By Eugene Magazine

See Michael Pollan live, a dazzling performance by Ballet Fantastique, and celebrate local arts this weekend as we invite in the first tastes of spring!

An Evening with Michael Pollan

Prolific author Michael Pollan is coming to the Hult Center on Thursday, bringing his collection of bestsellers and vast experience with him. See the writer during his talk or enhance your night with the available VIP experience.

Thursday | 7:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $35-$62.50 | https://www.hultcenter.org/directory/Michael-Pollan.htm

Chuck Redd Salutes Bill Evans

Chuck Redd and his quartet are partnering with vocalist Siri Vik to pay homage to Bill Evans, a jazz pianist and composer. They’ll be performing favorites such as “Waltz for Debbie,” “Alfie,” and “All of You.”

Thursday | 7:30 pm | The Shedd, 285 E Broadway | $15.25-$29 | http://www.theshedd.org/divp/series.aspx?event=5002

First Friday Art Walk

This month’s First Friday ArtWalk (hosted by Debbie Williamson-Smith, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art communications manager and director of communications for the 20×21 EUG Mural Project) starts with the “ZONE 4 ALL” exhibit at the New Zone Gallery. Follow it then to “Downtown Happenings,” a series of events around downtown; to “Behind the Curtain: The Art of Costume Design” at Sparrow Studios; Allies, LLC; and to see works by Robert Dandarov and Benjamin Terrell May at Epic Seconds.

Friday | 5:30 pm | Starting at The New Zone Gallery, 22 W 7th Ave. | Free | lanearts.org

The Oregon Landscape

Karin Clarke Gallery is opening their spring invitational group show with an artist’s reception on Friday. The exhibit, called “The Oregon Landscape,” will feature works from 12 artists that show the many vibrant and diverse sides of Oregon in a variety of mediums. The works will be on display until April 25.

Friday | 6:30 pm | Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette St. | Free admission | http://www.karinclarkegallery.com/AlsoOnDisplay.html

Dragon and the Night Queen

Ballet Fantastique is premiering their new all-original, full-length ballet, Dragon and the Night Queen, this Friday. The performance will feature live music from the Gerry Rempel Ensemble and guest musician Eliot Grasso, choreography from Donna and Hannah Bontrager, and music direction from Gerry Rempel and John Polese, as well as a stunning cast of dancers.

Friday and Saturday, 7:30 pm; Sunday, 2:30 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $28-$76 | https://www.balletfantastique.org/dragon-the-night-queen

The Spongebob Musical

Everyone’s favorite pineapple-under-the-sea dweller is coming to Eugene, bringing his friends and foes in The Spongebob Musical. With original songs by well-known and award-winning musicians, the musical celebrates friendship, cooperation, unity, and inclusion.

Friday, 8 pm; Saturday, 2 pm and 8 pm | Hult Center, 1 Eugene Center | $38-$116.75 | https://www.hultcenter.org/directory/The_SpongeBob_Musical.htm

Hoodoo Skibike Festival

Hoodoo is celebrating uncommon snow sports at the Skibike Festival this weekend. Join them for group rides, a jump demo, and competitions. Each ticket includes two adult marathon list tickets, one adult day life ticket, and an event t-shirt.

Friday-Sunday | All day | Hoodoo Ski Area, 27400 Big Lake Rd., Sisters | $150 | https://skihoodoo.com/event/skibike-fest-2020/2020-03-06/

Ridgeline Trail First Saturday Park Walk

Explore the recent trail renovations and habitat work done on the Ridgeline Trail and Mount Baldy as part of this month’s First Saturday Park Walk. You may also see some wildflowers in bloom!

Saturday | 9 am | Meet at Dillard East Trailhead, 32473 Dillard Rd. | Free | https://www.facebook.com/events/216545306027628/

Bill Frisell: Harmony

Bill Frisell is bringing his new project, HARMONY, to Eugene, which also features vocalist Petra Haden, Hank Roberts on cello and voice, and Luke Bergman on acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, bass, and voice. The evening will feature Frisell’s original works as well as jazz and Americana staples.

Saturday | 7:30 pm | The Shedd, 285 E Broadway | $23.25-$38 | https://www.theshedd.org/divp/series.aspx?event=5071

Whiskey Week and Barrel-aged Beer Blind Taste-Off

Starting Monday and running through Sunday, The Tap and Growler is hosting their inaugural Whiskey Week, including seven days of whiskey, craft cocktails, food specials like Irish Bangers and Mash with Guinness Onion Gravy or bourbon-glazed donuts, whiskey barrel-aged brews, and live bluegrass music.

Monday through Sunday | During regular hours | Tap and Growler, 207 E 5th Ave. | Free admission | https://www.tapandgrowler.com/event/6th-annual-ba-blind-taste-off-and-whiskey-week/

Next week: Spring Lane County Home and Garden Show

Spring is in the air at the Spring Lane County Home and Garden Show. Browse 325 exhibits, meet with builders and contractors, shop plant sales, or attend one or more of the more than 45 seminars available. Bring a canned food donation for FOOD for Lane County for free admission!

Thursday through Sunday | Lane County Events Center, 796 W 13th Ave. | Free admission with canned food donation | https://eugenehomeshow.com/our-shows/lane-county-home-garden-show/

Restaurant Spotlight: Uki Uki Sushi and Tiki

Uki Uki Sushi and Tiki has been open a little more than a year, but they’ve already made a name for themselves serving traditional sushi in a welcoming atmosphere. Try their tasting menu with all the usual favorites including miso soup, shao-mai dumplings, Ora King salmon nigari, and smoked Hamachi sashimi.

Uki Uki Sushi and Tiki | 901 Pearl St. | Wed-Thurs, 5 pm-10 pm; Fri-Sat, 5 pm-11 pm; Sun, 5 pm-9 pm | 541/687-4609 | ukiukisushi.com