By Eugene Magazine

It’s a week for discovery, science, empowerment, and justice. Find out how to get involved with these events going on around Lane County this week.

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Can de-extinction reverse mass extinction?

As part of their Darwin Talks series, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History is hosting a talk on Thursday: Can de-extinction reverse mass extinction? Douglas McCauley, a marine ecologist at UCSB, will discuss current extinction rates and what we can do to slow it.

Thursday | 6 pm | Virtual | Free |


Springfilm: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The Springfield Public Library is hosting a viewing and film discussion of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, based on the best-selling nonfiction book of the same name.

Thursday | 6:30 pm | Virtual | Free |


Virtual Freedom Fund Gala 2021

The Eugene Springfield NAACP is hosting their annual Freedom Fund Gala, a chance to check in with them, help the organization continue their work in our community, and hear speeches from Senator Jeff Merkley and others. This event also serves as the launch of Strides for Justice, an initiative developed with partnerships from PeaceHealth and the Eugene Marathon that will engage and educate participants on the contributions, achievements, and milestones of Black residents within our community.

Friday | 6:30 pm | Virtual | $25-$500 |


NW10 Festival

Oregon Contemporary Theatre is virtually hosting live performances of this year’s installation of NW10, with the theme of “Into the Cyberspace.” The festival features performances of plays by regional playwrights, judged by this year’s guest judge, NYC-based playwright/director Kareem Fahmy. The full lineup will be posted on Thursday, February 25, but you can watch each act starting this Thursday.

Thursday and Friday | 7:30 pm | Virtual | Free |


Winter Beer Fest

Suttle Lodge is hosting their annual Winter Beer Fest virtually this year, with the goal to raise $50,000 to support Oregon restaurant relief through the Independent Restaurant Alliance of Oregon. Join them for panel discussions with Pacific Northwest breweries, cooking classes with local chefs, live music, drag bingo with Peachy Springs, and much more.

Saturday | 5 pm | Virtual | $25-$40 |


Discovery and Impact Symposium Series

Knight Campus is launching the Discovery and Impact Symposium, a monthly series where the University of Oregon and Thermo Fisher Scientific will join forces to shed new light on innovations in biosicences and their global impacts. This Wednesday kicks off the event with presentations by Dr. Mike Pluth and Dr. Leticia Montoya.

Wednesday | 1 pm | Virtual | Free |


Reimagining Dinosaurs

The Hult Center is continuing their National Geographic Live series with a talk by paleontologist, anatomist, and National Geographic Explorer Nizar Ibrahim and Sebastian Rozadilla (who is currently pursuing his doctoral thesis on bird evolution). They will speak on breaking the stereotype of how we thought dinosaurs looked, moved, and lived.

Wednesday | 7 pm | Virtual | $20 |




Thursday Night Live with Francesco

Every Thursday through April, Eugene Symphony conductor and music director Francesco Lecce-Chong for visits from guest musicians, watch parties of past performances, and an all-around appreciation of music.

Thursdays | 7 pm | Virtual | Free |


Lane County Winter Farmers Market

Shop local and fresh at the Lane County Farmers Market! Check their “In Season” page to see what will be available on your shopping list (or expect to be surprised and inspired).

Saturdays through March 27 | 10 am | Oak St. and 8th Ave. | Free admission |


Eugene Contemporary Art: A Critical Conversation

Continuing through March 21, Eugene Contemporary Art is bringing A Critical Conversation, a multi-faceted project focusing on the intersections of art, race, and privilege. The exhibition, which will be both in-person and have virtual options, will feature works by Gregory S. Black, Kathleen Caprario, Mika Aono, Kaitleyn Carr-Kiprotich, Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, Perry Johnson, Stormie Loury, William Rutherford, Josh Sands, Kerry Skarbakka, and Yvonne Stubbs. This week, Beth Robinson-Hartpence and Megan Malone will be hosting a panel discussion.

Now through March 21 | Anti-Aesthetic, 245 W 8th Ave. | Reservations Required for in-person viewings |


White Lotus Gallery Collection

White Lotus Gallery is showing a collection of works from their carefully curated collection, gathered through the last 30 years. See works by Katsunori Hamanishi, Kozo Inoue, Yuiji Hiratsuka, Xuesheng He, Huixin Miao, and Morris Graves, among others. Open through March 6.

Now through March 16 | Normal gallery hours | White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St. | Free admission |


Erik Sandgen

Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by Erik Sandgren, who specializes in paintings and woodcut prints depicting scenery from around the Pacific Northwest.

Now through February 27 | Normal gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission |


Springfield Arts Commission: Season of Light

Downtown Springfield will be celebrating the Season of Light,” featuring luminarias created by six local artists displayed in the Springfield History Museum. Other Springfield businesses have been encouraged in put up their own displays and you can also get involved by picking up a DIY luminaria kit, giving to the Light Supplies Drive, or participating in the Seasons of Light Winter Reading Challenge.

Now through Mar. 1 | Downtown Springfield |


Sleep Squad

Join the Hult Center and Story Pirates in helping your little ones (ages four to 12) get to sleep and learn something along the way. Starring Tony Award nominee Lilli Cooper, you’ll be guided through three different virtual experiences, adapted from kid-written stories. Each ticket holder will receive a “Dreamtime Travel Kit” to accompany their adventure.

Now through Feb. 21 | Ongoing | Virtual | $35 |


Photo by Dana Vion


19 local artists and groups are committed to lighting up downtown with illuminated window displays, installations, and performances. Check it out all this month!

Ongoing | Downtown Eugene | Free admission |


Grilled Cheese Experience

The 6th Annual Grilled Cheese Experience is kicking off this Monday, with 25 restaurants featuring everyone’s favorite cheese sandwich to benefit FOOD for Lane County. Each restaurant is putting their own spin on the classic, so be sure to try them all to find out which one is your favorite.

Now through February 28 | All day | See website for locations | Free admission |