Author: Randi Bjornstad

Need some insanely funny comedy to usher in the New Year? No kidding — try Eugene Opera

(Above: Local singer-actor-dancer Bill Hulings, second from left, has been honing his opera chops for the past several years and will sing the role of Fiorello in Giaochino Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville; photo by Kelli Matthews, courtesy Eugene Opera) By Randi Bjornstad After a near-death experience last January that led to the cancellation of the second half of its season and serious questions whether it would live to tell the tale, Eugene Opera has come roaring back, with new funding, new energy and new ideas that include taking opera seriously by perhaps not making everyone else take it...

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Take a break from holiday hubbub — and at no cost — to enjoy beautiful art at two downtown Eugene across-the-street galleries

(Above: Eugene artist Adam Grosowsky’s show at the Karin Clarke Gallery is on display through Dec. 23, including many of his oversized women’s portraits and landscapes) By Randi Bjornstad If you sit near the front window of the Perugino coffeehouse and wine bar in downtown Eugene and glance across the street toward the Karin Clarke Gallery, chances are you might see someone walk up, come to a sudden stop and do a quick double-take at the sight of Eugene artist Adam Grosowsky’s latest show of his bold, oversized oil paintings that include both portraits and landscapes. Walk out Perugino’s...

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Impressive Chinese zodiac sculptures, eclectic masterworks and student art all are on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art

(Above: Renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s massive “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” is on view in an outside courtyard at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on the University of Oregon campus.) By Randi Bjornstad They’re huge, gorgeous and mightily impressive, and the dozen animals of the Chinese Zodiac — not to be confused with the Western astrological signs — as rendered by world-renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, are on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon through the summer solstice in June. The pieces are available through the museum’s “master works on loan”...

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Radio Redux does “The Shop Around the Corner,” which later became the movie, “You’ve Got Mail”

(Above: Nancy Hopps and Dan Pegoda play lead roles in Radio Redux’s, “The Shop Around the Corner”; photo by Paul Carter) By Randi Bjornstad It’s set around Christmastime — although it could be any time of year — so it’s not exactly a Christmas story in the way that Radio Redux has done them in the past, with  classics such as “A Christmas Carol,” “It’s a Wonderful Life” and “Miracle on 34th Street.” But “The Shop Around the Corner” is a gift in itself, the story of two clerks in a small shop in Budapest who dislike each other...

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Channel your rollicking inner Dr. Seuss at the Cottage Theatre through Dec. 23

(Above: Tony Rust leads the Cottage Theatre cast as The Cat in the Hat in “Seussical,” the musical; photos by Emily Bly) By Randi Bjornstad No matter what their ages, most people probably are familiar in one way or another with the whimsical, funny, zany characters and pictures that make up the continuing Dr. Seuss phenomenon that began with his hugely successful career in children’s book writing. Parents who read them now to their toddlers probably grew up hearing their own parents reading the same giggly stories to them, and those same people — now grandparents — most likely...

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