By Eugene Magazine

If you’re feeling chilly thanks to the change in season, maybe a stroll to look at art is what you need.  It’s First Friday Art Walk, so wander through downtown and view the newest art exhibits. Don’t forget that our area museums also offer free admission on the first Friday. Or laugh until you get warmed up at the weekly comedy night at Wildcraft Cider Works. It is “spooky season” still, and many Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, ceremonies and exhibits are taking place this week.  Sundance Wine Cellars hosts themed wine tastings every Friday and Saturday. Enjoy Dave Wentz on Friday night at Elizabeth’s Wine Lounge. Wear white to support Ducks volleyball at their game on Friday, then switch to yellow for Oregon Ducks football on Saturday. Get your game face on early at the Rally in the Alley at 5th Street Public Market. If you enjoy dark beers, celebrate dark lager at ColdFire Brewing with eight of your favorite Oregon breweries providing several different styles of dark lager. The Shedd hosts Alice Blankenship and her microphilharmonic Baroque ensemble. Eugene Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty,” choreographed by Toni Pimble, includes grand sets, intricate costumes, Tchaikovsky’s powerful score, and a cast of beloved characters. There are a few opportunities to shop local this weekend. Stroll the Eugene Gem Faire and marvel at the cool jewelry, gemstones, beads, and more. Shop local and shop small from 60+ handmade artisans at the 10th Annual Willamette Valley Handmade Market. Starting November 5, the Eugene Native American Arts and Crafts Market is held on the first Sunday of every month and will be ongoing through December 3. And of course, the Saturday Market is ongoing each week. Some plays are opening, like “Fiddler On The Roof” at Generations Theater Company in Junction City). Others are closing, like Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s “The Thin Place.” Art exhibits at White Lotus, Karin Clarke Gallery, and Don Dexter Gallery are continuing. Enjoy this busy weekend!

November 2
Eugene Comedy Presents: Wild Ones
| Wild Ones is a curated comedy open mic every Thursday with host Seth Milstein, featuring a semi-curated list of performers. Sign-up is 7:20 – 7:40 pm. The show starts at 8 pm. All ages are welcome until 9 p.m. WildCraft Cider Works,

November 2
Día de los Muertos
| The 42nd annual celebration of el Día de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, will begin at 6 pm. There will be a musical performance by Sindy Gutiérrez y Paax K’aay Cuarteto de Cuerdas, and a dance performance by Familia Lara Stephens and Ballet Folklórico Colibrí. Additionally, there will be a children’s art workshop from artist Tonatiuh Yael Hernández Pacheco y Familia. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon,

November 2 – 12
“Fiddler On The Roof”
| The heart-warming story of the dairyman Tevye, his family, and the village of Anatevka in Czarist Russia — where faith and love inspire a generation. One of the most successful and long-running musicals of all time, including such favorite songs as “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Tradition,” and “Sunrise Sunset.” Generations Theater Company (Junction City),

November 3
First Friday ArtWalk |
Celebrate Eugene’s vibrant art scene during the October First Friday ArtWalk! Pick up your ArtWalk guide at Farmers Market Pavilion (85 E 8th Ave.) and then take a self-guided tour of the galleries and art venues. Our area museums also offer free admission on the first Friday. Downtown Eugene,

November 3
The Saturday Market
| The Saturday Market is a weekly celebration of local arts and food. Over 250 artisans sell handcrafted goods – this is the perfect place to shop for unique gifts. The Saturday Market is the oldest weekly open-air crafts festival in the U.S.

November 3
Dave Wentz
| 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,

November 3
Oregon Ducks Volleyball |
The University of Oregon Volleyball team takes on the University of Utah team! Wear white to support the Ducks this game. Matthew Knight Arena,

November 3
Rally in the Alley
| Calling all Duck fans! The evening before the Saturday University of Oregon football home games, flock with other fans at the 5th Street Public Market Alley. The university’s cheerleaders and pep band will help energize the crowd. There will also be vendors with Duck specials, a screen showing UO highlights, and beer courtesy of Steelhead Brewery. The next Rally is 11/10. 5th Street Public Market,

Through November 3
Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Exhibit
| Celebrate 30 years of the Día de los Muertos Exhibit through November 3, with a Fiesta Reception Friday, October 13, 5 – 8 pm. Enjoy artwork by 29 artists, an artwork collaboration with Eugene Arte Latino showcasing Día de los Muertos photographs by five Mexican photographers, a Day of the Dead Gift Shop presented by Suzanne Algara of Buganvilla Imports, and community altars honoring loved ones who have died. Maude Kerns Art Center,

November 3 & 4
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,

November 3-5
Eugene Gem Faire |
At the Gem Faire you’ll find fine jewelry, precious and semi-precious gemstones, millions of beads, crystals, gold and silver, pearls, minerals, fossils, and much more at manufacturer’s prices. Also, you can get your jewelry repaired and cleaned while you shop. The $7 admission rate covers the entire weekend. There will be no admittance or re-entry after 4 p.m. on Sunday. Free parking. Lane Events Center,

November 4
Dark Lager Fest
| Come celebrate dark lager at ColdFire Brewing. Eight of your favorite Oregon breweries will be providing several different styles of dark lager, with a $25 tasting package available. ColdFire will be open for normal business during the fest. ColdFire Brewing,

November 4
Oregon Ducks Football
| The University of Oregon Ducks take on the California Golden Bears. The color to wear for this game is yellow! Autzen Stadium,

November 4
Eugene Ballet’s “Sleeping Beauty”
| Toni Pimble’s “The Sleeping Beauty” is the ethereal tale of true love’s first kiss brought to the stage with the power and stamina of classical ballet. Grand sets, intricate costumes, Tchaikovsky’s powerful score, and a cast of beloved characters make this one of the greatest ballets of all time. Hult Center,

November 4 & 5
Willamette Valley Handmade Market
| Shop local and shop small from 60+ handmade artisans at the 10th Annual Willamette Valley Handmade Market. This thoughtfully curated event features art, prints, holiday decor, pottery, home & garden, quilting, handmade cards, vintage & farmhouse, clothing & fiber arts, jewelry, stained glass, soaps/bath & body, crochet & knitting, wooden signs, candles, toys, floral and more. The onsite raffle will benefit Oregon Cancer Foundation, Lane County. Free parking. Lane Events Center, handmademarket

November 5
Alice Blankenship & microphilharmonic
| Alice Blankenship and her microphilharmonic Baroque ensemble on period instruments turn their attention this year to Henry Purcell and the English Baroque music of the 17th century as it was influenced by German, Italian, and French music of the period. Come early for dinner at 6. The Shedd,

Starting November 5
The Eugene Native American Arts and Crafts Market
| The Eugene Native American Arts and Crafts Market is a gathering of Native American and Indigenous artists and crafters from a diverse representation of Tribal Nations. The market’s mission is to provide a safe and supportive venue for the creativity of Native artisans who create authentic arts and crafts individually or with their families. Show your support and shop for authentic Native American beadwork, jewelry, graphic arts and clothing.⁠ The market is held on the first Sunday of every month and will be ongoing through December 3. Farmers Market Pavilion,

Through November 5
Oregon Contemporary Theatre’s “The Thin Place”
| Check your skepticism at the door this fall with “The Thin Place,” a hauntingly compelling drama by Lucas Hnath. Linda promises that if you listen — really listen — she can take you to the “thin place,” the fragile boundary between our world and the next. Hilda is grappling with loss and seeking answers. She is listening — hard. This spine-tingling new play examines the things we don’t know and can’t understand. Performances run through November 5. Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 

Through November 25
Nuno: The Language of Textiles |
Nuno, which simply means “cloth” in Japanese, is headed by world-renowned textile designer Reiko Sudo, who launched the company more than 35 years ago with textile icon Jun’ichi Arai. Nuno seamlessly networks the independent spinners, dyers, and mills that still survive in villages throughout Japan with a highly-developed communications infrastructure. Combining traditional weaving technologies with state-of-the-art materials and manufacturing technologies, the special production processes behind each and every one of Nuno’s unique designs rely heavily on the expertise of Japan’s highly skilled crafts persons and their centuries of accumulated experience. Opening reception is Saturday, October 14, 1-3 pm and the exhibit runs through November 25. White Lotus Gallery,

Through November 25
Tallmadge Doyle: Celestial Oceans
| Karin Clarke Gallery presents local painter and printmaker Tallmadge Doyle’s latest work titled Celestial Oceans. The exhibit features a series of multilayered India ink paintings on wooden panels, along with large drawings in pigment pencil and smaller-sized etchings. A reception and artist talk is Friday, October 20, 5:30-7:30pm, with Artist Talk at 6pm. The exhibit runs through November 25. Karin Clarke Gallery,

Through December 11
“Visions and Vessels”
| Don Dexter Gallery hosts Eastern Band Cherokee artist Christy Long ‘Galvloi’ for a limited exhibition of her carved bowls featuring Southeastern indigenous iconography through December 11. Don Dexter Gallery,

Through December 29
“A Quiet View”
| Don Dexter Gallery hosts notable Portland-based photographer and printmaker Ray Bidegain for a solo exhibition of his recent photogravure editions through December 29. Don Dexter Gallery,

Through April 2024
“Strange Weather: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation”
| The University of Oregon’s Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art presents “Strange Weather: From the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation,” an exhibition featuring more than 60 exceptional artworks spanning five decades, from 1970 to 2020, that have been drawn together for how they creatively call attention to the impact and history of forced migrations, industrialization, global capitalism, and trauma on humans and the contemporary landscape. This intergenerational exhibition brings some of the most influential contemporary artists together for the first time. Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art,