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Wknd Calendar: Ghost hunts, concerts and a roller derby match



We’re on the brink of finals week. The weekend might be filled with studying, but there’s always time for a break or two (maybe three). Check out what’s going on in Eugene and Portland this weekend and get in the holiday spirit with the Eugene Concert Choir.

The Eugene Concert Choir is celebrating 40 years, so this year’s Holiday Extravaganza is a special one.

The choir will bring in old members like Mason Williams’ Classical Gas fame — a fan favorite. The choir will also be bringing in an award winning women’s A capella group and Youtube superstar Peter Hollens.

This year, a swarm of themes will be present at the holiday show. Music from the Renaissance era will be performed by the Eugene Vocal Arts Ensemble while wearing Elizabethan style dresses.

But if a Renaissance theme sounds boring to you, then fear not, for gospel singer Darline Jackson will definitely change the theme up a little and have you singing and moving around in your seat. Local performances from the nationally recognized South Eugene High School Concert Choir will also be on display.

The show will have a pre-show event where food and other refreshments will be available.

The choir will be performing on Sunday, Dec. 7 at the Hult center, 7th Avenue & Willamette Street in Eugene. The concert starts at 3 p.m. and admission varies from $7 to $42.

EUGENE:

Dec. 5 – Night of a Thousand Stars: The forecast for Eugene doesn’t matter because every weekend in December calls for snow at the Fifth Street Market. This first weekend includes the tree lighting, live music and an appearance by Santa. 

296 E 5th Ave., 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 6 – Jingle Bells: Shed those pesky Thanksgiving pounds before gaining it all back at Christmas dinner. Run or walk a 5K, 8K or 12K.

Fir Lane, 10:30 a.m., $20 to $25.

Emerald City Roller Girls Derby: Watch the Church of Sk8in take on the Flat Track Furies. These amateur rollers don’t hold back in their match ups and create an intense environment for fans to enjoy the sport.

796 W 13th Ave., 6p.m., $12 online, $15 at the door.

Dec. 7 “Sound of Music” Sing-along: Watch the classic Sound of Music at the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater, dress the part and sing along. Sales benefit Willamalane’s Movies in the Park program. 630 Main St., doors open at 1:30 events ends at 5 p.m., $5.

PORTLAND:

Dec. 5 – Grinched!: Feel your heart grow three sizes with this modern twist to Dr. Seuss’ Christmas classic. This new twist features the madness with the holiday season — especially the shopping.

126 NE Alberta St., 7 p.m., $10 in advance, $12 at the door.

Shook Twins: This Portland based Indie Folk-pop band centers its sound around a wide range of instruments with percussive vocals and a repurposed telephone microphone.

3939 N. Mississippi Ave., 9 p.m., $15 to $18.

Dec. 6 –Forktown Food Tours: It may be a bit pricey, but when you get to have food from the seven best restaurants in Portland’s Pearl District, it’s definitely worth the consideration.

626 SW Park Ave., 2 p.m., $79.

Dec. 7 –Vance Joy: If you missed him in Eugene, make a last minute attempt at watching Vance Joy at the McMenamins Crystal Ballroom. This concert is a part of 94.7 December to Remember concert series.

1332 W. Burnside St., 8 p.m.


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Mike Mendoza

Mike Mendoza

Mike is an Arts and Culture reporter covering campus events while dabbling into the entertainment side of things. His free time is spent listening to Taylor Swift and researching Richard Nixon.