By Eugene Magazine

One standout performance this week is that of the Eugene Symphony’s “Tristan und Isolde, Act II.” It’s remarkable because “Act II” has only ever been performed in Oregon once, more than 50 years ago. Your kids or grandkids have plenty to choose from this week too including GRRRLZ ROCK, cosmic tennis and many other activities at the Y, and National Geographic photographer Keith Ladzinski at the Hult Center.

November 17
Eugene Symphony: Tristan und Isolde, Act II

Eugene Symphony’s three-year exploration of Richard Wagner’s operatic masterpiece continues with Act II. At once tender and tragic, this deeply personal love story changed the course of classical music, drama, and opera forever — and has only ever been performed in Oregon once, more than 50 years ago. Prior to the complete Act II, Francesco will set the stage with a captivating examination of what makes Wagner’s music so moving and you’ll hear French composer Lili Boulanger’s shimmering miniature about springtime. Hult Center,
eugenesymphony.org

November 17
Dar Williams
| The New York Times says Dar Williams is “one of America’s very best singer-songwriters.” Known as much for her staunch progressive ideals as her raw acoustic energy, Williams has been captivating audiences with her sheer elegance and honesty in her folk-pop songwriting since the ’90s. This will be Williams’ 5th Shedd appearance since 2008. It’s great to have her back. The Shedd, theshedd.org/darwilliams

November 18
GRRRLZ ROCK – An Evening of Art & Music
| A very special show of acoustic rock music celebrating the beauty of music and art. Visual artists on special display will be Nicole Ray and Maricel Teague. Four bands/musicians will be performing: The Edleson Sisters, Alexa Ro, Ratie D, and Stereo Minds at the New Zone Gallery, 6-9pm, Free. newzonegallery.org

 November 18
Cosmic Tennis Night
| Your Y’s Tennis Center will be aglow for the Y’s first-ever Cosmic Tennis Night. Kids of all ages are invited to a glow-in-the-dark tennis party with fun tennis games and activities. Children in grades 1-8 are invited from 5 to 6:45 pm and high schoolers are invited from 7 to 9 pm. Advanced registration is required. Cost: $10 Y members / $15 community members. Note: Some previous tennis experience is necessary to provide a safe environment. Eugene Family YMCA, eugeneymca.org

November 18
Middle School Madness
| Middle School Madness is an opportunity for 6th to 8th grade youth to get together with friends outside of the school day. Enjoy rollerblading, arts & crafts, swimming, basketball, dodgeball, games, snacks and more, from 7 to 10 pm. Eugene Family YMCA, eugeneymca.org

November 18
National Geographic Live!: Keith Ladzinski – Force of Nature
| Keith Ladzinski, adventure photographer and filmmaker, is renowned for his ability to get the shot in some of the world’s most inaccessible and inhospitable environments. His unique combination of skills makes him a natural choice for assignments that require the talents of both a top athlete and a master of photography. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

November 18 & 19
Holiday Marketplace
| Vintage objects, handcrafted holiday items, food, and more are available from community artisans and vendors. Have lunch and shop for gifts and décor at this unique marketplace. It is a one-stop holiday shopping experience that will make your holiday gift search easy and fun. Free admission. Bob Keefer Center, willamalane.org/holiday

November 19
Christmas with C.S. Lewis
| Tickets are now on sale for “Christmas with C.S. Lewis.” Hear stories about C.S. Lewis and how an encounter with fellow author and friend J.R.R. Tolkien forever changed his Christmas celebrations. You can get 50% off tickets to both matinee and evening performances using promo code CHRISTMAS. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

November 19
NW Women Comedy Festival 
| This is the 16th annual occurrence of the festival and this year’s event will raise money for Pro-Bone-O, a local not for profit organization that provides veterinary care for the animals of homeless people in our community. Hear 10 hysterical comedians from all over the Pacific Northwest who leave the audience laughing and wanting more. Headliner Susan Jones has been a touring comedian for more than 30 years and is a former winner of the HardRock Comedy Championship who has opened for Rob Schneider, Dana Carvey, and appeared on the Kevin Nealon show. She currently works in Las Vegas. Wildish Theater, wildishtheater.com

November 20
Let’s Roll! Skate Party
| Lace up and get ready to groove at this family-friendly event! A DJ will pump hot tracks and classic tunes as you skate the afternoon away. Play fun skating games with prizes for the winners. Concessions will be available. Bring your own skates, or rent one of the limited pairs available for $2. 1 to 3 pm. Bob Keefer Center, willamalane.org/SkateParty

November 22
UO Symphony Orchestra presents “Mahler Symphony No. 1”
| “A symphony should be like the world,” Mahler said. “It should embrace everything.” His sentiments hold true as they resonate through time and echo clearly in his “Titan” Symphony. From its opening, whispers of dawn and birdsong to its grand and glorious finale, Mahler’s symphony is turbulent, passionate, sinister, and triumphant. Hult Center, hultcenter.org

Through November 26
Karin Clarke Gallery’s “Icons of Nature”
| Enjoy new and original work by Eugene artist Olga Volchkova. “Icons of Nature” is a continued exploration of Volchkova’s love of plants, celebrating their magical, historical, and beneficial qualities. Karin Clarke Gallery, karinclarkegallery.com

Through November 26
Art in the Time of Enlightened Rule: Woodblock Prints From the Meiji Era (1868-1912)
| The Meiji Era (1868-1912) marked the transition of Japan from an isolated feudal society to a modern, industrialized nation and an emergent great power influenced by Western ideas. Some of the most noted artists include Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892), Toyohara Kunichika (1835-1900) and Toyohara Chikanobu (1838-1912), and White Lotus is delighted to showcase their depictions of this era of Enlightened Rule. White Lotus, wlotus.com

Through December 18
“Many Wests” — The American West with the Smithsonian American Art Museum
| This exhibition presents an opportunity to examine previous misconceptions, question racist clichés, and highlight the multiple communities and histories that continue to form this iconic region of the United States. The exhibition is organized jointly by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and four nationally accredited art museums located in some of the fastest growing cities and states in the western region of the United States. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, jsma.uoregon.edu

Ongoing
JSMA Virtual Tours & “A Minute Exhibit”
| Explore 13 JSMA exhibitions from your home in a series titled “A Minute Exhibit.” Occurring daily. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, jsma.uoregon.edu/minuteexhibit