By Eugene Magazine

January 18
Celebrate January with some music at The Shedd, Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge, McDonald Theater, Beall Hall, and Beergarden. New plays open up at Oregon Contemporary Theatre and Very Little Theatre. Spice up your fitness routine by trying some different classes at the Willamalane Fitness Expo. Raise some money for senior meals by joining a bowling tournament at Firs Bowl.

January 18
Victor Wooten & The Wooten Brothers | For over four decades, The Wooten Brothers have been recognized as some of the most innovative musicians in existence and are collectively known as one of the most talented and dynamic band of brothers the world has ever known. Since they were young, the five brothers have been a musical tour-de-force redefining the limits of jazz, funk, soul, R&B, rock, and bluegrass. This will be the brothers’ first tour together as a band since the untimely death of their saxophone-playing brother Rudy a few years ago. The Shedd Institute, theshedd.org

January 19
Olem Alves
| 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

January 19
Nellie McKay’s “Hey Guys, Watch This” | Under the lonesome cry of the midnight train, stars twinkling over hillbilly lights in the mountain fog, Nellie McKay returns with her first album of original material in 13 years. Recorded in Charleston, West Virginia with The Carpenter Ants and a roving retinue of musical compadres, “Hey Guys, Watch This” traces the haunted sounds of Appalachia to a renaissance of revelry. So unpack your washtub bass, fill up your red cup and pull on your shitkickers ’cause the night is young and the moon is bright, even if we’re not. The Shedd, theshedd.org

January 19
Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s “Every Brilliant Thing”
| “Every Brilliant Thing” opens OCT’s new season. 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. Performances through February 4. Oregon Contemporary Theatre, octheatre.org

January 19
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

January 19 & 20
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

January 20
Michael Anderson & microphilharmonic
| Michael Anderson and microphilharmonic welcome director Kirk Boyd and company for a presentation of Igor Stravinsky and Charles-Ferdinand Ramuz’s brilliant 1918 “L’Histoire du Soldat” (The Soldier’s Tale), an hour-long theatrical work to be “read, played and danced” by three actors, a dancer, and a septet of musicians. The Shedd’s production uses the English translation of Ramuz’ original French libretto by Michael Flanders and Kitty Black commissioned in 1954 by the Edinburgh Festival. Drawing on a Russian folk tale, The Deserter and the Devil, collected in the mid-19th century by Russian ethnographer Alexander Afanasyev which tells the age-old tale of a man who sells his soul to the Devil, Ramuz and Stravinsky created a morality play for the ages: a soldier who, stopping to rest on his way back home, takes out his violin to sooth his spirit but is tempted by a passerby to trade the instrument for a magic book that would make him rich…which, of course, doesn’t work out so well. The Shedd, theshedd.org/LHistoireDuSoldat

January 20
Willamalane Fitness Expo
| Sample an exciting array of healthy fun at the Willamalane Fitness Expo. Try a variety of different fitness classes, explore a wellness fair with a dozen booths, savor delicious goodies, win prizes in a raffle, and more! Group exercise classes will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Childcare will be available. No registration is required; just stop by! Willamalane Adult Activity Center, willamalane.org

January 20
Papadosio and Desert Dwellers
| Deftly navigating the confluence of prog rock, livetronica, jazz, and jam, Papadosio’s appeal as a crossover act has amassed a rabid fan base across North America. Desert Dwellers is a globally-recognized electronic music project hailing from the deserts of New Mexico and California. spired by the vast and rugged beauty of the desert landscapes, they have crafted a unique sound that has captivated audiences around the world and has garnered them a devoted following of listeners who appreciate their sonic oasis for the mind and body. McDonald Theater, mcdonaldtheatre.com

January 20
Winter Bowling Tournament For Senior Meals
| Join the Winter Bowling Tournament FUNdraiser, benefiting LCOG Senior & Disability Services’ Senior Meals Program! Registration fees include shoe and lane rental, with a portion of all registration fees going directly to the Senior Meals Program. Up to 12 teams will participate in a no-tap tournament, meaning 8 or 9 pin bowls will count as strikes. There is a 3-game guarantee, prizes for winners, and a raffle for all! Children are welcome to attend but only 18+ are allowed to bowl. Registration closes Jan. 17. Firs Bowl Lanes, registration.playgroundsports.com

January 21
Chanticleer
| The Grammy Award-winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer has been hailed as “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its wide-ranging repertoire and dazzling virtuosity. Music of a Silent World: A river gurgles. Wind rushes. Branches creak. Snowflakes faintly fall. Every piece of the world has a sound. But if you listen really closely, you might also find that each of these pieces has a song. In Music of a Silent World, Chanticleer sings the songs of the natural world. Beall Concert Hall, calendar.uoregon.edu

January 21
Dar Williams and Amy Ray
| Singer and songwriter Dar Williams became a major figure in the contemporary folk music community in the 1990s with her warmly observational songs which are often leavened with gentle wit and pithy wisdom. Pulling from every direction — Patty Griffin to Patti Smith, Big Star to Bon Iver — Amy Ray’s music might best be described as folk-rock, though even that would be a tough sell, depending on the song. McDonald Theatre, mcdonaldtheatre.com/

January 22 – 28
Brews, Blues & Chowderfest
| Each of beergarden’s food carts will create a unique variety of chowder, they’ll host blues music from some of the best talent in the area, and host a 100% Oregon Coast draft list to round out this epic event. The tap list for the week will feature all Oregon Coast breweries and cider houses. There will be tasting nights throughout the event as well. You’ll have the opportunity to get a taste of the coast right here in Eugene. Beergarden, .beergardenme.com

January 24 – 28
The Shedd’s Oregon Festival of American Music
| With OFAM 2024 Winter, Chuck Redd and company explore the work of George and Ira Gershwin, including both their work together and apart, from their early years on Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to their years in Hollywood. Oregon Festival of American Music 2024 Winter includes 4 evening and 2 matinee concerts, films, talks, a community sing-along, and the popular Sunday afternoon jazz party. Tickets are on sale now at The Shedd Institute Ticket Office at 541-434-7000, in person at 868 High Street (MF 9 am-6 pm) or online. The Shedd, theshedd.org/OFAM2024Winter

Through January 27
Adam Grosowsky’s “Snow in Jerusalem”
| “Snow in Jerusalem” is a show of new paintings by Adam Grosowsky at the Karin Clarke Gallery. The gravity of current world events, as well as painful matters closer to home, inform some of these new paintings. By his own admission, Grosowsky was shocked by the intensity with which the world tragedies presently unfolding have affected him. He was also distressed by heartbreaking developments touching people close to him. Karin Clarke Gallery, karinclarkegallery.com

Through January 31
“Almost A Full Circle” Exhibit By Robert Fulton
| The New Zone Gallery’s featured artist this month is Robert Fulton. This show of paintings represents the beginning of a circle which started with a retrospective show 25 years ago to the current exhibit. To quote Robert: “American master Edward Hopper has a significant influence on my work. His treatment of light, shadow, color and subject matter are reflected, to a degree, in my paintings. Using acrylics has also been a major factor in my style. The fast drying property of the paint has resulted in the colorful, sharp and flat nature of these pictures.” Join the Opening Reception during the First Friday ArtWalk on January 5, starting at 5:30pm. In addition to the eclectic mix of art created by the New Zone members, also enjoy beverages by Hop Valley Brewing, wine by Sundance Cellars, and live music by David Helfand on harp. New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org

Through January 31
The Art of Train Graffiti
| Sandy Sanders’ exhibit “The Art of Train Graffiti” will be in New Zone Gallery’s Klausmeier Room. The exhibit is a visual exploration of regional train graffiti, as documentary and as artist and collective creative elaborations. The Springfield-Eugene metro area offers prime viewing for freight trains in the Pacific Northwest. Part photo documentation, part artist contribution, the exhibit explores the multi-layered process of graffiti creation by artists, railroad staff and Mother Nature. Sandy adds his own layer of visual art through painted or collaged contributions within a variety of unique documentary art objects. An opening reception will be held January 5 from 5:30-7:30 pm during the First Friday ArtWalk. New Zone Gallery, newzonegallery.org