Our area’s stages are busy this weekend, with plays, live music, and a comedy festival in the spotlight. Spend your weekend in the audience at one of these great performances.
McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival
Head to the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival for a weekend dedicated to brews! While the tastings alone are more than enough to get you there, there will also be live music from Dusky Blues, Hans & the Wanted, and the Racetrack Romeos, roller derby bouts, workshops with brewing experts, food vendors, and much more!
Friday, 5 pm; Saturday 12 pm | Bob Keefer Center, 250 S 32nd St., Springfield | $18 | mccbf.com
14th Annual NW Women’s Comedy Festival
This weekend, 12 of the funniest women in the Pacific Northwest will all hit the Wildish Theater stage, bringing three hours of hilarity for the 14th Annual NW Women’s Comedy Festival.
Friday | 7 pm | Richard E. Wildish Community Theater, 630 Main St. | facebook.com/events
The Thanksgiving Play
The Oregon Contemporary Theatre is putting on The Thanksgiving Play, a play by Larissa FastHorse about a group of artists who struggle to combine Thanksgiving and Native American Heritage Month into one pageant.
Opening Friday through Nov. 24 | Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, 7:30 pm; Sundays, 2 pm | Oregon Contemporary Theatre, 194 W Broadway | $20-$42 | octheatre.org
Sorry, Wrong Number
Radio Redux is performing the radio-theater classic Sorry, Wrong Number, which follows a bedridden woman who overhears a murder plot on a crossed telephone connection and tries to find anyone willing to investigate. See it all play out this weekend.
Friday, 7:30 pm; Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $23-$26.25 | hultcenter.org
Techstars Startup Weekend Eugene
Local entrepreneurs will participate in a weekend dedicated to transforming their startup ideas into full-fledged companies. Friday will see the participants pitching their new product or business ideas. Attendees will vote and join the top-voted team of their choice. Teams will then receive coaching and mentoring, with full presentations at the end of the weekend.
Friday-Sunday | All day | The Barrow, 120 Shelton McMurphey Blvd. | $95 to participate, $15 to attend presentations | communities.techstars.com
Play in the Rain Day at Mount Pisgah
Rain or shine, celebrate Play in the Rain Day at Mount Pisgah on Saturday. This family-friendly event will include tree climbing, campfire cookery, nature exploration, crafts, scavenger hunts, and much more!
Saturday | 10 am | Mount Pisgah Arboretum, 34901 Frank Parrish Rd. | Free | mountpisgaharboretum.com
One-Day Greeting Card Extravaganza
The Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting a One-Day Greeting Card Extravaganza to help you stock up on local, artist-made cards for the holidays. There will be holiday and all-occasion cards, sold as sets or as singles. There will also be hot cider and cookies, as well as the opportunity to meet with some of the artists. There will also be jewelry from Marya Slowinski and time to see Margaret Coe’s oil paintings, which are currently on display.
Saturday | 10 am | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission | karin-clarke-gallery
The Very Little Theatre is bringing La Gringato the stage this weekend through their Minority Voices Theatre partnership. The dramatic reading, in Spanish, follows Maria Elena, a Puerto Rican woman who decides to visit her family for the holidays, but is shocked when she’s not welcomed to be part of her native culture. See this story of identity unfold this weekend.
Saturday, 7 pm; Sunday, 2 pm | The Very Little Theatre, 2350 Hilyard St. | $5 | thevlt.com
The Eugene Ballet is performing Swan Lake this weekend, the classic ballet scored by Tchaikovsky. Orchestra NEXT will accompany them.
Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $28.50-$68 | eugeneballet.org
Welcome to Night Vale
The podcast Welcome to Night Vale is coming to the McDonald Theatre, bringing their “A Spy in the Desert” show. Dreamboy will also be performing as part of their Wandering Mind Tour.
Saturday | 8 pm | McDonald Theatre, 1010 Willamette St. | $25-$30 | mcdonaldtheatre.com
Fill Your Pantry
Stock up on locally grown and raised foods at the 9th annual Fill Your Pantry event. There will be staple crops like rolled oats and flours, storage crops like onions and herbs, meat, frozen and dried foods, and preserves and other products like pesto and apple butter. If you placed a pre-order for this event, this is also when you can pick that up.
Sunday | 1 pm | Lane Events Center, 796 W 13thAve. | Free admission | wffc.localfoodmarketplace.com
As part of their “Now Hear This” series, the Shedd is welcoming Rodney Crowell, a two-time Grammy winning songwriter. He’s written for Etta James, Johnny Cash, and The Grateful Dead, among others, and he’s bringing them for you to enjoy.
Wednesday | 7:30 pm | The Shedd, 868 High St. | $26.25-$53 | theshedd.org
Next week: Saturday Market Holiday Market opening
The annual Saturday Market Holiday Market is opening on November 16, kicking off six weekends of holiday shopping. Throughout the opening weekend, participate in the “I Spy Elves!” hunt. Vendors will be making and displaying unique elves to be spotted and marked on your elf spotter card. Be one of the first 250 people to find six and you will receive a hand-colored wooden ornament. Find 12 elves and you’ll be entered to win $25 in Holiday Market gift certificates.
November 16-17 | 10 am | Lane Events Center, 796 W 13thAve. | Free admission |holidaymarket.org