By Eugene Magazine

Enjoy new art openings, a wedding showcase, and challenge yourself to swim twice the distance of the Panama Canal! Learn more about those famous songs written and sung by Simon and Garfunkel, and enjoy a smooth ride through cool swing and jazz at Oregon Festival of American Music’s winter performances.

January 13
Maude Kerns Art Center Opening Reception
| Celebrate two shows to open the new season: “Interbeing” by Mary Garrard, Donna Henderson, Jan Lintz, Teresa Myrmo, and Susan Thomas; and “Rhythms” by Anca Browne. Opening reception is Friday, January 13, 5 – 7 pm, and the shows are open through February 10. Maude Kerns Art Center, mkartcenter.org

January 14
The Simon & Garfunkel Story | The Simon & Garfunkel Story chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel. It tells the story from their humble beginnings as Tom & Jerry to their incredible success as one of the best- selling music groups of the ‘60s to their dramatic split in 1970. It culminates with the famous “The Concert in Central Park”  reunion in 1981 with more than half a million fans in attendance. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

January 14
Magical Moombah: The Critter Show!
| From crustaceans to crocodiles, from warblers to wallabies, from ants to elephants, the Magical Moombahteers take a look at the animal world around us! Come join the Magical Moombah for fun, contests, jokes, songs, and dancing around. The Shedd, www.theshedd.org/TheCritterShow

Through January 14
Adam Grosowsky’s “Gone Midnight”
| Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting an exhibit of Adam Grosowsky’s paintings, called “Gone Midnight.” The show reflects the late night hours Grosowsky put into his dramatic large-scale works. Grosowsky’s work is filled with passion and energy, which might explain why he is one of the most-collected artists Eugene has produced. The canvases are large, bold, and grab your attention with their strong dark and light contrast. Karin Clarke Gallery, karinclarkegallery.com

January 14-15
Save the Date Wedding Showcase
| Mark your calendars for the first annual Save the Date Wedding Showcase, which will include vendors such as caterers, venues, florists, photographers, and more. Lane Events Center, laneeventscenter.org

January 16
2022 Y Swim Challenge
| Registration is open for those who want to challenge themselves to swim or aqua jog 100 miles in 2023 — the equivalent of swimming across the Panama Canal twice! Participants track miles, yards or laps, and those who tally 100 miles over the course of a year earn a sweatshirt. Can be done anywhere, at any time, in any pool. Eugene YMCA, eugeneymca.org

January 18-22
“I’ll Be Seeing You: From Swing to The Cool, 1938-52”
| Oregon Festival of American Music 2023 (both Winter and Summer) takes a wide-ranging journey down the thoroughfares and byways of 1940s popular music from mainstream popular song to the new forms of jazz evolving out of big band swing. OFAM 2023 Summer (slated for August 2-12) focuses specifically on WWII, a rich and varied theme first visited in 2016. At OFAM 2023 Winter, Chuck Redd and company offer up a set of concerts that touch upon a choice selection of especially favorite songwriters, composers and performers from that culturally rich and eventful decade, including a tributes to Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael, Billie Holiday, the closing years of the Swing era, and the rise of Bebop and Cool Jazz. The Shedd, theshedd.org

Through January 29
“We Are Aliens” Planetarium Show |
On Sundays, Fridays, and Saturdays through January, discover how learning about life here on Earth guides the hunt for alien life elsewhere in the universe in this 25-minute planetarium show. Visit Mars, Europa and distant exoplanets to answer one of the ultimate questions of the universe: are we alone? Follow along as astronomers show the techniques they use to find distant planets and investigate the potential for life. The Eugene Science Center’s brand new, state-of-the-art planetarium takes visitors through an immersive, 360 degree experience into the cosmos to see the universe as never before! This program is well-suited for all ages. Eugene Science Center, eugenesciencecenter.org

Through February 26
Magic in Medieval Europe Exhibit
| The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is holding an exhibit about the use of magic in Medieval Europe. Welcome to the world of medieval spirits and sorcery! Through spellbinding stories, objects, and imagery, magic will take you to the roots of everyday superstitions and conjurings, delving deep into the phenomenon of magical thinking — past and present. mnch.uoregon.edu/visit