By Eugene Magazine

As we wrap up the first month of 2023 and slide into the next, there’s a lot to enjoy! Eugene Opera and National Geographic photographers at the Hult Center, Kathryn Claire at Tsunami Books, and the music of turn-of-the-20th-century New England at the Shedd are just some. Enjoy the art of birdhouses at New Zone Gallery, and the end of a week of special chowders and brews at Beergarden.

January 27 & 29
Eugene Opera’s “La Bohème”
| This quintessential Italian opera tells the story of Mimì, a seamstress, and her love for the poet Rodolfo. In the garrets of Paris, their love blossoms in the shadow of her worsening illness and impending death. With soaring melodies and heartbreaking emotion, this opera breathes hope into tragedy with every phrase. Sung in Italian with English supertitles. Hult Center,

January 28
Kathryn Claire at Tsunami Books
| With her violin and voice at the center of her music, Kathryn Claire weaves together stories and melodies rooted in her classical and traditional musical background while infusing each song and composition with an energy and electricity that is palpable. Tsunami Books,

Through January 29
Beergarden celebrates their 7th Annual Brews, Blues & Chowderfest
| Each of Beergarden’s food carts will create their own unique variety of chowder served throughout the week. Blues music from some of the best talent in the area will be live on the patio, and the draft list will be filled with 100% Oregon Coastal brews and ciders. Beergarden,

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,

January 29 & 30
Michael Anderson & microphilharmonic’s “New England Voices”
| Michael Anderson and microphilharmonic return to The Shedd Institute’s art music roots with a program featuring music from late 19th and early 20th century New England. The Shedd,

February 1
National Geographic Live!: David Doubilet & Jennifer Hayes – Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice
| David Doubilet and Jennifer Hayes are a photographic team for National Geographic magazine focusing on ocean environments. Their photography is a universal language to create a visual voice for a fragile and finite world. Hult Center,

Through February 5
Very Little Theatre (VLT) presents “A Lesson Before Dying”
| In “A Lesson Before Dying,” adapted by Romulus Linney from the novel by Ernest J. Gaines, Jefferson, an innocent young Black man, is condemned to death in backwoods Louisiana in 1948. At the trial his lawyer, trying to save his life, called him no more a human being than a hog. In prison, he acts like one, insisting that he will be dragged like that hog to his death in the electric chair. His godmother asks a struggling schoolteacher to teach him to die like a man. The teacher, Grant Wiggins, faces both Jefferson and himself as execution day arrives. VLT,

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.

Through February 28
New Zone Gallery’s “Art in Birds” |
For a project of the McKenzie River Trust on Green Island, Dennis Arendt painted numerous birdhouses using many techniques and themes. Beloved by both birds AND humans, over 30 painted birdhouses reflecting Dennis’ creativity will be on display during the month of February. New Zone Gallery,