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Things to do this week Nov. 10-16: Cheese tasting, EUCON, Change Food Festival Viewing, Saturday Market

Friday, Nov. 11: Noble Cheeses of France at Provisions Market Hall (296 E. Fifth Ave.), 5:30 p.m., tickets $30

Provisions Market Hall is hosting a talk, tasting and discussion class with cheese-monger Sam Rollins for those interested in the process of making artisan cheese. With a focus on French cheeses, the night is sure to be interesting and maybe a little smelly.

Each ticket comes with the opportunity to taste cheeses like Brie, Camembert and Roquefort, among others. There will be wine and beer pairings, too, for those who are not sold on the cheese. Either way, try something new and sophisticated. As Provisions Market Hall’s website says, “Come get classy & stay cheesy with Sam!”

Tickets are available at or at the phone number: 541-743-0660.

-Sararosa Davies

Friday-Sunday, Nov. 11-13: EUCON 2016 at the Lane Events Center (796 W 13th Ave), Friday 2-8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., tickets $10 – $31

EUCON is Eugene’s own annual celebration of all things comic books and pop culture. This weekend, there will be artists, writers, creators, exhibits, panelists and discussions. For those who like to express their creative side, there will be a cosplay contest where in 2015, EUCON gave out over $1,000 in prizes. Visit for contest rules and regulations.

Special guests this year include Ruth Connell from the CW’s Supernatural, David Anders from the CW’s iZombie, Deep Roy from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Butch Patrick from The Munsters, WWE’s Greg Valentine (aka The Hammer), Chris 51 from Alpha Geek, and many more artists, writers, and personalities.

Tickets are available at

-Alex Ruby

Saturday, Nov. 12: The Change Food Festival Viewing Party at Erb Memorial Union, Crater Lake North and South (1228 University St.), 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., free for students

This weekend, food and nutrition experts from around the country will converge for The Change Food Festival in New York City. A live viewing party for the event will be hosted by the Student Sustainability Center in the EMU. The Change Food Fest’s speakers will tackle issues such as factory farming, animal welfare, food marketing, food deserts and school nutrition. According to the festival’s website, food policy is shifting more toward sustainability and transparency, and large food corporations are trying to adapt.

Come to the EMU to hear from speakers on the cutting edge of food studies like Bruce Friedrich, executive director of The Good Food Initiative and Justin Johnson, CEO and founder of Sustainable Kitchens.

To learn more about the event, visit:

Or see Change Food’s website:

-Franklin Lewis

Saturday, Nov. 12: Saturday Market in downtown Eugene (30 East Broadway), 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., free

The last day of Eugene’s outdoor, crafty Saturday Market is this weekend. Hosted weekly from April until mid-November, the market is open rain or shine and acts as a showcase of more than 200 artisans from Eugene and surrounding areas. Their crafts introduce a wide variety of goods from handcrafted jewelry and pottery to live music and mouthwatering food.

The market introduces new artisans whenever possible. Some of the newest additions include Shining Star Mosaics by Bill Allord, unique coloring books by Dune Erickson and Scapegoat Soaps by Christy Pitts. Stop by the Saturday Market to dance, eat and support local talent — and don’t forget your umbrella.

Learn more at the Saturday Market website:

-Carleigh Oeth

Wednesday, Nov. 16: Lip Sync Battle Wednesdays at the Wayward Lamb (150 W. Broadway), 8 p.m., free, 21+
If you’re a fan of the new Spike TV show Lip Sync Battle, then give it a go yourself! While hosts Chrissy Teigen and LL Cool J won’t be in Eugene for this show, it’s promised to be just as fun as the popular TV show created as the result of a skit by late night host Jimmy Fallon.
At the Wayward Lamb, Lip Sync Battle Wednesdays take place weekly through mid-December. The bar prides itself on being Eugene’s only live Lip Sync Battle, hosted by local artist Cornel Hardiman. Performers are offered a big box of wigs, costumes and props to use in their battles, and prizes are awarded to the winners each night. The Wayward Lamb encourages participants to show up solo or with a team. After the battle, stick around for happy hour at 10 p.m. with other contestants and audience members.
Visit The Wayward Lamb’s website for more events.
-Casey Miller

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Carleigh Oeth

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