By Eugene Magazine

It’s the first week of the month and it is a busy one! Learn about golden wines, enjoy virtual streams by amazing musicians, explore new windowfront exhibitions, and choose your own fitness adventure, among other events happening around Lane County this week.

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Orange Wine 101

Civic Winery and Wines is hosting a Skin Contact White Wine Class on Thursday, exploring orange (aka amber or golden) wines and food pairings that complement these offerings, including homemade crackers by Wander & Feast.

Thursday | 6 pm | Virtual | $45 |


Symphony Soundwaves: Concerto for Spring

Eugene Symphony returned to the Hult Center to record Symphony Soundwaves: Concerto for Spring. A string ensemble of 24 musicians performed Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Divertimento K. 136,” Grazyna Bacewicz’ “Concerto for Strings,” Augusta Read Thomas’ “Of Paradise and Light,” and Gustav Holst’s “St. Paul’s Suite.” The recording will be released Thursday evening and available for free viewing until March 12.

Thursday | 7 pm | Virtual | Free |



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.

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


First Friday ArtWeek

Starting Friday, visit Eugene businesses to see works by local artists as part of this month’s First Friday ArtWeek. Stop by the ANTI-AESTHETIC art space for “A Critical Conversation,” “Art for a Change Mural” at Friendly Street Market, “Eclectic Styles” with works by five different artists at Bennett Vineyards and Wine Company, and much more. Check out the Lane Arts Council website for all locations hosting and events happening to celebrate local arts this week.

Friday through March 12 | See individual locations for times | Multiple locations | Free admission |


Downtown Eugene Windowfront Exhibitions

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

Opening Friday | Ongoing | Multiple locations | Free admission |


Oregon Chocolate Festival

Luscious, tantalizing, and virtual, the annual Oregon Chocolate Festival is bringing its goodness to you on Friday. Tune in for demonstrations; chocolate pairings with wine, cheese, and beer; seminars; and behind the scenes chocolate production looks.

Friday | All day | Virtual | $15 |



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. |


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 |


Ophelia’s Place Run for Girls Virtual 5K

Starting Sunday, lace up your running shoes to participate in Ophelia’s Place 2021 Run for Girls Virtual 5K, a fundraiser to support their growing programs in honor of Women’s History Month. Register on their website and then complete your 5K anytime before March 13.

Starting Sunday | Ongoing | $15-$30 |


Pieces of America

The Delgani String Quartet will stream performances of “Pieces of America,” which will explore the diversity of music by American composers, including George Chadwick, Amy Beach, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Elliott Carter, John Adams, and Caroline Shaw.

Sunday, 3 pm; Tuesday, 7:30 pm | Virtual | $28 |


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 the album Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc. Etc. There will also be presentations on March 14 and March 28.

Sunday | 6 pm | Virtual | $20-$165 |


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 |


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 equivalent to 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 |



Lane County Winter Farmers Market

Shop local and fresh at the Lane County Farmers Market! Check out 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. Last chance!

Now through March 6 | Normal gallery hours | White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St. | Free admission |


Random Perfections & Embodied Experience

Maude Kerns Art Center is currently hosting two exhibits: 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 |