Eugene’s stages are packed this weekend, bringing plays, musicals, comedies, multicultural presentations, and snarky robots for your entertainment and enjoyment.
Big Head Todd & the Monsters
Big Head Todd & the Monsters are stopping by the Shedd along their Winter Tour. Special guest Hazel Miller will also perform.
Thursday | 7:30 pm | The Shedd, 868 High St. | $31.25-$39 | theshedd.org
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
The Oregon Contemporary Theatre is bringing the play-adaptation of The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time to their stage, opening this Friday. Based on the book of the same name, the story follows 15-year-old Christopher Boone, who is accused of killing his neighbor’s dog.
Opening Friday through Feb. 2 | Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays: 7:30 pm; Sundays, 2:30 pm | Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 194 W Broadway | $15-$42 | octheatre.org
One Slight Hitch
The Very Little Theatre is opening their performances One Slight Hitch, a play about a woman’s wedding day and the comedy that ensues with it. Join them, through February 1.
Opening Friday through Feb. 1 | 7:30 pm | Very Little Theatre, 2350 Hilyard St. | $14-21 | thevlt.com
An American in Paris
Gershwin’s classic An American in Paris is coming to the Hult Center as part of Broadway in Eugene’s current season. The story, which takes place in post-war Paris, follows veteran Jerry Mulligan has he tries to make a name for himself as a painter and finds a complicated relationship along the way.
Friday, 8 pm; Saturday, 2 pm and 8 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $38-$105.50 | hultcenter.org
Winter Multicultural Festival: Father Frost
Experience many diverse cultures, backgrounds, and traditions at the Winter Multicultural Festival this weekend. There will be theatrical, music, and dancing performances, presentations, activities for all ages, classes, and a marketplace.
Saturday and Sunday | 10 am | Lane County Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave. | Free admission | eugene-chamber.org
“The Usual Suspects”
Portland-based artist Carrie Mae Weems’ exhibit, The Usual Suspects, is opening this weekend at Jordan Schnitzer. The installation uses photography, video, and larger pieces to convey contemporary life and the African-American experience, asking the question: “How do you measure a life?”
Opening Saturday through May 3 | On view during museum hours | Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Ln. | Regular admission rates apply | jsma.uoregon.edu
Michael Anderson and the Microphilharmonic are coming to the Shedd for Harmoniemusik III. They will perform Mozart’s 1781 “Serenade No. 11 for Winds in E-flat Major K. 375,” Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s “Octett-Parthia in E-flat major S. 48,” and Beethoven’s 1792 “Octet in E-flat major, Op. 103.”
Sunday | 3 pm | The Shedd, 285 E Broadway | $22.50-$38 | theshedd.org
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: Circus of Horrors
The Mystery Science Theater 3000 creator and original host, Joel Hodgson, is bringing his movie-riffing robots and Circus of Horrors as part of the show’s live “Great Cheesy Movie Circus” Tour. Make your own snarky comments along with them on Sunday.
Sunday | 7 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $25-$62.50 | https://www.hultcenter.org/directory/Mystery-Science-Theater-3000-Live.htm
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Honor Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at one of these great events, or participate in a service project as part of the annual Day of Service.
MLK Jr. Community March in Eugene | 9 am | Autzen Stadium to The Shedd | Free | naacplanecounty.org
Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration and March in Springfield | 1 pm | Springfield High School, 875 7th St., Springfield | Free | discoverdowntownspringfield.org
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tree Planting | 9 am | Westmoreland City Park, Taylor St. and W 20th Ave. | Free | friendlyareaneighbors.org
Next week: Florence Winter Music Festival
Experience three days of outstanding music at the Florence Winter Music Festival next weekend. Each day will have a theme, starting with “Bluegrass” on Friday with the Kathy Kallick Band and John Reischman and the Jaybirds, “Americana” on Saturday (with headliner Livingston Taylor and Circus No. 9, among others), and “Folk” on Sunday with Tyler Stenson and True North Duo.
Friday, Jan. 24 through Sunday Jan. 26 | See website for show times | Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence | See website for ticket prices and packages | wintermusicfestival.org/home
Restaurant Spotlight: Café Soriah
Café Soriah brings an elegant, casual, and friendly atmosphere. Lamb is one of their specialties while their calamari is a great crowd-pleaser and their Steak Diane gets people talking. They use local produce and have a great garden space in the summer, leaving no question as to why they’re a well-established Eugene icon.
Café Soriah | 384 W 13th Ave. | Mon-Sun, 5 pm-10 pm | 541/342-4410 | cafesoriah.com