By Eugene Magazine

This week, enjoy virtual concerts and performances, learn about how animals have adapted to their environments, and dig in to some delicious grilled cheese sandwiches. All this and more going on around Lane County this week!

Photo by Liz Vollmer-Buhl, taken from along the trail at the Wayne Morris Family Farm and Park, submitted as part of our weekly photo contest. Submit your own photo for the chance to be featured as the cover photo for The Weekender!

Please attend in-person events responsibly, wear a mask, and follow all proper safety guidelines.

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Springfield Library Foundation Virtual Books and Brew

Starting Tuesday, the Springfield Library Foundation will be hosting their annual Books and Brew event, this year spread over four days of videos, packages available to purchase that feature gift cards to local businesses and other swag, and an online trivia night on Friday.

Now through Friday | All day | Virtual | Individual items available for purchase |


Jane Austen, Completely Zoomed

The Willamette High School theater department is premiering Jane Austen, Completely Zoomed, on Friday, with additional performances on Saturday. They will be presenting a modern take on six of Austen’s classics: Persuasion, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Northanger Abbey.

Friday, 7 pm; Saturday, 2 pm and 7 pm | Virtual | Suggested donation |


Candlelight Concert

The Oregon Mozart Players are hosting a Candlelight Concert that celebrates the friendship of Telemann and Bach. They will perform Telemann’s Don Quixote suite and selections from Overture in F# Minor and Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 and Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in F Minor.

Saturday | 7:30 pm | Virtual | Suggested donation: $25 |


DNA—Cracking the Code!

The Museum of Natural and Cultural History is hosting a presentation of DNA—Cracking the Code as part of their Explore from Home series. Join them online to learn how animals adapt to their environments, how to extract DNA from an onion, and how to create the code for your own imaginary critters.

Monday | 9 am | Virtual | Free |


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.

Starting Monday | All day | See website for locations | Free admission |


Ideas on Tap: Saving California Condors

Join the Museum of Natural and Cultural History for this month’s installment of “Ideas of Tap” with a presentation on Saving California Condors by Kelli Walker, senior keeper of California condors at the Oregon Zoo.

Wednesday | 6 pm | Virtual | Free |



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 |


Eugene Contemporary Art: A Critical Conversation

Opening this Thursday and 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. Mika Aono, with Neal Williams, will also be hosting a printmaking workshop this Saturday.

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


White Lotus Gallery Collection

Opening Friday, 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 |


If not now, when?

Schedule a visit to see “If Not Now, When?” at the Maude Kerns Art Center. See works by Tim Boyden, Ila Rose, Jud Turner, and Michael Whitenack, which include paintings, metalwork, woodwork, and collaborative to express positivity, imagination, and creative synergy.

Now through February 12 | Schedule a time | Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E 15th Ave. |


Erik Sandgen

Opening on Wednesday, the 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 |


Firewall at New Zone Gallery

Opening this Friday, Alex Daniel’s “Firewall” will be on display at the New Zone Gallery, alongside other images of this summer’s Holiday Farm Fire through the end of January.

Ongoing | Normal Gallery Hours | New Zone Gallery, 22 W 7th Ave. | Free admission |


Springfield Arts Commission: Season of Light

Opening Monday, the 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

Starting this week, 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 |