By Eugene Magazine

This week, explore Lane County with philanthropic benefits, virtual performances, and a bike ride, among other events!

Cover photo taken at Amazon Park by Lance Too (@lancetoo on Instagram), 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! Email us or tag #whywelivehereeug on Instagram!

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Engage with Alesong: White Bird Clinic

All through March, Alesong Brewing and Blending is partnering with White Bird Clinic in the first in their “Engage with Alesong” series. On Thursday, they will be hosting White Bird Clinic for a chance to engage with the organization and learn more. All month, 25 percent of sales of their Touch of Brett ale will go to the clinic.

Thursday | 5 pm | Alesong on 5th, 296 E 5th Ave. | Free admission | alesongbrewing.com

 

She Kills Monsters—Virtual Realms

Upstart Crow Studios is bringing a virtual presentation of She Kills Monsters—Virtual Realms by playwright Qui Nguyen, performed by students of their teen Stage Door Performance Troupe.

Friday, 7 pm; Saturday, 2 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, 2 pm | Virtual | Admission by donation | upstartcrowstudios.org

 

Raise the Roof virtual fundraiser

Very Little Theatre is hosting Raise the Roof!, a virtual fundraiser to support their remodeling efforts. Join them for a tour of the theatre, to see past performances at the theatre, and to participate in an auction featuring unique items!

Saturday | 7 pm | Virtual | thevlt.com

 

Pedego Shamrock Fun Ride

Trick out your Pedego e-bike with décor and take it out for a spin at the Pedego Shamrock Fun Ride. If you bring yours and a friend, they will give that friend a free rental, or you can participate without your own bike with rentals for $25. There will also be a prize for the best bike/rider decoration!

Saturday | 10 am | Pedego Electric Bikes Eugene, 199 E 5th Ave., Ste. 5 | Free admission | facebook.com/PedegoEugene

 

Taj Mahal: Livestream Concert Series

Starting this Saturday, the legendary blues and roots musician Taj Mahal will be performing via livestream from the UC Theatre in Berkeley, Calif. There will be performances this Saturday, March 20, and March 27. This week, tune in for a full electric set with the Phantom Blues Bands and guest Jon Cleary.

Saturday | 6 pm | Virtual | $25-$80 | hultcenter.org

 

Union Fest

WOW Hall, the Eugene-Springfield NAACP, We All Rise, the UO Music Industry Collective, and the UO School of Music and Dance are hosting Union Fest, a free virtual festival featuring Black artists and their allies including Amindi, Kaelin Ellis, Jordan Fletcher, Bluphoria, RatieD, and others.

Saturday | 5 pm | Virtual | Free | wowhall.org

 

Hero for a Day

A Family for Every Child is hosting their annual Hero for a Day event virtually this year, bringing all the fun to you. Your little heroes can meet some of their favorite heroes and see animals, craft with fun projects, watch LEGO builds and a magic show, and receive a free Hero kit with registration.

Saturday | 12 pm | Virtual | Free (donations also accepted) | afamilyforeverychild.org

 

Dwight Yoakam: One Time Live

Tune in for three virtual performances by Dwight Yoakam and his band, presented by the Hult Center. On Sunday, see them perform Hillbilly Deluxe. There will also be a presentation on March 28.

Sunday | 6 pm | Virtual | $20-$165 | hultcenter.org

 

Nat Geo Live: Feats of Filmmaking

Two filmmakers, Bryan Smith and Keith Ladzinski, are the focus of Wednesday’s Nat Geo Live presentation. Join them for stories of their adventures documenting other adventurers, including explorations of the South Pacific’s deepest canyons to tornado chases.

Wednesday | 7 pm | Virtual | $20 | hultcenter.org

 

ONGOING EVENTS

 

Zone-4-All

Opening Thursday, New Zone Gallery will be presenting their Zone-4-All exhibit, an annual non-juried show that is open to all who want to submit. See the display and take in local art! They will also be hosting an opening reception on Friday at 5:30 pm.

Thursday | During normal gallery hours | New Zone Gallery, 22 W 7th Ave. | Free admission | newzonegallery.org

 

Animal Collective

Now open, Karin Clarke Gallery is hosting an exhibition featuring our animal friends. The show includes works by Rick Bartow, Marit Berg, Tom Blodgett, Matthew Dennison, Tallmadge Doyle, Adam Grosowsky, Robert Shlegel, and Betsy Wolfston.

Now through April 10 | During normal gallery hours | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission | karinclarkegallery.com

 

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 | lanecountyfarmersmarket.org

 

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 | eugenecontemporaryart.com

 

Downtown Eugene Windowfront Exhibitions

Explore downtown Eugene to see the empty storefronts turned into interactive art installations. On display starting Friday through April 23!

Friday through April 23 | Ongoing | Multiple locations | Free admission | eugene-or.gov

 

Random Perfections & Embodied Experience

Maude Kerns Art Center is hosting two exhibits on Friday: Random Perfections & Embodied Experience. Random Perfections, in the Main Gallery, features ceramic pieces by Rebecca Arthur, abstract paintings by Carol Jenkins, and mixed media works by Geralyn Inokuchi. Embodied Experience, in the Salon Gallery, includes cut-paper pieces by Vicki Idema and elaborate sculptures by Karen Russo.

Now through March 26 | Regular gallery hours | $3-$5 suggested donation | mkartcenter.org

 

Choose Your Own Fitness Adventure: Oregon Edition

The YMCA is encouraging you to be inspired by the stunning nature around us and stick to a six-month fitness challenge along the way! With challenges like swimming the length of the Willamette River (40 miles) and biking the length of the Oregon Timber Trail (670 miles), you’ll feel like you’ve taken on some of our region’s favorite landmarks. Register on their website!

Ongoing through September 12 | Eugene Family YMCA, 2055 Patterson St., and around town | $40-$50 | eugeneymca.org

 

“Blink”

Opening Friday, the House of Strange Rituals will be revealing “Blink,” a collaborative piece with AHFEMME, on display in the window next to the McDonald Theatre. This Friday, there will also be a special performance by AHFEMME.

Opening Friday | Ongoing | 1038 Willamette St. | instagram.com/house_of_strange_rituals

 

Whiteaker Community Market Windowfront Exhibition and Virtual Market

Opening this Friday, the Whiteaker Community Market is displaying their vendors and hosting a virtual market, open through mid-April! Peep their windowfront exhibition and shop local!

Opening Friday | Ongoing | Free admission | whiteakercommunitymarket.com