft, through February 29. Don Dexter Gallery, dondextergallery.com

Through April 20
“Duality” Marina Hajek (Herrera)
| Don Dexter Gallery hosts “Duality,” a limited exhibition of bronze sculptures from Guatemalan American artist Marina Hajek (Herrera) from January 6 – April 20, 2024. Don Dexter Gallery, dondextergallery.com